Parents looking for a fun opportunity for students this summer can take advantage of the Marana Magic School Bus program this summer.

The program allows students to take field trips to different places throughout Southern Arizona throughout the summer. All are fun, and many of the students may learn something along the way.

A different day, a different trip. There is no limit, students can attend every trip being offered this summer. The trips are geared toward students between kindergarten and eighth grade.

All trips are capped at 30 students, exept the Arizona Diamondbacks game, which is capped at 35 students.

Students participating in the trips are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes and no flip flops.

Adults are also more than welcome to attend.  Parents/ Guardians not attending trips should be at Marana Middle School at least 10 minutes prior to return time to pick up students.   

Lunch is not provided for these trips unless otherwise noted.

For details and field trip information, please contact Marana Community Schools at 352-7012, or email

Here is a list of the trips already planned:

Phoenix Zoo

Friday, June 8

Cost: $40


The Phoenix Zoo was voted one of the Nation’s Top 5 Zoos for Kids! See over 1,300 animals and endangered species. Meet the animals, use the playground, ride the train or go on a wild walk.

Challenger Space Center

Friday, June 15


Cost: $40  

Take part in a daring trek of exploration as, once again, comet Encke travels close to the Sun and Earth. This time, human space travelers, as well as space probes, will undertake scientific missions to the great comet.  Years of planning and hard work have been invested to get to this vital moment.  

Pima Air & Space Museum

Friday, June 22

Cost: $15


Pima Air & Space Museum, where history takes flight, is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum. You’ll see more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced, both from the United States and throughout the world.

AZ Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs

Saturday, June 23

Chase Field, Phoenix

Cost: $60

This trip is non-refundable.

Biosphere 2

Friday, June 29

Cost: $25


Come experience the remarkable Biosphere 2 which Time Life Books recently named one of the 50 must see “Wonders of the World.” See why visitors from around the globe journey come here for this unique adventure not found anywhere else. Discover real-time research on the future of our planet as it unfolds in the specially designed mini-world.

Flandrau Science Center

Friday, July 6

Cost: $15


Watch the stars as you’ve never seen them before at Flandrau Planetarium!  Be prepared to take a journey through our solar system, learning about the planets and viewing spectacular photos and videos — including 3D images of the sun, moon, Saturn and Mars.  Find out what we’ve learned about Mars from the UA-led Phoenix Mission, and ask your questions.  Visitors of all ages will enjoy this tour around our galactic neighborhood.  See the largest scale replica of the Martian surface and a self-guided tour of one of the largest mineral collections in the country.

Mini Time Machine Museum & Museum of the Horse Soldier

Friday, July 13 &

Cost: $30


Mini Time Machine - Come see an interactive space where the entertaining and educational aspects of different time periods could be enjoyed by everyone- a place that will be enchanting, magical and provide a rich sensory experience.  Visitors will be seemingly transported to different eras by the stories and history of the pieces in the collection.

Museum of the Horse Soldier -

See one of the few complete personal effects collection of a Rough Rider soldier. The collection also includes his uniforms from his posting in the Philippines as a lieutenant in the infantry during the Spanish-American War from 1898 through the early 1900s.


Kartchner Caverns

Friday, July 20

Cost: $55


See one of the most stunning caverns in Southern Arizona.  This tour has been open since 1999. It is half of a mile in length and takes approximately an hour and a half to complete, 50 minutes of which is underground. Discover the role that water plays in creating the caverns. You will see the discoverers’ original trail, 45,000-year-old bat guano, delicate formations and “Kubla Khan,” the largest column formation in Arizona.

Marana Magic School Bus 500– Mini Grand Prix Go Kart Race

Friday, July 27

K1 Go Cart Racing


Cost: $65


Get behind the wheel at the Marana Magic School Bus 500!  Each racer will receive a souvenir t-shirt. K1 Speed Phoenix brings electric indoor go-kart racing to the Phoenix area.

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