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10 Fun + Educational Field Trip Ideas For Students

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Field trip days were always our favorite when we were a kid and now it’s our job to plan the field trips for our kids! Whether you’re a teacher, PTA member or home-schooler here are some great places to take students on a field trip this school year!

 

SEASONAL THEMES

Blake Farms (Armada + South Lyon) offers fresh air and fresh food! Students see an operating farm, pick their own apples, interact with animals and have fun in our Barnyard Funland. School tours include wagon or train ride, each child gets to pick 5 apples, enjoy cider + donuts and unlimited access to our Barnyard Funland.

 

Trips to Wiards County Fair (Ypsilanti) include apple and pumpkin picking, animal attractions, a corn maze, miniature golf, funzone and more!

 

Learn more about The Parade Company’s (Detroit) fascinating history, explore the 200,000 square-foot storyland of floats and see how award-winning artisans bring them to life each year for the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.


ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

For generations metro Detroit kids have enjoyed memorable trips to the Detroit Zoo (Royal Oak), another zoo to try is the Toledo Zoo that includes a Natural History Museum and Aquarium that is located inside the zoo and included in the price of admission.

 

Introduce students to rescued animals at the Barn Sanctuary (Chelsea) or the Creature Conservatory (Ann Arbor).

 

The Howell Nature Center offers a variety of school trip options from Outdoor and Nature Education to Wildlife and Adventure. There are great options for kids of various ages.

 

If you want hands on fun on a fam, check out the offerings of Maybury Farm (Northville), MSU Tollgate Farm (Novi), Heritage Park Petting Farm (Taylor) and Bowers School Farm (Bloomfield Hills).


S.T.E.A.M. EDUCATION

Do something NEW! The Sloan Museum of Discovery (Flint) has interactive exhibits that teach kids about different areas of science and history. Specialize STEM workshops are also offered in their state of the art learning labs.

 

Learn in the labs of the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History (Ann Arbor). The modern museum has multiple hands-on exhibit to explore and guided lab sessions with scientific tools and museum specimens to answer questions and solve problems.

 

The Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills) offers programs in astronomy, earth science, engineering, life science, physical science, and social studies, designed for Pre-K-12 classrooms.

 

Tinker, build, fly and play! The Michigan Science Center (Detroit) exhibits teach kids about engineering, health, and space. Let the kids explore the museum and enjoy a live demonstration on the Science Stage.

 

Get inspired and immerse your students in American ingenuity at The Henry Ford (Dearborn). See some of the most iconic inventions and amazing “failures” and learn how they changed the world, explore the past and learn how it relates to today, and experience the action of the real-life factory floor where the new Ford F-150 is made.


Cultural Immersion

Metro Detroit has a rich history of cultural diversity and first-class, interactive museums that showcase the history and lifestyles who have helped shape our community. Plan visits to the Arab American National Museum (Dearborn), Detroit Historical Museum and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit)

 

Middle and high school students can learn about the painful history of the 1930s and 40s at The Holocaust Center (Bloomfield Hills).

 

Art has been a storytelling medium for thousands of years and the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection has a rich history of people from around the world and throughout history.

 

Photo credit: Toledo Zoo

Carrie

About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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