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

ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 1 Festival Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117, 334-271-5353, boxoffice@asf.net. https://asf.net/.

AMERICAN VILLAGE, 3727 Highway 119, Montevallo, AL 35115, (205) 665-3535, www.americanvillage.org. The American Village is located on 188 acres in Montevallo, 30 minutes south of Birmingham, Alabama. Housed here is a nationally pioneering education institution focused on building good citizens through immersive and engaging experiences. In school programs for students in grades K-12, students step back in time to the founding era of our nation, led by a passionate staff of costumed historical interpreters. The newly completed West Wing of Independence Hall offers a multi-sensory experience “Choosing to be an American People.” Students travel from the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s Ride and the Shot Heard ‘Round the World, through the American Revolution and the signing of the Declaration of Independence! The distinctive campus includes more than twenty historically inspired buildings, and although the facilities play a key role in presenting ideas and stories, the American Village is not about its buildings.  It is instead about building in the hearts and minds of students — young and old — a sense of stewardship of what George Washington called “the sacred fire of liberty.” www.americanvillage.org

CONNECTICUT

CONNECTICUT RIVER MUSEUM, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426, 860-767-8269, crm@ctrivermuseum.org. Discover New England’s Great River at the Connecticut River Museum! 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. Museum based and outreach programs available. https://ctrivermuseum.org/ 

SHU DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER AND PLANETARIUM, 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604, 203-416-3521, education@shudiscovery.org. We believe in the importance of providing hands-on STEAM learning experiences that resonate with children’s natural curiosity and love of learning. We are active advocates for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) literacy in Connecticut, and utilize our unique resources and expertise in informal STEAM learning to encourage and provide a pathway for all young learners to become STEAM-empowered and informed decision makers in an increasingly technology-driven world. Our mission is to engage, excite, and educate young learners through experiences and programs that inspire wonder and ignite creativity as the foundation for a lifetime love of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) learning. shudiscovery.org.

SUBMARINE FORCE MUSEUM 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.  Admission and Parking are always FREE! Check website for days and hours open. ussnautilus.org

THE BUSHNELL, HORACE B’S CREATIVE CLASSROOM, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06479, 860-987-5900, info@bushnell.org. Horace B provides short, engaging, and educational arts-in-education lessons, taught by award-winning Master Teaching Artists. Our on-demand episodes combine creativity with curriculum and are flexible, yet modular, in structure so they can be combined or viewed individually. The classes are standards-aligned and differentiated for the style of learning that works best for your students. Horace B’s Creative Classroom is an extension of our PARTNERS © program, which has received awards from The Broadway League, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more. Horace B will take your students on a journey to explore cartooning, puppetry, poetry, hip hop, and more! https://bushnell.org/horace-b-s-creative-classroom.

FLORIDA

STETSON MANSION, 1031 Camphor Ln, DeLand, FL 32720, 386-873-0167, info@StetsonMansion.com. Tours of Florida’s most historic home. Built in 1886 by famed hatmaker John B. Stetson. https://www.stetsonmansion.com/

MASSACHUSETTS

CLARK ART INSTITUTE, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 01267, 413-458-0563, lmcgartland@clarkart.edu. The Clark Art Institute offers a variety of educational experiences designed to encourage a wide range of audiences to enjoy the Clark’s collections and the visual arts. The Education Department engages students with the Clark’s collections, exhibitions and grounds through programs that create valuable, meaningful, and even transformative experiences. The Clark offers a variety of free educational programs for all grade levels. Engaging with art encourages close observation, critical and creative thinking, and careful and sensitive conversational skills. Our programs can be tailored to support many different subjects and curriculum areas. In-person and digital experiences are available. https://www.clarkart.edu/museum/education.

EiE®, MUSEUM OF SCIENCE, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114, 617-448-7457, becole@mos.org. EiE®, the award-winning curriculum division of the Museum of Science, Boston, develops research-based, classroom-tested engineering and computer science programs that empower children to become lifelong STEM learners and passionate problem solvers. Since 2003, we’ve designed our PreK-8 curricula to encourage all children, including those from underrepresented groups, to see themselves in STEM. Our flexible print, online and blended hands-on programs bring engineering, science, and computer science together to prepare today’s students for a fast-paced, global, technology-savvy future. eie.org.

LEXINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 13 Depot Square, Lexington, MA 02420, 781-862-1703, ckauffman@lexingtonhistory.org. Lexington Historical Society’s museums are a great resource for your home-school groups. The Society offers a 3-class institute tailored specifically to homeschoolers that can be shortened or extended in length. Using the Society’s extensive collection of original objects and archival material, students can be “history detectives.” They learn about the famous Battle on the Green and the “First Shot” of the Revolution and gain hands-on knowledge about the people and life in Colonial America, with Lexington as our example, at a crucial time in our history leading up to and during the first 24 hours of the American Revolution. Please contact Chris Kauffman, Education and Interpretation Manager for more information and pricing: 781-862-3763 or ckauffman@lexingtonhistory.org. https://www.lexingtonhistory.org.

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/.

METROPOLITAN WATERWORKS MUSEUM, 2450 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02467, (617) 277-0065, tracy.lindboe@waterworksmuseum.org. The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum offers interactive, hands-on, curriculum-based programs both virtually and at the museum. All of our programs are engineered to engage curious young minds with STEM concepts, history, and Safe Water Access Issues.  With programs from Preschool all the way up to the University Level, there is something for everyone. Choose from one of our existing programs or let us know what themes you would like to explore so we can craft activities to best serve your needs.  https://waterworksmuseum.org/education/

NEW BEDFORD WHALING MUSEUM, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA  02806, (508) 997-0046, Education/Field Trips: education@whalingmuseum.org. The New Bedford Whaling Museum has always been a great destination for relevant, engaging, and culturally responsive educational programming and learning resources. Educators, parents, and students can now learn and engage with history, science, art, and cultural content online or in-person. Whether you walk through the Whaling Museum on your own or book an in-person or virtual field trip, you’ll be thrilled to see how the Museum’s exhibits and programs ignite learning for students of all ages. Visit www.whalingmuseum.org/learn to begin exploring new and updated field trips. Contact us at education@whalingmuseum.org. https://www.whalingmuseum.org/.

OLD NORTH CHURCH & HISTORIC SITE, 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113, 617-523-6676, cmatthews@oldnorth.com. The enduring fame of Old North began on April 18, 1775, when two lanterns shone from the church’s steeple to signal the British movement “by sea” toward Lexington and Concord.  We welcome students and learners of all ages to our site, and we also have digital resources (including our 3-part video: Old North, the Revolution, and a History Mystery) available for homeschoolers. www.oldnorth.com.

MICHIGAN 

AIR ZOO, 6151 Portage Road, Portage, MI 49002, 269-382-6555, education@airzoo.org. https://www.airzoo.org/

FLINT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 1602 West University Avenue, Flint, MI,48504, (810)-767-5437, discovery@flintchildrensmuseum.org. The Flint Children’s Museum inspires discovery, learning and imagination through hands-on play. It’s a great resource for teachers and schools looking to provide a valuable, engaging experience for elementary and preschool age children. All 40+ hands-on exhibits reinforce Next Generation Science Standards and are customizable!  Transportation assistance for qualifying schools and an optional space for lunch and snacks is available! http://flintchildrensmuseum.org/.

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

NEW JERSEY

BUEHLER CHALLENGER & SCIENCE CENTER, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ   07652, 201-251-8589, missionservices@bcsc.org. Fly a space mission beyond your wildest dreams! Students will work on teams to complete their mission, while conducting experiments, monitoring life support, and implementing navigation orders. In this dynamic environment, students use principles of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, to complete their tasks. The Buehler Challenger & Science Center offers school programs, public programs, summer space camps, scout programs, corporate programs, teacher workshops and more! Contact us for more details! www.bcsc.org.

PROTEC HOCKEY PONDS TRAINING CENTER, 15 Worlds Fair Drive, Somerset, NJ 08872, 732-868-9181, info@protecponds.com. We are a State-of-the-Art sports facility that focuses on ice skating activities for both youth and adults. We have one NHL regulated ice rink and two small ponds. We offer public skate sessions, Learn to Skate classes, Hockey Academy and so much more. We even offer open gym hours in our new weight training gym overlooking our ponds. Check us out online or come explore the rink yourself. We can’t wait to see you on the ice. www.protechockey.com.

