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ALABAMA

AMERICAN VILLAGE, Post Office Box 6, Montevallo, AL 35115, (205) 665-3535 ext. 1062, JAverett@americanvillage.org. 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. www.americanvillage.org.

BRAGG-MITCHELL MANSION, 1906 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, AL  36607, (251) 471-6364, info@braggmitchellmansion.com. Nestled among ancient oaks, camellias, azaleas, and furnished with period antiques, crystal chandeliers, and magnificent pier mirrors, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion offers an elegant glimpse of life in the Old South. Built in 1855, this fine example of bracketed Greek Revival architecture continues to welcome visitors to share in the warmth and culture of Coastal Alabama. Guided tours are offered hourly, Tuesday thru Friday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm (CST). Our last daily tour begins at 3:00pm. Seasonal opportunities including a Christmas Open House and Spring Tea are annual events. For more information please visit our website at www.braggmitchellmansion.com or call us at (251)471-6364. Admission charged. 

GULF SHORES WELCOME CENTER, 3150 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542, 888-610-5293, info@gulfshores.com. Hit the road for an educational adventure to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The sugar-white sands beaches, turquoise water, and family-friendly feel of this coastal community make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the perfect place to combine quality family time with experiential learning your children will always remember.  Coastal Alabama offers a host of interactive learning experiences that are sure to spark ah-ha moments for children of every age. When you enter a region bursting with history, culture, and natural wonders, vague concepts leap off the page into vibrant sensory experiences. Whether planning a weekend fieldtrip or month-long learning spree on the coast, you will find plenty of experiences, attractions, and accommodation options to choose from. Visit www.gulfshores.com/hg today to plan your trip and enter a whole different state of discovery. www.Gulfshores.com/hg.

GULF SHORES & ORANGE BEACH TOURISM, PO Drawer 457, Gulf Shores, AL 36547, 888-610-5293, info@gulfshores.com. Hit the road for an educational adventure to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The sugar-white sands beaches, turquoise water, and family-friendly feel of this coastal community make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the perfect place to combine quality family time with experiential learning your children will always remember.  Coastal Alabama offers a host of interactive learning experiences that are sure to spark ah-ha moments for children of every age. When you enter a region bursting with history, culture, and natural wonders, vague concepts leap off the page into vibrant sensory experiences. Whether planning a weekend fieldtrip or month-long learning spree on the coast, you will find plenty of experiences, attractions, and accommodation options to choose from. Visit www.gulfshores.com/hg today to plan your trip and enter a whole different state of discovery. www.Gulfshores.com/hg

GUNTERSVILLE MUSEUM, 1215 Rayburn Avenue, Guntersville, Alabama 35976, 256-571-7597, info@guntersvillemuseum.org. The Guntersville Museum is located in a historic rock Armory. With its location at the southernmost point of the Tennessee River, Lake Guntersville provides a unique vantage point on history and the culture of the region. As a living repository, the Museum offers visitors a chance to explore everything from Native American artifacts and TVA to interesting local personalities and art.  www.guntersvillemuseum.org.

ORANGE BEACH WELCOME CENTER, 23685 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561, 888-610-5293, info@gulfshores.com. Hit the road for an educational adventure to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The sugar-white sands beaches, turquoise water, and family-friendly feel of this coastal community make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the perfect place to combine quality family time with experiential learning your children will always remember.  Coastal Alabama offers a host of interactive learning experiences that are sure to spark ah-ha moments for children of every age. When you enter a region bursting with history, culture, and natural wonders, vague concepts leap off the page into vibrant sensory experiences. Whether planning a weekend fieldtrip or month-long learning spree on the coast, you will find plenty of experiences, attractions, and accommodation options to choose from. Visit www.gulfshores.com/hg today to plan your trip and enter a whole different state of discovery. www.Gulfshores.com/hg

 

CONNECTICUT

NOAH WEBSTER HOUSE & WEST HARTFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 227 S. Main St, West Hartford CT 06107, (860) 521-5362 x14, sweeneyb@noahwebsterhouse.org. The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is centered in Noah Webster’s birthplace and inspired by his spirit of discovery; we help students create meaning from the past through participatory experiences and access to historical materials.  Our dynamic programs, offered both on-site and in the classroom, meet many of the K-12 CT Curriculum Standards in social studies, language arts and other disciplines. Please contact the Education Department to schedule a program at (860) 521-5362 ext.14. www.noahwebsterhouse.org.

