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IMAX Explore Library

We have curated a list of exceptional 40-50 minute documentaries that were created in partnership with research organizations and museums around the world. These films are made with IMAX cameras and formatted specifically for IMAX theatres to give an immersive learning experience unlike anything else!

Watch trailers for our Explore Library here: TRAILERS

IMAX Explore Library 

  • NEW -   Animal Kingdom: A Tale of Six Families 3D –  ecosystems, animal preservation
  • NEW  - Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker 3D –  marine mammals, ocean conservation
  • NEW  - Ocean Odyssey 3D –  marine wildlife, global warming, ocean conservation
  • NEW  - Secrets of the Universe 3D –  engineering, physics, global collaboration
  • National Parks Adventure 3D -  American history & geography
  • Dream Big 3D -  engineering
  • Born to be Wild 3D -  conservation, animal preservation
  • Mysteries of the Great Lakes (not available in 3D) -  Michigan history, animal preservation
  • Under the Sea 3D -  marine wildlife, global warming
  • Beautiful Planet 3D -  weather patterns, space station 
  • Great Bear Rainforest 3D -  conservation, animal preservation, indigenous culture & histor y
  • Grand Canyon Adventure 3D -  water conservation, global warming
  • Hubble 3D -  NASA, space telescopes & exploration
  • Humpback Whales 3D -  animal preservation, ocean life research
  • To the Arctic 3D -  global warming, animal preservation

LOCATIONS: Celebration Cinema North (Grand Rapids), Celebration Cinema Lansing, Celebration Cinema Crossroads (Portage)

Traditional Screen Explore Library

Some of our Explore Library titles have been reformatted to be shown on a traditional movie screen. These can be booked at almost all of our locations.*

  • NEW  -   Animal Kingdom: A Tale of Six Families 3D –  ecosystems, animal preservation

* not available at Studio Park in Grand Rapids and Studio C Meridian Mall in Okemos

Pricing & Scheduling Information

  • Single feature: $6 per person (scheduling between 9:30AM and 11AM)
  • Double feature: $10 (scheduling between 9:30AM and 10:30AM)
  • Single Feature: $5 (scheduling between 9:30AM and 4PM)
  • Double Feature: $8 (scheduling between 9:30AM and 3PM)

Minimum group size of 25 to schedule a showtime

Today’s Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Tech Interactive

Field Trips

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Science Labs

Innovation labs.

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  • Field Trip FAQ

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Now Booking for 2023 - 2024 Field Trips!

All the resources you need to plan for a successful field trip to The Tech Interactive. 

Request a Field Trip


The Tech Interactive has many options to choose from when it comes to building a custom field trip for your students. With exhibits, programs, and films for all ages, we’re sure to have something for everyone in your group!

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53,000 square feet of interactive experiences sure to delight and engage innovators of all ages.

Explore Exhibits

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60-90 minutes

Hands-on and minds-on facilitated sessions that offer deeper learning experiences to reinforce scientific concepts, help students develop 21st century skills and become the problem solvers of tomorrow. 

See Our Science Labs

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Facilitated sessions of certain exhibits that offer a deeper engagement and exploration of the engineering design process and computational thinking.

See Our Innovation Labs

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Educational IMAX Films

40-45 minutes

From the microscopic to the cosmic, IMAX films offer thrilling adventures in new worlds! 

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BioTinkering Lab

In this evolving workspace, you can try creative biodesign activities, explore genetics with scientists from Stanford, participate in community projects, and experiment with new biotechnology. Use real lab tools to grow objects with living things, analyze DNA, design your own biomaterials and more.

Explore the Lab

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The Tech Studio

Everyone’s a maker in this collaborative space! Explore your problem-solving potential with guided experiences in STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

See Our Activities

Field Trip Hours 2023-2024

School field trip hours:.

  • Tuesday - Friday Sept. 5, 2023 - June 7, 2024, The Tech Interactive will be open to school groups from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; open to the public starting at 10 a.m.

Summer field trip hours:

  • Tuesday - Friday June 21, 2023 - July 28, 2023, The Tech Interactive will be open to summer camps, schools, and programs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Beginning Aug. 1, 2023, The Tech will close at 3 p.m. 

We know that COVID-19 has made planning difficult this year, but we also know how important and inspiring a field trip can be for young people! Accordingly, we will be taking field trip reservations as we normally would, but if public health or school district guidelines change between the time of booking and your planned visit, we will work with you to reschedule your trip or refund your payment. You can also explore our Book A STEMbassador  schedule.

Field Trip Pricing 2023-2024

School field trips available Sept. 5, 2023 - June 7, 2024. Summer 2024 field trips available June 11, 2024 - Aug. 2, 2024.

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Title I Schools*

Admission:  Fee waived

IMAX educational film:  $6 per student, $6 per chaperone, $6 IMAX Snack Pack**

Admission + IMAX combo:  N/A

Science Lab (60-90 minutes):  Scholarship provided; pre- and post-visit activity. Available Sept. 5, 2023 - June 7, 2024

Innovation Lab ** (45 minutes): No additional charge for school groups; pre-registration strongly recommended.

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Non-Title I Schools

Admission: $7 per student

IMAX educational film:  $6 per student, $6 per chaperone, $6 IMAX Snack Pack

Admission + IMAX combo: $11 per student, $6 per chaperone, $6 IMAX Snack Pack

Science Lab (60-90 minutes): $300 per class of 32; minimum of 12 required.   Available Sept. 5, 2023 - June 7, 2024

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Summer Camps

Admission: $7 per child

IMAX educational film:  $6 per child, $6 per chaperone, $6 IMAX Snack Pack

Admission + IMAX combo: $11 per child, $6 per chaperone, $6 IMAX Snack Pack

Science Lab (60-90 minutes): N/A

Innovation Lab** (45 minutes): N/A

Important Details

* If 40% or more of the students in your program meet the federal guidelines for free or reduced-price lunch, you are eligible for this discount.

