July 2, 2019

The Ultimate List of 17 Exciting Field Trip Ideas

Struggling to plan the next school field trip? Here's a list of 17 exciting field trip ideas for kids.

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The Ultimate List of 17 Exciting Field Trip Ideas

Most people would describe a field trip as an opportunity for a teacher to take a group of kids away from school for a day so they can learn, grow and develop in a different setting.

But just because learning and development are key themes of any good field trip, doesn’t mean teachers always need to gravitate to engaging their kids with the same old activities:

Museums, camps, and historical attractions tend to come to mind when we think of the classic field trip—and there’s nothing wrong with the classics—but eventually, kids get tired of going on the same overdone type of field trip every year.  

Luckily, we have a solution:

We’ve put together a list of 17 exciting kids field trip ideas near you that kids and chaperones alike will love!

17 Fun Field Trip Ideas Near You

Check out this list, and you’ll be well on your way to planning the ultimate fun field trip. These ideas are universal, but every single one of them can be found in Minnesota, so have fun!

1. Visit a Restaurant

restaurant interior with tables and chairs

A restaurant, you say?

Yes, a restaurant—because restaurants are a microcosm of small business. Everyone has a role, from a host to a chef, everyone is working toward the same goal.

For kids of just about any age, it’s valuable to see what goes into producing and serving food to paying customers. They can learn about teamwork, service, hard work, and even cooking in the process!

Besides, learning about how business works is one of the best possible high school field trip ideas. For kids that are headed into the real world, an understanding of the real world matters.

2. Visit a TV or Radio Station

TV and Radio? Chances are every kid in a class uses both on a daily basis. Why not teach kids where all of that content comes from?

Most TV and radio stations are very welcoming to groups of kids, and can provide fun activities and fantastic learning opportunities.

3. Visit a Planetarium

planetarium with night sky

When it comes to field trips for kids, astronomy is typically a stellar choice.

Kids love planets. The universe is a fascination to any youngster who looks out at the sky. What the heck is out there?

By visiting a local planetarium, you can provide kids with an exhilarating and fascinating activity that will get their minds and imaginations flowing.

4. Go to a Hands-On Museum

A science museum or a natural science museum are great for kids because they tend to be more hands on and collaborative than simply looking at art (more on that later).

Exhibits often change seasonally, so there’s always something new for kids to learn.

5. Go to a Botanical Garden or Arboretum

botanical garden path with trees and flowers

If it weren’t for plants, we humans wouldn’t be alive, so why not learn more about them?

Not only that, but plants and flowers at most botanical gardens, or trees at most arboretums, are aesthetically beautiful.

This is a great, original experience for any kid.

6. Check out the Zoo!

Whether you’re searching for field trip ideas for middle school students or field trip ideas for elementary school students, this is probably the most ageless activity of them all. 

We talked earlier about how kids love planets.

Well guess what: They often love animals even more.

The zoo provides countless educational opportunities, and it is also indisputably fun and exciting.

7. Catch a Play or Musical

movie theater with red seats

Plays and musicals are fun and engaging ways to learn about culture and stimulate the imagination.

Get those creative juices flowing by catching a show.

8. Visit a Local Business

Similar to a restaurant, kids can learn from just about any small business in any industry. As a teacher or chaperone, you can ask the business owner to explain what they do, where they got the idea for it, and how they made it a reality.

It’s important for kids to see success and understand the importance of hard work and the value of their ideas.

9. Hike Through a National Park

alpine lake with mountain ridge

National Parks are quite literally national treasures.

We get it: Yellowstone may not be in your backyard—but every single state boasts beautiful national parks that serve as opportunities for kids to learn about and appreciate nature, all while having a great time in the great outdoors.  

10. Go to a Sporting Event

Believe it or not, sports are a huge part of everyday life. Most people are passionate about at least one sport or sports team, and if they aren’t, they know and interact with people who are.

