On-Campus Field Trips

On-Campus Field Trips

Living History Shows will bring history to life as students roll up their sleeves and learn by doing.  Pan for gold, make a rope, lasso a virtual calf, tie a few sailor knots, or experience elements of movie making.  On campus student experiences eliminate transportation costs, the risk of leaving campus, minimize planning and reduce time away from learning.  The per student price can also be less than many off-site field trip locations.  Programs can also help meet California History Standards.

Gold Rush California History

Gold Panning

Eureka!  Gold Discovered in California.  Prospectors can join the Gold Rush and try their hand at a bag full of exciting challenges such as Gold Panning, Rope Making, Butter Churning, Corn Husk Dolls, Leather Tooling, Feather Quill Writing, Frontier Games, Old West Photo Studio, Claim Map Reading, Line & Square Dancing, and an exciting group gathering.




Cowboy & Cattle Drive Adventure

Chuck Wagon Field Trip

Calling all Cowboys and Cowgirls ready for excitement and adventure on the cattle trail.  Experience the wild life on the trail and try to master Trick Roping, Virtual Calf Roping, Rope Making, Adobe Brick Making, Branding, Cowboy Games, Tall Tales, Horseshoe Toss, Blacksmithing, Old West Photo Studio, Line & Square Dancing, Trick Roping and Bullwhip Demonstration and a talking to by the trail boss around the chuck wagon.


Hollywood’s Early Days

Movie School Field Trip

Hurray for Hollywood!  Is it your turn on the Silver Screen?  How about behind the scenes?  Hollywood wasn’t born overnight.  It took lots of work by countless creative individuals.  Guests will try their hand at a variety of roles such as Special Effects Make Up, Sound Effects, Story Boarding,  Analog to Digital Transition, Creative Improvisation, Hollywood Photo Studio, Tinseltown Games, Big Screen Charades, Movie Trivia, Film Score Musical Jam Session and group presentation and a cast meeting on Sound Stage #6.


Airplanes, Mice, and Vitamin C (California’s Emergence as a Super Economy)

California Here I Come!  Welcome to the land of Golden Dreams.  Guests experience the many facets of California industry that contributed to its emergence as a Super Economy.   Students will participate in a variety of innovative activities as they get a taste of Agriculture, Aviation History, Aircraft Design Challenge, Animation Studio, Amusement Ride Design, Amusement Park Theming, Great Californians, Story Boarding,  Movie Madness and an entertaining group presentation.


High Seas Adventure

Ship Mast

Aye Aye Captain!  Come aboard sailor!  Crew members will participate in mastering their shipboard skills.  Sailor Knots, Flag Making, Compass Basics, Map Making and Reading, Shipboard Games, Star Navigation, High Seas Photos, Legends of the Deep Blue Sea, Signaling Basics, Flint & Steel, Soap Carving and a meeting as a crew with the Captain.


Glowing References

“I’ve received so many comments from parents and kids who thought it was the best day ever.  It was a great combination of activities for both boys and girls and they learned a lot — line dancing, how to spin a rope, how to tool leather.  They were absolutely transfixed with panning for gold!  The photos turned out great and the costumes and back-drop you brought were perfect.  Thank you for creating such a fun and memorable day for our 5th graders.”                                                                Roosevelt Elementary, Santa Monica

“The western events at our school carnival were the highlights of the day!  Lewis Events amazed and delighted the audience with their awesome expertise and authentic performances.  We can’t wait to have them return next year!”             Webster School, Pasadena

“Lewis Events was key to the success of our annual Family Night event for two years running.  They did a fantastic job of coordinating many fun activities, including the very popular gold panning and other western games.  Entertaining a crowd of 600 parents and children is not an easy task but they did a professional and spectacular job for our school!”           Huntington Seacliff Elementary School, Huntington Beach

Contact Lewis Events today to see how you can make your adventure a reality.  Email us through this site or call at 626-536-8091.