**IMAX Snack Pack must be ordered in advance. Includes popcorn, small water, and a treat.

  • Payment is due three (3) weeks after your reservation is confirmed
  • Please ensure your student counts are accurate. No refunds will be issued for unused general admission and IMAX tickets. 
  • Chaperones within the required adult to child ratio will be provided free admission. Please see our Field Trip Planning page for more information on chaperone requirements. 

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Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

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Extreme Weather

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Forces of Nature

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The Blue Angels

The Unparalleled Experience

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Field Trips

Get a Private Onsite Experience for Your Group of Learners.

Hands-On Learning That Makes an Impact

Customize a field trip to mods, for educators and schools.

MODS can customize a field trip to best suit your needs and budget. Start by reviewing our 2023-2024 Experience Planner and Resource Guide .

Group Visits

MODS offers the Complete Museum Adventure for a private onsite experience. This includes general Museum admission, one IMAX film and one Lab OR Show OR Demo. Select your group’s experience from the options below. Our guest experience associates will customize your itinerary based on your experience selection. A lunchtime will be assigned based on the itinerary selected. There is a minimum of 12 learners. 

There are seven ways to visit MODS with your field trip or group.

1 – Includes general Museum admission and one Makerspace activity. 2 – Includes general Museum admission and one IMAX film. 3 – Includes general Museum admission and one Lab OR Show OR Demo. 4 – Includes general Museum admission only. 5 – Includes IMAX film and one Makerspace activity. Does not include Museum exploration. 6 – Includes IMAX film only. Does not include Museum exploration. 7 – Build Your Own (Price Varies)

The adult chaperone/student ratio requirements are: 

  • 1:5 for grades Pre-K – 1
  • 1:10 for grades 2 – 12 

All chaperones within this ratio must pay $5.00/per person if the group is booking a 45-minute IMAX documentary for their experience.

MODS aims to be inclusive for all our guests, so we have made accommodations that foster a fun and user-friendly experience. If you require special accommodations, please email [email protected] for assistance.

For homeschooled learners, small groups and scouts, Saturday Field Trips are subject to availability and require three weeks’ advance notice. 

MODS Experience Reservation Form

Thank you for choosing the Museum of Discovery and Science for your upcoming experience. If you have any questions when completing this form, please call us at 954.713.0930 or email [email protected] and one of our Guest Experience Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Experience Reservation Form

Please fill out the form below and one of our team members will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for choosing MODS for your upcoming experience. If you have any questions when completing this form, please call us at 954.713.0930 or email [email protected] . Our guest experience specialists are happy to help you.

Number of Expected Additional Chaperones (outside of the 1:5 and 1:10 ratios)

Note: Dates are first-come, first-served. We recommend selecting three potential dates for your MODS experience that work with your calendar. Remember to confirm your transportation (if needed) will be available on those days.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Title-1 school students in Broward County receive a FREE grant-funded IMAX film add-on: “Superhuman Body 3D”. If you are interested in viewing this IMAX film at no cost to your students, please select “Superhuman Body 3D” as your IMAX film selection. This only applies to the film: “Superhuman Body 3D”. Adult chaperones pay regular group pricing. 

MODS Experience Acknowledgment

When you call or go online to reserve, have your payment option ready. Accepted forms of payment include cash, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover), check or PO number (for schools only). A 20% non-refundable deposit is required. Full payment is due prior to arrival at the Museum or STEMobile experience.

  • Experience reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total due (whichever is greater) must be received no later than two (2) weeks after your reservation has been confirmed. Reservations without paid deposits are subject to cancellation.
  • Accepted forms of payment include cash, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover), check or PO number. Full payment is required in advance of arrival at the Museum.
  • Refunds cannot be issued when cancellations are made less than seven days before scheduled experience (this includes all components of your booked experience: IMAX films, shows, labs, demos, STEMobile, Makerspace and more, and boxed lunch orders as well).
  • PAYMENT ADDRESS – Please make checks or money orders payable to “Museum of Discovery & Science” and mail to: Museum of Discovery & Science Reservations Department, 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. (Note: please place the reservation order number somewhere on your check.)
  • Final payment is due 7 business days prior to the field trip unless you are from a school paying with a PO, and then full payment is due upon arrival at the Museum.
  • The lead teacher is responsible for collecting payment from additional chaperones attending the field trip prior to arrival.
  • Any chaperones not included in the reservation and choosing to pay separately will pay the regular Museum admission rate and will not be guaranteed seats in shows/activities scheduled for your field trip.
  • Museum memberships are not valid for field trip entrance.
  • Final headcounts must be provided 14 days in advance. There are no refunds for headcount changes on the day of arrival. The school is responsible for payment of the number reserved and confirmed at final head count deadline. There are no refunds for headcount changes on day of arrival. Increasing your head count is based on availability and not guaranteed.

Rescheduling Fee: If you reschedule your date, you will be charged a $75 rescheduling fee. Rescheduling cannot be guaranteed due to limited availability. Cancellation, “No Shows” and Refunds:

  • Please notify the MODS staff at [email protected] if you need to adjust your group’s headcount, cancel or reschedule your visit.
  • If you cancel or reschedule your field trip after your deposit due date, you will be charged a $75 rescheduling/cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel your reservation 7 days or less before your visit, you will be charged 20% of your total amount, plus a $75 cancellation fee.
  • There will be no refunds if your group is a no-show the day of your scheduled visit. You will be charged a “No Show” fee of $75, plus the full amount of your trip.

