Homeschooling can be a great adventure. One of my favorite parts of homeschooling are the “field trips” we take. I love to get the kids out of the house and let them see for themselves how something works or why. However, field trip costs can add up fast. I know that if I went to all of them that our group goes to I would be broke in a week. I thought it would be fun to take a minute and share 10 free field trips for homeschoolers who can’t afford to pay for every trip.
1. Nature Preserves – There are many amazing nature preserves out there. Call yours and you might find that they offer free homeschool events where they will teach your child more about wildlife and nature. We have done one of these and the kids absolutely loved it.
2. Post Office – Depending on the size of your group you can set up a field trip to your local post office. This can be fun depending on what you put in to it and who is leading the tour.
3. Animal Shelters – Many animal shelters will let you come out for free and tour the facility. This is one of my favorites because they will often let you get hands on and love on some of the pets. This one could be costly though if you are going to have a hard time leaving a pet there.
4. Walking Tours – While visiting a city it can be tempting to set up a tour. Instead check out a walking tour book from your local library. We did this when we went to Savannah, Georgia. It was amazing to study the history of the city without feeling like we had to rush through our time there. This is also great because you can stop and take breaks where you need to.
5. Free Museum Days – There are many museums that will offer a free day for homeschoolers. Follow your favorite museums on social media so that you can see when they run theirs. Bank of America also has a Museums on Us program where you can go to the museum for free if you have an account with them.
6. Reciprocal Membership – Did you set up a membership for a Science museum? Many of these will have reciprocal benefits where you can visit other museums for free or sometimes even visit the zoo.
7. National Parks – There is a lot to learned at the national parks. Some will have costs associated with them but some are free. Take a visit to your national park and learn more. Before you go, head to pinterest and type in the name of your park. You may find some great printables to use on your trip.
8. Fire Station – Many fire stations will let you come in and tour the fire station if you plan it in advance. We like to bring cookies to the fire fighters when we do this. This can be a great field trip to help your child understand the heroes that protect them and learn about how they fight fire.
9. Manufacturing Plants – Where I live there are orange juice factories that will do tours for homeschoolers for free. Look in to what is around you and ask if they offer homeschool tours. It’s great for children to understand where things come from and how they work.
10. Virtual Field Trips – Virtual field trips are becoming more popular. From the comfort of your home your child can tour museums, nature, and many other options. These are great if you are working on something that you can’t afford to visit.
What free field trip have you been on with your homeschoolers? Leave me a comment. I am interested to see if there are any I should be enjoying with my kids.
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