Field Trip Ideas

Here is information on the plethora of field trip opportunities in Southern California. Our family does a lot of field trips and if it's worth the drive, we'll post it here!

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*Disclaimer: Please contact the location regarding hours, admission price and any free days as these things may change without my knowledge. I will try to keep this list as updated as possible, but there are no guarantees! Feel free to help me add to this list if you know of any other places to go and things to do.
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Amy's Farm Ontario Amy's Farm is a real working farm that provides hands-on, guided tours to school children of all ages.  
Animazonia Riverside County Exciting special tours for schools and other youth groups. Our volunteers will conduct a walking tour of the big cat sanctuary.  
Aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach Homeschool Days and Field Trips available 
Arboretum of Los Angeles County Arcadia Admission free on the third Tuesday of the month (No tram on these days.)  
Autry Museum of Western Heritage LA free to the public on the second Tuesday of every month 
Bates Nut Farm Valley Center (Escondido) Special events and tours for groups of 15 or more 
Battleship Iowa San Pedro/Los Angeles A field trip to Battleship IOWA presents an array of entirely novel stimuli to the student. The features of a battleship compel their attention as it confronts them with features unprecedented in their experience. Most student visitors have never been aboard a ship of any type, much less a vintage WWII warship. They walk through President Roosevelt's private cabin, and climb to the Admiral's Bridge for an unmatched seven-story vista of their historic maritime village. They participate in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) experience coupled with history creating a well-rounded educational event. 
B.E.E. (Bixby Educational Events) all over Orange County Bixby Educational Events was started in 2006, as way to bring the arts to the Home School community. It is essential that our children find their place, passion, dream or life realization, not just because it will make them happy and whole, but because, as the world continues to evolve, it will be their responsibility to oversee its management, technological advances, morality, judicial laws, diplomacy, health and protection in a swiftly, changing environment. There will be no reference materials or manuals to read to help make the innovative and creative decisions that they will need to make with only the facts at hand. Only through problem solving and critical thinking will the leaders of tomorrow be able to see new patterns, learn from their mistakes, or envision solutions to problems. These will be the students BEE sees today, that will be able to answer the questions of tomorrow. Today, BEE serves over 1000 Home School families and 6 Charter Schools with Assembly Programs, Arts Integrated Academic Classes, Workshops, and Interdisciplinary Days. Come and check us out!  
Bowers Museum Orange Cnty. Santa Ana Free 2nd Tue 
Cabrillo National Monument San Diego Tide pools, lighthouse 
California Center for the Arts, Escondido Escondido First Free Wednesdays 
California Science Center Los Angeles Free admission; parking $8 
California Wolf Center Julian, CA Wolf Encounters is perfect for schools, scout groups, or clubs. Programs are tailored to age group and size. Programs are available Tuesday through Friday by appointment. 
Carnegie Art Museum Oxnard Suggested Donation Adults $3 Seniors/Students $2 Children ages 6 and up $1 6 and under free 
Centennial Farm Costa Mesa 3-acre working farm at the OC Fair & Event Center created to educate youth about agriculture and its importance to daily life. 
Children's Maritime Foundation Long Beach sea camp, whale watching 
Chino Creek Wetlands & Educational Park Chino park features include wetlands and riparian habitat, trails, sampling stations, picnic areas, visitor’s center, parking, bridges, and an amphitheater 
Chino Youth Museum Chino  
Chula Vista Nature Center Chula Vista Free first Tues each month 
Cinefamily - Silent Movie Theatre LA organization of movie lovers devoted to finding and presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional, distinctive, weird and wonderful films 
Columbia Memorial Space Center Downey We are open to the public from 12:00 to 6:00 pm Thursday through Sunday Admission is $5.00 per person 
Craft and Folk Art Museum LA Children under 12: FREE First Wednesday of every month FREE Sundays FREE through 2009 
DeJong Dairy  31910 Corydon Rd Wildomar, CA 92595 (951) 674-2910‎; very fun field trip! 
Descanso Gardens La Cañada Flintridge General $8. Senior/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $3. Guild members and Children under 5 free. Tram $4. Enchanted Railroad $3  
Diamond Valley Lake Museum & Aquatic Center Hemet Water education center shows the history and importance of water in CA. Aquatic Center is open daily and houses a play gym and water slide for all your water fun. Call (951) 929-0047 for location, pool times and fee information. 
