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AMERICAN VILLAGE, Post Office Box 6, Montevallo, AL 35115, (205) 665-3535 ext. 1062, Visit our website for descriptions and photos of our nationally-renowned educational programs. Find helpful teacher resources and classroom activities. Schedule your school visit online. Find tips for your trip and driving directions as well.

GULF COAST EXPLOREUM SCIENCE CENTER, 65 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama  36633, 251-208-6893. With more than 150 interactive exhibits, thought-provoking larger-than-life IMAX films, and fun, hands-on educational programming, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center aspires to increase science literacy among the people of south Alabama and the Gulf Coast region, residents and visitors alike. The Exploreum welcomes on an average 150,000 visitors annually. Since opening in its current location, the Exploreum has taught more than 400,000 school children and offers programming each year for more than 25,000 children from public and private schools as well as home schooled children.

MARY G. HARDIN CENTER FOR CULTURAL ARTS/IMAGINATION PLACE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 501 Broad Street, Gadsden AL 35901, 256-543-2787 ext 23, The Hardin Center is home to three galleries that feature a wide range of changing national and local exhibits, Centerstage Presents sponsors dinner theaters, courtyard concerts, chamber music and more and  Imagination Place Children's Museum offers birthday party packages, field trips, off site educational programming for teachers throughout north east Alabama as well as weekly art programs and special events. Please check website for details.

THE EARLYWORKS FAMILY OF MUSEUMS, 404 Madison Street, Huntsville, Alabama, 35801, 256-564-8100, Three museums—one incredible adventure! Civil War soldiers, a Talking Tree, and whimmy diddles—see them all at the EarlyWorks Family of Museums:  Alabama Constitution Village, the Huntsville Depot and Museum, and EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum. These three museums in the heart of historic downtown Huntsville, Alabama, will take you on a journey back in time.  Experience history as it comes to life in unique settings such as a 46-foot keel boat, an 1860’s era depot or the cabinet shop where delegates met to discuss and draft the constitution for statehood in 1819. Your incredible adventure awaits at the South’s largest hands-on history museum complex!


CONNECTICUT RIVER MUSEUM, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426, 860-767-8269, The Connecticut River Museum is located on the banks of the River in historic Essex Village. The Museum’s main building is Steamboat Dock, the last remaining steamboat warehouse on the River. The Museum offers a wide range of exhibitions and programs that explore the history and environment of the Connecticut River. The exhibit On the Great River tells the story of early settlement along the River and highlights two dramatic stories – the American Revolution submarine Turtle and the 1814 British Raid on Essex. The second floor exhibit, The River That Connects Us, explores the many different ways people have used the River and the natural resources that surround it. Our “vertical” gallery travels up the stairways and features spectacular aerial photos of the river, as well as a 3 story mural showing the River’s journey from northern New Hampshire to Long Island Sound. Each year the Museum does several changing exhibitions, please call ahead to find out what is on view when you plan to visit. The Connecticut River Museum also offers programs and workshops in the Museum and on the River using our partner vessels. During July and August, the Museum offers 6 weeks of day camps which explore maritime history, archaeology, environmental science and history of the River Valley.


GIRLS INC. OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT, (Main Office) 35 Park Place, Waterbury, CT 06702, 203-756-4639, Girls Inc. of Western Connecticut, established in 1864 and a founding member of the Girls Inc. National Organization, offers programs that are designed to focus on girls’ learning, strengths, and needs: they are grounded in positive peer and adult relationship development; afford experiential and varied learning components; and provide opportunities for new experiences.  All programs are offered in a girls-only environment that encourages and inspires girls to explore, create, and imagine all kinds of amazing things.  With a facility that boasts a fully functional science lab, a full size gymnasium and fully functional kitchen, along with a coding lab and plenty of learning spaces, programs are available throughout the day, evenings, Saturdays and during vacations. Programs currently are offered throughout Greater Waterbury, Fairfield County and growing into Litchfield County.

NEW ENGLAND AIR MUSEUM, Bradley International Airport, 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, 860-623-3305, The New England Air Museum is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, a private, non-profit educational institution organized in 1959. Located at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, the Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England. This educational organization is dedicated to preserving and presenting historical significant aircraft and related artifacts engaging visitors through high-quality exhibits helping them to understand aviation technology and history while inspiring students through innovative and hands-on educational programs.