SKYLANDS ICE WORLD, 2765 State Hwy 23, Stockholm, NJ, 07460, 973-697-1600, pchoules@skylandskings.com. Welcome to Skylands Ice World, Home of the Skylands Kings, and the Skylands Skating Academy! Our twin-sheet facility houses two NHL-size rinks, a full-service snack bar & café by Ingrasselino’s Hometown Grab & Go. We are also home to the Skyland Kings Tier II hockey association, Black Diamonds Synchro Teams, Camp Skylands, and various hockey programs for all levels, including beginner hockey through our partnership with the New York Rangers. Whether you visit us for many of our hockey leagues, tournaments, skating activities, or are a first-time visitor, our goal is to provide you with an experience that meets or exceeds your expectations. https://skylandsiceworldnj.com/

NEW YORK

BUFFALO NIAGARA HERITAGE VILLAGE, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228, 716-689-1440, info@bnhv.org. BNHV’s mission is to preserve, interpret, and exhibit the agricultural history and rural heritage of the Buffalo Niagara region. BNHV accomplishes this through a synergy of educational and interpretive initiatives throughout our Historic Village, farmstead, exhibits, and collections. BNHV believes in energetic, hands-on, all-senses immersion. A primary interpretive sub-focus under our mission is maker culture: the who, what, why, and how of the things that people make in agricultural and rural spaces. BNHV offers many educational programs. To discuss learning opportunities at BNHV, please contact Sara Miller, Director of Education, at smiller@bnhv.org. https://bnhv.org/ 

HOLIDAY VALLEY, 6557 Holiday Valley Road, Route 219, POB 370, Ellicottville, NY 14731-0370, info@holidayvalley.com, 716-699-2345. Located in Western New York Holiday Valley is ranked among the top 10 resorts in eastern North America by SKI Magazine. 60 and 13 lifts are spread over four distinct faces that offer challenging steeps, gentle cruisers and fun terrain parks. Lesson and lift ticket programs for new or experienced sliders can be purchased for the day or for the season. Three base lodges provide cozy places to warm up, hearty meals and hot drinks, as well as ski and snowboard rentals. The Mountain Coaster and Tubing Park are open Fridays through Sundays. https://www.holidayvalley.com/

HOMESCHOOL LESSONS, Elmira, NY 14904, hoot751@stny.rr.com. I offer private, foreign language and music lessons.  In person preferred, but I can teach remotely.

MID-HUDSON CIVIC CENTER, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, 845-454-5800, officemanager@midhudsonciviccenter.org.  Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Inc. offers ice skating at 2 locations: Newburgh (IceTime Sports Complex) and Poughkeepsie (McCann Ice Arena). Ice skating, whether figure, hockey or recreational, is a skill and exercise that people can do for their entire lives. Skating can be done socially or solitary. We offer programs for every age and skill level: Learn to Skate (ages 3-99); Stick Time; Public Skate; Freestyle: Learn to Play Hockey; Open Hockey; Recreational &Travel Hockey Leagues; Adult Hockey Leagues and Roller Hockey Leagues. We host birthday parties, corporate skate parties, as well as private camp rentals. We offer ice year-round so get out of the house and have some fun! Friday night skate nights are a lot of fun and a great time to see your friends. Be sure to follow our social media for our themed skate nights and chances to win prizes. If you don’t own skates, you can rent them and for new skaters we offer walkers to help you get used to the ice. Enjoy a family skate night with refreshments! More serious about skating, consider lessons or clinics. Public skating is open to the recreational ice user and both locations host skating sessions for all ages and abilities. www.midhudsonciviccenter.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

SKI NY PASSPORT PROGRAM, PO Box 375, Jamesville, NY, 13078, 315-696-6550, passport@iskiny.com. The SKI NY Passport Program allows kids who are in 3rd and 4th grade to ski for free* with an adult ticket purchase. Kids can use this passport at over 25 NYS Ski Areas and can use it twice at each ski area. Apply online at iskiny.com and the passport card is emailed to you when complete ready to use! iskiny.com*A $41 processing fee applies.

WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746. http://waltwhitman.org/

NORTH CAROLINA 

CHEROKEE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, Cherokee Cultural District, Cherokee NC,828-497-2111 ext. 205, groupsandtouring@cherokeeadventure.com. https://www.cherokeehistorical.org.

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.

INGRAM PLANETARIUM, 7625 High Market Street, Sunset Beach, NC 28468, 910-575-0033, education@museumplanetarium.org. Ingram Planetarium is a full-dome, immersive theater and science center in Sunset Beach, NC offering a unique entertainment and education experience. Traditional dome theater shows, laser music shows, and star stories shows are all available. Schedules are shared online at museumplanetarium.org/planetarium-events. The adjacent Paul Dennis Science Hall encourages visitors to learn and explore various scientific disciplines with hands-on activities and interactive displays. museumplanetarium.org/ingram-planetarium/.