Discovery Science Center Santa Ana  
Eco Station Culver City, Sacramento non-profit environmental education and exotic wildlife rescue center, dedicated to the mission of Preservation Through Education 
Edward-Dean Museum & Gardens Cherry Valley  
El Dorado Nature Center Long Beach  
Environmental Learning Center at Hyperion Los Angeles The City of Los Angeles created the Environmental Learning Center to teach children and adults about sustainable water and solid resources management. The 20,000-square foot facility is the stunning result of completely renovating the Hyperion Treatment Plant’s former administration building into a leading center for environmental learning. Sustainable practices and learning experiences were built throughout the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold facility. We offer complimentary bus parking and admission with advanced reservations. Our focus is grades 5-12. Groups are preferred, but reservations are accepted for individuals, based on availability. The average tour is 1.5-2 hours, but we can also offer a 1.5 hour tour of the Hyperion Plant. Additionally, students and chaperones can cross our private bridge to the beach in order to go through a learning program with our partner, Heal the Bay. 
Environmental Nature Center Newport Beach Where you can find 15 representative Ecological Habitats of California, a Discovery Room packed with neat things to touch and investigate, Nature Camp in the Summer, and a quiet place to sit and enjoy Life on your lunch hour.  
Faery Hunt Various interactive show filled with uplifting life messages including kindness, forgiveness, respect, ecological responsibility and tolerance, in this entertaining and fun performance for the whole family 
Flower Fields Carlsbad 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and festivals throughout the season. 
Fontana Arts Program Fontana The Fontana Arts is focused on enriching and enhancing the quality of life for children, youth, and adult community members by providing an opportunity for personal inspiration, artistic expression and appreciation of the arts through events and activities in the Fontana Community. 
Forest Lawn Educational Series Various So Cal locations Our Educational Series features numerous interactive educational and enrichment programs for schools, community organizations, and the public. The Museum's living history portion, entitled History Comes Alive, consists of programs in which actors portray some of the world's most famous historical figures, from Abraham Lincoln to Leonardo da Vinci. Our Weekend Activities highlight both our permanent and temporary exhibits through workshops and classes led by professional local artists and educators. All programs are designed to meet California's Curriculum Standards for History-Social Studies, Reading-Language Arts, and Visual-Performing Arts. Space is limited, so reservations are required. 
Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary Phelan hopes to open to the public soon; contact them to find out to support their endeavors 
Franklin Murphy Sculpture Garden Los Angeles Free 
Fullerton Arboretum Fullerton donations accepted; special events, classes and tours available 
Fullerton Municipal Airport Fullerton Free 1 to 11/2 hour walking tours available. A docent, who is a member of the Fullerton's pilot association, will guide the tour. A highlight of the tour is sitting in a small cessna plane and in a helicopter owned by the fire Department. What planes land and take off, learn about airplane aerodynamics. The walk is about a mile. This is geared toward ages 5yrs and up. Please be aware that because of safety purposes if you are bringing children yourger than 5 yrs old they need to be in a stroller at all times. Parents are to participate in the tour activities and stay with their childtren at all times too.  
George S Patton Memorial Museum Chiriaco Summit (Indio) Cost is $4.00 for 12 years to 61 years • $3.50 age 62 and up • Children 11 and under are free • Military are free if they come in uniform 
Getty Museums LA and Malibu Free; must make reservations 
Graber Olive House Ontario Tours are available throughout the year and in the Fall visitors may view the many activities which center around the long and careful tradition of grading, curing and canning Graber Olives.  
Griffith Observatory LA FREE 
Hangar 18 Rock Climbing Gym Riverside, Upland, Hawthorne  
Helen Woodward Animal Center Rancho Santa Fe The Education Department at Helen Woodward Animal Center serves children of all ages by providing a variety of unique learning opportunities which support the bond between humans and animals by nurturing knowledge, compassion, and respect toward all living things. Programs provide a variety of hands-on animal interactions for children of all ages from bunnies, horses, and dogs, to snakes, birds, and bugs. 
Heritage Hill Historical Park 25151 Serrano Road Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534  Guided tours through the buildings are provided for the public Wednesday through Sunday.  
Heritage Musuem of Orange County Santa Ana cultural and natural history center dedicated to preserving, promoting, and restoring the heritage of Orange County and the surrounding region through quality hands-on educational programs for students and visitors of all ages 
Heritage Square Museum LA A living history museum reflecting the settlement & development of So Cal from the Civil War to the early 20th Century. Adults: $10; Seniors over 65 years: $8; Children, ages 6-12: $5 
Hidden Valley Nature Center Riverside  
Historical Society San Diego San Diego Free 2nd Tue 
Hollywood Museum Hollywood world’s largest collection of costumes, props, posters, photographs and other priceless memorabilia from Hollywood’s greatest films, TV shows and music acts 
Huntington Library and Gardens Pasadena Free 1st Thur-must pre order on 1st day of preceding month 
iFly Indoor Skydiving Hollywood iFLY is dedicated to supporting your classroom teaching. All of our field trips have been carefully aligned to math and science standards. We can tailor our curriculum to meet the needs of any class, from pre-K to college physics. 
Inland Pacific Ballet Claremont $5 outreach performances 
Japanese American National Museum LA Free general admission every Thursday from 5 to 8 PM and every third Thursday of the month.  
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena  
Journeys to the Past various This unique program takes students on a journey into the lifestyle of the California Indian 
Jurupa Mountains Cultural Center Riverside not for profit Family Oriented Learning Facility featuring FUN Programs in Archaeology, Geology, Paleontology, and Earth Sciences 
Kidspace Museum Pasadena Free Family Night is the first Tuesday of every month (except September) from 4pm - 8pm 
Knott's BerryFarm Educational Tours Buena Park Knott’s Berry Farm’s Adventures In Education Tours are not meant to replace classroom lessons but rather to enhance school curriculum with specially designed programs that correlate to grade appropriate California State Standards and immerse students in the learning process. 
LA County Museum of Art LA Free admission for all at selected times 
La Habra Children's Museum La Habra  
LA Maritime Museum San Pedro Adults $3.00, Youth and Senior Citizens $1.00, Children Free. 
LA Natural History Museum Los Angeles Free first Tues each month 
Lavender Fields Northern San Diego The new owner of the farm is planning on opening her farm on weekends in May and June. For information on her farm tours, events, and workshops, please call 760.742.3844. 
Legoland Carlsbad Discounted admission rates for self-guided instruction will be available for home school families 
Letterboxing Various Letterboxing combines elements of a scavenger hunt, hiking, orienteering, map reading, puzzle solving and creative expression in a unique activity that's growing in popularity. 
Lincoln Memorial Shrine Redlands Only museum and archives dedicated to the study of Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War west of the Mississippi River 
Living Desert Palm Desert zoo and endangered species conservation center – botanical gardens – natural history museum – wilderness park – nature preserve – education center 
Logan's Candies Ontario owend by hsing family; watch candy canes being made by hand 
Long Beach Museum of Art Long Beach Free Fri 
Magnolia Bird Farms Riverside, Anaheim However, the Magnolia Bird Farm facilities are fun and educational places to tour. We offer free tours for groups between ten and twenty-five.  
March Field Museum Riverside visitors can watch modern military aircraft as they land and take off daily. Inside the museum the visitor will find thousands of artifacts on display covering the years from 1918 to the present.  
Maritime Museum Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Free 3rd Thur 
Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio Newhall museum being planned 
Mildred E Mathias Botanical Garden Los Angeles Free 
Mile High Pines Angeles Oaks One week Christian homeschool family camp held every May 
Mission San Juan Capistrano San Juan Capistrano $9 Adult - includes free audio tour. $8 Seniors 60+ - includes free audio tour. $5 Children ages 4 to 11  
Mt. Baldy Environmental Education Mt. Baldy Mt. Baldy Environmental Education offers programs for every age and for every season 
Museum Of Contemporary Art, LA 3 locations Various free times/days 
Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla La Jolla Free 1st Sun and Tue 
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego San Diego Free first Tues each month 
Museum of Jurassic Technology Culver City Suggested Donations: Adults, $ 5.00, Children aged 12 to 21, $ 3.00, Children under 12, Free 
Museum of Neon Art LA children under 5 free 
Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego FREE to members and children under 12. FREE to school groups with advanced reservation 
Museum of Photographic Art SD Cnty. San Diego Free 2nd Tue 
National Parks USA Junior Ranger and Web Ranger programs available. 
