**Disclaimer** Many of these were borrowed from Jilleen Singer at SoCal Field Trips. Jilleen dedicates her blog to getting out and seeing Souther California in best ways possible.
They joys of homeschooling, actually for once I'm not being sarcastic. I enjoy the fact that I control what my kids learn and we go on awesome field trips when we want too. Below are the posted Home School Days for many large attractions around San Diego and Riverside Counties mainly.
LEGOLAND Home School Days in San Diego
LEGOLAND California Resort offers California Home School groups a discounted admission rate on the first Monday of the month between September 5 – December 19, 2016, January – March, 2017 and May 2017.
Any homeschool educator or parent (with homeschool verification) can plan a self-guided homeschool field trip to LEGOLAND.
The cost is $27 per Adult or Child.
This offer is only valid on designated Home School Days.
A minimum number of 10 guests is required to receive the discount rate.
Your group of 10 may be a combination of both homeschoolers and parents. Your group of 10 does not have to be all homeschool students! This is important to note, because many people ask.
Each ticket includes all day admission both LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium.
You MUST SHOW some form of Home School verification at Guest Services when picking up your tickets. Examples of verification include a membership in a public or private school, independent study or satellite program, CA private school affidavit or homeschool organization such as K-12 or CAVA.
No refunds are provided.
LEGOLAND Educational Programs
On the first Mondays of October – March and May, LEGOLAND also offers staff-led, family-friendly education programs for no additional charge during LEGOLAND Home School Days. No reservations are required. Just walk up and show your homeschool ticket!
Each program lasts 45 minutes and are held at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. The two programs offered during LEGOLAND Home School Days are Dr. Heartbeat and Simple Machines I.
How To Purchase LEGOLAND Home School Days Tickets
You can either call 760-438-5346 at least two weeks in advance to reserve tickets OR register for an online coupon. A personalized, non-transferable coupon will e-mailed periodically to verified Home School families. For additional information about LEGOLAND Home School Days, please visit here.
On Friday, November 4 Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California invite homeschool families from across Southern California to attend Home School Family Day and enjoy all day park access to the park’s thrilling rides and attractions. The park will be open from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Home School Family Day.
Home School Family Day Ticket Options
Home School Early Bird Ticket Purchase by 10/23/16 – $34.99
Home School Regular Ticket Purchase after 10/23/16 – $37.99
Children 2 and under are FREE.
BEST VALUE! Home School Catered Picnic Package + includes admission plus an all-you-can-eat meal + a free return ticket to Holiday in the Park – $47.99
To qualify for Home School Day at Six Flags Magic Mountain, your prepaid order of must be received at least two weeks (10 business days) prior to your visit date. Tickets are only valid on the date above. To order tickets, you need to download this application, fill it out and mail it in. Additional group tickets can be purchased on the day of at the Ticket Will Call window for the same price or online at sixflags.com.
Six Flag Magic Mountain’s picnic lunch will be served in the Grande Oak Picnic Pavilion from 12:30 pm – to 2:00 pm only. A meal ticket is be required for entry. All Catered Picnic Packages must be purchased in advance no later than Friday, October 28 and will not be available for purchase on the event day. Outside food, beverages and coolers are not allowed in the Park. Season passes or other admission tickets will NOT be honored on Home School Family Day.
Have you heard of the term Farm-to-table? According to Wikipedia, “Farm-to-table (or farm-to-fork) refers to the stages of the production of food which includes harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sales and consumption. Farm-to-table also refers to a movement concerned with producing food locally and delivering that food to local consumers.”
Do your children know where their food comes from? In a desire to teach my own, I have taken my children to a couple of local farms to take a tour. The purpose of a farm tour is to connect people with the farmers and land that grow their food. During a tour, you get a behind-the-scenes look at how a variety of food is grown and meet farmers who grow crops and raise livestock. In fact, the food your family eats may in fact come from one of Southern California’s family farms.
So take a peak at this list of local farms in our area and schedule a tour today!
THE INLAND EMPIRE:
Amy’s Farms, Ontario – Amy’s Farm is a real working poly culture farm that provides hands-on, guided tours to students of all ages. We went on a field trip to the farm in October 2013 and plan to write a blog post about it soon! In the meantime, you should know that they offer elementary, middle and high school tours.
During an elementary school tour children get to:
Take a walk through the garden and learn about fruits and vegetables.
Harvest one item in the garden.
