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Pennsylvania Field Trips with Kids

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Field Learning
A free monthly e-zine and calendar of events as well as other resources like exhibit reviews and local, book and internet sources of information for parents in the greater Philadelphia area.

Visit PA -Things to Do – Kids’ Activities
Pennsylvania is the perfect place for a kid-friendly getaway. From specially designed children’s museums, education programs and just plain fun activities, you’ll have no shortage of ideas for that perfect destination.

Archeology and Anthropology

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
It’s about people, and the interesting things people have done, are doing…and will do. 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, (215) 898-4000.

Art

The Colored Girls Museum
The world’s first museum dedicated to exhibiting “Black Girl Magic” returns with an interactive exhibit that takes visitors on an intimate tour of what it means to be a colored girl in this century. 4613 Newhall Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Community Resources

The Skatery
We would like to offer a monthly – or weekly – skating class/social skate to home school families to compliment their P.E. requirements. Located in Central PA, just north of Pillow.

TimeOut Book Store and Activity Center
Emailed newsletter. This Montoursville, PA, business has bi-weekly events for homeschoolers ages 6 – 16 years old. Pre-register by calling (717) 368-2182. Email TimeOutter@aol.com for topics and dates.

History

Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
Step back in time to see where The Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution were created. The 3-mile outdoor journey features more than 30 historical sites in the Independence Mall area. Or take a virtual tour on this web page.

Gettysburg Visitors Center
For those interested in seeing the battlefields of Gettysburg, some relax on an air-conditioned bus listening to a recorded story. There are those who drive in their own car with an auto tape tour and others hire a Licensed Battlefield Guide to ride with them to explain the three famous days in 1863. 89 Steinwehr Ave., Gettysburg, PA. (717) 334-2100


Hay Creek Valley Historical Association
Experience Early American Life at its best with daily living history presentations of traditional crafts and home crafts, Wheaton Village Glass Blowers demonstrations, grain threshing, saw milling, shingle milling and quiltmaking. Children can enjoy hands-on activities like Archaeology for Kids, Rubbing Stations and Stampers or, join the campfire chats in the Civil War Encampment. Joanna Furnace is located 3 miles North of Morgantown, PA on Rt. 10.


Independence National Historical Park
Located in downtown (called “Center City”), Philadelphia, is often referred to as the birthplace of our nation. At the park, visitors can see the Liberty Bell, an international symbol of freedom, and Independence Hall, a World Heritage Site where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were created.

John Bartram’s Garden
Botonist to King George and friend of Ben Franklin., George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. Enjoy hands-on history, science and nature programs. The Garden also offeres a series of historic and horticultural lectures and workshops. 54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, (215) 729-5281.

Johnstown Area Heritage Association
Includes three Johnstown-area museums: the Johnstown Flood Museum; the Heritage Discovery Center, an interactive museum about immigration to the area around the turn of the century; and the Wagner-Ritter House & Garden, a new house museum showing how one family lived “in the shadow of the mills.” Free online lesson plans that meet PA state standards are available on the JAHA Web site. (888) 222-1889.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Resources online and off for studying your state history. Field Learning recommends you get a family membership to all the museums for $50!

The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum
Housed in the 1899 Victorian firehouseReily Hose Company No. 10, the museum houses an outstanding collection of artifacts from the hand-drawn equipment of yesterday to modern tools of today. 1840 N. Fourth St. Harrisburg. (717) 232-8915.

Valley Forge
Of all the places associated with the American War for Independence, perhaps none has come to symbolize perseverance and sacrifice more than Valley Forge. Plan your visit here.

Rural Life Experiences

Pennsylvania Farm Vacation Association
Farm vacations offer accommodations, recreation, conference and event facilities, history and a hands-on education in daily farming operations and the culture and tradition of the agrarian lifestyle.

Science Museums

The Academy of Natural Sciences
The Academy is comprised of three main parts – Museum, Education and Research. 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195, (215) 299-1000

The Carnegie Science Center
Planatarium and laser shows, exhibits and activities. One Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh, (412) 237-3400

The Franklin Institute Science Museum
Explore the Island of the Elements. Join the elite Power Keepers. Defeat the evil Lord Chaos. Your mission is to save the planet in the name of science while having a great time. 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, (215) 448-1200

North Museum of Natural History and Science
A universe of fun learning experiences about science and the natural world. 400 College Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603, (717) 291-3941

Philadelphia Zoo
The Zoo is hopping with excitement, so swing by and check out the new exhibits, special events and animals. 3400 West Grand Ave., Philadelphia, (215) 243-1100

The Pittsburgh Children’s Museum
Western Pennsylvania’s outstanding educational resource for young children with their families. 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5250, (412) 322-5059


Please Touch Museum
Encourages exploration that will delight young and old alike. 210 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, (215) 963-0667

Reading Public Museum
Cultural and history museum. 500 Museum Road, West Reading, PA 19611-1425 , (610) 371-5850

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