Newport Landing Whale Watching Newport Beach Year round whale watching cruises from Newport Beach. We have a super great homeschool rate for kids and parents of only $11 each. 
Norton Simon Museum of Art Pasadena Admission is free for all visitors the first Friday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; 18 and under Free 
Oak Canyon Nature Center Anaheim 58-acre natural park nestled in the Anaheim Hills. Also located on site is the John J. Collier Interpretive Center, a small museum with live animal and regional natural history exhibits. 
Ontario Fury Professional Soccer Team Ontario Our games and activities are aimed at kids and families, and the ticket prices are super affordable for a fun evening out. 
Orange County Astronomers Orange County Various events and programs. 
Orange County Great Park Irvine Balloon rides, concerts, etc. 
Orange County Zoo Orange inside Irvine Regional Park 
Orange Empire Railway Museum Perris  
Pacific Asia Museum Pasadena Free admission every 4th Friday of the month! 
Pacific Battleship San Pedro Built in 1940, the USS IOWA served our country for over 50 years. Designated the "World's Greatest Naval Ship" due to her big guns, heavy armor, fast speed, longevity and modernization, she kept pace with technology for more than 50 years. USS IOWA is now transforming to the most interactive and educational museum of its kind and will make its new home in Los Angeles this year. 
Page Museum at the La Brea Tarpits LA Free first Tues each month 
Paley Center Radio & Televison Musuem Beverly Hills Free admission. Suggested contribution: $10.00 for adults; $8.00 for students and senior citizens; $5.00 for children under fourteen; Members free. 
Perris Indoor Sky Diving Perris Applying Physics to the real world helps gain its true understanding. At Perris Indoor Skydiving we provide an educational program providing a 30 minute physics lecture followed by an Indoor Skydive! Field trip programs include a tour of our Airplane Hanger, Skydiving Landing Zone and Facility. End the day observing skydiving activity from out Picnic Zone. 
Petersen Automotive Museum LA Explore the evolution of the Automobile and its impact on our culture.  
Planes of Fame Air Museum Chino  
Planetaria & Observatories in the LA area Various Great list of all places in SoCal 
Providential Heritage Academy Cherry Valley Living History Farm and Museum of our distinct American West heritage and culture; not a conventional Academy, but a Retreat into our providential past, a new dimension in learning, immersion and time-travel. 
Quail Botanical Gardens Encinitas West Coast's first interactive children's garden 
Quality West Wing Corona FREE. Come take a tour through our full scale replica of the Oval Office! 
Rancho Los Alamitos Long Beach Rancho Los Alamitos is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places - once as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin and, second, for the evolution of its significant historic landscape over time. The site includes traces of the ancestral village, an adobe-core ranch house ca.1800, four acres of lush historic gardens developed during the 1920s and 30s, and the restored working ranch barnyard of the early-mid 20th century. With the opening of the Rancho Center, the film, new exhibits and room environments feature the landscape, the people and the place over time and within the context of the development of the region and the state.  
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site Long Beach Free 
Rawhide Rance Fallbrook Rawhide Ranch has been serving area schools since 1963. We are located near Fallbrook (northern San Diego County, just south of Temecula) and offer a high quality learning experience for school groups. This unique overnight experience offers students the chance to experience life science at a real working quarter horse ranch in an Old-West town setting. Additionally, this ranch opportunity fosters adolescent independence, teamwork and a new excitement for learning with our energetic teaching staff delivering an unforgettable experience for the students. The program is best suited for grades 4-6 but younger and older grades can be accommodated, if needed, with some slight modification in curriculum. (Min. age requirement of 7 years old)  
RCC Planetarium Riverside The Planetarium recreates the night sky in all of its glory, and becomes a time machine for your enjoyment. Programs include a current star show with Spitz projector and some programs are slide illustrated. 
Renaissance Faire Irwindale April-May 
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center San Diego  
Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation Yorba Linda  
Riley's Apple Farm Oak Glen We do 1800s-themed farm tours, with activities including hayride, archery, apple cider pressing, rope making, gold panning, kazoo making, frontier cabin adventure, and more. We are also a u-pick apple, berry, and pumpkin farm. We have a country store with many affordable & unique historical toys, gift items, books, jams, etc. We do tours in the Spring & Fall, and we also do several Home School Day tours per year. We will have a Home School Day on May 15, 2014. We designed that event so that anyone can sign up to experience a 4 hour farm tour without having to meet a group minimum requirement.  
