Make Distanced Learning Fun with these 8 Minneapolis-Inspired Field Trip Ideas

Let's face it, this school year is anything but normal. Whether you've gone all virtual or are trying out hybrid learning, students can still get educational experiences outside the house. If you're looking to take classes to the next level check out our ideas for a Minneapolis field trip.

Bakken Museum

1. Take an Adventure Into the Wild 

Complement a few of those science lessons with a trip to see animals from all over the world and learn about their natural habitats. The Minnesota and Como Zoos have plenty of opportunities to see wildlife up close while SEA LIFE at Mall of America has an aquarium experience that lets you explore thousands of creatures from giant sharks to rescued sea turtles and more.

2. Sample the World During a Geography Lesson 

Take a trip to multiple countries without leaving the city. Midtown Global Market offers a chance to not only get a crash course in geography, but also sample many different foods, traditions and cultures.

3. Connect with History 

Minneapolis is full of history, and learning about the past is a great way to understand and connect with local communities. The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery gives visitors a look at the achievements, contributions and experiences of Black people throughout the history of our state. For even more local discoveries head over to the Hennepin History Museum and view exhibits and galleries focused on the diverse history of Hennepin County and the city of Minneapolis. 

4. Study Nature 

Get a better understanding of the natural world all around us. At the gardens surrounding Como Park and the Landscape Arboretum, you can observe multiple fields full of plants and flowers. Get even more scientific at the Bell Museum. As the official natural history museum of Minnesota, you can explore local habitats, specimens, and landscapes.

5. Step Into a World of Creativity 

Get a first-hand look at the work of famous artists. Study their techniques and learn about their history at some of Minneapolis' most popular art museums like the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Weisman Art Musuem. Or put together your own tour and visit all the public art murals around town.

6. Think Outside the Box

Math and science lessons get a fun twist with all the interactive learning exhibits at the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Bakken Museum. To really put minds at work, try out The Escape Room or Trapped Puzzle Room where teams have to use logic to solve clues and puzzles.

7. Create Your Own Jam Session 

When you’re the birthplace of Prince, a music lesson isn’t complete without visiting his home/studio at Paisley Park. If you're interested in exploring more Minneapolis music connections, go on a shopping trip to Electric Fetus, Minneapolis' most famous record store, and sift through an eclectic mix of music styles and artists.

8. Take a Study Break

Consider a trip to Theodore Wirth Park. With the park's year-round activities, you don’t need a big gymnasium to release all that pent-up energy. If you prefer indoor activities, REM5 takes "learning by doing" to a whole new level with virtual reality. Their programs like Google Earth, where you can stroll the streets of cities around the world, will not only keep you active but give you a learning experience like no other.

Looking for some learning opportunities to have at home? We've got a list of all the Minneapolis museums, theaters and favorite spots that are offering virtual events and experiences to enjoy from the comfort of your couch. See the full list here.

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