I haven't participated in the Blog Cruise for a few weeks, partly because I've been very busy. However, I thought this week's topic is one that I've put some thought to recently.
What are some field trips that your family has enjoyed?
We used to schedule field trips into our activities on a regular basis when the kids were younger. Below is a list of some of the trips we've taken over the years. For my local readers, I've included links if I have them handy.
Detroit Main Library/Rare Books Collection (original Laura Ingalls Wilder transcript here)
Detroit Opera House
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Jiffy Mix tour
Lionel Trains tour
Fossil Park (Sylvania, OH)
WJR Tour (Detroit radio station)
Westwind Milling Co tour, http://westwindmilling.alittleingenuity.com/
Ford Rouge Factory Tour
Frankenmuth Historical Museum programs
Morley Candy Makers
Second Baptist Church of Detroit (part of the Underground Railroad)
Turtlebee Farms (beekeeping class), http://www.turtlebeefarms.com/
Parade Company Tour (behind the scenes of the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade)
Native prairie seed collecting with the DNR
Observer Newspapers tour
The Scrap Box, http://www.scrapbox.org/
Pewabic Pottery, http://www.pewabic.com/
MRF Recycling Center, http://tinyurl.com/2l97ae
various local Metropark programs
Preuss Animal House tour (very large pet store!) ,http://www.preusspets.com/
Don't forget programs with local museums and theaters. Also, when the kids were early elementary, they loved doing tours of our local bakery, fire station, police station, and post office.
As you can see, we are very fortunate to live in an area with lots available to us. And while we haven't done many field trips lately, we did recently take advantage of a great museum that visitors to our state should be sure to visit, The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. We visited last month with some friends, a great way to kick off the school year.
It is almost impossible to view both the Museum and the Village in one day, so we opted to enjoy the beautiful weather and tour the Village. Our first stop was the Printing Office, where we watched a demonstration on how things were printed long ago - one at a time...
Then, the we headed over to the tinsmith to watch a tin punching.
Then we visited the home of Noah Webster. This kids had fun reading some of the old stories used to reach children to read.
The teens got a kick out of some of the language. My daughter thought "civilly accosted" was particularly funny!
Recapping this day makes me want to schedule more field trips. I haven't been as good about doing that over the last few years. Field trips certainly aren't just for for elementary ages!