FAQs

We get a lot of questions about our Field Trips. Here are some of our most popular:
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+Q I want to bring my students to LCM+L. What will our visit cost?
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We have three types of “field trip packages” for school and youth groups interesting in visiting Living Computers.  Each includes exhibit admission, but also a facilitated experience with either a Labs Educator or a Tour Guide. 
 
Field Trip Packages at Living Computers have flat-fee pricing, and are designed to accommodate up to 32 students for a 2-3 hour visit.  For youth groups with limited time or varying ages, we also have an ADMISSIONS ONLY rate that grants students access to our exhibits for $8 per student. 

For full pricing on our Field Trip packages, please go to our Field Trips: Programs page or email fieldtrips@livingcomputers.org.

+Q How many students can you take at once?
A The museum can host a maximum of 180 students per three hour time block (morning, 10:00 – 1:00 pm; afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00 pm).
 
+Q What's your Chaperone policy?
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Field Trips at Living Computers require a minimum of one adult per five students under 10 years of age (1:5), and one adult per eight students over 11 years (1:8).  LCM+L considers Chaperones to be any parent, teacher, or other adult individual over 18 years of age committed to supervising youth during a visit to the museum. 
 
Admission for the minimum number of chaperones required to supervise your student group is included in all Field Trip package pricing.  Additional chaperones beyond the minimum ratio are welcome to attend at general admission prices – unless they are a member, in which case they get in for free!

+Q How far in advance do I need to reserve my field trip?
A We suggest booking your field trip anywhere between 2-4 months before your intended visit.  To secure your field trip date and pricing, all reservation details must be finalized at least two weeks prior to your arrival date. 
 
Field trip groups who do not have a reservation and/or arrive day-of will be charged full price admission for all students and chaperones attending and may be denied admittance due to building capacity – so be sure to book your field trip here!
+Q How do I qualilfy for Field Trip pricing?
A We offer field trip pricing to any group of 12 or more students from either a public or private school, childcare program, co-op, nonprofit or for-profit youth organization.  This includes early education centers or any group in which 5 or more students are preschool aged or younger.
 
Homeschooling groups are eligible for field trip pricing as long as groups have a minimum of 12 students that span no more than three grade bands.  If you are a homeschooling parent or teacher and would like to bring your students to Living Computers, please see Homeschool Day for details on our specialized program for homeschooled students. 
+Q How can I pay for my field trip?
A We can process payment by check, invoice, or credit card.  Payments may be sent any time from the time of a group’s reservation date to 30 days past the visit date.  Checks can be made out to Living Computers and sent with the invoice to:
 
2245 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
(206)-342-2020
 
Field trip organizers have up to two (2) weeks before the date of their visit to revise and/or reschedule their reservation and invoice at fieldtrips@livingcomputers.org.  Organizers are responsible for booking field trip packages that correspond with their anticipated student account. 
 
Pre- and post-visit refunds are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 
+Q Do you provide any Title I discounts?
A Yes. One of the founding pillars of LCM+L is to provide access to quality computer science education for all students. That is why we discount any Title I school programs 50% across the board.
+Q Well, my school does not have Title I status. What if we can’t afford a field trip either?
A If you suspect that your school or community group cannot afford to visit LCM+L, do not wait and write us directly at fieldtrips@livingcomputers.org.
+Q Do you have bus scholarships?
A Not yet – but if bus scholarships would greatly increase your school’s chance at a field trip at LCM+L, write us at fieldtrips@livingcomputers.org. The more we hear from our community, the faster we can make this possible.
+Q What if we want to bring a group during the summer?
+Q Can I just bring my class without a reservation?
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If you arrive without a reservation, we cannot guarantee your group some of the wonderful perks of simply calling ahead, such as:

  • A reduced student admission rate—all student groups who arrive unannounced will be charged full price upon admission to the museum
  • Parking and reserved lunch space
  • Guided tours and other facilitated activities

So please, call ahead for your group at 206-342-2020.  Due to museum capacity, large unannounced groups may be denied admittance.

+Q Do you offer museum tours?
A We most certainly do.  As the home of one of the largest collections of restored and fully-operational computers in the world, tours at Living Computers are an interactive and one-of-a-kind experience for students.  For high school students doing Intro to Computer Science or AP CS coursework, Living Computers tours are a particularly special experience.
 
