DECEMBER 2019

(TN) December 2-6, 2019, (Group Dates), HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: STRING CITY: NASHVILLE’S TRADITION OF MUSIC AND PUPPETRY, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Grades: K-6. Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, 222 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203, 615-416-2001, info@countrymusichalloffame.org. Learn about Nashville’s emergence as Music City! String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry is a lively telling of our city’s musical legacy. Start with the early days of stringband music and gospel music and the birth of the Grand Ole Opry. Meet the icons of country music as the show travels through time with classic recordings that lead to present-day hits. A unique way to introduce students to their, String City brings history, visual arts, and music together on a single stage. Over thirty country music artists appear in puppet form and every one of them had a hand in helping Nashville become Music City. Let your students discover Nashville’s cultural heritage in a fun, new way! Limited capacity. Tour the museum before or after the performance for a complete field trip experience. https://countrymusichalloffame.org/homeschool-programs

(PA) December 5, 2019, HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM ON COMMUNITY HELPERS: ENGINEERS, 1pm, grade levels 2-8. The Lancaster Science Factory, 454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17602, (717) 509-6363, info@TLSF.org. From roads, to buildings, to your own refrigerator, engineers’ creations are everywhere! In this lesson, students will learn how the forces of physics affect buildings, test their arch-building skills, and work together to build a city. Cost: $15. For questions regarding the registration process or payment, please contact Amanda Bakay at abakay@tlsf.org. For more information, visit https://www.lancastersciencefactory.org/homeschool/.

(OH) December 6, 2019, HOME SCHOOL OPEN SKATE, 1-4 pm, Skatetown USA, 8730 North Pavillion Drive, West Chester Township, OH 45069, 513-874-9855, kenskatetownusa@aol.com. $8 includes regular skate rental. www.skatetownusa.us.

(PA) December 6, 2019, STUDENT MATINEE: THE NUTCRACKER 2019, 11:00 AM. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, 2900 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201-1500, 412-281-0360. A winter wonderland awaits at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker! It’s Christmas Eve in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh when a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure. Journey to a Land of Enchantment filled with swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers and exciting dances set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. Five lavish scenes, dozens of dancers and over 150 costumes make The Nutcracker one of Pittsburgh’s most cherished holiday traditions. Tickets: $14.50. Call 412-454-9101 or email groupsales@pittsburghballet.org. https://www.pbt.org/performances/the-nutcracker/

(NJ) December 6-22, 2019, ELF THE MUSICAL, Performances: Fridays at 7:30PM, Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM. The Growing Stage, The Historic Palace Theatre, Route 183, 7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong, NJ 07857, (973) 347-4946, boxoffice@growingstage.com. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. Recommended Age: Entire Family. Purchase tickets online at http://www.growingstage.com/main/. Group Sales (10 or more) are available by calling the Box Office at (973) 347-4946.

(MD) December 6, 2019, A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE MARYLAND THEATRE, 8 pm. Totem Pole Playhouse, 1-888-805-7056, 717-352-2164. Performance at The Maryland Theatre, 27 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740. The Maryland Theatre presents Totem Pole Playhouse’s critically acclaimed annual production of A Christmas Carol which has received a “Best of the Best” Award from the American Bus Association (ABA) as one of the top 100 events in North America for the past two years in a row. This family-friendly stage adaptation is taken word-for-word from Dickens’ original novel; unlike many secular versions, it restores all of the Christian elements and references to the birth of the Baby Jesus. Tickets: $38, $35, $32. Students: $20 (ages 0 – 18). Student matinees available. Group Tickets, 717-352-2164, option 2. http://www.mdtheatre.org/