Late Payment Fee: If payment is received late (one day or more following the field trip), you will be charged a $75 late fee. If a purchase order is provided, you will be charged a $75 late fee if payment is received more than 10 business days following the field trip.


  • Our bus loop is an active loading/unloading zone only. Onsite parking is no longer available for buses. Please share this information with the bus company you have contracted.
  • After your group has been dropped off for your visit, the buses should not return until they have been called to return or a scheduled pick-up time has been arranged between the lead chaperone and the bus driver.
  • Please make sure to obtain the bus driver’s name and cell phone number to communicate effectively.
  • All personal belongings and backpacks must remain on the bus. We provide a limited number of lockers for valuables.
  • We now offer a designated area for your lunch time as part of your field trip schedule. Please note that our lunch areas are all outdoors.
  • Groups that choose to bring their own lunches must pack them in coolers or boxes with the school’s name clearly labeled on them. NO GARBAGE BAGS ARE ALLOWED due to safety concerns. Lunches will be stored in an air-conditioned room until your designated lunch time.
  • Upon arrival, the groups must unload their lunches and place them in the lunch bins provided to you. During departure, groups are expected to load the coolers or boxes back on the buses.
  • If you ordered lunches through the Museum, they will be delivered to your group’s assigned lunch location.
  • Lunch times are in 20-minute increments. Field Trip groups may not request specific lunch times. They are assigned according to your schedule.

The Day of Your Experience:

  • Check in with a member of the Guest Experience team to sign paperwork and receive your itinerary.

Onsite at MODS Experiences:

  • Confirm final total of students and adults attending/participating.
  • Please arrive 15-30 minutes early for check-in with your completed paperwork (copy of your reservation number and signed confirmation).
  • Lead teacher/chaperone will check with the Guest Experience team to receive instructions and complete payment. Your group will be seated at available tables in the courtyard until the check-in process is completed.
  • The bus loop is an active loading and unloading area. Buses must drop off passengers and remain offsite until the group is ready to be picked up. There is no parking or standing allowed.

Acknowledgement: By clicking below, you are CONFIRMING a trip and acknowledge your agreement with the MODS field trip policies. Please call or email with any questions: 954.713.0930 or [email protected]. Thank you.

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Museum of Discovery & Science | IMAX AutoNation Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement

  • May 16, 2024

Compliance status

We firmly believe that the internet should be available and accessible to anyone, and are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability.

To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.

This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.

Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.

If you’ve found a malfunction or have ideas for improvement, we’ll be happy to hear from you. You can reach out to the website’s operators by using the following email

Screen-reader and keyboard navigation

Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:

Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.

These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.

Keyboard navigation optimization: The background process also adjusts the website’s HTML, and adds various behaviors using JavaScript code to make the website operable by the keyboard. This includes the ability to navigate the website using the Tab and Shift+Tab keys, operate dropdowns with the arrow keys, close them with Esc, trigger buttons and links using the Enter key, navigate between radio and checkbox elements using the arrow keys, and fill them in with the Spacebar or Enter key.Additionally, keyboard users will find quick-navigation and content-skip menus, available at any time by clicking Alt+1, or as the first elements of the site while navigating with the keyboard. The background process also handles triggered popups by moving the keyboard focus towards them as soon as they appear, and not allow the focus drift outside it.

Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.

Disability profiles supported in our website

  • Epilepsy Safe Mode: this profile enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
  • Visually Impaired Mode: this mode adjusts the website for the convenience of users with visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
  • Cognitive Disability Mode: this mode provides different assistive options to help users with cognitive impairments such as Dyslexia, Autism, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements of the website more easily.
  • ADHD Friendly Mode: this mode helps users with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders to read, browse, and focus on the main website elements more easily while significantly reducing distractions.
  • Blindness Mode: this mode configures the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is software for blind users that is installed on a computer and smartphone, and websites must be compatible with it.
  • Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired): this profile enables motor-impaired persons to operate the website using the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys. Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.

Additional UI, design, and readability adjustments

  • Font adjustments – users, can increase and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
  • Color adjustments – users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over seven different coloring options.
  • Animations – person with epilepsy can stop all running animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs, and CSS flashing transitions.
  • Content highlighting – users can choose to emphasize important elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight focused or hovered elements only.
  • Audio muting – users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets users mute the entire website instantly.
  • Cognitive disorders – we utilize a search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
  • Additional functions – we provide users the option to change cursor color and size, use a printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and many other functions.

Browser and assistive technology compatibility

We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers).

Notes, comments, and feedback

Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs. There may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility, adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological advancements. For any assistance, please reach out to

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Virtual Film Field Trips

This program has been discontinued, learn more about dcm's programs for schools & groups:.



Films that inspire. Educational activities that engage. Tools that motivate.

Incredible award-winning MacGillivray Freeman films, made for IMAX ® and giant screen theatres, are now available in your classroom through DCM! These award winning films take your students to places they may have never been and tell stories they’ve never heard. Inspire your students with these adventures in your classroom or through a virtual platform. Packages come complete with activities that align with local, state and national standards.

Each Virtual Film Field Trip Includes:

• One, 30–40 Minute MacGillivray Freeman film (made for IMAX ® and giant screen theatres)

• Educator Guides with resources to guide content, discussion, and activities 

• Detailed lesson plans for hands-on activities  

• Each activity is 20–40 minutes

• Experiences that equate to more than a week’s worth of science education!

Cost: $165 per classroom per film (up to 30 students)

Choose from three inspiring films…

Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Dream Big transforms how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and skyscrapers to underwater robots, solar cars and sustainable cities, it celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways.

