GUIDE TO FIELD TRIPS, WINTER ACTIVITIES & FAMILY VACATIONS

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Alabama

AMERICAN VILLAGE, 3727 Highway 119, Montevallo, AL 35115, (205) 665-3535, contact@americanvillage.org. The American Village is a unique American history and civics education center located on a 188-acre campus in the heart of the Southeast, just south of Birmingham. It is nationally recognized for its programs to engage and inspire young people to learn more about the stories of America’s founding. Here the principles of liberty and self-government come to life in hands-on participatory experiences. Whether you teach social studies, reading, history, civics, government, or related subjects, the American Village experience has something to offer your students – from early learners through high school. Over 750,000 students from Alabama and Southeastern states have been part of this revolutionary experience since the Village opened 20 years ago. www.americanvillage.org.

GULF SHORES & ORANGE BEACH, 877-341-2400, info@gulfshores.com. Sugar-white sand, turquoise water and southern hospitality make Alabama’s Gulf Coast the perfect place to create unforgettable memories while your children receive real-life history and science lessons. It is where vague concepts leap off the textbook page into vibrant sensory experiences. Tour the many unique, historical museums and sites throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach including historic forts, Native American museums, antebellum mansions, military history, maritime and railroad museums and much more. GulfShores.com.

SACRED WAY SANCTUARY, 4409 County Road 200, Florence, Alabama 35633, 256-648-0582, sacredwaysanctuaryhorses@gmail.com. Sacred Way Sanctuary is a research, education, and preservation facility dedicated to honoring the history of the horse in the Americas and its relationship with Native Nations. Our 100-acre wildlife preserve provides a safe haven for a rare breed of horse – the Ancient Horse of the Americas. Our Visitor’s Center offers the following: An Interpretive Center and Museum, which combines artifacts and cutting edge research to tell a remarkable story; a Trading Post, featuring high quality, authentic traditional arts and crafts; and an outdoor meeting and teaching space where students and families can learn about Native heritage of the area and Native history, in general. * Visitation of our preserve is limited to research and educational purposes to preserve the integrity of their habitat. www.sacredwaysanctuary.org

Connecticut

CONNECTICUT RIVER MUSEUM, 67 Main St, Essex, CT 06426, (860) 767-8269, sburns@ctrivermuseum.org. Visit the Connecticut River Museum and discover New England’s Great River! Take part in science and social studies workshops. Use art, artifacts and primary documents to dive into amazing stories like Bushnell’s Turtle and the British Raid on Essex. Explore transportation history and how people use natural resources. Experiment with pollution and conservation in a wet lab or take a boat cruise up the River to explore the spectacular ecosystem of the lower tidal valley. The interactive workshops serve grades K-12 and connect to state curriculum standards in multiple subject areas. The Museum offers a monthly homeschool series October – June as well as the opportunity to schedule specific programs for your group or co-op. Museum based and outreach programs available. Summer Adventure Camps in July and August are also available for children ages 6-12. For more information: ctrivermuseum.org. www.facebook.com/ctrivermuseum.

GIRLS INC. OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT, 35 Park Place, Waterbury, CT 06702, 203-756-4639, info@girlsincswct.org. Our learning enrichment programs are offered year round and stimulate girls’ minds, inspire their creativity, and enhance their learning environments for every girl, every day! Our programs provide a fun, recreational approach to learning, exploring and experimenting. Our girls participate in program activities and experiences that build self-confidence and resilience, enabling them to set and achieve goals, and lead productive, independent, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Our girls develop leadership, advocacy, motivation and practical life skills to take charge of their decisions and their goals today and throughout their lives. Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold! www.girlsincswct.org.

HUNGERFORD NATURE CENTER, New Britain Youth Museum, 191 Farmington Avenue, Berlin CT 06037, (860) 827-9064. https://www.newbritainyouthmuseum.org/.

MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT MUSEUM & RESEARCH CENTER, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338, 1-800-411-9641. We educate and inspire with the stories of the land and its Native peoples. Covering 20,000 years of Native American and natural history. Pequotmuseum.org.

SPECTRUM ART GALLERY, 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT 06409, (860)767-0742, events@spectrumartgallery.org. AFTERSCHOOL DRAWING & PAINTING for ages 7-11. Students practice drawing and painting from life as well as from the imagination exploring watercolor and acrylics and the tools & techniques associated with each of these mediums. Weds and Thurs begins Sept. 25th and 26th 4:45-5:45. Cost $120. AFTERSCHOOL 3D SCULPTURE Fun for Ages 7-11. Young artists use a variety of art materials to create 3 Dimensional forms from paper maché fruit to ceramic animal bowls learning the skills and techniques associated with each medium. Additional projects include making their own salt dough, clay miniature tiles and pendants! Weds. and Thurs. begins Sept. 25th and 26th. 3:30-4:30. Cost: $120. SATURDAY AM PROGRAM for Ages 7-11. 3D Sculpture Fun. Same description as above begins Sept. 28th 10-11am. Cost $120. SATURDAY AM PROGRAM for Ages 7-11. Sky is the Limit with Mixed Media. Students combine various mediums to make unique and self expressive art learning the art elements and technical skills relevant to each medium. Projects include Paper Maché bowls, Clay Slab Weaving and Chihuli inspired Faux Glass Sculptures. Begins Sat. Sept. 28th 11:15-12:15. Cost: $115. All programs are held at Spectrum Art Gallery, 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT. http://www.spectrumartgallery.org/

SUBMARINE FORCE LIBRARY AND MUSEUM ASSOCIATION, 1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton, CT 06340, 860-448-0893, admin@sflma.org. The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, maintains the world’s finest collection of submarine artifacts. The museum traces the development of the “Silent Service” from David Bushnell’s Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the Ohio and Virginia class submarines. We offer group tours, educational programs, movies and a beautiful gift shop. Open Weds-Sunday 9:00 to 5:00 May 1 to September 30 and 9:00 to 4:00 October 1 to April 30. CLOSED on Tuesdays. Admission and Parking are always FREE! ussnautilus.org

Delaware

NEMOURS ESTATE, 850 Alapocas Drive Wilmington, DE, 19803 (mailing address is 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803), 302-651-6917, annie.thomas-bubel@nemours.org. Nemours Estate is a historic property featuring an early 20th century mansion and 200 acres of gardens and grounds. We share a campus and a legacy with the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children located next door. We offer custom educational experiences for small groups on a wide range of topics. Our interpretive strengths are: philanthropy, history, art, horticulture, engineering, and well-being. We are happy to create a personalized experience for your group. Program cost is $5 per person for a 30 minute to 2-hour session. Space is limited and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs are available from May through December 2020. www.nemoursestate.org