(MD) December 7, 2019, A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE MARYLAND THEATRE, 2 pm and 8 pm. Totem Pole Playhouse, 1-888-805-7056, 717-352-2164. Performance at The Maryland Theatre, 27 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740. The Maryland Theatre presents Totem Pole Playhouse’s critically acclaimed annual production of A Christmas Carol which has received a “Best of the Best” Award from the American Bus Association (ABA) as one of the top 100 events in North America for the past two years in a row. This family-friendly stage adaptation is taken word-for-word from Dickens’ original novel; unlike many secular versions, it restores all of the Christian elements and references to the birth of the Baby Jesus. Tickets: $38, $35, $32. Students: $20 (ages 0 – 18). Student matinees available. Group Tickets, 717-352-2164, option 2. http://www.mdtheatre.org/

(SC) December 7, 2019, CHRISTMAS FOR THE BIRDS, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Living History Park, Olde Towne Preservation Association, 299 W. Spring Grove Avenue in North Augusta SC 29841. Please join us at the Living History Park as we remember the birds at Christmas time. We will host a party on Saturday the 7th of December from 10 am to 2 pm to create decorations for the birds to eat throughout the winter! Please bring apples, oranges, peanut butter for the birds and food for our 4-legged friends (dog and cats) to be given to the local pet adoptions centers. Or just bring yourself and the children to share the joy of creating and giving gifts at Christmas. Cider and cookies will be served, and story time will be held at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30. Lots of fun and food for all! For more information contact Lynn Thompson at (803) 279-7560 or lynn@colonialtimes.us or visit www.Colonialtimes.us. Admission: Free

(MD) December 7, 2019, WINTER’S EVE, National Colonial Farm, Accokeek Foundation, 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607, 301.283.2113, info@accokeek.org. Celebrate the season at the Accokeek Foundation’s annual Winter’s Eve celebration! Tour the National Colonial Farm by candlelight while its halls are decked for the holidays, listen to caroling around the bon fire and enjoy roast-your- own chestnuts. Visit the crafting tent to create earth-friendly holiday gifts and make a wreath from farm-fresh greenery. Warm up with a trip to the hot cocoa bar, and don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center to shop National Colonial Farm souvenirs and one-of-a kind gifts from local artists. Free general admission; some activities ticketed. Tickets cost $1/piece and can be purchased at the door. https://accokeekfoundation.org/

(OH) December 7-8, 2019, CHRISTMAS IN ZOAR, 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Historic Zoar, 198 Main Street, Zoar, Ohio 44697, 330-874-3011, 1-800-262-6195, zoarinfo@historiczoarvillage.com. Experience all the joy and cheer of the season during Christmas in Zoar. On Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, enjoy musical entertainment, a juried craft show, tour the village, and more. While in Zoar, makes sure to visit Belsnickle, Santa, and Kristkind, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the village. On Saturday evening, attend a candlelight church service at the Historic Zoar Meeting House (Zoar United Church of Christ), followed by a tree lighting ceremony in the Historic Zoar Garden. Hours are Saturday, December 7 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 2 from 10:30 – 4 p.m. Visit www.historiczoarvillage.com or call 330-874-3011 for more information.

(PA) December 7-8, 2019, 29th ANNUAL OLD TIME CHRISTMAS, 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg PA 18360, 570-992-6161, farm@quietvalley.org. More than any other holiday, Christmas celebrations center on the traditions of our families and our heritage. Begin a new tradition with your family this year with a visit to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, where the Christmas customs of the past are brought to life. From the softly glowing lantern light of the 19th century farm to complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, Old Time Christmas is sure to become a favorite holiday pastime for many years to come. Enjoy a “Victorian family” preparing for an 1890s holiday and the live barnyard Nativity, listen to the story of an early 1800s farm life experience, sing along with the schoolhouse carolers, shiver in anticipation as the PA German folk character, the Belschnikel, comes calling in the farmhouse’s cellar kitchen, and finish your visit at a holiday gift shop abounding with hand crafted treasures for sale. Open to the Public. Small groups go continuously every 15 minutes. The last tour starts at 7:00pm. The total time of your visit will be about an hour and a half to two hours. Admission: Adults $10, Ages (3-12) $5. Please call 570-992-6161 for Group Reservations. Visit http://quietvalley.org/.