DELAWARE AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM AND VILLAGE, 866 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE  19901, 302-734-1816, For the child who believes milk comes from the grocery store instead of a cow, for the woman who remembers using a cornsheller on her grandmother's farm, 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 agriculturalist heritage of Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula, the Museum stands as an important legacy for future generations. The Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village utilizes its collections, historic buildings, exhibitions, and on-going research program to communicate to the public America's agricultural heritage, specifically that of Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula from its earliest history. It achieves this through collections, preservation, exhibits, and educational programs and initiatives.

HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY, GPS address is 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807, 302-658-2400, 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.

NEWARK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, P. O. Box 777, Newark, DE 19714, 302-369-3566, The Newark Symphony Orchestra has performed as a community orchestra since its founding in 1966. Current there are about 80 performing musicians from various backgrounds. The season typically consists of 8 concerts including a FREE Family Concert on October 4, 2015.  Symphony Series Concerts are held at The Independence School, 1300 Paper Mill Road, Newark, DE. Chamber Series Concerts are held in the historic Newark United Methodist Church, at 69 East Main Street, Newark, DE. Be sure to check out the website and come hear the orchestra play. You won’t be disappointed!

NEW CASTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE 19720, 302-322-2794, Experience the past with us! Explore the Amstel House. A governor lived here and George Washington attended a wedding in the parlor. Examine how early settlers in the New World lived at the Dutch House. New! Social Networking in Colonial New Castle compares social networking in Colonial times to social media of today! Tours for all ages – contact us today!


CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, Florida 32771407-323-44550 ext. The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is an excellent resource for wildlife and conservation education. Homeschool ZOOventure classes are offered September through May for students ages 6-12. Students will be inspired and challenged as they experience our living classroom during these interactive programs. Limited class size allows for personal attention and up close wildlife encounters. A complete list of classes, day camps, homeschool family workshops, and registration are available online at or call 407.323.4450, ext. 123 or email for more information. Registration is required at least two weeks in advance.

THE STRAZ CENTER’S PATEL CONSERVATORY1010 N. W.C. MacInnes PlaceTampa, FL 33602813-222-1040Research shows that exposure to the arts enhances creative thinking, problem solving, cooperation, socialization and self-confidence. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Patel Conservatory offers a series of classes, camps and performances geared toward school-age children. Whether your child’s goal is to learn how to play an instrument, sing, dance like a pro, get fit, try their hand at acting or just to have fun, the Straz Center’s Patel Conservatory is the gateway to experiencing the performing arts first hand, and offers state-of-the-art theaters and rehearsal spaces, multiple private-lesson studios for one-on-one instruction and passionate instructors trained at the nation’s finest performing arts

THE CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUMRollins College, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789, 407.646.2526, Homeschool families love learning at CFAM because museum visits can be tailored to meet a variety of needs.  Children can explore at their own pace and interests by using activity sheets and drawing tours. For those looking for more structure, CFAM also offers guided tours to students of all ages.  These interactive experiences complement curricula in art, reading, history, science, math, and social studies while encouraging visual literacy, critical thinking skills, and art appreciation.  Admission is free.  To discuss designing a museum experience to align with your educational needs, contact Education Coordinator Louise Buyo at 407-646-1536 or lbuyo@rollins.edu


ANNETTE HOWELL TURNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 527 N. Patterson Street, Valdosta, GA 31601, 229-248-ARTS (2787),  The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts has been your regional community art center since 2003. Our six art filled galleries are always free and open for public viewing. The exhibits change every 6-8 weeks so there is always something new to see! Because of our generous friends, the Turner Center has become one of South Georgia’s most treasured assets. Guided group tours are available by request. Check out our website for student classes and programs. We hope you will visit soon and often! Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 am-6 pm; Friday & Saturday, 10 am-4 pm.

