Are you ready to get your family outside for some fresh air, but are not quite ready to be in the midst of a crowd? No worries, we have got you covered with 4 easy ideas for socially distance (able) field trips.

The weather outside is warming up, and my kiddos are ready to get out of the house to enjoy the changing season and explore our new area. But, you know, Covid is still out there, so we must be more strategic about our field trip ideas. Here are four field trip ideas we are planning this spring. If your family is considering getting out of the house, maybe these field trip ideas will work for you! Here are our picks for great field trip ideas without the crowd:

  1. Botanical Gardens
  2. Museums
  3. Picnics/Tea Parties
  4. Road trips

Botanical Gardens

Botanical gardens can make for excellent field trips for various reasons:

1.) Admission prices are usually free or minimal.

2.) They are outdoors, peaceful, and offer a variety of beautiful things to see.

3.) You can call ahead to ask staff members about the best, off-peak times to visit (aka the time when you can enjoy yourself without a crowd.)

4.) It is easy to study multiple subject areas during a visit (math, science, language arts, history, etc.)

Here are a few activities to do at botanical gardens.

Scavenger Hunt. Look for insects, types/colors of flowers, and other animals like birds, fish, or squirrels.

Grab a sketchpad and create a masterpiece. There is not a shortage of inspiration at botanical gardens. Your budding artists can draw/color/ paint (if you are bold enough) whatever inspires them. Maybe you can create a masterpiece too!

Take pictures. Allow your aspiring photographer to bring a camera to take shots of objects both near and far, moving and still, and that are a variety of colors/textures.

Science study. Botanical gardens create an opportunity for teachable moments about respecting nature, classification of plants and trees, and how plants, animals, and insects work together.

Museums

Museums make fabulous field trips! One of the benefits of homeschool is that we can attend museums during early morning or mid-day hours when the rest of the world is away at work or school. Many museums offer visits by appointment only to ensure that they allow for proper social distancing.

Another cool thing about museums is that there are many options to suit your taste from children’s museums to sports museums and everything in between.

Here are a couple of activities to do at museums.

Grab an informational packet. Usually, the front desk has all the goods: maps, activity sheets, and even suggestions for navigating the museum.

Bingo. Before visiting the museum, check out the website to get a sneak peek of what you will see in the exhibits. Make a simple bingo card and let your young scholar search for the items during your visit. There may be a few activities on the museum’s website that you can print out ahead of time.

Picnics/Tea Parties

Picnics/tea parties are excellent activities to get your family outside to enjoy the beauty of nature. Pack a few sandwiches, chips, and drinks, and bring a blanket to a local park. Or you can be super fancy and create cutesy appetizers and drink tea. The choice is all yours.

While outside, allow the kiddos to play, run around, and soak up the sun. And if you must, you can create an outdoor classroom by bringing a few books or lessons along. Sometimes learning is better outside of the “classroom.”

Road Trips

Finally, taking a road trip can be a super fun way to learn about your local and neighboring communities. You do not need to drive far or spend the night away unless you want to. Most times, you can discover new places that you never knew within a few hours from your home.

There are so many activities to do during a road trip. Sometimes just riding in the car is an adventure all by itself. Sing silly songs, listen to an audiobook or music, or use that time to have conversations with your kids.

Here are a few activities to include on your road trip:

Map skills. Visitor centers are great resources to check out if you encounter them on your trip. Grab a map of the area and highlight the places you see along your ride.

License plate search. Your young geographers can practice state capitols or look up state facts when they encounter a new state license plate. You can print out a US map and allow them to shade in the states when they see a license plate.

Road trip super search. What do you think your scholar will see while riding in the car? Get them off of their electronics by giving them a few things to find. You can grab your copy of our Road Trip Super Search here to get a few ideas.

As you can see, there are field trips that you can take your family on that allow for out-of-the-classroom learning safely. With a little creativity and willingness to plan, you can create phenomenal experiences for your family!

Don’t forget to grab your Road Trip Super Search and please share this post with your friends who are planning to get out and enjoy the world–safely!