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We are open and ready to help you plan a self-guided field trip for grades 3 and up. At this time, we are not accepting on-site visit requests for kindergarten through 2nd grade students. Student groups are not required to show proof of vaccination. While masks are recommended and appreciated, they are no longer required. We recommend you follow your district and school guidelines regarding masking when planning for your Museum visit.

Please complete our online form to request a field trip visit for grades 3 and up.

Learn more about the Museum’s safety policies and procedures. Discover how we support your instructional goals through our online resources and virtual field trips.


Pre-K and Kindergarteners

All aboard for history!
Crazy for Trains discovery bags

Play in the past on L Car No. 1 and the Pioneer Locomotive. Crazy for Trains self-guided discovery bags help young children explore transportation history through music, role play, and picture books. Discovery bags are free and available for use by teachers and chaperones during your visit. Free but advance reservations required. Use the field trip reservation form to reserve discovery bags for your group.

Each bag includes:

  • crazy-for-trains-03-09-10-008Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo
    by Kevin Lewis
  • Freight Train/Tren de carga
    by Donald Crews
  • One conductor vest
  • One hole punch
  • A paper ticket for each child
  • Two sets of colored shapes
  • Song lyrics, poems, and pictures
  • Suggestions for how to use the materials during your field trip

In advance of your visit, feel free to take a look at the discovery bag instructions, song lyrics, poems, and pictures.

Pre- and Post-Visit Activity Guide

This activity guide includes four activities to use before or after your field trip.

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