There’s never been a better time than now to look at what field trip options you have as a homeschooling family. 2020 has been turbulent, and it’s essential to make sure that children are still being supported with their education. Field trips help to make learning exciting and interactive, and they can help to contextualize information, too.
To help you out with your homeschool plans, we’ve handpicked a number of unique field trip ideas to make the next few months of learning intriguing for both you and your loved ones.
This blog post will cover:
- Ideas for unique, nature-themed field trips
- Educational field trip ideas
- Fun, lighthearted field trip ideas
- Suggestions for related activities
We hope you find this blog post useful and informative.
Visit a botanical garden
To start off with, visiting a botanical garden can be incredibly helpful for contextualizing lessons about nature and biology. If you’re working on a science project with your children this year, giving them the chance to explore nature and learn from experts can be fulfilling.
A great way to make memories at a botanical garden is to give your children little sketchbooks or notebooks. Encourage them to take leaf rubbings or do single line drawings of plants that they find interesting, so you can go over them in more depth and chat about them later.
Pay respects at a notable cemetery
This one may seem morbid at first, but if you’re working on a history module then cemeteries can be very enlightening. Check out whether any cemeteries near you play host to any famous people or inspiring figures from history, or see whether there are any notable statues or works of art, too.
This may be a topic that works better for older children, naturally, but presenting death and historical figures in a neutral, easy-to-digest light is important for students of all ages.
Volunteer at a local shelter
Field trips can have more of an impact when they’re immersive, and volunteering can be a brilliant choice. Pick a local shelter or charity to help out, and sign up for volunteering with your loved ones. This will be especially well received during the holiday season, of course.
Do make sure to be mindful of any guidelines that the shelter has due to the pandemic, of course. Make sure to respect any rules about masks and hand sanitization, and keep socially distanced wherever possible. It may not be fun to do this, but it’s important for everyone’s safety and wellbeing.
Explore a nearby aquarium
Aquariums can be both exciting and educational- what more do you want from a field trip? If you’re looking to add some extra intrigue to your science and research projects with your little ones, taking them to a nearby aquarium or conservation project would be a great thing to do.
Grab a notebook on the way, and encourage them to take notes on what they see. The aquarium could even be a fantastic place to head for a field trip if you’re working on an English project with your little ones. Ask them to create a character inspired by a creature they see, or tell a story about a dystopian, underwater land, for example.
Work on a project in another city’s library
If you’re looking for a way to liven up your usual homeschooling day, consider heading to another city to work on your projects together. Head there on the bus, and bring some snacks for the ride. Working on a group project in the library of another city can be fun, yet still allow for a focused learning environment.
Watch a documentary at the cinema
Cinema field trips can be brilliant for homeschooling, no matter what the topic is. Whether you head to see an animated film for an art project or a musical for your music class, seeing something on the big screen can be a brilliant way to make topics more memorable for your children during their studies.
Documentaries can be especially helpful when looking to make an impression during homeschooling. Some children learn especially well through visual methods, and seeing a topic explained in a professional documentary can be immensely helpful.
Cook together then go on a picnic
There are plenty of great ways to include life skills in a homeschooling curriculum, and cooking is a fantastic one to focus on. A fun field trip for the family to go on would be a home cooked picnic.
Pick out some recipes on a platform like Pinterest, and set aside some time to cook them all together. Then, pick out a local park or picturesque place, and head there altogether. Enjoying the fruits of your labor and relaxing is just as important as putting in the work and learning the skill, after all.
Attend a local craft group or workshop
For more artistically inclined students, heading to a craft group or local workshop would be a brilliant choice for a field trip. There are plenty of craft groups and organizations around the world, and most will welcome new guests. Whether you’re learning a skill or honing one, craft groups can be social and educational.
Specialized workshops can be very handy for homeschooling field trips, too. Check out platforms like Facebook to see whether there are any in your local area, or consider checking out local colleges to see whether there are any being hosted. Learning in a practical, hands-on environment can do wonders.
If you’re unable to go out due to the lockdown measures in your local area, why not look online instead? There are countless creatives and professionals teaching their craft online, using platforms like Skillshare or YouTube. They’re certainly worth checking out, and online courses can still be very helpful.
Sketch notable buildings in your town
Heading out and about in your town or city can be a field trip in itself. Spend a day reading up on your local history together, and examining which nearby buildings have significance in history. Encourage your little ones to pick their favorites, and make a list of the specific buildings that you’d like to visit.
Once you’ve discovered where the notable landmarks are in your local area, head out for the day and sketch them. Make a note of how they look in modern times compared to old photographs or pictures, and sketch out the important details together. This would be especially great for history or architecture projects.
Tour a local house of worship
This concept would require a little pre-planning, but it would certainly be worth it. Many places of worship and holy houses host tours, and they can be very educational. It’s great to showcase a wide range of religions during homeschooling, and taking an in-depth tour with a believer can be enlightening.
Pick fresh fruit or vegetables together
Getting to learn outdoors is one of the best things about homeschooling field trips, and heading to an orchard or pumpkin patch could be a fantastic, seasonal choice. Check out what’s available in your local area, and make a day of it.
See if you can show your little ones around the orchard, or chat with the people who work there. Getting to grips with how businesses and organizations work is always handy, and it could help to contextualize where food comes from, too.
Tour a small local business
Finally, as we noted with the point about orchards, getting to grips with businesses and real-life work is a great advantage that homeschooling has. One of the most valuable trips that you could set up for your little ones is a tour of a local business.
Some ideas for businesses that you could reach out to include:
- Local artists and creators
- Post offices
- Police stations
- Fire stations
- Clothing stores
- Independent brands
- Music venues
- Dentists and doctors
- Markets and pop-up stalls
- Newspapers and magazines
Of course, this list is not exhaustive- any business that you feel your children would be interested in learning about is worth contacting. Reach out to them and see whether they’d be willing to host a small guided tour for you.
To sum up, there are some incredibly exciting ways to use field trips to make homeschooling more interactive and meaningful. No matter what sort of topic it is that you’re looking to cover, there’s bound to be the perfect exhibit, business or show to take your little ones to this year.
Of course, as we mentioned, do make sure to be mindful of your local legislation surrounding the pandemic while you’re going on your field trips. Make sure to double check whether you’re allowed to visit a location before you head there, bring a mask and be mindful of social distancing rules. It may not be fun, but it’s important to do so. Want to read more blog posts like this? Looking to learn more about field trips and what the world has on offer? Check out Tripology – we’ve got a wealth of content on offer and we’re sure you’re going to love it.