Preschooler’s love to take field trips. It is exciting for them to explore new places, learn what they have to offer, take a bag lunch and of course ride a bus. Children get so excited and they talk about for days on end. For preschool children, field trips help to develop listening, coordination with groups and appropriate behavior during outings.
Charleston has many places to offer the preschool child for field trips. One of our favorite places is the Joe Riley baseball park to see the River Dogs. This fieldtrip teaches children the art of teamwork; baseball basics and they experience an all American favorite pastime.
Every year everyone looks forward to “Disney on ice”. Children experience it at the North Charleston Coliseum with many of their favorite Disney characters. They see princess and pirates, sing along to their favorite songs and get to experience an acrobatic art form.
During the summer, on a few of those really hot days, we take a movie day. Children love the real movie experience, sitting in a dark theater, sharing popcorn and watching characters larger then life.
The South Carolina Aquarium offers children a sea life experience. It features a sea turtle hospital program where they treat and release rehabilitated turtles. Exhibits feature bald eagles, alligators from the coastal plains, Madagascar snakes, sharks and a touch tank. The touch tank gives kids the opportunity to touch sea life like starfish, rays and crabs. Children learn about specific animals, habits and sea history.
The town of Mount Pleasant features Patriots Point. Patriots Point is the home of the USS Yorktown. The USS Yorktown is a museum and offers many educational programs for all grades. Preschoolers love the experience of being on a big ship.
Sullivan’s island in itself has field trip opportunities. Besides the beach and sea creatures, it features Fort Moultrie. Fort Moultrie was an active fort in multiple wars including the Civil War. Today it has been fully restored and while it offers a lot to school age children for preschoolers it offers pure fun. It truly is a timeless fort with endless imaginative possibilities for the preschool mind.
Sullivan’s Island also houses one of the children’s favorite activities; the Sullivan’s island Fire Station. Preschoolers visit the station a few times a year and always during fire week. Children learn about the dangers of fire, how to protect themselves in case of a fire as well as simple steps of fire prevention.