For Educators

Field Trips

The Washington Pavilion is the perfect destination for your next field trip. Our trained staff can help you select from our numerous engaging and inspiring exhibits, performances, art and science programs and large format films in order to supplement your curriculum and fulfill content standards. Teachers and classes are invited to create their own experience from the many educational opportunities offered at the Washington Pavilion, including:

  • Free Interactive Museum Tours to explore our beautiful, ever-changing art exhibits in the Visual Arts Center 
  • The opportunity to experience a live theatre performance of HOW I BECAME A PIRATE   
  • Hands-on, educational exhibitions in the Kirby Science Discovery Center, including Space: An Out-of-this-World Experience, presented in English and Spanish text 
  • An engaging new science demonstration for school groups visiting the Kirby Science Discovery Center 
  • New films in the Wells Fargo CineDome that will excite students of all ages 

For more information on programs for school groups, please see our Field Trip Planning Guide (PDF).

Student Matinees

Our Husby Performing Arts Center offers great opportunities throughout the year for students to attend performances during the day. Expand your field trip experience with a fun and educational theatre performance!


Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. | Mary W. Sommervold Hall

Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 5

Book Music & Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman | Based on the book by Melinda Long | Illustrations by David Shannon

AAARRRGH! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard's band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can’t find on any map! Based on the popular book, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE is a joyful family musical that is sure to leave young mateys singing and dancing in the aisles! Join us for this professional national tour presented by the Dallas Children’s Theater. Approximately 60 minutes in length.

Curriculum Connections: Reading and Language Arts | Communication | Storytelling | Mathematics

Download Sample Study Guide (PDF)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. | Belbas Theater

Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 5

Music by ROBERT REALE | Book and Lyrics by WILLIE REALE | Based on the books by ARNOLD LOBEL

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD tells the story of Frog and Toad and their friendship that endures throughout the seasons. This whimsical community youth production features local student actors from the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) at the Washington Pavilion. Approximately 90 minutes in length.

Curriculum Connections: Reading and Language Arts | Communication | Storytelling | Seasons

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Student Matinee Sponsors 

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Connie & Mick McDowell Family Matinee Series, The Fay Wheeldon and Ruby Wheeldon Merry Endowment

Washington Pavilion Teacher Circle

The Washington Pavilion Teacher Circle provides a unique professional development opportunity for regional educators in the area of STEAM integration. In addition to presentations and interactive workshops led by experts in the field, teacher participants will be given time to collaborate with other passionate educators from the region to create innovative learning experiences for students.

Deadline to apply for the 2018 Teacher Circle - Applications for qualified teachers will continue to be considered until all spots are filled or until January 26, 2018. Middle school and high school educators are encouraged to apply.

Download 2018 Teacher Circle Application (PDF)

For details regarding the Washington Pavilion Teacher Circle program, contact us

Institute of Museum and Library Services logo

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (MA-11-16-0121-16).

Other Student Opportunities

Get your students involved in our annual Design Challenge or Science Fair Showcase! Both are free of charge, and it is a great opportunity to work on teamwork, critical thinking, the engineering design process and scientific method.

Arrange Your Visit

To learn more about our services or to make your group reservation, contact Field Trips / Group Visits, fill out a Group Request Form (PDF), or call us at 605-367-7397 ext. 2351 or toll free 1-877-927-4728 ext. 2351