DELAWARE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, 302-655-7161, deinfo@dehistory.org. The mission of the Delaware Historical Society today is to serve as the statewide, non-profit organization that preserves, explores, shares and promotes Delaware history, heritage and culture to strengthen our community. The Delaware Historical Society has designed programs to enhance your Delaware history curriculum through engaging and interactive learning within the Delaware History Museum and the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage. Programs at these two sites will enhance your classroom curriculum by teaching students about Delaware’s history through hands-on, inquiry based, active learning. Students will explore and experience important events and themes in state and national history. http://dehistory.org/

Florida

APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART, 4333 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala, FL 34471, 352-291-4455, AppletonMuseum@cf.edu The Appleton Museum of Art has a permanent collection of approximately 18,000 objects including European, American, Asian, African, Contemporary and pre-Columbian art and artifacts. The 81,610-square-foot museum is an award-winning contemporary interpretation of classical architecture featuring 30,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to the collection, with an additional 4,000 square feet devoted to temporary exhibitions. The museum also features a 250-seat auditorium, a conference room, courtyard café, and several studio spaces. The Appleton’s ARTSpace, an interactive art-making space for all ages, is open for use during the museum’s operating hours. The Appleton offers a full schedule of art classes and workshops year-round for all ages. AppletonMuseum.org.

JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY, 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, (904) 354-5547. The Jacksonville Symphony provides a variety of educational concert opportunities throughout the school year that can enhance your music curriculum and educational experiences. Each fall and spring thousands of elementary grade students visit Jacoby Symphony Hall to enjoy 45 – 60 minute age-appropriate symphony performances. Throughout the season, we offer concert experiences for middle and high school grades though our Students at the Symphony program. More information about all of our educational programs may be found on our website at www.jaxsymphony.org/field-trips/.

Georgia

SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER, 1301 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901, 706-826-4700, kim@sacredheartaugusta.org. Built in c. 1899, Sacred Heart Cultural Center is a former Catholic Church and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places boasting 94 original stained-glass windows, Italian marble altars and fifteen distinct brick patterns. The site is now home to various cultural activities including choral concerts, art exhibits, holiday events, silent movie screenings and the annual Garden Festival. The former rectory is home to the business offices of several arts groups. Sacred Heart Cultural Center welcome individuals from across the Central Savannah River Area and visitors from throughout the Nation and beyond. www.sacredheartaugusta.org.

STORYLAND THEATRE, Post Office Box 14875, Augusta GA 30919-0875, 706-736-3455, storylandtheatre@gmail.com. STORYLAND THEATRE, Grover Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta University, 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904, 706-736-3455, storylandtheatre@gmail.com. Storyland Theatre, an Augusta nonprofit, presents full-scale original plays and musicals for children, performed by adults. Our 32nd Season of Musicals includes: “Mademoiselle Hood Meets Le Wolf”, a fractured fairytale musical featuring Cinderella, Prince Charming, Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf and other fun characters (10/22-25/2019 with Matinee 10/26; “Rapunzel”, the traditional fairytale with beautiful music (1/28-31/2020) with Matinee 2/1; and “Beauty and the Beast”, our original musical, 3/31-4/3/2020 with Matinee 4/4. A Theatre Etiquette Speech opens each show. Shows are 9:30 AM, 10:45 AM & 12:15 PM Tuesday through Friday. Reservations are required. State Standards and Storyland Lesson Plan Ideas available by grade for GA/SC. Saturday Matinees are for the Community at 3 PM- no reservations. Meet the actors for autographs and photos after the Matinee. Special rates for Homeschools at School Shows and Matinees. Free to Military Families. www.storylandtheatre.org.

Kentucky

LOUISVILLE BALLET, 315 E Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202, 502-583-3150 x259, outreach@louisvilleballet.org. Looking for a unique educational experience? Join Louisville Ballet at a specially designed student matinee! Educators and students have the opportunity to enjoy a live performance while getting a behind-the-scenes look at ballet and the performing arts. All student matinees are one hour and include excerpts from the production performed by Louisville Ballet. In addition, educators receive a comprehensive Resource Pack before the performance to enhance the experience for students. All student tickets are $10, with one FREE chaperone ticket provided per 10 student tickets. Additional adult tickets are available for $20 each. https://www.louisvilleballet.org/community-engagement/student-matinees/

THE FILSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1310 S. 3rd Street, Louisville, KY 40208, (502) 635-5083, info@filsonhistorical.org. The Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is a privately supported historical society dedicated to preserving the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region. After 130 years of collecting documents, artifacts, and art . . . we ran out of room! We’ve spent several years remedying that problem, and in October 2016 the dust finally cleared and we opened the newly built Owsley Brown II History Center and newly renovated Ferguson Mansion. We have three rotating public exhibits, two event spaces, and five floors of additional archive space. We hope you’ll stop by, explore the period rooms of the historic Ferguson Mansion, attend a program in the History Center, get a glimpse of the past in our new exhibits, or dig into your family’s history with our updated library and research areas. www.filsonhistorical.org.

Maryland

ACCOKEEK FOUNDATION IN PISCATAWAY PARK, 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607, 301) 283-2113, info@accokeek.org. Experience hands-on history, explore nature, and meet rare breeds of livestock in Piscataway Park! Piscataway Park is a national park site on the Maryland shore of the Potomac River, established to protect the view from George Washington’s Mount Vernon and preserve a landscape that encompasses more than 10,000 years of human history. In partnership with the National Park Service, the Accokeek Foundation stewards 200 acres of Piscataway Park, operates the National Colonial Farm, and provides educational programming to students and visitors. Check the calendar online for special Homeschool family programs and events! www.accokeekfoundation.org.

ANNAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, MARYLAND HALL, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, 410-263-0907, info@annapolissymphony.org. The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is the leading performing arts organization in Maryland’s capital city. Featuring 70 professional musicians who perform for audiences of all ages, the mission of the Symphony is to produce, present, and promote memorable symphonic music that increases the awareness, enjoyment, and appreciation for all ages throughout the region. This is Capital Sound! https://annapolissymphony.org/events/

CHESAPEAKE BAY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER, 600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville, MD 21638, 410-827-6694, ayoungk@bayrestoration.org. Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) located in Grasonville, MD offers 510 acres for you to explore! We strive to promote stewardship and sustainability through hands-on, feet wet environmental education and we invite you to join us for a day. Our educators are here to cater to your students’ science curriculum and are willing to modify our lessons or offer specific activities based on your homeschool lessons. https://www.bayrestoration.org/

GREENBELT MUSEUM, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Maryland 20770, 301-507-6582, info@greenbeltmuseum.org, https://www.greenbeltmuseum.org/.

HAGERSTOWN ROUNDHOUSE MUSEUM, 296 S. Burhans Blvd, Hagerstown, MD 21740, 301-739-4665, info@roundhouse.org. The original Hagerstown Roundhouse was taken down in March of 1999. The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Roundhouse as well as railroading in Western Maryland. Despite the destruction of this beautiful Maryland landmark, there is much to see and hear while visiting the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum including: Outdoor train yard with rolling stock; Indoor model railroad layouts; Artifacts including pictures, lights, lanterns, bells, whistles, tools, etc; Railroad Library and Research Room; Picture displays of local railroad facilities. Tours for groups of 20 or more available at other times by appointment. Please call for information. www.roundhouse.org

HAMMOND-HARWOOD HOUSE MUSEUM, 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401, 1-410-263-4683, info@hammondharwoodhouse.org. The Hammond-Harwood House is a stellar example of classical 18th century architecture, a five part Anglo-Palladian mansion that features some of the best woodcarving and plasterwork in America. Located in Annapolis, Maryland, the Hammond-Harwood House (1774) is said to have the most beautiful doorway in Colonial America. The last project of the renowned architect, William Buckland, this National Historic Landmark contains an outstanding collection of John Shaw furniture and Charles Willson Peale paintings. The mission of the Hammond-Harwood House Association is to preserve, for public education and enjoyment, the architecturally significant Hammond-Harwood House museum and its collection of fine and decorative arts. https://hammondharwoodhouse.org

MARYLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 28 W Washington St, 2nd Floor, Hagerstown, MD, 301-797-4000, info@marylandsymphony.org. http://www.marylandsymphony.org/.

MONTGOMERY PARKS, Montgomery County Department of Parks, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901, 301-495-2595, Info@MontgomeryParks.org. https://www.montgomeryparks.org/.

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER FLAG HOUSE & MUSEUM, 844 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, 410-837-1793, adavis@flaghouse.org. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is the birthplace of the flag that inspired the National Anthem in 1814 and is a National Historical Landmark. Students who visit the Flag House learn history like never before through period games, living history, touchable objects and other engaging activities. To book a tour, call 410-837-1793. Reservations are required. Group tour rates apply to groups of 15 or more. Visit www.flaghouse.org for more information.

UPPER BAY MUSEUM, 219 W. Walnut Street; P.O. Box 275, North East, MD 21901, info@upperbaymuseum.org. The Upper Bay Museum, located in the Community Park in North East, MD, houses a large collection of water related articles portraying the heritage of the Upper Chesapeake Bay area. Visitors can trace the history of the waterfowl hunter through exhibits of outlawed gunning rigs and skillfully carved decoys. They can also follow the progress of Bay boating and fishing with many displays of model boats, nets and one of the country’s best collections of marine engines. From the serious market waterfowl hunter to the hardy commercial fisherman, watermen of every description have shaped the culture of this region. The officers and members of the Upper Bay Museum invite you to join us where this heritage has been and continues to be preserved for future generations. www.upperbaymuseum.org.

WORCESTER COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS, 6030 Public Landing Dr, Snow Hill, MD 21863, 410-632-2144, worcorecparks@gmail.com. Our mission is to provide a variety of quality recreation programs, pristine parks and facilities to enrich the lives of citizens. Homeschool Gym is great for children of all skill and fitness levels to have fun and keep their bodies moving. Children will enjoy fitness in a variety of recreation activities and build confidence in a structured, non-competitive environment while socializing with peers. www.worcesterrecandparks.org.

Massachusetts

LEXINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 13 Depot Square, Lexington, MA 02420, 781-862-3763, ckauffman@lexingtonhistory.org. The Lexington Historical Society’s three historic houses (Hancock-Clarke House, Buckman Tavern and Munroe Tavern) are a great resource for your children and home-school groups. Lexington Historical Society offers a 3-class institute tailored specifically to homeschoolers that can be shortened or extended in length. The class allows participants to not only learn about the first days of the Revolutionary War, but also become active participants as they complete several “hands-on, mind-on” activities as well as touring the historically significant properties in Lexington. Please contact the Manager of Education and Interpretation for more information and pricing: 781-862-3763 or ckauffman@lexingtonhistory.org. https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/education.html.

MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247, 413-622-2111, grouptours@massmoca.org, selfguidedgroups@massmoca.org. MASS MoCA is one of the liveliest (and largest) centers for making, displaying and enjoying today’s most important art, music, dance, theater, film and video. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor works (including 250,000 sq. ft. of gallery space dedicated to partnerships with Laurie Anderson, the Louise Bourgeois Trust, Jenny Holzer, Anselm Kiefer with the Hall Art Foundation, Sol LeWitt and James Turrell.), the factory-turned-museum is “a site for all eyes” (the New York Times) massmoca.org/visit/group-tours-school-group-info/.

OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge MA 01566, (800) 733-1830, info@osv.org. Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. Step inside more than 40 original buildings, and explore homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops – all situated on more than 200 scenic acres. Talk with authentically costumed historians and see heritage breed farm animals. Discover the endless ways to immerse yourself in the Village. https://www.osv.org/

SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS, Field Trip Program and Museum School, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield MA 01103, 413-263-6800, kfisk@springfieldmuseums.org. Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the Springfield Museums offer access to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, all under a single admission. The Museum School and the Field Trip program offer unique programing custom-made for homeschoolers. SpringfieldMuseums.org

THE EMILY DICKINSON MUSEUM, 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002, (413) 542-8161, info@emilydickinsonmuseum.org. The Emily Dickinson Museum comprises two historic houses in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts associated with the poet Emily Dickinson and members of her family during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Homestead was the birthplace and home of the poet Emily Dickinson. The Evergreens, next door, was home to her brother Austin, his wife Susan, and their three children. The Museum is open March through December, between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/

Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, 616-235-4726, info@grcm.org. The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is a place for open-ended, creative play that fuels innovation, educational development, and self realization for every child in our community. Since opening its doors in 1997 in the heart of downtown, amidst the growing arts and cultural scene of the city, the GRCM has focused its services on the belief that play is essential for healthy development, has the power to transform, benefits all ages, is a right intrinsic to all people, and benefits all families. grcm.org

GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC MUSEUM, 272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, 616-929-1700, info@grpm.org. The Grand Rapids Public Museum provides groups with the opportunity to explore three floors of exhibits and artifacts related to science, history and culture, all with a unique Grand Rapids tie! Learners are able to explore the GRPM on their own or book a guided education program, as well as visit the Chaffee Planetarium for a show to learn about space and science and ride the antique Spillman Carousel. Grpm.org/schools.