National Parks Adventure

National Parks Adventure is the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s untamed wilderness in places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and many more. As you bike, climb and hike through the parks, learn about natural sciences like geology, biology and ecology as well as geography, history and language arts.

America's Musical Journey

America’s Musical Journey tells the story of the unique cultures that gathered together to innovate and create new forms of thought and music in America. Hear the origins of jazz, blues, rock n’ roll and hip hop. Unique in its narrative power, this film challenges students to see the intersection between art, history, language, and science.

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Showcase IMAX®

The world's most immersive film experience.

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Starpass members earn more with IMAX®, the world’s most immersive film experience. 

See THREE movies in IMAX® and earn a $3 bonus reward: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga , Opening May 24 Bad Boys: Ride or Die , Opening June 7 Inside Out 2 , Opening June 14 A Quiet Place: Day One , Opening June 28 Despicable Me 4 , Opening July 3 Twisters , Opening July 19 Deadpool & Wolverine , Opening July 26

$3 Bonus reward with 3 qualifing IMAX films

Don’t miss your chance to start earning towards your reward and see for yourself how IMAX delivers the most immersive unforgettable experience. Plus members will continue to earn a 10% reward on virtually every purchase. It pays to be a Starpass member!

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Igniting imaginations.

IMAX is the ultimate film experience. With crystal clear images projected onto the World’s Largest Cinema Screen – plus 15,000 watts of digital surround sound – IMAX has the power to take your students to places they may have only dreamed of visiting.

IMAX films are designed to educate and enlighten as much as they are to entertain. They offer educators a powerful teaching tool that is easily integrated into existing curriculum.


Book a school trip to the IMAX to screen some of our amazing educational films.

Atlantic, the official education sponsor, through its partnership with IMAX is making this unique learning vehicle accessible to all students regardless of their financial situation or location.

Films screen every hour on the hour starting from 9am. Session times are set according to Teachers’ Choice, so be quick to book the film, date and time of your preference! E-mail us at [email protected] for further details.


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Field Trips

Experience interdisciplinary Texas.

Explore history, science, language arts, ESL, the arts, and many other stories of Texas through the Bullock Museum's field trip program.

Plan Your Field Trip

What do you want to do and see when you get here?

With three floors of exhibitions and two theaters , there is something for every grade level and subject area.

Bring your students on a learning expedition at the Museum to spark curiosity, practice close-looking skills, and enhance classroom learning. Museum Education staff members are happy to help plan your field trip and can suggest itineraries based on your needs. Download our TEKS-aligned  exhibition and film activity guides  to use at the Museum and  curriculum resources  to use in your classroom. You'll find great suggestions to tie your Museum experiences to classroom activities.  

Be sure to make plans to eat lunch on the Capitol Mall, the shaded picnic tables, or on the bus. The Star Cafe offers group lunch orders that will be ready for you when it is time to eat. Add in a visit to the Museum Store to shop for souvenirs and classroom resources. Join the Educator Reward Program to earn credit when your students shop.

Book a Visit

Reservations for the 2023–2024 school year are open.

Book Your Field Trip

Please direct any questions to  [email protected]  or call the Teacher Hotline at (512) 463-6712.

Make a Reservation

Reservations for the 2023–2024 school year are open. Consider planning a trip to the Museum in the fall, as schedules fill quickly in the spring. 

Field Trip arrival time slots are offered on the hour from 10:00–4:00 p.m. We suggest a 3-hour visitation window to experience all the Museum has to offer. Our Education team can help you plan the most effective use of your time based on your goals.

We suggest a ratio of 1 chaperone to 10 students. To ensure that your group's chaperones will be able to participate in the field trip, please include their numbers when making your reservation.

Please note: There is no parking available at the Museum for buses, RVs, and other large vehicles. Buses will need to leave the Capitol Complex after drop-off. Your bus driver will not be able to serve as a chaperone or lead field trip contact during the Museum field trip. For information about where to load or unload visitors traveling to the Bullock Museum via bus and motor coach, please call (512) 463-6712.

Adult groups should make their reservations by visiting our Group Visits page .

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To make a reservation, please have the following information handy:

  • school/organization name, contact information, district, and grade level
  • lead field trip contact's name, phone number, and email address
  • preferred and alternate dates and arrival times for visit
  • estimated number of students/youth, teachers, and chaperones (we suggest 1 adult per 10 students/youth)
  • any special needs
  • lunch plans (plan to bring lunch or order from The Star Cafe and eat outside on the Capitol Mall, shaded picnic tables, or on the bus).

Field Trip Rates

  • There must be at least 10 students or youths in your group
  • Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance
Visiting the Bullock Texas State History Museum is always my 1st graders' favorite field trip! The whole museum is interactive and fun for all ages. Texas teacher Share

Apply for Scholarships 

Scholarships provide free admission to films. 

Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying groups demonstrating needs. Our scholarship coordinator will assist with the application process after you complete the online reservation form and indicate interest in the scholarship.

Scholarships are currently available for Texas Spirit Theater films and IMAX ®  documentary films .

Educator Preview Visit

Use an Educator Preview Visit to test out lesson plans, scope out the current exhibits, and check out film options before your trip.

To receive waived exhibition admission and tickets to educational films, K-12 educators who live in Texas can show their school ID badge at the Ticketing Counter and tell the attendant they're here for an Educator Preview Visit.

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Experience Films

Don't just see films—experience them. 

Sit in the huge IMAX® Theatre  in front of a screen the size of Texas and become part of stunning giant-screen documentaries about distant countries, space, oceans, animals, and many other amazing places and events. Check out the Educator Guides for the films to use in your classroom.