DELAWARE

GRAND OPERA HOUSE / DELAWARE SYMPHONY, 818 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, 302-658-7897 / 302-656-7442, discovery@grandopera.org, marjier@delawaresymphony.org. Stage of Discovery presents live theatre productions for grades PreK-8 in the historic Grand Opera House. Using the arts to teach academic subjects – such as literature, math, science, history – provides creative tools for learning that may help students grasp and retain information they wouldn’t understand in other terms. In short, learning comes to life on stage! Tickets are just $7. Call the box office at (302)652-5577 or email Discovery@grandopera.org. Also, learn about the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s Explorer Experience: Peter and the Wolf, on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Tickets are just $6. Call (302)656-7442 or email marjier@delawaresymphony.org for more information. www.TheGrandWilmington.org/Discovery or www.DelawareSymphony.org.

OLD SWEDES HISTORIC SITE, 606 N. Church Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, 302-652-5629, info@oldswedes.org. Discover Delaware’s hidden gem – Old Swedes Historic Site. Wander the churchyard paths, walk the labyrinth, and tour the 17th century Old Swedes Church and Hendrickson House. The brick-floored church, a National Historic Landmark, is the only remaining structure of the early Swedish settlement along the banks of the Christina River. The oldest church in the nation now standing as built and still in use for regular worship, it features stained glass windows, box pews and a working bell tower. The churchyard/burial grounds pre-date the church building by 60 years, with 2,000 grave markers spanning four centuries that tell the stories of Delaware residents who shaped the state’s founding and development.  The Hendrickson House was built c. 1700 by Swedish settler Anders Hendrickson and is one of the last remaining examples of a Colonial Swedish farmhouse in the region. www.oldswedes.org.

Resident Ensemble Players, Department of Theatre, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, (302) 831-2204, ud-rep@udel.edu. Seeing actors on the stage create themselves newly in role after role reminds us that we, too, have the capacity to reinvent ourselves.  One of the best and most affordable places to experience that excitement is with Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players (REP), the state’s only professional resident acting company.  Funded by the University of Delaware, the REP is made up of professional actors and actresses.  The REP offers a wide variety of classic, modern, and contemporary plays that have in common an excellence in writing, a fitness for study in an educational curriculum, a capacity to illuminate the present moment, and the likelihood of emotionally affecting and intellectually challenging a diverse audience. Group rates for students are available making it extremely affordable. www.rep.udel.edu.

FLORIDA

AVENTURA ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER, 3385 NE 188th Street, Aventura, FL 33180, 305-466-8002, info@aventuracenter.org. The City of Aventura offers innovative educational programming to public, private, parochial and home-school students. These school-day performances are affordably priced and open to the public! You'll find literature-based shows that reinforce reading skills and music and dance performances that introduce students to everything from ballet to modern dance. We also provide curriculum-connected study guides so that students can prepare before each performance. The programs are curriculum-driven and aligned with Common Core Standards. Our diverse programming ensures that the arts remain an integral part of education for today's students. https://aventuracenter.org/online/default.asp

BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. 954.462.0222, education@browardcenter.org. With one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, the Broward Center offers innovative educational programming to public, private, parochial and home-school students. These school-day performances are affordably priced and open to the public! You'll find literature-based shows that reinforce reading skills, engaging math and science programs that make challenging concepts understandable, enlightening multi-cultural events and a variety of music and dance performances that introduce students to everything from ballet to modern dance. We also provide curriculum-connected study guides so that students can prepare before each performance. The programs are curriculum-driven and aligned with Common Core Standards. https://www.browardcenter.org/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=SmartStageMatinees2014-2015.

