30 Places to Take Your Preschooler

Stuck in a rut and need some fresh ideas of places to go?  

The best thing to do is get to know your area!  

Here are some general ideas to get you started!

30 places you could take your preschooler
for an outing or field trip:
(in random order)

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1. Zoo or Petting Zoo

2. Local, State, or National Parks — take along a picnic lunch if the weather is nice!

3. Aquarium

4. Local museums — art, history, science, kids’…

5. Playground

6. Nature Trails or Greenways — enjoy nature, collect special rocks/shells/leaves to add to a science area with magnifying glasses at home

7. Pet Store — some will give tours to small groups of kids if scheduled in advance, but my kids like just browsing, too!

8. Toy Store — set ground rules and clear expectations BEFORE entering!

9. Grocery Store or Farmer’s Market — see 25 activities to use at the grocery store here

10. Airport — ours has a park that overlooks the runway

11. Mountains or other nearby natural “wonders” — caves, caverns, canyons, geysers, hills, interesting rocks/soil, forests, desert, etc.

12. Beach – Lake – Pond – River — dig in the sand, feed the birds, look for turtles/fish, go fishing, skip rocks, wade or swim in the water, play scientist

13. Hardware or Lawn & Garden Store — look at tools, plants; my kids always enjoy looking in the lighting/fan section and the lawn mower section

14. Campground

15. Pool or Swim Lessons

16. Bakery

17. Fire Department — some will give tours to small groups set up in advance; usually free, but you can always bring along some treats to thank the firemen!

18. Dance or Gym Class or Open Gym

19. Library — check out books or go to a story hour

20. Farm — depends on the particular farm, but you could pick your own fruits/veggies, look at animals, visit a pumpkin patch, go through a corn maze, etc.

21. You or Your Spouse’s place of work

22. Book Store 

23. Restaurant — especially one with an open kitchen or where they cook in front of you

24. Sports fields (that aren’t being used) — let them run the bases, or kick a ball into a soccer goal

25. Sunday School or Church

26. Movie Theater — some have special days/hours for family-friendly kid shows

27. Mall — it’s a great place to walk, especially on bad weather days, but also they often have some kid friendly displays or play areas (often free)

28. Factory tours — dependent on your area, but maybe you have some type of food factories which give tours??

29. Teacher/Education store — our local one has a beanbag + book section that my kids LOVE

30. Store such as Target, Walmart, Michael’s, A.C. Moore, etc. — I usually tell the kids what I need to look at before we go in and that if they are patient while I shop, we can visit the areas of the store they want to see when I’m done

**If you don’t know a lot about the area where you live or about what is available for kids in the area, I highly suggest joining a Mom’s Group.  I joined 2 via Meetup.com and not only did I learn so much about activities in our area, but we made many great friends!

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!