Somehow, we blinked and it’s already August! Back-to-school season is upon us, which means new backpacks, new friends and new places for class field trips. Whether you’re a teacher, parent or even scout troop leader, here are some options for interesting, educational and fun field trips around Dayton.
2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton
(937) 275–7431, ext. 125
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education should be fun – and that’s the mission of Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. This interactive children’s museum has loads of activities and educational experiences for kids. The museum offers field trips for public, private or homeschool educators that are designed to provide a high-quality learning experience for students while maintaining a fun atmosphere and meeting Academic Content Standards.
1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton
(937) 293-2841, ext. 127
For a hands-on historical experience, you can’t beat Dayton’s Carillon Historical Park. Kids will marvel at the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, an authentic 1835 B&O (Grasshopper) Steam Locomotive and the first automobile self-starter. Your group can also tour Dayton’s oldest buildings, including Newcom’s Tavern (c. 1796), the William Morris House (c. 1815) and Locust Grove School #12, a one- room schoolhouse built in 1896 in Springfield.
456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton
Encourage an appreciation for the arts with a trip to The Dayton Art Institute. Tours are available for students in preschool through high school, and tour topics vary depending on grade level. All tours are designed to comply with Ohio Academic Content Standards.
16 South Williams Street, Dayton
Given Dayton’s significant contributions to aviation, this national park is a must for young residents. The park contains two interpretive areas: the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center. Kids will learn about three prominent Daytonians: Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar, along with their accomplishments and their legacies. Field trips are free, but must be scheduled in advance.
Fifth Third Field, 220 North Patterson Blvd., Dayton
Want a “just for fun” field trip? Head to the ball park! There are many Dayton Dragon home games to choose from, and group discounts are available if you purchase through the ticket office. For Girl and Boy Scout troops, the Dragons offer special events, clinics and even overnights.
1561 Grange Hall Rd., Beavercreek
Decoy Art Studio offers a variety of field trip packages featuring art projects with clay, painting, pottery painting and drawing. This is a great option for play groups, birthday parties and homeschool classes.
3376 S. Union Rd, Dayton
A trip to Learning Tree Farm gives kids a hands-on learning experience in a traditional farm setting. Check out their website for a list of field trip options available or customize a visit especially for your group.
2301 W. River Road, Dayton
This park was slated to become a sewage treatment plant in the 1960s, but historians and archaeologists excavated the site to reveal a three acre village. Today, SunWatch serves as a visitor and educational center for archaeology, Native American culture and heritage stewardship. The park offers five unique tours each lasting about 90 minutes.
138 N. Main St., Dayton
Education & Engagement Department: (937) 228-7591, x3039
The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series at Victoria Theatre contains carefully selected plays aimed at teaching kids specific curriculum and themes. Teachers can download study guides from the website, or have their class come early or stay late for a special workshop to enhance the theatre-going experience.
6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, OH
At this day-long tour (which runs from 9:15 am – 2:15 pm), kids will see a variety of farm animals, get the opportunity to pet and feed goats, take a wagon ride, learn about farming and get a complimentary cup of (homemade) vanilla ice cream!