With most area schools not offering field trips this school year, the Johnson County Museum is rolling out new socially-distanced Family Field Trip Days during the next three months. These days are offered at the museum on two dates in February, and at the Lanesfield School Historic Site on two dates each in March and April.
“On Family Field Trip Days, visitors will get an inside look at the history of Johnson County on a kid-friendly tour, led by one of our museum educators,” explained Curator of Education Leah Palmer. “They will also dig into the past with educator-led learning activities that give families a chance to put what they learn into practice. Families will participate in grade-appropriate hands-on activities that bring history to life. From planning their own community, just like Johnson Countians from history, to evaluating mystery objects from the past as history detectives, there is fun for all at Family Field Trip Days!”
These programs, which last about two hours each, are open not only to families, but also to homeschool and scout groups, and group size will be limited to allow for social distancing.
At the museum, field trips include time to play in the KidScape area, a fully-immersive, 3,500 square foot interactive history experience where kids time travel to different periods and communities from the region's past and learn while they explore.
At Lanesfield, participants will get a to experience a bit of life in 1904 - from life on the farm and completing chores to the challenges of lessons inside the one-room schoolhouse led by a costumed schoolmarm.
At the museum, located inside the Johnson County Art & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Family Field Trip Days
are offered on Friday, Feb. 12, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m., and on Saturday, Feb. 20, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. The cost is $7 per student, $6 per adult, and $5 per senior.
At Lanesfield School, located at 18745 S Dillie Road, Edgerton, Family Field Trip Days
are offered on Tuesday, March 16 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; on Friday, March 19 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ; on Saturday, April 17 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and on Wednesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
For more information, call the museum at (913)715-2570.