Winter Field Trip Ideas

Field trips are always so much fun. During the winter season going on field trips can be difficult because of the weather. We want to keep you traveling and getting hands-on experience all year long. Here is a list of places you can visit during the cold season and get field trip experience.   
Southern California

Art and Cultural Centers -  The Art and Cultural centers are amazing during winter. They often offer special shows or artists that bring the season to life. Check their calendar of events to plan your next visit.
The Bowers Museum  - https://www.bowers.org/
The Getty  - http://www.getty.edu/museum/
Mission Inn  - https://www.scfta.org/http://www.missioninn.com/
Segerstrom - https://www.scfta.org/events/detail.aspx?id=17317
Aquariums - Fish, Sharks and lots of marine life await to be admired by you and your family. Many aquarium's offer special events and deals during the week. Always check their calendar of events for the next family night deal because it could save you money on entertainment. Sometimes they offer free admission to local residents. Go to their website to find out more:
Aquarium of the Pacific  - http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/
Birch Aquarium - https://aquarium.ucsd.edu/
border town

Border Towns - Towns near the border are often filled with many different types of adventures. We visited the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego and discovered a beautiful beach filled with marine life. 
Cabrillo National Monument -https://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm
San Diego Visitor Center
Visit Mexico
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Christmas Tree Farms can be a great start to your holiday season. Tree farms have a great background for a holiday picture. California offers a list of farms near you. All you have to do is type in your zip code to locate the nearest farm. Sharing the link with you here: Pick your own Christmas Tree http://www.pickyourownchristmastree.org/CAxmastrees.php
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Libraries - Almost all local libraries have special events every week. Some offer crafts while others bring in magicians or book authors. Stop by the library to find out what they have for the community.  You will be surprised all the services they offer during the holiday season. 
Los Angeles County Libraries - http://www.colapublib.org/
Orange County Libraries - http://www.ocpl.org/
San Diego County Libraries - http://www.sdcl.org/
Museums - Local museums have so much to offer. They have new exhibits on every season. We call it food for the soul. Just look for a museum that calls your name and get lost in the beauty of it all. 
LACMA - http://www.lacma.org/art/collection/costume-and-textiles
Natural History Museum -https://nhm.org/site/
The Autry - https://theautry.org/
Palm Springs Museum - https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/
Shopping Malls - The shopping malls are filled will events and performances during the holiday season. Tree lighting ceremonies are one of the most popular celebrations during this time of the year. This usually means music, crafts, and other activities for shoppers. Take advantage of all the festive events and visit the mall during the winter months.
Irvine Spectrum - https://www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com/
South Coast Plaza - http://www.southcoastplaza.com/
LA Farmer's Market - https://www.farmersmarketla.com/
Topanga Mall - https://www.westfield.com/topanga

For more fun adventures and great field trip ideas go to our Facebook page and click on events.

Facebook Field Trip Mom Events - https://www.facebook.com/FieldtripmomFTM/

We hope you have a great winter and enjoy field tripping. 

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How to Make a Brown Paper Bag Turkey Decoration.

Family and Thanksgiving is always a great time to get creative with a craft. Make this fun and easy brown paper bag turkey decoration and have your guests wanting to take it home with them! It all starts with things you have around your house and a few you might need to purchase. 
Let me share with you the items I used to make our table decorations: One brown bag, two small brown lunch bags, white paper (for the drumstick tips), tissue paper (stuffing for the inside), string, tape, a stapler, large popcorn bag from your favorite place and two small snack size bags of caramel corn or kettle corn. 
Personal story: We wanted to make our own organic popcorn to gift our friends, so we tried to pop it ourselves over the stove top. We recommend you do not try this at home unless you are a professional cook. It took us several hours to make one Brown Bag Turkey to gift because we kept burning the organic popcorn. What we did to make things easier and improve the process of making several turkeys was to shop at Trader Joes. LOL!!!! Yes, homemade popcorn is delicious but we will leave it to the professionals.
Depending on the size of your brown bag, it may take two to three bags and some stuffing (colorful tissue paper) to make the body of the brown bag turkey. Start by turning your brown bag inside out to get rid of any store logos that may be printed on the bag. Place the popcorn in the bag and stuff tissue paper around it. The bottom of the bag must be nice and full. The opening of the bag must be less filled so that you can fold at an angel and staple. See picture below. 

To make the turkey legs you will need two small popcorn bags of a different flavor. We used Kettle corn from Trader Joe's. Fill the small bags with the snack size popcorn bags. Then use the cotton string to tie it towards the end. Make sure to twist the end of the bag as you tie it. Then cut a piece of white paper into a small stripe of paper. It should be 8 inches long and about 2 inches tall. Cut small slits about 1/4 apart. This white piece will be used at the end of the turkey legs. Then tape the white paper to ends of the turkey legs to make it look fancy.   See picture above for reference. 

Once you have two legs and one turkey body it is time to glue it together. This is when you will use the hot glue gun. Glue the legs on the body with the white piece sticking out a little from the thin side of the turkey body. 
family activity
Make a few to decorate your home and to have on-hand for gift giving. Open one popcorn turkey to share with your guests and then surprise them with one to take home. It is a fun way to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!!!!


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