Field Trips & Family Outings

Nothing sparks the imagination and creates excitement like a classroom field trip or a fun family outing!

Lots of things run through students’ heads as they head back to class. What friends are in my class? What’s my new teacher like? What will we be learning? How much homework will I have? One of the things at the top of students’ lists is wondering what field trips their class will get to go on! “‘When are field trips this year and where are we going?’—they want to know right away,” says third-grade teacher Jenny Dow at Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary. “Field trips...are such an important part of a great education.”

Dow’s teaching teammate, Rachael Pearson, looks forward to seeing her students spread their wings outside the classroom!

“I think students these days learn more through hands-on, real-life applications. And then if they’re able to take what they’ve learned from the classroom and take it outside to a site with real-life situations, that content is more likely to stick with them. And they’ll remember in a better way than through lecture and taking notes,” says Pearson.

A study by the U.S. Travel Association shows the learning and life upsides to field trips. Kids who go on field trips tend to do better in school, benefit from higher graduation rates from high school and college, and earn more in the workforce!

An article by the National Education Association notes, “educational trips had a positive, lasting impact on (the students’) education and career because the trips made them more engaged, intellectually curious and interested in and out of school.” Or, as Dow explains, “So many of our kids are visual learners or tactile learners. And they need to be able to actually touch things and see things and be engaged in them—it makes a huge difference for them.

“Actually being in it, being involved in it makes a difference—whatever it is we’re teaching; whatever standard that we are teaching,” she emphasizes.

One super fun field trip takes Monte Vista third-graders to the Higley Center for the Performing Arts to work with three-time Grammy Award winning folk artist Tom Chapin. It’s known as the center’s Building Bridges project.

Long-time teacher Pam Wendt loves this field trip. “Oftentimes, it’s many children’s first musical theater or musical concert experience—it’s great!”

Not only are field trips a great way to learn, they jump start kids’ enthusiasm and can forge strong bonds between classmates. “Field trips are most definitely community building experiences. And now they also have this memory to share together—an experience they can write about; they can discuss it; they can draw connections to literature. Many teachers will strategically plan follow-up activities and literacy adventures based on what they did so that those connections can be made,” Wendt points out.

This guide lists places that are fun, entertaining and educational (many are STEAM based) for classrooms and the entire family.

2 | A | B | C | E | F | G | H | M | O | P | S | T | U | V | W
AMERIND MUSEUM

Enjoy a tour of the Amerind Museum, an interactive archaeology exercise, and some hands-on activities using Native American tools and technologies. There are also outdoor activities that take place among stimulating geological formations. Grades...

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

he Arizona Diamondbacks are the Major League Baseball Team in Arizona. They have won five National League West Division Championships (1999, 2001-02, 2007, 2011) and one World Series (2001) since entering Major League Baseball as an expansion...

ARIZONA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Arizona Museum of Natural History has dinosaurs that roar and so much more! As Arizona’s premier natural history museum, we cater to educators and their students. Bring your students for an experience they won’t forget! Ages: All.

ARIZONA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Arizona Museum of Natural History has dinosaurs that roar and so much more!
As Arizona’s premier natural history museum, we cater to educators and their students. For a special curriculum based learning experience, book an “Explore More”...

ARIZONA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Arizona Museum of Natural History has dinosaurs that roar and so much more!
As Arizona’s premier natural history museum, we cater to educators and their students. For a special curriculum based learning experience, book an “Explore More”...

ARIZONA PROJECT WET (APW)

Arizona Project WET (APW) develops water stewardship and STEM literacy by providing teacher professional development focused on 21st century skills, direct student outreach that delivers or extends classroom learning, and community engagement. We...

ARIZONA SCITECH FESTIVAL 2017

​​​​​​
The Arizona SciTech Festival is a multi-week, colorful showcase of more than 1,000 science, engineering, technology (STEM) and innovation events in over 50 Arizona cities featuring exhibits, hands-on activities, colorful shows, tours...

ARIZONA STATE FAIR

Fine Arts, Agriculture, CTE, and STEM at the Arizona State Fair. Students and chaperones attend for FREE and can take advantage of Arizona’s MOST AWESOME hands-on classroom. Enjoy livestock experiences, museum quality exhibits and interactive...

ASU EARTH & SPACE EXPLORATION DAY

Earth and Space Exploration day is a free annual fall event hosted by the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE). The SESE community offers special science-related activities for students age five and up, families, educators and anyone...

ASU WALTON SUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS INITIATIVES

Reimagine Our Home: The Sustainability Solutions Festival is a vibrant showcase for and about sustainability solutions: President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Families can explore the world of science and sustainability through special...