Booking Your Experience

You may reserve your field trip by phone, email or pre-register online.

  • By phone: Call 216-621-2400 (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) to reserve your field trip. 
  • By email: You may also reach us at edhelp@glsc.org.
  • Online pre-registration: Save time and pre-register online. Our reservations team will collect your information and confirm your field trip by phone.

Title 1 School Admission

Ohio schools with 40 percent or more of their students entitled to Title 1 services receive free general admission as part of a field trip on any school day. DOME Theater films, workshops and Steamship William G. Mather are not included. Status is subject to confirmation. Please call 216-621-2400 for details.


Payment and Confirmation

A confirmation packet will be emailed to you following the completion of your reservation. Please review the packet carefully to assure 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).


Admissions Fee

Please note that a 6 percent City of Cleveland admissions fee is applicable to all field trips and will be added to the cost of the visit.


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.


Chaperones

Great Lakes Science Center requires one adult chaperone for every seven students. Chaperones within the one-to-seven ratio receive free admission to the Science Center. Additional adults must pay the posted student rates. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the behavior and safety of their students. We reserve the right to eject groups or group members who are disruptive to other guests or do not follow Great Lakes Science Center safety regulations or rules. For more information, download the Great Lakes Science Center Chaperone Code of Conduct.


Prepare for Your Visit

Planning a field trip? We want to make it easy to prepare for your day at the Science Center. A wide range of videos and other web-based materials including Early Childhood Education Resources, and Special Exhibition Activity Guides are available.


Lunch Options

Let us know at the time of reservation if you plan to eat lunch at the Science Center.  A reserved lunch space is included with all field trip reservations. Schools are welcome to bring brown bag lunches or pre-order boxed lunches through the Science Center Cafe.

Reserved boxed lunches: Our café can provide a boxed lunch for you and your students. See our lunch menu here. All pre-ordered lunches must be confirmed and paid for at least 72 hours before your visit.

Brown bag: You and your students can enjoy their lunch “picnic style” at the Science Center. Weather permitting, groups are welcome to dine outdoors along the harbor. Please label each student’s lunch and pack all lunches in a large box (provided by you) with the school’s name clearly written on each box. Upon your arrival, you will receive specific storage information from a staff member.


The Science Store

The Science Store carries a large selection of educational items that complement our exhibits and DOME Theater films currently at the Science Center. Place an advance order by using the grab bag order form. Please call The Science Store at 216-696-5575 for additional information.


Parking

Complimentary parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Buses will receive instructions on where and how to park upon arrival. In the event complimentary parking is not available, additional paid parking is available at the Port Authority lot north of FirstEnergy Stadium.