Field Trips

A guided tour takes place during Heritage Days.

Overview

Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park is a popular location for field trips due to its interactive environment. Students of all ages will be given an opportunity for hands-on learning by literally stepping into Lakewood's history. The center offers guided tours of historical structures and in-school outreach options.

 

Interested?

Contact Steve Luebke, Museum Program Specialist

Phone: 303-987-7850
Email: LHCPrograms@lakewood.org

Download our Educator Guide(PDF, 3MB)

Guided School Tours 

The following educational programs align with Colorado Academic Standards and can be adjusted to accommodate a variety of groups including Scouts, homeschool classes and senior trips.

 

The Scientific and Cultural Collaborative, an organization funded by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District tax, provides limited additional funding for nonprofit groups in the seven-county Denver metro area. Please make requests at the time of reservation. Ask about the free museum galleries, scavenger hunts and Kountze Lake bird walks for more low-cost options. 

If you have accessibility needs, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance so that we can do our best to make the proper accommodations.

Need-to-know information

  • 20 minute activity rotation
  • 15 students per rotation
  • $1 per student and chaperone per rotation
  • Free for ages 3 and under, teachers and aides

Tour Themes

The following rotations can be mixed and matched. Each rotation costs $1 and lasts 20 minutes. The site can accommodate up to 200 students at one time.

GENERAL TOUR

The general tour is one hour in length with a maximum of 30 students.

Experience all of the historic buildings at the Lakewood Heritage Center. Go back in time, starting with the diner, beauty salon and variety store. Compare these mid-century buildings with the 1920s school and the 1930s home. This tour is limited to 30 students per hour.

Agricultural

Students will explore what life was like on an early 20th century farm before modern technology. Touch vintage tractors, build a kit house and create your own Victory Garden.

  • Farm Equipment Tour
  • Hayride
  • Mountain Mining
  • Silent Movie Science
  • Victory Garden

Commercial Growth

What do a variety store, motel and beauty salon have in common? All were types of businesses that contributed to increased commercial growth after World War II. Students will discover how much money it cost to purchase a toy or a haircut while sitting in an authentic 1948 diner.

  • 1940s Diner
  • 1950s Motel
  • Midcentury Variety Store & Beauty Salon 

Community Culture in the Home

What was home life like for children in the 1920s and 1930s? Students will experience a day in the life of a 1920s child, complete with games and chores from the early 20th century. They will also learn about the era of the Great Depression while interacting with a hands-on kitchen.

  • 1920s Farmhouse
  • 1920s Schoolhouse
  • 1930s Farmhouse

Historical Trunk Program

Get up close and personal with real artifacts while exploring Colorado's culture and history. See the change in fashion through the years, calculate the changing cost of a car, discover how world events affected communities and learn about pop culture trends such as rock ‘n’ roll and lava lamps.

Decade Trunks: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s   

Heritage Days 

Date/Time: May 6-8, 2020, 9:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $8 per student

Download Reservation Form(PDF, 821KB)

Heritage Days is a fun and educational living history experience designed for elementary-age students, best suited for grades 2-5. Registration is now open. Please use the Reservation Form(PDF, 821KB) to register.

Activities for students

Activities are teamed with the Colorado Academic Standards for social studies including but not limited to 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 3.1 & 4.1.

  1. Make your own Victory Garden. During World War I and World War II, the entire United States participated in a type of urban and suburban homesteading called a “victory garden.” Students will explore early 1900s farming through a real-life garden. They will also create and take home their own planted seed.

  2. Silent Movie Science. Before there were color televisions, there were silent black-and-white films. After a short lesson about how cameras and eyes work, participants will work together in groups to create a kit house (an early 1900s prefabricated structure). Students will then enjoy a hilarious silent film about life in the 1920s.

  3. Day in the Country School “Children, take a seat at your desk. Make sure to sit properly and don’t forget to put coal in the stove.” Students will have the opportunity to explore a school day in rural 1920s Lakewood. Using McGuffey Readers, lessons and recitations, participants will experience a day in the museum’s historic schoolhouse.

  4. Little Miners. Children as young as eight years old worked in the coal mines one hundred years ago. Visualizing the difficult work of coal mining as a job will be balanced by a fun sluice box activity where students prospect for gold and a blacksmithing demonstration to explain how metals could be used in the 1900s.

  5. Blacksmithing. A demonstration that encourages attendees to visualize different types of jobs, and imagine the role they played one hundred years ago as compared to today.

If you have accessibility needs, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance so that we can do our best to make the proper accommodations.

Outreach

Get up close and personal with real artifacts while exploring Colorado's culture and history. See the change in fashion through the years, calculate the changing cost of a car, discover how world events affected communities and learn about pop culture trends such as rock ‘n’ roll and lava lamps.


Decade Trunks: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

Cost: $50 with a presenter for a 1-hour program, $40 per day without a presenter.