Field Trip Ideas
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The Banning Museum
CA- Rancho Period Lifestyle: The Banning Museum engages visitors in a living history experience, showing how the Banning family lived, worked, and entertained. Through its educational programs, it gives third, fourth and ﬁfth-graders opportunities to experience life in the 19th century, enriching their curriculum.
Ballona Discovery Center
Friends of Ballona Wetlands offer opportunities for integrative outdoor education, ecological restoration, and community service right in the middle of urban Los Angeles.
Discovery Cube Los Angeles / Orange County
Hands-On Science Field Trips: Plan a grade-specific field trip ! The large-scale exhibits, interactive programs, and live science demonstrations all align with California Science Content Standards.
The Grammy Museum
Interactive exhibits, films and artifacts designed to explore the historical, cultural and social context of music.
The Roundhouse Museum
Field trips include Marine Science and Environmental Education.
Petersen Automotive Museum
The museum features three themed floors (History, Industry and Artistry) to enable visitors to better appreciate the impact and application of the automobile.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Exhibition Highlight Tours: Educators offer around 45 minute walk throughs of current exhibitions on select days of the week.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Guided Visits for School Groups to increase students’ powers of perception and stimulate interest in the visual arts and our multicultural heritage. School tours are led by LACMA’s trained art docents, who engage students in active looking and discussion focusing on a select number of works in the collection. Tours are aligned with state content standards for history/social science and language arts and the new core curriculum. Free with NexGen membership.
El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA)
Age-tailored school programs that stimulate creativity and interest in art. Students engage in a variety of multi-sensory forms of expression including sketching, movement, pair–sharing, and group discussion. They make personal connections, incorporate problem solving, and spark critical thinking using the art on display as a primary source. In addition, students use various materials to create their own piece of art inspired by the Experience.
Natural History Museum (NHM)
Free admission days on first Tuesdays of most months. NHM offers four Homeschool Days per year, where each day has an assigned theme with free drop-in activities designed to help you and your students get the most out of their exhibits.
CA Science Center
Get Hands-on experience at the The Big Lab – With 32,000 square feet of WIDE-OPEN space and GIANT customized activities, students will conduct ENORMOUS investigations, make HUGE discoveries, and have MASSIVE amounts of FUN through inquiry and exploration. Explore a variety of science concepts on their Homeschool days, featuring age-appropriate activities available on select days throughout the school year.
Griffith Park Observatory & Planetarium
Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos! Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.
Old Town Music Hall
Home of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ, showing vintage silent and sound films, and presenting live concerts by some of the world’s finest performers of jazz, ragtime, and popular music from the past.
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Explore active excavation sites, see real fossils up close, and watch paleontologists in action — all in the heart of Los Angeles!
Aquarium of the Pacific
Get a group rate by booking in advance with a minimum of 10 people. Sign up for Homeschool days for ocean related activities and biofacts allowing students of all ages to experiment, investigate, and explore marine habitats and concepts.
Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
Experience History: Celebrations, reenactments, and more at the Drum Barracks Museum and throughout Southern California.
NATURE Field Trips:
- Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
- Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
- O’Neill Regional Park
- Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
- Santiago Oaks Regional Park
- Bolsa Chica Wetlands
- Fullerton Arboretum
- L.A. Arboretum
- South Coast Botanic Garden
- Gum Grove
- Abalone Cove
- Crystal Cove
- Mt. Baldy
SEASONAL Field Trips: