Field Trips and Service Projects

iLEAD’s epic community building and planning team sets us apart! With over 100 field trips and service projects planned throughout the year, there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy! By listening to our families’ suggestions, a wide variety of field trips and service projects have been planned for each region we service.

Another exciting benefit to homeschooling are the special discounts and/or events offered by local businesses, museums, or other entities to independent study families.

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Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth – Barclay Theatre Irvine

March 27 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

-----------------SOLD OUT----------------------- Milo is bored. There is simply nothing for him to do. And then, one afternoon, he receives a magic tollbooth. Based on Norton Juster’s beloved children’s book, The Phantom Tollbooth is a fantastical tale of a boy who is transported to a wondrous world—the Kingdom of Wisdom. With a timekeeping talking dog, Tock, as his companion, he encounters a host of unforgettable characters and discovers something magical along the way. Using puppets, masks, magic, inventive scenic effects and…

Van Nuys

Van Nuys Airport Tour

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

*Tickets for this event will become available on Feb 5 at 10am* You will journey through aviation past and present, exploring the many operations, facilities and aircraft found at one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports. Tour starts at 9:15am. Please arrive on time, as late arrivals are subject to tours being shortened or rescheduled. Tours originate from the parking lot of the Van Nuys Airport Observation Area at the end of Waterman Drive off Woodley Avenue. Waterman Drive,…

The Gentle Barn

Gentle Barn Tour

March 28 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

------------SOLD OUT--------------------------- A visit to The Gentle Barn provides children from any background a great opportunity to learn about farm animals with their unique features and personalities. You will get an intimate 2-hour experience as we share the history of The Gentle Barn, personally introduce you to all of our animals, and share their stories of rescue and recovery. You will also get to brush and hug our cows, feed the horses carrots, give our pigs tummy rubs, pet the…


March 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm



Canned Food Drive for Community’s Child’s Healthy Bags Program in South Bay – Meet UP

April 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

*RSVP options for this event will become available on Feb 5 at 10am* Come join other iLead families to help children in our very own communities, who are in need! We will meet at Wilson Park in Torrance for a canned food drive for Community's Child's Healthy Bags Program. The food collected will be for students in South Bay elementary schools who have been identified as food-insecure. These families typically do not have enough food to feed their families over…


Superior Court of Orange County Tour and Mock Trial – Fullerton

April 3 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

*Tickets for this event will become available on Feb 5 at 10am* Take your learners to COURT! That's right, learners have the amazing opportunity to observe actual court proceedings, visit a jury assembly room, and participate in a scripted mock trial. All mature learners 6th grade and older are welcome to come. Parents may observe if there is available space. No siblings please! Middle School/High School learners only. Meet in the front of the Criminal building at 8:45 AM. This…


Wonder at the La Mirada Theatre

April 11 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

-----------------SOLD OUT--------------------------- August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates,…


Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

April 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

*Ticket sales for this event will become available on Feb 5 at 10am* Come join us at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga to see a live performance of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." This is a wonderful opportunity for all age groups to watch a high-quality performance in their beautiful outdoor amphitheater. This field trip includes a preparatory workshop for students (date and location TBD) on a day prior to the show. On the day of the show, learners…

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Writing with Thinking Maps

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Beach Clean Up in Long Beach Meet Up

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

*RSVP options will become available for this event on Feb 5 at 10am* Join us for a walk on the beach! We'll meet on the sand at the lifeguard headquarters in Long Beach to stroll the beach gathering trash and cleaning up together. {Please bring a bucket or bag to gather trash in...and reusable gloves or something to clean your hands after we clean up! Sunscreen and/or a hat is also a good idea!} Meet at the lifeguard headquarters building…

Discovery Cube

Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

-------------------------SOLD OUT---------------------------------- The Ocean Life Adventure is great for all ages! It is a 3 hour visit that includes rotations for all participants to learn about marine life and history of the harbor, do hands-on activities in our OQ courtyard, and hands-on learning at the beach/sand & pier nearby the center! Also includes a boat ride in the harbor where you often see harbor seals! Arrive by 9:30 and bring change for parking meters - about $3 per day for…


OC Food Bank Service Opportunity

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

*RSVPs for this event become available on Feb 5th at 10am* Come join us for a FUN way to give back! Volunteers work side-by-side to the beat of music packing food boxes that are distributed to hungry people in Orange County and surrounding areas. During this food packing event, we will be packing food boxes for low income senior citizens. We will be working in a warehouse environment so dress accordingly - must wear close toe shoes. Please bring children…


Holiday Skate Center in Orange Meet Up

May 31 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

*RSVP options for this event will become available on Feb 5 at 10am* Please join us as we celebrate the end of a GREAT year at Holiday Skate Center in Orange on Friday, May 31st from 3:30-5:30! You may bring your own roller skates/blades or use the skates provided by Holiday Skate Center. Only $6 for skaters. Please pay at the door and let them know that you are with iLEAD for this special price. Parking is FREE. See you…


Centennial Farm Tour

June 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

*Tickets for this event will become available Feb 5 at 10am* We hope you can join us as we tour the Centennial Farm. The Centennial Farm is a three-acre working farm, home to fruit and vegetable gardens and an array of livestock.We will learn about nutrition and our agricultural roots. We hope to see you there! Free, large parking lot. This field trip is for iLead learners and families only. No refunds available after purchase. *Ticket sales for this event will…


The Velveteen Rabbit – South Coast Repertory

June 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

-------------------SOLD OUT-------------------- This beloved classic novel has been adapted to the stage and is designed for young audiences. Come and enjoy watching this moving story about the power of love and a little bit of magic. Show time begins promptly at 9:30. Meet out in front of the doors at 9:00 AM. Please no children under 5. Park in parking structure for a fee or across the street at South Coast Plaza and walk across the bridge to venue. This field…

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Onizuka Space Science Day

Serious-minded science students in grades 5-12 are invited to attend Onizuka Space Science Day 2019 at El Camino College! Saturday, March 9 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Committee, El Camino College, and American Honda Motor… Read More

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Field Trips in Review

iLEAD Exploration learners have been enjoying this year’s fun and educational field trips. The Valley Trails Native American field trip allowed learners to learn about the daily life of Chumash Native Americans and engage in a variety of hands-on activities such… Read More

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San Diego Museum Month

During the month of February, you can enjoy half-priced admission to over 4o museums in San Diego. For more information on how to pick up your Museum Month Discount Pass, please visit this site.

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February Field Trip Release

We are excited to announce that our spring field trips will be released this week! You can start signing up on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. by logging into our website!

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Read to Succeed!

Attention All Learners in Grades K-6! Six Flags offers a reading incentive program called Read to Succeed. Sign up for the program, complete six hours of recreational reading, and earn a free ticket to Magic Mountain! This is a fun way… Read More

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Field Trip: In-N-Out Seal Beach

iLEAD Exploration learners had the fun privilege of taking a tour of In-N-Out in Seal Beach. Learners were shown where the produce, meat, and dairy products are stored (no freezers here!). They learned how shakes are made and were able… Read More

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