We understand that the landscape of education has been changing daily under the current conditions. We have developed new virtual programming to help you safely engage your students in STEM whether they are at home, or in your classroom. Limited onsite field trip options are also available.

We remain committed to developing informal science education programs that inspire young minds, improve STEM literacy and cultivate the creative, critical thinkers who will shape the future of Northeast Ohio. Thank you for choosing Great Lakes Science Center. See you soon!


Reserve your trip by phone or email. Book early as many of our program dates and times fill quickly!

  • By phone: call our dedicated reservation agents at (216) 621-2400 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
  • By email: send us an email at edhelp@glsc.org. Please be sure to include your school, grade level and full contact information
  • Pre-register online: our reservations team will follow up and confirm your field trip by phone. Click here to pre-register

Virtual Field Trips

Guided Exhibit Tour
$50 per classroom
Duration: ~30 minutes

We bring the Science Center you! Your personal guide will lead you through one of the following exhibit areas as we demonstrate and explain our favorite exhibits. Questions are encouraged!

  • Body Worlds Rx (available through January 3, 2021)
  • NASA Glenn Visitor Center
  • Nanotech
  • Electricity & Energy
  • Lights & Optics
  • Sound & Music
  • Cars & Motion

LIVE Private Science Shows
$75 per classroom
Duration: ~45 minutes

Science becomes larger than life as we perform spectacular demonstrations just for your class! Choose from the following themes. Each show ends with time for questions and answers.

  • Lift-Off
  • Bubblemania
  • Seeing Sound
  • Magic of Matter
  • Energize It!

Virtual Hands-on Workshops
All workshops are specifically designed to support Ohio Revised Standards for science and Common Core Standards in math and social studies. Pricing for workshop varies by topic and grade level. All workshops are led virtually by a Science Center educator and include one kit per registered student with all items needed to complete each workshop plus an additional kit for the teacher.

Pre-K - Kindergarten
Engineering Challenge: Three Little Pigs
$5 per student | Duration: ~30 minutes
Students are junior engineers as they perform hands-on experiments exploring which materials can withstand the big, bad wolf. This workshops promotes science and literacy. PSK; MK; RLK; SLK; LK

Grades 1-2
Engineering Challenge: Skyscrapers
$6 per student | Duration: ~45 minutes
Students transform into engineers when they are challenged to build the tallest, free-standing tower using only five pieces of paper, scisssors and tape. PS1; PS2; M1; M2; SL1; SL2; L1; L2

Dissection: Owl Pellets
$7 per student | Duration; ~45 minutes
Students will dissect an owl pellet with plastic tweezers. They will compare thier findings with an identification chart to discover what was in that owl's diet! LS1; LS2

Grades 3-5
Jumping Jitterbugs
$7 per student | Duration: ~45 minutes
Students explore how circuits and electricity work together while designing and creating their own Jumping Jitterbug. PS3; PS4; PS5; SL3; SL4; SL5; L3; L4; L5

Dissection: Cow's Eye
$8 per student | Duration: ~1 hour
Students will examine the complex structure of an eye and how it functions by cutting into and dissecting a cow eye. (Must be reserved at least four weeks in advance.) LS2; LS4; LS5

Grades 6-8
Electricity Investigators
$6 per student | Duration: ~1 hour
Students investigate circuits and electricity as they are challenged to design and build their own working flashlight. PS6; PS7; PS8

Grades 6-12
Dissection: Pig's Heart
$8 per student | Duration: ~1 hour
Students will get a tour of the body's pump with this dissection of a pig heart. They will cut into the heart to reveal the four chambers, peer into the aorta and inspect blood vessels up close. (Must be reserved at least four weeks in advance.) PS6; PS7: PS8 HS BIO; SL; RST; WHST


Onsite Field Trips

General Admission $7 per student
General Admission + DOME Theater $10 per student
  • Field Trips of 10 - 25 guests (adults, chaperones and children) can be accommodated.
  • A 1:5 chaperone to child ratio is required for groups with children under the age of 18. Chaperones within the 1:5 ratio receive free general admission.
  • All guests are required to wear masks while not eating or drinking and undergo a temperature scan upon arrival. Please note that food and beverages are not allowed in the exhibit areas. More information on our health and safety procedures can be found here. 
  • Groups are asked to divide into smaller groups of no more than 6 guests upon arrival (up to 5 children and 1 chaperone) and visit different areas of the Science Center at different times. Science Center staff can help with itineraries.
  • Space to eat lunch in our group lunch area is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch times are not assigned. Storage bins are available at check-in. Groups are responsible for moving their bins to the lunch area and returning their bin. Cleaning supplies will be provided and guests are asked to wipe down their tables and chairs before and after use. 
  • A DOME Theater film can be added on for an additional fee. Groups may sit together in the theater but are asked to remain socially distant from other guests. Science Center staff can help with seating.
  • Onsite workshops and other classes are not available at this time. Please plan a virtual field trip if you are interested in a class or program. 
  • A 6 percent City of Cleveland admissions fee is applicable to all field trips and will be added to your visit.

Field Trip Information

How to Book
Reserve your trip by phone or email. Book early as many of our program dates and times fill quickly!

  • By phone: call our dedicated reservation agents at (216) 621-2400 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
  • By email: send us an email at edhelp@glsc.org. Please be sure to include your school, grade level and full contact information
  • Pre-register online: our reservations team will follow up and confirm your field trip by phone. Click here to pre-register

Workshop Supply Kits
Virtual hands-on workshops include one kit per registered student that contains all items needed to complete each workshop. One additoinal kit is also provided for the teacher. Kits will be delivered to your schol or can be picked up at the Science Center. After the workshop is completed, you can drop off any materials that need to be returned to the Science Scence or we will schedule a date and time to pick up at your school.

Health and Safety
Virtual Field Trips - We ensure that all proper protocol is following when distributing the kits. Each element is cleaned and sanitized before packing. When materials are returned, they are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before re-packing for future use. All kits include safety information sheets with information on proper tool handling, ventilation needs and disposal of hazardous items. Please ensure that these are reviewed with your class prior to the program start. 

Onsite Field Trips - Guests and staff are required to wear masks onsite at all times when not eating or drinking and undergo a temperature check upon arrival. Frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces as well as social distancing make your visit as safe as possible. Visit our Guest Health and Safety page for more detail. 

Payment and Confirmation

A confirmation packet will be emailed to you following the completion of your reservation. Please review the packet carefully to ensure you have everything you need to make your trip an educational and enriching experience. Payment for all field trips is due 14 days prior to your visit date. Acceptable forms of payment include credit card, check, purchase orders and cash (cash payments must be made in person at the Science Center).

Cancellation Policy

Great Lakes Science Center has a no-refund policy. Failure to return the confirmation form does not constitute a cancellation and all fees will apply. If you must cancel, please send a written cancellation no later than 14 days in advance of your visit. Written cancellations must be sent via email (edhelp@glsc.org), fax (216-696-2142) or direct mail to Great Lakes Science Center, Attention: Registration Dept, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114. Telephone cancellations cannot be guaranteed. Every effort will be made to reschedule your school group, subject to availability.

Virtual Platforms
We plan to use Zoom for all virtual interactions and will email a link to the contact on the registration before the session begins. This can be emailed out to your families with students at home. The Zoom call will start at the registered start time of the program. If you have technical difficulties, please contact us at 216-696-4185. If you are unable to use Zoom, please let us know at time of registration and we will try to make an accomodation by using a different service. 

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