LANSING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 104 S. Washington Square Suite 300, Lansing, MI 48833, (517) 487-5001, info@lansingsymphony.org. Formed in 1929, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is widely recognized as one of mid-Michigan’s cultural gems. Now in its 90th season, the LSO continues to strive to reach audiences on a personal level, letting the power of live music do the talking. Besides presenting the finest in orchestral performances, the LSO is committed to taking an active role in the development of music education programming for our community. Throughout the season, there are several programs for youth in the area; this includes the Young People’s Concert featuring Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Program, Family Series, master classes with guest artists, Side-by-Side Student Orchestra, our annual Symphony Youth Competition and more. www.lansingsymphony.org

New Jersey

DRAKE HOUSE MUSEUM/HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PLAINFIELD, 602 West Front Street, Plainfeld, NJ 07060-1004, 908-755-5831, drakehousemuseumplainfieldnj@gmail.com. It was at the Drake House that George Washington consulted with his officers during and after the Battle of Short Hills fought over the entire Plainfield area on June 25-27, 1777. On permanent display are three Colonial era rooms, kitchen, Queen Anne dining room, and Washington bedroom. The parlor and Harberger Library are interpreted as period Victorian rooms. The Drake House Museum displays two large paintings by noted Civil War painter Julian Scott, a former Plainfield resident and Medal of Honor recipient. A National and New Jersey Historic Site, the Drake House Museum is an exciting link to Plainfield’s Revolutionary War history. www.drakehouseplainfield.org.

FARMSTEAD ARTS CENTER, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920, 908 636 7576, admin@farmsteadarts.org. Located on the grounds of the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, Farmstead Arts Center is a center for fine, performing and practical arts offering year-round programming of concerts, theater performances, art exhibitions and special events like barn dances and holiday boutiques. Artists in residence offer all varieties of art classes and workshops. Trustees, staff, volunteers and members manage Farmstead Arts activities as well as help preserve the historic property that is listed on the National & NJ Registers of Historic Places. The Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead (dba as Farmstead Arts) is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization. https://farmsteadartscenter.org

iPLAY AMERICA, at 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, New Jersey, 732-577-8200. From the moment you walk into iPlay America’s one-of-a-kind, nearly 4 acres of indoor space, you enter a world of fun like no other. This is where the Jersey Shore boardwalk meets the energy of the streets of New York City, complete with Brownstones and quaint shops, all invigorated by the excitement of INDOOR rides and attractions. Plus, it’s always free to enter. From our two-level laser tag area, Go Karts and Ropes Courses, to our all-new Topgolf Sewing Suite, we offer a variety of affordable play packages for kids and adults of all ages! But, iPlay America isn’t just about fun arcade games, wild rides and birthday parties. Every week, we feature great food and drink specials at the Game Time Bar & Grill and unforgettable premier concerts and events at The Event Center @ iPA! We can even host your corporate party, team building outing, charity gala or trade show. Check out all we have to offer at iPlayAmerica.com & get inside the fun. We look forward to your visit!

LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE, 354 Great Meadows Road (Rt. 611), Hope, NJ 07844, 908-459-5100. Our 65th year, Land of Make Believe is a special Educational experience, designed by a teacher and built specifically to excite children’s imagination and make learning fun. Our park features interactive Educational & Historical Learning activities in Safe Wholesome Environment. Lowest Group Rates, Free Parking and Free Chaperone program makes it perfect for your group trip! www.Lomb.com.

MERCHANTS & DROVERS TAVERN MUSEUM, 1632 St. Georges Avenue, Rahway, NJ 07065, (732)381-0441, merchantsanddrovers@gmail.com. http://www.merchantsanddrovers.org/

NEW JERSEY SEA GRANT CONSORTIUM, 22 Magruder Road, Fort Hancock, NJ 07732, contact Melanie Tarling, Education Associate, MTarling@njseagrant.org or 732-872-1300 x13. New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is a not for profit organization dedicated to greater knowledge and conservation of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment. Education programs are available for homeschool groups that explore coastal science and STEM learning through guided, hands-on, inquiry-based experiences. http://njseagrant.org/education/.

THE ROXEY BALLET, 243 N Union Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530, 609-397-7616, info@roxeyballet.org or roxeyoutreach@gmail.com. Roxey Ballet Building Bridges Belief. For over 20 years Roxey Ballet has been building bridges through dance to all communities incorporating students with special needs and disabilities in education, homeschool, and performance projects. We are excited to share our commitment of arts education and accessible dance to all populations, homeschoolers, and partner organizations. All Roxey Ballet programs are specially designed to allow challenged, special needs, homeschool, or physically disabled students meaningful access to the world of dance. All programs and performances may be tailored to meet the specific needs of any student or group population. The Dance to Learn curriculum for homeschool populations: encourages students to explore, internalize and transform classroom learning and the elements of dance while developing their individual creative voices; offers opportunities for students to reflect, critique and connect personal experiences to their learning of dance; is adaptive to any dance style, genre, or culture; provides an inroad to kinesthetic learning and connects to language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, physical education and music curriculums; offers formative and summative assessment and documentation tools to help measure the effectiveness of student learning and facilitator impact. https://www.roxeyballet.org/

SKYLANDS ICE WORLD, 2765 State Route 23, Stockholm, NJ 07460, 973-697-1600, info@skylandsiceworldnj.com. Skylands is a full-service year-round recreations facility specializing in ice sports. It has: 2 NHL regulation size ice surfaces; a Performance Training Center; a Dance Studio by Top Tier Dance Academy; and a Physical Therapy Suite by Total P.T. Skylands offers lessons in skating/hockey for beginners through advanced; public skating daily; and birthday/corporate parties. Skylands Ice World – Come to Play! www.skylandsiceworldnj.com.

THE GROWING STAGE – THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF NEW JERSEY, Historic Palace Theatre, 7 Ledgewood Avenue, Route 183, Netcong, NJ 07857, 973-347-4946, boxoffice@growingstage.com. The Growing – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey is a professional regional performing arts center aimed at young audiences and their families. Our programming includes Main Stage productions with professional artists, Studio Series All Youth productions, educational programming (classes, summer camp and workshops) plus family concerts, a new play-reading festival and much more. www.growingstage.com

New York

I SKI NY, P.O. Box 375, Jamesville, NY 13078, 315-696-6550, passport@iskiny.com. The I SKI NY Free for Kids Passport program is for 3rd and 4th Graders where kids can learn to ski and snowboard for free up at each participating ski area (see website for participation) or kids can get a free lift ticket with an adult ticket purchase, up to 3 times per participating ski area. This is a great program to get kids and parents skiing. https://www.iskiny.com.

MILTON J. RUBENSTEIN MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (MOST), 500 S. Franklin Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, 315-425-9068. https://www.most.org/.

