Enjoy fall's mild weather and beauty by taking a
few field trips without having to drag bulky coats around or deal
with large summer crowds. One of the advantages of homeschooling is
having less strictly scheduled school days so you can get out of
the classroom for some hands-on learning.
The Field Museum
Our family loves going to the Field Museum to visit
world famous Sue - the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found.
Besides dinosaurs, you will find a large stuffed animal collection
including zebras, whales and more that will amaze your kids. Plus
you can explore an ant colony, discover ancient civilizations and
so much more. Note: As a teacher you receive free admission every
day with co-op ID stating you are a teacher.
Discount days: October 1, 6, 10
The Museum of Science &
The Museum of Science & Industry is one of the
top 10 science museums in the country. Get ready to be blown away
by the original U505 Submarine, Farm Tech, a tour of a coal mine
which takes you on a ride, a Pioneer Zephyr train and more! Note:
As a teacher you receive free admission every day with a co-op ID
stating you are a teacher.
Free general admission days: October 1, 2
The Shedd Aquarium is the largest indoor aquarium
in the world. Your kids will be impressed by the large variety of
both freshwater and saltwater fish and the interactive kids
exhibits. The Beluga whale show is a must see! Note: As a teacher
you receive free admission by
registering in advance here.
Free general admission days: October 7, 14, 21,
Brookfield Zoo is one of the largest in the
country. You can easily spend an entire day visiting the amazing
monkey house, Great Bear Wilderness exhibit with two underwater
locations to watch them swim, lots of Kangaroos, the swamp,
Penguins, and so much more. This is one of our favorite zoos of all
the many we've seen around the country.
Free admission for students & teachers
by registering in
Do your kids love to run and explore? The Morton
Arboretum has 1700 acres of beautiful gardens, woodlands and
restored prairie. Our family loves visiting in the fall when the
leaves are just stunning. Don't miss their amazing Children's
Garden with lots of hands-on fun for kids!
Wednesdays are discount admission days (current
If you are looking for more field trips in
Illinois, don't miss over
100 Illinois Field Trips. Get out and
explore the greater Chicagoland area! Where will you visit this
Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of three who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of play time together. Beth is also the creator and author www.123homeschool4me.com.
See more of Beth's stories here.
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