CAPE CORAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 544 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, Fl 33991, 239-772-7037, ccoralmuseum@embarqmail.com. Museum three building full o displays on early Cape Coral and prior to that. A display on the Homesteaders also shown. As well as Military exhibit, Native American Exhibit, Rose Garden. Gulf American and Many more. Buildings surrounded by Native? Garden and a Rose Garden. Open Wed. Thurs. And Sundays from 1-4pm, closed holidays, July and August. Admission $5.00 adult, $2.00 Children and students. Monthly programs during season. capecoralhistoricalmuseum.org.

CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS, 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, Florida 32771, 407-323-44550 ext. 123, education@centralfloridazoo.org. 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 and registration are available online at www.centralfloridazoo.org or call 407.323.4450, ext. 123 or email education@centralfloridazoo.org for more information.  Registration is required at least two weeks in advance. www.centralfloridazoo.org.

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MIAMI BEACH FLORIDA, 1933-45 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33319, 305 5381663, lshukrie@gmjf.org. The Holocaust Memorial is an educational and cultural experience exposing students to the responsibilities of citizenship, democratic principles and racism.  This powerful Outdoor experience enables home schooled students to learn the history of World War II its impact on world history and the student’s role as a citizen of the world. Rated the #1 Museum on Miami Beach, homeschooled groups of 15 or more can also see a 28 minutes movie and meet a Holocaust survivor who will share their personal experience.   Groups of 15 or more should register on the website in order to speak with a survivor. www.holocaustmemorialmiamibeach.org.

TALLAHASSEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, 222 S. Copeland St, Tallahassee, FL  32304, 850-224-0461, patronservices@tallahasseesymphony.org, The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra invites all families to join us for a season of fun events! On November 21, 2014 we will present a family concert titled “Spaceman Invades Symphony.” People of all ages will also enjoy our popular Holiday Magic concerts, taking place December 19 & 20. A third offering is our free open rehearsals, which take place 4 times throughout the season. Refreshments and a kids’ activity table in our lobby, along with a “come-and-go” feel, make the open rehearsals a wonderful way to expose children to live orchestral music. For dates and times, please visit www.tallahasseesymphony.org.

GEORGIA

COLUMBUS, GA CVB, 900 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901, 706-322-1613, lruffner@visitcolumbusga.com. Imagine telling your children that you’re taking them on an adventure where they can blast-off into outer space to board the “space station,” go back in time aboard the deck of a Civil War Ironclad, or run through treetops, stopping at three platforms, 35 feet above the forest floor. S.T.E.P. (Student Travel Education Program) brings the classroom to life! We can assist in arranging tours, lesson planning, overnight accommodations, meals and more. It’s our one-stop-shop approach to putting the customer’s needs first. Find out more at www.visitcolumbusga.com.

STORYLAND THEATRE. We have moved to the Grover Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Georgia Regents University Augusta, 2500 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904, 706-736-3455, storylandtheatre@gmail.com. Storyland Theatre is an Augusta nonprofit.  We present plays for children, performed by adults, for children and families.  Storyland Theatre, an Augusta nonprofit, presents plays and musicals, performed by adults, for children and families. This season is 3 original musicals, locally written:  “Mademoiselle Hood Meets Le Wolf”, 10/21-25, is a fractured fairytale.  “Rapunzel” is Jan. 27-31.  “Beauty and the Beast” is 3/24-28.  Reservations required.  A Theatre Etiquette Speech opens each show. Shows are 9:30 AM, 10:45 AM & 12:15 PM Tuesday through Friday.  School Standards and Lesson Plan Ideas are available by grade for GA/SC.  Saturday Matinees are for the community- no reservations - 3 PM.  We offer Special rates for Homeschools.  Free to Military Families.  www.storylandtheatre.org.

ZOO ATLANTA, 800 Cherokee Avenue, Atlanta GA 30314, 404-624-5902, education@zooatlanta.org. Join Zoo Atlanta for an afternoon of learning and discovery designed specifically for homeschool students! HomeSchool Academy is a unique program that allows students 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 on specific days from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., September through May. zooatlanta.org.