MOUNT PETER SKI AREA, 51 Old Mt. Peter Road, Warwick, NY 10990, (845) 986-4940, info@mtpeter.com. Mount Peter has been a premier destination for wintertime fun in New York for more than 80 years! Mount Peter offers skiing and snowboarding on 14 trails, each equipped with state-of-the-art snowmaking and kept expertly groomed at all times. Regardless of your experience or skill level, there are multiple slopes for everyone, from beginner hills to our challenging black diamond slopes. You’re back up for another run in no time, thanks to our two double chair lifts and a quad chair lift. We also have a 600-foot tubing run that’s an awesome and exhilarating alternative to skiing and snowboarding. We’re famous for our Free Beginner Lessons on weekends and holidays and we’ve even helped launch a few competitive careers. We look forward to meeting you soon, right here at New York’s family mountain! https://www.mtpeter.com

MUSIC FOR HOMESCHOOLERS, Carrie Hooper, 601 Robinson Street, Elmira, NY 14904, 607-732-6788, hoot751@stny.rr.com. Piano lessons and Voice lessons at Studios On The Square, Horseheads, NY. Also, Private foreign language lessons (German, Italian, Spanish) available in Elmira, NY. Please contact Carrie Hooper, instructor, at 607-732-6788 or e-mail: hoot751@stny.rr.com. Subject line should read: Language lessons or Music lessons.

NATIONAL SOARING MUSEUM, Harris Hill, 51 Soaring Hill Drive, Elmira, NY 14903, (607) 734-3128, director@soaringmuseum.org. https://www.soaringmuseum.org/

NEW YORK STATE ZOO AT THOMPSON PARK, 1 Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601, 315-782-6180, info@nyszoo.org. Covering 32 acres, the Zoo is home to a variety of species native to New York. Guests can see black bears, mountain lion, elk, bald and golden eagles, rattlesnakes and the ever-popular otters in natural habitats the reflect their life in nature. Also, the Heather A. Freeman Butterfly House is filled with native butterflies and moths in the summer- highlighted by the majestic monarch. Field trips and kids’ programs are run throughout the year as part of our mission focusing on conservation and education. www.nyszoo.org

OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE/THE OLANA PARTNERSHIP, 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534-0199, 518-828-1872. Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), a preeminent American artist of the mid-19th century and the most important artist’s home, studio, and designed landscape in the United States. Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains and welcomes more than 170,000 visitors annually. The landscape and house are open for guided touring, and reservations are highly recommended. The grounds are free and open daily 8:00 AM-sunset. www.olana.org

ONONDAGA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 321 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, New York 13202, 315-428-1864, scott.peal@cnyhistory.org. https://www.cnyhistory.org/.

ROCHESTER MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607, 585.271.4320, info@rmsc.org. Immerse yourself in the incredible world of science at the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Follow your curiosity from the depths of the oceans to the edge of the universe. Investigate the intricacies of nature in a vast outdoor classroom. Push the limits of your imagination to create never-before-seen inventions. We offer two STEM-education program tracks for home schooled students—both offering hands-on, real-world experiences—at our Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, or Cumming Nature Center. To make a reservation, visit RMSC.org/homeschool or call 585.697.1942. http://www.rmsc.org/

SANBORN FARM MUSEUM, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132, 716-990-6909, mythings00@aol.com. We are a farm museum dealing with farm and rural life as it was. We have several buildings to tour including a barn, museum building, hall and 1823 church, along with military and organizational rooms. We are open on Wednesday from 1-4 pm and Sundays from 2-4 pm. We also do private tours. You can call and arrange a visit. We have many fascinating things for young people to see, including out w headed cow. We have display cases with old toys, miniatures, and guessing games for the kids. We c an arrange box lunches or you can pack a lunch. We can seat up to 150 at a time. We also can arrange a movie on farming. There are lots of things to do. Please feel free to call us anytime. We would love to have you visit. There is no charge to come to the museum. sanbornhistory.org.

THE HISTORY CENTER IN TOMPKINS COUNTY, 110 N. Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850, 607-273-8284, eightsquare@thehistorycenter.net. The History Center in Tompkins County helps people use the tools of history to understand the past, gain perspective on the present, and play an informed role in shaping the future. We invite young people, school groups, and families to explore local history through engaging exhibits, interactive programs, and customized workshops! Ideal for students K-12 and their families, as well as college students. www.thehistorycenter.net

TITUS MOUNTAIN FAMILY SKI CENTER, 215 Johnson Road, Malone, NY 12953, (518) 483-3740, titusmt@westelcom.com. Titus Mountain Family Ski Center is a family-friendly ski resort located in the Foothills of the Adirondacks. A recipient of the Liftopia “Best in Snow” award for being voted the #1 Family-Friendly Resort in North America, Titus Mountain caters to beginners, families, and offering a true outdoor experience outside of traditional “mega-resorts.” With 50 trails, glades, and parks, Titus Mountain offers terrain for all skill levels as well as night skiing and a tubing park for unique on-hill experiences. With an on-mountain snow sports school, ski-in/ski-out lodging, and 3 dining areas, Titus offers families a true ski experience with shorter lift lines, lower prices, and a family-like service experience. www.titusmountain.com.

North Carolina

COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS – ARTS CENTER IN KINSTON, NC, 400 North Queen Street, Kinston, North Carolina 28501, (252) 527-2517, opsmanager@kinstoncca.com. The Community Council for the Arts (CCA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3 organization which was established in Kinston, Lenoir County more than 50 years ago. Its home, the Arts Center, is a beautifully renovated, handicap accessible, 30,000 sq. ft. historic building located in the heart of downtown Kinston. This cultural center offers residents, children, and visitors quality programming and continued development of the arts in and for our community and extended region. Along with providing a unique rental venue and diverse gift shop, the Arts Center offers classes; workshops; gallery exhibits; and fixed, revolving, and special events. CCA also has the largest public collection of 2D and 3D art in North Carolina, and we are the hub of the African American Music Trail, which encompasses eight (8) counties. The Arts Center is open to the public and admission is free. Our hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We are closed Sunday & Monday. www.kinstoncca.com and www.facebook.com/kinstonarts.

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE, Playhouse Mainstage, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731, 828-693-0731. https://flatrockplayhouse.org/

GREGG MUSEUM OF ART & DESIGN, 1903 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC 27607, 919-515-3503, Gregg@ncsu.edu. The Gregg Museum of Art & Design is part of ARTS NC State. A free collecting and exhibiting museum with more than 35,000 objects, we make the art in the museum collection easily accessible to the NC State community and public, because we know there’s nothing like seeing “the real thing” up close. Visual art, photography, pottery, industrial design, textiles (including garments), Native American art, and furniture are some of the types of art held within the collection. https://gregg.arts.ncsu.edu/.