MUSEUM OF COASTAL CAROLINA, 21 East 2nd Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469, 910-579-1016, education@museumplanetarium.org. The Museum of Coastal Carolina is a natural history museum located in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Animal exhibits include an aquarium and a touch tank with live sea animals, shells, fossils, insects, a display about sharks, live snakes, bird dioramas, and an ocean reef diorama that includes life-sized models of whales, sharks, sea turtles and rays. Other exhibits include river basins, the effects of stormwater runoff and beach litter on the water’s ecology, barrier islands and tides. The museum also includes displays of local and maritime history, including shipbuilding and area Native Americans. Family programs, special evening events, and lectures featuring local experts are all shared on the website. museumplanetarium.org/museum-of-coastal-carolina/

OHIO

FORT LAURENS, 11067 Fort Laurens Rd NW, Bolivar OH 44612, (330) 874-3011, fortlaurens@gmail.com. https://fortlaurens.org/. Fort Laurens is Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort and features a museum, memorial, Tomb of the Unknown Patriot, and visible outline of the original fort. The site was considered a steppingstone across the West to stage an attack on the British at Fort Detroit during the American Revolution. Along with Historic Zoar Village, Fort Laurens is managed by the Zoar Community Association.

HISTORIC ZOAR VILLAGE, The Zoar Store & Visitor’s Center, 198 Main Street. Zoar, Ohio 44697, 330-874-3011 or toll free at 800-262-6195, zoarinfo@historiczoarvillage.com. https://historiczoarvillage.com/. Historic Zoar Village was founded by German Separatists in 1817 and thrived as a communal settlement for more than 80 years. Zoar’s historical district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was recently named a National Historic Landmark District. Dozens of village structures have been painstakingly preserved through the collaborative efforts of the Zoar Community Association, private residents. and the Ohio Historical Society.

LAKE ERIE NATURE & SCIENCE CENTER, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, OH 44140, 440-871-2900, info@lensc.org. Serving children and families for over 75 years, the nonprofit Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is a treasured community asset that gives people a living, breathing connection to the natural world. A unique combination of resources can be found only at the Center: live animal exhibits, wildlife rehabilitation services, a public access planetarium, and a park setting along the shores of Lake Erie. Homeschoolers get their dose of science and nature in our standards-based field trips. Choose from a variety of virtual and in-person programs in the areas of life science, physical science, space science, and earth science. www.lensc.org/homeschool-programs

THE CASTLE MUSEUM, 418 Fourth Street, Marietta, OH 45750, 740-373-4180, education@mariettacastle.org. Experience life in the nineteenth century with a visit to The Castle Historic House Museum. It’s the ideal place to immerse your students in the history of nineteenth century America with experiential tours and hands-on activities. The Castle offers standards-based educational opportunities for classroom students, homeschoolers, scouts, or youth groups. We also can tailor programs to fit your group’s area of interest. mariettacastle.org.

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106, 216 231-7300, sjones@clevelandorchestra.com. The Cleveland Orchestra is your partner in music education. Nurture your passion for music with learning opportunities for all ages, both in-person and online. https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/engage/education-programs/

PENNSYLVANIA

AMERICAN SWEDISH HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa 19145, 215-289-1776 x108, rkiskaddon@americanswedish.org. Visit the American Swedish Historical Museum with your class to learn the forgotten history of Swedes in Philadelphia. Built in 1926 during the sesquicentennial, the museum’s unique interior is divided into a dozen galleries designed to highlight Scandinavian influences in America. The galleries explore a range of topics including the New Sweden Colony, women’s history, scientific innovations, and Swedish craft arts such as glass making and woodworking. ASHM has something for every age group from Pre-k through 12th. Our 60- 90-minute programs offer interactive gallery tours, hands-on activities and take-home craft projects. Request a tour program today! www.americanswedish.org/education.

ARTS MATTERS STUDIO 486 Royer Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601. http://www.artmattersstudio.com/

DRAKE WELL MUSEUM AND PARK, 202 Museum Lane, Titusville, PA 16354, 814-827-2797, hemcfadden@pa.gov. Drake Well Museum and Park chronicles the birth and development of the petroleum industry in Pennsylvania as well as its growth into a global enterprise. The museum’s 240-acre site features a board-for-board replica of Edwin L. Drake’s engine house built around the National Historic Landmark well, operating oil field machinery, 12,000 square feet of interior exhibits and the largest artifact and archival collection focused on the birth of the industry. Enjoy engaging and experiential indoor/outdoor learning environments, our historic site offers an abundance of year-round recreational opportunities.  Come enjoy paved bike trails, delayed harvest fly fishing, modern picnic facilities, hiking trails in neighboring Oil Creek State Park. drakewell.org

