On-site Field Trips

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Bring your students to the Science Centre for a fun-filled day of discovery and learning

We’re excited to welcome school groups back to the Science Centre. We missed you! Book your on-site field trip at a special school group rate, available for visits on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring your students to explore our newest exhibitions, Bug Lab and Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages, where they can admire giant, colourful, ultra-realistic models of bugs and their natural habitats or travel through 80,000 years of Earth’s icy history. Check out all of our current Exhibitions.

At this time, we are not offering school programs as part of our on-site field trips. However, our engaging daily demonstrations are suitable for most grade levels and are included free of charge with any visit. You can also add an exciting IMAX® film for an extra fee, covering a wide range of subjects and curriculum connections. Find out what’s on from the Schedule + Planner.

The health and safety of our visitors and employees is always our top priority. We have limited capacity, made changes to encourage physical distancing and we require face masks. In addition, all visitors aged 12 and older must show proof of vaccination along with valid ID to gain entry into the Ontario Science Centre. This includes all students, staff and volunteers. Learn more about What to Expect.

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Prices 

Visit Type Per Student Per Supervisor Minimum Charge
Exhibit Hall Visit (self-guided)
Includes admission to all of our exhibitions and daily demonstrations
$6 FREE $60
Exhibit Hall Visit + IMAX® Film
Includes admission to all of our exhibitions, daily demonstrations and one scheduled IMAX film
 $11 $6 $171

Prices are subject to change. All prices include HST. Supervisors are free of charge up to a maximum ratio of 1:2 (supervisors to students) for visits without an IMAX film. Additional adults will need to purchase their own admission and IMAX tickets at the general admission rate. School group rates are already discounted. No additional coupons, passes or membership discounts apply.

Please note: Admission waived for a Support Person accompanying a person with a disability.


We’ve outlined the steps to booking and preparing for your field trip to the Ontario Science Centre below. If you’re ready to book your school visit, get started with the online application form.

Step 1: Review Eligibility

To qualify for a Canadian School Group admission rate, you must meet two criteria:

  • Represent a full-time Canadian elementary or secondary educational institution that is registered with a provincial Ministry of Education or represent a child care centre licensed by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.
  • Book your visit for a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from now until the end of the school year, excluding school holidays (December 20-31, 2021 or March 14-18, 2022).


Step 2: Select Your Date

We recommend that you book your field trip several weeks in advance. However, bookings will be accepted one week prior to your requested date of visit, subject to availability.


Step 3: Select Your Film

Skip this step if you’re planning on an Exhibit Hall-only visit. Choose a film that’s suited for your schedule, grade and subject area. For a complete list of film options, including schedules and curriculum connections, visit the IMAX Films page.


Step 4: Determine Your Arrival Time

We’re limiting capacity in our building, which means that all visitors, including school groups, need to reserve tickets in advance online. Please take into account the time required to park, disembark from the bus, check-in/pay and provide any required proof of vaccination when selecting your entry time.


Step 5: Confirm Who’s Visiting and Fill Out the Online Booking Form

Determine the number of students and supervisors attending the field trip. The required ratio of supervisors-to-students is at least:

  • 3-12 years of age: 1 supervisor for every 10 students
  • 13-17 years of age: 1 supervisor for every 15 students


Step 6: Confirm Your Visit

Your visit is not confirmed until you have received a confirmation email. If you have not received this email within one week of sending in your booking or modification request, please contact us using the information provided below.

Cancellations + Modifications

Please notify us of any cancellations, changes, increases or decreases in numbers by 4 p.m. on Wednesday one week before your visit date.


Step 7: Prepare for Your Field Trip

  • Review all details provided in your confirmation email, including the final cost and how to pay and prepare for your visit.
  • Stay up-to-date on our proof of vaccine and mask requirements, designated eating areas, etc., as these details are subject to change in accordance with public health guidelines. For full details, visit the What to Expect page.
  • Check out these pages for more information to help plan your day:
  • Review the Code of Conduct (below) with your students.

Code of Conduct

The Provincial Code of Conduct applies to schools on field trips to the Ontario Science Centre and OMNIMAX® Theatre. Please ensure that your students and supervisors are aware that the following conduct is not acceptable:

  • Unprofessional or disruptive behaviour
  • Loud, profane or inappropriate language
  • Sexual harassment
  • Racism or discrimination of any kind
  • Disrespectful or physically aggressive behaviour

The Ontario Science Centre and OMNIMAX® Theatre must also be free from:

  • Conduct which is harmful to the exhibits and displays
  • Food or drink outside the designated eating areas

Checking-in and Paying for Your Visit

Please enter through the IBM School and Tour Group Entrance. Exhibit halls open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Please bring payment for the full amount to the Ontario Science Centre on the day of your visit. Accepted methods of payment include credit card, P-card, a valid PO from the School/Board or cash.


Questions?

Contact Us | 416-696-3140 or toll-free at 1-888-696-1110

Please note: Due to the volume of calls and the amount of information required, we are unable to process booking requests over the phone.