Why not give kids an early appreciation for skill and entertainment. A baseball game is one of the most fun field trip ideas. Plus, you can include some sports trivia and education along the way. The games are long!

11. Visit a Farm

farm field with red tractor

Kids should know where their food comes from. It will give them an appreciation for the hard work that goes into putting simple things like milk and corn on their table.

Many farms are welcoming, and even willing to show groups how they operate. This can be invaluable for any kid.

12. Visit a Fine art Museum

Yes, yes, we know: We mentioned museums in the introduction as the type of field trip that is done and re-done.

Well here’s the thing:

Museums are amazing, and are sources of culture that every child should be exposed to.

But a word of caution:

It’s easy to fall into the trap of repeating the same sort of field trip every quarter. Mix it up a little! If you’re going to do a museum field trip, do something exciting next time!

13. Explore the Inner Workings of a Post Office or Bank

bank vault door handle

Again, not super exciting, you might think, but you may be surprised:

Lots of kids love exploring the inner workings of things. And with organizations like the post office, or even a local bank, it can actually be pretty fascinating. Plus, kids will feel pretty special if they get to see the back room, or the vault in a bank.

14. Visit the Historic Area of Town

Every city or town has an oldest building or historic site. The oldest part of Minneapolis is the St. Anthony Falls area, where not only is there great nature (ehem… falls), but also cobblestone roads and old buildings.

On the other side of town, did you know St. Paul was originally called Pig’s Eye Landing? Yes, there’s tons of history there, and kids will love uncovering it.

15. Visit the Fire or Police Stations

fireman and red fire truck

There may be nothing as cool as learning from the people who keep us safe. 

Learning about the daily routine of cops or firefighters will be fascinating to just about any kid.

16. Go to the Farmer’s Market

We talked about farms already, so why not make your next field trip to a place where farmers sell a great deal of what they harvest?

This is a great full-circle opportunity for kids to learn more about the way food is produced and sold. Not to mention, most farmer’s markets have great treats!

17. Field Trips at Big Thrill Factory

wipeout trampoline

As a top rated kids and family destination, Big Thrill Factory’s field trip packages are packed with fun activities kids will love—along with plenty of opportunities to learn and engage in the company of their peers.

We’re serious when we say that Big Thrill Factory is about fun, but it’s also about quality and education:

We’ve been recognized both by the local press and IAAPA, an international trade organization, as a top tier facility and an ideal one for kids and family events.

All of the attractions we include in our field trip packages are fun, but they are also educational and developmental, helping kids solve problems and work together in a team setting.

Big Thrill Factory offers two different field trip packages. Each one is full of fun yet purposeful activities your students are sure to enjoy.

The Favorite Field Trip Package

“The Favorite” field trip package is available Monday through Friday before 3pm, and only costs $9 per student—offering 2 hours of unlimited play! 

It includes the following great group activities for kids:

1. Kid’s Fun Factory

kid's fun factory play cannon

The Kid’s Fun Factory is a hodgepodge of fantastic obstacles, mini-activities, and surprises for kids. Watch as the kids in your class explore the space, climbing and jumping around. Every kid needs to blow off some steam. This is the perfect safe way to do it.

2. Time Challenge

happy girl playing time challenge

It can be tough to find great team building activities for kids. Thankfully, we have great ones—and the Time Challenge is a perfect example. 

The Time Challenge places kids in a black-light control room armed with 3D props and facades. Their job is to push as many light-up buttons as possible before time runs out. This game works for 2-4 players at a time, so you can watch as your students team up and strategize the best ways to win.

Kids passionate about S.T.E.M. subjects will love the time challenge because it opens up the opportunity to learn about basic circuitry and programming. Great opportunity for a follow-up science lesson (hint, hint).

3. Laser Tag

young adult playing laser tag

Who doesn’t love laser tag? Our state of the art facility is a multi-level, interactive world with steam pipes, strobe lights, and blasting horns. This is another excellent team building activity for kids, as it will teach them to stick together and have each other's back.

