Who says field trips have to be reserved for school? Most places who host school field trips will work with playgroups as well to create a field trip suitable for the kids. Check around with local points of interest or businesses to see if they offer field trip options for your playgroup.
Choosing a Location
The location you choose depends largely on the kids in the playgroup. Make sure the destination you choose is safe and something that young kids would enjoy. Common spots for field trips include museums, zoos, fire stations, police stations, historical sites and natural areas. Another potential option is nearly any local business that would interest the kids in the playgroup. The business might offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the business runs.
Scheduling the Field Trip
Don’t just show up with the group and expect to get a warm reception. It’s always best to call ahead of time to schedule a tour for a group, even if you’re going to a place that is open to the public, such as a museum. You might get a discounted group rate or get a special tour just for groups if you call in advance.
Choose a time that works best for most of the people in your playgroup. You likely already have an idea of the most convenient times for your members. You may need to have some flexibility to match the availability of the location you’re visiting.
Managing the Logistics
Unlike a school field trip, you won’t likely take a bus for a playgroup field trip. Instead, everyone will meet at the location. Make sure everyone arrives in time so the tour isn’t delayed. Ask that everyone be there at least 15 minutes ahead of time. That means some waiting for the kids, but it’s better than missing out completely.
If you choose a location that charges a fee, decide if you’ll collect the money ahead of time or let each family pay individually when you arrive. If you have to pay ahead of time, it’s best to collect money from the other families. That way you don’t get stuck paying for someone who never pays you back.
Documenting the Trip
Don’t forget to take lots of pictures at the playgroup field trip. If your playgroup has a website, you can post the pictures there so all of the parents can see their kids having fun. As a follow-up playgroup activity, you can have the kids write thank you notes or draw pictures for the people who gave the tour.