(MD) December 8, 2019, A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE MARYLAND THEATRE, 2 pm. Totem Pole Playhouse, 1-888-805-7056, 717-352-2164. Performance at The Maryland Theatre, 27 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740. The Maryland Theatre presents Totem Pole Playhouse’s critically acclaimed annual production of A Christmas Carol which has received a “Best of the Best” Award from the American Bus Association (ABA) as one of the top 100 events in North America for the past two years in a row. This family-friendly stage adaptation is taken word-for-word from Dickens’ original novel; unlike many secular versions, it restores all of the Christian elements and references to the birth of the Baby Jesus. Tickets: $38, $35, $32. Students: $20 (ages 0 – 18). Student matinees available. Group Tickets, 717-352-2164, option 2. http://www.mdtheatre.org/

(MI) December 8, 2019, FAMILY SERIES: THE FLUTE AS A BIRD. Lansing Symphony Orchestra, 517-487-5001, info@lansingsymphony.org . Held at Downtown Lansing Library. Join LSO flutist/piccoloist Kathryne Salo as she explores the workings of the flute family, including alto flute, flute, and piccolo. Very often employed to portray a bird, watch as the flute is taken through the years to showcase its virtuosity. From classical music to today’s modern uses, the flute is versatile, and as fleeting as a bird. For information, visit https://www.lansingsymphony.org/education-family/family-series.

(MI) December 9, 2019, FAMILY SERIES: A BAROQUE SANDWICH WITH A 21ST CENTURY BUN. Lansing Symphony Orchestra, 517-487-5001, info@lansingsymphony.org. Held at Downtown Lansing Library. Join LSO flutist/piccoloist Kathryne Salo as she explores the workings of the flute family, including alto flute, flute, and piccolo. Very often employed to portray a bird, watch as the flute is taken through the years to showcase its virtuosity. From classical music to today’s modern uses, the flute is versatile, and as fleeting as a bird. For information, visit https://www.lansingsymphony.org/education-family/family-series.

December 9-13, 2019, COLONIAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHES AND TOURS! 10:30-1:00 or 12:00-2:30. American Village Citizenship Trust, 3727 Highway 119, Montevallo, AL 35115, (205) 665-3535. We are now taking reservations for our annual COLONIAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHES AND TOURS! Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 9-10-11-12-13, 10:30-1:00 or 12:00-2:30. Tickets are $30 each and include a delicious luncheon in the East Room of the White House with hostess Abigail Adams. Your tour of the American Village includes several vignettes with our talented costumed historical interpreters, including visits to the Colonial Chapel, Barn and Meeting House. Call (205) 665-3535 x 1031 or email Christmas@AmericanVillage.org to reserve your seats. From large groups to individuals, we can accommodate you. http://www.americanvillage.org/

(PA) December 11, 2019, HOMESCHOOL WORKSHOP: WHAT’S THE MATTER? 10 am–noon. Ages 5-7. Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-237-3400. Uncover the importance of the three states of matter as you experiment with solids, liquids, and gases, and all of the transitions between them. Workshop cost: $15 Member / $18 Nonmember. Register by phone: 412-237-3400, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (Monday-Friday). For more information, visit http://carnegiesciencecenter.org/programs/homeschool/.

(PA) December 11, 2019, HOMESCHOOL WORKSHOP: SCIENCE IS FOR THE BIRDS, 10 am–noon. Ages 8-10. Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-237-3400. Explore the unique properties of birds as you dissect an owl pellet, test out the strength of bird bones, and investigate beak shapes. Workshop cost: $15 Member / $18 Nonmember. Register by phone: 412-237-3400, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (Monday-Friday). For more information, visit http://carnegiesciencecenter.org/programs/homeschool/.

(PA) December 11, 2019, HOMESCHOOL WORKSHOP: SHORT CIRCUIT, 1–3 pm. Ages 11-13. Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-237-3400. Go beyond simple circuits as you test an electromagnet, make a paper plate speaker, and create light-up projects. Workshop cost: $15 Member / $18 Nonmember. Register by phone: 412-237-3400, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (Monday-Friday). For more information, visit http://carnegiesciencecenter.org/programs/homeschool/.

