4 Ideas for Spring Break Homeschool Field Trips
Spring Break is upon us! Need ideas for homeschool field trips to get the family out of the house? While your students might take a break from worksheets and textbooks, there’s no reason the learning needs to stop.
As a homeschool parent, there are a number of homeschool field trips waiting for you and your family to embark upon. The following list is focused on the Los Angeles and Orange County area of Southern California, but if you’re reading from outside the area, use this as a launch pad for your own field trip research. When you go on one of these field trips, keep the conversation going with our discussion questions, below.
With two locations (in LA and Orange County) the Discovery Cube offers a hands-on approach to learning in a fun, interactive environment. Go here to cultivate your students’ love of and proficiency in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Explore how to better care for God’s Creation through their exhibits, and take advantage of their parent and teacher resources.
- What was the most surprising thing you learned about today?
- What do you want to know more about?
- How might studying science teach us about God?
Suggestion: The Discovery Cube is great for homeschool field trips, because it’s thoroughly educational — but it’s also a lot of fun! Consider hosting a birthday party here instead of at an arcade or amusement park.
Tucked away in Pasadena, CA, the Huntington Gardens offer over 120 acres of breathtaking blossoms, horticulture, groves and orchards. Over 100 years in bloom, the gardens started in 1903 when railroad tycoon Henry Huntington purchased the San Marino Ranch. The grounds also boast a research library and a ranch that hosts trainings and workshops. In the fall of 2016, The American Orchid Society bestowed on The Huntington its highest honor for its Paphiopedilum micranthum, nicknamed Huntington’s Perfection. Be sure to check out what’s in bloom before you go.
- Which were the most interesting plants?
- What do plants need to live?
- What plants do you rely on every day?
Suggestion: Check out The Huntington’s educational resources, like their lessons on “Seeds, Soil, and Surprises,” or print out the Object Observation Sheets to bring along with you. Want more horticulture in your life?
Want to take a trip around the world for your homeschool field trip? The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA helps you do just that without having to go very far! Through their permanent and traveling exhibits, the Bowers Museum celebrates the art of cultures around the world. Become a guest of ancient societies in Asia and the Pacific Islands, up and down the continent of Africa, and throughout the Americas by exploring the thousands of sculptures, jewelry, weapons and home furnishings on display. Interested in the history of Orange County? Come for their curated art collection, newspaper archives and memorabilia from the first police and fire stations in the county.
- What is culture? Do you have a culture?
- If you were to create a collection of artifacts of your culture, what would you include in it?
- What would you want people in the future to know you owned and celebrated?
- How are the people from these ancient societies different from us? How are they similar?
- What do you think we have in common?
Since 1998, the Aquarium of the Pacific has opened its doors for families to discover the underwater world of the Pacific Ocean. Through hands-on stations, multimedia presentations, and larger-than-life exhibits, the aquarium cultivates wonder, curiosity, and a sense of stewardship in learners of all ages. Before you go, pique your students’ interests through their online learning center, and look into their offerings for homeschool field trips.
- What did you learn about that you didn’t know before?
- How do humans rely on the ocean to survive?
- How do humans impact the ocean?
- What do you want to learn more about?
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