GUIDE TO FIELD TRIPS, SUMMER CAMPS & 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

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

THE EVELYN BURROW MUSEUM, 801 Main Street NW, Hanceville, AL 35077, 256-352-8457, burrowmuseum@wallacestate.edu. 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. Burrow’s 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. The Burrow Museum frequently hosts traveling exhibits from other museums as well as shows by artists. For more information or a calendar of events, call 256-352-8457 or visit burrowmuseum.org.

 

CONNECTICUT

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

 

DELAWARE

COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL, University of Delaware CMS, 209 Amy du Pont Music Building, Newark, DE 19716, (302) 831- 1548, communitymusicschool@udel.edu. The University of Delaware Community Music School (CMS) is committed to providing quality music education and opportunities to students of all ages and levels of ability. CMS programming includes private music study, children’s choirs, Music for Young Minds, Suzuki Institute, group classes, workshops, various summer camps and a month-long music theatre camp. CMS is a member of the National Guild of Community Arts Education. www.music.udel.edu/cms.

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 AEROSPACE ACADEMY, P.0. Box 125, Bear, Delaware 19701, dasef.outpost@verizon.net, (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 http://www.dasef.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.

RESORTQUEST BY WYNDHAM VACATION RENTALS, 33176 Coastal Highway, Suite 3, Bethany Beach, DE 19930, 1-302-541-8850, timothy.fisher@wynvr.com. 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 RQHomeSchoolers.com.

 

FLORIDA    

CRACKER COUNTRY MUSEUM, 4800 Hwy 301 N., Tampa, FL. 33610, (813) 627-4225. Tampa’s only outdoor living history museum. See our historically furnished buildings that recreate the lifestyles of the past and our costumed interpreters who portray daily living as Florida Pioneers. 13 Original Structures and 4 Beautiful Acres to Explore! Special Homeschool Days held. Visit our website to schedule a tour as we are not open on a daily basis. www.crackercountry.org.

THE NAPLES ART ASSOCIATION, 585 Park Street, Naples, Florida 34102, 239-262-6517, info@NaplesArt.org. Arts programming at the Naples Art Association (NAA) is closely linked to academic success; social and emotional development; and an improvement in motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork.  After much demand, the NAA unveiled a full schedule of homeschool art courses this past season.  The final session of this popular program will run from April 30 through May 26 and include elementary art adventure and elementary creative clay for students ages four to eight-years-old and junior art adventure and junior creative clay for students ages nine to 14-years-old.  www.NaplesArt.org

 

GEORGIA

GEORGIA YOUTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTERS, INC, (GYSTC), Kennesaw State University, 3201 Campus Loop Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144, (470) 578-7592.  GYSTC is dedicated to promoting student interest and achievement in science and mathematics. Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers, Inc. strives to provide quality programs for teachers of STEM subjects that improve the teaching and learning process at the kindergarten through 8th grade levels. We aim to stimulate a child’s interest from an early age to enjoy, not fear, the knowledge of science. In addition, GYSTC’s services continue to enhance teacher quality and student achievement in science and math through innovative programming. GYSTC is located at Kennesaw State University, located just north of Atlanta, with eight regional centers across the state. For more information, visit gystc.org.

KENTUCKY

J.B. SPEED SCHOOL UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, 132 Eastern Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40292, 502-852-7781, offoss@louisville.edu. Explore Engineering through Summer Camp! It’s so much more than math and science; we make engineering fun! Speed School offers a variety of experiential learning, hands-on, day camps for students in 3rd through 12th grade. Weekly camps run 8 am to 2 pm daily in the Speed School’s Engineering Garage. Topics include: App Development, Robotics, Coding and Programming, 3D Printing and Drones. Limited space available so register today! Register open until May 31st. https://uofl.campwizard.net/

OWENSBORO MUSEUM OF FINE ART, 901 Frederica Street, Owensboro, Kentucky 42301, 270-685-3181, info@omfa.us. The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art offers educational opportunities through the Permanent Collection dating from the 15th Century to present, featuring American, European and Asian painting, sculpture and decorative arts. These are complemented by a series of exhibitions on loan from major museums, galleries and private collections from across the country. Exhibitions are interpreted by FREE public events including lectures, demonstrations, performances and classes conducted by visual and performing arts professionals. Regional school systems use the many educational resources of the museum as teaching tools to reach curriculum goals. FREE ART CAMPS feature comprehensive education programming led by prominent regional artists and educators to provide innovative training in the visual arts. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday, 12-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Closed Mondays and National Holidays. The art museum is FREE and OPEN TO ALL. omfa.us.