(PA) December 11, 2019, SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: THE NUTCRACKER AT ZOELLNER! 10 am. Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, 556 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 610-865-0353, pyb@rcn.com. Performance at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA. This 51st production of The Nutcracker will feature approximately one hundred cast members composed of dancers from Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and adult community volunteers. Professional guest dancers will be announced on our website! This year’s production will again be enhanced by live music, The Southside Sinfonietta, conducted by Eugene Albulescu, as well as a children’s choir, composed of Lehigh Valley school students. A School Performance Guide is available for educators to use to prepare their students ahead of time about The Nutcracker ballet, music, and the arts. For more information about our organization or to receive a School Performance Guide, please e-mail pyb@rcn.com, or call our office at 610-865-0353. Special Discounted Rate for School Students! Call 610-838-2257 or email markjen@ptd.net. https://www.bglv.org/performances/

(PA) December 12, 2019, SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: THE NUTCRACKER AT ZOELLNER! 9:45 am & 12:30 pm. Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, 556 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 610-865-0353, pyb@rcn.com. Performance at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA. This 51st production of The Nutcracker will feature approximately one hundred cast members composed of dancers from Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and adult community volunteers. Professional guest dancers will be announced on our website! This year’s production will again be enhanced by live music, The Southside Sinfonietta, conducted by Eugene Albulescu, as well as a children’s choir, composed of Lehigh Valley school students. A School Performance Guide is available for educators to use to prepare their students ahead of time about The Nutcracker ballet, music, and the arts. For more information about our organization or to receive a School Performance Guide, please e-mail pyb@rcn.com, or call our office at 610-865-0353. Special Discounted Rate for School Students! Call 610-838-2257 or email markjen@ptd.net. https://www.bglv.org/performances/

(FL) December 12 & 13, 2019, THE FIRST COAST NUTCRACKER, 10:30AM. Jacksonville Symphony, 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, (904) 354-5547. The First Coast Nutcracker has been a beloved tradition in Northeast Florida for over 40 years. Experience Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet as it should be experienced: with a live, full symphony orchestra, as only the Jacksonville Symphony presents it. Tickets are $10 each for students and chaperones for our school performances – grades K – 12 are welcome. For more information, please visit https://www.jaxsymphony.org/community-programs/nutcracker-educational-performances/ or email nutcracker@jaxsymphony.org.

(PA) December 12-13, 2019, STUDENT DISCOVERY SERIES: PHILADANCOXmas Philes, 10:30 AM, Grades 2+. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6219, For tickets, call 215.898.3900. An Annenberg Center original commission returns to its roots! Choreographed by Daniel Ezralow, Xmas Philes pairs PHILADANCO’s colorful tapestry of movement with popular Christmas music in this an eagerly anticipated December tradition. Called “infectious fun” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Xmas Philes celebrates the holidays with humor, Christmas classics and beautiful, contemporary dance. This performance is part of our weekday Student Discovery series. For more information and to order tickets, call 215.573.8827 or email groups@ac.upenn.edu. https://annenbergcenter.org/events/studentdiscovery.php

(PA) December 13, 2019, SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: THE NUTCRACKER AT ZOELLNER! 10 am. Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, 556 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 610-865-0353, pyb@rcn.com. Performance at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA. This 51st production of The Nutcracker will feature approximately one hundred cast members composed of dancers from Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and adult community volunteers. Professional guest dancers will be announced on our website! This year’s production will again be enhanced by live music, The Southside Sinfonietta, conducted by Eugene Albulescu, as well as a children’s choir, composed of Lehigh Valley school students. A School Performance Guide is available for educators to use to prepare their students ahead of time about The Nutcracker ballet, music, and the arts. For more information about our organization or to receive a School Performance Guide, please e-mail pyb@rcn.com, or call our office at 610-865-0353. Special Discounted Rate for School Students! Call 610-838-2257 or email markjen@ptd.net. https://www.bglv.org/performances/

(MD) December 13, 2019, HOLIDAY POPS: THE BROADWAY TENORS, 8 PM, Annapolis Symphony Maryland Hall 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. ‘Tis the Season! The Broadway Tenors join the Symphony to bring the greatest holiday songs to life. From classics like The Christmas Song to new favorites like All I Want for Christmas is You, this concert is the perfect way to make your spirit bright. Call the Symphony Box Office at 410-263-0907 to make a purchase tickets or purchase online at annapolissymphony.org.

