The end of the school year is a perfect opportunity to surprise your “class” with an awesome field trip! Weeks of planning aren’t required. Just pick a subject that they love (or maybe one that you’d like them to enjoy a little more) and build an activity around it. After all, hasn’t everyone earned a chance to blow off a little steam? Bonus points if they happen to learn a little something at the same time!

The Subject: HISTORY
The Field Trip: Take a Picnic Back in Time

Hamilton Halton Brant’s heritage sites offer the perfect backdrop for an outdoor midday meal enjoyed on the storied grounds where important moments in Canadian history took place. While the buildings on the grounds may still be closed to visitors, exploring the outdoor spaces is a fun way to spend a June or July afternoon.

The Subject: BIOLOGY
The Field Trip: Birding For Beginners

Set out for an afternoon of birdwatching. If you’re worried your kids won’t do well being quiet and still, do things a little differently. Make the activity more active by sending kids searching at a local park or conservation area with a birdwatching bucket list. Include things on the list like finding interesting feathers and pieces of eggshell on the ground and spotting nests, potential predators and specific bird types. If splash pads have reopened in your community, score bonus points with your budding bird watchers and let them enjoy a “bird bath” of their own on the way home!

The Subject: FRENCH
The Field Trip: Set the Scene For A Parisian Brunch and a Movie

Treat your favourite students to a little taste of the French life at home with this fun activity.  Stock up on flakey croissants from your favourite local bakery, fresh strawberries from a local farm, a selection of cheeses and sparkling grape juice. When your “class” wakes up in the morning, have a vase of fresh flowers on the table and French music playing. Tell them instead of their regular school routine you’re taking them to Paris for the morning. Treat them to a feast in front of the television and watch the Disney classic, Ratatouille. Bonus points if you watch the movie in French!

The Subject: PHYSICS
The Field Trip: A Supersized Sink or Float Experiment

While sink or float is often one of the first science experiments that students tackle at the kindergarten water table, it’s fun for older kids too. Have kids fill a container with objects of varying sizes, shapes, weights and materials. Instead of having them carry out the experiment in the kitchen sink, take them to a local park or conservation area with a lake, stream or pond where they’ll be able to safely place and retrieve the objects. For the ultimate surprise, after the experiment treat them to their very own floating experience. For younger kids, opt for an afternoon ride in a canoe or rowboat at a conservation area. For older kids, consider a stand-up paddleboard rental on Lake Ontario or a kayak or raft trip down the Grand River.

What other ideas do you have for unexpected field trips? Don’t forget to share the fun you find with us by tagging your pictures on social media with #stayandplayinhhb.


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April 1 - 2

Where Are We? An Online Workshop with Larry Brown

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Dates: Saturday and Sunday April 1 & 2 Duration: 2 days Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm...

Now thru May 7

Nature Journaling Trees

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Sundays, Feb 5, March 5, April 2, May 7; 1 to 4 p.m

March 11 - 12

Memoir & Then Some, A Weekend Writing Workshop with Larry Brown

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12 Duration: 2 days Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30...

Now thru February 23

Gentle Yoga

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

February 12

Walk Through the Seasons – Winter Tree & Vine Identification

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

12pm - 2pm Location: Chiefswood Park Lower Pavilion Cost: Free No need to pre-register, we...

Now thru November 1

Bee Beard Experience

Backed By Bees

6214 Appleby Line, Burlington, Ontario L7M 0P7


Now thru March 8


Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Now thru December 31

Trail Mix

Tourism Brantford

Hardy Road, Brantford, ON, Canada

February 25

How to Create Depth in your Painting, A Full Day Online Workshop with Jeanette Obbink

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Saturday February 25th Duration: 1 day Time: 10am – 4pm Location: Online Fees: non-mem: $60,...

Now thru March 20

Virtual Guided Hike: Winter Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

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