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


COLUMBUS-BELMONT STATE PARK, P.O. Box 9, Columbus, KY  42032, 270-677-2327, Dramatic images of the Civil War come to mind when walking the bluffs and hiking the massive Confederate trenches and nature trail. Visitors learn about the Civil War by touring the Museum and viewing the outdoor artifacts such as the anchor & chain, cannon, and interpretive signs on the grounds and along the historic trails.  There is a picnic area with shelters and playground with a seasonal Snack Bar, Gift Shop and Miniature Golf.  The campground, rental trailers, and Conference Center are available year round.   A Civil War Reenactment is held annually on the 2nd. weekend of October.  Columbus-Belmont is a great place for a school outing.  Please call park office for more information and to set up a visit 270-677-2327 or email

LOUISVILLE VISUAL ART ASSOCIATION has various locations in Jefferson, Shelby, Oldham, Clark, and Floyd Counties for our Children’s Fine Art Classes. Our office (not classroom) is located at 609 W Main Street, Floor 2, Louisville, KY 40202, 502-584-8166 x105, The Children’s Fine Art Classes program was founded in 1925. Its mission is to provide intensive, in-depth art experiences for talented and motivated elementary, middle, and high school art students. The program offers concentrated studies in two-dimensional art that include studio practices in drawing and painting; art history; critiquing skills; and aesthetics. Instruction is covered by scholarship so that economic status will play no part in a child’s participation or placement. A supply fee is paid by those who elect to support the program. In grades 4-8, visually talented and interested children are invited into the program after recommendation from an art teacher or principal. High school students present a portfolio for consideration and review.

LOUISVILLE ZOO1100 Trevilian WayLouisville, KY Experience a world of possibilities when you bring your students to the Louisville Zoo! With new engaging classes, amazing up-close animal encounters, and guided walking tours of our award-winning exhibits, we invite you to join us for the unique experiences that will make your Zoo visit unforgettable.


CARROLL COMMUNITY COLLEGE KIDS SUMMER PROGRAMS 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, MD  21157, 410-386-8000, Summer! For more information and a complete listing of programs and activities, call 410-386-8100 or visit our website at                                                 


NATIONAL GREAT BLACKS IN WAX MUSEUM, 1601-03 East North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213, 410-563-3404. The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum is among the nations most dynamic cultural and educational institutions. Because it is a wax museum committed solely to the study and preservation of African American history, it is also among the most unique. Primarily, the presentation of life-size, life-like wax figures highlighting historical and contemporary personalities of African ancestry defines its uniqueness. School group tours are offered on a daily basis. Be sure to ask us about our extended tours to many other historical sites in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.

NATIONAL WILDLIFE VISITOR CENTER, PATUXENT RESEARCH REFUGE, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708, 301-497-5760. Patuxent Research Refuge is home to the National Wildlife Visitor Center, North Tract Contact Station and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.   The National Wildlife Visitor Center is one of the largest science and environmental education centers in the Department of the Interior.  The refuge offers interactive educational exhibits designed to provide visitors with knowledge and appreciation of the role of wildlife research in preserving the earth’s vital resources, educational programs for groups and families (scheduled in advance) as well as hiking trails, interpretive tram tours, wildlife viewing opportunities and wildlife management demonstration areas.  For specific information regarding student trips and curriculum based educational opportunities contact Dennis Hartnett at 301-497-5898.

THE MUSEUM OF FREDERICK COUNTY HISTORY, 24 East Church Street, Frederick, MD 21703, 301-663-1188, The Historical Society of Frederick County is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to increasing public awareness and appreciation of the history of Frederick County. The Historical Society operates The Museum of Frederick County History, The Roger Brooke Taney House, Downtown Frederick Walking Tours, and the Research and Archives Center. We create engaging and interactive experiences for all to experience history!


CAPE COD MARITIME MUSEUM135 South StreetHyannis, MA 02601, (508) 775-1723, With a unique setting on Hyannis Harbor, Cape Cod Maritime Museum serves as a focal point for experiencing the Cape and Islands’ maritime traditions and nautical history. Come be intrigued by our maritime art gallery, active boat shop, historic wooden boats, and our replica 1886 catboat SarahSarah is available for charter sails in Hyannis Harbor and Lewis Bay. We offer daily children’s activities. With advance notice, we can offer one of our STEAM classes, which are aligned with MA state frameworks.


COUNTRY DANCE AND SONG SOCIETY (CDSS), 116 Pleasant St #345, Easthampton, MA 01027 (office), 413-203-5467 x 2, We believe in the joy and strength that participatory dance, music & song bring to individuals & communities. Each summer we run 9 weeklong, residential programs focusing mainly on English & North American traditions, including contras, squares, morris & sword, English country dance, traditional songs and music). 5 Program, July-August, in 3 locations: near Plymouth, MA; Lyman, NH; and High View, WV. Great programs, wonderful people, beautiful locations. Please join us!