(NC) December 14, 2019, GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Open to All Ages. Community Council for the Arts, 400 N. Queen Street, Kinston, North Carolina 28501, (252) 527-2517, opsmanager@kinstoncca.com. Visit www.kinstoncca.com for more information. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. $20 per gingerbread house. Reservations required. Space and houses limited. Visit www.kinstoncca.com for more information and to register.

(MA) December 14, 2019, EMILY DICKINSON BIRTHDAY OPEN HOUSE, 1-4PM. The Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street, Amherst MA 01002, (413) 542-8161, info@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org. Join us for an Open House in celebration of Emily Dickinson’s birthday! All are welcome to visit, and no admission fee or reservation is required. https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/.

(PA) December 14, 2019, ICE CREAM WITH SANTA, 4-8 pm. Turkey Hill Experience 301 Linden Street, Columbia, PA 17512, 1-844-847-4884 (1-844-VISIT-TH) You are invited to join Santa for an evening filled with fun activities, beautiful decorations, and of course, plenty of delicious Turkey Hill Ice Cream! Kids 0-12 will: Sit and listen while Santa reads a Christmas story; Create a holiday card to send to someone special; Make a holiday craft to take home; Sample Mrs. Claus’ fresh baked cookies; Enjoy a holiday ice cream creation; Make a lifetime of memories! Reservations are required for this event. Make reservation online at http://turkeyhillexperience.com/events/. Ages 2-12: $14.95. Ages 13+: $9.95. Under 2: FREE.

(NY) December 14 & 15, 2019, CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM Each Day. Sanborn Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132. Bring the kids 2 to 8 to sit on Santa’s lap & receive a present. Free Admission and Public is Invited. http://www.sanbornhistory.org/events.htm

(PA) December 14-15, 2019, 29th ANNUAL OLD TIME CHRISTMAS, 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg PA 18360, 570-992-6161, farm@quietvalley.org. More than any other holiday, Christmas celebrations center on the traditions of our families and our heritage. Begin a new tradition with your family this year with a visit to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, where the Christmas customs of the past are brought to life. From the softly glowing lantern light of the 19th century farm to complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, Old Time Christmas is sure to become a favorite holiday pastime for many years to come. Enjoy a “Victorian family” preparing for an 1890s holiday and the live barnyard Nativity, listen to the story of an early 1800s farm life experience, sing along with the schoolhouse carolers, shiver in anticipation as the PA German folk character, the Belschnikel, comes calling in the farmhouse’s cellar kitchen, and finish your visit at a holiday gift shop abounding with hand crafted treasures for sale. Open to the Public. Small groups go continuously every 15 minutes. The last tour starts at 7:00pm. The total time of your visit will be about an hour and a half to two hours. Admission: Adults $10, Ages (3-12) $5. Please call 570-992-6161 for Group Reservations. Visit http://quietvalley.org/.

