Where Do You Go for Field Trips?

(Ooops! Went out of town and got a bit behind schedule. Catch up, begins now!)

A better question might be, “Where don’t we go?”{smile}

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“Field Trip!” I think those are the favorite words of almost any kid!

I remember the one “field trip” a year that I went on every spring during my elementary school years. I am fairly certain it could win an award – for the lamest of the possible lame field trips. Wanna know what we did? We walked from the school to the neighborhood park, ate the lunches our mom’s packed, and walked back to school. Seriously.

Now, as home schoolers we are blessed to be able to go on cool field trips. And we get to go on as many field trips as we see fit. I see field trips as a great opportunity for learning, which may explain why we go on so many of them.

During our last school year, we went on 56 field trips. Granted some of those were repeated We delivered Meals on Wheels six times. We attended Boys Book Club seven times. And there were 10 trips to the Fort Worth Zoo for classes and such.

However, there were plenty of other places that were a one time visit. One of our first field trips of the year was to go see how they make bread at the Mrs. Baird’s Bakery. While one of the last trips for the school year was to celebrate “National Doughnut Day” and talk about the real D-Day at Krispy Kreme. Not all trips revolve around food, but I will say that is a great way to get a boy’s attention. Well, that or Lego!

Here’s a list of most of the places we’ve been in the past 8 years, although I may have missed a few…

*Mrs. Baird’s Bread Bakery
*CR Smith Museum
*Perot Museum
*Sea Life Grapevine
*Legoland Grapevine
*Kimbell Art Museum, several times
*Amon Carter Art Museum, several times
*Monnig Meteorite Gallery on the TCU Campus
*Noble Planetarium
*Founders Plaza at DFW
*Stockyards Station
*UTA Planetarium, several times
*National Scouting Museum, several times
*Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, many times
*Fort Worth Botanic Garden, several times
*Fort Worth Zoo, several times
*Kennedy Memorial – Dallas
*Dealey Plaza
*6th Floor Museum
*Bass Pro Shop , several times
*Cabela’s, several times
*Mainstay Farm, several times
*Money Factory (FW Reserve)
*The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Printing Press [no longer doing tours]
*Dallas World Aquarium, several times
*Casa Manana Children’s Theatre, many times
*Dallas Symphony Orchestra, many times
*Astronaut Training Center [now closed]
*Mansfield Blacksmith Shop [now closed]
*Trinity River Audubon Center
*King Tut exhibit at Dallas Museum of Art
*Butterfly House at Texas Discovery Gardens (Fair Park)
*State Fair of Texas
*Museum of Earth History (CFNI Campus)
*Mansfield Water Treatment Plant
*Dallas Arboretum
*Creative Hands Pottery Place, several times
*Dublin Bottling Works (Formerly Dublin Dr. Pepper)
*Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Kitchen
*Bethlehem Revisited in Waxahachie
*Veteran’s Day Re-enactment in Waxahachie
*Veteran’s Day Program at DFW Veteran’s Cemetary
*Fort Richardson State Park Civil War Reenactment
*Dirty Scurry in Fort Worth
*Texas Ranger’s Baseball Game

A few of our out-of-town field trips:

*San Jacinto Battlefield & Monument
*The Alamo
*Brazos Bend State Park
*State Capitol in Austin, Texas
*Mammoth Cave National Park
*National Corvette Museum
*General Patton Museum oc Cavalry and Armor
*Knob Creek Gun Range
*State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin
*River Ferry from Iowa to Wisconsin
*National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
*Apple River Fort in Illinois

But, there is a whole list of places not far from us that I still hope to visit!

Vetro Glassblowing (Grapevine)
Gnismer Farms
Henrietta Creek Orchard
Sid Richardson Museum
Mary Kay Museum (Addison)
Mary Kay Manufacturing Plant
Cowgirl Museum (Fort Worth)
Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
Forest Park Miniature Railroad<
Model Trains at Childrens Medical Center Dallas
Frontiers of Flight Museum
Vintage Flying Museum
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Nasher Sculpture Center
Dallas Zoo
Dallas Museum of Art
Sharkarosa Ranch
Ripley’s Believe it or Not (Not sure if I want to go here – lots of weirdness.)
Klyde Warren Park
The Promise (Glen Rose)
Dallas Federal Reserve
Old Red Courthouse
Log Cabin Village
Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park (Grapevine)
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
River Legacy Park
Dallas Fire Museum
Dallas Holocaust Museum
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Owens Spring Creek Farm
Chick-fil-a kitchen?
Belo Mansion
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant (Glen Rose)
Museum of the American Railroad (Frisco)*after they reopen
Ride the TRE
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Underground Tunnel and Sky Bridge System
DFW Airport


What are/were some of your favorite field trips?


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