Simple Family Field Trips

by Deborah Taylor-Hough

With summer here and children home from school, many parents are looking for creative ideas for enriching and educational activities. Family field trips are a simple, fun and relatively inexpensive way of spending time together as a family. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Manufacturing Plant Tours

Many manufacturing plants offer free tours to families or small groups, and any free samples given out make great souvenirs when on vacation. Call ahead to find out about tour availability.

Field trips to local attractions

Field trips to zoos or aquariums can be expensive, but purchasing an annual family pass pays for itself in just a couple trips. Knowing you can come back again and again frees your family to enjoy themselves, without feeling the need to hurry and see everything in one day to get your money's worth.

Return to the same site whenever you want a family outing, and then buy a pass to a different educational attraction next year.

Live Performances

If your family enjoys attending live performances, check for free concerts, plays and other cultural events in local parks during the summer months.

You can also contact college or community performance groups (drama, ballet, orchestra, etc.) to see if they'll allow you to watch them rehearse for free.

Many local theater groups need volunteer ushers for their live performances. Volunteering in this manner is an excellent way for the older members of your family to gain free admission to a wide variety of cultural events, plus it provides a useful service to the local arts community.

Deborah Taylor-Hough is a full-time mother of three, free- lance writer, and author of the bestselling book, "Frozen Assets: How to cook for a day and eat for a month." She also edits the Bright-Kids email newsletter. To subscribe to this free resource for fun and easy educational ideas for the bright kids in your life, mailto:join-bright-kids@ds.xc.org Visit Debi online at: http://hometown.aol.com/dsimple/


 
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