COUNTRY DANCE AND SONG SOCIETY (CDSS), 116 Pleasant St #345, Easthampton, MA 01027 (office), 413-203-5467 x 2, We believe in the joy and strength that participatory dance, music & song bring to individuals & communities. Each summer we run 9 weeklong, residential programs focusing mainly on English & North American traditions, including contras, squares, morris & sword, English country dance, traditional songs and music). 5 Program, July-August, in 3 locations: near Plymouth, MA; Lyman, NH; and High View, WV. Great programs, wonderful people, beautiful locations. Please join us!

STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-422-7541, Strawbery Banke allows visitors to experience how people lived and worked in a typical American neighborhood through nearly four centuries of history. Using restored houses, featured exhibits, historic gardens, roleplayers and interpretive programs, Strawbery Banke tells the stories of generations of settlers from the late 17th to the mid-20th century.  Strawbery Banke offers Homeschool Days four times a year for students to engage in self-guided tours, hands-on workshops, interactive tours and craft demonstrations.  2016 dates include March 16 (History Explorers: A Journey into Colonial Life), May 5 (Becoming Americans) , September 15 (Maritime Life and Trade) and November 17 (From Festival to Feast: A History of Thanksgiving).  For more details, please visit the website:


AMERICAN LABOR MUSEUM/BOTTO HOUSE NATIONAL LANDMARK, 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ  07508, (973) 595-7953, The American Labor Museum advances public understanding of the history of work, workers and the labor movement throughout the world, with special attention to the ethnicity and immigrant experience of American workers.  The Museum is headquartered in the historic Botto House National Landmark, the 1908 home of immigrant silk mill workers.  The Museum offers restored period rooms, Old World Gardens, changing exhibits, free lending library, educational and cultural programs.  Visiting hours are Wednesday – Saturday 1-4PM and by appointment.  Group tours are pre-arranged.

BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL, 62 Battleship Place, Camden Waterfront, NJ 08103(866) 877-6262 ext. 144. Student groups can experience a guided tour of the World’s Greatest Battleship – the Battleship New Jersey, located on the Camden Waterfront, NJ.  Guests can climb inside the legendary 16-inch gun turret, check the Bridge, learn how the crew lived aboard this floating city and much more.  Lunch options include a BBQ, Dietz & Watson Rations Lunches, catered hot meals and the Chowline concession stand. Add-on options include the Flight Simulator ride, On-Board Classes, Veterans Session, Scavenger Hunt, souvenir photos and customized merchandise.  Other programs available at the Battleship include Overnight Encampments and event rental space for parties, meetings, etc.  For more information, call 866-877-6262 ext. 144.

LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE, 354 Great Meadows Road, Hope, NJ 07844, 908-459-9000. "LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE is off 1-80 exit 12, then .7 mi. s. on CR 611 to 354 Great Meadows Rd. This 30-acre family amusement and water park offers rides, shows, attractions and play areas oriented to children under 13 and their parents. Highlights in­clude a life-size pirate ship, Pi­rate's Cove water slides, river tubing, a roller coaster, the Grand Carousel, an enchanted Christmas Village, an 1862 train, a Ferris Wheel, hayride and Old McDonald's Farm. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum. Hours: Daily 10-6, Memorial Day Weekend, following weekend, then mid-June through Labor Day; Day Phone: (908) 459-9000

MACCULLOCH HALL HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ07960 (973)538-2404 ext. 16, Visit Macculloch Hall Historical Museum to experience 19th century New Jersey history through changing exhibits, historic gardens, and period rooms. The former home of George Macculloch, the “father” of the Morris Canal, the Museum features the nation’s largest collection of original artwork by 19th century political cartoonist Thomas Nast.  Education programsinclude fall and spring workshop series for homeschooled children ages7-12 years old featuring topics such as the American Civil War, architecture, immigration, and NJ transportation. Family programs, group tours, and a pre-school nature program are also available.

NEW JERSEY SEA GRANT CONSORTIUM, 22 Magruder Road, Fort Hancock, NJ 07732, (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.


YMCA CAMP MASON, 23 Birch Ridge Road, Hardwick, NJ  07825, 908-362-8217,  YMCA Camp Mason has been building community and friendships for over 100 years. We foster relationship building, self discovery, empathy and community involvement. We believe these are the corner stones in the development of children. On our 460-acre camp, kids will find a place where they are welcomed and loved for who they are. Our extensive activities and facilities including a heated pool, FREE daily adventure trips, sports and games, arts, outdoor living, high ropes, boating, and equine programs will teach kids that they are capable of so much more! Come see what YMCA Camp Mason is all about.


