Field Trip Guide
Make the weekends fun and educational!
Franciscan Academy of Lourdes University
5335 Silica Dr., Sylvania
The Franciscan Academy is proud to be in a collaborative "learning community" with Lourdes University. All students, including preschoolers, have an array of field trip destinations around the campus and beyond. Early primary and elementary students enjoy Theatre Vision at The Valentine Theater, Toledo Zoo, Erie Apple Orchard and more. Middle school students attend Science Camp in Oregon, Ohio and Camp Michindoh for a week of nature study, while 7th and 8th graders travel to Gettysburg, Penn. and Washington D.C.
At the foot of Jefferson Ave. in Promenade Park
The Sandpiper is a unique adventure on the Maumee River that takes off from Promenade Park in downtown Toledo. The boat’s educational and fun tours are adjusted to the age of its audience, immersing students in wildlife and history. Students can bring a lunch to eat on the boat or for a picnic in Promenade Park. Tours run from May to October and tickets range from $5 to $11.
2738 Shetland Rd.
Rosenbloom’s Farm, located in Sylvania Township, is a fun, wholesome place to interact with horses, llamas, donkeys, chickens, bunnies and much more. Each hands-on experience is individualized to meet every group’s needs. They welcome scouting troops, preschools, play groups, special needs groups and groups of all sizes and ages. Jeff and Linda Rosenbloom are pleased to have recently acquired non-profit status, and they also welcome parents to call them for their party destination.
2 Hippo Way (off the Anthony Wayne Trail)
Fun doesn’t end when school starts! The Toledo Zoo offers dynamic, engaging activities for families and educators all year long. Rated one of the nation’s top 10 zoos, it has more than 8,000 learning opportunities waiting to meet eager students. Learn more at toledozoo.org.
Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Dr.
Take in the (manicured) outdoors with your family at Toledo Botanical Gardens. The beautiful greenery has an Alice In Wonderland feel — it's a magical place to observe nature for a few hours. But there are also more structured activities, too, like unique events for kids (like the history-oriented Peter Navarre Day) and provide creative field trip opportunities for schools, summer camps and daycares. During Pioneer Life, for example, children experience social studies firsthand as they reenact life in the 1800s — one of many unique chances for learning. TBG is open seven days per week, year-round, with no admission or parking fee.
Toledo Public Schools Career Technology
420 E. Manhattan Blvd., Room 213
Career Technology pathways provide the option to choose a career, college or both, but students first have to know what path they want to take. TPS is encouraging parents to attend the TPS Choices Day on Saturday, Sept. 22 as an opportunity to begin discussing with children what they want to become in the future. Career Tech offers students the opportunity to participate in industry-related organizations, such as DECA, that foster both occupational and leadership skills.
After School Activities
Make the weekends fun and educational
Black Swamp Crossfit
5700 Monroe St., Starlite Plaza Unit #412
Black Swamp Crossfit is broad, inclusive, general fitness wrapped up in fun! Constantly varied and functional movements are intertwined together in an engaging and playful way to encourage a lifelong love of fitness and optimal health. Classes combine elements from gymnastics, weight lifting and body weight exercises in an enjoyable, competitive environment. The schedule for ages 5 through 12 is Tuesday and Thursdays 3:30pm to 4:30pm.
4650 W. Bancroft St.
Education should be a time of fun, warmth, safety, encouragement and exploration. Structuring its programs around a variety of experiences, Gateway School lets its students actively participate in the School’s learning center approach. Winner of the Two-Star Step Up To Quality Program, Gateway offers a quality commitment to early learning and an outstanding facility.
The Self Reliance Center at the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism
2040 W. Central Ave.
The Self Reliance Center offers an after school program for teens and young adults ages 12 to 22 with autism spectrum disorder. This after-school program focuses on daily living, cooking, social and vocational skills, as well as recreational activities, and is located in the same building as the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism.
Mini Motions Dance Center
2249 Tremainsville Rd.
Always wanted to dance? Mini Motions is a family-focused dance center with 21 years of experience teaching in Toledo. The center offers an array of affordable classes for students age 2 to adults. Choose from ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, breakdance, tumbling, lyrical, cheer and modern. Come join our variety of classes and experience the fun. A class schedule is available online.
St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy
5901 Airport Highway
St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy develops young men through opportunities that stretch their mind, imagination, feelings and religious consciousness. A leader in educational excellence, SJJ offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum that prepares students for leading colleges and universities. More than 70% of students participate in 15 Varsity Sports, and are active in 50 clubs, marching band, plays and musicals. Students live their faith through Christian service, mission trips and annual spiritual retreats.
