Houston Field Trip Ideas

Houston Field Trip Ideas

When it comes time to plan a fun activity for your school group’s Houston field trip, you might want to do something you haven’t done before…and that means you’ve got to investigate your options.  Want a quick list of ideas to help you get started with your brainstorming?  Here are some categories we thought of:

Museums.  Houston is home to so many cool museums. Take a gander at the local art museum.  Go to an exhibit focused on a specific topic (dinosaurs!), or to a museum dedicated to a particular time in history (e.g. the holocaust).  What about natural history museums, or a scientific exhibit on the human body or something about space?  See what’s available and select something that will most appeal to your group.

Get out in nature.  What nature material do you have to work with in your local area?  Mountains?  Desert?  Ocean?  Organize a day hike to a local peak with packed lunches.  Do a couple of simple slot canyons.  Enjoy a day of body surfing and sandcastle building competitions.  Obviously all of these activities would require some parent release forms, but hey, they’ll make for a great day away from school.

Tour a facility.  There are lots of public buildings that offer tours.  Want to learn about how the public water system works?  Go and tour the water reclamation facility!  Are you learning about conservation and want to see how a recycling plant or landfill procedure goes down?  Go and check it out firsthand!  Curious about manufacturing and production?  Take a tour of a big-name facility to see how they handle the ebb and flow of business.

Hands-on learning.  Do you have some local artists that are crazy talented at what they do?  What about taking your class for a hands-on learning experience?  Maybe that means taking your art kids to a masterclass by a well-respected painter or sculptor, listening to them speak, and then practicing in a tutored setting where they can get personalized advice for what they’re working on?  The same situation could apply for having an audience with a respected writer and being able to hash out some questions they may have with their own written work.  Etcetera, etcetera.  You get the idea. 

Go to a concert or cultural enrichment performance.  In this category, the sky is the limit.  Go to the symphony.  Take the kids to the ballet.  See a play.  Take your music students to a rock concert that will illustrate the building blocks of rock and roll you’ve been studying in your current unit.  Catch a poetry reading.  Attend a marionette show.  These types of experiences are inspiring and your students will love them!

Amusement parks.  Hey, there’s nothing like screaming with laughter together on crazy rides to create some memories that no one will forget!  If you’ve got a local water or amusement park, this could easily take up the whole day and provide endless fun for the kids in your group.

Hit up the zoo.  For the younger ages, they stay pretty excited about going to the zoo or catching a film on the IMAX at the planetarium.  They won’t mind visiting the aquarium, either, or pretty much anything that allows them to get up close and see for themselves.  

There are so many options you could consider when planning a Houston field trip to do with your class group.  Depending on what you’re studying or what the focus of the activity is, there are suggestions here to match what you’re looking for!  And now comes the fun part…choose what you want to do, make plans, and then head out for a good time! If you need transportation, follow this link: https://www.firstclasstours.net/services-in-use/schools/.