Group Field Trips and Educational Programs Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl:

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Group Field Trips and
Educational Programs
Preschool - 3rd Grade
Smokey Bear &
Woodsy Owl:
February 5 - May 22
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Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home was created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration
with the US Forest Service. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl are protected by Congressional law and are used with
permission from the US Forest Service. All Rights Reserved. 16 USC 580p-4 & 18 USC 711a.
Winter/Spring 2011
414-390-KIDS (5437) •
Thank you for your interest in the field trip program at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.
This brochure includes the information you will need to plan a fun, hands-on educational
visit for your school, child care center or community group, including an opportunity for
children to explore the Museum’s exhibits and activities based on their age, interests and
developmental abilities. The Museum’s exhibits and tour programs are designed to:
• Immerse children in learning through hands-on experiences
• Introduce children to the arts, sciences and humanities
• Enhance cognitive, physical, social and emotional development
• Reinforce newly acquired skills
• Celebrate cultural and ethnic diversity
• Extend classroom learning
• Encourage children to use imagination and creativity
• Foster individual learning styles
The Museum is proud to serve as a resource for early
childhood and elementary education professionals.
Museum exhibits and programs reflect Wisconsin state academic standards and developmental
milestones recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Our
Education Department can help ensure that your group’s visit complements your classroom
curriculum, and can recommend teaching techniques, tools and activities that will enhance your
group’s learning before, during and after your visit. Additional information about tour content and
reservations can be accessed by visiting our website at, or by contacting
our Group Programs Coordinator at [email protected] or 414-390-KIDS (5437), ext. 272.
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February 5 - May 22
Join Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl as they
welcome visitors to pretend woodland, urban
and stream settings that inspire children to discover
and care for the natural resources that sustain our
world – our home sweet home! The green-built exhibit,
developed by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in
collaboration with the US Forest Service, includes a
variety of educational activities, costumes, puppets
and props that help children explore science and
environmental and conservation messages.
permanent Exhibits
It’s Artastic!
Conduct a “virtual performance” of the Milwaukee Youth
Symphony Orchestra, follow a dance lesson featuring the
Milwaukee Ballet and explore dances from around the
world, create a theater performance complete with costumes, scripts and props, produce a puppet show, create
a masterpiece in the Artist’s Studio and more!
Exhibit Partners/Sponsors: The Dunlap Family, the Fleck Foundation, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund
and Anita B. Steinman Fund, the Helen Bader Foundation, Koss Corporation, Arlene Wilson Lee and Joel Lee, the Maihaugen
Foundation, the Marcus Corporation Foundation, the City of Milwaukee Arts Board, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation,
Deborah and Timothy Nustad, the Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation, the Stackner Family Foundation, the Teerlink Family
and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funding from the state of Wisconsin.
Home Town
Role-play in a pretend business district. Make a deposit at
the WaterStone Bank, change a tire in the Super Service
Center and shop in the Sendik’s Food Market and pay at the
cash register. Working phones and special deliveries from
the Post Office help you communicate with your neighborhood partners.
NEW in Home Town! Brady Corporation, Jr., Under
Construction - Go Green!, a new and improved city bus,
The Animal Hospital presented by Shorewood Animal Hospital
(through April 3) and a new pretend business sponsored by
Piala’s Nursery & Garden Shop (April 8 - July 3).
Exhibit Partners/Sponsors: Brady Corporation Foundation, The Elizabeth A. Brinn Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library
Services, Piala’s Nursery & Garden Shop, Sendik’s Food Market, Shorewood Animal Hospital and WaterStone Bank
Let’s Play Railway!™
Climb aboard the Engine, Cattle Wagon and Caboose and
role-play a ride on the rails. Operate the engine from the
cab, sort corn in the silo and groom the animals. Find and
solve puzzles in the train’s wheels and take a spin in the
roly-poly wheel.
Deliver the news from our kid-size anchor desk. Experiment with technology using a TV
camera and control station, featuring sound effects and digital imaging. Change backdrops, try on costumes and see yourself on TV in the chroma key studio.
Exhibit Partner/Sponsor: Time Warner Cable
Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move!
Kids can jump into a giant, interactive board game and play their
way to a healthy lifestyle! A colorful winding path leads players to
action-packed stations where they explore personal care, nutrition,
safety, and activity/rest. As kids move, crawl, climb and slide their
way through fun health challenges, they discover the winning combinations that will help keep them healthy and safe.
Exhibit Partners/Sponsors: Kohl’s Department Stores, Children’s Hospital and Health System
Focused Field Trips
Add a fun educational program to your field trip for only
$2.50 per child!
The Museum’s Focused Field Trips are a great way to expand
on concepts learned in the Museum’s exhibits or in the
classroom. The following programs encourage learning through
the use of materials, props, demonstrations and group
interaction. Focused Field Trips include an orientation to the
Museum, an educational program (30 minutes) and time to
explore the Museum’s hands-on exhibits.
