School is back in session, and now is the perfect time to head out on some field trips without the crowds. Unfortunately, many homeschooling parents find themselves in a rut when it comes to field trips. Limited funds, a lack of time to research, and a host of other factors can quickly lead families to stick to their usual territory.
This is all fine and dandy, but it can also become incredibly dull. After all, not many people enjoy doing the same old thing day in and day out. If you are already finding yourself in a rut this school year, why not break out of it with one of these inexpensive, yet interesting field trip options? All are less than an hour away from Norman, making them easy day trips that don’t require too much car time.
All Oklahomans know the Braum’s brand and most of us love the delicious dairy products they provide. If you are one of the many Braum’s ice cream fanatics out there, you will love the Braum’s farm tour. This tour is absolutely free, but must be scheduled in advance, so be sure to call a few weeks ahead of time to reserve a spot for your family and friends.
Sam Noble Museum
The Sam Noble Museum is a wonderful place full of all kinds of information and artifacts. Anyone who has any interest at all in natural history will adore this place, and even little ones can find something to do in the special room that is set aside just for them.
Unfortunately, this museum is also a little bit pricey. However, by waiting until the first Monday of the month, your kids will get in free, meaning you only have to pay for the adults in your group.
Edmond Historical Society Children’s Learning Center
While it is a bit of a trek, the Children’s Learning Center which is run by the Edmond Historical Society is a worthwhile day trip for those with elementary age children. The center focuses on the history of Oklahoma with a focus on role play. Admission is free and the museum often holds special craft days, making the visit even more special.
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
Slightly older children will appreciate the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman on the OU campus. The museum has several permanent collections on display, but also hosts temporary exhibitions on a regular basis. Admission is free, making this the perfect opportunity to introduce the young people in your life to the power of art.
Oklahoma State Capitol
Learn about the history of our state government as well as what goes on in the capitol building. The capitol building is open throughout the week for self guided tours, but we highly recommend planning to take a guided tour. These are available Monday through Friday at various points throughout the day. All tours are free, and well worth your time.
These are just a few of the wonderful things our state has to offer. Do a bit more research and we’re sure you’ll find even more fantastic field trip options.
Looking for a way to get out of the house on a regular basis in addition to your occasional field trips? Why not sign up for one of the many great classes here at The Loop?