Field Trip and Activity Guide 2011
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Not Your Grandfathers Museum:Hands-On Is In
A Parents Perspective
Student ViewThe Best Field TripsAre Fun and Educational8
Field Trip Plan:Walk This Way6
Comprehensive Listof Field Trip Destinations13Businesses That Support Teachers and Schools36
Field Trip Directory
hat do you think of when you think of a museum? A majestic building with Doric (or is that Ionic) columns, and high ceilinged rooms filled with old paintings, arrowheads or Egyptian relics from the pyramids? A place where the staff shushes giggling children and reminds people not to touch anything? That may be the museums we (or our parents) remember from our childhood, but those are not the sorts of museums that our children visit now on school field trips. Todays museum is more likely to have a touch table than a do not touch sign. And giggling is most heartily encouraged. Even the names of museums are changing. Just a few years ago kids visited the Lexington Childrens Museum, but its now called the Explorium, a name
that captures the spirit of a building full of hands-on exhibits where children are encouraged to experiment, manipulate and discover. Museums work hard to bring history to life for students. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati gives students a look into what life as a slave was like with a chance to step into an authentic 19th century slave pen. The Freedom Center also offers hands-on activities that demonstrate the difficulty slaves faced in trying to escape to the North. The Explorium of Lexington brings the same hands-on philosophy to kids of all ages, including the tiniest visitors. The Wonder Woods area is limited to those kids under 3, giving them a safe place to explore the water-play area, try on dress-up clothes and watch wild birds through an observation window. So what should we call these places formerly known as museums? The Place-Where-You-Get-To-Experience-Cool-Stuff seems a bit too long to fit on the marquee.
Hands-Off Is Out Hands-On Is In
laurie evansmuseum [myoo-zee-uh m] -- noun: a building or place where works of art, scientific specimens, or other objects of permanent value are kept and displayed.
When considering field trip destinations, teachers sometimes have to look no further than their own backyard. Often a good field trip is only a short walk from the school. Just ask Jeffery Hale, an art teacher at Harrison Elementary. Hale has been teaching for five years at the oldest elementary in Lexington Harrison opened in 1849 in the heart of downtown Lexington. Our kids all live downtown, so I want them to stop and realize that we live in a beautiful city, and that art is all around them, Hale said. Taking a field trip in downtown helps promote a sense of community, that this
Walk This Wayis their community, and they can recognize the art that is here. That was particularly true last fall during the World Equestrian Games. Hales students created their own equine art, which was then displayed at the Explorium of Lexington, just a few blocks away. At the same time, Harrison students decorated a horse as part of Horsemania that was on display at the Central branch of the Lexington Public Library. Hale arranged a 90-minute walking field trip where passersby in downtown watched a group of 30 fifth-graders with clipboards and pencils in hand, walking briskly in the fresh air. (A little exercise mixed in with art is always beneficial.) The children observed building architecture, gallery store fronts and then
Field Trip Plan: Art teacher Jeffery Hale takes his students on walking field trips in Lexington.
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toured art galleries in Victorian Square, home of the Explorium. After viewing their art and the other pieces on display at the Explorium, the students headed to the Central Library. On the way, the students observed art in downtown associated with the WEG,
including Harrisons horse in the library. We kept the pace up and the students were taking notes, responding to the art they saw as they walked, using the content I had taught in the classroom, Hale said. Two years ago, Hale created another
walking field trip in which the children crafted a 3-D model of downtown buildings made of cardboard. Students toured downtown, with Hale taking photographs of buildings the children wanted to reproduce. Again, students walked briskly along the
streets in the neighborhood, soaking in the art around them. After students completed the models, they took their favorites home with them. Our kids love downtown. This is their backyard, Hale said. Were always trying to bring the outside in.
Taking a field trip in downtown helps promote a sense of community, that this is their community, and they can recognize the art that is here.
Everything about a field trip day is exciting. Getting out of the classroom, being able to sit with
your friends on the bus and doing something different were all a part of the fun. My favorite field trip destination was the Duke Energy Childrens Museum in Cincinnati, my hometown. A day at this museum always made everyone happy. Our other field trips were fun, like going to see plays and walking around the zoo, but at this museum, you were encouraged to touch everything. As a hands-on learner, this was just my style. This museum is like an endless
playground to a child. It takes a few hours to get through every activity, and it was always a race between classmates to see who got the farthest into the museum. Boredom seemed impossible. If one activity didnt suit your fancy, you could easily move on to another one that did. One specific area I remember was the one filled with tubes and machines to move around plastic multi-colored balls. Although this sounds like it was all fun and games, we actually were learning, too. We learned about the energy it took to move the plastic balls, and simple machines that could do the work. Here in Lexington, there is a similar kind of museum for children. The Explorium of Lexington gives children a
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hands-on learning experience with many exhibits and activities for all interests. I know that if I were a kid in Lexington, this would probably be one of my favorite places. Field trips to childrens museums are also great for teachers. All students are able to learn and engage in an activity of their choice. Rarely were any of the students disappointed, which is quite an accomplishment given the number of kids involved. And Im sure our teachers always enjoyed the break of a quiet bus ride back to school.
Erin Shea is a University of Kentucky graduate who will study at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2012.
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Whether its challenging their students to think outside-the-box or bringing the outside in, teachers and youth leaders are always looking for ways to bring new and exciting experiences to their students. Weve collected a list of field trip and activity opportunities in Central Kentucky, Louisville and Cincinnati and beyond. The following listings are a good starting point before you plan your next field trip.
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Artistry in Motion 4384 Clearwater Way Lex. Info: 859-245-1694 www.tracistone.com
ArtsPlace Gallery 161 N. Mill St., Lex. Info: 255-2951
Asbury College 1 Machlem Dr., Wilmore Info: 858-3511 ext. 2412 www.asbury.edu
Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate 120 Sycamore Rd., Lex. Info: 266-8581 www.henryclay.org Aviation Museum 4029 Airport Road, Lex. Info: 231-1219 www.aviationky.org
Bardstown-Nelson County Tourism One Court Square, Bardstown Info: 1-800-638-4877 www.visitbardstown.com
Blue Grass Council, Boy Scouts of America 3445 Richmond Rd., Lex. Info: 231-7811 www.bgbsa.org
Bluegrass PRIDE 3120 Pimlico Pkwy # 126, Lex. Info: 266-1572 www.bgpride.com
t Bluegrass Railroad and Museum 175 Beasley Rd. Versailles Info: 873-2476 www.BluegrassRailroad.com The Bluegrass Railroad offers an entertaining and educational historic railroad experience discounted for...