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, Summer Camps & Family Vacations is for you!

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CAMP MCDOWELL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER, 105 Delong Road, Nauvoo, AL 35578, 205-387-1806, 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.

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

THE EVELYN BURROW MUSEUM, 801 Main Street NW, Hanceville, AL 35077, 256-352-8457, In addition to an outstanding lineup of visiting exhibitions, the Evelyn Burrow Museum presents a unique collection of decorative arts from the Victorian era to modern times, from fine examples of delicately crafted porcelain to artful everyday wares. This extraordinary collection includes more than 5,000 objects primarily of porcelain and pottery, glass, and bronze, highlights of which are displayed thematically throughout the museum. Visitors are invited to share Mrs. Burrow¹s appreciation for the decorative arts, her passion for collecting and her particular love of horses in this exhibition. The Evelyn Burrow Museum is located on the campus of Wallace State Community College in The Otis and Evelyn Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. For more information or a calendar of events, call 256-352-8457 or visit

THE MOOseum, 201 S. Bainbridge Street, Montgomery, AL 36104, 334-265-1867, 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!


CONNECTICUT RIVER MUSEUM, 67 Main St, Essex, CT 06426, (860) 767-8269, 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:

LITCHFIELD JAZZ CAMP AT THE GUNNERY, 22 Kirby Road, Washington, CT 06793, 860-361-6285, LJC is a coed one-to-four-week residential or day program for vocalists and instrumentalists, ages 13-18, hosted by The Gunnery. There is no pre-audition required to attend. We focus on individual musical and personal growth using small groups, hands-on experience and skill-based combos.


DELAWARE AEROSPACE ACADEMY, P.0. Box 125, Bear, Delaware 19701,, (302) 834-1978. Have you ever thought about the year 2020? The 21st Century is a time of probes, lunar outposts and human missions to Mars. The future holds undreamed of scientific and technological opportunities. The Delaware Aerospace Academy hopes of prepare student for those hands-on training and experiences through our Destination Academies in related activities and fields. All academies are designed to integrate the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) using Earth, Science and Space Education as the unifying framework. Young people of all ages are enraptured with innovation, technology and exploration. The academy has helped to intensify and channel that fascination. Visit

RESORTQUEST BY WYNDHAM VACATION RENTALS, 33176 Coastal Highway, Suite 3, Bethany Beach, DE 19930, 1-302-541-8850, ResortQuest takes the business of your vacation very seriously and are committed to exceptional customer service from booking to arrival and from check-in to check out … and beyond. Serving Coastal Delaware since the early 1970s, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals has the privilege of representing more than 800 privately-owned vacation rentals – ranging from oceanfront condos to golf course getaways and from colossal coastal cottages (up to 11 bedrooms, sleeping 22) to quiet canal front escapes with private pools. Available In a variety of locations and price points, all are detailed on RQ’s Web site with photos, descriptions and calendars – and all are bookable online. Your family’s next beach adventure is waiting. What are you waiting for? Start your vacation rental search at


APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART, 4333 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala, FL 34471, 352-291-4455, 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.

AUDUBON CENTER FOR BIRDS OF PREY, 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751, 407-644-0190, 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.

EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY, Daytona Beach Campus, 600 South Clyde Morris Boulevard, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114, 386-226-6100, 800-862-2416, Welcome to Summer Camps at Embry-Riddle. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is one of the best technological universities in the country, and we strive to be an active and positive member of the community. We invite you and your kids to experience the perfect mix of academic challenge and summer fun with Embry-Riddle’s Summer Programs. Join other motivated students from around the globe and prepare for a thrilling summer. Both Day Camps and Overnight Camps are offered in subjects such as aviation, math, robotics, space, flight, mechanical engineering, global security, or what it is like to be a NASA astronaut. For more information or to register, visit

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES-SUNCOAST, INC. 10596 Gandy Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Fl. 33702, 727-317-4263, As a Junior Ambassador of Goodwill students will earn community service hours in a fun and meaningful way. Our week-long summer program will introduce students to Goodwill and its daily operations. Each day the students will volunteer in a different setting helping others in the community. Areas of participation include: Goodwill’s retail and outlet stores, warehouse operations, Life Skills Development program for adults with disabilities, and Goodwill’s Bookworks childhood literacy program. Students earn up to 35 hours per week to be used for such requirements as Florida Bright Futures Scholarship application. This free-of-charge week-long summer program runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday, in four Florida cities: St. Petersburg (6 one-week sessions), Clearwater (4 one-week sessions), Lakeland (6 one-week sessions), and Ocala (4 one-week sessions). Lunch is provided daily. Each participant will receive two t-shirts to wear while volunteering and a certificate of completion at the end of the week. Goodwill Industries-Suncoast serves the communities of ten Florida Suncoast Counties: Citrus, Levy, Marion, Sumter, Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, and Highlands.

