Summer can be a great time to spend time as a family but it is also a great time to get creative about your field trips. Whether you homeschool year round or you want to use the summer to kids you can learn so much. I recommend putting together a group of friends and making the most of your summer. You won’t want to miss out on these summer field trip ideas.
Summer Field Trip Ideas
You will have to be more creative with your trips if you are trying to avoid crowds as children are out of school.
Many national parks have Summer programs where a tour guide will take you out and explain the plants and animals that can be seen there. I recommend calling in advance to find out what programs they are already offering as well as days and times. Looking for something fun to take with you? Exploration America has some awesome animal track printables you should definitely take along.
Many zoos will have summer sleepover programs and camps that make for great learning opportunities. Whether you head to the zoo with a group of friends or just take your family, there are many ways to find learning moments at your local zoo. We like to take our printable zoo trading cards with us as it is a fun way to identify the animals and have a few facts on hand about them.
Our country has some excellent monuments that are worth a visit. Make sure to call before you go as some require reservations or are only open at certain times. I know that we attempted to visit a fort recently that had some very strict business hours that prevented us from being able to go in.
Looking for an amazing way to learn a lot and encourage someone? Schedule a tour of a fire station in your area and bring in fresh baked cookies or a meal for the firefighters. It may just make them smile while giving your children to learn about safety in the event of a fire.
Contact your local post office to set up a tour group. It is a fun way for kids to see where their mail comes from and where it goes. You can also use the printable post office unit study I put together to help you learn even more.
A lot of people think of big attractions like theme parks when they think about attractions where there could be learning opportunities. Instead of seeking out these bigger attractions contact smaller places to see what learning opportunities they have for the summer months.
Animal Reserves and Pounds
Do you have a child who loves animals? Many of the animal reserves and the pounds will accept volunteers or set up tours. Some will charge a small fee while others will accept a donation of pet food or supplies for the animals in their care. This can be a great way to learn more about the animals from the people who care most about them.
Museums often offer incredible summer programs and deals you won’t want to miss. Make sure to contact local colleges as they sometimes have specialized museums. I know we had an amazing time visiting the butterfly exhibit at the University of Florida. You can also call ahead to book special tours at some of these museums.
Restaurants or Cooking School
There are restaurants and cooking schools that will let your children come in and tour the facility and learn more about how to prepare food. Some places will even give you the opportunity to take a simple cooking class or tutorial.
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