9 Fabulous Field Trip Ideas For Kids In Vancouver

A day of learning outside the walls of a classroom is a fresh way to get kids active and engaged while learning in a new environment. The Lower Mainland offers a wide variety of experiences, and we’ve curated a selection for every subject! Looking for a new and exciting field trip idea for your child’s classroom? Here are 9 ideas to consider:

Photo: Bianca Bujan

Photo: Bianca Bujan

1) The Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival

You know Spring has sprung when the tulips are in bloom! Pack a tasty picnic basket, and enjoy a fun-filled day with the family in fields upon fields of flowers. Besides a covered picnic area, Bloom is also home to photo cutouts, a children’s play area, and of course, rows of rainbow-coloured tulips that are every bit as impressive as they are decorative.

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2) Fort Langley National Historic Site

Rising from the mist of the Fraser River, the palisades of Fort Langley stand tall. Inside the walls, rough-hewn timber buildings recreate the rugged 1800s, where Hudson’s Bay Company fur traders mingled with California gold prospectors, and First Nations interpreters told century-old tales. Feel the blast of the musket fire, pan for gold, and dress up to play a historic trading boss. Programs include hands-on activities, exploration of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post, and interactions with heritage interpreters.

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3) Burns Bog Conservation Society

Enjoy an interactive nature walk through one of the world’s most ecologically unique ecosystems: Burns Bog! Field trips to Burns Bog are a great way to link outdoor education with grade-specific curricular competencies. Field trips include content on plants and animals, habitats and ecosystems, biodiversity and species at risk, natural resources and First Nations, and threats and stewardship.

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4) Kid Approved Destinations

The Kid Approved Directory features family-friendly businesses in Surrey, Delta, and White Rock that embrace the essence of family-friendly, and offer products or services that cater to residents and vacationing families. For consideration, businesses must meet one of the three Kid Approved pillars: Is it fun? Is it educational? Does it promote a healthy lifestyle?

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5) Circus West

Circus teaches a range of lessons about hard work, teamwork, trust and support, performance, and art. Plus, it’s a fun way to get exercise! Circus West offers 2 or 3 hour workshops that rotate students through several circus skills, such as juggling, trampoline, human pyramids, globe walking, and object manipulation.

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6) Jump Gymnastics

Jump Gymnastics offers field trips that are designed with two goals in mind: to make it easier for teachers to meet and assess the new BC curriculum objectives, and for kids to have fun and feel successful while developing physical literacy. For preschools, and kindergarten and grade one students, field trips are offered during the school year, with an Instructor:Student ratio of 1:6, and classes are designed to meet the Physical Literacy curricular competencies in the new BC Curriculum.

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7) Langley Centennial Museum

Langley Centennial Museum school programs offer a unique learning opportunity. Whether it is a program led by an incredible docent team at the museum, or a trip back in time to the Lochiel One Room Schoolhouse, or a visit by one of the professional instructors to your classroom, the result will be an engaging and highly educational experience.

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8) TumbleTown Movement Education Centre

TumbleTown school groups are a great option for preschools, daycares, homeschoolers and elementary schools, offering lessons in patience and cooperation, improved listening skills, enhanced neural pathways, improved balance, strength, and coordination. Learn valuable social skills, and gain self-esteem, confidence, and a “can-do” attitude.

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9) Vancouver Maritime Museum

The Vancouver Maritime Museum offers school programs for classes from preschool to secondary school. Programming is based on the Ministry of Education’s Social Studies and Science curriculum, and support the core competencies, essential learning, and literacy and numeracy foundations for each grade. Trained education volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on and participatory activities designed to stimulate creative and critical thinking.

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