View a mother cow and learn the “Story of Milk”
Pet goats and sheep in the petting zoo.
Feed the pigs vegetables picked from the garden.
See chickens, roosters, turkeys, geese, and ducks.
Milk a cow (this is super fun!)
Pet and visit horses
Peltzer Farms, Temecula – Peltzer Farms offers group tours during the months of September and October. Teachers can bring their classes out to see what thousands of children experience each year on the live farm. A minimum of 20 people for a group tour.
The tour includes:
Corn Maze Visit.
Petting farm fun and educational visit.
Educational tour through our garden featuring all kinds of pumpkins, gourds, sunflowers, specialty squash, fruits and vegetables.
Rare glimpse at our antique John Deere Tractor collection.
Jack-O-Lantern size pumpkin to take home . (kids only)
16-page informational and fun book to take home.
Shaded picnic area for snacks and lunch.
Oasis Date Gardens, Thermal – Oasis Date Gardens offers date tasting’s, gift and bulk dates on a 175-acre working date ranch. You can take a tour of the date gardens and packing house and check out their antique farm implement display.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY:
Oasis Camel Dairy, Ramona – The Oasis Camel Dairy opens our gates once a month for a weekend of making great memories in an extrodinary place. Friendly farm animals, curious camels and one of the most engaging, funny and informative animal shows rivaling those at zoos and theme parks. Fill out the application here.
Bates Nut Farm, Escondido- Bates Nut Farm got its start as a walnut farm, but now brings in nuts from all over the world. Pistachios, pecans, cashews, peanuts, pignolias, sunflower seeds and much more can be purchased on the farm. Our Farm Zoo is open daily from 9am – 5pm. Visit with mini-donkeys, goats, sheep, llamas, pigs, emus, chickens, peacocks, ducks, geese & more! The animals love visitors, and will eat from your hands. Bags of animal feed can be purchased for $0.50; admission is free. They are also well-known for their amazing pumpkin patch farm tours.
Key Creek Lavender Farm, San Diego – Keys Creek Lavender Farm is San Diego’s counties only USDA certified organic lavender farm. About two dozen varieties of lavender are grown on the 8 acres lavender farm. After harvesting the lavender is processed into a variety of products which are available for purchase at the farm gift store. During the summer blooming season (May and June) Keys Creek Lavender Farm is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Their entrance fee is $5.00 per person. The rest of the year the farm is open for events and tours (call ahead to see what’s going on at the Lavender farm). Field trips start at $15 per person.
Seabreeze Organic Farm, San Diego – Seabreeze Organic Farm offers a farm stand, cooking and nutrition classes, a U-pick operation, organic fruits/vegetables and farm tours by reservation only.
Suzie Farms, San Diego – Suzie Farms offer a variety of ways to experience their beautiful 140-acre farm, located just south of Imperial Beach. The farm is ever-changing and can be visited at any time during the year as a way to deepen your connection to your food, broaden your understanding of how a farm works, or simply enjoy a day out of the city. School tours take a 90 minute exploration of our fields while tasting crops and learning about organic agriculture. Identify various plants, visit the chickens and discuss farming as we walk among flowers and crops.
Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, San Diego – Wild Willow Farm & Education Center is a six-acre working farm located less than three miles from the Pacific Ocean and two-thirds mile north of the Mexican Border. The farm is nestled along the banks of the scenic Tijuana River, and borders the river’s stunningly beautiful estuary nature preserve. Wild Willow Farm field trips are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings and typically last from 1.5 to 2 hours depending on your needs. Visitors will be split into groups and rotate through three to four hands-on activities, including light and easy farming and interactive lessons. Our farm tasks you include be planting, weeding, watering, bed-building, composting, mulching, etc.
The following is a list of possible activities beyond farm work that you can select from:
Sustainability Scavenger Hunt
Brown Bag Botany
Homes for Seeds
Recycling with Worms
Meet the Chickens
Farm Insects: Friend and Foe
Soil and Water: Beyond Mud!
Watering and the “Goldilocks Priniciple”: What is “just right?”
Irrigation Methods: The Tinker Toys of Gardening!
Plan a Farm
Little Creek Acres Farm, Valley Center – At Little Creek Acres Farm there are dairy goats and sheep who know their names, chickens you can visit, cats that talk to you, farm dogs who love attention, as well as a veggie garden and an orchard to explore and learn in! A two and a half hour experiential learning tour for youth groups of 5 to 90, ages 6 and up, scheduled March through November.