Calling all teachers who are looking for an exceptional field trip idea; you may want to contemplate adding a visit to a soft drink museum to your list.
When it comes to such institutions, the “Dr. Pepper Museum” makes for a superlative selection. Located in Waco, Texas it is unlike any other field trip because of the various age appropriate, educational programs offered by both the museum staff and the “Free Enterprise Institute.”
What follows is a laconic synopsis of just a few divergent and insightful field trip options offered at the soft drink museum as well as information on how to make reservations.
Little Peppers Program
The one hour “Little Peppers” tour is a highly interactive museum tour designed to engage children between the ages of 3 through 7.
Advertising and Marketing Kid Style Program
The $10 per person “Advertising and Marketing Kid Style” program is perfect for those learning about business and what it takes to get a product from inception to the store shelves. The five hour program is very intensive and as such better suited for older children (ages 9 and up).
The tour price is inclusive of a Dr. Pepper float and all the materials needed for the participant to create their own soda and corresponding marketing campaign.
Teachers should note that the marketing campaign portion of the program is comprehensive and includes the creation of advertising elements such as commercials and brand identity items.
Creating a Soft Drink Program
The two hour “Creating a Soft Drink” is virtually a hybrid of the more comprehensive “Advertising and Marketing Kid Style” program.
It essentially contains all the elements of the longer program only in a more condensed and cursory form. It too is best suited for older children and adults.
The $6 “Creating a Soft Drink” program includes a Dr. Pepper float and all materials needed to complete the program.
Authorized Pepper’s Only Program
The two hour “Authorized Pepper’s Only” program is sponsored in part by the “Free Enterprise Institute” and is designed to give tour participants a unique look at museum curatorship. It is best suited for people ages 12 and older.
The $6 per person tour price includes a lecture on museum operation, artifact preservation, behind the scenes tour, and a Dr. Pepper float served at the on-site soda fountain.
Special Needs Programs
Educators and directors of special needs programs should note that the museum does welcome special needs children and adults.
It is crucial to mention that reservations should be made as far afield as feasible by calling the museum’s Program Department at 1-254-757-1025 or reaching them via e-mail off the museum’s website.
Before contacting the museum to make reservations you will need to gather together information on class size and alternate dates as well as be prepared to secure the reservations with a major credit card.
The museum does maintain both a cancellation and payment policy, details of which can be found on the museum’s website.
Hours of Operation and General Admission
As of 2010 the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:15 pm and on Sundays from noon until 4:15 pm.
The museum staff offers an assortment of tour options to the general public as well as school groups. General admission rates are $7 per adult and $3 per child. There are special discounts for senior citizens as well.
Would-be visitors should note that hours of operation, admission prices, policies and tour components are subject to change without notice and as such should be confirmed in advance directly with the museum staff.
Educators that would like to incorporate supplemental tour materials into their lesson plans can find free, downloadable resources on the museum’s website.
The website also contains additional details on the museum’s exhibits, facilities and upcoming special events.