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So you want to take your students on a field trip? Chicago‘s wealth of history and array of museums makes it a great place for students to experience hands-on learning. Bus.com is here to help you with your school bus rental so that you can focus on your students and chaperones and curate the best educational experience for them.
When you’re planning your Chicago field trips, there are lots of different factors to consider when you select a bus. We have different sizes of buses and they each have different amenities. From the most budget-friendly to the most luxurious, we have a variety of options to suit your trip.
Studies have shown that students who participate in field trips display “stronger critical thinking skills, higher levels of social tolerance and greater historical empathy than those who didn’t.” We know that as a teacher, you understand how this is the heart of teaching. Although many school districts are eliminating or reducing funding for field trips, or focusing so much on testing preparation, field trips are still critical and relevant.
There are many places to go if you’re looking for fun educational field trips in Chicago! We’ve gathered a variety of school field trip ideas for elementary students and educators. This is just a drop in the bucket, but hopefully the variety provides you with a starting point. From animals to science to building, there’s something for every class!
Chicago Children’s Museum is located at Navy Pier, in downtown Chicago, and gives your students a way to bring their learning to life through hands-on experiences. There are exhibits for everything! You can shop for groceries in Kids Town, design and build a skyscraper in Skyline, and camp, climb, and explore in Treehouse Trails, to name a few. The museum can accommodate groups from 18 to up to 100 people and they have a reduced price for field trips, as well as scholarships available for groups and schools that qualify. If your group is smaller, they have another option for you, along with a different pricing structure.
Adler Planetarium was the first planetarium in the United States and was founded in 1930 by Max Adler. As a facility, the planetarium is also one of the larger ones: with over 60,000 square feet, it has three full-size theaters (two that are domed), in addition to space-related exhibits. Science field trip costs include entrance to all exhibits, except for night-sky tickets. Those require an additional purchase. Their exhibits include community design labs, Chicago’s night sky, and Mission Moon. Your students are sure to be delighted by their hands-on interaction with space science.
Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest conservatories in all of the United States. There are eight indoor gardens that span 4.5 acres of space and an accompanying 10 acres of outdoor gardens and cultivated spaces. The conservatory was constructed between 1906 and 1907, to replace three smaller conservatories that were demolished. They offer multiple nature, arts, and educational programs— 23 hours per week! A field trip to Garfield Park Conservatory is free, with no charge for entrance or parking. They do require a reservation for group sizes that are larger than 10 participants.