ST. AUGUSTINE WILD RESERVE, 5190 Farm Creek Road, St. Augustine, FL 32092. 904-940-0664, Do you love wild animals? If you do, then you should visit the St. Augustine Wildlife Reserve. It is full of exotic, interesting animals, and you get to see them from only a few feet away. You can even see a tiger taking a bubble bath, and more! The sanctuary is a rescue center for exotic species from all over the world. Some animals were people’s pets, but the owners decided they could not provide the proper care. Many were confiscated and donated by Florida Fish and Wildlife. The St. Augustine Wildlife Reserve’s goal is to educate the public about exotic animal ownership, which they do not advise, and prevent future animal cruelty. The reserve was founded by Deborah Warrick, who has worked with exotic species her whole life after being trained in zoo keeping at the Los Angeles Zoo. To see all the animals and the extraordinary reserve, you must book a tour online ahead of time. To book your tour or private group outing, contact the St. Augustine Wild Reserve at (904) 940-0664 or email The St. Augustine Wildlife Reserve is a great place to visit.


ANNAPOLIS MARITIME MUSEUM & PARK, 723 Second Street, Annapolis, MD 21403, 410-295-0104, Explore the Chesapeake Bay! Bring students to AMM 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. AMM 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 AMM school programs are available to homeschool students year-round. For a complete list of offerings, call 410-295-0104 x27 or visit

COUNTRY DANCE & SONG SOCIETY SUMMER TRADITIONAL DANCE, MUSIC, & SONG CAMPS, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite #345, Easthampton, MA 01027, 413-203-5467 x 2, Share the joy of traditional English and American dance, music, and song: contras and squares, English country dance, morris and sword dance, instrumental music, folk songs, and more. Our lives are made sweeter by raising our voices in song, making music with others, and connecting with friends on the dance floor, and our summer camp programs celebrate this. 4 great family weeks, 3 great locations: Plymouth, MA; Lyman, NH; Cascade, MD. All levels of experience welcome!

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER FLAG HOUSE & MUSEUM, 844 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, 410-837-1793, 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 for more information.


COUNTRY DANCE & SONG SOCIETY SUMMER TRADITIONAL DANCE, MUSIC, & SONG CAMPS, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite #345, Easthampton, MA 01027, 413-203-5467 x 2, Share the joy of traditional English and American dance, music, and song: contras and squares, English country dance, morris and sword dance, instrumental music, folk songs, and more. Our lives are made sweeter by raising our voices in song, making music with others, and connecting with friends on the dance floor, and our summer camp programs celebrate this. 4 great family weeks, 3 great locations: Plymouth, MA; Lyman, NH; Cascade, MD. All levels of experience welcome!


OAKLAND UNIVERSITY SUMMER MUSIC CAMPS, 371 Varner Drive, 207 Varner Hall, Rochester, MI 48309,


COUNTRY DANCE & SONG SOCIETY SUMMER TRADITIONAL DANCE, MUSIC, & SONG CAMPS, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite #345, Easthampton, MA 01027, 413-203-5467 x 2, Share the joy of traditional English and American dance, music, and song: contras and squares, English country dance, morris and sword dance, instrumental music, folk songs, and more. Our lives are made sweeter by raising our voices in song, making music with others, and connecting with friends on the dance floor, and our summer camp programs celebrate this. 4 great family weeks, 3 great locations: Plymouth, MA; Lyman, NH; Cascade, MD. All levels of experience welcome!

KROKA EXPEDITIONS, 767 Forest Road, Marlow, NH 03456,

NEW HAMPSHIRE TELEPHONE MUSEUM, 1 Depot Street, Warner, NH 03278,


iPLAY AMERICA From the moment you walk into iPlay America’s one-of-a-kind, over 155,000 square-foot space, you enter a world of fun like no other. This is where the Jersey Shore boardwalk meets the energy of the streets of New York City, complete with Brownstones and quaint shops, all invigorated by the excitement of INDOOR rides and attractions. That’s 4 acres of family fun ALL YEAR LONG! Plus, it’s always free to enter. From Lasertron, our all-new two-level laser tag area, to Go Karts and Ropes Courses, we offer a variety of affordable play packages for kids and adults of all ages! But, iPlay America isn’t just about fun arcade games, wild rides and birthday parties. Every week, we feature music, great food specials, $1 pool at the Game Time Bar & Grill and unforgettable premier concerts and events at our event center! We can even host your corporate party, team building outing, charity gala or trade show. Check us out at & get inside the fun. We look forward to your visit!