KENTUCKY

COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER, 401 W. Main Street, Danville, KY  40422, 859-236-4054, info@communityartscenter.net. The Community Arts Center, located in historic downtown Danville, is the hub for artist activity in our city, county and region! The Arts Center enriches the community by nurturing the arts, fostering creativity and promoting education. Throughout the building and throughout Danville-Boyle County, the Arts Center presents ever-changing regional art exhibits and diverse arts education programming from ballroom dance to instrumental and vocal music, from drama to painting and drawing, and more! For group visits and class field trips, please call 859-236-4054 at least two weeks in advance. Learn more at www.communityartscenter.net

LOUISVILLE BALLET, 315 East Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202, 502-583-3150 x242, groupsales@louisvilleballet.org. The Louisville Ballet Education and Outreach programs reach over 15,000 students each year in Louisville and surrounding counties. Through our in-school programming and student matinees, we introduce your students to the world of ballet!  As you prepare your lesson plans for next school year, please consider the Louisville Ballet’s student matinees to give your students a rich art experience through dance. We provide you with a full-color study guide specifically created for each performance to enhance your student’s learning experience at the ballet. Don't miss the classical Giselle, our holiday favorite The Brown-Forman Nutcracker and Val Caniparoli's A Cinderella Story.  www.louisvilleballet.org/education/in-theatre/

LOUISVILLE ORCHESTRA, Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202, 502.585.9426, dhoying@louisvilleorchestra.org. In 2015, the Louisville Orchestra will celebrate 75 years of the MakingMUSIC program. As part of the celebration, new music director Teddy Abrams will be conducting many of the MakingMUSIC concerts in March 2015.  Additional student concerts include the Humanities concert (World Cultures; a Musical Passport) on October 28th and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. concert on January 22nd.  Reservations can be made on-line at www.louisvilleorchestra.org.  For questions, please contact the Louisville Orchestra Education Department at 502.585.9426 or e-mail dhoying@louisvilleorchestra.org. http://www.louisvilleorchestra.org/education-community/students/.    

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, sarah@louisvillevisualart.org. 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. http://www.louisvillevisualart.org/education-outreach/childrens-fine-art-classes/.

NEWPORT AQUARIUM, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY   41071, 859-815-1471, jkruse@newportaquarium.com. This award-winning, state-of-the-art Aquarium on the banks of the Ohio River, and two minutes from Cincinnati, Ohio, showcases thousands of animals in a million gallons of salt and fresh water.  Attractions include the enormously popular “Sweet Pea” and “Scooter,” the first members of the only Shark Ray breeding program in the world. Be sure to visit Gator Alley, where Mighty Mike, the 14 ft., 800 lb. American Alligator, and two white alligators live. Acrylic tunnels allow guests to watch sharks, rays and other wildlife swim overhead and underfoot. Touch pools provide hands-on experiences with sharks, horseshoe crabs, turtles and other marine animals. Jellyfish towers offer 360-degree views. Penguin Palooza opens a giant window into the world of Antarctic birds. In partnership with the nonprofit WAVE Foundation, Newport Aquarium offers a rich variety of educational opportunities. www.newportaquarium.com

MARYLAND

B&O RAILROAD MUSEUM, 901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223, 410-752-2490, info@borail.org. The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore offers children of all ages a unique railroad experience. Children can explore 40 acres of the most important American railroad collection in the world and seasonal train rides aboard the Mile One Express along the first commercial train track laid America, Wednesday – Sunday, April – December and weekends in January. Carousel rides are offered every day and rides throughout the town of Choo Choo Blueville are offered daily April – December (weather permitting).  Choo Choo Blue Kids Zone, devoted to interactive play, story time, and crafts, offers the exhibit, “Working on the Railroad” where young lovers of the railroad can dress up as their favorite railroad workers and touch the tools of their trades. The Museum’s signature exhibit, The War Came By Train, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War also offers several children exhibits placed throughout the largest collection of American Civil War locomotives and rail cars in the world. “Fuel For Your Fire” interprets for children how the use of coal and wood were necessary in getting a steam engine to move. “Freight” reveals that boxcars hauled food, ammunition, uniforms, mail, and soldiers during the war. “Musket & Weight” allow children to lift a handle that equals the weight of one musket and teaches them how to calculate the weight of crates and muskets that were used by soldiers and hauled by boxcars. “Pack Your Sack” allows children to pack a haversack of selected items that railroad guards were limited to take on their journey.  www.borail.org

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.  http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/.

YOGI BEAR’S JELLYSTONE PARK™ CAMP-RESORT IN WILLIAMSPORT, MD, 16519 Lappans Road, Williamsport, MD 21795, 301-223-7117, reservations@jellystonemaryland.com. With a near-perfect Woodall’s/Good Sam’s rating of 9/10/10 (Facility/Restroom/Appeal), Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in Hagerstown/Williamsport, Maryland is sure to surpass even the most discriminating camper’s expectations.  Located on 90 acres within a few miles of the I-70 and I-81 interchanges, the property is a convenient drive from Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC.  New in 2014, the Camp-Resort adds a 220’ zipline to its already lengthy list of amenities, including two pools and 400’ water slides, jumping pillow, arcade, Pedal Kart Track, Mini-Golf, Lazer Tag, Gem Mine Experience, hiking, and outdoor sports.  The Camp-Resort offers wooded and open sites for all types of camping, from motorcoach RV's to pop-up campers and tents. The Camp-Resort’s large variety of cabin rentals – from the rustic to the well-equipped luxury models – make it easy for everyone to enjoy a camping experience.  A jam-packed schedule of fun activities from April to October ensures that families are entertained for their entire stay at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Maryland. www.jellystonemaryland.com.

MICHIGAN

FRANKENMUTH BAVARIAN INN RESTAURANT, 713 S. Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, 800-228-2742. We Specialize in Teaching Through Fun and Interactive Experiences offering fun & educational experiences including Strudel Making, Pretzel Rolling, German School Luncheons and Agricultural Tours.  Teachers, group leaders, and kids of all ages love Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth because no other destination in Michigan offers more fun, delicious food, and learning per square foot! (We've measured.) So whether you're planning an afternoon field trip for your group, or a Scout gathering of 1,000 giggling girls, we can put together an extraordinary event just for you. www.bavarianinn.com.

JOHN BALL ZOO, 1300 W. Fulton St Grand Rapids, MI 49504, (616) 336.4301, info@johnballzoosociety.org. Are you looking for a fun way to teach your children or students about wildlife and Conservation? John Ball Zoo has a program to fit your needs Make learning come alive for your students with our educational programs. Our educational programs are designed to address Michigan’s grade level content expectations using fun, hands-on and flexible teaching methods that meet the needs of any age group. Education programs at the zoo include Wild Encounter animal presentations and Zoo Explorer Tours. These programs include admission to the zoo. If you would rather learn at your own pace, you can pre-register for discounted school group admission and use online teaching resources. The John Ball Zoo has over 1100 animals representing the wilds of Africa, Asia, South America, Australia and the United States. www.johnballzoosociety.org.

KALAMAZOO INSTITUTE OF ARTS, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49078, (269) 349-7775, michelles@kiarts.org. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offers free gallery tours that are engaging, interactive and meet Common Core and other current educational standards. Groups can add a hands-on art experience for a nominal fee. Special themed tours are also available by request. In addition to tours, the KIA offers a wide variety of family programs, an interactive gallery, and an art library as well as high-quality art classes and workshops. www.kiarts.org.

KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER, 7000 N. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI  49009-6309, (269) 381-1574. www.naturecenter.org.

LANSING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 501 S. Capitol Ave., Suite 400, Lansing, MI  48933, 517-487-5001, info@lansingsymphony.org. In their 85th season, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra continues to be the premier source for professional orchestral music in mid-Michigan. The LSO presents a MasterWorks, Pops and Chamber Series, along with Jazz Band concerts, educational programming and special events. Performances are held at Wharton Center and Molly Grove Chapel at First Presbyterian Church. http://lansingsymphony.org/

NEW JERSEY

AMERICAN LABOR MUSEUM/BOTTO HOUSE NATIONAL LANDMARK, 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ  07508, (973) 595-7953, labormuseum@aol.com. 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. www.labormuseum.net.

AVIATION HALL OF FAME OF NEW JERSEY, 400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro , New Jersey 07608, 201-288-6344, njahof @verizon.net. http://www.njahof.org/

iPLAY AMERICA, 110 Schanck Road,  Freehold, NJ, 07728, 732-577-8200, iplayamerica.com.

