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We all know that New York is the city that never sleeps, but what you don’t hear as much about is the rich diversity of activities available for students during the day. So many students learn through hands-on interaction and a field trip is the perfect way to cement and solidify your classroom teachings in the real world.
There are many different types of buses you might want to consider when you’re chartering a bus for kids on a field trip. There are various sizes you can charter, as well as buses with offering optional amenities. From classic yellow school buses to high capacity coach buses, the details of your trip and size of your group will determine which bus is the best match for your needs.
If you’re bringing a group that is larger in size and traveling a far distance, a coach bus is probably ideal for your needs. With children, especially young ones, you never know when they will need a bathroom. Thankfully, a coach bus has one onboard. The comfy seats mean that the kids may even fall asleep on the way back to the school, giving you and the chaperones time to recharge as well.
Who hasn’t been on a standard yellow school bus? This bus seats large groups with affordable pricing. It’s perfect if you’re traveling a shorter distance but still have a sizable number of students to transport. The large windows provide students plenty to look at while en route to the field trip you’ve planned.
A minibus offers you similar amenities to the standard school bus, but is suitable for smaller groups. This budget-friendly bus accommodates groups of up to 21 people and provides a similar layout to a school bus. This is the most cost-effective option for your transportation and perfect if you have a smaller class size.
In New York City, there's an almost limitless number of fun and engaging field trips to be planned for your students that will help expand upon your regular learning objectives. From science centers to museums to parks, New York has something to offer students of any age. Check out some of the locations we’ve gathered here for you.
New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. The original building was constructed in 1964 for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair and still stands today. The museum boasts over 400 hands-on exhibits and welcomes over half a million educators, parents, and students every year. It is the only hands-on science and technology center in New York City. Their mission is to make STEM more accessible to everyone: beyond their regular exhibits, they also host STEM nights, which offer youth opportunities to network with STEM professionals and learn about careers in STEM fields. Another nice feature of interest to educators is that at NYSCI, all of the science workshops they offer are correlated to NYC and New York State standards.
Bette Korman founded the Children’s Museum of Manhattan in 1973 as a grassroots organization. From its inception, the museum’s focus has been on promoting early childhood education, creativity, and health. At its current location, the museum has five floors with fun, experiential activities that integrate arts, sciences, and humanities. The museum’s first floor even features interactive artworks that students are encouraged to participate in, highlighting the kinesthetic learning approach the museum strives for. During the summer, the museum also has a Dynamic H2O exhibition that allows students to learn about New York City’s water supply while playing with a functioning water table. If you do bring your students, a museum guide will help facilitate your journey through the exhibits, and the pricing is very budget-friendly.
The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is one of NYC’s newest and perhaps most underappreciated major educational attractions. The museum opened in December 2012, and its initial charter was granted by the NYS Department of Education in late 2009. Located in Manhattan, MoMath is the only museum in the United States dedicated to mathematics. It is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and only closes on Thanksgiving Day. The museum has special discount rates for class groups as well as has sponsored field trips available for Title I schools. Your students are sure to be impressed by the dozens of ways they can directly interact with math. The museum features a kinetic wall, symmetrical paintbrushes for digital canvases, bicycles with square wheels, and much more! Often, math is hard to conceptualize both for adults and children alike. This museum bridges that gap and offers hands-on ways to interact with a variety of important mathematical concepts.
The Brooklyn Robot Foundry was founded by Jenny Young, a mom with a mechanical engineering background. The focus of the organization is to “empower kids through fun, DIY classes in robotics, engineering, circuitry, programming, design, and more.” The foundry is staffed by engineers, tinkerers, artists, and teachers, and although it’s called the Brooklyn Robot Foundry, there are multiple locations throughout NYC. Classes are available for children as young as two years old or as old as seventh grade. Field trip options include different programs, and many of them align with common core standards.
If you’re looking for a unique field trip, this is the one. The Hudson River Park (HRPK) hosts field trips along its entire four-mile stretch. The park exhibits focus on a variety of topics, including fish ecology, water data, and oyster measuring. There are multiple stations throughout the park where you can take your students, such as the River Project Wetlab on Pier 40, the Habitat Garden in Chelsea, and an exhibit examining pollution and its effect on the environment on Pier 84. The programs available can be tailored to students anywhere in the K-12 grade range, making the HRPK a great resource that can help bring science alive. The park itself is located on a nationally recognized 400-acre estuarine sanctuary, part of the larger Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve.
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