Total Visit Time: 2 hours
Campfire Stories with Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl
(K4 – 3rd Grade)
Join Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl as they discover the night sky through the eyes of
children from around the world. Participate in interactive stories around our pretend
campfire and learn about Smokey Bear’s environmental messages!
Related Exhibits: Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home, It’s Artastic! Highlighting Social
Studies Standards: A.4.1, E.4.11. Highlighting Environmental Education Standards: C.4.1, C.4.2,
C.4.3, C.4.4. Common Core Standards for English Language Arts: R.CCR.7, SL.CCR.2.
Construction Zone: The Power of Shapes (K5 – 3rd Grade)
sponsored by Brady Corporation Foundation
Put on your hard hats and jump into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)!
Children will explore the strength of shapes and use scientific methods to experiment
with basic engineering concepts as they design and build their own structures.
Related Exhibits: Brady Corporation Jr., Under Construction – Go Green!
Highlighting Science Standards: C.4.2, C.4.5, D.4.1
Common Core Standards for Mathematics: K.G, 1.G.1, 1.G.2, 2.G.1, 3.G.1
Recycling Relay (K5 – 3rd Grade) sponsored by Brady Corporation Foundation
Protect our planet! Children will learn about the three Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle –
and how they can help preserve the environment. A relay using recyclable materials
challenges kids to “go green.” Related Exhibits: Brady Corporation Jr., Under
Construction – Go Green! Highlighting Environmental Education Standards: C.4.1,
C.4.4, E.4.2 Science: C.4.2, H.4.1, H.4.2
Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s How You Play the Game 1 Nutrition, Activity & Rest (1st - 3rd grade)
Learn about maintaining a healthy lifestyle! Join a team to play games and
accomplish challenges that highlight the food pyramid and healthy eating, the
benefits of physical activities and the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.
Related Exhibit: Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move!
Highlighting Health Education Standards: A.4.3, B.4.1, B.4.4, C.4.1
Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s How You Play the Game 2 Safety and Personal Care (1st - 3rd grade)
Discover ways to care for your body and how to keep it safe when at home –
or on the go! Identify emergencies and when to dial 911, learn out about safety
rules and gear, and brush up on important personal care routines.
Related Exhibit: Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move!
Highlighting Health Education Standards: A.4.4, B.4.1, B.4.4, C.4.1
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Renewable Energy Works (1st - 3rd grade)
Step into science with playful experiments and energizing activities. Learn how electricity
is made from the renewable energy sources of wind, sun, water and biomass through
adventurous demonstrations that let you be the scientist! Related Exhibit: Home Town
Highlighting Science and Environmental Education Standards: E.4.7, B.4.1, B.4.3
Ask us about receiving a FREE Renewable Energy Works program for your
group! Hurry, programs are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ge-o-my! Art and Geometry (K5 - 3rd grade)
Create a geometric work of art in the style of abstract artist M.C. Escher.
Experiment with shapes, colors, patterns and tessellations as you explore geometric
concepts. Related Exhibit: It’s Artastic! Highlighting Art and Design Education
Standards: B.4.5, D.4.5, K.4.1, L.4.6. Common Core State Standards for
Mathematics: K.G. 2, K.G. 3, 1.G.1, 1.G.2, 2.G.1, 3.G.
Combine your BBCM Ge-o-my! field trip with a Milwaukee Art Museum trip! Regular general
school group tour fees apply to both visits. For additional information about a combined trip, e-mail
[email protected], call BBCM at 414-390-KIDS (5437), ext. 270, or call the Milwaukee Art
Museum at 414-224-3842.
Our Five Senses (K4 - 1st grade)
Why does food taste funny when you have a cold? Find the answer to this question and
many more as you identify and explore the five senses. Learn how your senses keep
you safe and how each sense contributes to your ongoing health and wellness. Related
Exhibit: Five Senses stations. Highlighting Health Standards: A.4.5, A.4.2, A.4.3.
The Heads & Tails of Money sponsored by
(1st - 3rd grade)
Spend, save, share! Find the fun in financing, see dollar signs, and discover the basic
skills of money management through an exciting game show format. Related Exhibit:
WaterStone Bank. Highlighting Personal Financial Literacy Standards: B.1, B.3,
D.1. Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: 1.OA.1, 1.NBT.5, 1.NBT.6,
2.OA.1, 2.MD.8, 3.NBT.2.
Playground Engineers! (1st – 3rd grade)
Become a playground engineer! Children will learn about simple machines and
use imagination, creativity and teamwork to help them design and build a pretend
playground with unique slides, swings, merry-go-rounds and more. Highlighting
Science Standards: C.4.1, C.4.2, C.4.6, G.4.4, H.4.3. Common Core Standards for
Mathematics: 1.G.1, 1.G.2.
The Music of Sound (K4 - 2nd grade)
Learn the science behind sound through hands-on experiments and discover what
makes music a special kind of sound. Use a variety of instruments to explore rhythm,
pitch and volume, and create a musical performance. Related Exhibits: It’s Artastic!,
Let’s Play Railway! Highlighting Music Standards: A.4.1, F.4.5, I.4.1.