GETTYSBURG FOUNDATION, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325. https://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/

GLENCAIRN MUSEUM, 1001 Cathedral Road, P.O. Box 757, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009, 267-502-2600, info@glencairnmuseum.org. Glencairn Museum is a museum of religion, art, and history, dedicated to using art and artifacts—as inspirational expressions of human faith—to foster empathy and help students and visitors better understand the history of religion. Our programs are designed for a diverse range of ages and learning styles, including both in-person and virtual learning. They invite discussion and discovery of art, objects, and other cultural expressions of faith, guiding students to discover how people are more alike than different, and creating a space for self-reflection and empathy. Our hope, whether you visit the Museum in person or online, is that these programs bring the people represented in Glencairn’s collections to life. https://glencairnmuseum.org

HERSHEY GARDENS, 170 Hotel Road, Hershey, PA 17033, 717-534-3492, info@hersheygardens.org. Hershey Gardens is filled with beautiful themed gardens, colorful seasonal displays, unique trees, an indoor, tropical Butterfly Atrium and thousands of breathtaking rose bushes. Field trips are welcomed year-round, from guided programs to self-guided experiences and specific homeschool days during the spring and fall seasons. Field Trip Programs provide hands on STEM experiences in entomology and botany and include a visit to the indoor Butterfly Atrium and Educational and Horticultural Wing of the Conservatory. https://www.hersheygardens.org/

ISETT HERITAGE MUSEUM, 11941 Stone Creek Ridge Road, Huntingdon, PA  16652, 814-643-9600, isetthmuseum@gmail.com. Located in Huntingdon, PA, Isett Heritage Museum is a non-profit foundation dedicated to preserving and sharing history. With three buildings that cover hundreds of years of history, it’s easy to find something that everyone will enjoy.  Adults will enjoy a walk down memory lane while students will enjoy learning about local, American, and world history.  The museum is open all year and staffed with knowledgeable guides, it’s the ideal location for a field trip that is both entertaining and educational. For more information follow us on Facebook, visit our website at http://isettacres.com/ or contact us at 814-643-9600.

JULIUS STURGIS PRETZEL BAKERY, 219 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543, 717-626-4354. info@juliussturgis.com. The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is located in historic Lititz, PA, in the middle of beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Visitors can tour the original pretzel baker, get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting using a playdough mixture, observe our bakers twisting old-fashioned soft pretzels by hand, and shop for delicious treats and souvenirs in our bakery story. https://juliussturgis.com/.

KREIDER FARMS DAIRY TOUR, 1463 Lancaster Road (Welcome Center, Manheim, PA 17545, farmtour@kreiderfamrs.com. Enjoy seeing a real-working dairy farm. Our family-owned farm has been in business since 1935. We offer an up-close view of the daily activities on the farm, a ride through the Maternity Barn where you may see a live calf birth, and view of the milking operation where we milk 1700 cows three times a day. See a breathtaking view of our farm and surrounding Lancaster County farmland from our 100-foot talk Silo Observation Tower. Our tour guide will ride with you on your bus or our bus/trolley for the duration of the tour and give you many interesting and fun facts about Kreider Farms. Reservations are required in advance. The tour time is 90 minutes. www.kreiderfarms.com/farmtour.

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.

MILLBROOK MARSH NATURE CENTER, 548 Puddintown Road, State College, PA 16801, 814-235-7819, mmnc@crcog.net. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center offers nature-based and environmental programs for people and groups of all ages. The Nature Classroom is a program series specifically for homeschoolers with past topics including shelter building, animal tracks, and more! We also host a fall homeschool event, summer day camps, family special events, naturalist-led birthday parties and event and party rentals in our 1850s bank barn and LEED Silver certified Spring Creek Education Building. Our nature-themed group programs are also perfect for homeschool families and groups! Millbrook Marsh has over 50 acres of wetland habitat, great for short hikes and wildlife viewing. www.crpr.org/millbrook-marsh-nature-center.

