Ten Great Field Trips

. September 1, 2015.
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Fort Meigs

29100 W. River Rd. Perrysburg, OH
419-874-4121 | fortmeigs.org

A fun way to incorporate some local history is a visit to Fort Meigs. The War of 1812 Battlefield is open for self guided tours of the fort and museum from April to October. With re-enactors dressed in period clothing along with weapon demonstrations, this is sure to be a hit with kids. The fort also offers a scavenger hunt on its website that will keep the children engaged and learning while having fun. Fort Meigs offers special events throughout the year including the Garrison Ghost Walk in October which is always a hit for kids and adults.

Walleye Games

500 Jefferson Ave. Toledo, OH 43606
419-725-9255 | toledowalleye.com

The Mud Hen’s season might be drawing to an end, but that only means that Toledo Walleye games will soon begin. For all ages, whether sports fans or not, the Walleye games always make for a great time. For kids under 12, there is the Spike’s Tikes Kids Club which offers exclusive kid club events, special $10 ticket days for kids, and a discount off select merchandise. Most games also have a fun kid friendly theme, such as the upcoming “Frozen Princess Night” and “Nintendo Night.” 

MacQueen’s Orchard

7605 Garden Road. Holland, OH
419-865-2916 | macqueenorchards.com

Autumn is the perfect time to visit MacQueen’s Orchard. With their large harvest of apples and their annual Apple Butter Stir, a trip to the orchard is a way to enjoy the crisp autumn weather. MacQueen’s, from mid-September to the third week of October, offers the opportunity to drive into the fields and pick your own apples. The opportunity for kids to be involved in the apple picking process is not only fun, but is a dependable way to get kids to eat the apples. The Apple Butter Stir Festival takes place October 3-4th and offers pony rides, kid rides, youth talent performances, and of course apples!

Toledo Symphony

1838 Parkwood Ave #310 Toledo, OH 
419-241-1272 | toledosymphony.com

For the music lover in the family, The Toledo Symphony offers many youth and education workshops and performances. Fourth Grade Concerts are a way the symphony gets involved in local schools by performing and introducing various instruments, exciting and inspiring children about music. Young People’s Concerts are forty minute educational programs held at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater. The concerts are meant for grades K-8, but older kids are always welcome. The next Young People’s Concert is November 5th and focuses on music from the opera. 

Metroparks

Locations vary but more Information online at metroparkstoledo.com/metro

The Toledo Metroparks are a great way to explore nature and stay fit. Some of the many local parks include Oak Openings, Wildwood, Pearson Park, Swan Creek, and Side Cut. With locations all around Toledo, the parks offer everyone walking trails, bike paths, playgrounds, fishing, and more. Special events are always happening, and the parks include workshops for children of various ages that often focus on nature, history, or learning outdoor skills. Some of the September workshops for kids include the “Hurray for Homeschoolers: Geocaching 101”, “Wee Workshop: Seeds a Poppin’!”, “Preschool Pioneers: Work is never Done”, and “Archery 101” for the older kids. For all upcoming events check out the Toledo Metroparks online.

Ritter Planetarium-Brooks Observatory at the University of Toledo

Located on UT’s main campus, 2801 W. Bancroft St.
419-530-2650 | utoledo.edu/nsm/rpbo

With programming from September until May, the Ritter Planetarium gives students a vast look into the Milky Way and beyond. Their state-of-the-art digital projector and surround sound transports visitors through space at lightning speed. Join them in their passion to educate students on astrology and all things that happen in the sky. 

Toledo Public Library

325 Michigan Street. Toledo, OH
419-259-5200 | toledolibrary.org

The public libraries in the Toledo area offer a great selection of children’s stories, but they also offer tons of events for kids. There are so many ways for kids to get involved with their local library, whether in a family activity or an event specific for their age group. For the younger children, story time sessions help focus on early literacy skills. The sessions typically include books, music, games, and crafts. An upcoming weekly program for school age children is the Mott’s Community Garden, where students will, through hands on learning, discover the benefits of gardening. For teens, a Teen Book Club is offered where teens read aloud with a librarian and enjoy snacks after the meeting. All these events and many more can be found through the Toledo Public Library website.

Toledo Firefighters Museum

918 W. Sylvania Ave. 
419-478-3473 | toledofiremuseum.com

This is the place to educate students about fire prevention and safety! Founded in 1976 with the purpose of preserving the history of the Toledo Fire Division, the two-story museum is on the premises with a working fire station in remembrance of fallen fire fighters. The museum houses vintage fire equipment, Toledo’s first fire pumper and much more. 

The Mazza Museum

1000 N. Main St. 
419-434-4560 | mazzamuseum.org

Sunday Funday at Mazza Museum is a day of fun, art and literature, all for free! Once a month, families can enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, storytelling, snacks, shopping and more. Funday Sunday is from 1:30-3 pm at Mazza Museum located on the campus of The University of Findlay. See the schedule of events online.

Toledo Museum of Art

2445 Monroe Street, Toledo OH
419-255-8000 | toledomuseum.org

The Toledo Museum of Art is a wonderful place to simply explore alone with your kids, or to take full advantage of their offered children’s programs. The museum is not only recognized globally for its exhibits, but also for its education programs. Tours are offered for various age groups, including babies. The “Baby Tours: How Babies Respond to Art” helps developing brains receive visual stimulation in the form of art. “Toddler Time Tours” are also offered and focus on different topics, such as the upcoming Animals exhibit. For older kids, various art classes are offered that range from painting to mixed media.