Visiting the Aquarium: Homeschool Field Trip Fun (free printables!)

photo of a child watch fish and a shark swim around in a large aquarium while visiting the aquarium

Planning on visiting the aquarium with the kids and want a few ways to keep them learning before, during, and after your visit? My free aquarium printables can help with that!

Being able to take field trips as part of our homeschool activities is one of our favorite perks of homeschooling! While my kids do well with learning through books and with various forms of technology, there’s just nothing that comes close to learning through hands-on experiences!

When we homeschooled in New Jersey, we’d often visit Adventure Aquarium in Camden. It was only about a 20 minute drive from our home and made for a great indoor learning opportunity. My kids especially loved walking across the shark bridge in this aquarium!

Now that we live in Georgia, we’re resident members of the Georgia Aquarium! We’ve visited a few times so far and, by far, I’m confident in saying that seeing the sea lion show is our favorite part. Those sea lions are just so darn cute.

Anyways, I’m super happy to share my free aquarium printables with you today. First, let’s chat a bit about making the most of your aquarium visit, though.

Planning for your Aquarium Visit

I’m all about saving money whenever I can without sacrificing quality or experience so you can bet that I’m going to share my money & fun-saving tips for the aquarium, too!

eel photo from the Georgia Aquarium
How creepy is this eel from the Georgia Aquarium!?

Deciding When to Visit

In my experience, the best time to visit the aquarium (or any attraction) tends to be the middle of the week. The weekends tend to be the busiest time followed by Monday & Friday. The sweet spot? I’d definitely choose to visit the aquarium on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday if possible.

Of course, I wouldn’t pass up any opportunity to visit the aquarium! If you’re able to visit on the weekend, go for it! It may be a bit more crowded than visiting during a Wednesday, for example, but I bet you and the kids will still have a wonderful time.

Securing the Tickets

Quite possibly the most important part, you definitely need a game plan to get your tickets to the aquarium. Here’s what I like to do:

  • Check my existing memberships for reciprocity benefits: If I can use another membership to score free or reduced price entry into an attraction, I’m gonna take advantage!
  • Check social media accounts for discounts: Just like with any business website, the aquarium’s website will likely have links to their social media accounts. Check each and every one of them for special coupon codes and/or discounts for visitors!
  • Ask friends: Membership purchases often come with “bring a guest” passes or discounts. If you’re open to visiting the aquarium with friends, it’s worth asking if they have any membership benefits you could use.
  • Plan a field trip: Consider planning a group homeschool field trip to the aquarium by bringing along friends from your homeschool co-op or local groups. Educational attractions will often offer special packages for groups, sometimes including hands-on experiences and/or presentations!
Child standing on the net walking over sharks at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey
Would you walk over a bridge with sharks swimming underneath? I swear, it’s not as scary as it sounds!

Preparing for Second Breakfast, Lunch, Second Lunch, Snacks….

I could go on and on. When we started homeschooling, I didn’t really anticipate the increase in my grocery budget. Holy moly, these kids are bottomless pits! When visiting the aquarium, I always make sure to plan food and drinks ahead of time so I avoid hangry kids.

I totally advise you to do the same. Not only will planning ahead save your wallet, but it’ll also save your sanity…because, trust me…visiting the aquarium is not pleasant for anyone when the kids are hangry.

First, check for the aquarium’s policy on bringing in outside food. Since water is a basic human need, you can likely bring along a plastic or metal refillable water bottle. Many aquariums will even have filtered water stations to refill your bottles!

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If you can bring food into the aquarium, I totally suggest packing your food in disposable packages…or at least reusable packages that won’t take up a ton of space (you likely don’t want to pay for a locker storage fee or have to carry around a bulky cooler all day).

If you cannot bring food into the aquarium, you could either pack foods in a cooler in the car or plan on eating at the (often sub-par & extremely expensive) aquarium cafe.

Last time we went to the aquarium, we paid $70 for 4 people to eat chicken fingers and french fries. We didn’t even get a soft drink. Were the chicken fingers & fries delicious? Yes. Were the chicken fingers & fries worth $70? My Costco & Aldi-loving heart says “absolutely not.”

aquarium activity pack printables

Learning with Aquarium Printables

There’s so much to see and do while visiting the aquarium! There are plenty of natural learning opportunities during your visit, but it’s always nice to have some no-prep printables on your side to help keep the kids learning before, during, and after your aquarium homeschool field trip!

Our Aquarium Activity Pack was designed with upper-elementary age kids in mind. Of course, you know your kids best, so it technically could be used for a variety of ages! Creates to encourage learning before, during, and after visiting the aquarium, this set of free aquarium printables includes:

  • 20 aquarium-themed vocabulary words: Have the kids define the words BEFORE your aquarium visit so they’re already familiar with things they may see and experience
  • An aquarium-themed word search: The kids can complete this BEFORE or AFTER your aquarium field trip – your choice! It includes words from the vocabulary word list.
  • An aquarium scavenger hunt: Bring along a clip board and pen/pencil so the kids can complete this fun scavenger hunt DURING your visit to the aquarium.
  • 5 aquarium-themed writing prompts: With one of each option: Descriptive Writing, Persuasive Writing, Narrative Writing, Informational Writing, and Reflective Writing, have the kids complete these AFTER visiting the aquarium.

Getting the freebie packet is super easy! Just fill out the form below, confirm your subscription, and it’ll get sent right to your inbox. From there, you can download the PDF to your device or storage of choice.

Enjoy Visiting the Aquarium!

I hope you and the kids have a great time on your field trip to the aquarium! I’m sending all the “not crowded and not chaotic” vibes your way! I’d love to hear about your trip. Leave a comment below or consider sharing your experience in That Homeschool Family Hangout!

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,

- Elizabeth (and the kids. and the husband. even the dog.)

Elizabeth Dukart is a proud Georgia-based born and raised Jersey Girl, wife, and mom of 2 human boys & 1 canine boy.

Created in 2021, Elizabeth owns and publishes That Homeschool Family: a free resource for homeschooling parents and beyond! A seasoned blogger, Elizabeth previously published a popular location-specific family resource blog, but decided to “Pivot!” her blogging focus after she started homeschooling her two boys in 2020. In addition to this blog, you can follow Elizabeth’s homeschooling and family adventures on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She can also be found in her Facebook Group: That Homeschool Family Hangout.

When she’s not busy taking over the world or homeschooling, Elizabeth can be found listening to music (especially The Beatles & Harry Styles!), being silly with her boys, watching movies with family, shopping, or traveling!

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2 Responses

  1. Cheryll Anne Seymour says:

    Wow, my Granddaughter is going to love these printables. Thank you. The Aquarium is her favourite place to be.

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