Homeschool Field Trips
The Kenosha Public Museum offers programs for homeschool families that integrate art, history, culture and STEM through hands-on exploration, gallery tours, outdoor investigation and more. Programs are available for homeschool groups as well as individual homeschool families via Homeschool Tuesdays.
Days: Tuesday – Friday; September to June
Length: 60 minutes
Capacity: See individual program descriptions for program capacities and formats
Days: First Tuesday of every month; February-May, September-December
Length: 60 minutes
Capacity: 20 students
Cost: $10/student; Adults join students for an interactive family experience. Due to room sizes, only the student and parent will be admitted.
Fall program topics coming soon.
Plan Your Visit
Please let us know prior to your visit if you have any special accommodations or needs. Every effort will be made to ensure the trip is successful for everyone.
Elevators, wheelchairs, fidgets, weighted blankets, noise-canceling headphones, wobble-seats and quiet spaces are available at all three museums.
Dinosaur Discovery Museum: Wheelchair access to the museum is located at the rear of the building.
Kenosha Public Museum: There are uneven floors, some sound and blinking lights in the galleries.
Civil War Museum: There are uneven floors, talking mannequins and low-light in the galleries. The museum also features a 360-degree film that utilizes strobe lights, lighting changes and loud noises to depict a Civil War battle.
Complimentary lunch space is offered with paid programs held at Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum. Reservations are available in 30-minute blocks. The Dinosaur Discovery Museum does not have a lunch space, however there is a park across the street from the building that may be used for picnics. Please note the museums do not have refrigerators, stoves/ovens or microwaves available.
Although the museums do not have onsite restaurants or cafes, there are several dining options nearby. Visit www.downtownkenosha.org or www.visitkenosha.com for more information.
Free parking is available. During the field trip reservation process we will provide you with the location of vehicle and/or bus parking.
If you are interested in taking your students on a 15-minute electric streetcar ride around downtown Kenosha, please let us know when you book your field trip. We are happy to arrange the ride through the City of Kenosha Transit department for you. The cost is $1 for students through Grade 6; $1.50 for Grade 7 through adult (including all chaperones and educators).
All three museums have gift shops located off the lobby. All students must have an adult present, and the number of people in the gift shop at one time will be limited. If students are horsing around in the gift shop, a teacher will be asked to remove the students from the area.
A chaperone-to-student ratio of 1:8 is required. Required chaperones are free. Any additional chaperones must pay $5 for admission. Chaperones are expected to stay with their groups and to monitor their behavior while in the museum.
Programs must be scheduled at least three weeks prior to the requested program date. If we are able to accommodate a last-minute program, payment will be due at the time the program is scheduled.
If your group is running late, please call the museum at (262) 653-4140 to let us know. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to adjust the program time, we will do our best to work with you to get the most out of your visit.
A program confirmation form will be sent when the program is booked. wE require the form to be signed and returned within a week of the program being booked. If the confirmation form is not signed and returned by the deadline, your program will not be placed on the calendar.
Payment is due two weeks prior to the scheduled program. If payment is not received at the museum by the deadline, the program will be canceled. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash, or check.
Refunds for cancellations will only be issued with a week’s notice. All cancellations are eligible to be rescheduled for another date.
Rules of Conduct
Food and drink are prohibited in all exhibit gallery spaces. To ensure exhibits stay clean and pest-free, food and drinks must stay in the designated dining space.
Pleases refrain from flash photography in the galleries. The light can damage fragile artifacts and objects.
Please do not sit on or climb on/in the exhibit displays.
Only items handed to students by museum personnel may be touched. Please remind students all other objects are not meant to be touched. Oils from fingers/hands will damage artifacts and objects on display.
Groups damaging or destroying museum property, or otherwise not being adequately supervised, will be asked to leave.