Riley's Farm Oak Glen fruit picking, historic reenactments, field trips 
Riverside Art Museum Riverside  
Riverside Astronomical Society Riverside Various events and programs available. 
Riverside Metropolitan Museum Riverside  
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library Simi Valley  
Sage Mountain Farm Aguanga (Temecula) Owned by a fellow homeschooler who encourages people to come out and visit his farm. 
San Bernardino County Museum Redlands Groups of 10 or more are offered special rates. 
San Diego Air & Space Museum San Diego  
San Diego Automotive Museum San Diego  
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum San Diego  
San Diego Model Railway Museum San Diego Free first Tues each month 
San Diego Museum of Man San Diego  
San Diego Natural History Museum San Diego Free first Tues each month 
San Diego Wild Animal Park San Diego Free 2nd Wed in May 
San Diego Zoo San Diego Free 1st Mon in Oct; $6 group tix 
Santa Ana Zoo Santa Ana  
Santa Barbara Airport Visitors Center Santa Barbara Tours are a free public service. Tours are booked on a first come, first serve basis. 
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara Free Sun 
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Santa Barbara Adults $10-Senior (65 and over) $7-Youth 13-17 $7-Children 3-12 $6-Under 3 free 
Santa Rosa Plateau Murrieta hiking trails, vernal pools, visitor center, adobe homes  
Sawdust Factory Upland kids and adults can paint, embellish and assemble their own woodcraft project creating a masterpiece of their very own 
Skirball Cultural Center LA The Skirball features an extraordinary museum, changing exhibitions, engaging music, theater, comedy, film, family, and literary programs, Zeidler's Café, and Audrey's Museum store, and a new interactive family destination inspired by the Noah's Ark story—all in a stunning architectural setting designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie. 
Sony Picture Studios Culver City Tours-Admission is $28 per person # Children ages 12 and older are welcome  
South Coast Botanical Garden Palos Verdes Free 3rd Tue 
South Coast Railroad Museum Goleta (Santa Barbara) various free days available 
Southern California Rocket Association LA, OC and SB counties Our Model Rocket club has a centrally located, legal, supervised and controlled Model Rocket launch site serving the "Los Angeles/Orange County area" and we also use the Lucerne Dry Lake Bed site in San Bernardino County. We also conduct Model Rocket building and design classes for individuals, families and youth groups. 
Southwest Museum of the American Indian LA closed for renovation, will reopen 2010 
Starr Ranch Sanctuary southeastern Orange County 4,000 acre preserve owned and operated by the National Audubon Society 
Tanaka Farms Irvine organic farm w/tours and fruit picking 
Temecula Berry Company Temecula pick your own blueberries 
Temecula Children's Museum Temecula  
Tessman Planetarium Santa Ana Discover the Wonders of Space during our interactive astronomy shows 
Timken Museum of Art San Diego Free 
Trinity Bat Company Fullerton A small company which makes wooden baseball bats for anyone from the pros to beginners.They will do tours for as few as one person and as many as 25.  
UCLA Fowler Museum Los Angeles Free 
UCLA Hammer Museum LA Free Thu 
UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden LA FREE 
UCR Botanic Gardens Riverside Admission is a $1 suggested donation and there is limited parking by the entrance. There is a modest charge for parking. 
USS Midway Aircraft Carrier San Diego The USS Midway Museum is an unforgettable adventure for the entire family. Go to sea without leaving port! Explore more than 60 exhibits with a collection of 25 restored aircraft.  
Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology Hemet  
Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art Rancho Cucamonga  
Wohlgemuth's Organic Cherry Orchard Beaumont  
Wonder of Dinosaurs Laguna Hills Wonder of Dinosaurs features museum quality robotic and static dinosaurs. Our dinosaurs are beautifully displayed and accompanied by signs that provide information that you will find both educational and fascinating. The Exhibition is a walk through at your own pace self-guided tour. While our robotic dinosaurs have been known to make adults jump back, the entire exhibit is family friendly for even the youngest of children.  
Yorba and Slaughter Families Adobe Chino by donation 
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