In the multisensory special effects Texas Spirit Theater, watch as Texas history steps out on stage in The Star of Destiny , an epic saga about Texas's past, present, and future. Or, experience the story of La Belle as seen through the eyes of a young colonist in Shipwrecked . Out of an abundance of caution, some effects that interact with the audience have been made inactive, but there are still plenty of multisensory effects to enjoy. Check the film schedule for dates and showtimes.

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Special Days for Students

American indian heritage day.

This annual event celebrating the indigenous cultures of Texas is held on the last Friday in September. This special day features hands-on activities and dancing and drumming performances at the Museum, as well as on-demand digital resources that you can use to celebrate virtually at home or at school. Vist the event page for more information and classroom resources.

Save the date! September 29, 2023

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Select Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Explore how scientific discoveries have influenced history. On select Thursdays each month, see our educators and STEAM experts from Central Texas Discover Engineering demonstrate the workings of nature and participate in hands-on activities and experiments.

2023–2024 dates: October 12 , November 9 , December 7 , January 11 , February 8 , March 7 , April 4 , May 2 , June 6 , July 11 , August 8

Homeschool Days

Four times a year, Homeschool families can take part in free days reserved just for them, full of hands-on learning activities, special programs, and discounted rates for IMAX ® Theatre and Texas Spirit Theater films.

2023–2024 dates: October 11, December 8, January 26, March 29

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Education events

Study days and online events for primary and secondary teachers and students.

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Curriculum-linked study days and interactive events for students aged 7 to 19 for a range of subjects throughout the year, online, at BFI Southbank, BFI IMAX  and selected partner venues outside of London.

Booking for IMAX events is open now, booking for Southbank and online events opens in September.   

English and History

Film and media studies, modern foreign languages, science and geography.

BFI IMAX Education school screenings

BFI Education events at other cinemas

Coming to england with baroness floella benjamin.

We are thrilled to welcome Baroness Floella Benjamin back to lead this inspirational event on diversity, inclusion and anti-bullying – 10:30am to 12:30pm, 31 October 2023, BFI Southbank.

Dig for Victory, run for cover! A WW2 History event for KS2

Using films from the BFI National Archive alongside clips from feature films, we will explore wartime life in Britain - 10:30am to 3pm, 7 November 2023 and 23 January 2024, BFI Southbank.

Bonjour les amis: Learning French for KS2 pupils

This event will be delivered in both French and English at the BFI Southbank, pupils will learn about French culture and widen their vocabulary - 10:30am to 3:00pm, 7 February 2024 (SOLD OUT), 10:30am to 2:30pm, 7 May 2024 (SOLD OUT), BFI Southbank.

Learning French using short film for KS2 pupils

Explore French language and culture from the comfort of your classroom - 11am to 12pm, 15 November 2023, online via Zoom.

Diary of an Upstander: an Anti-Bullying event for KS2

Come and be an ‘upstander’ in your community as we explore how to spot and speak out against bullying - 10:30am to 12:30pm, 21 November 2023, BFI Southbank.

Blast from the Past: a local history event for KS2

Travel back in time through the power of film to discover how your local area has changed over time and compare it to other locations from the BFI’s Britain on Film archive – 10:30am to 12:30pm, 28 November 2023, BFI Southbank.

Roald Dahl Sing-a-long Spectacular

Celebrate end of term at BFI with a marvellously musical, Dahl-themed singing workshop and screening of the sing-a-long version of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical – 10:30am to 1pm, 13 December 2023, BFI IMAX.

Hola niños: Learning Spanish for KS2 pupils

Join us as we use short films to discover the Spanish language and introduce a range of Spanish culture - 10:30am to 2:30pm, 23 April 2024 (SOLD OUT), BFI Southbank.

Learning Spanish using short film for KS2 pupils

An online, fun and interactive Spanish lesson in the comfort of your own classroom - 11am to 12pm, 9 February 2024, online via Zoom.

Creative Literacy on Screen: an English and PSHE event for KS2

A mini festival of short films designed to engage pupils in discussion around some challenging themes and enable exploration of character, story and emotions – 10:30am to 12:30pm, 20 February 2024, BFI Southbank.

Shakespeare on screen: an English event for KS2

An ideal introduction to Shakespeare for KS2 through various film and TV adaptations of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream - 10:30am to 12:30pm, 27 February 2024, BFI Southbank.

The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl: a KS2 English event

Explore how Roald Dahl's incredible original stories were developed and then adapted from the text to the enormous IMAX screen in this interactive event – 10:30am to 3pm, 05 March 2024, BFI IMAX.

Exploring Africa: Geography event for KS2

Discover Africa with us on the IMAX screen as we take you from the highest peaks in Kenya down through the rainforests and onto the savannahs with some lively African music along the way – 10:30am to 12:30pm, 21 May 2024, BFI IMAX.

Lights, Camera, Explosion! A history of film and beyond for primary

From black and white to IMAX 3D we take pupils on a journey through film with a few special effects thrown in along the way – 10:30am to 12:30pm, 18 June 2024, BFI IMAX.

Animals through a lens: Tiny Giants for KS2

Take a look at life from the perspective of two tiny creatures, the chipmunk and the scorpion mouse, as we explore what challenges are faced when you are miniature but mighty – 10:30am to 12:30pm, 25 June 2023, BFI IMAX.

All the world’s a stage: an introduction to Shakespeare for KS3

Study day introducing the world of Shakespeare to KS3 students - 10:30am to 1pm, 16 January 2024, BFI Southbank.

