GUIDE TO FIELD TRIPS, WINTER ACTIVITIES & FAMILY VACATIONS

Are you looking for great field trip ideas for your homeschooled children? Searching for the perfect educational and/or recreational vacation to take with the whole family? Then the Homeschoolers Guide to Field Trips & Family Vacations is for you!

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ALABAMA

CAMP MCDOWELL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER, 105 Delong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578, 205-387-1806, pc@campmcdowell.com. Our program provides an experience that is impossible to find in a classroom. It is a place where students can see and feel exactly what they are being taught. Students are fascinated by a shiny beetle that they were afraid of once. This experience is the essence of McDowell Environmental Center. Our non-profit, educational organization provides outdoor learning experiences for school groups in the forests, canyons and streams of beautiful Camp McDowell. www.mcdowellec.com.

DISCOVERING ALABAMA, 104 Smith Hall, Box 870340, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487, 205-348-2039, info@discoveringalabama.org. Discovering Alabama is best known to the general public as the Emmy award-winning public television program created and hosted by Dr. Doug Phillips. Students and educators know the program as much more. Correlated with the Alabama Course of Study and crafted to reach across the curriculum, each show brings locally relevant knowledge to homes and classrooms across the state. Teacher Guides guide use of the shows to meet standards in math, science, social studies, civics, and the arts. Discovering Alabama web resources provide additional opportunities to expand learning beyond the classroom. Discovering Alabama is available in DVD format and accessible via link on the Discovering Alabama website www.discoveringalabama.org .

HUNTSVILLE MUSEUM OF ART, 300 Church Street SW, Huntsville, AL 35801, 256-535-4350, snielsen@hsvmuseum.org. The Huntsville Museum of art is a regional art museum that houses fourteen galleries, including an interactive art gallery where children can explore their creative sides through hands-on art activities and learn about the evolution of art with a tour titled, “A Walk Through Time.” The Museum maintains an active and engaging schedule of exhibitions and programs through its permanent collections and travelling exhibitions. In the Museum Academy, art classes are offered all year long for children, students and adults! Classes combine hands-on learning with tours throughout the galleries for inspiration. www.hsvmuseum.org.

MOBILE MEDICAL MUSEUM, 1664 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, AL 36604, 251-415-1109, admin@mobilemedicalmuseum.org. 300 years of medical history form the shocking to the inspiring. Tours by appointment. mobilemedicalmuseum.org.

THE MOOseum, 201 S. Bainbridge Street, Montgomery, AL 36104, 334-265-1867, krharden@bamabeef.org. Since opening its doors in 1995, The MOOseum has been the premier venue for children and adults alike to learn more about Alabama’s beef cattle industry. Whether you’re a history buff looking to explore the timeline of the past or a parent who wants your children to learn in a hands-on environment, The MOOseum is ready for your visit. Allow our resident cowboy and tour guide, Adam Bainbridge, to show you a film and tell you a story about the cattle industry here in Alabama. After your greeting from Adam, explore the “Hoofprints Through Alabama” with a floor-to-ceiling timeline dating back to 1494. After you’ve brushed up on the past, head on back to learn about our favorite protein, beef, in Slim’s Kitchen; dress up like a rough-and-tumble cowboy in the Rodeo Arena; and learn about just how cool a cow really is in The Cow Pen. Don’t forget to have your picture taken with our Texas Longhorn “Dusty” and shop around in The MOOseum General Store before you go! www.bamabeef.org.

TIGERS FOR TOMORROW AT UNTAMED MOUNTAIN, 708 County Road 345, Attalla, Alabama, 35954, 256-524-4150, untamedmountain@gmail.com. Tigers for Tomorrow is an Environmental Education Center and Wild Animal Preserve located in Southern Dekalb County. The Preserve is a home to over 165 animals and hosts a variety of ways for students to learn about the animals and their behaviors. Students can do a walk about or a 2-hour educational tour by reservation. For more information, please visit tigersfortomorrow.org or email untamedmountain@gmail.com.

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. Girls Inc. WCT primarily serves girls ages 5-18 and includes strong networks of girls’ communities established and growing across Greater Waterbury, Fairfield County, Litchfield County and the Naugatuck Valley. 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 the leadership, advocacy, motivation and practical life skills to take charge of their decisions and their goals today and throughout their lives. 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! Check out all of our programs at www.girlsincswct.org.  

INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES, 38 Curtis Rd, PO Box 1260, Washington, CT. 06793, (860) 868-0518, education@iaismuseum.org. The Institute for American Indian Studies seeks to teach through educational programs based on unbiased historical research and interpretation. Programs are designed to be accurate and interactive, and to stimulate further interest in the wonder and diversity of the earth’s many cultures, beginning with the indigenous peoples of the Americas. http://www.iaismuseum.org/.

LEFFINGWELL HOUSE MUSEUM, 348 Washington Street, Norwich, CT 06360, 860-889-944, info@leffingwellhousemuseum.org. The Leffingwell House Museum, built in 1675 by Stephen Backus for his family and sold in 1700 to Lt. Thomas Leffingwell, shows the architectural development from a two-room home to a 17th-century pre-Revolutionary tavern ending as a mid-18th-century townhouse. Interpreters evoke the independent spirit and lifestyle of early America using displays of artifacts dating from prior to the founding of Norwich in 1659 through the 1776 Revolution and through the Civil War. Open Saturdays, April-October, 11am-4pm (last tour 3pm) and by appointment. $5.00. http://www.leffingwellhousemuseum.org.

WESTPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 25 Avery Place, Westport, CT 06880, (203) 222-1424, info@westporthistory.org. Westport Historical Society offers programming and exhibitions that present history in an interactive, accessible format that is suitable for all ages. Founded in 1889, WHS bases programs and exhibits on primary source material and archival research from our own collection as well as local institutions. What is the role of a small community within the larger context of American culture? WHS explores this question by tying events in town culture to the sweeping story of the state and nation in its critically acclaimed exhibit, Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport, on view through June 2019. Contact WHS Director of Programs and Education Nicole Carpenter for trips and information at (203) 222-1424 x3 or programs@westporthistory.org. westporthistory.org.

DELAWARE

DELAWARE AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM AND VILLAGE, 866 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901, 302-734-1618, assist.damv@verizon.net. For the child who believes milk comes from the grocery store instead of a cow, for the woman who remembers using a corn sheller on her grandmother’s farm, for the family who takes twentieth century technological advances and the farmer for granted; the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village offers a memorable and educational experience. By preserving the quickly fading agricultural heritage of Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula, the Museum stands as an important legacy for future generations. Vision Statement: The Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village seeks to foster a society that understands the impact of agriculture on the shaping of our nation’s history and its impact on our daily lives. www.agriculturalmuseum.org.

DELAWARE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, 302-655-7161, deinfo@dehistory.org. The Delaware Historical Society was founded in May 1864 for “the elucidation of history, particularly such portions as may refer to Delaware.” Over the next 15 decades, the organization refined its stated purpose to reflect both a changing society and the evolution of the public history profession. 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/

HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY, GPS address is 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807, 302-658-2400, AskHagley@hagley.org. Hagley Museum is the site of the original black powder works of the DuPont Company, founded in Delaware in 1802 and powered by the natural resources that surrounded it. Today it is a place that inspires innovation, set on 235 acres of wooded rolling hills along the rushing Brandywine River. Here, for more than 200 years, the DuPont Company and family experimented, innovated, and pursued the American dream. For decades, Hagley has welcomed schoolchildren, from kindergarten to high school, for hands-on, experiential learning through science, technology, and history programs. Hagley is the only Smithsonian Affiliate museum in Delaware and has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1972. The site is a National Historic Landmark, a National Recreation Trail, and a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. www.hagley.org.

WILLEY FARMS, 4092 Dupont Parkway, Townsend, DE 19734, 302-378-8441, dcavender@willeyfarmsde.com. We are a retail country food market and plant center offering exceptional produce, specialty groceries, garden products and home decorations. We sell fresh vegetables, fruit, candy, natural and organic foods. Our deli offers sandwiches, hot soup, sliced luncheon meat and cheese. Pies and breads are baked daily. A stroll through our garden center, gift shop and nursery is a delightful experience. We provide hundreds of choices of trees, shrubs, houseplants and flowers. Our beautifully decorated home shop offers country and eclectic home accents from small one-of-a-kind finds to large furnishings. You’ll be surprised at how our displays change throughout the year! www.willeyfarms.com.

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.

AUDUBON CENTER FOR BIRDS OF PREY, 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751, 407-644-0190, auduboncbop@audubon.org. Education programs at Audubon Center for Birds of Prey offer a unique and interactive opportunity to learn about Florida’s raptors, conservation and Florida’s natural resources. With live bird ambassadors and hands-on activities, participants explore the relationship of people to their natural environment while discovering the role raptors play in our local ecosystems as well as how individuals can take action for conservation. http://Fl.audubon.org.

JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32202, 904-356-0426, groupsales@jaxsymphony.org. The Jacksonville Symphony is proud to offer a number of engaging opportunities to the Homeschool community. In December, we have our First Coast Nutcracker Educational Performances and in February we have our Young People’s concerts which are a great way to introduce students to the Symphony. We also have our family concert series. This series is open to all ages. One hour prior to the concert we invite all attendees to join us for pre-concert activities including arts, crafts and games. On October 14th for our First Family concert, the orchestra will perform The Life and Times of Beethoven, conducted by Deanna Tham. The concert features the legendary Fifth Symphony, sprinkled with fascinating facts and timely trivia. On February 10th a Benjamin Britten masterpiece returns to Jacoby Symphony Hall, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. From violins to the triangle and the tuba to the harp, the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is an enduring Classic. Our Music Director, Courtney Lewis will conduct this exciting performance. We invite you to visit our website at jaxsymphony.org to view our full concert schedule and learn more about the JSYO. We certainly hope you will join us during our 2018-2019 season. www.jaxsymphony.org/.

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, Grover Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta University, 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904, 706-736-3455, storyland theatre@gmail.com. Storyland Theatre, an Augusta nonprofit, presents full-scale original plays and musicals for children, performed by adults. Our 31st Season includes 3 plays and musicals: “Bilbo and the Magic Ring”, our original musical, is loosely based on ‘The Hobbit’ (10/23-26/2018 with Matinee 10/27; “The Courtship of Señorita Florabella”, a play, is a swashbuckling tale with a Spanish flair (1/29-2/1/2019) with Matinee 2/2; and “Hansel and Gretel”, our musical, 4/2-5/2019 with Matinee 4/6. A Theatre Etiquette Speech opens each show. Shows are 9:30 AM, 10:45 AM & 12:15 PM Tuesday through Friday. Reservations are required. New School 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.

