As spring rolls it’s way back in homeschool families are eager to fill their schedules with fun spring field trip ideas! They are ready to come out of migration, ready to explore the world again. While having the option to stay home during the long cold winter is a great benefit of homeschooling, everyone loves a good field trip. Spring has so many great opportunities for fields trips that families can take advantage of. These fun spring field trip ideas are sure to inspire you to look for things around you to do.
Fun Spring Field Trip Ideas
Petting zoos are huge in the spring. While families love getting photos of their children with bunnies and chicks, oftentimes they may be tempting to purchase and take a few home. These can become great homeschooling lessons; however, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for caring for these kinds of animals. Check with your local farm to see when they’ll be open for visitors and plan your next petting zoo trip.
Butterfly Houses & Exhibits
Check your local news and state park for information on a butterfly house or exhibit near you. In the event your town has one, see if they will have a butterfly release ceremony. In other cases, you may be able to see traveling butterfly houses who often come to malls and zoos during the spring to spread education about butterflies. They may even offer you the opportunity to raise butterflies at home to help the endangered butterfly species survive. Not to mention, you can also create your own butterfly house.
Visiting a recycling center always makes for a great spring field trip. With Earth Day rolling by during the early spring, many recycling centers host great educational and free events. There are typically exhibits that showcase different aspects of recycling, as well as how to keep the environment clean and thriving. These always make a wonderful field trip because your child can learn how to help the planet and how the recycling process works.
Springtime is a time when the temperatures are finally warm enough to go on hiking trips. Consider taking a hiking trip early in the spring to give your children the opportunity to observe the early stages of nature. Also, don’t forget to carry along a backpack filled with nature study type resources. Taking this trip several times over the spring and into the fall is a great way to allow them to really watch the changing of the seasons.
How to Plan a Fun Spring Trip
With just a few minutes, you’ll be ready to take your family of lots of fun trips this spring. Here are my most practical tips for doing just that!
Check your city’s event calendar.
Pretty much every city has a Facebook page or website that you can easily access to see a calendar of events. Locate the calendar and take note of things you and your family may enjoy doing. Be sure to write down all the important details such as date, time, location, and any special instructions.
Have a family planning meeting.
Once you have a few things written down, call a family planning meeting. During this meeting, discuss the activities and events you wrote down and get everyone’s opinion. You may find that your kids may be more interested in some over the others. Decide as a family which ones to do and write them on your family calendar. You can also plan themed field trips!
Get any necessary supplies or resources.
In most cases, you may not have to get anything; however, if you’ll be doing something such as a family fishing day, you’ll certainly need a few supplies. Make sure you gather these well ahead of time so you’re prepared for when the trip, event, or activity day arrives.
Springtime is one of the best times to get out and about. Use the events and activities planned by your local town and/or plan a few spontaneous spring field trips of your own. Something as small as a nature walk to visiting another state can make for a fun, adventurous, and education time! What types of spring field trips do you have planned?