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Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! We can’t wait for you to come play and learn with us. This year, we introduce both a new curriculum and a new experience, SMALLab, the first motion-capture lab in a museum anywhere! Visit to watch videos and learn more.

As the world moves full STEAM ahead in curriculum with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, the Glazer Children’s Museum has adopted a new DREAM curriculum, focusing not only on these core disciplines, but the Design Thinking that is so critical for 21st Century Careers. Yes, kids learn to design their future careers at a young age! At GCM, they get starry-eyed in our theater, add up their futures in our bank, and construct their own city in our building area. We offer your students the opportunity to try on their future career each and every day. We link both brain-building play AND the quality learning standards you work with in your classroom to elevate each child to their full potential. At GCM, engaged imaginations are coupled with deep learning opportunities so your students can Dream It. Be It. daily. Let the play begin!

Download Watch your students work as a team, problem solve, and jump into learning with GCM’s new Playbook: Educators Edition. Enhance math, science, and literacy concepts through interactive play and exploration as a class or a group.

Classroom Lessons Come To Life!

All GCM Field Trips are chaperone guided playtimes available Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm. Any public or private school Grades K-5 are welcome to book a trip to the Glazer Children’s Museum as a way to expand and reinforce classroom learning. All of our school programs are aligned with Florida State Standards.

$6 Each Student
Chaperones* Lead Teacher and 1 Chaperone for every 10 Students, Free
Additional Chaperones, $10 Each
*All chaperones must be at least 18 years old. A chaperone is assigned to a maximum of 10 students.

Field Trip Request Form

Add- On Experiences | View Standards + Descriptions For All Assemblies, Workshops, and More
Boost the fun with an add-on Assembly, Workshop, or SMALLab Scenario to create a field trip your students will always remember!

ASSEMBLY +$1 Each Student

30 Minutes, Maximum of 150 students**
Assemblies are theater-style presentations led by a Museum Educator in a private space. Assemblies cover math or science concepts.

WORKSHOP +$2 Each Student

30 minutes, Maximum of 35 students**
Workshops are standard-aligned classroom sessions led by a Museum Educator. Get an in-depth, hands-on experience that echos subjects studied in the classroom.

NEW SMALLAB SCENARIO +$3.50 Each Student

 45 minutes, Maximum of 26 students & 3 chaperones**
SMALLab is an embodied learning environment where every learner is up, moving, and collaborating with peers. Work together to solve puzzles and learn about the world with this new innovative, motion-capture technology.


90 minutes, Maximum of 26 students & 3 chaperones**
Our exclusive program with Bay News 9 combines our SMALLab and an exploration of the elements (including the most amazing live wind map ever) with a 1pm SKYPE call with a Bay News 9 Meteorologist! Only available on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Please contact 813 443 3821 to book your next Weather WOW Experience!

**For large groups requesting an add-on, Reservations can create a multiple group schedule.

Successful Play Starts Here! 

Parking & Buses Bus parking is available on Gasparilla Plaza on a first-come, first-served basis. Car parking is available in the adjacent Poe Parking Garage on the corner of Ashley Drive and Cass Street. Standard parking is usually $1.20 an hour and is regulated by the City of Tampa. Greeting 9:30am-2pm | When you arrive at GCM, we ask that all students stay on the bus. A member of the Visitor Services Team will greet your school group and share our Museum Rules. Check-In While students are getting the rules, the Lead Teacher should see the Visitor Services desk. The remaining balance and a signed Check-In Guide is due at this time.

Museum Rules
1. Adults and children must stay together at all times.
2. No food or drinks in exhibit areas.
3. No running.
4. Follow age restrictions posted on exhibits.
5. Respect others and play fair.
6. Clean up after yourself.
7. Have Fun!

Lunches Storage
GCM can store packed lunches in a non-refrigerated area until your group is ready for lunch. All lunch bags and coolers must be returned to the bus prior to Museum re-entry. Lunchtime School Groups may enjoy lunch at anytime in Curtis Hixon Park excluding to the pavement around the Tampa Museum of Art. In case of rain, an indoor space may be provided. Box Lunches +$4.50 Each Refuel for a long day of play with a box lunch provided by Subway. Please order box lunches at least 7 days before.

Departure Check-Out
No later than 4:30pm | All children must leave the Museum with their assigned chaperone. Most school groups play at GCM for 3 hours.

Play2Go Toystore
Keep your students learning all the way home with souvenirs. Visit our Play2Go ToyStore at the end of your visit.

Title 1 School Partnership Program, Social Responsibility Fund

Title 1 funding for 2016-2017 school year is no longer available. Learn more on how ways to help more students visit the Glazer Children’s Museum by supporting our social responsibility fund.

Title 1 elementary schools can apply for a sponsored Field Trip by requesting an application from Funding is limited and available for Title 1 schools on a first-come, first serve basis. Due to the high level of requests, Title 1 applications can not be approved for trips in December and May. Please note there is light availability for the month of April . Title 1 School sponsored Field Trips are limited to one per school year. Sponsored classes must participate in a Math or Science Assembly during their visit.

Cancellation Policy

  • 30+ Days before confirmed Field Trip date, 100% Refund
  • 29-14 Days before confirmed Field Trip date, 75% Refund
  • 13-8 Days before confirmed Field Trip date, 50% Refund
  • 7 Days before confirmed Field Trip date, No Refund
  • In case of an over-payment, any refund request less than $25 must be submitted in written form from a school official. Please address to
Field Trip Request Form

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