Field Trip Opportunities at the 2018 Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair Field Trips are an opportunity for Classroom and Home Educators to enhance curriculum by utilizing an educational experience that cannot be accomplished in the classroom setting!

Teachers may select one of the four experiences offered:

Under the Big Top – Circus Encounter
Self-Guided But Directed

Step Right Up to the greatest educational experience at the 2018 Indiana State Fair!  This three-hour experience includes a scheduled single-ring, first-class Circus under the Big Top, starring Bello Nock, the International Circus Super Star.  Students will also join in the celebration of the rich Indiana circus history through engaging in an interactive experience with CIRCUS: Starring YOU from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis along with circus memorabilia from the Circus Hall of Fame in Peru, Indiana.  Each student will receive a lanyard, pencil, and activity sheets to guide the experience.  The Circus performance will begin at 10:30AM and the Education Staff will help coordinate your itinerary based on your arrival and departure times.

This will be an experience you do not want your students to miss! Sign up today, as seating is limited to the first 1,600 students, teachers, and chaperones for each day.

Grades: K-12
Dates Available: August 9th and 16th
Curriculum Tie:  History & Art
Cost: $6 per student; $6 per adult chaperone.  Teachers are FREE. 

 

Machines of the Midway – Ride and Learn Encounter
Self-Guided But Directed

Take your students on an educational experience with the BIGGEST THRILL at the 2018 Indiana State Fair!  This three-hour field trip includes students experiencing three Midway Rides by learning about how they work and having the opportunity to go on each ride. Each student will receive a lanyard, pencil, and activity sheets to guide the experience.  The Education Staff will help coordinate your itinerary based on your arrival and departure times.  Teachers are FREE.  This will be a thrill you don’t want your students to miss. Sign up today, as participation is limited.

Grades: 6-9
Dates Available:  August 8th and 15th
Curriculum Tie:  Math, Physics, Science
Cost: $8 per student; $8 per adult chaperone.  Teachers are FREE. 

 

The Wonder Trail presented by Citizens Energy – Navigate and Learn Encounter
 Self-Guided But Directed

The Wonder Trail presented by Citizens Energy is a self-guided trail around the Indiana State Fair that enhances classroom curriculum or family discussion by utilizing agriculture as a teaching model. Participants have the opportunity to explore agriculture by following the trail around the Fairgrounds, engaging in 12 different activities by navigating a map. Students will receive a prize when they complete at least 8 of the 12 activities.

The trail takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete.

Grades: K-6
Dates Available:  This experience is available any day of the 2018 Indiana State Fair that field trips are offered!
Curriculum Tie:  Geography & Agriculture
Cost: $4 per student; $4 per adult chaperone.  Teachers are FREE. 

 

Animal Experience – Interact and Learn Encounter
Self-Guided But Directed

There are many places to see and learn about animals during a visit to the 2018 Indiana State Fair!  The Education Staff will help you coordinate your itinerary based on your arrival and departure times.  Students will receive a lanyard, pencil, and activity sheets.  A sneak peek at a few of the animal activities in which your students will be engaging during their three-hour experience are:

  • Animal Town – an interactive area, where students will see each species that is shown or on display at the 2018 Indiana State Fair including llamas, horses, rabbits and more.  Students will have the opportunity to meet the animals and complete an animal activity.
  • Sow and Litter – your students will get to see a sow (female pig) with her litter of piglets.
  • Daily Livestock Show – visit a livestock show and learn about how animals are judged in competition.
  • Goat Mountain – goats, goats and more goats!  Many breeds are represented at this popular exhibit, including energetic Pygmy goats, Boer goats, the beautiful Angora goat, and various dairy goats.  Students will have the opportunity to see the goats play and roam the mountain.

Grades: K-6
Dates Available: This experience is available any day of the 2018 Indiana State Fair that field trips are offered!
Curriculum Tie:  Animal Husbandry, Animal Habitats, Science
Cost: $4 per student; $4 per adult chaperone.  Teachers are FREE. 

Self-Guided Field Trips

Teachers and students will explore the 2018 Indiana State Fair through their own unique self-guided experience by selecting activities and experiences that compliment classroom curriculum.  Groups will receive Indiana State Fair Daily Sheets to see what’s happening that day at the Fair with a map for navigation.

Dates Available:  This experience is available any day of the 2018 Indiana State Fair that field trips are offered!
Cost: $4 per student; $4 per adult chaperone.  Teachers are FREE. 

Lunch Options

Schools are welcome to bring their own lunches onto the Fairgrounds! A refrigeration truck located in the MetroPCS Family Fun Park is available to store lunches for participating school groups. You must deliver and pick up your lunches from the Family Fun Park at designated times, determined at registration.  If a lunch area is needed, picnic tables are located in the MetroPCS Family Fun Park and throughout the Fairgrounds. Grass areas may also be utilized as lunch areas.

Parking

Parking is FREE to buses, marked school vehicles and chaperone vehicles immediately following the buses. Buses will enter Gate 11 off 42nd Street to drop off students and teachers and then will be directed to the bus parking area.  Any groups not entering with a bus or marked vehicle must pay parking at $5 per vehicle and meet Indiana State Fair Field Trip staff at Gate 12 for admittance onto the Fairgrounds.