 

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, kwhitehair@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.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

CDSS SUMMER TRADITIONAL DANCE, MUSIC, & SONG CAMPS, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite #345, Easthampton, MA 01027, 413-203-5467 x 2, camp@cdss.org. 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. We believe that 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. 9 great weeks, 4 great locations: Plymouth, MA; Lexington, MI; Lyman, NH; High View, WV. All levels of experience welcome! www.cdss.org/camp.

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

 

MICHIGAN

PIANO CAMP, Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Varner Hall, Room 207, 371 Varner Drive, Rochester, MI 48309-4485.  The 2018 Piano Camp is for pianists 12-17 years of age. This camp is recommended for intermediate to advanced piano students. Younger pianists will be considered upon recommendation of the faculty. Activities include: Daily Lessons, Duet Classes, Composition Classes, Master Classes, Special Guest Presentations and Performance Opportunities. Camp runs daily from 9 am- 5 pm.  For more information, call (248) 370-2030 or email ttian@oakland.edu or happel@oakland.edu. Visit oakland.edu/mtd/workshops.

 

NEW JERSEY

iPLAY AMERICA is the place to Get Inside the Fun! 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 Bar & 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.

LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE, 354 Great Meadows Road (Rt.611), Hope, NJ 07844, 908-459-5100. It’s Educational, Historical and Fun for all ages! Land of Make Believe is the No. 1 amusement park in North Jersey. A teacher designed and built the park specifically to excite child’s imagination and make learning fun. Our park features interactive Educational & Historical Learning activities in Safe Wholesome Environment. Lowest Group Rates, Free Parking and Free Chaperone program makes it perfect for your group trip! www.Lomb.com.

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/.

YMCA CAMP MASON, 23 Birch Ridge Road, Hardwick, NJ  07825, 908-362-8217, information@campmason.org. YMCA Camp Mason prides itself on offering families a unique blend of traditional and adventure summer camp experiences. Whether you’re looking for a traditional overnight camp, day camp, ranch camp, adventure trips, or a counselor-in-training program, Camp Mason has a program that’s right for you. Generations of campers and families from all walks of life have called Camp Mason their summer home since 1900, creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime. For children and young people, a summer at YMCA Camp Mason builds confidence, self-esteem, and positive relationships. www.campmason.org.

 

NEW YORK

CAMP REECE, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, (212) 289-4732, lisa.howles@campreece.org. Camp Reece is a sleep-away camp for children with special needs from ages 10 through 17.   Our camp is located at Skidmore College which provides an ideal setting for our campers.  We offer a wide range of activities, each specifically designed to meaningfully engage campers while teaching skills, building confidence, improving self-esteem, encouraging social-emotional growth, and, of course, having fun!   Our groups consist of 8 campers to every 3 counselors.  Our skilled and caring staff members differentiate instruction and modify activities whenever needed to ensure campers of all levels, abilities and ages can participate fully and successfully. https://www.campreece.org

LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER, 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers, NY 10710, 844-740-9223, westchester@legolanddiscoverycenter.com. There is so much for homeschoolers to do at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester! New for 2018, LEGO® City Builder! Help build an awesome city by adding your own elements and details right into the display. Put your Ninja skills to the ultimate test in the all-new LEGO Ninjago City Adventure! The 2,300 square-foot play area tests your balance, strength, agility and endurance, all while experiencing 20 interactive features! Homeschoolers can reach out and touch the stars in the 4D cinema, learn LEGO® building secrets from the Master Model Builder and see local iconic landmarks in MINILAND®! Build the tallest tower, with as many LEGO bricks as possible- stand back and watch as the plates move and test the strength of the tower on the Earthquake tables! Don’t miss interactive LEGO rides Kingdom Quest and Merlin’s Apprentice. We also have a café, LEGO Shop, and more! We also offer LEGO® Education workshops on select Homeschool Days every month! Please contact our call center at 844-740-9223 at least 1 week in advance to receive our discounted home school rate. Our upcoming Homeschooler dates for 2017 are, Wednesday, April 18th – What a Great Experience! (Grades 2nd- 6th); Thursday, May 10th – Seasons (Pre-K – 1) and Tuesday, June 5th – Merry Go Round (Grades 4th- 6th). https://westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/.

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

USS SLATER, P O Box 1926 (Broadway & Quay Street), Albany, New York 12201, 518-431-1943, info@ussslater.org 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. www.ussslater.org.

VILLA MARIA COLLEGE, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Buffalo, NY 14225, 716-961-1815, cbroniszewski@villa.edu. 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. www.villa.edu  

 

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.

 

OHIO

CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Tri-C®) Summer Camps are designed for children ages 4-18. Camps run June 4-Aug. 3, 2018 and range in cost from free to $500.  Whether your child is a young performer or a budding engineer, Tri-C Summer Camps will help them grow and realize their full potential. Experience basketball, engineering, film, fitness, leadership, performing arts, music or technology. There are more than 30 camps to choose from in Brunswick, Cleveland, Highland Hills, Parma, Warrensville Hts. and Westlake.  For more information or to register, call 216-987-3075, Option 1 or visit www.tri-c.edu/summercamps.

FAIRFIELD PARKS & RECREATION, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014, 513-867-5348, parks@fairfieldoh.gov. Our exciting camps are a unique and innovative approach to educational and recreational opportunities for youth during the summer months that not only educates them on a variety of positive socially appropriate leisure pursuits, but also provide a high level of supervision for fun summer activities. Our excellent staff includes certified school teachers and college students who participate in pre-employment background checks and a well-rounded leadership training program. Camps range from a few hours each day to full-day camps with topics for a wide range of interests including arts and crafts, cooking, science, Bricks 4 Kidz, performing arts, nature activities, and more. www.fairfieldoh.gov/camps.

HISTORIC ROSCOE VILLAGE, 600 N. Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, OH 43812, 1-800-877-1830, rvmarketing@roscoevillage.com. Roscoe Village is a bridge to a time when the canal system changed the course of Ohio history. Visitors to this unique and picturesque Village can step back into the story of Ohio’s heritage and be immersed in living history during their tour. The restored 1830’s port town is a stage for costumed interpreters and crafters portraying the life of those who lived and worked here. Guests who board the Monticello III can relax on the horse-drawn canal boat, while listening to stories of life on the Ohio Erie canal as relayed by the Captain. Whatever path may be taken at Roscoe Village, it will lead visitors to a day to remember. https://www.roscoevillage.com.

HISTORIC ZOAR VILLAGE, 198 Main Street, Zoar, OH 44697, 330-874-3011, zoarinfo@historiczoarvillage.com. 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. www.historiczoarvillage.com.

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

 

PENNSYLVANIA

“A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM” and “THE ENCHANTED WOODS” at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA  18015, 610-758-2787, Zoellner Arts Center Box Office, pyb@rcn.com. Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. presents two family-friendly ballets on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” featuring PYB Pre-Professional dancers and guest artists, is based on William Shakespeare’s comedy about the romantic adventures and misadventures of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies. “The Enchanted Woods,” a new comedic ballet featuring beloved fairy-tale characters and their hilarious mixed-up experiences as they stroll through the woods, was choreographed by Artistic Director Karen Knerr, set to original music by Music Director Eugene Albulescu. https://www.bglv.org

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

GETTYSBURG, PA, DESTINATION GETTYSBURG, 571 W. Middle Street, 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.  Go’N Bananas is fun for every age! www.gonbananas.com.

HOME TEXTILE TOOL MUSEUM, 1819 Orwell Hill Road, PA 18837, info@httm.org. 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. www.httm.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, contact us at 814-643-9600, or visit our website at www.isettheritagemuseum.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 stablished 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.  Tours are offered daily every half hour and last approximately 25 minutes.  Adults are $3.75 and students ages 4-12 are $2.75.  Groups are welcome and also provide a discounted price for 10 or more guests. www.juliussturgis.com.

KENNYWOOD PARK, 4800 Kennywood Boulevard, West Mifflin, PA 15122, 412-461-0500, info@kennywood.com. Kennywood is one of the oldest and most beloved amusement parks in America. Founded in 1898, Kennywood has thrilled and delighted both young and young-at-heart visitors for 120 years! From the early days of the carousel, through the development of the first roller coasters, to the technological advancements in today’s steel looping coasters. Kennywood has always been the park that puts a smile on everyone’s face. www.kennywood.com

MA & PA RAILROAD HERITAGE VILLAGE, 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville, PA  17302, 717-927-9565, info@MaAndPaRailroad.com. Explore life in an early 20th century village where reliable railroad transportation played a central role in every aspect of daily life.  Costumed docents welcome you to the A. M. Grove General Store where everything needed for farm life could be bought.  The miller explains the workings of the Muddy Creek Forks Roller Mills, and the grain elevator, which gave local farmers a place to sell their wheat, is open for you to explore.  Exhibits highlight the central role of the railroad, and an 18-stop walking tour gives an overall picture of the scope of commercial activity in the village. A highlight for many visitors is a 45-minute trip on the Ma & Pa Railroad. The trip along scenic Muddy Creek, on trains of motorcars once used by track maintenance crews, puts you in close touch with the sparkling creek, wooded hills, bright skies, and wildlife. www.MaAndPaRailroad.com.

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.

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.

PENN STATE WILKES-BARRE, PO Box PSU, Lehman, PA 18627, 570-675-9253, wbce@outreach.psu.edu. This summer Penn State Wilkes-Barre will offer 28 youth camps during the weeks of June 25-29 and July 9-13, 2018, for students entering grades 1-12. We invite you to join us here at the beautiful Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus for our 2018 summer youth camps! Your child will learn, make new friends, and have tons of fun. We offer art, nature, theatre, technology (video game creation, Scratch, Lego Land®, and more), math, science, writing, sewing, crafts, sports (Golf, Basketball, Volleyball), and more.  www.wilkesbarre.psu.edu/ce/summercamps.

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.

SCIENCE CAMP WATONKA, PO Box 127, Hawley, PA 18428, 570-226-4779, mail@watonka.com. 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.  http://www.watonka.com.

THE CHRISTIAN C. SANDERSON MUSEUM, 1755 Creek Road, Chadds Ford PA 19317, 610-388-6545, info@sandersonmuseum.org. Step up to the wooden porch of Chris Sanderson’s country home and tour eight rooms filled with over 200 years of American history. The Sanderson Museum has a rich collection of objects relating to life in Chadds Ford as well as an extensive collection of memorabilia representing the American experience. Visitors to the museum will uncover artifacts from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, both World Wars and learn about the Battle of Brandywine along with other local lore. Chris and the Wyeth Family shared a love of the Chadds Ford area. See original sketches and paintings from N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Peter Hurd and other Wyeth family members. http://sandersonmuseum.org/.

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, view a captivating documentary on our giant, four-story screen in Select Medical Digital Cinema, get hands-on in one of our Discovery Labs, or any combination you’d like. At Whitaker Center, it is our goal to inspire students to fall in love with science, technology, and the arts. www.whitakercenter.org.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

CONVERSE COLLEGE, 580 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302, 864-590-9040, leadershipconverse@converse.edu. “BE THE CHANGE!   Gandhi said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change … We need not wait to see what others do.” Leadership Converse invites students to discover how they can engage in leadership to create positive, sustainable change! We invite rising high school junior and senior, female students to apply to this FREE four-day experience where they will engage in workshops, small group dialogue, service opportunities and of course, have the time of their life!” www.converse.edu/leadershipconverse.

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 21st and 22nd. The Living History Park is a 501-c-3 non-profit & operated by all volunteers and our major events are free. For General information (803) 979-9776, or lynn@colonialtimes.us. HISTORY lives if you tell the stories. Hope you elect to be a part of the story. For more information visit www.Colonialtimes.us

 

TENNESSEE

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME 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.

RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM OF THE SMOKIES, 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, 865-430-8808, education@ripleys.com. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies offers special programs for all homeschooled students during the school year through our Monthly Homeschool program.  We focus on marine life, conservation practices, ecosystems, science disciplines and next year, Weather.  We aim to provide students with a deeper understanding of the importance of protecting and conserving our ocean’s environment, while also creating a FUN tangible way to learn. https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/education/home-school-programs/.

SEWANEE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383, 931-598-1225, hrward@sewanee.edu. International Orchestral Music Festival for students ages 13-graduate school. Strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano. ssmf.sewanee.edu.

SOUTHERN GIRLS ROCK CAMP, TENNESSEE TEENS ROCK CAMP, P.O. Box 160964, Nashville, TN 37216, (931) 492-0856, office@yeahrocks.org. Join Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities at our summer Rock Camps for kids ages 10-17! Southern Girls Rock Camps and the Tennessee Teens Rock Camps are held in both Nashville and Murfreesboro. No experience is necessary, and all instruments are provided. During the week of day camp, students will learn an instrument, write songs, form a band, and play a show at the end of the week. Tuition is $320 for the week and we offer full and partial scholarships. These camps create programming that values collaboration over competition and seeks to give youth the tools they need to create the world in which they want to live. The mission of our camps is to support a culture of positive self-esteem and collaboration among young people while building community through music. We recognize the potential of every young person to be a strong, talented, creative, and empowered individual while providing a safe space where everyone rocks. www.yeahrocks.org.

 

VIRGINIA

JAMES MONROE HIGHLAND, 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902, (434) 293-8000, education@highland.org. Discover the home of the last Founding Father. Field Trip Inquiries: education@highland.org. Or visit our website at highland.org.

TIDEWATER COMMUNITY COLLEGE, COLLEGE AND CAREER EXPLORATION SUMMER CAMPS, Coordinated at Suffolk Campus, Center for Workforce Solutions, 7000 College Drive. Suffolk, VA 23435, 757-822-1505, erichardson@tcc.edu. 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 erichardson@tcc.edu.  For more information, visit www.tcc.edu/camps.

 

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.

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