Something wicked this way comes: Macbeth for KS4

Study day providing a detailed approach to Shakespeare’s Macbeth and its screen adaptations – 10:30am to 3pm, 6 February 2024, BFI Southbank.

Understanding media language for KS4 Media Studies

Discover how to apply media language to set products and individual productions for the NEA - 11am to 12pm, 27 September 2023, online.

Film industry for KS4 Media Studies

This interactive Study Day will explore aspects of the film industry linked to the 007 film franchise – 10:30am to 3pm, 17 October 2023, BFI IMAX.

Dracula versus The Lost Boys for KS4 Film Studies

Focusing on set products from Eduqas we consider the role of contexts – 11am to 12pm, 19 October 2023, online.

Newspapers for KS4 Media Studies

Join us for a study day focusing on Newspapers at BFI Southbank including Q&A with a guest speaker from The Guardian newspaper – 10:30am to 3pm, 17 January 2024, BFI Southbank.

Rocks for KS4 Film Studies

This study day includes a lecture, full film screening and Q&A with guest speaker from the film Rocks - 10:30am to 3pm, 22 February 2024, BFI Southbank.

Revision study day for KS4 Film Studies

This in-person revision event aims to clarify complex ideas and consolidate knowledge in preparation for exams - 10:30am to 3pm, 12 March 2024, BFI Southbank.

Revision study day for KS4 Media Studies

Join us for a revision study day to embed core ideas needed in exams - 10:30am to 3pm, 13 March 2024, BFI Southbank.

Vertigo and auteur theory for KS5 Film Studies

Join us for a day dedicated to the study of Vertigo and auteur theory, with a screening of the full film - 10:30am to 3pm, 10 November 2023, BFI Southbank.

Newspapers for KS5 Media Studies – sold out

Including a guest speaker from The Guardian newspaper, this study day offers a comprehensive guide of Newspapers for KS5 - 10:30am to 3pm, 14 November 2023, BFI Southbank.

Representation for KS5 Film and Media Studies

This in-person event will guide students through the critical skills necessary to develop independent thought regarding representation - 10:30am to 3pm, 17 November 2023, BFI Southbank.

Silent film for KS5 Film Studies

Study day offering clear guidance on the aesthetics and techniques of different silent film movements - 10:30am to 3pm, 30 November 2023, BFI Southbank.

Critical theory for KS5 Film and Media Studies

A day dedicated to critical theory, including interactive lecture and a guest speaker in the afternoon. - 10:30am to 3pm, 12 December 2023, BFI Southbank.

Music video for KS5 Media Studies

Join us to analyse and apply media theory to a range of music videos. Plus the chance to speak with a music video-maker. - 10.30am to 12pm, 26 January 2024, online.

Film industry for KS5 Media Studies

This interactive in-venue event uses a set text from the Eduqus specification to illustrate fundamental concepts of media industry in relation to film – 10:30am to 3pm, 01 February 2024, BFI IMAX.

Amy for KS5 Film Studies + Q&A with Asif Kapadia – sold out

Join us at BFI Southbank for study day dedicated to the documentary film Amy (2015), including Q&A with director Asif Kapadia - 10:30am to 3pm, 23 February 2024, BFI Southbank.

Gender theory for KS5 Film and Media Studies

A live and interactive look at gender theory and intersectionality with a focus on bell hooks and Judith Butler - 11am to 12pm, 7 March 2024, online.

Revision study day for KS5 Media Studies

This in-person revision event aims to clarify complex ideas and consolidate knowledge in preparation for exams - 10:30am to 3pm, 8 March 2024, BFI Southbank (SOLD OUT).

Revision study day for KS5 Film Studies

Join us for a revision study day to embed core ideas needed in exams - 110:30am to 3pm, 20 March 2024, BFI Southbank.

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Le voyage de Fanny: a cross-curricular KS3 French and history event (SOLD OUT)

Cross-curricular event aimed at KS3 French students with an addition of WWII history - 10:30am to 3:00pm, 25 January 2024, BFI Southbank.

Cine Español para jóvenes: a KS3 Spanish study day

Boost your students’ Spanish through short films and interactive activities suitable for a KS3 audience - 10:30am to 3pm, 29 February 2024 (SOLD OUT) and 10:30am to 2:30pm, 5 June 2024 (SOLD OUT) BFI Southbank.

Venez étudier le Français! KS3 French study day

Inspire and motivate your KS3 students into learning and speaking French through short films and activities - 10:30am to 3:00pm, 2 February 2024 (SOLD OUT), 10:30am to 2:30pm, 1 May 2024 (SOLD OUT), BFI Southbank.

Family, culture and modernity in Chinese cinema: KS3 Mandarin study day (SOLD OUT)

Study day using film to explore themes of family and modern Chinese culture - 10:30am to 3:30pm, 8 February 2024, BFI Southbank

Learning French using short film for KS3 students

Learn French through the use of short films from the comfort of your classroom - 11am to 12pm, 20 February 2024, online.

Family, identity and culture in German cinema: KS3 German study day

A study day using films to explore German culture through the lens of identity and diversity - 10:30am – 2:30pm, Wed 08 May 2024, BFI IMAX.

Exploring identity and belonging through short film for KS4 French (BOTH DATES SOLD OUT)

Interactive study day using French short films to explore themes of identity and culture – 10.30am to 3.30pm, 24 January and 21 February 2024, BFI Southbank.

Exploring identity and culture through short film for KS4 Spanish (BOTH DATES SOLD OUT)

Interactive study day using Spanish short films to explore themes of identity and culture - 10:30am to 3:30pm, 28 February, BFI Southbank and 10:30 - 2:30pm 19 March 2024, BFI IMAX.

