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  
  • 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 

Classroom Connections

Access lesson plan resources to connect the Washington Pavilion to your classroom. Complete activities prior to your field trip, bring some of the materials with you for enhanced curriculum connections while at the museum or use these lessons as a follow-up once you have returned to your school.

Access Classroom Connections Lesson Plan Resources

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!

ME…JANE: THE DREAMS & ADVENTURES OF YOUNG JANE GOODALL
ME…JANE: THE DREAMS & ADVENTURES OF YOUNG JANE GOODALL


ME…JANE: THE DREAMS & ADVENTURES OF YOUNG JANE GOODALL

Monday, March 25, 2019 | 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. | Mary W. Sommervold Hall
Recommended for Grades 1 - 5

A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission 

Adapted by Andy Mitton, Patrick McDonnell and Aaron Posner
Music and Lyrics by Andy Mitton
Based on the Book Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Choreographed by Christopher D’Amboise
Directed by Aaron Posner 

Part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy

Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a very special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Together, Jane and Jubilee went on outdoor adventures that inspired Jane to spend the rest of her life living with and helping animals. In this new musical adaptation, join young Jane and her special friend as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall’s autobiography, this true story is accessible for the very young—and young at heart. Approximately 60 minutes in length.

Curriculum Connections: Life Science · Storytelling · History

Download Teacher Guide (PDF)

Download Grownup Guide (PDF)

Download Cue Sheet (PDF)

BILL BLAGG’S THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC
BILL BLAGG’S THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC


BILL BLAGG’S THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. | Mary. W. Sommervold Hall
Recommended for Grades 2-7

Illusionist Bill Blagg’s one-of-a-kind educational experience, The Science of Magic, takes students on a rare, behind the scenes journey of the magic world. This comedy-filled, action-packed presentation is highly interactive and makes science fun and exciting! Students will watch in amazement as science creates magic right before their very eyes. The Science of Magic is designed to excite, educate, intrigue and promote students to think about how science and the Scientific Method are used by magicians to create the impossible. To learn more about Bill Blagg, visit billblagg.com.

Curriculum Connections: Scientific Method · The Water Cycle · Physical Properties · States of Matter · Center of Gravity · Properties of Light · Newton’s Laws of Motion · Mirrors – Reflection/Refraction · Problem Solving · Theatre

Download Resource Guide (PDF)

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.

Teacher Circle Information and Application (PDF)

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

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This project was made possible by Wells Fargo.

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. 2322 or toll free 1-877-927-4728 ext. 2322