Phone numbers to the California field trips destinations can be dialed directly from smart phones. Just click!
This group is for families who enjoy getting out of the house and being adventurous. You are welcome to join us. Tell us about great field trips in your area, and about good family vacations you have enjoyed, and any other advice you may have about traveling and learning as a family.
Barbary Coast Trail
Audio tours to listen along as you take a walking tour of historic San Francisco. Printable map included.
California Homeschool Group
Join to add events and activities of interest to homeschool families in the annoucements above, or to be notified when new events are added. Talk about homeschooling in California. A public forum.
Bay Area Family Travel
We will focus on a specific Bay Area locale for our monthly cover story. And in theHow-to with Kids department, writers provide the essentials on how to ski with kids, camp with kids, visit museums with kids…you get the idea.
Bay Area Homeschool Field Trips
This Yahoo group is for Homeschooling families in the SF- San Jose Bay Area who enjoy field trips. At least 2 field trips a month; some are free, some having fees. Everyone is welcome to post field trips that they are organizing.
BestHomeschooling.org’s Guide to California Field Trip Resources
This directory provides information about finding and planning an endless array of field trip opportunities throughout the state. Formerly on the HSC site. Researched by Lillian Jones.
An announcement-only email list concerning field trips and events of interest to California Homeschoolers.
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Enter San Diego
Beaches, Sea World, Zoos, LegoLand, and more from this local site. Oh, don’t forget that Mexico is about 15 minutes from downtown, so they include it, too.
Field Trip Directory
Homefires ~ The Journal of Homeschooling, famous in Northern California for its field trip announcements, has put up a dozen lists of its readers’ favorite places to take kids.
Homeschool Days and Discounts in California
There are many entertainment venues and businesses that have special “Homeschool Days” and discounts for educators in California. As I learn about them, I will share them here with you.
OC Homeschool Events
This is an announcements only (low volume) for events and activities that may be of interest to homeschooling families in and around the Orange County, California area.
Sacramento Area Field Trip & info
For homeschoolers in the Sacramento Area. Posts are limited to field trips, classes, park days and events of interest to homeschoolers. Any member may organize trips, and post events sponsored by other groups.
San Diego Family Events
Fun things for families with kids to do in San Diego area.
Southern California Christian Homeschool, Field Trips, Classes & Resources
This group is a place where Christians Homeschoolers, in Southern California, can come, to find and post classes, resources and field trips.
Disneyland Homeschool Days
Not back to school days in Septembers and Januarys. Join the Disneyschooling Yahoo Group to keep informed. This is a local group that welcomes other homeschool families to their regular “park days” at Disneyland.
Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium Homeschool Days
Discounted admission rates for self-guided instruction are available for home school families on select Mondays during the fall. Parking is paid for additionally. Walk-up participation-just show your Homeschool coupon! (register for coupon on link). To meet the requirement under 7.(3) for a school ID, modify and print out ID from the template here, if you homeschool independently.
Aquariums & Ocean Life
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
We provide ocean science education through creative exhibits, programs, and activities designed to help people use critical thinking, and to make science relevant to their daily lives.
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA
Best Selling Homeschool Books Q2 2016
Monterey Bay Whale Watch
June 2016 — The June 3 Santa Cruz Sentinel feature story “Whales flooding the Monterey Bay” describes the abundance of whales and other wildlife in the bay, including a quote from Nancy Black about the large groups of Killer Whales. A few recent photos are posted below. Visit our Facebook page and our sightings page to see more photos. See the All-Day Trip box at right for more information about the 8-hour trips which allow for more time to search for Killer Whales and other marine life.
SeaWorld San Diego
School Programs and Instructional Field Trips
Home School Students. Offered on a select Wednesday each month. October through May. Teachers and chaperones pay the same low rate as students! For Reservations or information please call (800) 25-SHAMU Press 4.
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
We offer Docent led tours of our Museum galleries and the facilities at our Kidseum provide Art Classes and a Lunch Area. We have a special promotion for groups booking before June 30th: Receive a complimentary Curriculum Guide.