ZOO ATLANTA, 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30315, 404-624-5822, education@zooatlanta.org. Meet new friends at HomeSchool Academy! Our program allows home school students the opportunity to explore animal and science concepts in a fun, interactive environment. Programs are grade-appropriate and include games, activities, Zoo tours and animal encounters. HomeSchool Academy runs monthly from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., September through May. https://zooatlanta.org/

MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS MARITIME MUSEUM & PARK, 723 Second Street, Annapolis, MD 21403, 443-214-5872, program@amaritime.org. Explore the Chesapeake Bay! Bring students to AMMP for a day of discovery. The award-winning education programs of the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park are delivered by a dedicated team of environmental educators. They are happy to work with interested parents or homeschooling groups to design a day of learning that will engage students and meet educational goals. AMMP recently expanded its education facilities to include a 12-acre urban park located across Back Creek from the Museum. A renovated building on the site has been converted into classrooms just steps away from the water, creating the perfect environment for kids to learn and connect with the Bay. All AMMP school programs are available to homeschool students year-round. For a complete list of offerings, call 443-214-5872 or visit www.amaritime.org.

NATIONAL CAPITAL RADIO AND TELEVISION MUSEUM, 2608 Mitchellville Road, Bowie, Maryland 20716, (301) 390-1020, info@ncrtv.org. As a small museum located in Bowie, MD, the National Capital Radio and Television Museum focuses on the technological evolution that has made modern mass communication possible. Very few of us realize that our cell phones and iPads are actually highly sophisticated radios that use the same scientific principles that telegraph officers used back in the late 19th century. Through the use of hands-on activities, we discuss the fundamental scientific principles of sound and radio waves and how simple tools such as vacuum tubes (and later microchips) transform these waves into what we hear, see and comprehend through our car radios, televisions, and computer screens. ncrtv.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.

MASSACHUSETTS

LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER BOSTON, 598 Assembly Row, MA 02145, (617) 702-5593, BostonGroups@LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, where families with children aged 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground. Discover the educational benefits of STEM-based, hands-on learning with features including local landmarks made from over a million LEGO bricks in MINILAND® to a LEGO themed ride. Watch as your favorite LEGO characters come to life in the 4D Cinema. Then get hands-on with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build and play areas where kids’ imaginations can run wild with the endless possibilities that LEGO offers. https://boston.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/groups-schools/homeschool/

OLD NORTH CHURCH, 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113, 617-523-6676, tours@oldnorth.com. Visit, learn, and explore the Old North Church in Boston’s North End. Plan a trip to the nationally beloved church and historic site made famous by Paul Revere and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow! Several tours and meaningful education programs available, including: Behind the Scenes Tour, A History Mystery: Who Hung the Lanterns at the Old North? Experience Art & Architecture, Sacred Seats: Social Implications of Colonial Church Seating, and Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop. Make history come alive for your children! www.oldnorth.com.

USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129, 617-426-1812, Museumlearning@usscm.org. Join us for a voyage into history! USS Constitution’s past comes to life through objects, stories, and hands-on experiences with a visit to the USS Constitution Museum. Experience life at sea in 1812 by scrubbing the deck, furling a sail, or swinging in a hammock. Located on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail. Admission by suggested donation. www.usscm.org.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

REMICK COUNTRY DOCTOR MUSEUM & FARM, 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth Village, NH 03886. (603) 323-7591, Toll Free: (800) 686-6117, info@remickmuseum.org. Preserving the past, to educate the future. Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm offers four seasons of hands-on, agriculture-based learning, situated on a 100-acre historic farmstead in the quaint village of Tamworth, NH. Call (603) 323-7591 today to learn what’s possible for your family or group visit! Or see “Groups” under the LEARN AT REMICK website tab. www.remickmuseum.org.

NEW JERSEY

iPLAY AMERICA has something for everyone! It’s all indoor, family-friendly themed environment provides guests nearly four acres of outstanding rides, games, and attractions making it the perfect destination for FUN year-round! iPlay America’s Event Center is home to concerts, corporate events, expos, galas, trade shows, company outings, sporting events, social gatherings, and every kind of party. iPlay America offers guests a mouth-watering selection of Boardwalk style fare, classic American cuisine at Game Time Grill, and an impressive event catering menu. ALWAYS free to enter, iPlay America’s guests can enjoy exciting attractions like 2-level Laser Tag, Indoor Go-Kart Track, Freedom Rider Spinning Coaster and the Sky Trails® High Ropes Course (the largest indoor ropes course in New Jersey). iPlay America is a 2016 winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Service. For FUN, fine food, and events of any size, the award winning iPlay America is the place to Get Inside the Fun. iPlay America is located on Route 9 at 110
Schanck Road in Freehold, New Jersey. www.iplayamerica.com.

NEW JERSEY SEA GRANT CONSORTIUM, 22 Magruder Road, Fort Hancock, NJ 07732, 732-872-1300 x13, reservations@njseagrant.org. 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/field-trips/the-coastal-experience/.

THE PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM, The Princeton University Campus, Princeton NJ 08544, 609-258-7268, bricebhall@princeton.edu. Home School Week: January 29- February 1, 2019. Join us for self-guided, interactive tours followed by related art projects. Each day has a different theme. All ages are welcome; no tickets or reservations are needed. artmuseum.princeton.edu.

ROXEY BALLET, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville NJ 08530, 609-397-7616, info@roxeyballet.org. Roxey Ballet is a world-class, all-inclusive contemporary ballet company that uses dance to build community and cultural bridges. The company maintains a full schedule of local, national, and international touring. Roxey Ballet was incorporated in 1995 as a New Jersey non-profit organization whose mission is to deliver artistic and cultural excellence through professional dance performances, residencies, educational programs, workshops, and master classes. The company takes pride in its multicultural and all-inclusive organization, fostering a creative environment of growth for all. Roxey Ballet is fully accessible to those with disabilities. Its unique and diverse works, elevating tradition to the next level, are inspirational to audiences and artists alike. Access to high-quality dance performance and education is paramount. 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.

VISUAL ARTS CENTER OF NEW JERSEY, 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-273-9121, info@artcenternj.org. The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is dedicated to the vision of creating an inclusive and welcoming community where lives are transformed and enriched through the shared experience of art. This vision is fulfilled by the best in contemporary art exhibitions; a robust four-semester Studio School; public programming that allows the public to interact with exhibiting artists; and outreach programs for seniors, at-risk youth and children, and adults with disabilities. www.artcenternj.org.

NEW YORK

ALBANY PINE BUSH PRESERVE AND DISCOVERY CENTER, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205, 518-456-0655, info@albanypinebush.org. The 3,300+ – acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP), located in New York’s Capital District, protects one of the best remaining inland pitch-pine scrub oak barrens in the world. Characterized by rolling sand dunes and miles of trails, the APBP offers visitors many recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and canoeing. As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center is an interpretive center where visitors come to understand why the Pine Bush is rare and special. A visit to this unique destination is an exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, an outdoor Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history, cultural history and management of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a fee for some programs). The Center is open daily weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends and most holidays 10am-4pm. For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.

HOLIDAY VALLEY RESORT, 6557 Holiday Valley Road, P. O. Box 370, Ellicottville, NY 14731,716-699-2345, info@holidayvalley.com. Holiday Valley is an awesome “Field Trip” for homeschoolers whether it’s a one-day visit or a weekly lesson program. With 60 slopes and 13 lifts, there’s lots to explore, all while learning skiing and snowboarding skills, map reading, or learning “real world” lessons about physics, math, weather and the environment, business, natural history and more. Special school rates are available mid-week for lifts, rentals and lessons and season long programs that include lessons. For more information, visit www.holidayvalley.com.

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.

LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER WESTCHESTER, 39 Fitzgerald St, Ridge Hill Mall, Yonkers, NY 10710, (844) 740-9223, Westchester@LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, where families with children aged 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground. Discover the educational benefits of STEM-based, hands-on learning with features including local landmarks made from over a million LEGO bricks in MINILAND® to a LEGO themed ride. Watch as your favorite LEGO characters come to life in the 4D Cinema. Then get hands-on with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build and play areas where kids’ imaginations can run wild with the endless possibilities that LEGO offers. https://westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/groups-schools/

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.

OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE, 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534, 518-828-1872. Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-­‐1900), the preeminent American artist of the mid­19thC 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 a Persian-inspired house at its summit embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains and, today, welcomes more than 170,000 visitors annually. To learn more please visit www.olana.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/

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

WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE NYS HISTORIC SITE AND INTERPRETIVE CENTER, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746, 631-427-5240, educator@waltwhitman.org. THE BIRTHPLACE: Walt Whitman was born in this house on May 31, 1819. Built by his father circa 1810, the authentically furnished farmhouse is an excellent example of native Long Island craftsmanship. SCHOOL PROGRAMS: All programs support NYS Regents Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum. Both Create and Explore (grades 3-8) and Secondary Education Experience (grades 9-12) offer grade-appropriate programs that include a poetry writing workshop taught by a published poet and tours led by a knowledgeable educator. Students participating in See and Touch tour the home in which Whitman was born and learn what life was like in 1819. They also have fun while playing interactive historic games. Fees: $7.50 – $9.50/student. http://www.waltwhitman.org.

WARRENSBURGH MUSEUM OF LOCAL HISTORY, 3754 Main Street, Warrensburg, NY, 518-232-7349. Free admission/parking. The Development of an Adirondack Mountain mill town from frontier farms to Victorian mansions. Exhibits and material for preschoolers to adults: farming, logging, water-power dams, architecture tools, industry, sports, toys, quilts, apparel, soldiers, sailors, heroes. http://www.whs12805.org.

WESTMORELAND SANCTUARY, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco, NY, 10549, 914-666-8448, info@westmorelandsanctuary.org. Westmoreland Sanctuary was established in 1957 as a not-for-profit nature center and wildlife preserve with the mission to “acquire, establish and maintain for the free use, enjoyment and appreciation of the public. . . tracts of land, including woodland and streams, as a nature sanctuary . . . to promote nature appreciation, preservation and conservation generally, for the present and future benefit and enjoyment of the public.” Westmoreland also offers a variety of environmental education, conservation and recreational programs and events both public and private. Through these facilities and programs Westmoreland encourages a deeper understanding and engagement with nature and our environment. www.westmorelandsanctuary.org.

NORTH CAROLINA

AIRBORNE & SPECIAL OPERATIONS MUSEUM, 100 Bragg Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 29301, 910-643-2778, info@asomf.org. The U.S. Army’s Airborne & Special Operations Museum recounts the actions of heroic soldiers from the early days of the Parachute Test Platoon to the ongoing Global War on Terrorism. The museum preserves forever the extraordinary feats performed by the Army’s Airborne, and their brothers in arms, the Special Operations Forces, all who jump from the sky into battle. Walk through the streets of war‐torn Normandy village and see a glider delivering a jeep into battle, hear troopers exiting a UH‐1 helicopter in Vietnam, watch the rooftops as soldiers and an MH‐6 “Little Bird” rescue Kurt Muse in Panama, witness troops defending freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. For more information, call (910) 643-2778 or visit the website at www.asomf.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

CASTLE NOEL & ALIEN VACATION MINI GOLF, 260 S. Court Street, Medina, OH 44256, 330-721-NOEL (6335), tamigarlock@gmail.com. America’s Largest Year-Round Indoor Christmas Entertainment Attraction. Castle Noel features so many wonderful things to see and do. Housing the world’s largest privately-owned collection of Hollywood Christmas movie props and costumes from your favorite Christmas movies. Also, at Castle Noel millions of dollars of animated New York City Christmas windows from Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor and Macy’s. These amazing windows will delight guests of all ages. Feel like a kid again in our “I Had That” Toyland experience. Filled with thousands of toys from the 50’s through the 80’s. You’re sure to say, “I Had That!” Sprinkled into the magic is the Blizzard Vortex, Santa’s Chimney Squeeze and our 25’ tall animated Christmas tree. It snows inside, and you’ll even get to ride a slide, just like Ralphie. Guests over the age of 80 who ride the slide become a part of our “Wall of Fame.” To date, Castle Noel’s oldest slide rider is 101.5 years old. https://castlenoel.com.

CINCINNATI SYMPHONY, Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Box Office: (513) 381 – 3300, info@cincinnatisymphony.org. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops offer a variety of concert programs for students, families and groups ranging in ages from 5 to adult. Our Friday Morning Concerts are perfect for middle and high school students and are full length Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concerts with Classical Conversations lecture series included before the performance. Our Young People’s Concerts are great for school groups grades K-3, 4-6 and 7-12. These shorter concerts are interactive and educational with accompanying curriculum available. For more information, contact: 513-744-3590, groupsales@cincinnatisymphony.org, education@cincinnatisymphony.org, or 513-744-3347. http://cincinnatisymphony.org/.

KELTON HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDEN, a service of the Junior League of Columbus, 586 E. Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215, 614.464.2022, keltonhouse@cs.com. The Kelton House is an Underground Railroad site documented by Ohio Underground Railroad Association. One particular runaway, Martha Hartway, was sheltered by Kelton family for ten years. Our educational program provides a unique learning experience that brings to life the fearsome challenges faced by fugitive slaves and their protectors. Program includes tour, readings, academic exercises, and dramatic presentations in a recreated “secret hiding place.” Our goal is to develop understanding and empathy in today’s children, so they will respect the multi-racial efforts that saved the lives of innumerable fugitive slaves at a turning-point in America’s history. www.keltonhouse.com.

THE WARTHER MUSEUM, 331 Karl Avenue, Dover, Ohio 44622, 330-432-6947, kristen@thewarthermuseum.com. The Warther Museum and Gardens, located in Dover, Ohio is home to the World’s Master Carver who captured the Evolution of the Steam Engine out of ebony, ivory, and walnut. Step back in time as you experience life in the 1920’s in the family home, stroll through original Swiss style gardens, be dazzled by Frieda’s, the carver’s wife, 73,000-piece button collection, and be amazed by the work of a genius viewing his sixty-plus working carved models. One hour guided tours take groups through the museum capturing the story of both Mooney and Frieda Warther and their works on site. http://thewarthermuseum.com/.

PENNSYLVANIA

AMERICAN HELICOPTER MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER, 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, PA 19380, 610-436-9600, info@americanhelicopter.museum. The American Helicopter Museum & Education Center is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted solely to rotary wing aviation. Established in 1996, the unique nonprofit organization houses over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes, some of which are vintage copters and early machines developed by industry pioneers. It also boasts an extensive library and countless archives. Programs include free tours, helicopter restoration, educational presentations for almost all ages, Adopt-A-Copter, Girls in Science and Technology (GIST), Science Saturdays and robotics and astronomy workshops. Exhibits entail a variety of media from audio and video to informational movies in the theatre. http://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.

BODY ZONE SPORTS AND WELLNESS COMPLEX, 3103 Paper Mill Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610, 610-376-2100, sglasmyre@bodyzonesports.com. Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex delivers a unique and complete sports and wellness experience for the entire family. There’s simply nothing like it in Berks or surrounding counties. Our 160,000 sq. ft. facility in Wyomissing, PA houses award-winning and state-of-the-art wellness and aquatics centers, Body Zone Physical Therapy, suspended running track, two NHL-size ice rinks, two Sprinturf synthetic grass sports fields, basketball/volleyball court and cafe. With more than 25,000 square feet of space devoted to fitness, aquatics, physical therapy and massage, we make it easy for people of all ages to get active and be healthy. Take your fitness journey to our courts, fields and rinks and participate in a sports league, camp or instructional clinic. Introduce your child to physical activity through our tot programs and celebrate them with a unique Body Zone party. We’re your headquarters for unique, engaging and healthy activities. bodyzonesports.com/whatmovesyou.

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/.

ERIE PHILHARMONIC, 23 West 10th Street, Erie, PA 16501, 814-455-1375, info@eriephil.org. The Erie Philharmonic’s mission is to strengthen our community and region by providing high quality live orchestra concerts and programs that enrich, entertain and educate people of all ages. We present 10 main stage concerts during our season, all of which include student tickets starting at just $12—group rates are also available. Concerts run from September through April and feature timeless classical pieces and pops favorites. This season includes New Orleans-style jazz, Beethoven, Broadway Hits, Tchaikovsky, Wizard of Oz film with live orchestra and more! eriephil.org.