Ohio

FORT LAURENS, 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW, Bolivar OH 44612, (330) 874-2059, fortlaurens@gmail.com. https://fortlaurens.org/.

HISTORIC ZOAR VILLAGE, The Zoar Store & Visitor’s Center, 198 Main Sttrry. Zoar, Ohio 44697, 330-874-3011 or toll free at -.800-262-6195, zoarinfo@historiczoarvillage.com. https://historiczoarvillage.com/.

HOWER HOUSE MUSEUM, 60 Fir Hill, Akron, OH, 330-972-6909, howerhouse@uakron.edu. This 1871 28-room Second Empire Italianate Mansion was built by John Henry and Susan Youngker Hower. Three generations of Howers lived in the home over a span of 100 years and filled it with an eclectic array of furnishings collected in their world travels. Owned by The University of Akron since 1970, the However House has been operating as a historic house museum since the mid-1980’s. Open for public tours Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 3:00 pm. The Hower House Museum maintains a robust schedule of exhibits, rentals, private tours, weddings, programming, corporate events and gatherings. Special rates for student tours. Groups by appointment. www.howerhouse.org.

NANCY & DAVID WOLF HOLOCAUST & HUMANITY CENTER, 1301 Western Avenue, Suite 2101, Cincinnati, OH 45203, (513) 487-3055. The Holocaust & Humanity Center (HHC) is located at Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal, the site where numerous Holocaust survivors arrived in Cincinnati to rebuild their lives. Using innovative storytelling, interactive experiences, and genuine artifacts, visitors witness the strength and courage of the human spirit set against the backdrop of one of the darkest chapters in human history. The Museum was designed as a self-guided experience recommended for grades 6 and up. Guided tours are available upon request for groups of 15 or more, lasting about 90 minutes. To book a tour, please contact CMC guest services at (513) 287-7021. For tours over 90, please contact HHC staff at 513-487-3055. holocaustandhumanity.org

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE GREAT LAKES, 1701 Front Street, Toledo, OH 43605, 419.214.5000, education@nmgl.org. More than 500 breathtaking photographs, 250 incredible artifacts, 45 interactive exhibits, a 617’ iron ore freighter and a 1903 tugboat tell the awe-inspiring history of the Great Lakes and provide a unique destination for family fun. http://www.nmgl.org

SKATETOWN USA, 8730 N. Pavilion Drive, West Chester, OH 45069, 513-874-9855, kenskatetownusa@aol.com. Skatetown USA is a family roller skating facility located in West Chester, Oh, just 3 miles north of the Tri-County Mall. We offer open skating sessions, private events, birthday parties, and skating lessons. Our Home School Skate is held on the first Friday of every month from 1-4 pm. Admission is $8 and includes regular skate rental. www.skatetownusa.us.

TOURS OF CLEVELAND, LLC, Downtown Cleveland, OH 44113, 216, 318, 3865, toursofcleveland@gmail.com. We offer exciting and educational walking tours of beautiful and historic downtown Cleveland. Our walking tours explore the history, architecture and fun facts of Cleveland. Visit our website to learn more. Student group pricing available! www.toursofcleveland.com

Pennsylvania

AMERICAN HELICOPTER MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER, 1220 American Blvd, West Chester, PA 19380, 610-436-9600, info@americanhelicopter.museum. The American Helicopter Museum & Education Center’s mission is to preserve rotary-wing aviation history, educate society on helicopters and their missions, and inspire future generations. We are a hands-on museum where visitors of all ages can climb into helicopters, check out the controls, and learn about the important roles that helicopters fulfill in military and civilian work. Our displays feature dozens of helicopters and information about the development and evolution of rotary wing flight right here in Pennsylvania. We conduct group tours and education programs by appointment and host entertaining and informative special events throughout the year. In all of our offerings, we strive to celebrate the pioneers of aviation and encourage the next generations of innovators, engineers, scientists, pilots, and inventors! americanhelicopter.museum.

AMERICA ON WHEELS MUSEUM, 5 North Front Street, Allentown, PA 18102, 610-432-4200, x11, director@americaonwheels.org. The Museum showcases over 70 cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles. Our educational program in The Kids’ Garage is hands-on. Lots of fun activities throughout the 45,000 square foot Museum. America On Wheels Museum is excited to announce the opening of the Kids’ Car & Restoration Center. A fabricated car has been designed for “Little Wheelers” to learn about the automobile and mechanics of the engine. This is a hands-on learning area for ages 12 and under. www.americaonwheels.org.

ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215-898-3900. On the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the Annenberg Center is a major cultural destination in the performing arts, presenting world-class music, dance, and theatre. The Annenberg Center’s Student Discovery Series offers weekday matinees for school groups. The annual Philadelphia Children’s Festival in May features multiple performances and hands-on activities. https://annenbergcenter.org.

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-237-3400. Don’t have a chemistry lab in your basement? Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh is your resource for bridging the gap between science instruction and student understanding. Our special homeschool workshops are tailored for a variety of ages and provide educational programming, and hands-on discovery. We also offer stimulating holiday camps and Science Sleepovers! Join us for hands-on, age-appropriate science lessons and exhibits to foster curiosity and discovery in support of what your kids are learning at home. Discover different forms of electricity, everyday uses of polymers, experiment with roller coasters and explore distant galaxies – just to name a few. CarnegieScienceCenter.org/programs/homeschool/.

HAWK MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY, 1700 Hawk Mountain Rd, Kempton, PA 19529, 610-756-6961, info@hawkmountain.org, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is recognized internationally as the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international leader in raptor conservation science and education. Accessible environmental education is an important part of the Sanctuary’s conservation mission. Monthly and seasonal programs, workshops, and lectures are available for any age or demographic, with focuses on wildlife, biodiversity, Appalachian forest ecology, outdoor recreation, and more. Hands-on and unique activities make Hawk Mountain an amazing education destination. www.hawkmountain.org.

ISETT HERITAGE MUSEUM, 11941 Stone Creek Ridge Road, Huntingdon PA 16652, 814-643-9600, isetthmuseum@gmail.com. Located on scenic Stone Creek Ridge Huntingdon PA, Isett Heritage Museum is home to the area’s largest collection of antiques and memorabilia. Family oriented, educational and fun for all ages with exhibits from 1800’s to present day. Explore our many themed displays on a fully guided tour or browse the multiple buildings at your leisure. We welcome individuals, organizations, churches, schools, or bus tours. Open year round, handicap accessible, convenient parking for buses or large groups with picnic and dining areas available by reservation. For more information you can follow us on facebook, visit our website at www.isettheritage museum.com, 814-643-9600 or email isetthmuseum@gmail.com

JFBB SKI AREA, P. O. Box 1539, Blakeslee, PA 18610, 570-443-84610. Jack Frost and Big Boulder school programs are the perfect place to learn the lifetime sports of skiing and snowboarding while having fun, getting great exercise, and enjoying the great outdoors! www.jfbb.com/school-programs/.

