“Activities with your child should tap enthusiasm for learning and supply healthy doses of confidence and self-worth in the process.” ~Kenny Luck
American Museum of Nursing (Tempe)
The American Museum of Nursing is part of Arizona State University College of Nursing in Tempe. It has exhibits of uniforms, posters, medical care items, photographs and other nursing memorabilia, a research library, rare document room, and an archive. The collection contains first editions of many important nursing texts.
Arizona Science Center (Phoenix)
Explore 350 hands-on science exhibits, travel to space in a planetarium, and experience the excitement of an Imax theater. Enjoy science demonstrations and traveling exhibitions. Health-related exhibits include “All about ME”: Learn more about how you body works and functions, from the inside-out! Walk through an enormous “working” stomach, complete with the sights, sounds and smells of the digestive process. Watch surgeries being performed, featuring the techniques of Dr. Edward B. Diethrich, in the Heart Surgery Theater. Test your heart muscles in the Wheelchair Racers. Hear your actual heartbeat as it is translated into sound on a bass drum. Explore the systems of the human body – from defense and immunity to cardio and pulmonary, digestive and skeletal.
Ben Avery Shooting Facility Outdoor Learning Center (Phoenix)
The Ben Avery Shooting Facility at Carefree Hwy. & I-17 offers basic orientation, gun safety instruction, beginning firearms training, and hunter education in a classroom setting. They also have a Junior Shooters program for both new and experienced young shooters. Their goal is to provide a safe and fun environment, to teach responsibility, safe gun handling, and set goals in marksmanship under the guidance of expert instructors. Newcomers and their parent or guardian are required to attend a safety orientation meeting. Call the Ben Avery office at 623-582-8313 regarding these programs.
CPR class at a local fire station (recommended for ages 12 and up)
You can arrange an Escape School presentation for your school group, scout troop, or church. The local Escape School instructor is Bill Malatin, 480-838-5639. It sounds like a neat program. Their website contains lots of helpful info, including articles about internet safety and general safety as well as abductions, plus a safety quiz for kids. You can even order an Escape School video lesson. Click on “More” to find out about the Escape School classes.
Fire Safety Week
National Fire Prevention Week is held during the second week in October. Many fire departments will have an open house or hold fire safety programs during this time. They may also have safety demonstrations at other times. Try to visit your local fire department’s activities whenever they may be. Their main purpose is to help you make your home and family safe from the dangers of fire and other hazards. There are many things to review and you can always learn something new. The more you know about fire, the better you can protect yourself.
Glendale Police Museum (Glendale)
The new home for the Glendale Police Department Museum was dedicated on August 20, 2010. Located in the City of Glendale Public Safety Building lobby, the Museum is one of a very few of its kind in Arizona, and is proudly dedicated to the men and women in law enforcement. The first floor of the downtown building’s lobby has been transformed into an exhibit of the past. Old radio equipment, batons, badges and uniforms line the walls and fill display cases. There is also a motorcycle used by officers in the 1970s.
Hall of Flame (Phoenix)
This is one of the most family-friendly museums in town, with plenty of things to interest both children and adults. The huge air-conditioned building contains almost an acre of fire history exhibits. There are over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus dating from a 1725 horse-drawn carriage to 1969 motorized vehicles. Most are American, but they also have some from England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan. One of my favorites was a horse-drawn ladder sled! They even have a real fire engine for kids to climb around on. Plus, there is a play area featuring a two room house (complete with real furniture and appliances), and kids can sit in a toy chief’s car, ride on a horse-drawn mechanical carriage (bring quarters), climb a fire pole, dress up like firefighters, do a Dalmatian jigsaw puzzle, or examine a doll house for safety infractions. Nearby there is an old switchboard exhibit as well as an operating alarm center. The Hall of Flame also sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes which includes a 9/11 memorial. A new 2,000-square-foot Wildland Firefighting gallery is scheduled to open in June 2002. Finally, there is a gift shop with lots of t-shirts and firefighting memorabilia. A mini-theater and guided tour is available for school groups. The Hall of Flame website contains a complete directory with photos of all the museum’s holdings.
Halle Heart Center (Tempe)
The Halle Heart Center offers visitors the opportunity to learn how to join in the fight against the No. 1 cause of death in America – cardiovascular disease – in an innovative, hands-on way that will educate and entertain. Visit the Halle Heart Children’s Museum and discover the fascinating and prominent position the heart holds in the body. It’s a one-of-a-kind, newly remodeled museum designed completely around the heart. A visit to the museum will illuminate the function of the heart, its role in the body, and ways to keep it healthy. You can explore lifestyle choices to maintain a healthy heart; risk factors of heart disease and stroke; how the circulatory system works; human vs. animal hearts; the chain of survival, nutrition facts, and much more. The museum offers an exciting two-hour interactive tour for 2nd and 5th grade students, specially designed to clarify the science behind the heart and to promote heart healthy living. This tour is free. The curriculum at the museum meets several State Standards in Science, Health and PE for the target age groups. The museum also offers tours for adult groups with 15 or more participants, designed to meet the needs of mature visitors. Individual groups can request that their tour be tailored to suit specific requirements.
History of Pharmacy Museum (Tucson)
The History of Pharmacy Museum at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy grew out of the work of Jesse Hurlbut, a former Tucson pharmacist and state pharmacy board inspector, who meticulously collected pharmacy items from around Arizona and elsewhere in the West. Spanning all four floors of the Pharmacy building, the museum contains a collection of over 60,000 bottles, original drug containers, books, store fixtures, and artifacts from Arizona (circa 1880 to 1950), including several large drug store fixtures from Arizona’s territorial days.
Phoenix Police Museum (Phoenix)
The Museum features a mock up of an early 1900’s police station including an old jail cell. Also on display is a 1919 Ford Model T Police Car.
Robert Kravetz’s Medical Museum (Phoenix)
Robert Kravetz is a retired doctor who collects antique medical equipment and artifacts. His museum at Phoenix Baptist Hospital and Medical Center features antique medical and pharmaceutical artifacts dating to the early 1800s, including rare drug jars, poison bottles, old medicine bags, and quack medicine items.
Scottsdale Gun Club (Scottsdale)
The Scottsdale Gun Club has numerous classes and courses that are all designed to make you a more knowledgeable, accurate, and safer shooter. Through education and safety, they strive to strengthen the sport of shooting, and enhance your shooting experience.
Shooter’s World (Phoenix)
Shooter’s World, an indoor shooting range in Phoenix, offers a free gun safety class for children. This class is intended to instill respect for firearms and reduce the curiosity factor by teaching how a firearm operates. It also teaches them what to do if they come into unsupervised contact with a firearm. Call 602-266-2600 for more information.
November 13, 2002 – John C. Lincoln Deer Valley hospital will be giving free public tours of their operating room between 8:30am-3:30pm. Kids are welcome and will get lollipops and balloons.
Do you know of another good field trip destination not listed here?