Field Trips and Fun

Fathers Day Car show at the Zoo

With fathers day coming up I wanted to share what we did last year and let you know that it’s worth the trip to go and do it this year.  It’s a CAR SHOW at the ZOO!!! Yup you read that right.  Everyone is left happy with this field trip.

Whom ever came up with the idea of a car show at the zoo should get an award. We had a great time despite the crazy hot weather we had so early in the season. We seen some great cars. Learned about lots of animals and sorted them into lists by the first letter of their name. ate our luck in the shade next to the camels. When we where done with the zoo we moved from outside into the AC of the museum to see some great displays that tell the kids of the importance of preserving nature and how nature effected people of the past.

All in all this was the perfect day to visit the wonderful Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure zoo and Museum.

This field trip is located in Salina KS here is the web site for more info.

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Ring of Fire Eclipse May 2012

I was much to excited about this one.  In may we had the big annular eclipse and where lucky enough to get a partial view of the ring of fire eclipse from our location in Kansas.  I shopped for the makings of smores, dug out a clip board and binoculars to project the image of the sun for everyone to see.  Found our family enjoying a great evening on top of the hill behind our home watching the eclipse with a wonderful family of complete strangers.  One of the great things about homeschool is enjoying the world for a classroom and many new people as classmates.


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Friday Morning Park Hopping

One activity I really miss from Fort Riley is the park hoping on Friday mornings.  Its like a bar hop but G rated and to tell the truth way more fun.  Ok must of the time.  Living in an area with half dozen playgrounds with in walking distance makes this a whole lot of fun.  Sometimes I let them ride trikes.  Never big kid bikes for this though because I end up carrying them attached to the diaper bag something a cant do with a big steal frame bike.  Oh I remember some of the funny looks I would get with the little rig below thrown over my one shoulder and a sleeping toddler on the other.

Now our park trips involve using a car.  While my back loves the retirement from being a pack mule I miss that time when it was just us and any homeschooling mom’s looking to get the kids out the door on a nice quite Friday morning.

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Field Trip: Flint Hills Discovery Center

If you ever find yourself in Manhattan Kansas this should be one of your stops.  Its a bit small but the video in its self is worth the trip.  Fog machine smoke, fans creating wind, and bubbles make this an amazing experience.  You learn about life in the grass lands in a way that makes it come alive.  The ceiling in the lobby displays weather and ranching.  The main floor includes science and history exploration and the main 2nd floor is full of fun activities for younger children.

We made our trip a few days after the grand opening.   We had planed on attending the opening but that day ended up being rather advent filled and we spent much of it in and out of the shelter.  Lucky us our home on Fort Riley was with in that lucky bubble that never seams to get much of the bad stuff.

To the relief of the creators of The Flint Hills Discovery Center it was also spared during the night of twisters.

Check out the Flint Hills Discovery Center

Tips:  This works well for history and science.

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Wekiwa Springs State Park


Today we took the afternoon to visit Wekiwa Springs State Park.  Here is the little guy smiling over his new water shoes.  Something you need for swimming in the springs if you do not particularly like the feel of slime under your feet.  This trip was very low cost at only $6 for parking and the cost of our packed lunch.  The water is 72 degrees year round making it a great go to spot to visit for some low cost fun.  Canoe rentals start at about $15 if your interested in a canoeing trip.  Angel seen a large rock as we went down the stairs to the spring and started screaming that it was an alligator.  Oh how everyone around found it rather entertaining.

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Pine Island Beach


This beach is at the golf of mexico and found near wichie washie springs. With a playground and animals ranging from crustations, crabs, and at night dolphins. The kids enjoyed this field trip with a picnic the only cost was $5 for parking. Tips: shuffle your feet to avoid stepping on a crab. Bring spare clothes. Shower well by the bathrooms cleaning your body and swim suit before changing.

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Orlando Free Admission Field Trips


Downtown Disney – Free entry, Free parking, entertainment and demos.  Our Trip



Crafts and Workshops

Lego Mini Model Build – Locaton: Downtown Disney – Once per month

The Home Depot Kids Workshops – First Saterday of every month.

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$10 and under Orlando field trips

Here is our list of Field trips for $10 and under list.  Keep checking back as this list will grow over time.  Don’t forget to check our growing list of FREE trips in the Orlando Area.

Wekiwa Springs State Park.  – $6 per car entry fee. Our trip

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Downtown Disney

Phineas and Ferb and you

First (almost) Free field trip in Orlando is Downtown Disney. The kids had a blast walking around, playing in the fountain, having photos taken, watching glass art being made, and seeing them selves on TV.  Their is no admission fee or parking charge for this part of Disney and lots of stuff going on.

Lego sea monster and ducks
We did spend some birthday money on a new toy per child.  After we went and seen Hotel Transylvania and bought the usual popcorn and drinks.  Total spent $93.45


Tip:  Bring any fun money as CASH to limit extra spending in the shops and such.

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