If you're wanting to experience amazing homeschooling field trips, one such place is the Akron Fossils and Science Center. From zip lines to canoe rides to dinosaur eggs, you'll find it all here.
They host an annual Science Fair and recently held an Astronomy Night. This could very well be the best location for a superb field trip. After all, what kid doesn't become fascinated when the topic of dinosaurs come up?
I recently had a talk with the Director of Operations and Museum Speaker, Josiah Detwiler. Here's what he had to say about the Center.
My Natural Motherhood Journey: How did Akron Fossils and Science Center come into existence?
Josiah: Our museum and outdoor adventure park was built over a period of two years by William (Bill) Sanderson and his good friend Dennis Osborn.
A majority of fossils and artifacts in the museum itself are from Mr. Sanderson's private collection that he started when he first conceived of the idea of building a creation science museum.
My Natural Motherhood Journey: Can you tell me a little bit about the founder?
Josiah: AFSC was built and founded by Bill Sanderson. Bill is a Financial Planner for over 30 years.
Prior to that, Bill was a middle school teacher after he served in the US Navy as a navigator.
My Natural Motherhood Journey: How can people get there?
Josiah: The Akron Fossils & Science Center is a 3,500 sq. ft. creation science museum called Akron Fossils & Science Center (AFSC) and 2 1/2 acre outdoor adventure park called Truassic Park.
The museum's address is:
2080 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd.
Copley, OH 44321
The museum and adjacent park are located in Northeast Ohio, just 15 minutes from downtown Akron and one hour south of Lake Erie.
We are a 4 hour drive away from Answers in Genesis' Creation Museum.
My Natural Motherhood Journey: Is there a special admission for homeschooling field trips?
Josiah: If homeschoolers come as a group there is. Group admission (10 people or more) is six dollars per person. Regular admission is eight dollars for those individuals thirteen and up and six dollars for children three to tweleve
My Natural Motherhood Journey: How exactly is the Center the number one place for homeschooling field trips?
Josiah: We serve about 1,500-2,000 visitors a year, with the average visitor age being a middle school student.
Our biggest contingent of visitors has been through the private Christian schools and home school groups on homeschooling field trips who now visit our creation museum instead of the big evolution based natural history museum up in Cleveland.
One of the reason's we give guided tours of our museum is so each visitor gets a specially catered tour to their specific age, interest and comprehension level.
Plus every visitor gets the chance to hold real fossils and dinosaur bones!
Children can learn to make a paper airplane that will fly 200 feet, and head outside to "Dino Launch" to fly it!
Also, try your hand at dino hunting by shooting water balloons at our "Dino Hunting" site.
Come to "Pterodactyl Land" and take a ride on our 200 ft. long zip line, our giant swing, our 12 ft. four-person helicopter swing, and our 60 foot long two-story Giant Slide.
Cross our suspension bridge, swing on our swamp vines, run through the dino-crossing maze and record your time, and test your nerves against our nerve-wracking ball!
My Natural Motherhood Journey: How have children reacted to the Center?
Josiah: Kids love learning about dinosaurs inside the museum and playing in our outside adventure park!
One of the reason's we give guided tours of our museum is so each visitor gets a specially-catered tour to their specific age, interest and comprehension level.
My Natural Motherhood Journey: Are there any other points you want others to know about the Center?
Josiah: Yes, we have an outdoor picnic shelter (that seats 24) as well as indoor eating areas in our Gift Shop and Birthday Party Room for you to eat a packed lunch.
We also have snacks and beverages for sale in our Gift Shop.
There are several local pizza places that can deliver pizza to the museum (call us for recommendations).
For those looking for places to eat elsewhere, there is a Subway, Big Star Pizza and a lunch-room called Circle Cafe 3 minutes north of us near the Copley circle on S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd.
Additional restaurant selections can be found further north of us in the Montrose/Fairlawn shopping district or to the south of us in and around Norton Plaza.
My Natural Motherhood Journey: Thanks Josiah, for all the wonderful information you provided! I'm sure this will be a big help to parents planning for future homeschooling field trips.
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