About Us

Our Story of Traveling the World…

…from our living room. I want my kids to travel the world, but we don’t have the budget or time available to do that just yet. In the meantime, we’re building our bucket lists by exploring the world through virtual tours and escape rooms, while planning a lot of fun road trips DC and beyond! Want to join us?

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2011

Pregnant with my third child, I started an informal weekly summer field trip club to get us out and exploring the sites with friends.

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2017

Now with 4 kids ranging in age from 3-11 years old, I trained and became a licensed tour guide for Washington, DC! I specialized in creating hands-on, interactive tours for families with young children.

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2020

In the middle of the pandemic, I learned how to make 360° virtual tours and escape rooms for kids…and I immediately fell in love with them.

That’s when the Field Trip Club found new life as a VIRTUAL field trip club with a growing directory of virtual tours, escape rooms, and activities that make learning so fun, you don’t even realize you’re doing it!

Sneak a Peek

We're busy compiling the most comprehensive directory of free virtual tours on the internet! Click the button below to get a glimpse at a few of the tours on our world map.

Family Photo on Mars from the Perserverance Rover 2021

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer in-person field trips or tours?

We are not offering in-person experiences at this time, but do offer LIVE virtual field trips, tours, and escape rooms. 

I know of a cool virtual tour, how can I tell you about it?

We want to hear all about the tours you have found (and loved) online, please submit this form to let us know, so we can include it in our directory.

Why do you have so much about Washington, DC?

I’m a licensed tour guide in Washington, DC and I absolutely love the city; there is sooo much to do here. Kids love visiting and I can’t help but share.

Meet Some Happy Travellers

Reviews are from our Outschool classes where we offer LIVE virtual tours and escape rooms for kids.

What a great class (maybe even my favorite Outschool class so far)! My son (8 yrs) had so much fun exploring the secret messages and hints on the dollar notes and exploring a few of the D.C. Monuments. I registered him for the class because we’ll travel to D.C. very soon and he is even more excited now to explore the city…

Becky

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My daughter really enjoyed this class. She has been to DC and loved to link her knowledge with a lot of fun and interesting facts from the class. She enjoyed trying to solve the puzzles and found the teacher to be really helpful and friendly! She’d definitely do another class with this teacher!

Moira B.

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Members

Past Field Trips

Virtual Tour Itinerary & Escape Room Library (and growing)

Virtual Tours in Directory (and growing)

Our Story

How the Field Trip Club evolved from a selfish desire to get out of the house to a virtual club with hundreds of families.

Caroline M Harper
Caroline M Harper
Caroline M Harper
Caroline M Harper

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 had 4 kids ranging in age from 3-11 years old and I decided to become a licensed tour guide for Washington, DC! I’d 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 I started a weekly email newsletter as my way of staying 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.), and I found myself able to focus on the Field Trip Club again. I started creating one-of-a-kind 360° virtual tours and escape rooms for kids…and I fell in love with them immediately.

That’s when the Field Trip Club found new life as a VIRTUAL Field Trip Club with a growing directory of virtual tours, escape rooms, and activities that make learning together so fun, you don’t even realize you’re learning!

Our goal is to SIMPLIFY your planning and BANISH THE BORING for your kids by curating curiosity-sparking virtual tours and creating educational escape rooms to help your family explore the world together … whether that’s virtually or IRL.

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!

 

Caroline M Harper
Caroline M Harper
Caroline M Harper