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA. 92706.
Paramount Theatre Guided Tours
Art Deco style. My father was the general contractor on the remodeling of this center for performing arts in Oakland. Public tours of the Paramount Theatre are given on the first and third Saturdays of each month, excluding holidays. Children must be at least 10 years old and adult chaperones are required.
(510) 893-2300 ext. 801.
Chabot Space & Science Center
The universe is yours to experience! Set amid 13 trail-laced acres of East Bay parkland, with glorious views of San Francisco Bay and the Oakland foothills, Chabot is a hands-on celebration of sights, sounds, and sensations.
10000 Skyline Blvd. Oakland, CA 94619
Fremont Peak Observatory
Fremont Peak Observatory is open to the public for viewing and educational programs from April through October on Saturday evenings that don’t include a full moon (usually three Saturdays each month). San Juan Bautista
Lawrence Livermore Labs Student Enrichment Programs
Free lectures and demonstrations intended for students 5th grade through high school.
The Children’s Discovery Museum
Encompassing the broad themes of community, connections and creativity, exhibits invite self-directed, open-ended explorations, while programs provide facilitated, focused, and sustained interactions.
180 Woz Way
Children’s Museum of Sonoma County
With exhibits designed for children ages ten and younger, the Children’s Museum is the perfect destination to learn, play and explore. Mary’s Garden at Children’s Museum of Sonoma County gets global honor.
1835 W. Steele Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
The Discovery Center Museum of Science & Natural History
An educational science center offering children an outdoor hands-on learning experience to stimulate passion, curiosity and wonder for the environment and physical sciences.
1937 N. Winery, Fresno, CA 93703
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Aquarium of the Pacific Homeschool Days – Long Beach CA
September 14, 2016 - September 15, 2016 at Aquarium of the Pacific, We hope that you will take this opportunity to come and see what the Aquarium of the Pacific has to offer September 14 and 15, in the morning. Homeschool Days
Not Back to School Camp Joshua Tree 9 Nights – Joshua Tree CA
November 14, 2016 - November 23, 2016 at Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Most of our campers are already accustomed to taking a lot of responsibility for themselves, so this works well overall, but some people feel a bit challenged by the open schedule. Camps
These folks will take you on a gold mining tour. Kids under 12 are free. Write them an interesting email about gold, and they may send you a nugget. (Do ask a parent before giving anyone your email address online.)
The California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento
The world-class tribute to the role of the “iron horse” in connecting California to the rest of the nation.
Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area and general California resources for homeschooling families, such as California History, field trip ideas, and Drivers Ed. (My community website. Shameless plug.)
Sacramento History Museum
Step back in time and experience the rich history of Sacramento, our state capital. Explore underneath Old Sacramento with an Underground Tour. Head West or explore the legacy of the Nisenans; experience the life of May Woolsey or take a look at Sacramento’s early agriculture roots with Life on the Farm. Round out your day by panning for gold or getting your very own “Wanted Poster” printed on the circa 1860’s printing press.
101 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Jamestown Gold Panning
You can keep all of the gold that you find. However, if you insist on donating it to Miner John, he surely will not object. Open all year long.
17712 Harvard Mine Road, Jamestown, CA 95327
To Make Reservations call 209-984-4038
Kern County Museum
Thousands of historical and cultural artifacts are displayed in more than 56 historic buildings on 16 beautifully landscaped acres. Treasures such as a one room school, the general store, jail, oil derrick, and seven historic homes join Native American exhibits, the Bakersfield Sound, mining, agriculture and railroad exhibits for visitor enjoyment.
3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Experience the Sacramento of the Gold Rush. Enjoy museums,entertainment, restaurants, lots of interesting shops, and plenty of great places to stay at this National Registered Landmark and 28-acre State Historic Park, on the river, in downtown Sacramento.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation
From this site you can access Presidential Papers and Presidential Photographs, learn about the Museum and Air Force One, become a member of the Library Foundation, learn about our events, and shop at our online Museum Store.