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

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

(NJ) THE WRITERS CIRCLE SUMMER CREATIVE WRITING INTENSIVES AT DREW UNIVERSITY, Madison, NJ, 973-900-0445, . If your Teen loves to write, The Writers Circle Summer Creative Writing Intensives at Drew University is the perfect place to hone their craft in a generous, creative environment. Three Week-long Intensives and Writing Daily, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM. 2019 Dates: Week 1: July 22-26, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM; Week 2: July 29-August 2, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM; Week 3: August 5-9, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM. Join us for one, two, or all three weeks! At our summer writing camps, students will develop their voices and writing ideas in a generous, creative environment with professional authors as instructors. Each week they’ll choose from two different genres to focus on – fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and more. They’ll focus on their own writing projects as well as new work inspired by creative exercises and prompts. They’ll receive supportive, constructive feedback from instructors and peers. Special excursions, literary inter-activities, and a reading on Fridays for family and friends will round out the week. They’ll also have the chance to submit their work for publication in The Writers Circle’s online journal. For more information, visit

(NJ) THE WRITERS CIRCLE WordSMASH: CREATIVE WRITING MINI-CAMPS FOR RISING 1ST-7TH GRADERS, Summit, South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair and Morristown, 973-900-0445, This two-hour per afternoon, week-long program is chock-full of writing games, wacky prompts, and time to sink into a favorite book just to read! Seasoned writers will be challenged by story starters unlike anything they’ve seen in school. Reluctant writers will find TWC’s interactive games and prompts an irresistible invitation to start creating. Our collaborative, energetic environment will lay the foundation for kids to let loose and let the words flow. Let WordSMASH! keep writing and reading alive for your kids this summer! See our full line-up of workshops for children, teens and adults in Summit, South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair and morristown. Visit for more information.


ALBANY PINE BUSH PRESERVE AND DISCOVERY CENTER, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205, 518-456-0655, 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. 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. For more information, visit or call 518-456-0655.

ALMANZO WILDER HOMESTEAD, 177 Stacy Road, Malone NY 12953, 518-483-1207, The Wilder Homestead is the boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder and site of the book, Farmer Boy, written by his wife, Laura Ingalls Wilder. The historic site includes the original Wilder home, reconstructed barns, and a replica one room schoolhouse. Visitors can even follow the trail to Trout River, where Almanzo helped wash the sheep! Open Memorial Weekend through September 30th.

GIRL SCOUTS OF GREATER NEW YORK URBAN DAY CAMP, Girl Scouts of Greater New York Offices, 40 Wall St. Suite 708, New York, NY 10005, Camp Locations available upon request, 212-645-4000 ext. 237, Girl Scouts of Greater New York Urban Day Camp provides opportunities for elementary school-aged girls, grade 2nd to 5th, to explore the wonders of the natural world around them! With 7 total sites located throughout all 5 boroughs of NYC, this unique program reinforces environmental stewardship and science concepts in exciting and engaging ways; from badge earning and science experiments to outdoor skill building and exclusive experiences at many of NYC’s parks, beaches, and outdoors spaces. As campers, girls develop invaluable skills such as team building, problem solving, risk taking, and critical thinking. We do this by sparking girls’ curiosity and creativity with immersive activities that give girls the skills and experiences that are essential to girls becoming confident and independent in life and while outdoors. Empowering girls to explore, discover, and connect with nature in a new and exciting ways!

MUSIC FOR HOMESCHOOLERS, Carrie Hooper, 601 Robinson Street, Elmira, NY 14904, 607-732-6788, 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: Subject line should read: Language lessons or Music lessons.

THE ASHOKAN CENTER, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461, 845-657-8333, The Ashokan Center is a not-for-profit arts & environmental education center located on 385 beautiful acres of forests, fields, and streams in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Our mission is to teach, inspire and build community through shared experiences in nature, history, music and art. We offer day and overnight environmental and arts education programs for students of all ages, a series of renowned Ashokan Music & Dance Camps, concerts and festivals, dances, workshops, and more.

THE FASHION CLASS, 21 West 39th Street 4th Floor, New York NY 10018, 646-329-6663, The Fashion Class is a children’s sewing program with studios in Manhattan. Students, ages 6 through 17, are taught to sew with real sewing machines while they design and make clothing. In addition to sewing The Fashion Class offers home-school lessons on Fashion History, Textile Science, Entrepreneurship, Illustration and Branding.