BETHEL WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 12720, 1 (866) 781-2922,  Located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts inspires, educates, and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities by presenting a selection of culturally-rich performances, popular artists and educational programming.  Through the preservation of the Woodstock festival site and the in-depth exploration of the 1960s, the Museum at Bethel Woods educates individuals on the issues of a socially-transformative decade while inspiring new generations to contribute positively to the world around them.

LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER, 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers, NY 10710, (866) 243-0770, Explore LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester and see New York's top landmarks made out of LEGO bricks, learn secrets from the Master Model Builder, experience our indoor soft play and score big on our LEGO rides. Ideal for children aged 3-10 years, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is perfect for the biggest fans of LEGO families! Come for special programs for homeschoolers.


SHEA’S PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 646 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202, 716-847-1410, Shea’s Performing Arts Center sits in the heart of Buffalo, NY’s Theatre District. Shea’s is known widely for its touring Broadway productions, but also presents a variety of straight plays, dance, concerts, comedy and family entertainment, and is available to rent for private parties and weddings. Shea’s has a number of family-friendly and educational programs, including Afternoon with the Artist, Camp Broadway, Master Classes, Shea’s On School Time series, and the Free Family Film series. Built in 1926, Shea’s is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2016. Historic tours are available by appointment, and are free to schools, homeschools, and student groups.

SCHORR FAMILY FIREHOUSE STAGE – GOODWILL THEATRE, 48 Willow Street, Johnson City, NY 13790, 607-772-2404, ext. 301, The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, opened in 2007, is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex. Our mission is to create a performing arts center and magnet training academy that will enrich the lives of our residents through education, events and dynamic performances. The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is a flexible and intimate venue that hosts over 65 events each year including theater for young audiences, new plays, story time theatre, puppetry, dance, classical, cabaret and jazz music and more.

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.

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

WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE NYS HISTORIC SITE, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746, 631-427-5240, ext. 113, 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.  Our educational programs support NYS Regents Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum.  Both our  Create and Explore  (Grades 3-8) and  Secondary Education Experience  (Grades 9-12) offer grade-appropriate programs that include poetry writing workshops taught by a published poet and tours, led by a knowledgeable educator.  During  See and Touch  (Grades Pre-K - 2) students tour the home in which Whitman was born and learn what life was like in 1819.  They also have fun playing interactive historic games.  Fees: $7.50 - $9.00 per students.


AIRBORNE & SPECIAL OPERATIONS MUSEUM, 100 Bragg Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 29301, 910-643-2778, 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

CAROLINA RAPTOR CENTER, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078, 704-875-6521, We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose operations support the rehabilitation and release of over 900 raptors each year, as well as the education of about 80,000 children and visitors in the Charlotte region. We have approximately 25 different species of raptors for you to see and learn about along our ¾ mile outdoor  nature trail, set up similar to a zoo. Experience educational exhibits like Family Corvidae and Raptors of the Silver Screen and enjoy our special programs like our Summer Flight Shows.


AKRON FOSSILS & SCIENCE CENTER, 2080 S Cleveland Massillon Road, Copley, OH, 44321,  (330) 665-3466, Akron Fossils & Science Center is an intelligent design-based science center which lets students get up close and personal with science through hands-on exhibits and activities. Our core exhibits feature real fossils visitors can hold and touch, lessons on fossilization, living fossils, geology, The Grand Canyon, dinosaurs and dragons, human artifacts, The Ice Age, and more. In addition to offering both guided and self-guided tour options, we also have a 2-acre park that guests can enjoy which features swings, a giant slide, challenge course, 9-hole mini-golf, merry-go-round, picnic area, and 200-ft zip-line that makes AFSC perfect for all ages!


CARILLON HISTORICAL PARK, Dayton History, 1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton, Ohio 45409, (937) 293-2841, education1@daytonhistory.org

DAYTON HISTORY, 1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton, Ohio 45409, (937) 293-2841, education1@daytonhistory.org

HOWER HOUSE, 60 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44304, (330) 972-6909, An 1871 Victorian mansion built in the Second Empire Italianate style. This was home to the Hower Family for over 100 years and is filled with exquisite furnishings and treasures from around the world. This home was built for John Henry and Susan Youngker Hower by architect Jacob Snyder. Open February through December. Closed on major holidays. Call for availability. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-3:00 pm. (Last tour at 2:30 pm). Group tours by appointment. Cellar Door Store gift shop open during tour times.

