Remember how excited you used to get in school when your teacher would take the class on an outdoor field trip? Here's the secret they never told you: these fun outings outside of class also taught you something. Shocking.
But you don't need to be a teacher to plan a basic field trip—in fact, many of the most popular outdoor activities for kids have an educational component that you can harness with a little imagination. Below, we highlighted five fun and educational activities that you and your kids will love. And who knows—you might learn something, too.
Amusement parks put physics in motion (Newton and Galileo would have a ball on a roller coaster.). Our pro tip for tapping into the scientific side of the rides? Visit guest services. Many parks have their own workbooks filled with math and physics activities for kids (Who knew!).
Zoos fit the entire world into a single location, educating visitors young and old about the diversity of life on our planet. Plus, it's really, really cool to watch the zookeepers feed the lions.
It might not be one of the most common spring activities for kids, but it's certainly one that will make a lasting impression on your brood. In addition to teaching them about simple machines—namely, pulley systems—ziplines literally connect them with the forest.
Spring is all about getting outside and enjoying the weather, right? This field trip lets you pack several fun and educational outdoor activities into a single day. So leave the car at home (or if you're too far from Main Street, park it in a public lot downtown) and explore your city on foot.
Already one of the most universally beloved outdoor activities for kids, mini golf also serves up physics lessons and a healthy dose of geometry. Instead of letting kids just putt for the hole, show them how they can use angles to their advantage by bouncing the ball off different objects and hazards.