ERIE JUNIOR PHILHARMONIC, 23 West 10th Street, Erie, PA 16501, 814-455-1375, info@eriephil.org. The Erie Junior Philharmonic strives to inspire the next generation of musicians by providing quality music education for students of all ages and ability levels. Students are trained by talented musicians, including members of the Erie Philharmonic. We have several performance opportunities throughout our season, including a side-by-side performance with the Erie Philharmonic. In addition, students and parents receive free tickets to all Erie Philharmonic Symphonic Series concerts. To learn more about our programming and opportunities, contact Megan Kelly, Erie Philharmonic Community Programs Manager, at megan@eriephil.org or 814-455-1375 ext. 24. eriephil.org.

FALLINGWATER, 1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, PA 15464, 724-329-7840, madzema@paconserve.org. The education department at Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, invites you to participate in its annual Design Challenge for students 8 to 13 years old. Experience the design process just like a real architect while learning about Fallingwater and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Participants receive a unique gnome “client” and seven design-based lessons.
https://www.fallingwater.org/education/design-challenge/

FORT LIGONIER MUSEUM AND HISTORIC SITE, 200 South Market Street, Ligonier, PA 15658, 724.238.9701, education@fortligonier.org. Journey back to the 18th century to a place where the flag of His Majesty King George still flies. During your visit to Fort Ligonier, you will discover the museum galleries, world-class exhibits and extensive archaeological collections and explore the impressive Fort, a full-scale, on-site restoration/reconstruction of the 1758 – 1766 original, situated on a commanding hilltop in the beautiful Laurel Highlands. www.fortligonier.org.

GETTYSBURG, PA, DESTINATION GETTYSBURG, 1560 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 717-334-6274; 800-337-5015, info@destinationgettysburg.com. Discover the living classroom in Gettysburg. Experience interactive history, hands-on museums, engage with living historians who portray figures of the past. Walk the fields where our ancestors fought for the freedom of others. Recite the Gettysburg Address in the footsteps of President Lincoln. Explore the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie where you can become a Junior Secret Service Agent. Take a guided tour through the streets of the historic town to learn of the 1863 civilians and those who came before and after. Take a drive out to the orchards for a tour and tasting of the fruits of our fields. In-season take part in a pick-your-own fruit gathering. Make your own history in Gettysburg, PA. www.destinationgettysburg.com

GO ‘N BANANAS FAMILY FUN CENTER, 1170 Garfield Avenue, Lancaster, PA. 17601, 717-287-5000, info@gonbananas.com. Our facility is an indoor family fun center which hosts seven attractions; a ropes course suspended above our arcade play area; an awesome laser tag arena in the back of our building; Ballocity, a three-tier ball area with sliding boards at every turn; Spin Zone, bumper cars where no driver’s license is needed; laser frenzy where you crawl over and under lasers like 007; Mini bowling & 48 arcade games where you can win super cool prizes. We have a new ride called the XD theatre. It’s the coolest ride ever! Something out of Disney world! It is 3-D and it feels like you’re driving, falling and shooting zombies or werewolves off the cars. It’s super fun. There is also “Los Bamditos” which is for the younger kids! Go’N Bananas is fun for every age! www.gonbananas.com.

HERR’S SNACK FACTORY TOUR, 271 Old Baltimore Pike, Nottingham, PA 19362, 800-637-6225, info@herrs.com. It’s fun. It’s free. Come try chips fresh off the line. Your friendly tour guide is waiting to tell you fun facts like what makes a great chipping potato or how tortilla chips get their seasoning. Call for your reservation today. www.herrs.com.

INDEPENDENCE SEAPORT MUSEUM, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106, (215) 413-8655 (Main Line); (215), 413-8622 (Group Sales), groupsales@phillyseaport.org. Independence Seaport Museum connects our community and visitors to our rivers and watershed through exhibitions and programs featuring history, science and art, plus experiences on the water. The river comes alive for students during trips to the Museum! Highlights include: Patriots & Pirates: Explore Philadelphia’s connection to the founding of the United States Navy; River Alive!: Opening in November 2018, visitors will learn about the wonders and challenges of the Delaware River watershed, our place within that system, and the increasingly sophisticated science we use to understand its complexity; Cruiser Olympia & Submarine Becuna: When you are done exploring our galleries, it’s time to head out onto the water and climb aboard! With newly designed curriculum-based programming suitable for grades K-12 as well as brand-new exhibits, we are the premier group destination along the Penn’s Landing waterfront. http://www.phillyseaport.org/fieldtrips

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.isettheritagemuseum.com, 814-643-9600 or email isetthmuseum@gmail.com.

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.

LANCASTER ICE RINK, 371 Carerra Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-581-0274, lirdaytimelts@gmail.com. Daytime Learn to Skate is a fun, family friendly, educational activity for the entire family. This program was developed for homeschool and cyber school families, families with atypical work schedules, and young families looking for structured activities to do during the day. Our program can accommodate new and seasoned skaters. Best of all … we offer an unbelievable family rate. For additional information, visit http://lancastericerink.org/page.php?page_id=103764.

LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER PHILADELPHIA, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting Mall, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462, (267) 245-9696, Philadelphia@LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, where families with children aged 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground. Discover the educational benefits of STEM-based, hands-on learning with features including local landmarks made from over a million LEGO bricks in MINILAND® to a LEGO themed ride. Watch as your favorite LEGO characters come to life in the 4D Cinema. Then get hands-on with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build and play areas where kids’ imaginations can run wild with the endless possibilities that LEGO offers. https://philadelphia.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/groups-schools/home-school-groups/

MERCERSBURG ACADEMY SUMMER PROGRAMS, 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236, 717-328-6225, summerprograms@mercersburg.edu. Mercersburg Summer is all about fun. Each summer, participants come from all over to take part in an array of programs, ranging from Mercersburg Adventure Camp to various Enrichment, Arts, and Sports Camps. Our programs are safe, supportive environments that focus on engaging participants on every level and challenging them to broaden their horizons, make new friends, and create unforgettable memories. Mercersburg Summer programs are coed, with both day and overnight options for children ages 8 through 17. Unique programming allows Mercersburg Summer Programs to foster independence and growth by giving campers a combination of activities that they choose, and structured activities that build community and camaraderie. Our diverse approach challenges all our campers, helping them grow as people, gain confidence in themselves, and enjoy meaningful and fun experiences. Camp participants come from—quite literally—all around the world and just down the street. Our campus is within 90 minutes of the Washington and Baltimore areas. No matter what your interests are, there is a Mercersburg Summer Program for you. www.mercersburgsummer.com.

NATIONAL TOY TRAIN MUSEUM, 300 Paradise Lane, Ronks, PA 17572, 717-687-8976, info@nttmuseum.org. The National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg, PA is owned and operated by the Train Collectors Association. The Museum collects, preserves and exhibits toy trains and is home to what is probably the world’s largest publicly exhibited collection of toy trains and accessories. The National Toy Train Museum displays rare, unusual and specialty trains and accessories from the 1800s to the present representing over 100 different manufacturers. Exhibits, which include five interactive operating layouts, are revised and updated yearly. We also offer a Research Library with a wealth of information on toy trains and manufacturers. www.nttmuseum.org.

THE NATIONAL WATCH & CLOCK MUSEUM, 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, PA 17512, (717) 684 -8261ext.211, museumoftime.org. Take a fascinating trip into the world of timekeeping, represented by over 12,000 treasures of time. Exhibits range from early sundials to modern marvels – visitors will delight in an amazing variety of clocks and watches from around the world. We are devoted to helping students understand the role that time and timekeeping has played in the development of our world today. We also have a Library and Research Center that you can take advantage of the resources or just check out the kid’s corner and the clocks and other items that are on display. www.nawcc.org.

PENNSYLVANIA SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION/SKI PA, 5142 State Street, White Haven, PA 18661, 570-443-0963, linda@skipa.com. Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, the 2018-2019 Pennsylvania 4th & 5th Grade Snowpass Program allows 4th & 5th graders (from any state!) to ski or ride for free at 21 PA resorts. Snowpass holders receive a complimentary one-day lift ticket (Up to 3 at each resort!) at participating Pennsylvania Ski Resorts during the 2018-2019 season. In addition, the program includes a voucher for a First Time Ski/Snowboard package of a lesson, rental and a beginner lift ticket with a paying adult. Visit www.skipa.com to get started and order online today. Online orders are subject to a $40 processing fee. The following resorts are participating for the 2018-2019 season (subject to change): Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Big Boulder, Blue Knob Resort, Blue Mountain Resort, Camelback Resort, Elk Mountain, Hidden Valley Resort, Jack Frost Mountain, Laurel Mountain, Liberty Mountain Resort, Montage Mountain, Mount Pleasant, Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands, Roundtop Mountain Resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Shawnee Mountain, Ski Big Bear, Ski Sawmill Family Resort, Spring Mountain, Tussey Mountain All Seasons and Whitetail Resort. https://www.skipa.com/kids/4th5th-grade-snowpass

P. P. BLISS GOSPEL SONGWRITERS MUSEUM, 969 Main Street, Rome PA 18837, 570-247-2228, ppbmuseum@gmail.com. The P.P. Bliss Gospel Songwriters Museum was formed in 1964 by citizens of Rome, Pennsylvania and the surrounding area. The house Mr. Bliss purchased in 1863 for his parents became the museum. Philip Bliss composed over 300 sacred works including Wonderful Words of Life, Hallelujah! What a Savior, and the music to It is Well with My Soul. The Bliss House was added to The National Register of Historic Places in 1986. http://www.ppbmuseum.org.

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 farm house, 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. www.readingpublicmuseum.org/homeschool-days.

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, grpsales@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.

SHRIVER HOUSE – A Living History Museum, 309 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 717-337-2800, mail@shriverhouse.org. Travel back in time with a living historian, in period attire, to learn about the civilian experience during the Battle of Gettysburg. As you move from room to room in this meticulously restored pre-Civil War home, you’ll connect with the stories of George, Hettie, Sadie (7) and Mollie (5) Shriver. You will soon appreciate what life was like before, during, and after the American Civil War. www.shriverhouse.org.

THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015, 610-838-2257, SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS! 610-838-2257; markjen@ptd.net. This 50th Anniversary 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. https://www.bglv.org/

TYLER ARBORETUM, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063, 610-566-9134, JLandau@TylerArboretum.org. Engage and inspire curious minds with hands-on exploration at Tyler Arboretum. Connect with nature through standards-based programs. Learn about plants, wildlife, and ecology through guided studies in 650 acres of woodland, meadow, and aquatic habitats. Tyler Arboretum offers everything you need to turn your students into champions of the natural world. Learning happens rain or shine with classroom space in our historic barn. Admission to the Arboretum is included in our homeschool programs; stay for just the program or for the entire day! Each program is aligned to PA state educational standards. http://www.tylerarboretum.org/education-2/school-programs/home-schools/

WHITAKER CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND THE ARTS, 222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101, 717-214-ARTS (2787), info@whitakercenter.org. Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is Central Pennsylvania’s premier center for arts, education, entertainment and cultural enrichment. Students will love a field trip as we offer a host of different programs. Explore stimulating, STEM-based exhibits in Harsco Science Center and/or view a captivating documentary on our giant, four-story screen in Select Medical Digital Cinema. At Whitaker Center, it is our goal to inspire students to fall in love with science, technology and the arts. www.whitakercenter.org.

