Take advantage of free performances - Street performances or theatre in the park.
Visit art galleries, or free art exhibitions - Our local art groups have regular exhibitions in the local church.
Visit art studios. Many areas run an 'Open Art Studio' scheme where artists open their studio doors to the public for a few days a year. This is a great opportunity to meet the artists and talk about their work.
Ask to visit craft groups - Craft groups are usually very keen to share their skills, and welcome visitors. Try your local groups in spinning, quilting, weaving, pottery and painting.
Local Businesses are often happy to arrange visits by small groups. If you have to visit one of these business in the course of your day, then why not turn it into a field trip.
Pet Store - when my daughter wanted a dog, we went to the pet store to make a list and price up everything she would need if we got one.
Grocery Store/Supermarket - get the children to look at package branding and the difference in prices. Or how the layout of the store invites people to spend more.
Library - take a look at how the books are categorised.
Art Store - check out the different art mediums and ask how they are used - some stores will be happy to demonstrate.
I hope these ideas for free field trips spark some great visits for your homeschool family.
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