JULIUS STURGIS PRETZEL BAKERY, 219 E. Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543, 717-626-4354, info@julussturgis.com. Julius Sturgis is America’s first commercial pretzel bakery. The bakery was established in 1861 by our founder, Julius Sturgis. Today, we offer tours of our historic bakery as well as bake fresh, soft pretzels on site daily Monday-Saturday 9:00-5:00 p.m. Please check our website for Sunday hours. Tours are offered daily every half hour and last approximately 25 minutes. Adults are $3.75 and children ages 4-12 are $2.75. Under 4 are free. Groups are welcome, and we offer a discounted price for 10 or more guests. www.juliussturgis.com.

KELSO MUSEUM OF NEAR EASTERN ARCHAEOLOGY, 616 N. Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, 412-924-1394, jechristmas@pts.edu. Located on the campus of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology has its roots in a program of archaeological field work in the Near East that began in 1924 focusing on the Lands of the Bible: modern day Israel, West Bank, and Jordan. Its exhibits highlight daily life in ancient times including landscape and settlement patterns; domestic and communal architecture; agriculture and food preparation; technologies, crafts, and stylistic traditions; trade; religious observance; and memory and writing systems and practice. Group tours are welcome! https://www.pts.edu/Museum.

LANCASTER SCIENCE FACTORY, 454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17602, (717) 509-6363, info@tlsf.org. The Lancaster Science Factory is a interactive science center for kids in Pre-K to 8th grade and their families. In addition to our over 75 hand-on exhibits relating to Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM), we have been a proud partner to Homeschool families in Central Pennsylvania and beyond for over a decade. Our Educators lead Homeschool classes on a bi-weekly basis in the Fall and Spring semesters. Classes offer a chance to engage students in group learning and hands-on experimentation. This year’s classes cover Coding and Robotics, Forensics, Structural Engineering and much more! www.LancasterScienceFactory.org

LEWISBURG CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 815 Market Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837, 570-768-4914, lewisburgchildrensmuseum@gmail.com. Lewisburg Children’s Museum was founded in 2016 with a vision to provide interactive educational experience that foster learning through play. The Museum occupies 9,000 square feet of space on the second floor of the GreenSpace Center. The museum offers educational programming, as well as field trip opportunities and birthday party rentals. https://www.lewisburgchildrensmuseum.org.

LINCOLN CAVERNS & WHISPER ROCKS, 7703 William Penn Hwy., U.S. Route 22, Huntingdon, PA 16652, 814.643.0268, info@lincolncaverns.com. Celebrating 90 Years of Discovery and Family-Friendly Fun at Pennsylvania’s premiere caves and karst educational facility! Age appropriate interpretive tours of two spectacular crystal caverns. Home school group programs include ‘Introduction to Speleology – The Study of Caves’ Pre-Tour Program and a choice of 15 optional Geoworks© curriculum-based workshops. Special family events year-round, including Black Light Adventures, December Santa in the Cave, February Batfest, April Easter Bunny Underground, National Caves & Karst Day with TEN for PENN and Discovery Days in June, plus weekly Summer Events too! Raystown Rocks Gift Shop, gem panning, and primitive camping. Closest Cavern to Raystown Lake. www.lincolncaverns.com

OLD ECONOMY VILLAGE, 270 Sixteenth Street, Ambridge, PA 15003, (724) – 266 – 4500, c-kkarczew@pa.gov. Old Economy Village is a gemstone site of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Old Economy Village preserves and presents the life, thought, and material culture of the Harmony Society, a highly successful and entrepreneurial 19th century religious community. Old Economy Village is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is actively supported by the Friends of Old Economy Village which is a non-profit community-based organization. It is part of Ambridge’s Economy National Historic District and is among the region’s most important historic sites. www.oldeconomywillage.org

PENNSYLVANIA LUMBER MUSEUM, 5660 US Route 6, Potter County, PA, P.O. Box 239, Galeton, PA 16922, 814-435-2652, palumbermuseum@gmail.com. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is a fun and educational experience for the entire family, inviting visitors to discover the courageous yet reckless spirit of Pennsylvania’s lumbering past while learning to care for the forests of the future. Interactive exhibits in our Visitor Center provide a hands-on experience with history, while our outdoor exhibits spread across 10 acres include an early 20th century lumber camp, a Shay geared-locomotive and Barnhart log loader, and a log cabin built by the C.C.C. Our operable steam-powered sawmill is run three times a year during different special events. Ask about discounted admission for schools and group tours. http://lumbermuseum.org/.

THE PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE, 2900 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15201, 412-454-9101, groupsales@pittsburghballet.org. Join more than 4,000 other students and educators in the coming season for thrilling ballet and breathtaking fantasy in our matinee performances of The Nutcracker and Beauty and the Beast! https://www.pbt.org/performances-tickets/get-best-value/student-matinees/

QUIET VALLEY LIVING HISTORICAL FARM, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg PA 18360, 570-992-6161, farm@quietvalley.org. Step back in time and experience everyday life on a circa 1800s working farm. Guides dressed in period clothing share the life of the Pennsylvania Germans who lived at this site in the 18th and 19th centuries. See original farmhouse, 1850s barn, spinning cabin, farm animals, heritage crafts and more. http://quietvalley.org/.

READING PUBLIC MUSEUM, 500 Museum Road, Reading PA, 19611, 610-371-5850 x 223, wendy.koller@readingpublicmuseum.org. Discover art, science, history, and the natural world all under one roof at the Reading Public Museum. The Reading Public Museum welcomes homeschool groups for museum and planetarium visits, as well as, special homeschool days. Guided group tours are offered by reservation only and can be tailored to meet your curriculum goals. We also offer all of our special exhibitions and our Arboretum. Groups can also request private shows in our state-of-the-art full dome Planetarium. The Planetarium offers over 30 shows ranging on topics from basic space shows to cultural stories. Homeschool days are held throughout the year. These special programs are themed and offer tours and a hands-on experience in a multidisciplinary approach that children and families will find fun and engaging. Please check our website at www.readingpublicmuseum.org for dates and topics. For more information about what The Reading Public Museum has to offer homeschoolers, to book a group visit, or to reserve your space at a Homeschool day please contact Wendy Koller at 610-371-5850 x 223 or wendy.koller@readingpublicmuseum.org. 

