Field Trips

Field Trips & Workshops
Field trip, bristol ct, children's museum
Field trip, bristol ct, children's museum
Self-Guided Visits
Enjoy a field trip at your own pace with self-guided exploration of three floors, featuring twelve museum studios that promote curiosity through hands-on activities. 
Imagine Nation is: 
ADA compliant with access to all floors and studios. 
-Provides indoor & outdoor seating
Snack & lunch available for purchase in the Imagine Cafe' 

Field Trip Inquiry
About Your Visit

Group visits can be scheduled between 9:30am and 5:30pm Wednesday-Saturday. More than one group may be scheduled in the same time period.

Before contacting us, please be prepared with the following information:
-Contact Name
- Organization Name
- Organization Address
- Phone Number 
- Date Preferences: Groups under 100 students available Wed-Fri
 Groups over 100 students available Tues-Fri

Contact us with questions or to check availability on the date. Contact Rachel at (860) 540-3165 or

Fall Special

Bristol Early Childhood Programs…
Start your school year off right!
Book a field trip scheduled between September 13th and October 31st, 2017 and enjoy a special “Bristol Rate” of $5.00 per student (half off our regular admission). 

Our museum studios include:
•    12 different museum studios on 3 floors and an outdoor learning park
•    Hands on interactive  activities
•    Learning experiences based on the   CT-ELDS
•    Free studio workshops 3 times each day during regular museum hours
•    Lab workshops for your students taught by museum educators (at an additional cost per student)

Lab Workshops
Link valuable curriculum content to your Self-Discovery visit by adding a 45 minute Lab Workshop. Guided by a museum educator, these workshops are designed around the CT-ELDS, National Common Core State Standards and meet curriculum standards across all domains.

Cost: $4.00 / child / workshop.
Select from the following:

Bubbles are the cleanest yet messiest fun you can have! Learn about the science of air, gas and surface tension. Have fun blowing and catching bubbles and creating an original bubble painting.

Live Animal Encounter(PK-2nd)
Have a hands-on encounter with two of our residents from our Wildlife Studio. Learn about their habitats, diets and camouflage, and document their features through sketching & graphing.

Roots To Shoots(PK-1st)
Through movement and discovery we identify the basic parts of plants and take an up-close look at live roots. Name and sort plant parts and complete a seed growing project to take home.

Kaleidoscope of Colors(K-2nd)
Kaleidoscopes are a wonderful way to learn about the magic of light, color and symmetry. Students will build their own kaleidoscope.

Tower of Power(K-2nd)
Students learn “fun”damental principles of architecture and geometry as they are challenged to engineer their own tower out of “sweet” materials. Engage in fantastic feats of engineering! 

Newton Says(1st-2nd)
An introduction to friction, inertia, gravity and Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. This workshop culminates with each student building a hovercraft.

Chemistry Creations (1st-2nd)
 While we explore different states of matter and the science of chemistry, we’ll mix, measure and manipulate substances to make oozing and slimy creations.

Compost Casserole(1st-2nd)
An eco-friendly program all about recycling and composting. We analyze dirt and investigate nature’s natural composter, the mighty earthworm. Make a classroom composter.

  • We recommend one adult for every four children under age 6 and one adult for every six children age 6 and over. 
  • For every ten (10) children, one adult chaperone is admitted free.
  •  Admission cost for additional chaperones is at the applicable per person group rate. 
  • Teachers and chaperones are required to wear identification badges while in the museum.

  • You will receive an invoice confirming your visit. Please review your invoice and alert us to any discrepancies.
  •  A 50% non-refundable deposit is required upon receipt of the invoice or not less than thirty (30) days prior to your visit. Your balance is due at the time of your visit.
  •  Imagine Nation must be notified prior to your visit for an attendance count that is lower than the original to be honored. 
  • Lab Workshop and Café fees are non-adjustable and non-refundable. A check payable to “Imagine Nation”, cash or credit card is accepted.

When possible, cancellations may be rescheduled for the next mutually available date and the deposit applied to the new date.

  • Imagine Nation is 100% ADA compliant and special needs friendly. 
  • Elevator access to all floors and studios is available.

Directions & Parking
  • Buses are to drop-off and pick-up students directly in front of the museums main entrance. 
  • Buses are then required to park in the commuter lot located diagonally across the street. 
  • Small groups arriving in vans or cars may park in our lot located off Upson Street.

Imagine Café
  • Café Menu options are available for groups of all sizes at an additional cost.
  •  Please discuss dining options when reserving your visit. 
  • Groups ordering café items receive priority seating. 
  • Weather permitting outdoor seating is also available.

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