Below are some places that offer educational programs or classes. Often, their websites will also offer resources. When setting up your trip, remember to get all the pertinent info, fee, where to park, can you bring in food, group size limit, age appropriateness, dates available, etc. and give all the pertinent info…
A homeschool group’s needs and requirements are different than those of public (and private) schools in the following ways: (as written at: http://members.aol.com/cmslhomeschool/fieldtripguidelines.html)
- Homeschoolers travel in family groups, meaning the “students” are often of varying grade levels and abilities. They each come with their own personal teacher, who can translate to their grade level if necessary. Please do not feel that you have to give a tour that is appropriate for every age group we represent! As long as the material is suitable for the parents, the knowledge can be passed on effectively!
- Parking- we require more parking than a simple school bus! When you see the trail of minivans, you’ll know we have arrived. We generally meet in the parking lot of the place we’re touring, do a head count, remind the children of the rules, and then enter as a group. If there are parking restrictions or advice you can give us, or special rules we need to be aware of, please let me know so I can make arrangements.
- Small children- we usually have a few! I have found that our group is generally well-behaved, infants are carried by their mothers (or in a stroller if there’s access) and promptly removed or fed if they cry. We have a few 2-5 year olds who travel with our pack and one of the mothers generally removes them all to the outdoors or an appropriate area if their presence becomes distracting or inappropriate.
- We usually have no time restraints. School field trips generally have an ending time- a time when they all pack up and leave- we could stay all day! If this is a problem, please let us know. We tend to linger when we have had a good trip, or when there are interesting things to look at.
- We pre-study whatever topics we feel would maximize our educational experience, therefore we ask a lot of questions and are generally very interested in understanding the answers. If you have materials to recommend or that we can duplicate for our members- we would sincerely appreciate having that knowledge before we arrive. If you have a website, also, that often proves helpful!
- Many of our children like to send thank-you cards to tour guides, so if you can possibly have a few business cards on hand- with a mailing address, it would be greatly appreciated.
- Last but not least- flash photography…please let us know before we arrive if it is acceptable to take photographs during our visit.
Field Trips In/Around Las Vegas
Again, check for educational, school or group tour info. These trips are not endorsed by any entity; it is just a compilation to help homeschoolers in the Las Vegas area.
- Anderson Dairy, 801 Searles Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 642-7507
- Bonnie Springs, Old Nevada (right next to Red Rock Canyon), petting Zoo, Old Nevada Mining Village recreation, gunfights/1880 melodramas etc, (702) 875-4191
- Caesars Forum Shops. Atlantic Aquarium offers Educational Programs. (702) 893-3807.
- Gallery of Fine Arts, Bellagio, 693-7111.
- Gilcrease Orchard, 7000 Gilcrease Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89131-3403 , (702) 645-1126 , pick your own fruits/vegetables
- Glassblowing, Hot Glass Works, 739-9955
- Hoover Dam, school group rate, 597-5970
- Krispy Kreme Donuts
- Las Vegas Metro Police Dept Tours (we’ve done it at the Cheyenne Substation), public information line: 229-3394
- Las Vegas Wash/Wetlands , 822-3300
- Las Vegas Zoo
- Lied Discovery Museum, (702) 382-3445, hands on exploration, get a group discount rate or get a family pass with $10 off for being a homeschooler.
- Lost City Museum, Overton NV , (702) 397-2193
- Luxor: King Tuts Museum
- Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, 862 7814
- Mandalay Bay Shark Reef, 632-4555, educational program
- Mirage, Dolphin Habitat & Secret Garden, educational program , 791-7111
- Mt Charleston, hiking, camping and snowboarding/skiing during winter.
- News Channel 3 is always gracious in allowing tours…. (702) 642-3333
- Peter Piper Pizza, school field trip..behind the scenes tour & make your own pizzas!
- The Planetarium at CCSN
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (702) 515-5350, hiking, camping, various group educational programs. Also, indiviudally do the Jr. Ranger Program.
- Subway..yes, the sandwich shop! Behind the scenes tour and taste!
- Techatticup Mine, 1880’s Mine Tour
- Valley of Fire State Park (702) 397-2088, hiking & camping.
- Water Pollution Control Facility, (702) 229-6200, tours & presentations
- Whole Foods Market, organic grocery store, offers field trips, (702) 254-8655 (Albertons & Wild Oats also offer this field trip)
Some other resources nearby:
- Legoland, CA offers homeschool days with discounted prices. Sign up online or call (760) 918-KIDS
- Grand Canyon…5 hr drive, awesome! Do the Jr. Ranger program there too.
- Petrified Forest
- San Diego Zoo: free for kids in October
Phewww! Ok…please email Elissa with additional info, and we will keep this list updated!