By: Andrea Dillon
One of the benefits of homeschooling is the freedom and ability to take many field trips and provide real-world experiences for your homeschoolers. Whether it is a visit to a museum, science center, or even a trip to a local post office or fire department, there is something out there to help make the learning fun. Every state has its unique locations that would be fun to visit. We have gathered a list of great places to visit in Arizona with kids. Find your next homeschool field trip below!
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Educational Homeschool Field Trips Ideas In Arizona
Arizona homeschoolers can get out of the house and into the local communities with a fun day trip in Arizona. Out-of-state homeschoolers can take a vacation and pick a few of these educational, fun locations for things to do in Arizona with kids while you are visiting.
|Music / Art Museum Field Trip Ideas||State/National Park Field Trip Ideas||Science Center Field Trip Ideas|
|Historical Site / History Center Field Trip Ideas||Aquariums / Nature/ Zoo Field Trips||Other Field Trip Ideas|
Music / Art Museum Field Trip Ideas
“The i.d.e.a. Museum – which is owned by the City of Mesa and supported by the i.d.e.a. Museum Foundation – offers hands-on activities and art exhibitions for kids of all ages. Programs are developed not only for children but also – most importantly – for the whole family.
The museum inspires our visitors to experience their world differently. Therefore – in addition to art, creativity and imagination – we focus on supporting early learning, nurturing creative thinking and engaging families in quality experiences.”
State/National Park Field Trip Ideas
Get out and into the world with state and national park field trip ideas. Many of these locations hold a variety of history, science, and nature for your homeschoolers to enjoy.
- Arizona State Parks Division “Managing and conserving Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners.”
- Get connected with Arizona National Parks! “Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 318 million visitors every year.”
Science / Natural History Center Field Trip Ideas
“The mission of Arizona Science Center is to inspire, educate and engage curious minds through science.”
“Located at the heart of the University of Arizona campus, Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium explores our universe from earth to space and everything in-between, bringing science alive for young and life-long learners alike. Changing exhibits through the year focus on biology, energy, optics and more, weaving in ground-breaking UA research and revealing the world of science careers for budding scientists.”
“Lowell Observatory is an independent, non-profit research institution founded in 1894 by mathematician and astronomer Percival Lowell. Today, our mission is to pursue the study of astronomy, conduct research, and bring astronomical education to the public.”
Historical Site / History Center Field Trip Ideas
“With a history deserving of National Landmark status, it’s only fitting that Bisbee’s past be captured and reflected in a museum like no other. The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum takes you and your family back in time to the days of the Arizona Territory, telling the story of a copper-mining town’s role in the industrialization of America, a history of your grandparents’ generation. An Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum offers an interactive trip back in time for the whole family. The American Industrial revolution not fun to learn about? Think again! Why copper? Find out! The Museum offers the stories of how people reacted to family and social issues through the last 125 years and how their responses helped shape the city, the state, and the nation.”
“The Hall has grown from its original single gallery to five exhibit galleries, the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, the museum store, a theater, a restoration shop, a collection storage building, and administrative offices. The Hall’s present size is 70,000 square feet, with 35,000 square feet of exhibit galleries. The collection has grown to over 130 wheeled pieces and thousands of smaller artifacts.”
“The Lake Havasu Museum of History is created so that present and future generations will not only know the significance of the creation and development of the Lake Havasu City area, but will learn from the past and recognize the need to preserve the historical heritage which has been bestowed upon them. Ours is a human heritage stretching from archaic people to Hispanic settlers, miners, dam-builders dreamers and developers, to winter and summer visitors.”
“The Superstition Mountain Historical Society was formed on December 27, 1979. We are a non-profit corporation under Section 501 (c) 3, organized to collect and preserve the history and legends of Arizona’s Superstition Mountains, and to support research, education and publications involving the region. The Superstition Mountain Museum collects, preserves and displays the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction and the surrounding region.”
Aquariums / Nature Centers / Zoo Field Trips
“Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) rescues and rehabilitates wildlife that has been injured, displaced, and orphaned. Once rehabilitated, they are returned to the wild. Sanctuary is provided to animals that cannot be released back to the wild. Educational and humane scientific research opportunities are offered in the field of conservation medicine, including advice on living with wildlife and the importance of native wildlife to healthy ecosystems.”
“Arizona Center for Nature Conservation advances the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.”
“Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park has Arizona’s largest collection of exotic and endangered animals, with more than 600 separate species, rides, a petting zoo and daily shows!”
Other Field Trip Ideas
“One of the top three children’s museums in the nation, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a wondrous place of imagination, inspiration, creativity and just plain fun! Designed for children ages birth to 10, this is not your typical Museum…here we want you to touch EVERYTHING! And with over 48,000 square feet of space, there’s plenty to touch.”
“Children’s Museum Tucson (CMT) at 200 S. Sixth Ave. in Downtown Tucson, Arizona is our flagship location. Located in the historic Carnegie Library, CMT has 17,000 square feet space with 10 indoor exhibits and a beautiful outdoor courtyard with lots of space for kids to play and imagine. Our exhibits and programs are geared toward kids up to 10 years old. Our Fiesta Room offers private party space for birthday parties and the Museum is a great space to rent out for family or business events as well.”
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