Field Trips

Here are some destinations suitable for field trips you can take with your local homeschool support group or as a family outing. We've also listed some Facebook groups where you can organize group outings with other homeschoolers or join homeschool field trips organized by others.

Ontario homeschool field trip Facebook groups

You can also search School Shows Directory, a free online database to find field trips and educational outreach programs in Ontario. Search by keywords or do an advanced multi-filter search by grade level, subject, location, and language.


Central and Eastern Ontario

Escape Manor Junior — Nepean

escapemanorjr.com
An Escape Room experience built for 6-12yr olds, for fun and to help develop skills in communication, collaboration, leadership, and resiliency. They're interested in having homeschoolers book day-time hours not listed on their website, and they have space where kids could potentially work after the escape adventure.
900 Greenbank Rd
Nepean ON K2J 4P6
613-695-1655 x5

Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

Bata Shoe Museum — Toronto

http://batashoemuseum.ca/school-programs-overview/
Additional Teacher Resource website: www.allaboutshoes.ca
The Bata Shoe Museum is a museum that celebrates footwear in downtown Toronto. Their exhibits explore the roles and meanings of footwear. The Bata Shoe Museum also offers exhibits dedicated to the footwear of notable people, footwear of Native North Americans, and shoe-making traditions from around the world. They offer guided programs and self-guided programs for students JK-12, with links to many strands within the Ontario curriculum.  They can accommodate up to 50 students for guided programs.
327 Bloor St West
Toronto, ON
M5S 1W7
To book a field trip, contact:
Phone: 416-979-7799 xt 242
Email: education@batashoemuseum.ca

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto

https://toronto.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca/

Medieval Times — history and performing arts — Toronto

www.medievaltimes.com
Medieval Times is a family-friendly dinner show inspired by 11th century feasts and jousting tournaments, which ties in with the Ontario 4th grade curriculum on medieval history but could also be relevant to the study of music, production, and dramatic arts. In a castle-style decor in Toronto, a medieval-style meal * is served by waiters in historical costume while diners eat with their hands (for historical authenticity) and watch the jousting, horsemanship, swordplay, and other games of skill presented by the Knights in the centre stage.
* vegetarian, kosher and halal versions are available upon request
The 2-hour educational matinees also include a 30-minute interactive seminar, bird of prey meet & greet and demonstration. There is also a bar, dance floor, Hall of Arms displaying medieval artifacts and a medieval torture museum.
There is a regular (non-group) price, with adult prices starting at age 13 and children under 3 admitted for free if they sit on an adult's lap and share a paying guest's meal. There is also an educational group price (for 15 or more students) with a lower per-person cost for a matinee than for an evening performance or a full menu.
For educational resources (teaching aids and activities), visit www.medievaltimes.com/teachers-students/teachers-guide.html


Reptilia — reptiles, amphibians, arachnids — Vaughan and Whitby

Reptilia.org
Canada’s largest indoor reptile facilities, with over 250 animals, mostly reptiles but also some amphibians and arachnids. The animals are not purposefully removed from the wild, but originate from rescue situations or are already captive animals to which Reptilia has been asked to offer a lifelong home. Facilities are a self-guided experience, open year-round except for Christmas Day, or you can book a curriculum-based group program. There are also other services such as day camps, birthday parties, and mobile zoo appearances. Two locations:
Vaughan: bookings.vaughan@reptilia.org or 905-761-6223
2501 Rutherford Road, Vaughan ON L4K 2N6
Whitby: bookings.whitby@reptilia.org or 905-493-9537
1400 Victoria St East, Whitby ON L1N 0M2

Lucy Maud Montgomery Garden of the Senses — sensory gardens — Norval

gardenofthesenses.com/garden-programs/children/
Garden Programs for children to explore the sensory gardens including the Woodland Garden and Waterfall Garden using the 5 senses of sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch, learn about the Edible Garden and taste some of the plants, pot up their own bean seeds to take home, become soil or bug detectives, role-play designing and building their own garden as a team, play a challenge game tracing food products back to their plant sources (older children), and enjoy individual playtime in the nature play activity area.

  • June through September (weather permitting)
  • age and ability appropriate
  • 1.5 hours in length, morning or afternoon
  • number of participants in a group can range from 20 to 29 individuals
  • at 30 or more, the group gets split into two or more groups
  • can accommodate up to 3 groups at a time
  • for special needs groups, recommended maximum group size is 12

Southwestern Ontario

Nature School and Education Centre — Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne, St. Catherines, Thorold, Welland

http://www.natureschoolniagara.com
A not-for-profit dedicated to reconnecting children with nature, and providing an alternative educational experience outdoors, rain or shine. Two formats for homeschooling families: individual classes, or class trips for homeschool groups in Grimsby or St. Catharines.
Investigators Program - Individual instruction and project-based learning. Can complement the learning from home, or can tackle any subject. Teachers have backgrounds in Biology, History, English and the Humanities, as well as invaluable experience spending days in the woods with children of all ages. This program is a drop-off program.
Nature Immersion - Group trips. One day, three, six or ten day packages to suit your needs. Children visit the same location over time, and are invited to participate in ongoing projects or develop their own inquiry based projects. Parents are welcome to attend these trips as observers and assistant supervisors, depending on the group size and ages.
Grade Levels: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Address: 140 Ridge Road West. Grimsby, Ontario
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/natureniagara/
Email: natureschoolniagara@gmail.com
Phone: 289-990-2939

North Huron Museum — Wingham

A community museum that celebrates the history of the region and has exhibits on medicine, the military, recreation, CKNX, local industry and more. The children's program is very hands-on, giving them the opportunity to touch and feel artifacts. You can contact them for more information or a program tailored to your specific needs.
Street Address: 273 Josephine Street, Wingham, Ontario
Post Address: Box 1522, Wingham, Ontario, N0G 2W0
Phone: 519-357-1096
Fax: 519-357-1110
Email: nhmuseum@northhuron.ca or northhuronmuseum@northhuron.ca
You can also find them on Facebook and Linkedin

Mike Shore, The Bird Guy — SW Ontario, based in London

www.facebook.com/shorebirdcontrol/
Licensed falconer Mike Shore and his team of raptor birds provide educational, family entertainment at birthday parties, kids camps, and other events. He speaks about the art of falconry, as well as the different species' adaptive features, hunting habits, and personalities. There are opportunities for up-close, hands-on interactions, where guests can wear the falconry glove and hold Emmylou, the Harris Hawk.
(Also runs Shore Bird Control, using his hawks, eagles, and falcons as 100% natural pest control against problem bird populations such as gulls, crows, starlings, geese, pigeons, etc.)