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.

STAN HYWET HALL & GARDENS, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, Ohio 44303, 330-315-3284, Completed in 1915, Stan Hywet Hall was built by the co-founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Frank “F. A.” Seiberling, and his wife, Gertrude. They built their American Country Estate and named it Stan Hywet (Anglo Saxon for stone quarry) after the property’s most prominent natural feature. The 64,500 sq. ft. Manor House is one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture and the sixth largest historic home in America. The Estate features formal gardens, a conservatory and Gate Lodge. It is open Tuesday – Sunday from April-December for tours and special events.

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, 216-231-7493, The Cleveland Orchestra under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world.  In concerts at its winter home at Severance Hall and at each summer’s Blossom Music Festival, in ongoing residencies from Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, the Orchestra sets the highest standards of artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement.

WOLCOTT HERITAGE CENTER, 1035 River Road, Maumee, OH 43537, 419-893-9602, Founded in 1864, The Maumee Valley Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to collect, preserve, study, interpret, and communicate the region’s history and culture. This is accomplished through various educational programs, special events, and operation of the Wolcott Heritage Center. Tours are available for each of our six buildings located on the grounds of the Wolcott Heritage Center. Docents will lead visitors around the complex, explaining the Wells-Wolcott legacy and pioneering traditions presented within the context of an early nineteenth to early twentieth century recreated village. Visit us online at for additional information.

ZANESVILLE – MUSKINGUM COUNTY OHIO, 205 North Fifth Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43701, 740 455-8282 or 800-743-2303, The Zanesville area offers a variety of hands on attractions and experiences for students and educators through living history tours, science and nature opportunities, arts and culture as well as interactive tours. From astronauts to sternwheelers; alpacas to potato chips; corn maze to “S’ and “Y” bridges and artists to zebras – Zanesville and Muskingum County is an educational, fun and diverse experience for everyone. The convention and visitors bureau staff will assist you from start to finish with itinerary planning, reservations and complete information about the area’s attractions.  Call today to get started on planning your fun-filled trip to our area.    


AMERICAN HELICOPTER MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER, 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, PA 19380, 610-436-9600 x 205. The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is dedicated to educating and inspiring all generations using the science and technology of vertical flight.  The museum displays over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertaplanes - many of which offer hands on opportunities! Educational programs are available for students of all ages and levels. The museum is a unique and exciting venue to rent for birthday parties and other special events.  We are more than a museum – we preserve, we educate and we inspire!

BALANCE YOGA & WELLNESS, 900 Rutter Avenue,  2nd Floor, Forty Fort, PA 18704, 570-714-2777. Balance Yoga and Wellness is committed to celebrating the practice of yoga and cultivating wellness by offering a wide range of group classes, private lessons, and workshops including a special six-week program for homeschoolers, in a variety of yoga traditions, at convenient times throughout the day in order to accommodate all students of yoga, from novice to advanced.

BALLET GUILD OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY, INC.  “CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS” and “VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS” at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center420 E. Packer AvenueBethlehem, PA 18015, 610-865-0353, Tickets: 610-758-2787, Zoellner Arts Center Box Office. Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. presents an evening of ballet – “Carnival of the Animals” and “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons” - on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center. This family-friendly production will feature original choreography by Artistic Director Karen Knerr performed by Pennsylvania Youth Ballet dancers, as well as live music conducted by Eugene Albulescu, Associate Professor and Director of the Lehigh University Philharmonic. Violin soloist for the Vivaldi music will be Michael Jorgensen, concertmaster of the Lehigh Philharmonic orchestra and Professor of Practice. The Ballet Guild, well known for its annual production of The Nutcracker at Zoellner, also offers classical ballet training for ages three through adult. Email; call 610-865-0353; visit

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-237-3400. For all the things you don’t want to try at home, Carnegie Science Center offers a variety of hands-on science workshops – from physics to astronomy and chemistry – to help parents as they deliver a hands-on approach to those tricky science concepts. Curious kids can discover, experiment, laugh, and learn with other young scientists while exploring science and technology careers. Have an excitement-packed adventure with a state-of-the-art full-dome digital planetarium, a four-story IMAX® Dome theater, explosive live science demonstrations, and the first historic submarine, the USS Requin, to incorporate interactive technology. Expand your experience with a science sleepover!