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, California 93065
Rosie the Riveter Historical Park
The memorial is located at Melville Square & Esplanade Drive, Richmond, CA 94804.
Industry & Technology
Visit and learn about the industries that make our state great. Members may submit reviews of their favorite field trips.
Science on Saturday
A series of free lectures and demonstrations targeted at middle and high school students. Topics are selected from the forefront of science and technology research in a variety of disciplines. Held in Pleasanton and in the Central Valley. Check back monthly for new classes.
Chinese musical instruments and exotic musical instruments of the world. Inexpensive instruments are down low for young children to try out. If you want to start your own homeschool or neighborhood rhythm band, this would be the place to start.
816 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA,
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Caverns of California
Guided Cave Tours, Spelunking Trips and Underground Gold Mine Tours – Advanced Expeditions, Rappels and Family Cavern Expeditions – Sutter Gold Mine explorations underground – Sierra Nevada Recreation Corp.
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Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
Orange County. Student groups go for only $14 per person! These 2-hour whale watching cruises are fully narrated by our expert captains. Our staff are available on board to answer any of your questions.
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
East Bay Regional Park District
Activities for kids page, but do wander further into the site for information about such things as boating, fishing, and camping.
Nature Explorers of the East Bay
Our nature hikes in the East San Francisco Bay area for parents and their young children (ages have been ranging from 18 months to 10 years, with a lot of 4- to 7-year-old kids) have been wonderful so far, and we have had a great time meeting new moms and their children!
Point Reyes Outdoors
We provide customized guided hiking, kayaking, team building and camping trips for groups and families in and around Point Reyes National Seashore. Our organization strives to provide quality instruction, education, and outdoor experiences.
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
San Francisco Zoo
Despite the many reasons that draw people here, we know that once they arrive at the Zoo, they will inevitably fall in love with wildlife, and that upon their departure from the Zoo they will begin their journey to become conservationists. Take a virtual tour. Fees, hours.
Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway
San Francisco, CA 94132
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
A close look at the story of the region’s birth, geology and paleontology, native wildlife, rich marine life, and the culture of the Chumash Indians.
2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Turtle Bay Museums and Arboretum on the River
A collection of indoor/outdoor learning attractions with a focus on the Sacramento River watershed, its natural inhabitants, regional culture, and human history. P.O. Box 992360
800 Auditorium Drive, Redding, CA 96099-2360
McFarland Living History Ranch
The students enter a portal of time back to the late 1800’s. Judging by the smiles and laughter learning is fun, not only fun but also something students remember a lifetime. Galt Area Historical Society, Inc. Galt CA 95632.
For information call (209) 745-0951
California Science Center
The mission of the California Science Center is to stimulate and nurture interest in science, mathematics, and technology, to take an interdisciplinary approach that places them in a social and cultural context.
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
We’re now open in a spectacular new location at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero at Green St. in San Francisco. There are 150 new exhibits for a total of 600, indoors and out, including many beloved classics; a Bay Observatory; a bigger focus on tinkering and social science; and more. Come explore!
San Francisco, CA
Lawrence Hall of Science
A singular resource center for preschool through high school science and mathematics education, and a public science center with exciting hands-on experiences for learners of all ages. Centennial Dr., University of California, Berkeley.
The Tech Museum of Innovation
With its worldwide reputation for technical innovation and economic growth, Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area offer an opportunity to create an educational model linking industry, the schools and the community. 201 South Market St., San Jose
Bay Model Visitor Center
Why a Bay Model? By building the Model in the late 1950’s and testing the Reber Plan, scientists and engineers were able to determine that the proposed creation of several dams across the Bay would adversly affect it’s unique ecosystem.
2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965
Guadalupe River Park & Gardens
Exciting news! We will now offer homeschool classes on Wednesday and Thursday. The program will be the same either day; we wanted to make our classes available to more students in San Jose.