Arrange a private tour for your group by mentioning our TOUR Packages when submitting your field trip reservation form
+Q What if I want a hands-on activity for my students’ visit, but not a tour?
A No problem!  In the Labs, we offer a dynamic list of 60- and 90-minute hands-on computer science lessons that span everything from block-based coding to electrical engineering to the history of gaming.  Whether your students are computer experts or total noobs, we’ll help you pick the activity that’s right for them.
 
Book a hands-on lesson by mentioning a BASIC or EXTENDED Package when submitting your field trip reservation form.  Note – Lab activities are only offered for weekday reservations.
+Q What if I want a tour AND an activity?
A It’s possible, but pretty uncommon.  Most groups that want to stay between 2-3 hours pick either a tour or an activity for their visit.  But if you want both and have the time to spare, just ask for both TOUR and BASIC Packages when filling out your field trip reservation form.  Please note that booking multiple packages are subject to availability.
+Q Do you have any self-guided gallery activities? Can we bring our own self-guided activity?
A We have a couple self-guided scavenger hunts for our exhibit floor.  Just ask our Education team to have us send them to you – or our Front Desk staff when you arrive.  You are more than welcome to develop and bring your own self-guided activity, too.
+Q Anything we can do in class to prepare for our visit?
A What a great question! One of the best ways to get your students prepared for their visit to LCM+L is to try Hour of Code at your school. Code.org provides a number of lessons for K-12 (yes, kindergarteners too!) to start programming through their block-based, visual programming interface freely accessible online through any Internet web browser. It’s a great introduction to several computer science concepts and practices that you will experience in our Lab programs. 
+Q I am a wheelchair-bound visitor. Which exhibits can you recommend for me at LCM+L?
A All of them!  As a “please touch” museum, LCM+L is well suited for disabled visitors of all types.  Our keyboards are meant for fingers, our teletypes make noise, and many of our exhibits and installations require guests to actually pull up a chair to use!

The museum has an elevator to our second floor vintage collection and a lift to our mezzanine exhibits (Gamemakers Space and Internet of Things Workshop).  We also have a ramp leading up to our main entrance, two handicap accessible parking spaces, and a large changing room available if needed.
+Q What if my student group has broad range of ages (e.g., homeschool, after-school programs, small private schools, etc.) or just limited time?
A For groups with multiple ages and/or time restrictions, LCM+L does provide an Admission Only rate of $8 student with free admission for the minimum number of adult chaperones. This rate does not include a guided tour or any pre-scheduled facilitated activities for your group. However, groups who request this rate still get access to our parking lot and shared café space for lunch.
+Q Do you have any programs suitable for my preschool group?
A Yes we do! At Living Computers, we know preschool students learn differently than their older counterparts. While young visitors often have fun with their older siblings, there are few opportunities that engage this age group exclusively in activities that foster computational thinking. This is why Living Computers' Education Department has taken a unique and dedicated stance on providing our youngest visitors opportunities to learn computational thinking in play-based, age-appropriate ways.

For any group having 6 or more preschool children, we highly encourage making a reservation to get a special and tailored museum experience. We’ll take a look at your student numbers, age, and figure out a plan that works best for your group.
+Q What if I want to take my group to eat lunch off-site? Can we return to the museum?
A Each student and chaperone receives a colored bracelet upon entry to LCM+L. As long as you wear those bracelets, your group can move in and out of the museum until closing (5:00 pm).
+Q What can my student group and I expect upon our arrival at LCM+L?
A Upon arrival at the museum, students should stay outside either on the school bus, or the sidewalk on 1st Ave S while Field Trip Organizers first check-in with the Front Desk.  After providing total head count and/or payment to our desk staff, your group will be ushered into the museum through the Front Door at opening time – 10:00 am.  Groups arriving before 10:00 am will be asked to wait outside or on the bus until the museum opens.
 
Once inside the museum, students will drop off their belongings in color-coded carts and provided a quick 10-minute orientation going over their schedule for the day before starting on their visit.   
+Q What should we bring with us on the field trip?
A Students should bring only their jackets and lunches to the museum, where we’ll collect them immediately upon entrance.  Leave those backpacks at school or on the bus!
+Q Where can school buses drop off and pick up?
A We have a yellow load-unload zone directly in front of the museum southbound on 1st Ave S where students can be safely offloaded right on to the sidewalk. Please click here for a print-out of our bus driver directions.
 
This space is large enough for three full-sized school buses if each bus pulls up as far as possible.  We also recommend parking as close to the curb as possible (or even slightly up on the curb), as lanes on 1st Ave S are quite narrow and often have industrial vehicles. 
 