Kids who love S.T.E.M. subjects will enjoy learning about the science behind the light and sound waves that make laser tag possible.

Our laser tag facility fits up to thirty players per session, so the whole class can play at the same time!

We’re not done yet!

Let’s check out the Premium Package:

The Premium Field Trip Package

The Premium field trip package at Big Thrill Factory is also available Monday through Friday before 3:00 pm and costs $18 per student—offering 2 hours of unlimited play!

It includes all three of the great attractions from The Favorite field trip package, but also allows you to choose two additional attractions from these 6:

1. Ropes Course

two young adult on glow in dark ropes course

Our ropes course is the ultimate character development activity. Watch your students overcome their fears and learn about the value of perseverance as they tackle our exciting course 18 feet above the ground—and in the dark! All kids will be in a safety harness, so the ropes course is safe and fun.

2. Bump ‘N’ Spin Car

bump n spin cars in action

It’s time for your students to learn what not to do before they begin Driver’s Ed in a number of years. In all seriousness, they will have a blast on hour wild bumper car adventure. From our experience, kids will never want to stop!

Bump ‘N’ Spin cars are only available at our Minnetonka location.

3. Drop Tower

Another great safe way to help kids overcome their fears, our drop tower is a freefall experience that will have kids screaming from excitement. 

The Drop Tower is only available at our Oakdale location.

4. Altitude Trampolines

happy woman jumping on trampoline

Our 10 individual jumping arenas are safely separated by safety nets to ensure everyone can bounce without interfering or causing collisions. The trampoline in your student’s back yard can’t offer these thrills!

Altitude Trampolines are a seasonal attraction.

5. The Giant Slide

It’s a giant, exhilarating slide—what could be better? Not much, we would argue. Have kids race to see who can get down the fastest! 

The Giant Slide is also a seasonal attraction at Big Thrill Factory.

6. Mini Golf

happy family playing mini golf

Part P.E. part team building, mini golf is the perfect activity for any field trip. Learning how to putt can be both challenging and frustrating, so why not do it in the most fun environment possible, surrounded by supportive peers.

Your class will want to play these 18 holes again and again in an effort to come in under par.

Mini Golf is also a seasonal attraction.

Add Even More Attractions! 

That’s right! Both packages also allow for a choice of additional a-la-carte attractions and options.

You can add outdoor seasonal activities like the Giant Slide, Spider Climb, Altitude Trampolines, Wipeout Trampolines or Mini Golf for $5 per participant.

Or, you can add indoor year-round activities like Bump ‘N’ Spin Cars, The Drop Tower or the Ropes course for $5.

If you need more time, that’s ok too! Adding an hour is easy to do! We want this to be the perfect field trip for your class.

Make It An Easy Field Trip

We understand that it’s not always easy to chaperone or supervise a field trip. Kids tend to not want to sit in one place for very long, and with keeping track of everyone, organizing meals, and keeping everyone interested, it can be quite the job.

That’s why we strive to make field trips at Big Thrill Factory as easy as possible:

It all starts with a personal Event Planner who is available to customize the field trip to suit your needs and the interests of the kids in your class.

Then we follow through by offering kid-friendly food options, and attractions that are sure to keep kids engaged and safely confined to the right space.

If you choose to add an additional educational component to your field trip, we’re happy to accommodate that as well! We have plenty of private event space available with A/V capabilities, including large flat screen TVs. These spaces are perfect for large or small groups.

Why not have a short presentation on “The History of Laser Tag” or “Lessons Learned on a Ropes Course”? The options are endless.

It will add a great learning component to an already educational event.

Book a Fun Field Trip Near You

Whether you’re actively searching for fun field trip ideas or simply doing some preliminary research for your class’ next outing, you’re in good hands.

We’ve provided you with 17 amazing field trip ideas. Time to choose one and roll with it!

To learn more about planning the perfect field trip at Big Thrill Factory, get in touch with an event planner today to get started!

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