SB ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
5700 Monroe St., Suite #401
Sylvania, OH 43560
Whether a child is an actor, vocal performer, model or dancer, the professional acting and modeling workshops at SB-EG will help young performers hone their craft, teach them how to audition and give them the necessary training to be successful in the industry. As an independent studio, we’re able to maintain workshop sizes and give each participant the individual attention they deserve.
STARS (Student Testing and Academic Resource Services)
3950 Sunforest Court, Suite 101
STARS helps to enhance a child’s primary and secondary education experience. Because STARS believes that learning should not end when a child leaves school, they provide quality supplemental services such as tutoring, study skills seminars, ACT/SAT prep, OGT prep, high school placement test prep, and college counseling. For more than a decade, STARS has helped over 3,000 students attain their educational goals, including admission to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities.
Dance FX Academy of the Arts
4730 W. Bancroft St.
Dance FX Academy of the Arts provides a disciplined and structured program in the education of tap, jazz, classical ballet, lyrical dance, voice training, theatre studies and performance skills for students of all ages. The trained faculty offers guidance to help every student develop his or her potential one step at a time. Parents and students can look forward to a family atmosphere and positive learning environment.
Daryl Jervis Dance Studio
7575 Sylvan Towne Dr., Sylvania
Explore the beauty of movement with a Toledo institution. For 75 years, Daryl Jervis has given the gift of dance to learners of all ages. Throughout their journey, they've kept pace with an ever-changing art, teaching jazz, ballet and tap, all the way up through the latest hip-hop trends. It's the perfect way to boost self-confidence and fitness and give children a lifelong connection to a beautiful means of expression.
7223 Maumee Western Rd., Maumee
Sunshine is one of the leading providers of services to Northwest Ohians with developmental disabilities and their families. Their goal is to enrich the lives of the children and adults they work with, and they fulfill that aim with a range of fun activities. A working barn plays host to therapeutic horseback riding, and there's also a working greenhouse and pool to enjoy. Visit their website for more information on family support services, community recreation, and vocational services.
9241 Secor Rd., Temperance
Horse lovers will delight in the options available at Hunter's Run — 61 acres to master equestrian skills under the guidance of expert trainers. It's a safe and fun athletic activity, with the security of knowing parents and their children are in good hands, as Hunter's Run is a family-owned business with more than 25 years of experience. Lessons are available for all ages, with three outdoor rings, an open field and trails for your young equestrian's enjoyment!
Country Lane Tree Farm
3525 N. Bolander Rd., Genoa
Country Lane Tree Farm is the farm where families have fun! It offers 10 acres of u-pick pumpkins, animal tours and a corn maze, along with free hayrides to the pumpkin patch. The affordable admission price includes the farm tour, corn maze, pony ride, corn cannon, barrel train ride, straw maze and a small pumpkin! NO extra costs for anything! Spend a day in the country making memories with your family this fall — only 20 minutes from Toledo!
There are more reasons than ever for girls to join — Girl Scouts offers activities that help them realize their amazing potential and build courage, confidence, and character. There are also many ways for adults to volunteer as well. Troops are forming now. To find the nearest Girl Scout recruitment event or to volunteer, visit their website or call.
Convergence College Planning
5450 Monroe St., Suite 3
Convergence College Planning’s specialty is helping parents plan for their children’s college years without giving up their retirement dreams. We provide easy to understand guidance designed to help families of college-bound students avoid common mistakes and take the best steps to maximize their financial aid qualifications. Most parents don’t have a detailed plan or correct information, which is why Convergence College Planning helps parents before it’s too late to salvage what they thought they had for retirement!
Sensational Kids Daycare & Learning Center
6060 Merger Dr., Holland
Sensational Kids is a place where children thrive. There is one teacher or aid for every five children in every classroom, and physical, occupational and speech therapists work with students on site to meet their social and educational goals. At Sensational Kids, each child and parent is part of an extended family that’s focused on learning — and fun!
Montessori Day School
5559 W. Bancroft St.
Montessori Day School has always followed Maria Montessori’s philosophy — “Give the world to the young child.” They do so with foreign language and music classes, and cultural activities that give students a new perspective on geography and history. The day school is open to children from 18 months to 6 years, and also has preschool and kindergarten programs.