DELGROSSO’S PARK & LAGUNA SPLASH WATER PARK, 4352 East Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Tipton, PA 16684,  (814) 684-3538  or Toll Free: (866) 684-3538,  Spend Your Summer Days Enjoying The Great DelGrosso’s Amusement Park Rides & The NEW Laguna Splash Water Park. With FREE Parking & FREE Admission into the Ride Park, you can spend the day enjoying “The Best Amusement Park Food” in a Safe, Clean and Affordable Family Friendly Place of Fun.  For a complete summer event schedule and more check us out at, LIKE US on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter, YouTube and Instagram! (see website for complete details)

DESTINATION GETTYSBURG, PA, VISITOR INFORMATION, 571 W. Middle Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 800-337-5015, Your destination for education and fun is Gettysburg, PA. Plan a few days to explore Civil War history, agricultural tours and pick-your-own, hike the trails and learn about our fauna and foliage, or take a horseback tour on the beautiful battlefield. Explore President Eisenhower’s home; take a town tour or ghost tour. We have a variety of accommodations to fit your preference and budget. Many attractions offer teachers guides for students. Make Gettysburg, PA your next trip for education and family fun.

KENNYWOOD AMUSEMENT PARK, 4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122, (412) 461-0500. Kennywood is the perfect destination for your group events! Leave the event planning and logistical details to us, but prepare yourself for a full day of fun group activities. With an assortment of ridesdining optionsevents and promotions, there is something for everyone in the party. Contact us at 412.464.9931 or email for more information.


NATIONAL CHRISTMAS CENTER, 3427 Lincoln Highway E. Paradise, PA  17562, (717) 442-7950, Family Attraction/Museum: We are more than you EXPECT! Life-sized indoor exhibits capture the magic of Christmas throughout the year! "Journey to Bethlehem", TudorTowne animated storybook village, Toyland Train Mountain, 1950’s Woolworth's; 15 galleries showcasing memories, history, traditions & more!

PA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, 118-128 North Broad StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19102, (215)

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 via email at

SCIENCE CAMP WATONKA, PO Box 127, Hawley, PA 18428, 570 226 4779,  Camp Watonka offers a program of Sciences, Sports and Adventure with a full range of waterfront, craft, woodwork, dirt-bike, marksmanship and archery activities.  Our facilities include modern cabins, eleven science buildings, great sports areas, private lake and one of the most extensive ropes adventure courses in the North East. Accredited by the American Camp Association, we are the best choice for your summer. So setup a tour or visit on-line and join our community of 120 campers and 50 staff in over 50 seasons of safe and successful camping.

STEAM WORKS, The Mall at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503, 570-507-4128, Steam Works will be a hive of activity. We invite the youngest to the oldest members of the community to utilize the elements of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Music. This collective will be a workshop space active with envisioning, inventing and making. Come see what you can do. Homeschool Workshops held weekly.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER SCHOOL (PRIDE OF THE SUSQUEHANNA), City Island, Harrisburg, PA 17101, 717-234-6500, The Susquehanna River School is a reflection of the Riverboat Society’s community service commitment to educating people about our river as an important Natural Treasure. By attending the River School, individuals and groups can help ensure that more local children and adults are afforded the unique opportunity to get out on the Susquehanna and learn about our great river, its historical importance, its vast ecological significance and the growing need for good stewardship by all.

THE CHRISTIAN C. SANDERSON MUSEUM, 1755 Creek Road, Chadds Ford PA 19317, 610-388-6545, 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.

TROY FARM MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL VILLAGE, Bradford County Heritage Association, PO Box 265, Troy, Pa. 16947, 570297-4458, Farm Museum and Historical Village located near Alparon Park. Home to Farm Museum, Children's Church, Thomas School House, Barber Shop, Carriage Building, Gregory Parson' s Inn, Sugar Shack and soon to be Dr Campbell's  Doctor's Office.  Open Thurs, Fri and Sat 10-5 and Sun 1-4. Admission charged. Tours by appointment, call 570-297-3410.


LIVING HISTORICAL PARK, Olde Towne Preservation Association, P.O. Box 7915, North Augusta, South Carolina 29861, (803) 979-9776, The Living History Park is located at 299 W. Spring Grove Avenue in North Augusta, South Carolina.

