I love field trips and this month is National Field Trip Month!  If you’re a nanny, teacher, mother, father, aunt, uncle, teacher, grandparent or any person with legal access to a child, plan your special little munchkin a trip.  These are memories that will last a lifetime.  Don’t slack off, it’s time you’ll never get back.  This holiday isn’t just for kids, if you’re a college student enjoying Pittsburgh for the first time you should try to get out there this month before the weather goes ka-blewy again.  As Miss Frizzle says, “Take chances.  Make mistakes.  Get messy.”

Hands on activities engage students who would otherwise be disengaged.  Learning is cool, but everyone absorbs information differently, just like paper towel brands (Sparkle is clearly the village idiot of paper towels).  The weather is glorious, the leaves are changing, it’s a beautiful time of year to be out and about.  There’s no age limit on learning.  Get out there and learn something new!

Pittsburgh has no shortage of fantastic field trip locations!  So here are my recommendations, in case you hate google or something:

-Laurel Caverns:
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Are you an adventure junky?  Does crawling through an underground cave system sound delightful?  Then spelunking is for you!  No worries, there are two tours, an advanced tour where you get deep in it, as the youths say, or an easier tour.  They also have mini golf; the only mini golf ever made in a cave.  If mini golf and spelunking are too adventurous for you, they also have gemstone panning.  There is a guided tour that’s handicap accessible!  Yay!  Plus, it’s located in the strikingly beautiful Laurel Highlands.

 

-Fallingwater:
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Fallingwater is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Laurel Caverns.  They do an early morning nature hike on select weekends to explore the grounds around Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece.  Wright was all about fusing natural landscapes with architecture.

-Kentuck Knob:
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This is another Frank Lloyd Wright house.  Tours are open from 9 AM until 4 PM, except Wednesdays when they open at noon.  You must schedule a tour in advance.  Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “No house should ever be on a hill or on anything.  It should be of the hill.  Belonging to it.  Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.”  There is a modern sculpture collection on the grounds.
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-Everyone knows about the Carnegie Science Center and the Carnegie Art and Natural History Museums, but they’re still great field trip locations.  

-Phipps:
phippsPhipps has a variety of cool exhibits and events.  Whether you like wine, fairy tales, or the African Congo, Phipps has something for everyone to enjoy.
And don't forget to record your experiences in a new journal from Kards Unlimited!

So, what do you think?