Broadway Bound (K5-3rd grade)
Use costumes, props and scripts to rehearse and perform theatrical versions of
well-known short stories. Learn a variety of stage terms while developing creativity
and literacy skills through performance. Related Exhibit: It’s Artastic! Highlighting
Theater Standards: B.4.1, B.4.2, E.4.2, E.4.6. Common Core Standards for English
Language Arts: SL.CCR.6.
Adaptive Arts (Designed for special needs groups, age 2 and older.)
This adaptive clay class enhances fine and gross motor skills in children with developmental, emotional or
physical disabilities. Resource materials and body awareness strategies are provided to reinforce lessons.
How to Visit
Focused Field Trips: $6.50 per child
Please ask
if your group
qualifies for
Includes an orientation to the Museum, time to explore the
Museum’s hands-on exhibits and an educational program
of your choice (2 hour visit).
Minimum of 25 children (or minimum payment of $162.50) is required.
Field Trips: $4 per child
Includes an orientation to the Museum and time to explore the Museum’s handson exhibits (1 ½ hour visit).
Minimum of 10 children (or minimum payment of $40) is required.
* The Museum is pleased to provide reduced admission to groups that qualify for assistance.
The Special Admissions Program was established in memory of Mary Leach Smith.
Milwaukee Public Schools: For information about receiving FREE BUS
TRANSPORTATION for your field trip, call 414-390-KIDS, ext. 270. Availability
is limited. This opportunity is made possible by the Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation.
1. E-mail [email protected] or call 414-390-5437, ext. 270, to make a
reservation. Please e-mail or call a minimum of two weeks in advance to
make your reservation. Registration forms and fees must be submitted one
week in advance of your visit. When e-mailing or calling, please provide the
following information:
- Number of children in your group
- Date that you would like to visit
- Time preference (Focused Field Trips: 9:30-11:30 a.m. or noon-2 p.m.;
Basic Field Trips: 9:30-11 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m. or 1:30-3 p.m.)
2. After receiving your reservation, a Confirmation Form will be sent to you.
3. Payment may be made with a credit card by phone or by mailing a check or
money order made payable to the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. Payments
are required one week in advance, and all payments are non-refundable.
4. Groups are considered registered after the Museum has received a
completed Confirmation Form and payment in full.
Unregistered groups arriving at the Museum will be charged based on the number of children in their original
reservation, and will be assessed a $20 late registration fee. The Museum reserves the right to cancel field trips that
have not fully registered in advance.
Chaperone Policy
• There is a requirement of one adult chaperone (18 or older) for every five children (total number
of chaperones includes teachers).
• Required chaperones are admitted free; additional adults are $4 each.
• What if I am missing a chaperone? You will be charged $5 for the first chaperone that you do not
provide, $10 for the second, $15 for the third, etc. Museum admission assistance does not cover this
charge. An insufficient number of chaperones may result in the cancellation of your field trip.
Cancellation Policy
• Groups canceling 14 days or more in advance of their scheduled visit may apply their
payment toward a future scheduled group visit.
• Groups canceling fewer than 14 days in advance of their scheduled visit will be charged a
cancellation fee prior to rescheduling a future visit: Focused Field Trip, $50 cancellation fee;
or Field Trip, $35 cancellation fee.
When you Visit
Follow I-94 to I-794 east.
Exit at VAN BUREN (exit 1E).
Take Van Buren Street north
two blocks to Wisconsin
Avenue. Turn right onto
Wisconsin Avenue.
Groups may unload on
Wisconsin Avenue at the Miller
Brewing Company Pavilion.
Enter the Pavilion through the northwest doors.
Located at
O’Donnell Park
Upon Arrival
• Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled tour time. Groups that
arrive late will have abbreviated field trip time due to scheduling considerations; no additional play time will be granted. Please arrive on time so that
you can take advantage of all that the Museum has to offer!
• Please STOP your group in the lobby on the first floor of the Miller Pavilion.
• Have one group representative check in at the Museum’s Information Desk,
located on the second floor, and provide the total number of children and adults
in the group. Please note that refunds are not provided for children who are
registered, but are absent on the day of your visit. If you have additional children
and chaperones on the day of your visit, you may pay for them at this time.
• BUSES may park on Prospect Avenue or Lincoln Memorial Drive.
• CARS: Visitors that park in the US Bank garage (Michigan St. and Cass St.) may
purchase a discounted parking pass at the Museum’s Information Desk for a flat
rate of $3 (4-hour parking limit). Metered street parking and other area lots
are also available.
Groups are welcome to bring their own food and beverages.
Lunches can be enjoyed in Picnic Place located in the Miller
Brewing Company Pavillion atrium on the first-floor level.
This is a shared space for groups and general visitors,
and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Groups are responsible for clean-up.
For classroom activities to
complement your visit, please
visit or call
414-390-KIDS (5437), ext. 270.
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February 5 - May 22
929 East Wisconsin Avenue • Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-390-KIDS (5437) •
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum