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Field trip ideas?!
by shaharv
October 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM
Hi everyone!! I live in a small town(only about 11,000 people) and there is literally no place to take my children for field trips. We've been to the library, that's the only place to take them. I have a 2nd grader and 4th grader. My town has 1 grocery store, like 5 gas stations but nothing else to go see and do. The next town away we have to plan to go to because it's that far away.It's not a place to go to that often. Any ideas of what I could do? Thanks in advanced!!!


  • ablackdolphin
    October 8, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Is there a police department, fire station, clinic etc that might be willing to have employees talk to your kids for 15-20 min and do a short tour?  Have you talked to other mother's who have kids in school, where do they go?

    Can you do a nature field trip with a scavenger hunt or a leaf hunt?

    Are there any businesses in the area that might allow tours? Automotive, power plant, manufacturing?

  • oredeb
    by oredeb
    October 9, 2013 at 10:51 AM

     is there some kinda mill? or farm? even the garbage dump is fun!

    to a park with a pond? look for animals and bugs?

    newspaper office?

    tv station close? the weather guy loves to give tours

    air port?


  • gratefulgal
    October 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Here's a fun one that can turn tasty, too: Restaurants! Not only a tour, but usually a free or discounted meal, too!


  • fallenangel_353
    October 10, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Post Office, Courthouse (Just call ahead, and it should be free for a tour) Nature Walks, Simple play at the park days. Go identify the different leaves on trees, collect different rock types. Go on a picnic and nature photography walk.  You can literally do hundreds of things just outside in the woods :)

  • shaharv
    by shaharv
    October 10, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Thanks everyone for your thoughts and ideas!!! I will definitely put them to good use. There were some great ideas that I didn't even think about:)

  • Clh1989
    by Clh1989
    October 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Fire station, post office, police station, recycling center if you have one, possibly even a restaurant. You could try coordinating a nature scavenger hunt. 

  • KrissyKC
    October 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Sometimes you could get the grocery store to do a field trip...

    What about a trip to a farm?  

    Some plants/factories can handle small field trips, however, they sometimes require a group... not just one family.

    Go to the park and do PE activities or science activities...

    Hold a lemonade stand and some discussions on business and entreprenurial skills.

    Driver's ed???? LOL!   Take them out to ride go-karts, discuss road safety and then go on a drive to spot road signs and hazaards.

  • JasonsMom2007
    October 15, 2013 at 2:01 AM
    I can relate I'm in a town of 3,000 so your town seems huge to me! We've done the fire station, lakes, rivers, and nature trails locally. We mostly end up driving 40+ miles for our field trips though.

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