PENNSYLVANIA LUMBER MUSEUM, 5660 US Route 6, Ulysses Township, PA 16948, P.O. Box 239, Galeton, PA 16922, 814-435-2652, palumbermuseum@gmail.com. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum tells the story of PA’s rich lumbering history and promotes the ongoing care, management, and recreational use of its forests. Museum exhibits feature thousands of objects ranging from prehistoric stone tools to early chain saws. Interactive activities simulate chopping and sawing a tree, piloting a log raft and racing locomotives. The historic logging camp on the 160-acre museum property includes a 70-ton Shay locomotive and 1910 Barnhart log loader. A rustic log cabin build by the CCC showcases the program’s iconic craftsmanship. Guest will also explore our sawmill, birch still, Brookville engine, Bob Webber cabin, and Sustainable Forestry Trail. http://lumbermuseum.org/

PUNXSUTAWNEY WEATHER DISCOVERY CENTER, 201 N. Findley Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767, 814-938-1000, info@weatherdiscovery.org. If you find all kinds of weather interesting, then you’ll enjoy the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center! It’s an interactive museum all about the science and folklore of weather. You’ll learn about tornadoes, precipitation, lightning, the seasons, storms and more. You’ll visit our Weather Emergency Shelter to discover what to do in a weather emergency and you’ll try your hand at being a television weather forecaster at our AccuWeather Forecasting Station. And if you’ve always wanted the inside scoop on Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog, you’ll get it in our Weather Lore Landscape! Plan your visit today! https://weatherdiscovery.org/

QUIET VALLEY LIVING HISTORICAL FARM, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg PA 18360, 570-992-6161, farm@quietvalley.org. Quiet Valley was the homestead of the Depper family, who came here in the 1760’s from Germany.  Visitors can learn about life on small family farms of the 1800s. See guides going about typical tasks such as animal husbandry, spinning, hearth cooking and more. Quiet Valley is open to the public for historic tours in the summer from the 3rd Saturday in June to Labor Day, plus there are several major and minor events. During the rest of the year, the farm is open by reservation for a variety of educational programs, field trips and workshops. Check the website https://quietvalley.org/.

READING PUBLIC MUSEUM, 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA 19611. https://www.readingpublicmuseum.org

SANDERSON MUSEUM, 1755 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317, 610-388-6545, info@sandersonmuseum.org. https://sandersonmuseum.org/ 

SUSQUEHANNA ART MUSEUM, 1401 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102, 717-233-8668, info@SusquehannaArtMuseum.org. https://susquehannaartmuseum.org/ 

THE HERSHEY STORY MUSEUM, 63 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033, 717- 520 -5588, elalindsay@hersheystory.org. Discover the life and legacy of Milton Hershey as students learn how he overcame multiple business failures before finding sweet success. Explore the early years of the company through interactive exhibits such as building a Kiss making machine and creating your own candy bar wrapper. Understand why Mr. Hershey developed a unique town for his workers and why he gave away his fortune twice to help his community and to serve underprivileged children. Love chocolate? Make your own chocolate creation while you learn about the chocolate making process in our Chocolate Lab. Special educational programs available for homeschooling families and groups of all ages! Contact us for more information or to book a private program. Hersheystory.org.

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. SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS! 610-838-2257; markjen@ptd.net. This 53rd 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 volunteers, in addition to professional guest artists. A School Performance Guide is available by emailing pyb@rcn.com or calling 610-865-0353. https://www.bglv.org.

VERMONT

BRATTLEBORO MUSEUM & ART CENTER, 10 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301, 802-257-0124, kirsten@brattleboromuseum.org BMAC is a contemporary art museum focused on the work of living artists. An anchor of Brattleboro’s vibrant cultural life, we bring notable art and artists to Brattleboro, and provide a showcase for our region’s own artistic riches. The Museum presents about 15–20 exhibitions and 50–60 cultural and educational events each year. These include artist talks, workshops, performances, film screenings, studio tours, and an assortment of events aimed at families. Rounding out our activities is a rich array of education programs serving thousands of children of all ages from the surrounding area. For students in grades K-12, we offer numerous opportunities to engage with art both at the Museum and at home. brattleboromuseum.org.

VIRGINIA

ASHBURN ICE HOUSE, 21595 Smith Switch Road, Ashburn, VA 20147, (703) 858-0300, info@ashburnice.com. The Ashburn Ice House is your Loudoun County Community Rink! We offer numerous skating options for all ages and abilities from Learn to Skate all the way to Hockey Leagues. Need a place to host a party or event? We have options for that too! Just want to hit the ice? Join us for a public skating session and enjoy skating with us! https://www.ashburnice.com.

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. For operating hours and information regarding Great House Tours, grounds, lodging, and events, please visit our website at https://www.stratfordhall.org/

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Clarks Summit, PA 18411
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Clarks Summit, PA 18411
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