School Field Trips

at Mainstay Farm

Since 1995 Mainstay Farm has been welcoming students and teachers to experience the best of learning & play with Mainstay Farm Field Trips. All field trips are an Open Play format, allowing your class the freedom to move about the farm together, exploring all available activities at your own pace! We offer three seasonal field trips throughout the year, all of which require online reservations.

In the Fall

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When:

Tuesday - Friday, October 3 - 31, 2017



What Time:

9:30 AM - 1:15 PM



How Much:

$9.50 for students and parents
No charge for teachers



What:

Join us for learning all about the bees that live at Mainstay Farm and how pumpkins are grown in Texas! All students will receive their own Jack Be Little pumpkin with paid admission.

At Christmas

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When:

Tuesday - Friday, November 16-17, and November 28 - December 8, 2017



What Time:

9:30 AM - 1:15 PM



How Much:

$9.50 for students and parents
No charge for teachers



What:

Come learn about the Christmas trees growing right here on the farm!

In the Spring

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When:

Tuesday - Friday, April 10 - May 4, 2017



What Time:

9:30 AM - 1:15 PM



How Much:

$9.50 for students and parents
No charge for teachers



What:

Join us as we learn about how fruits & vegetables help to strengthen our bodies, and about the bees that help our fruits and veggies grow!

Homeschool Day

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When:

Friday, November 3, 2017



What Time:

9:30 AM - 1:15 PM



How Much:

$10.50 (tax included) for students and parents
Co-Ops receive one free adult/teacher with every 15 students when arriving and paying as a group; Admission may be purchased online in advance (bring proof of admission) or at the gate (cash only)



What:

This is a specially designed field trip day just for our homeschool families! Spend the day exploring the farm at your own pace. Bring a picnic lunch and stop in for a funnel cake or old fashioned soda from the Filling Station! The farm is not open to the general public on weekdays, so not ALL attractions will be available on field trip days.



Stuff you need to know!



Reservations:

All field trip reservations must be made in advance online



Activities

Available activities will depend on the time of year your group visits. Additionally, we are not open to the general public during field trips, so not all activities will be accessible.



Field Trip Activities Include:

The Dig, Educational Hayride, Hay Play & Jump barn, Marshmallow Roasting (Fall & Christmas only), Color Maze, Triple Decker Tree Fort with slides, Swings, Jumping Pillow, Balancing Labyrinth, Wooden Maze, 100 ft Super Chute Slide, Little Farmer Acres, Latvian group swing, Up & Over hedge maze, In & Out hedge maze, Farm Animals. Remember, this is a hands on experience on a real working farm!



Food & Drink:

School groups are encouraged to bring their own sack lunches for a picnic in our open-air barn or picnic pavillion. You’re also welcome to bring blankets and have a picnic out on the farm! New this year, we will have The Plate open with a limited menu of sandwiches, chips and drinks available for purchase.



Upon Arrival:

Students will unload from buses, enter the farm and wait as a group, while the lead teacher will head to the Depot to pay for the entire group of students and chaperones with a school check or cash. At this time, all signed waivers will be turned in and wristbands distributed to the teacher for each paid chaperone/parent. Each class, along with teachers and parents, will then head to orientation for a brief review of Mainstay policies and reminders for a safe and fun visit. At the conclusion of orientation, classes are released to start learning and enjoying the farm!



Attention Teachers

Click below to download the field trip release forms. Print as many as you need for your students. A waiver must be signed by the parents of all children attending the field trip.


Field Trip Release Form - English



Field Trip Release Form - Spanish

Tips for a successfull Mainstay Field Trip



  • Dress appropriately, and remember to be mindful of the weather. Socks and close-toed shoes are always strongly recommended. Socks are required to play on the Jumping Pillow.
  • Consolidate lunches in labeled boxes and/or wheeled coolers. All lunches will be stored inside the gate where you may retrieve them at the time of your scheduled lunch.
  • In the event of cancellation, contact Mainstay Farm a minimum of 10 business days prior to your scheduled event. If you fail to cancel 10 days prior, you agree to pay in full for your event.
  • Because we are a farm in a rural location, we do not have adequate trash service to accommodate for our large field trip crowds. To avoid attracting critters, we require that you take your trash to your school dumpsters. We will provide trash bags for your use. Please appoint one parent per class in advance to help you with this task.

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