 

MACCULLOCH HALL HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960 (973)538-2404 ext. 16, cwinslow@maccullochhall.org. 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 programs include fall and spring workshop series for homeschooled children ages 7-12 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. www.maccullochhall.org.

MID-ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS & HUMANITIES (MAC), 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204, 609-884-5404, info@capemaymac.org. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a multi-faceted not-for-profit organization that promotes the restoration, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. With a membership of nearly 4,000, a paid staff of 150 and some 300 volunteers, MAC offers a year-round calendar of tours and special events that serves over 275,000 people each year. Through its sponsorship of cultural and heritage tourism, MAC has helped transform Cape May from a “summer only” beach resort to the country’s leading Victorian theme destination. www.capemaymac.org.

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM, Princeton University, Princeton NJ 08544, (609) 258-3043, puamtour@princeton.edu. The Princeton University Art Museum offers a variety of educational opportunities for homeschool families.  In addition to Homeschool Week, we invite homeschool families to attend our Art for Families programs on Saturday mornings and our full-day family festivals on October 25, 2014 and May 23, 2015 which include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, live performances and refreshments.  Drop in anytime to enjoy our Artful Adventures gallery activities.  Pick up your “passport to adventure” at the Information Desk, select an activity, and then collect a sticker for your passport.  Guided tours can also be arranged for groups of 10 or more. artmuseum.princeton.edu.

NEW YORK

BRICKS 4 KIDZ, (845) 610-3354, tbossio@briskc4kidz.com. Bricks 4 Kidz, an enrichment program for kids aged 2-13, offers hands-on learning through proprietary themed-based LEGO model builds, developed by educators, architects and engineers.  The program focuses on STEM and allows children to collaborate with their peers, teaching organization while enhancing self-esteem and improving fine motor skills.  www.bricks4kidz.com/362.

BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14218, 716-827-1584, events@buffalogardens.com. Created from the visions of extraordinary men; David F. Day, Frederick Law Olmsted, John F. Cowell, Frederick A. Lord & Burnham, premier designers of Victorian glass houses brought these visions to life and their unique design was based upon the famous Crystal Palace in Kew Gardens Palm House in England. The Botanical Gardens is a national historic site, education center and tourist destination full of exotic horticulture treasures from around the world. Today, the Botanical Gardens is thriving! Nearly 100,000 people visit annually to enjoy the amazing architecture, and the indoor and outdoor garden sanctuaries. It is a gathering place where visitors can find peace and harmony and enjoy the simple power of the natural world. Some visitors also see it as a place for spiritual healing, meditation and reflection. The Botanical Gardens is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits. www.buffalogardens.com

CRADLE OF AVIATION MUSEUM, 1 Davis Avenue, Garden City, New York 11530, 516-572-4111. The Cradle of Aviation Museum is an aviation and spaceflight museum located in East Garden City, New York on Long Island to commemorate Long Island's part in the history of aviation. It is located on land once part of Mitchel Air Force Base which, together with nearby Roosevelt Field and other airfields on the Hempstead Plains, was the site of many historic flights. In fact, so many seminal flights occurred in the area, that by the mid-1920s the cluster of airfields was already dubbed the "Cradle of Aviation", the origin of the museum's name. A state-of-the-art facility opened in 2002, the Cradle of Aviation Museum seeks to preserve Long Island’s contribution to aerospace, science and technology by inspiring future generations through learning. www.cradleofaviation.org.

HERSCHELL CARROUSEL FACTORY MUSEUM, Allan Herschell Company Factory Building, 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, 716-693-1885, info@carrouselmuseum.org.  For directions and further information about special events, programs, or group tours, visit our web site: www.carrouselmuseum.org.

LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER, 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers, NY 10710, (866) 243-0770, westchester@legolanddiscoverycenter.com.  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.  Visit www.LegoLandDiscoveryCenter.com/Westchester

MUSEUM VILLAGE, 1010 State Route 17M, Monroe, NY 10950, 845-782-8248, education@museumvillage.org. Museum Village presents the material culture of 19th Century Rural America through permanent exhibits and special events. We have approximately 21 buildings on our property for the public to discover. Of those 21 buildings, 20 of them have costumed interpreters. The emphasis here is on the period of 1850-1910. During demonstrations both items from the collection and reproductions are used. Interpreters use first person style to get across the history of each building and/or the craft associated with the building. Each building is a museum unto itself. Check our website for special events and updates. museumvillage.org.