Exploring identity and culture through short film for KS4 German

Study day using German short films to explore themes of identity and culture - 10:30am to 3:00pm, 14 March 2024, BFI Southbank.

Close up - La Haine for KS5 French

Online event exploring the themes and film language of La Haine – 11am to 12pm, 18 October 2023 and 9 January 2024, online.

The legacy of East Germany in film: KS5 German study day

German study day exploring prevalent themes in German cinema - 10:30am to 3:30pm, 8 and 29 November 2023, BFI Southbank.

Almodóvar on the edge - all about his films: KS5 Spanish study day

Spanish study day providing an introduction to director Pedro Almodóvar’s themes and styles with a screening of Volver – 10:30am to 3:30pm, 13 November 2023 and 5 December 2023, BFI Southbank.

Contemporary and New Wave cinema for KS5 French

Study day analysing the style and themes of the French New Wave and its impact on contemporary French cinema – 10:30am to 3:30pm, 21 November 2023 and 1 February 2024, BFI Southbank.

In the shadow of the Spanish Civil War: KS5 Spanish study day (SOLD OUT)

Spanish study day focused on Pan’s Labyrinth - 10:30am to 3:30pm, 28 November 2023, BFI Southbank.

Exploring Federico García Lorca’s legacy through film: KS5 Spanish study day (SOLD OUT)

A study day exploring the life and work of poet Federico García Lorca, using a range of audio-visual and other related materials - 10:30am to 3:30pm, 13 December 2023, BFI Southbank.

Close up - The Lives of Others for KS5 German

Online event exploring the themes and film language of The Lives of Others – 11am to 12pm, 5 March 2024, Online.

Trauma and memory: filming the legacy of dictatorships in Spain and Chile for KS5 Spanish

Study day exploring the legacy of dictatorship in contemporary Spanish cinema – 10:30am to 3:30pm, 21 March 2024, BFI Southbank.

Earth in action: Volcanoes for KS3 Geography

An interactive study day taking students deep into the heart of some of the world's most active volcanoes on the giant IMAX screen – 10:30am to 12:30pm, 30 January 2024, BFI IMAX.

Le voyage de Fanny: a cross-curricular KS3 French and history event – Aylesbury

Cross-curricular event aimed at KS3 French students with an addition of WWII history - 10:30am to 3pm, 30 January 2024, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

BFI presents study day: Contemporary and New Wave Cinema for KS5 French, with screening of La Haine

A study day aimed at KS5 French students.

BFI presents KS2 French study day: Learning French using short film for KS2 students

Help your pupils learn French in a fun and interactive way in this KS2 study day – 10:30am to 3pm, Monday 5 February 2024.

All about his films: Almodóvar on the edge, a KS5 Spanish study day, at Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham

Spanish study day providing an introduction to director Pedro Almodóvar’s themes and styles with a screening of Volver - 10:30am to 3:30pm, 12 March 2024, MAC Birmingham.

BFI presents Schools at Picturehouse Cinemas

We are excited to be taking some of our most popular summer term study days on tour to Picturehouse Cinemas – various summer term dates, 2024.

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Former San Diego travel agent sentenced in school-trip embezzlement case

Marie colette martin, 53, was charged with spending funds she received on personal expenses rather than refunding parents after the trips were canceled due to covid.

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A former San Diego-based travel agent who embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars paid by more than 150 parents for school trips that were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic was sentenced Monday to six months of home detention and six months of probation.

Marie Colette Martin, 53, was charged with spending funds she received on personal expenses rather than refunding parents after the trips were canceled.

According to the California Attorney General’s Office, Martin solicited the travel funds from parents at nine schools in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The trips would have sent eighth-grade students from those schools to Washington, D.C., and other East Coast locations in 2020, but the pandemic prevented the trips from happening.

When parents sought refunds, Martin declined, and the money instead went toward personal uses, including credit card purchases, rent and artwork, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Prosecutors say she was unable to refund the parents because she had already been “experiencing cash flow problems and commingling client funds” and had used the parents’ funds for personal expenses.

Martin, who was jointly prosecuted by the California Attorney General’s Office and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, pleaded guilty to one felony count of failure to return funds as a seller of travel. She may later petition to have the count reduced to a misdemeanor.

The crime bars her from registering as a seller of travel for seven years, according to prosecutors.

Martin had already paid around $256,000 in restitution as of Monday’s sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors say some of that money will go to victims, while other victims have already been refunded through the Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation, which assists consumers who suffer losses for a variety of reasons, including failure to provide services.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at the gala event celebrating 75th anniversary of China-Russia relations in Beijing, China May 16, 2024. Sputnik/Sergei Guneev/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin made a state visit to China on Thursday where he was greeted by China's Xi Jinping.

What are the main takeaways from the visit?

* Xi and Putin declare a "new era" partnership:

In a joint statement, 7,000 words long in Russian, Xi and Putin pledged a "new era" of partnership between the two most powerful rivals of the U.S., which they cast as an aggressive Cold War hegemon that was sowing chaos across the world.

They proclaimed opposition to the United States on a host of security issues and a shared view on everything from Taiwan and Ukraine to North Korea and cooperation on new peaceful nuclear technologies and finance.

There was little detail on what actual deals they agreed, though the meat of the meeting was expected to be hashed out informally over tea.

Putin took his new defence minister, Andrei Belousov, and a large delegation with him.

* Putin's China trip signals priorities:

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A woman walks backdropped by bas-relief sculptures depicting war scenes in the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

By picking China for his first foreign trip since being sworn in this month for another six-year term, Putin is sending a message to the world about his priorities and the strength of his personal ties with Xi.