USS SLATER, P O Box 1926 (Broadway & Quay Street), Albany, New York 12201, 518-431-1943, During World War II Destroyer Escorts battled Nazi U-Boats on the North Atlantic protecting convoys of men and supplies. In the Pacific, they stood first in line to defend naval task forces from Kamikaze attacks. Today only one remains afloat in America. Step back in time. Return to 1945 aboard the USS SLATER. See how sailors worked, hear the sounds of a living ship, touch a piece of American history, and walk the decks where hundreds of sailors have walked before. USS SLATER is a National Historic Landmark.

VILLA MARIA COLLEGE, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Buffalo, NY 14225, 716-961-1815, Villa presents camps for high school students interested in animation, audio recording, web design, writing, interior design and more. Each of these camps are fun, educational and let students explore potential career ideas and opportunities. You can learn more about summer camps at Villa Maria by contacting Connie Broniszewski at 716-961-1815.

WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE NYS HISTORIC SITE & INTERPRETIVE CENTER, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746, 631-427-5240, 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. Art programs and Social Butterfly Teas for groups available at $20 per child with $100 group minimum.


CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Tri-C®), 700 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115, 216-987-6000. Summer Camps are designed for children ages 4-18. Choose from 24 camps in Brunswick, Cleveland, Highland Hills, Parma, Warrensville Heights and Westlake. Camps run June 3-Aug. 3, 2019 and range in cost from free to $575. Whether your child is a young performer or a budding engineer, Tri-C Summer Camps will help them discover their passions and talents. Experience basketball, culinary, film, game design, music, performing arts, soccer, softball and STEM. For more information or to register, call 216-987-3075, Option 1 or visit

HISTORIC ZOAR VILLAGE, 198 Main Street, Zoar, OH 44697, 330-874-3011, Those of us living in 21st-century America find it difficult to imagine living without religious freedom. Yet, that is exactly what brought the Separatists to America in 1817. This group of over 200 German Separatists decided to “separate” themselves from the Lutheran Church, the official church of German state of Württemberg, rather than compromise their convictions. They left their friends, family, and homeland to seek religious refuge in America. But that’s only the very beginning of the Separatists’ story. Visit us and you’ll take a journey back in time to understand the German Separatists who made this their home. You’ll see first-hand how they lived, worked, worshipped, and governed, and what made them so successful and what would eventually be their undoing. It is an exciting story—and we love being able to share it.

KELTON HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDEN, a service of the Junior League of Columbus, 586 E. Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215, 614.464.2022, 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.

THE WARTHER MUSEUM, 331 Karl Avenue, Dover, Ohio 44622, 330-432-6947, 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.


BALLET GUILD OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY, Spring Ballet 2019 – Coppelia, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18015. Friday, May 31, 2019 – 10 am – Performance for school students. School performance tickets at a deeply discounted rate may be purchased by visiting to download the reservation form, or by emailing

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.

“COPPELIA” at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015, 610-758-2787 (Zoellner Arts Center Box Office), Dancers from Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and professional guest artists will appear in this production, with choreography by Artistic Director Karen Kroninger Knerr; including an original puppet by Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre. One of the best-loved comedic ballets, “Coppélia” is an enchanting tale about a mad inventor and the life-like doll he creates. When a village boy becomes infatuated with the doll (thinking it’s a real girl!), his fiancée becomes unhappy. The ensuing mix-ups and misunderstandings between the two young lovers sets the stage for plenty of hilarity. With colorful costumes and joyful dancing, this ballet is sure to delight both young and old alike!

ERIE JUNIOR PHILHARMONIC, 23 West 10th Street, Erie, PA 16501, 814-455-1375, 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 or 814-455-1375 ext. 24.

FALLINGWATER, 1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, PA 15464, 724-329-7840, 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.

GREEN VALLEYS WATERSHED ASSOCIATION AT WELKINWEIR, 1368 Prizer Road, Pottstown, PA 19465, 610-469-8646, Green Valleys Watershed Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the waterways of northern Chester County. We inspire, educate, and involve our community to make a difference for this generation and for generations to come. Summer Nature Day Camp encourages a healthy connection to the world and engages children’s natural curiosity through outdoor play and environmental and science education activities. Each camp week offers a different theme, and includes various activities, art projects, games and explorations of forest, meadows, and waterways on our headquarters of Welkinweir, a 219-acre sanctuary in East Nantmeal Township.

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

HERR’S SNACK FACTORY TOUR, 271 Old Baltimore Pike, Nottingham, PA 19362, 800-637-6225, 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.

