Plan a year's worth of field trips with these ideas! Great list for homeschoolers or just for family outings!

Field trips were once the highlight of a child’s school year

…unfortunately they are few and far between for most students nowadays. Due to budget cuts and safety concerns, many schools have done away with field trips altogether! Am I the only person who thinks this is a tragedy?!? There is so much to learn from our local communities, and kids should have the opportunities to explore them first-hand!

As a homeschool mom and co-op leader, I make it a point to include a field trip once a month for our preschoolers. I consider field trips to be a vital part of our homeschool curriculum because they make learning fun and memorable! Not homeschooling? That’s ok! You can still use these ideas for weekend and afterschool activities!

Try starting your own FIELD TRIP CLUB! See more about it here!

This is a brilliant idea! Our kids don't go on field trips in school anymore. This mom teaches how to get with a group of other parents to make your own after school/ weekend field trip club!

Below, I’ve listed several different field trips for every month of the year. You by no means have to follow the reccommendations (these trips can be taken any time of year), I’ve simply listed them as they relate to seasons. I hope this helps you plan your own field trips for your munchkins!


 January

Tour a doctor’s office

Visit the residents in a nursing home

Visit a national park*

February

Tour a dentist’s office (to coincide with Dental Health Month)

Visit and tour a bowling alley

Visit a national park*

March

Tour a police station

Visit a farm

Tour and visit a movie theater

April

Tour a recycling center for earth day

Visit a local garden (check with nurseries, gardening associations/clubs, and college campuses to find a garden to visit near you!)

Visit a national park*

May

Visit an optometrist’s office

Take a tour of a pet store

Visit local transportation agencies (train stop, metro station, bus station, etc.)

June

Visit a veterinarian for Vet Appreciation Day

Tour a local sports stadium

Take a hike for National Trails Day (June 3, 2017)

July

Tour a post office

Tour an ice cream parlor (it is National Ice Cream Month!)

Visit a local zoo or aquarium

August

Tour a grocery store

Visit a local artist/ art studio/ art museum

Visit a national park* 

September

Visit a local pet shelter

Visit an apple orchard

Visit a national park*

October

Visit a pumpkin patch

Tour a local radio, television, or newspaper station

November

Visit the Fire Department

Take a tour of a local airport (No big airports near you? That’s ok! Take a tour of a small municipal airport- they love visitors too!)

Visit a national park*

December

Find a local “Festival of Trees” to visit

Visit a local school (have older kids read to younger ones and tour their classroom)

Tour a Christmas tree farm

* National parks have free entrance several tines a year (specifically in the months listed above. Visit this site to find out more.)

Need some help keeping the details of your trips organized? I’ve created a resource that keeps all the important information at your fingertips! See our Field Trip Planner here:

Of course, you can always look at your local community to plan trips that are more specific to your area (beach trips, tide pools, rodeos, local museums, etc.), but I hope this general list got you thinking about some easy field trips you can plan all year long!

Did this help you decide on some field trips you can plan this year? Did I leave any places off the list that you like to visit? Let me know in the comments below!

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