PENNSYLVANIA SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION (PSAA), P.O. Box 27 White Haven, PA 18661, (570) 443-0963, https://www.skipa.com/

SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN SKI AREA, PO Box 339; Hollow Rd, East Stroudsburg PA 18301, (GPS Address: 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware PA 18356), 570-421-7231 x223, dvtrips@shawneemt.com, The Pocono’s #1 Beginner-Friendly Ski Area; Shawnee Mountain is a family-orientated resort conveniently located off Interstate 80 and a short drive from NJ and eastern PA. Shawnee Mountain is 23 slopes and trails, 2 terrain parks and 9 lifts + 1 high-speed detachable quad. Whether you’re just starting out or have experience, Shawnee Mountain has something perfect for everyone. Our ambience is welcoming, our lodges cozy and our mountain terrain designed to promote worry-free winter fun for all family members, young and old. Special homeschooler offerings include discount 1-day visits and our super-value multi-trip club program. Visit our website or call us today for more information. https://www.shawneemt.com/group-trips

THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015, 610-838-2257 (School Performance Tickets), markjen@ptd.net. This 51st production of “The Nutcracker,” presented by Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, features approximately one hundred cast members composed of dancers from Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and adult community volunteer, in addition to professional guest artists. This year’s production will 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. SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS! Contact: 610-838-2257 or markjen@ptd.net. https://www.bglv.org/

TOTEM POLE PLAYHOUSE, P. O. Box 9555 Golf Course Rd, Fayetteville, PA 17222-0603, 717-352-2164, rrankin@totempoleplayhouse.org. This 90-minute adaptation of A Christmas Carol preserves the beautiful language, charm and humor of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Set in Victorian England, the play opens on a busy London street with Christmas Even shoppers caught up in the holiday spirit. Their enthusiasm is quickly dampened with the arrival of old Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is visited by three Spirits and he learns a great deal. On Christmas morning, he awakens to find himself caught up in the magic of the Yuletide! www.totempoleplayhouse.org.

TURKEY HILL EXPERIENCE, Columbia Exit of Route 30, 301 Linden Street, Columbia, PA 17512 1-844-847-4884 (1-844-VISIT-TH), groupsales@turkeyhill.com. https://www.turkeyhillexperience.com/

South Carolina

HALSEY INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 161 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC, (843) 953-4422, halsey@cofc.edu. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts provides a multidisciplinary laboratory for the production, presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of ideas by innovative visual artists from around the world. As a non-collecting museum, we create meaningful interactions between adventurous artists and diverse communities within a context that emphasizes the historical, social, and cultural importance of the art of our time. We originate between five and seven exhibitions per year, many of which travel nationally, and host a year-round schedule of lectures, panels, symposia, screenings, discussions, and special events. We also offer free, guided exhibition tours for every exhibition that are open to any age and can be tailored to the focus and time length for your group. http://halsey.cofc.edu/.

LIVING HISTORY PARK, Olde Towne Preservation Association, 299 W. Spring Grove Avenue in North Augusta SC 29841. Please join us as we step back in time to the 1700’s this is an educational event on May 4th and 5th (Educational day for 4th grade and up is May 3rd). Reservations are required. The Living History Park is a 501-c-3 non-profit & operated by all volunteers and our major events are free. For General information (803) 979-9776, or lynn@colonialtimes.us. HISTORY lives if you tell the stories. Hope you elect to be a part of the story. For more information visit www.Colonialtimes.us.

Tennessee

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM, 222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 416-2001. Schools@countrymusichalloffame.org. From guided tours to interactions with professional artists and museum educators, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum offers an unparalleled interactive learning experience for homeschool students of all ages. With over 2 million artifacts in its ever-growing collection, the museum provides students with an opportunity to explore the rich history that shaped the country music we know and love today. Interactive, guided tours provide a multi-layered learning experience through exploration of the museum’s one-of-a kind artifacts, archival video and audio elements, interactive touchscreens, and symbolic architecture. CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Education.

Vermont

HELEN DAY ART CENTER, 90 Pond Street, Stowe, VT, 05672, 802.253.8358, education@helenday.com. Helen Day Art Center is a 501c3 organization that was established in 1981 to “enhance the human experience through the visual arts.” The Center pursues its mission through programming that asserts the value of art and engages Vermonters as visitors, volunteers, creators, and patrons. The Art Center is the primary fine arts resource for children and families in Lamoille County and the surrounding region. In recent years we have vastly increased outreach into the community, the Art Center has emerged as an arts activist focused on bringing the highest quality experiences to Northern Vermont. We are one of the region’s primary art exhibition and education resources, offering a range of dynamic programming that asserts the value of art and engages approximately 75,000 people each year as visitors, students, volunteers, creators, and patrons. https://www.helenday.com/.

Virginia

JAMES MONROE HIGHLAND, 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902, (434) 293-8000, education@highland.org. Discover the home of the fifth President of the United States. Students can learn about James Monroe in the American Revolution, take a farm tour, investigate recent archaeological discoveries, and participate in historic crafts. Highland offers these engaging student programs for grades K-12 that are aligned with the Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning. Reservations must be placed at least two weeks in advance, require a minimum of 10 students, and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Field Trip Inquiries: education@highland.org. Or visit our website at highland.org.

NEWPORT NEWS VISITOR CENTER, 13560 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA, 23603, 757-886-7777, tourism-mailing@nnva.gov <mailto:tourism-mailing@nnva.gov> www.newport-news.org <http://www.newport-news.org> Where can you walk the deck of an iconic Civil War ironclad, enjoy one of the largest municipal parks in the country, connect to Virginia’s natural heritage, and catch a touring Broadway show? In Newport News, of course! The city’s attractions, architectural and historical landmarks, and 30+ parks are exceptional enough to attract experts, but they’re available for everyone to enjoy! For a free Visitor Guide, go to www.newport-news.org <http://www.newport-news.org> or call 888-493-7386.

STRATFORD HALL, 483 Great House, Stratford, VA, 22558, 804-493-8038. contact@stratfordhall.org. Stratford Hall preserves the legacy of the Lee family and its plantation community, inspires an appreciation of America’s past, and encourages commitment to the ideals of leadership, honor, independent thought and civic responsibility. The grounds and Great House are open to the public daily from 9:30 am until 5:00pm. Tours of the Great House are offered on the hour from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Self-guided tours in the Great House are available daily. Stratford’s grounds offer six nature trails, road to the cliffs overlook, beach and overnight lodging. From special guest programs and film screenings, kayaking and nature excursions, to annual festivals featuring local and regional food and beverage vendors, be sure to check the Events Page at StratfordHall.org for information on upcoming happenings at Stratford Hall.