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California Field Trips with Kids

Phone numbers to the California field trips destinations can be dialed directly from smart phones. Just click!

Homeschool Field Trips By City

Field Trips in Escondido
Field Trips in Los Angeles 
Field Trips in Sacramento
Field Trips in San Diego
Field Trips in San Francisco

Annotated Lists

Adventure Schooling
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.

Bay Area Kid Fun
Find fun things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area and also find free museum visits.

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.

CaliforniaHS-Calendar
An announcement-only email list concerning field trips and events of interest to California Homeschoolers.

Celebration Education
We appreciate your interest in joining Celebration Education on one of our field trips! For first notice about newly added field trips please make sure you sign up for our newsletter on our sign up page!

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.

Amusement Parks

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
(619) 534-FISH

Monterey Bay Aquarium
All you need to know to plan your aquarium visit, including hours, prices, maps, online tickets and more. 886 Cannery Row, Monterey.
(408) 648-4800

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.
(831) 375-4658

Newport Whales
We offer a variety of activities from whale watching tours, to Christmas Boat Parade tours, many of which can be a fun and educational day out with children.
(949) 675-0551

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.

Art

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.
(714) 567-3679

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.

Astronomy

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
510-336-7300

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
831-623-2465

Classes

Lawrence Livermore Labs Student Enrichment Programs
Free lectures and demonstrations intended for students 5th grade through high school.

Discovery Centers

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
San Jose,CA
(408) 298-5437

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
707.546.4069

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
(559) 251-5533

Events

Posted by People like You in our Homeschool-serving Community
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Oct 2017

ANAHEIM: Halloween Dance for teens 12-19 – Anaheim CA
October 28, 2017 at Brookhurst Community Center, Join us for our 9th Annual Homeschooling TnT Halloween Dance! Come dressed in your Halloween Costume and enjoy a night of dancing, our annual costume contest, fun activities, games, photo booth, snacks, and lots of friends! Proms and Dances

Nov 2017

Innovative Homeschool Science Fair 2017 – Ventura CA
November 12, 2017 at The Topping Room at Foster Library, Science Fair Date & Time: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 from 12:30 - 5 PM. Event Address: The Topping Room at Foster Library, 627 E. Main Street, Ventura 93001.

Feb 2018

HSC DiscoveryCon – Garden Grove CA
February 2, 2018 - February 4, 2018 at Sheraton Garden Grove - Anaheim South Hotel, HSC DiscoveryCon is a new conference brought to you by the HomeSchool Association of California, the same folks who have produced the fabulous HSC Conference in Northern California since 1987. It's a chance to gather together as a community in SoCal to play, game, and dance our hearts out. It's a celebration of community, freedom to learn, and FUN! Unschooling

History Trips

California Gold
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.

Ghost Town – Bodie, California
AN A TO Z ARTICLE
Homeschoolers haunt this historic gold mining town on a fine October day. An online field trip.

Go Milpitas!
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
(916) 808-7059

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
661-437-3330

Old Sacramento
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
800-410-8354

Rosie the Riveter Historical Park
The memorial is located at Melville Square & Esplanade Drive, Richmond, CA 94804.

Industry & Technology

Factory Tours
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.

Music

Clarion Music
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,
415-391-1317

Music at Kohl Mansion
We have two series which would be appropriate for homeschoolers: Family Concerts and Children’s Concerts. In Burlingame.
2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010.
(650) 762-1130

Natural History

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.

CuriOdyssey
Watch otters or foxes play as they are being fed.
1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 342-7755

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
(949) 496-5794

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.

Humboldt State University Natural History Museum
Learn more about the natural wonders of the north coast of California.
1315 G Street
Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 826-4479

Lindsay Wildlife Museum
A wildlife rehabilitation and educational center that focuses on native California wildlife and natural history.
1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, CA
(925) 935-1978

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
(415) 663-8192

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
(415) 753-7080

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
(805) 682-4711

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
(530) 243-8850

Rural Life

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

Science Museums

California Academy of Sciences
Be sure to check the Education section for great ideas and lesson plans.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4499
(415) 221-5100

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
(213) SCI-ENCE

Discovery Science Center
Science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs.
2500 Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 542-CUBE

Exploratorium
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!
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA
(415) 528-4444


Explorit Science Center
Our hands-on experiences are involving, open ended, user friendly, and incorporate inquiry and problem solving strategies. P.O. Box 1288, Davis.
(530) 756-0191

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.
(510) 642-5132

Powerhouse Science Center
The big deal here is to participate in the simulated space missions in the Challenger Learning Center. 3615 Auburn Boulevard, Sacramento.
Phone: (916) 808-3942

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Seeks to inspire life-long learning by furthering the public’s understanding and enjoyment of science and technology. 1875 El Prado, San Diego.
(619) 238-1233

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
(408) 294-TECH

Water Ways

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
(415) 332-3871

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.
408-298-7657

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