(NY) December 15, 2019, YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS: “FROM SEEDS TO WISDOM: EXPLORING HAUDENOSAUNEE CYCLES,” 12:30-2pm. The History Center in Tompkins County, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Join us for our new series of youth & family programs, “From Seeds to Wisdom: Exploring Haudenosaunee Cycles,” in partnership with members of the Haudenosaunee community. Each month will explore a different aspect of Haudenosaunee culture & history. FREE to all! Kids ages 6-12 years old and your caregivers, please join us! For more information, contact Julia at eightsquare@thehistorycenter.net or 607-273-8284 x229. https://thehistorycenter.net/

(KY) December 17, 2019, THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER, 11:00 am-12:15 pm. Performance at Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202. Delight in excerpts from both acts of this holiday classic and follow Marie’s journey through the Land of Sweets as she meets the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Rat King! By day, he’s an ordinary nutcracker. By night, he’s an exemplary soldier, fighting against the Rat King and his minions. Then, after midnight, he’s a charming prince who escorts the young Marie to the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets. He’s also a terrific dancer. Suffice it to say, he’s a complicated, multi-dimensional character who your whole family will fall in love with. All student tickets are $10, with one FREE chaperone ticket provided per 10 student tickets. Additional adult tickets are available for $20 each. Payment for student matinees is due three weeks prior to the performance. Cancellations may be made until 30 days prior to the performance. After this deadline, field trip reservations become a final sale. To reserve a spot, fill out our online form at https://www.louisvilleballet.org/community-engagement/student-matinees/. Do you have questions about our Student Matinees? Send us an email at outreach@louisvilleballet.org or give us a call at (502) 583-3150 x251! Don’t miss this Louisville classic: The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.

(PA) December 18, 2019, HOMESCHOOL HAPPENINGS, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Visitor Center, 1700 Hawk Mountain Rd, Kempton, PA 19529, 610-756-6961, info@hawkmountain.org. Homeschooled students are invited to join us on the Mountain monthly for experiential learning! Topics will focus on phenology of the Appalachian forest ecosystem. Programs are designed for K-12 students and are filled with hands-on learning activities both inside and outdoors. Cost: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members. Price covers 1 parent and 1 child. For more information or to register, contact info@hawkmountain.org or visit www.hawkmountain.org.

(PA) December 18, 2010, HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: SPACE INVESTIGATIONS, 10 am-noon, Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA 19611, 610-371-5850. Homeschool families: join educators from the Museum for an exciting morning filled with special tours and hands-on projects that the whole family can enjoy! programs are designed for elementary school age students (younger and older siblings are welcome to participate). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Deadline to reserve is 24 hours before the event. Please contact Coleen Mikucki at coleen.mikucki@readingpublicmuseum.org or call 610.371.5850 x227. Members: $15 (1 adult and 1 child); $5 for each additional child or adult; Non-Members: $20 (1 adult and 1 child); $7 for each additional child or adult. For more information, visit https://www.readingpublicmuseum.org/homeschool-days.

(PA) December 19, 2019, HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: CULINARY ARTS, 1pm, grade levels 2-8. The Lancaster Science Factory, 454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17602, (717) 509-6363, info@TLSF.org. Cooking and baking are chemistry, math, and experimentation – it’s STEM! Learn about measurements and conversions and then make some edible science to celebrate the final lesson of the season! Cost: $15. For questions regarding the registration process or payment, please contact Amanda Bakay at abakay@tlsf.org. For more information, visit https://www.lancastersciencefactory.org/homeschool/.

(PA) December 19, 2019, HOMESCHOOL WORKSHOP: WHAT’S THE MATTER? 10 am–noon. Ages 5-7. Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-237-3400. Uncover the importance of the three states of matter as you experiment with solids, liquids, and gases, and all of the transitions between them. Workshop cost: $15 Member / $18 Nonmember. Register by phone: 412-237-3400, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (Monday-Friday). For more information, visit http://carnegiesciencecenter.org/programs/homeschool/.

(PA) December 19, 2019, HOMESCHOOL WORKSHOP: SCIENCE IS FOR THE BIRDS, 10 am–noon. Ages 8-10. Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-237-3400. Explore the unique properties of birds as you dissect an owl pellet, test out the strength of bird bones, and investigate beak shapes. Workshop cost: $15 Member / $18 Nonmember. Register by phone: 412-237-3400, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (Monday-Friday). For more information, visit http://carnegiesciencecenter.org/programs/homeschool/.

