For many of you, school is out for the summer. For others of you, school continues right on through the warmer weather. Either way, oftentimes, the sunnier days inspire more hands-on, outdoor, out of the classroom kind of learning.
Summer abounds with opportunities for both fun in the sun and learning outside the classroom! From zoos and state fairs, to nature walks and museums, no matter where you live or vacation, you’re sure to find lots of places to go in the summer.
In this week’s Blog Cruise, members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew take you on a tour of some of their favorite Summer Field Trips!
Won’t you come along?
Jessica K. @ Modest Mama — Get Out & Learn!
“Summer presents a wonderful opportunity to get out of the house to learn. We are taking a break from our regular curriculum which means many of our days are more open. Hubby has a more flexible summer schedule and so we are able to embark on trips that would be impossible for me to handle alone.”
Melissa L. @ Grace Christian Academy – Summer, Summer Summer Time
“During summer, we lighten our load. One thing I try to stay intentional about is at least an outing every week. These can certainly be called our summer field trips. ”
Susan G. @ Finding Beauty — 10 Cheap Summer Field Trips
“If you’re anything like me, this summer is going to be a really tight one. With the economy and gas prices like they are, we simply cannot afford to go far for field trips. ”
Angie W. @ Petra School — Summer Kick-off Field Trip: Free Fishing Weekend
“It’s clear and brisk at 7:45 in the morning on the opening day of Free Fishing Weekend. The gear is all set up, the worms are squirmy, the coffee is steamy and the anticipation is electric. At 8 a.m., the whistle will blow – and lures will sail into the water.”
Heather A. @ Only Passionate Curiosity — The ABCs of Summer
“I am determined to get the kids and I out of the house this summer. I tend to be a bit of a homebody, but Europe is just begging to be explored! My girlfriend shared this wonderful idea for summer fun, and we are going to do it too.”
Stefanie S. @ Life with My Giggly Girls — Field Trips, Get Wet Edition
“We’re pretty consistent about continuing our outings through out the summer. The main difference between summer trips and school year trips is that a great deal of our outings involve water. Lots and lots of water.”
Jennifer K. @ Our Peculiar Lives — Summer Field Trips ~ The Pond
“Right now we’re living on a lake surrounded by a marsh. There’s a little inlet that creates a little pond near the house. We listen to whooping cranes all day, loons in the evening, geese and ducks. . . it’s a lot like paradise! Well, except for the extra mosquitoes and blackflies!”
Kayla A. @ The Arrowood Zoo — Field Trips ~ We love them!
“Field Trips are like a free day around here. Not that we aren’t learning its just that schooling isn’t always done in the home (or school). Learning out side the box is a wonderful way to get kids engaged into the topic or subject that you are learning about. ”
Lisa B. @ The Berry Patch — Busy Summer Plans
“One of the benefits of homeschooling is that the learning never ends. Even when “summer break” is here, learning still happens. ”
Shanna @ Learning at His Feet — Fun in the Sun ~ Top Ten Summer Field Trips
“It’s so much easier to get our crew out the door and to a field trip when I’m not worried about the daily schedule. And who really worries about a schedule in the summer anyway?! So, without further ado, I present to you our Top 10 Summer Field Trips…”
Kym T. @ Homeschool Coffee Break — Summer Field Trips: Seeing the Sights Along the Way
“Summer is the perfect time for us to visit some of the local museums, parks and historical sites in the local area.”
Amy B. @ Bow of Bronze — Fun in the Sun: The Summer Field Trip Adventure
“Summer brings its own brand of fun to the adventure of a field trip, and some trips just lend themselves to summer sun. Here are a few of the field trip adventures I plan to enjoy with my children this summer.”
Laura O. @ Day by Day in Our World — Summer Field Trips for Fun Learning Adventures
“In Alaska, the warm weather months seem to go by quickly and many people cram as much activity as possible into these long days. Our family is no exception and we occasionally have to get creative with piecing together fun adventures for the family that also allow for learning.”
Cariann M. @ Unionvale Homeschool — Staycation, School and Adventures
“Play tourist in your own county by checking out all those travel brochures usually found at the visitor information centers in rest stops, you may even find something new.”
Eddie D. @ The Usual Mayhem — Summer Field Trips
“In the summertime, we don’t really DO – we BE, if you see what I mean. Plans are loose and free, time feels like it might just last forever and you have the luxury of spending all day painting your stomach blue with a ball-point pen while swinging in the hammock if that’s what appeals to you.”
Lori S. @ Special Connection Homeschool — Civil War Days ~ A Time Traveling Field Trip
“Field Trips involving history are always fun, but there is nothing more fun than actually traveling back to the past and experiencing the history as it happens! ”
Christa D. @ Fairfield Corner Academy — Where are we going this summer?
“We will be attending several of her Day Camps and Field Trips, and we are looking forward to it! We will be hitting places in AR, learning about The Natural State.”
Angela W. @ The Wellspring of Life — Caffeinated Kids
“With a group of friends, we toured the Ale-8-One factory. If you are a Kentuckian, you are familiar with this soft drink, sweet nectar, or KY Swamp Water… a matter of opinion on the taste :-) (I have always been a fan!)”
Marisa C. @ Lighthouse Classical Academy — Road Trips AAAAHHHH
”Summer is the time for road trips and vacations and big field trips. Several times I have driven 2000 miles round trip with all 4 children by myself. Many think I am brave- I just figure we wouldn’t go if I didn’t do it so I better figure out a system. And I have!”
Jessica L. @ Orange Marmalade Mama — Where are we going this summer?
“Oh, the places we will go this summer! I don’t know the last time the kids and I have been able to just take off for a day (or two! or three!) to just do something fun! Not because we *had* to be somewhere, not because we *needed* to be somewhere, but just got up in the morning and picked a place to go for fun! ”
Jennifer M. @ A Glimpse of Our Life — Packing and Planning
“When we first knew that our family would be able to participate in a mission trip this summer, we brought home stacks of library books about Virginia (our main destination) and Washington D.C. (a highly anticipated day trip.)”
Tiffany D. @ The Crafty Home — Learning Locally
“This summer I really want to take advantage of the things that are around us locally and do some field trips and fun things. Here on the Oregon Coast it is raining most of the time so to take advantage of what we have here it is best done in the summer. ”
Alyson B. @ Family Style School — Summer Field Trips on the Cheap
“Pretend like you are going to be a tourist in your own town/county. Research on the internet on your state. county or cities websites. Request a tourist catalog if one is available.”
“Whether you live in Kentucky, live within a half day drive of Kentucky, or are just looking for a great summer vacation idea, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed visiting any of these Kentucky sites!”
I hope you now have some great ideas for exploring field trips this summer! Join us next week when the Crew shares lots of creative ideas for Summer Camping!