Xi greeted Putin on a red carpet outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, where they were hailed by marching People's Liberation Army soldiers, a 21-gun salute on Tiananmen Square and children waving the flags of China and Russia.

* Russia and China detailed a host of grievances against the United States:

- Russia and China have serious concerns at "U.S. attempts to violate the strategic balance"

- Examples of this include: U.S. global missile defence involving the deployment of parts of it in regions around the world and in space.

- Developing high-precision non-nuclear weapons for potential “decapitation” strikes

- "Extended nuclear deterrence" with allies including Australia.

- Plans to deploy ground-based intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles (INF) in the Asia-Pacific and European regions, including their transfer to its allies.

- "The parties strongly condemn these extremely destabilizing steps, which pose a direct threat to the security of Russia and China."

- "The parties oppose the hegemonic attempts of the United States to change the balance of power in Northeast Asia by building up military power and creating military blocs and coalitions."

* Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller was not on the trip:

Gazprom, which holds about 16% of global gas reserves and employs 492,200 people, was once one of Russia's most powerful corporate empires - so powerful it was known as "a state within the state".

But the loss of a massive chunk of the European gas market due to Russia's war in Ukraine has hit it hard.

"Alexei Miller held talks with the Iranian leadership on the dates of Putin's visit to China," Gazprom said, referring to a working visit by Miller to Iran this week.

It was not immediately clear what Miller was talking to Iran, a major producer of natural gas, about. Miller, 62, is a close ally of Putin who has run Gazprom since 2001.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Editing by William Maclean)

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Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce Were Seen Looking ‘in Love and Happy’ on Secret Lake Como Trip

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Page Six and Daily Mail ran photos this afternoon of the couple out on Monday night in Lake Como, Italy. They were seen holding hands while on a stroll . Paparazzi also photographed them having a candlelit dinner in the garden of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Swift appeared to have on a navy dress, while Kelce was wearing a white sweater and dark pants.

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A field trip to the playground goes awry in this week’s “ Abbott Elementary .” The new episode airs Wednesday, May 15, at 9 p.m. ET. You can watch for free with trials from Fubo and DIRECTV Stream . The series also airs on Hulu via the Disney Duo Bundle .

About the show:

“ Abbott Elementary ” is a mockumentary-style series that takes viewers to a quirky public school in Philadelphia. In the world of education, these teachers are underfunded and outnumbered, but their passion helps them bridge the gaps to help their students - occasionally in unconventional ways.

In tonight’s episode, “ Smith Playground ,” Jacob manages to make a school-wide field trip to the park happen but things take a competitive turn when Abbott Elementary has to share the playground. Meanwhile, back at the school, Mr. Johnson enjoys the solitude. Watch the new episode tonight, May 15, at 9/8C on ABC .

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Labour’s VAT raid to drive up the cost of school dinners

Labour’s plan to charge VAT on private education could include a tax on school dinners, tax experts have warned. 

Parents are already facing a higher cost of private education if Labour wins the next general election and school fees become subject to 20pc VAT.

But it is feared the move would automatically bring dozens of co-curricular activities that are currently exempt from tax into the bracket, handing parents even more costs.

A source close to Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves refused to deny that the plans could include a 20pc levy on additional services offered by schools such as meals, sports tours, music lessons and school trips.

John Rainsford, of Evelyn Partners, a wealth manager, said: “The expectation is Labour would look to extend the VAT to also include school trips and so on because they are ultimately to do with education.

“Under current provisions education is exempt and services or goods closely linked to that are also exempt. Any supplies of education and closely connected services will be subject to VAT,” he said, adding that Labour would tax independent schools “as a bundled service”.

Currently, goods and services that are closely related to education are exempt from VAT. This includes school dinners, transport, school trips and accommodation at boarding schools. 

Prices for boarding accommodation are around £10,000 a year per child in addition to tuition fees, whilst co-curricular activities can run into the thousands of pounds each academic term.

Dan Neidle, of Tax Policy Associates, said: “If Labour introduces VAT on private education and doesn’t mention boarding and the other stuff, then the other stuff will almost certainly become subject to VAT automatically.

“There’s a happy myth going round many private schools that all this is difficult [and that] there will be loads of loopholes,” he said, adding this was “all wrong” and that it would be “easy” for Labour to impose the charge.

Private school leaders have complained of being kept in the dark over the exact detail of Labour’s plans surrounding VAT.

David Woodgate, chief executive of the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association, said: “The problem is we don’t know what we don’t know.”

“Labour has announced a certain figure and said that will be raised from VAT in school fees. They haven’t given us any denomination at all as to how it will work. Sports and all of that kind of thing aren’t charged separately but [parents] will have questions for things that they do pay extra for, like piano lessons for instance, whether VAT will be levied on that.

He added: “Clearly parents have been living under a cost of living crisis. Affordability is important, they are bound to have concerns.”

Sir Keir is widely expected to announce that VAT exemptions on independent schools will be abolished as soon as his first day in Downing Street if his party wins the election.

The Labour leader could then have the levy in force by the beginning of the academic year. The day of the election is not yet known but it could come as late as January 2025. 

The party’s frontbench U-turned last year on stripping schools of their charitable status, but remains committed to ending tax breaks for private education. Labour claims the move would raise £1.6bn to fund improving the quality of education at state schools. 

Julie Robinson, chief executive of the Independent Schools Council, said: “We are yet to see a detailed plan from Labour. We have serious concerns about the policy as it stands, particularly its potential effects on children receiving SEND support, on military families and on those choosing schools that align with their faith.”

A Labour spokesman said: “The next Labour government will break down the barriers to opportunity by investing in our state schools and recruiting over 6,500 new teachers through ending the tax breaks for private schools.”


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