WHITETAIL RESORT, 13805 Blairs Valley Road, Mercersburg, PA 17236, 717-328-9400 Ext. 3517, groups@skiwhitetail.com. Everything is more fun when done with a group, and that includes your favorite winter activities. At Whitetail Resort, we have you covered for all occasions, whether you are a social organization, a school group, or just a group of friends who enjoy skiing, riding, or snow tubing together. Our expert Group Sales staff will give you all of the assistance needed from the day you schedule your group until the day you come to the mountain to pick up your tickets. For assistance, contact one of our Group Sales team members at 717-328-9400 ext. 3517. http://bit.ly/homeschool-groups.

SOUTH CAROLINA

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 October 20th and 21st. Educational day for 4th grade is October 19th and 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

ANDREW JACKSON’S HERMITAGE, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville TN 37076, 615-889-2941 ext. 243, eadams@thehermitage.com. At Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, home of our seventh president, you can walk through Andrew Jackson’s life and home, explore a beautiful, vintage Tennessee farm, and experience an important piece of Nashville and our nation. Rated the third best Presidential Site in the nation by USA TODAY, our goal is to educate and inspire each generation of students to understand and appreciate the life and times of Andrew Jackson and the era named for him. Our Hermitage school programs represent various ways educators can engage with students to enrich their educations. thehermitage.com/education/.

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, 222 5th Avenue South, 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

SHELBURNE MUSEUM, 6000 Shelburne Road, PO Box 10, Shelburne, VT 05482, (802) 985-3346,info@shelburnemuseum.org. Shelburne Museum is a place of the imagination, reflecting its founder’s dream of presenting early American life and culture in a distinctive way. The result is a collection of objects, buildings, and landscape which integrates art, design, Americana, and history; 18th and 19th century homes and community buildings; marvels of transportation; as well as a range of traditional and non-traditional fine art galleries. We welcome you and your children to Shelburne Museum—a place for group engagement and individual reflection; for conversation and inspiration; and for engaging with our artistic past and imagining our futures. Come explore and create with us! www.shelburnemuseum.org.

SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH RESORT, 4323 VT Route 108 South, Jeffersonville, Vermont, 05464, 877-804-5523, smuggs@smuggs.com. Smugglers’ Is A Family Vacation Paradise. When you visit Smugglers’ Notch Vermont, you get more adventure, more activities, and more valuable time to spend with your family. We’re located in the heart of Vermont and offer 4 season family vacation experiences unlike any other. Learn why we’re America’s Family Resort! What makes Smugglers’ Notch a unique resort is our complete and single-minded commitment to making your stay with us the family vacation of a lifetime! That is our mission. No matter what season you choose, we offer a family experience that is second to none, from the moment you arrive to the moment you have to depart. www.smuggs.com.

VIRGINIA

ATLANTIC WILDFOWL HERITAGE MUSEUM, 1113 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451-3503, (757) 437-8432, director@atwildfowl.org. Art & History Museum about City of Virginia Beach and the historic wildfowling arts of Back Bay, Knotts Island and Currituck. https://www.awhm.org/.

FLIGHT FIT N FUN, 7200 Fullerton Road, Springfield, VA 22150, 571-421-2066.
Flight Trampoline Park is a cutting-edge entertainment, fitness and sports facility unlike anything you have ever experienced. We are the ultimate trampoline park! Jump, climb and have fun in over 15,000 square feet of connected world-class trampolines and other awesome activities. Our multi-attraction facility features over 50 trampolines and launching decks on our main court. We offer a dedicated Kids area (for those 46” and under) that has over 2000 square feet of trampolines and a large foam pit.

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.

MASSANUTTEN RESORT, 1822 Resort Drive, Massanutten, VA 22840, 540.289.9441, mandrick@massresort.com. Set on 6,000 acres in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Massanutten Resort is a premier all-season resort destination that offers every type of traveler an unforgettable experience. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Massanutten’s Mountain Bike Park and hiking trails. For those seeking relaxation, the Spa delivers a wide menu of services for women, men, teens, and tots. The resort is a paradise for adventurous families, featuring an Indoor WaterPark, escape room, Family Adventure Park, and petting zoo. Seasonal sports activities include two golf courses, skiing, ice skating and snow tubing. At Massanutten Resort, there is something for everyone, all within reach. www.massresort.com.

THE VIRGINIA QUILT MUSEUM, 301 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, (540) 433 – 3818, info@vaquiltmuseum.org. The Virginia Quilt Museum: Founded in 1995, The Virginia Quilt Museum is the Official Quilt Museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the Museum promotes a unique blend of Virginia’s art and cultural heritage. Charged with a mission of “celebrating and nurturing Virginia’s quilting heritage,” the Museum offers three floors of rotating, curated gallery space. Each round of exhibits features quilts from the Museum’s collection as well as traveling exhibitions. Heirloom quilts, contemporary quilts and art quilts are also typically featured simultaneously, allowing our visitors the chance to marvel at the extreme variety of styles, techniques, and themes present in quilts. Educational programs, group yours and a variety of special events further enhance the mission of the Virginia Quilt Museum. www.vaquiltmuseum.org.

WEST VIRGINIA

CANAAN VALLEY RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER, 230 Main Lodge Road, Davis, WV 26260, 304-866-2213, rosenaur@canaanresort.com. Ski Resort. Homeschool Group Trips available. www.canaanresort.com