Teacher Tips for Field Trips
Posted on Jun 05, 2015
At Monkey Joe's Winter Park indoor playground and party center, we host all kinds of fun events for kids, from birthdays and fundraisers to team parties and field trips! Kids love bouncing in our inflatable jumps, riding our inflatable slides, and racing each other through our inflatable obstacle course! Parents and teachers love that their kids can have a blast while enjoying active play in a safe, clean, and secure indoor playground.
We make field trips fun, easy, and affordable, but as any teacher can tell you, any field trip does have challenges. Taking a bunch of kids out of their normal school or day care environment is exciting, but can also be a bit chaotic. Read on for some great teacher tips for field trips from Scholastic, and give us a call to discuss your Winter Park field trip or kids event at Monkey Joe's!
- Choose the right activity- When choosing a field trip, it's important to take into account the ages, abilities, and attention spans of the children in your care. For instance, you might want to save a quiet museum full of fragile exhibits for the older crowd. At our Winter Park indoor play facility, we are open to kids up to 12 years old, and we have a special area set aside for toddlers- our Mini Monkey Zone.
- Prepare the kids- Remember, things that are "common sense" to you may not be to the kids in your care. Talk about the rules ahead of time, like wearing name tags, staying with the group, sticking to an assigned buddy when walking, not distracting the bus driver, etc.
- Keep parents in the loop- In addition to the permission slip, send kids home with some information on where the field trip will take place, what kids need to wear and bring (Make sure they bring socks for Monkey Joe's, as socks are required at all times in our play areas), lunch plans, and transportation plans. It's also important to make sure you have up-to-date emergency contact information for each child, as well as any important information like food allergies.
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