ROPER MOUNTAIN SCIENCE CENTER402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC  29615, 864 355-8900.  The primary mission of the center is to foster enhanced learning and growth opportunities through educational excellence and high quality instructional programs for students, teachers, and the general public. Science enrichment programs are presented in an exciting and entertaining manner that makes learning fun.


CHATTANOOGA ZOO, 301 N. Holtzclaw Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404, 423-697-1322 ext: 5782,  The Zoo's home school program offers Life Science opportunities to home school students through the calendar school year (August-May). Our curriculum is based on and centered on national and state standards. All classes provide students with the opportunity to explore animal and biological topics, meet live animals and participate in fun educational activities. Our home school classes meet for an hour on the third Thursday of each month.  Classes are broken down by grade level: Kindergarten-2nd meets at 1:00 and 3rd-5th meets at 2:30 in our education center.

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.

MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN, 750 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN, 38117, 901-636-4100,  April 6: Home School Days-Spring Fest. 2:00-3:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up. Join us monthly at the Garden for an exciting, hands-on learning experience! $5 per child, does not include Garden admission. Pre-payment required. Call 636-4130 to register.    May 4: Home School Days-Tie Dye Naturally. 2:00-3:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up. Please bring a white tee shirt for his session! Join us monthly at the Garden for an exciting, hands-on learning experience! $5 per child, does not include Garden admission. Pre-payment required. Call 636-4130 to register.


AAF TANK MUSEUM, 3401 US Highway 29, Danville, VA 24540, 434-836-5323, Prepare yourself for an awesome adventure into over 500 years of Tank and Cavalry History at our 330,000 square foot facility. The AAF Tank Museum is a living memorial dedicated to the Tank and Cavalry soldiers of the world. The AAF Tank Museum's mission is to collect, restore, display, and preserve as many Tank and Cavalry artifacts as is possible. To preserve the memories of the men and women who serve so present and future generations can learn from and explore military history. Our purpose is to educate the general public as to the sacrifices made by so many military men and women.

JAMES MADISON’S MONTPELIER, 11350 Constitution Highway (GPS address), Montpelier Station, VA 22957, 540-672-2728 x 402, March 28, 2016, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm is HOMESCHOOL DAY. This day is designed especially for homeschooling families or any family seeking a fun day out! Guided tours, games, exhibits, nature trails and additional programs allow you and your family to learn and explore together. Adults: $10. Children: $5. Children under 6 are free. For more information contact: Kyle Stetz, Student Education Coordinator,, or call 540-672-2728 x 402.

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.

RANDOLPH MACON ACADEMY, 200 Academy Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630, 540-636-5484, Located on 135 beautiful acres in Front Royal, the “Canoe Capital of Virginia,” Randolph Macon Academy offers several summer programs. A summer camp for middle school students provides morning enrichment classes with fun (swimming, laser tag, sports, trips, etc.) in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends. The camp, for rising sixth through eighth grade students, includes two-week and four-week options, as well as day and overnight programs. For rising ninth through twelfth graders, there is a summer school in which students may take a new class to earn a full high school credit in only four weeks, re-take two classes to earn higher grades, or take two enrichment classes, such as Design Concepts in Engineering, SAT Prep, or Filmmaking. An ESL camp and a flight camp are also available.





COUNTRY DANCE AND SONG SOCIETY (CDSS), 116 Pleasant St #345, Easthampton, MA 01027 (office), 413-203-5467 x 2, We believe in the joy and strength that participatory dance, music & song bring to individuals & communities. Each summer we run 9 weeklong, residential programs focusing mainly on English & North American traditions, including contras, squares, morris & sword, English country dance, traditional songs and music). 5 Program, July-August, in 3 locations: near Plymouth, MA; Lyman, NH; and High View, WV. Great programs, wonderful people, beautiful locations. Please join us!

WESLEYAN SUMMER GIFTED PROGRAM, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Box 122 West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon WV 26201, Since the first camp in 1983, the Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program has been committed to fostering the development of gifted adolescents in the quantitative, verbal and social areas. The teachers are all college professors who possess a special interest in gifted education. Classes are challenging, yet fun. Creativity is emphasized and channeled both directly and indirectly. Many campers return year after year. Dates for 2016 are Sunday, June 19 through Saturday, July 2. The cost of the program is $1,200 for two weeks of room and board, advanced instruction by college professors, and activities and supervision by experienced camp counselors.









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