(PA) December 19, 2019, HOMESCHOOL WORKSHOP: ROBOT ACADEMY, 1–3 pm. Ages 14+. Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-237-3400. Try your hand at programming educational robots Root and Sphero as you practice using sensors, building code, and completing challenges. Workshop cost: $15 Member / $18 Nonmember. Register by phone: 412-237-3400, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (Monday-Friday). For more information, visit http://carnegiesciencecenter.org/programs/homeschool/.

(KY) December 19, 2019, THE BROWN-FORMAN NUTCRACKER, 11:00 am-12:15 pm. Performance at Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202. Delight in excerpts from both acts of this holiday classic and follow Marie’s journey through the Land of Sweets as she meets the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Rat King! By day, he’s an ordinary nutcracker. By night, he’s an exemplary soldier, fighting against the Rat King and his minions. Then, after midnight, he’s a charming prince who escorts the young Marie to the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets. He’s also a terrific dancer. Suffice it to say, he’s a complicated, multi-dimensional character who your whole family will fall in love with. All student tickets are $10, with one FREE chaperone ticket provided per 10 student tickets. Additional adult tickets are available for $20 each. Payment for student matinees is due three weeks prior to the performance. Cancellations may be made until 30 days prior to the performance. After this deadline, field trip reservations become a final sale. To reserve a spot, fill out our online form at https://www.louisvilleballet.org/community-engagement/student-matinees/. Do you have questions about our Student Matinees? Send us an email at outreach@louisvilleballet.org or give us a call at (502) 583-3150 x251! Don’t miss this Louisville classic, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.

(PA) December 20 & 21, 2019, TOTEM POLE PRESENTS: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 8 pm. Totem Pole Playhouse, 1-888-805-7056, 717-352-2164. Performance at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325. This all new adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” simply and directly tells the redemption of the human soul and preserves the beautiful language, charm and humor of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Set in Victorian England, the miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, who informs him that he will be visited by three spirits: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Christmas Yet to Come. Scrooge meets these specters and learns a great deal from his past and present and glimpses what the future is to be. Produced in association with Gettysburg Community Theatre. For group bookings school bookings and general information, contact Renee Rankin, Totem Pole Playhouse, Group Tickets at 717-352-2164, option 2. http://gettysburgmajestic.org.

(NY) December 21, 2019, QUARTET/CAROLING AT THE FARM, 6:30-8:00 PM. Sanborn Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132. Free Admission and Public is Invited. http://www.sanbornhistory.org/events.htm

(PA) December 21, 2019, ICE CREAM WITH SANTA, 4-8 pm. Turkey Hill Experience 301 Linden Street, Columbia, PA 17512, 1-844-847-4884 (1-844-VISIT-TH) You are invited to join Santa for an evening filled with fun activities, beautiful decorations, and of course, plenty of delicious Turkey Hill Ice Cream! Kids 0-12 will: Sit and listen while Santa reads a Christmas story; Create a holiday card to send to someone special; Make a holiday craft to take home; Sample Mrs. Claus’ fresh baked cookies; Enjoy a holiday ice cream creation; Make a lifetime of memories! Reservations are required for this event. Make reservation online at http://turkeyhillexperience.com/events/. Ages 2-12: $14.95. Ages 13+: $9.95. Under 2: FREE.

(PA) December 21 & 22, 2019, TOTEM POLE PRESENTS: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 2 pm. Totem Pole Playhouse, 1-888-805-7056, 717-352-2164. Performance at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325. This all new adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” simply and directly tells the redemption of the human soul and preserves the beautiful language, charm and humor of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Set in Victorian England, the miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, who informs him that he will be visited by three spirits: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Christmas Yet to Come. Scrooge meets these specters and learns a great deal from his past and present and glimpses what the future is to be. Produced in association with Gettysburg Community Theatre. For group bookings school bookings and general information, contact Renee Rankin, Totem Pole Playhouse, Group Tickets at 717-352-2164, option 2. http://gettysburgmajestic.org.

 

 

 

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