While students are inside, bus drivers are welcome to come in and tour the museum free of charge. 
+Q Our group is carpooling to the museum. Do you have parking?
A Living Computers’ parking lot on the north side of the building has 26 spots in front of the main entrance, including two handicap accessible parking spaces.  In addition, there are 2-hour parking spaces behind the museum on Utah Ave S.
 
Carpooling groups must wait until the Organizer arrives and checks-in to the Front Desk before entering the building.  Unless you are a member, we do not allow early entrance without paying general admission prices.
 
 
+Q We’d like to take public transit.  What are the nearest transit routes?
A Two of the closest King County Metro bus routes near Living Computers are Route 21 and 50, which drop off right on 1st Ave S.  The next closest stations are on 4th Ave S and South Lander St (close to the SODO Light Rail station), which serve Routes 131 and 132.  Please note that South Lander Street will have restricted pedestrian access while it is closed for construction until 2020.
 
Groups arriving by metro must wait until the Organizer arrives and checks-in to the Front Desk before entering the building.  Unless you are a member, we do not allow early entrance without paying general admission prices. 

For more details on how to get to Living Computers via transit, please click here.
 
+Q Is there an indoor place for my class to eat lunch?
A Living Computers has limited lunch space for brown bag lunch available on-site.  Use of this space is included when booking any of our Field Trip Packages.  There are no lunch options for purchase on-site in our Tech Store - but we do have coffee and light snacks. 
 
If you need to order lunch for delivery to Living Computers, let us know at least one week ahead of time, and we’ll help arrange delivery during the appropriate lunch window. 
+Q Can my students eat off-site?
A We don’t recommend having elementary or middle school groups eat outside in the SoDo area.  However, high school students who want to go off-site for lunch may leave in a group of three with at least one adult chaperone.  Please keep your colored bracelets on for easy exit/entry to the museum. 
 
+Q What does LCM+L expect from students while on-site?
 
A We expect that students visiting Living Computers be kind, engaged, and respectful of the Museum rules.  Go over our Museum Rules with your class ahead of time using either our Preparing For Your Visit or Chaperone Worksheet.
 
 
+Q What does LCM+L expect from teachers while on-site?
 
A Teachers should split up students ahead of time into assigned color groups, and then into pre-assigned chaperone groups using our Chaperone Worksheet.  Teachers should also be prepared to hold both students and chaperones accountable while on-site. 
 
But most of all, we depend on teacher input to build a great field trip experience.  Tell us about what you’re teaching; let us know what you need; participate in the Lab activities.  We expect teachers to be enthusiastic participants!
 
+Q What does LCM+L expect from our chaperones?
A We trust that chaperones attending a school field trip be attentive, engaged, and excited facilitators. Come prepared with a watch and a charged cell phone. You don’t need to know anything about computers—just know the names of your assigned kids, keep track of the day’s schedule, and help police student behavior.

And when things get out of hand—if you get a question you can’t answer or there’s a bigger emergency—find one of the museum staff to help you. We don’t expect chaperones to know everything. Let’s work together to make this a positive experience for our students. For more information, also check out our Chaperone Worksheet for more practical tips on how to be an excellent chaperone.
+Q I was a field trip chaperone and had a great time! How do I become part of the LCM+L community?
A We love hearing that. One of the best ways to support Living Computers and learn more about the amazing workshops, events, and programs we offer here is to get a membership.  We have both individual and family memberships available starting at $60 a year.  Learn more at the Membership page. 
+Q Do you have summer camps?
A Not at the moment!  But we do have a number of workshop opportunities in the Labs for both students and adults. To see what’s coming up next, go to our Events Calendar.
 
+Q Teachers, did you know we have a special teacher membership?
A LCM+L has a special and rapidly growing club of computer science teachers and advocates who we support through exclusive workshops, seasonal e-newsletters, and educator-only evening events. Fill out a Membership form here.
+Q I LOVED our field trip to LCM+L! How do I share my experience?
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Well we’re glad to hear it! There’s a couple things you can do:

  • Email a testimonial to fieldtrips@livingcomputers.org - we love comments from students and teachers (our educators also freak out when they get mailed letters - tell your students!).
  • Post and follow us on social media @LivingComputers on Twitter and Instagram or Facebook.
  • Write a review on Trip Advisor, Google, Yelp or Facebook—just search for Living Computers!
  • Lobby your school to consider more field trips to LCM+L for their students. Many times, schools only get one field trip a year—help get students a one-of-a-kind experience with computer science by sharing your experience with school leaders, teachers, and local PTSA.