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Winning Field Trips . . . on a Budget

Winning Field Trips on a Budget

By Jay Lewis of Lewis Events

Journal Entry:

We finally got all the permission slips turned in after repeated reminders and begging of the students and the parents.  The big yellow bus arrived late to pick up the students, which was frustrating, considering the immense portion of the budget, the bus transportation consumed.  On the  freeway, there was an accident which tied us up in a major traffic jam for another half an hour.  We attempted songs and guessing games which brought a moment of calm to the group.  But not for long.  With the extended time on the bus and the anticipation of the field trip, the students were unusually energetic and had a difficult time staying in their assigned bus seats.  Only three students got car sick which is better than the five on the last trip.  By the time we arrived to our destination, none of us could have lasted another minute on the bus. The location was nice, but quite crowded because they had double booked.  Some of the students were not able to participate in all the activities because of sharing with the other school’s students.  Standing in line for the rest room was a new concept.  The paper bag  lunch was cut short, along with a few activities so that we could get back to school in time.  Students were allowed to finish their lunched on the bus and a few apples tuned into bus aisle bowling balls.  I returned back to school with the few parent volunteers and all the students intact. Wow, what a day!  I’m glad this is a once a year “adventure”.  I’ll get a good night’s sleep after that experience.  (A fictional commentary, from a fictional teacher, at a fictional school, with a little drama thrown in to make for a more interesting read).

Traditional off-campus school field trips are lots of fun for the students and can provide great out-of-the classroom educational and recreational experiences.  At the same time, they can have their share of downsides:

  • They can be expensive
  • Require permission slips
  • Bag lunches
  • Bus costs and arrangements
  • The risk of taking students off campus
  • Travel time on the bus away from valuable learning time
  • Limited control over the program at the location.

So, how do we provide students with meaningful, educational, hands-on experiences that will be long remembered, fulfill California Standards and not sign away the entire budget in the process?

Is there another way you ask.  Of course!

Consider an “On-Campus” field trip.  The program can be coordinated by the school staff and volunteers.  Or they can also be coordinated as a team effort by the school and an outside organization.  Or finally, they can be coordinated entirely by an outside source.

By hosting the field trip at the school site, more control can be exercised over what is offered and the amount of activities that the students may experience.  Time that would have otherwise been spent traveling back and forth on a bus can be utilized at school, allowing students to participate in more activities.  Additional parent volunteers can participate, thereby reducing costs even more substantially.

Trick Roping

How does it work?  We’ll use the California History Experience as an example.  A successful program that they offer at Living History Shows.com (a division of Lewis Events) includes,  offering a variety of hands-on experiences and rotating the students through each activity station.

Experiences might include:

Rope Making

  • gold panning
  • trick roping
  • butter churning
  • rope making
  • leather tooling
  • corn husk dolls
  • old west games
  • candle making
  • feather quill writing
  • and a variety of other options from which to add or substitute
Western Decor
The activity area can be enhanced with a variety of colorful and creative props and décor pieces to help create an old west atmosphere, and help
make it a more interesting learning experience.  Amplified western music adds to the ambiance. Students spend a certain time period at each station and then move on to the next area.  Once the students have completed the rotations, they can be brought together for a full group assembly and activity.  This may include square dancing, and as an added bonus, a professional trick roping performance.

Line Dancing

As a great finale, some schools have chosen to provide a western lunch for all the students as a fun way to finish the activity.  A great menu includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, pork and beans, and a mouth watering slice of apple pie topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, all served from a tin pie plate.

If your school is considering field trip options and would like a little help, or someone to share a few ideas, give Lewis Events a call (626-536-8091) or email them through this website.  They have a variety of educational and entertainment based programs from which to choose, or they can customize a program to meet your needs.

Lewis Events was established in 1996.  They offer exciting, educational and entertaining programs throughout California and beyond.  These include on-campus field trips, assemblies, family fun nights, fund raisers, proms, homecoming dances, reunions, special events and more.  Jay Lewis is co-owner of Lewis Events.