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Illinois Field Trips with Kids

Field Trips in Illinois by Subject Area

Fun and educational Illinois field trips to take your kids on while homeschooling in Illinois. Websites recommended by your Homeschool Guide.
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Children’s Museums
Industry & Technology
Natural History
Physical Education

Annotated Lists of Things to See and Do in Illinois with Kids

Things to See and Do
List from Homeschooling in Illinois.

Visiting Illinois
This section provides you with a wealth of information on Illinois attractions from historic sites and museums to outdoor recreation. Whether you are visiting for a day or have lived here your entire life, you will be sure to find something incredible to do in Illinois.


Art Institute of Chicago
Invites you and your family to the Kraft Education Center, where families enjoy learning about original works of art in a fun and friendly environment.
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(312) 443-3600


Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Register now for classes at the Adler.
1300 South Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL
(312) 322-STAR

Children’s Museums in Illinois

Chicago Children’s Museum
The museum’s primary audience is children up through the fifth grade including their families.
700 East Grand Avenue at Navy Pier
Chicago, Illinois
(312) 527-1000

Discovery Center Museum
We are a children’s science museum ranked 4th in the nation by CHILD magazine. We also offer homeschool classes on a variety of science topics ranging from dissection of sharks and cow eyeballs to physics, chemistry, astronomy, and more. Our classes are extremely popular with both homeschool children and their parents.
711 North Main St.
Rockford, IL 61103

Exploration Station
Seated on the Perry Farm Park, your family may enjoy the visit inside the Exploration Station®, take a walk on the 4.2 miles of paved trails through the park, or visit the farm area where miniature horses are housed year round. Its a great day for the whole family.
1095 West Perry St.
Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914

Legoland Discovery Center’s Educational Workshops
Play with Legos and learn. We offer a Home School Discount! Every Wednesday during the school year it’s only $7 a person and you get 1 free adult for every 5 children.
601 N. Martingale Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173


The Cake Village for Culture & Arts
We are happy to present our first Nigerian & Ethiopian culture camps! All camps are on Saturdays from 9:30am to 4pm. Also, you can register for all classes or just a few of them.
611 East Main Street (RT 72)
East Dundee, Illinois 60118
(224) 699~9968


International Museum of Surgical Science
Our museum collection spans over 4,000 years of surgical history.
1524 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-6502


Center for American Archeology: Kampsville Archeological Center
We’ve been providing experiential learning opportunities in archeology and the natural sciences since 1953, and would love to be a resource for the homeschooling community.
Kampsville, IL
(618) 653-4316

Chicago History Museum
Inspire the kids you work with to discover Chicago and connect the city’s past to their lives today.
Clark Street at North Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614-6071
(312) 642-4600

Joliet Area Historical Museum
Since its opening in the fall of 2002, the museum’s main exhibition gallery serves as an introduction to the many stories of the Joliet area and its people.
204 N. Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432

Lewis and Clark State Historic Site
The Interpretive Center focuses on the often untold Illinois story of Lewis and Clark.
Hartford, IL
Visitors Center: (618) 251-5811

Midway Village Museum
“Midway Village Museum, the best institution for collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of the Rockford region, is committed to educating and enriching our community by providing state-of-the-art exhibits, programs and events.” Check out the small group experience field trips here.

6799 Guilford Road, Rockford IL 61107
[email protected]


Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
Family programs, Sunday films, all sorts of educational resources about ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-9924

Industry & Technology in Illinois

Factory Tours – Illinois
Visit and learn about the industries that make our state great. Members may submit reviews of their favorite field trips.

Natural History

The Burpee Museum of Natural History
We are offering classes and workshops designed for home school families.  Each has its own theme, enabling students to come to one or all.
737 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103-6971
(815) 965-3433

The Field Museum of Natural History
Find hands-on activities, artifacts and scientific specimens, experiments and more.
1400 South Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605-2496
(312) 922-922

The Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences
Nature Museum Online guides you through a series of interactive discoveries. Follow the call of the wild in search of five mystery animals hidden deep within the twisting turns of a giant maze.
2430 North Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 549-0606

Shedd Aquarium
Strap a mask and flippers onto your imagination and chart a course to Shedd Aquarium. Have you ever gotten eye-to-eye with a dolphin? Or met a penguin on a stroll to the South Pole? Or immersed yourself in an Amazon flooded forest? At Shedd, it’s all possible.
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 939-2438

Rural Life

Dollinger Farm
Our farm has been in the family since 1852. We invite you to come and share our farm during Pumpkin Season and for the Antique Steam and Tractor Show.
7502 E. Hansel Rd.
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 467-6766

Muller’s Lane Farm
We can offer a wide variety of old time craft and farm skills, from blacksmithing to butter churning. We have given tours of the farm to two area homeschooled groups and are delighted to be able to enrich their curriculum. Located 40 miles east of Moline IL, 70 miles west of Aurora IL, just a couple miles south of I-88.
(815) 625-2607

Physical Education

First Ascent Climbing and Fitness
Join First Ascent in Peoria for an indoor rock climbing adventure! Join one of our youth instructors for homeschool-specific programming from 10 am to noon on Thursdays starting June 2019. Learn about safety, climbing techniques and the muscles involved in rock climbing. Pricing for the homeschool program is $12 per person, which includes a Day Pass good for the entire day and rental gear. Please register in advance and fill out a waiver on the website before your visit. Everyone attending needs a waiver on file, not just those who are climbing.
927 SW Washington St.
Peoria, Illinois 61602 (Peoria County)

Fun Spot Skating Center
Come roller skate with us the first Tuesday of every month from 1-3 pm. Christian music. Time set aside for homeschoolers.
1400 West Blvd.,
Belleville, IL 62221
(618) 234-4502


Leon M. Lederman Science Education Center
Visit the Lederman Science Center to gain hands-on experience exploring how Fermilab physicists understand nature’s secrets.
Kirk and Pine St.
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 840-8258

Museum of Science and Industry
We inspire by making our exhibits, collections and content accessible to all of our audiences through informal, hands-on experiences.
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1414

Peoria Riverfront Museum
Check out all the exhibits and museum classes.
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 686-7000

SciTech’s exciting educational programs allow students to visualize, experiment with, and understand science through hands-on discovery.
18 West Benton Street
Aurora IL 60506
(630) 859-3434

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