We make planning your trip to Washington, DC painless.

We know what it’s like to spend hours combing through countless blogs and websites to plan the best family road trip for your kids.

You’re dying to create the perfect blend of fun, educational, and memory-making activities, but don’t have days to devote to the process either!

You even scour the local “what’s happening” calendars only to end up exhausted with a mile-long list of possibilities, but no concrete plans and still not sure how to plan for the uncertainties of visiting with kids.

There’s a better way! If you’re planning a trip to Washington, DC, you can spend that same time and energy actually getting excited and making concrete plans, because we think making memories with your kids should be a stress-free experience, don’t you?

Our comprehensive “How to Visit” pages will give you everything you need to know about a location to confidently visit with your family. We include information on bathrooms, benches, food, and more! We also share fun facts and fascinating stories that are sure to captivate your kids, so you easily plan for your fun, educational, memory-making trip.

How the Field Trip Club Started

Dissection Classes for kids
Dissection Classes for kids
Field Trip Club at Annapolis Dock
Field Trip Club at Annapolis Dock

HELLO!
I’m Caroline, a curious mom of four kids who loves to learn new things WITH my kids. I love interactive, educational family learning experiences and love to share what I’m learning with others. I’m so glad you’re here!

THE FIELD TRIP CLUB’S STORY
In June 2011, I was pregnant with my third child who was due in late August. I knew I’d be tempted to stay in cool air-conditioned buildings all summer if I didn’t come up with a plan. I really wanted to get my 3 and 5 year old out of the house and exploring new places in fun, interactive ways, so I emailed some friends and offered to plan weekly field trips if they’d just show up. I knew I’d make myself go if other people were expecting me to be there!

It worked and we had so much fun that first summer going strawberry picking, visiting the National Zoo, and touring a recycling center, that we have just kept doing it every summer since. We even ran dissection classes for awhile! (We no longer run dissection classes.) Click here to see what all we’ve done.

Fast forward to 2017, I now have 4 kids ranging in age from 3-11 years old and I decide to become a licensed tour guide for Washington, DC! I’ve had so much fun planning field trips that I wanted to create and lead hands-on, interactive tours for families with younger children.

After spending hundreds of hours completing a professional tour guide training program, life had other plans for me and I needed to go back to work full-time in 2018 to help support my family. I continued to have friends and family ask me where to go when visiting DC, especially with children, so starting this blog was my way to share my knowledge and stay connected with the Field Trip Club which had grown to over 500 members!

Then, in late 2020 in the middle of the global pandemic that changed so many lives, I found myself back home with my kids as we navigated virtual schooling (I was actually homeschooling one and virtual schooling the other 3.), I found myself able to focus on the Field Trip Club again.

Our goal is to SIMPLIFY your planning and BANISH THE BORING for your kids by keeping their curiosities peaked and their energy up as your family explores Washington, DC WITHOUT the stress.

Sounds nice, right?

Then you’ll want to join the club, so you won’t miss a thing!
Click here to join the Field Trip Club. It’s free!

Field Trip Club at Annapolis Dock
Field Trip Club at Annapolis Dock
Field Trip Club at Annapolis Dock
Field Trip Club at Annapolis Dock
Field Trip Club at Annapolis Dock
Field Trip Club at Annapolis Dock