Booking a Field Trip

Select a Date

Our showtimes are Monday-Thursday from 9:30 am-1:30 pm. 

Friday show times are 9:30 am and 10:30 am. (see Note for Friday bookings below for exceptions).

Each show starts on the half-hour and ends 45 minutes later. Seating and dismissal lasts about 15 minutes more. Teachers should allow about 1 hour for each show.

Schools are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to show time, to allow for bathroom breaks and such.

Note: Consider travel time and bus availability before booking. If your school is late, time constraints may require us to shorten your field trip by foregoing extras such as the roller coaster and/or live presentation. 


 We require a minimum of 20 paid tickets to make a reservation. Free tickets do not count against the minimum. 

Note for Friday bookings: For Friday showtimes later than 10:30 am, we require a minimum purchase of 50 or more paid tickets. Free tickets do not count against the 50 minimum.

Note for Small Groups (less than 20): We accept reservations for groups less than 20 only as follows:

  • Book into a show already scheduled by another school, or
  • Pay for the minimum tickets regardless of actual attendance,

Call us at (254) 526-1768 to see if the date and time you want is available.  

Pick your show(s)

Pick any show(s) from our catalog. Click here to see what shows are available.

Do You Want One or Two Shows?

Each reservation lasts 45 minutes and includes a show of your choice, a live presentation on the constellations (Star Talk) or planets (Uniview), and a virtual roller coaster ride. (If your school arrives late, we may be forced by time constraints to shorten your field trip by foregoing extras such as the roller coaster and/or live presentation. )

Multishow Discount

Book two shows on the same day and receive 20% off the regular ticket price. The price drops to $8 per student for both shows. That's only $4.00 per show! And teachers are still free.

Figure out the cost

Tickets are $5.00/person. Two shows the same day costs $8 per person. 

Free tickets.

  • Teachers are free on a 1:10 ratio. For every 10 paid tickets one teacher is free.
  • You may include school chaperones and bus drivers in your teacher count. 
  • Home schools - only the teacher or parent booking is free. 
  • Special needs groups may have as many teachers tickets as they feel necessary. 
  • Members and their children are free, but we need the member's information before the field trip is paid. We do not issue refunds, and the minimum purchase quantity still applies.

Tax : Sales tax is not included in price.

  • We automatically exclude tax for public schools that are part of a Texas ISD.
  • Private, christian, charter, homes schools - bring your Texas Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certification form.  Otherwise, you will be taxed at 8.25%.
  • Parents, guests, siblings, etc. who pay for themselves are taxed (8.25%).

Notes for Parents and Guests: Guests are admitted space available, meaning that we seat all school kids and teachers (including other schools) before selling  to parents and guests. This means that:

  1. Parents and guests are not guaranteed a seat and should call beforehand to check availability. 
  2. Even if seats are available, they may not be next to their child.
  3. Schools that open filed trips to parents can include parents and guests in their attendance (which guarantees them seats). At showtime, we will delete their tickets and they pay for themselves.

Coupons are not accepted for school groups. 

Send us the information

Fill out our online pre-reservation form

The form is available here.

Check your Confirmation Letter

We will send you a confirmation letter within 2 days from the date you submitted your reservation. (Note: If that doesn't happen, call or email us.)

Check your reservation immediately and make sure the Confirmation Letter matches your plans.

If your field trip plans change...

You must notify us at least 2 school days in advance. If you don't, you will be billed the total amount of your reservation.


Collections and final headcount should be made before you arrive. 

Payment is due at or before showtime. 

One payment only for the entire group. If the kids are paying for their own tickets, one person must collect all the money and turn it in as one payment. 

We accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards. Checks and cards are preferred to speed things up. Make checks payable to Central Texas College, not Mayborn Science Theater.


Prepare for the big day and enjoy it!

On the day of the field trip...

Arrive at least 30 minutes early. If you're going to be late, call us at (254) 526-1768 or, if no answer 526- 1799.  We may have to cut your reservation short if you are late!

Group Leader must check-in and make the payment, and at the same time students can be getting briefed on our rules of behavior.

Students must be quiet upon entering the building. Turn off all electrical devices that emit light or make noise. Please remember - the planetarium building is part of the college and so may have classes in session when your school arrives.

Make sure you don't park in a reserved parking spot. After you drop off the students at the front door please park the school buses in the parking lot across the street from the Mayborn Science Theater.

Enjoy the show!