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Kansas Field Trips with Kids

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 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 Kansas with kids. Find your next homeschool field trip below!  

 

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Educational Homeschool Field Trips Ideas In Kansas

Kansas homeschoolers can get out of the house and into the local communities with a fun day trip in Kansas.  Out-of-state homeschoolers can take a vacation and pick a few of these educational, fun locations for things to do in Kansas with kids while you are visiting. 

 

Music / Art Museum Field Trip Ideas  State/ National Park Field Trip Ideas  Science/ Discovery/ Natural History Field Trip Ideas 
Historical Site / History Center Field Trip Ideas Aquariums / Nature/ Farm/ Zoo Field Trips Other Field Trip Ideas 
     

 

Music / Art Museum Field Trip Ideas 

Old Cowtown Museum

“Historic Wichita Cowtown, Inc. works with the City of Wichita to further the Museum and its mission. Cowtown has the distinction of being accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition achievable by a museum. Accreditation recognizes high standards in individual museums and ensures they continue to uphold public trust. Only 3 percent of the nation’s estimated 34,144 museums are accredited. ​”

The Ulrich Museum of Art

“Our mission is to expand human experience through encounters with the art of our time. As the region’s source for modern and contemporary art, the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University connects viewers with artists and artworks that reflect our world today. Visitors can explore and enjoy 20th and 21st century art with exhibitions that feature emerging and established artists, works from our permanent collection, and traveling exhibitions.”

 

Wichita Art Museum 

“The Wichita Art Museum, founded in 1935, has a distinguished history in South Central Kansas and the Midwest.” . 


 

 

State/National Park Field Trip Ideas 

Get 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.  

 

  • Kansas State Parks , Twenty-eight state parks invite you to explore Kansas outdoors. Whatever your interest — hiking, camping, wildlife watching, fishing, bike riding, horseback riding, hunting, or just plain relaxing, a Kansas state park has what you’re looking for. Most offer utility and primitive camping and access to lakes, trails and wildlife areas. A few are preserved natural areas, so you can enjoy unspoiled, wild Kansas. Many parks host events such as concerts, festivals, and competitions. If you’ve never stayed at a Kansas state park, use this guide to find the perfect getaway. 

 

  • Get connected with Kansas 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 / Discovery/ Natural History Field Trip Ideas 

Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum

“The KU Natural History Museum is home to four floors of public exhibits including the historic Panorama; live snakes and insects; vertebrate and invertebrate fossils; parasites and microbes; and the flora and fauna of the Great Plains. The museum provides content-rich, hands-on informal science learning for school groups in grades K–12. These programs have reached more than 40,000 participants over the past decade. The museum also offers a wide range of public programs and events.”

Cosmosphere

“Since its humble beginnings in 1962, visitors from across the globe have come to Hutchinson to discover the inspiration that can only be found at the Cosmosphere.”

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History

“The Sternberg Museum of Natural History advances an appreciation and understanding of Earth’s natural history and the evolutionary forces that impact it. With an emphasis on the Great Plains, our goals are accomplished through research, publications, collections, interpretive exhibits, and educational programs created by our staff, colleagues, and community.” . 


 

Historical Site / History Center Field Trip Ideas 

Independence, Kansas Historical Little House Site

“You can visit Independence, Kansas and the location where the Ingalls family resided during Little House on the Prairie.”

Kansas Historical Society
“The Kansas Historical Society, established in 1875, is a state agency. Designated as the trustee of the state in 1879 and as the repository of official government records in 1905, the Historical Society collects and preserves the story of Kansas history.”

Museum of World Treasures

“Experience a trek through time at the Museum of World Treasures. History comes alive as you delve into the lives of dinosaurs, Ancient Egyptians, past presidents, and so much more. From shrunken heads to an extensive World War II collection, there are incredible stories around every corner of the Museum. Bring the whole family for an adventure that will educate, entertain, and hopefully ignite a love for lifelong learning.”

Union Station 

“Union Station is once again a majestic and desired destination for our surrounding communities. She is at once magical, warm, casual, elegant, full of surprises, and wise from experience but young at heart.” . 


 

 

Aquariums / Nature Centers / Farm/ Zoo Field Trips

Great Plains Nature Center

“The Great Plains Nature Center is a cooperative project between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kansas Wildlife & Parks, City of Wichita, and the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center. These Partners share a common goal of providing opportunities for the public to investigate, understand and develop an appreciation for wildlife and the environment, while promoting sound stewardship of natural resources.”

KC Pumpkin Patch

Featuring different festivals throughout fall and winter, the KC Pumpkin Patch has something fun for the whole family.

Rock Springs Ranch

“For over 75 years, Rock Springs Ranch has been host to generations of campers, families and anyone seeking a retreat in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. We are both a Retreat/Conference as well as a fun, exciting Summer Camp! Every year we welcome thousands of young people from across Kansas (and even Missouri) for 4-H based summer programs. But our campers don’t have to belong to 4-H to come to RSR, everyone is welcome!”


Other Field Trip Ideas 

iFLY Indoor Skydiving 

Located in Kansas City. “Flyers ages 3 to 103 can indoor skydive. From beginners to seasoned pros, people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities can take flight and have the time of their lives. You don’t need to be an athlete or in perfect shape — our world class instructors are experts at making flying fun for everyone who meets our flight guidelines.”


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Are you still looking for more ideas for field trips in Kansas? Check out our event section for Kansas day trips and more! If you have an event that you want to share, please add it as well. 

Do you have a location that would make a good field trip in Kansas? Let me know in the comments below or contact me to get it added! 

 

 

 

 

 

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