HOME TEXTILE TOOL MUSEUM, 1819 Orwell Hill Road, Rome, PA 18837, HTTM is dedicated to the understanding of textile production in the rural home in the 19th century. A variety of programs and workshops are offered using tools and techniques of early America for spinning wool and flax, weaving, natural dyeing, basket making, and other homestead skills. Escorted tours. See 40 spinning wheels and many timber frame looms from the 1800s.

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

JULIUS STURGIS PRETZEL BAKERY, 219 E. Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543, 717-626-4354, 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.

MILLBROOK MARSH NATURE CENTER, 548 Puddintown Road, State College, PA 16801, 814-235-7819, 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.

NATIONAL TOY TRAIN MUSEUM, 300 Paradise Lane, Ronks, PA 17572, 717-687-8976, 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.

PENN STATE SCRANTON SUMMER CAMPS, 120 Ridge View Drive, Dunmore, PA 18512,,

PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE MUSEUM, 187 E. Hershey Park Drive, Hershey, PA 17033, 717-534-0565, The Pennsylvania State Police Historical, Education, and Memorial Center (PSP-HEMC) is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the PA State Police. Our Museum houses hundreds of artifacts and photographs with exhibits featuring vehicles, uniforms, dogs, crime scene paraphernalia, and much more. The Museum also memorializes those who have died in the line of duty and recognizes the dedication of those who have served. We invite you to step into the past and experience the rich and proud history of our nation’s first constabulary.

QUIET VALLEY LIVING HISTORICAL FARM, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg PA 18360, 570-992-6161, 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.

READING PUBLIC MUSEUM, 500 Museum Road, Reading PA, 19611, 610-371-5850 x 223, 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 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

SCIENCE CAMP WATONKA, PO Box 127, Hawley, PA 18428, 570-226-4779, Science Camp Watonka offers a fully elective program of Sciences, Sports and Adventure with a full range of waterfront, craft, woodwork, dirt-bikes, marksmanship and archery activities. Our facilities include modern cabins, science buildings, great sports areas, private lake and one of the most extensive ropes adventure courses in the Northeast with a 50ft tower, 50ft wall, team building and two zip lines. Ours is a small personal camp with excellent long-term staff and counselors; offering a unique program to campers who often return to us for many years. Accredited by the American Camp Association, we are the best choice for a summer of science fun.

WHITAKER CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND THE ARTS, 222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101, 717-214-ARTS (2787), 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.


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

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


COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, 222 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 416-2001. 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.


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

SHELBURNE MUSEUM, 6000 Shelburne Road, PO Box 10, Shelburne, VT 05482, (802) 985-3346, 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!


JAMES MONROE HIGHLAND, 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902, (434) 293-8000, 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: Or visit our website at

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT & AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM AT YORKTOWN, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, PO Box 1607, Williamsburg, VA 23187, (757) 253-4939; toll-free (888) 868-7593, History is Fun for Homeschool students at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Homeschoolers will love discovering the sights and sounds of the 17th and 18th centuries while learning about their nation’s history. Parents will love the variety of curriculum-based education programs offered for a range of grade levels – all taught by trained museum educators. In addition to homeschool daily rates, only available for purchase on site, the entire family can enjoy hands-on history at both museums May 20 – June 2 during “Homeschool Program Days” with special admission and themed tours of the museums’ outdoor living-history areas.

MASSANUTTEN RESORT, 1822 Resort Drive, Massanutten, VA 22840, 540.289.9441, 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.

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

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

THE VIRGINIA QUILT MUSEUM, 301 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, (540) 433 – 3818, 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.

THE WEEMS-BOTTS MUSEUM, 3944 Cameron Street, Dumfries, Virginia 22026, 703-221-2218, Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization that operates the Weems-Botts Museum, hosts educational programs and events, and maintains a research library, archive, and collections on Dumfries’ history. Our mission is to preserve and promote the historic heritage of Dumfries – Virginia’s oldest chartered town.

TIDEWATER COMMUNITY COLLEGE, COLLEGE AND CAREER EXPLORATION SUMMER CAMPS, Suffolk Campus, Center for Workforce Solutions, 7000 College Drive. Suffolk, VA 23435, 757-822-1505, TCC College and Career Exploration Summer Camps give students the opportunity to explore college and careers. Elementary, middle and high school students in Hampton Roads imagine their futures with hands-on experience in a variety of career fields. TCC’s camp schedule offers over 90 camps in seven weeks on five TCC campuses with many new camps added for summer 2018. For more information, please contact Dr. Emily Richardson at 757-822-1505 or For more information, visit


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