Plan a Field Trip

Reservations

Curriculum-based school programs and tours for groups of ten or more students are schedule Monday-Thursday. Reservations must be made by a teacher or school representative and are required at least two weeks in advance.

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K-12 Programs

'50s Forever Tour Grades: K-12
Length: 60 minutes     Grades: K-12     Group Size: 10-100 Students
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Music, Social Studies
During an interactive tour of the museum, students learn about the history of the Surf Ballroom, the impact it's had on our community and the role it played in rock 'n roll history. The guided tour includes a walking tour of the building (including backstage access), an exclusive video highlighting the key players of the Surf Ballroom and concludes with a building wide scavenger hunt. Each student will receive a special keepsake after the tour.
NOTE: The exclusive video can be replaced with one of our other exciting programs.
Length: 30 minutes     Grades: PreK-1     Group Size: 10-50 Students
Curriculum Connections: Music, Social Studies, Physical Education, Language Arts
Music from the 1950s will be explored through books, songs and movement. In this program, students will explore a variety of instruments used during the rock 'n roller and famous musicians who played these instruments at the Surf Ballroom. The students complete this program by learning the Hand-Jive.
NOTE: This program can be paired with a guided tour. Please add 30 minutes if doing so.
Length: 30 minutes     Grades: 2-5     Group Size: 10-100 Students
Curriculum Connections: Music, Social Studies, Language Arts
This program offers unique insight into th elives and careers of Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens. Students will learn about each artist, their impact on music and their ties to the Surf Ballroom and our community. Students will also get the chance to step into the role of each artist as they play cardboard drums like Buddy, sing into a microphone like The Bopper and dance to La Bamba like Ritchie.
NOTE: This program can be paired with a guided tour. Please add 30 minutes if doing so.
Length: 30 minutes     Grades: 4-12     Group Size: 10-50 Students
Curriculum Connections: Music, Social Studies, Language Arts
Learn about early rock 'n roll and the role that the Surf Ballroom played in this new genre of the '40s and '50s. During this lesson, students will learn about life in the '40s and '50s, how rock 'n roll was created, who the pioneers of rock 'n roll were and these musicians lasting effect on music as we know it today.
NOTE: This program can be paired with a guided tour. Please add 30 minutes if doing so.

STAR Program

(Surf Transportation Assistance Reimbursement)

The Surf Ballroom & Museum offers reimbursement towards busing costs of field trips to the museum for schools within a 100 mile radius. Reimbursements are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, as funds are available.

Please see the STAR Application for eligibility details and to apply for funding.

Lesson Plans & Student Resources

Please visit our Teacher Resources page for lesson plans to use prior to bringing your students to the Museum.

FAQs

What is the cost of admission for school groups?
Free! As a non-profit organization, a large part of the Surf's mission is education. We are driven to spread the legacy of the 1959 Winter Dance Party and the influence rock 'n roll has played in our society. We feel a responsibility to help the next generation right here in North Iowa understand the role this historic event plays in our community.
There is a maximum number of student for each program. Please visit the K-12 Program Offerings section for more information.
The bus driver can drop students off at the front doors of our building and park on the west side of the building or behind the building in the parking lot.
Schools are welcome to bring in sack lunches to enjoy after their tour or program. The booths that surround the dance floor can accommodate over 100 students.
NOTE: There are no water fountains available in the museum, so school must bring their own drinks.
Homeschool groups of 10 or more students may participage in any of our school programs.
NOTE: If your homeschool group does not meet the minimum, please contact our Education Coordinator.


Questions? Please contact our Education Coordinator:

Mallory Huffman

Education Coordinator