Field Trips & Family Destinations


Field trips are a fantastic way to build excitement and school spirit. And learning or helping pick where the class is headed is always at the top of students’ back-to-school lists.


Learning outside the classroom is a key component of a great education that gives excited students the chance to jump into new experiences and to do hands-on activities. It also gives kids the opportunity to ask professionals questions about their work—maybe in science, technology, performing arts, nature or maybe in some other career field. They also can ask what kind of education and background is helpful for landing such a job.


Wondering what fun and exciting field trips are available nearby or a short driving distance away? Boomer Bear has done the research for you, beginning on this page. The guide lists places that are fun, entertaining and educational for classrooms and for families with homeschoolers.


2022 ARIZONA SCITECH FESTIVAL

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 and discussions. Dates coming soon!

 

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS BALLPARK TOURS

The Arizona Diamondbacks are the Major League Baseball team in Arizona. Since its inception as an expansion franchise in 1998, the team has won a world championship (2001) and made six postseason appearances. The club has played in front of 32 million fans at Chase Field, which features a signature swimming pool, retractable roof and a kids play area called the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sandlot. For more information about the D-backs, or to purchase game tickets, visit dbacks.com

 

 

ASU EARTH & SPACE EXPLORATION DAY

Earth and Space Exploration Open House is a free annual event held in the fall and spring semesters and hosted by the graduate students of the School of Earth and Space Exploration. This event includes public lectures, planetarium shows, interactive science exhibits for all ages, and stargazing with telescopes to learn about the night sky. The Fall 2021 Open House will take place virtually on Friday, October 22, 6–8 p.m. More details coming soon!

BEAR ESSENTIAL NEWS & YOUNG REPORTER PROGRAM

Common Core Worksheets: Fresh standards-based fun sheets for classrooms to use in

conjunction with the current issue of Bear Essential News.

Free Young Reporters Program: Students in grades 3–8 develop as young writers by writing news stories for Bear Essential News.

Young Reporters can attend monthly Zoom meetings and interview important people from our community.

Free Presentations: Five dynamic topics are available from a Bear editor.

BOOKMANS ENTERTAINMENT EXCHANGE

Project:Educate. Educators receive a 20% discount on all purchases. To receive your Project: Educate card, you need to sign up online at www.bookmans.com. You will receive a confirmation email, which you need to bring to your nearest Bookmans location, along with a valid ID and proof of educator status.

Kids Club: From birth to age 12 kids receive a 10% discount and a $10 gift certificate on their birthday.

1317: Kids 13-17 receive a 15% discount and a $15 gift certificate on their birthday.

Visit Bookmans.com and click on the JOIN tab to sign up.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

Register now! The Catalina Council provides youth with programs and activities

that allow them to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and

reinforce ethical standards.

The Scouting experience is divided into programs according to age and activities.

Cub Scouts: Grades: K–5

Scouts, BSA: Grades:6–12

Venturing: 14–20 years old

Sea Scouting: 14–20 years old 

CENTRAL ARIZONA PROJECT

CAP offers an Arizona-specific water education program including free downloadable lesson plans for K–3, 4–6, middle and high school students that are standards-based. Lesson plans supported by mixed media tools like videos, posters and activity books! Visit www.cap-az.com/education or call 623-869-2135 for more information.

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM TUCSON

A visit to Children’s Museum Tucson inspires discovery, creativity and learning. Our Museum exhibits and programs are content rich, aligned with Arizona Academic Standards and ignite imagination and curiosity! And the best part - Adventure Learning Field Trips are simple to plan, economical and fun! $6 per child. Grades: K-6.

CRAYOLA EXPERIENCE

Discover the magic of color at Crayola Experience! Crayola Experience Chandler is bursting with 18 hands-on activities, perfect for a full day of creative fun. Name your own crayon, star in a coloring page, bring your digital art to life AND MORE! Field trips start at $9.99 per person. PLUS - teachers get a free annual pass with valid ID (see site for details). 

FLANDRAU SCIENCE CENTER AND PLANETARIUM

Flandrau gives your class a chance to explore the marvels of our universe—from the depths of the ocean to the farthest reaches of space, and everything in between! Located on the mall of The University of Arizona campus, Flandrau offers hands-on exhibits to ignite your curiosity. Plus, you’ll have the option to see an amazing full-dome show in the planetarium theater. You’ll feel like you’re flying through space as you launch from the earth and visit planets, moons, stars and asteroids. On our two exhibit floors, your students will learn more about what lurks in our oceans and what crawls under our feet in our shark and bug exhibits. Flandrau’s shows and experiences are designed to connect with school groups and are geared to Arizona State Science Standards. Visit our website for more info. Cost: $4-$10 child based on program. Grades: PreK-12.

GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. In Girl Scouts, girls have fun and adventures in an all-girl environment where they earn badges, go camping, explore STEM, become leaders and work on community service projects.

 

GOLDFIELD GHOST TOWN/SUPERSTITION SCENIC RAILROAD

Experience Arizona history! Spend a  fun-filled day rich in history. Tour an underground mine, ride the train, view reptiles and insects of the Sonoran Desert, pan for real gold and check out the Mystery Shack attraction. Educational fun!

GOLF N’ STUFF

Enjoy our two lush miniature golf courses in the fresh air with sparkling ponds, or make a splash on our bumper boats, and speed through our go kart track. Maybe even win a game of Laser Tag! Now booking for 2021-2022 school year for as little as $8.00 per student. Call today and secure your next trip! 

HUMANE SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona children’s programs will give your child a new perspective on caring for animals, preventing animal cruelty, understanding animal behavior, and more. We use a variety of activities that stress an appreciation of our environment and preservation of our natural world; classroom activities, creative and artistic exercises, hands-on animal care, great games, and character building lessons. During the school year we offer in-school education, camps during school breaks, reading to shelter pets, Hand in Paw Kid’s Club events including Humane Heroes, and birthday parties.

MINI TIME MACHINE MUSEUM OF MINIATURES

A visit to The Mini Museum inspires a desire to explore mathematical concepts, leap into literature and art, investigate history and experience life in another time or culture. Tours and outreach presentations are developed to support objectives in the Arizona Common Core standards. Schools can request free virtual or in-person classroom outreach presentations or apply for funding for field trip admission and transportation. Program details are on the website.

PRESIDIO SAN AGUSTIN DEL TUCSON MUSEUM

Looking for new field trip ideas? The Presidio Museum has educational field trips that supports Common Core curriculum for grades 3-4, but are open to all ages. Students will learn the life of a Presidio child and chores they had to complete and games they played. Other activities include tinsmithing, blacksmithing, calligraphy and the life of a Presidio Soldier.

 

ROCK SOLID CLIMBING AND FITNESS

Rock Solid Climbing is about making fitness fun for everyone. Whether you are an expert or scaling your first wall, Rock Solid Climbing is here for you. We have climbs for every ability level and our coaches are eager to help get you started. 

 

ROOSTER COGBURN

One of a kind school field trips for an open air-hands-on experience!  We offer a fun, interactive animal feeding experience!  Field trips are AZ State Standards based with STEM curriculum as well as reading and social studies.   Materials will be available for teachers to use in their classrooms.  We also offer a large picnic area perfect for lunch as well as a FREE Shooting Gallery token with every admission.  Come and visit our many animals including:  Ostriches, Goats, Donkeys, Rainbow Lorikeets, Deer, Diving Ducks, Parakeets, Bunnies, Chickens, STINGRAYS and more!  Contact Julie for pricing and booking information.

 

TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART

The Museum offers a variety of programs for students to learn about art, history and

culture. Whether it is a docent-led tour

complete with hands-on art project or a self-guided tour of a special exhibition and a selection of the permanent collection, students will have the opportunity to explore one of Tucson’s treasures. Cost: $2–$6.

Grades: K–12. 

 

TUCSON REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SHOW & SALE

60,000 square feet of reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Petting zoo with tortoises, alligators, snakes and other reptiles. Captive bred reptiles for sale. Cost: Adults: $10; Ages 6–12: $5 Ages 5 and under: Free. Masks Required.

TUCSON RODEO PARADE MUSEUM

The Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum includes four buildings filled with historic wagons and artifacts. On the site of the first municipal airport in the United States, one can discover where many of the terms used today originated. A large train exhibit represents Tucson of 1880, when the first train arrived in Tucson. See Tucson’s first fire wagon, Tucson’s jail wagon, stage coaches and the famous Maxamillian Coach!

WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO, AQUARIUM

Your field trip will complement any biology curriculum at any grade level. Students can feed Lory parrots, learn about animal ambassadors and see some display natural behaviors during a Wildlife Encounter Show. Meet baby animals in our children’s play area and petting zoo! Cost: $8/student, $15/adult, one adult admission free with every 10 paid students (10 student min.). We accept cash, check or school purchase order.

Classroom presentations also available—

valley wide. Rates subject to change.