OLD FORT NIAGARA, PO Box 169 (Four Scott Ave), Youngstown, NY 14174,  (716) 745-7611, gmontante@oldfortniagara.org. Old Fort Niagara combines an impressive array of original 18th and 19th century buildings and fortifications with dramatic living history programs to engage students of all ages in early American history. Students tour the 1726 French Castle, the oldest building on the Great Lakes, witness a musket demonstration and learn about life on the Great Lakes frontier during the French and Indian War, The American Revolution and the War of 1812. Groups of twelve or more students can book hands on educational programs that immerse students in the roles of Fort Niagara’s 18th century garrisons.  www.oldfortniagara.org.

RESTORATION FARM ARTS, 140 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road, Old Bethpage NY 11804, (516)314-6070, susan@restorationfarm.com. Restoration Farm Arts uses the backdrop of a working farm to promote appreciation of open space, organic agriculture, and civic engagement. Through arts, education, and cultural events, it nourishes the community with opportunities to learn and grow together. Learn more about our tours and workshops at: www.restorationfarm.com.

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.

CAROLINA RAPTOR CENTER, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078, (704) 875-6521, nchilders@carolinaraptorcenter.org. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org.

HISTORIC RURAL HILL, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC 28078, 704 875 3113, zac@ruralhill.net. Historic Rural Hill is a 250 year old historic site and working farm that offers interactive and fascinating educational programs to thousands of students and families each year. Two programs focus on the colonial time period prior to the Revolutionary War and teach fire building, candle making, or cooking with limited means. Another popular program with homeschool students and families is learning from historic texts and materials in the 1890’s Davidson One Room Schoolhouse, a unique and original facet to the Property. ruralhill.net/education.asp.

MUSEUM OF THE CHEROKEE INDIAN, 589 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee, NC 28719, (828) 497-3481 EXT. 300, eclapsaddle@cherokeemuseum.org. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers an educational learning experience which tells the story of the 13,000 year history of the Cherokee people.  We offer an award winning exhibit that takes you from the Paleo Period through the present day.  We also offer a variety of cultural programs that will engage visitors of any age group.  Our Cherokee Experience programs are customizable for our visitors.  We can offer our guests enriched cultural experiences through story-telling, song and dance presentations, craft workshops, history and cultural presentations, and so much more.  www.cherokeemuseum.org

TRANSYLVANIA HERITAGE MUSEUM, 189 West Main Street Brevard NC 28712, P.O. Box 2347 Brevard NC 28712, 828-884-2347, heritage@comporium.net. www.transylvaniaheritage.org.

WING HAVEN GARDENS, 248 Ridgewood Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209, 704-331-0664, cate@winghavengardens.org.  www.winghavengardens.org.

 

OHIO

AKRON FOSSILS & SCIENCE CENTER, 2080 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley, OH 44321, (330) 665-3466, info@akronfossils.com. Akron Fossils and Science Center is a small, hands-on museum and park that presents evidence of a young earth through the intelligent design and creation science models of origins, while critically analyzing evolution and naturalistic theories. Come learn about fossils, dinosaurs, life sciences, and history in an interactive and fun environment. Don’t forget to visit our live animals and ride the zipline! www.akronfossils.com.

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

QUAKER HERITAGE CENTER OF WILMINGTON COLLEGE, Boyd Cultural Arts Center, College & Douglas Sts, Wilmington, OH  45177, 937/481-2456, qhc@wilmington.edu. With a permanent exhibit on the history of Quakers in Southwest Ohio, an 1840s-style meetinghouse, and multiple other art and history exhibits throughout the year, a visit to the Quaker Heritage Center tells the story of the past, present, and future of Quakers around the world…and explains about that guy on the oatmeal container!  School programs related to the abolition of slavery, settlement of Ohio, and Quakers in American reform movements are available for a variety of grade levels. www.wilmington.edu.

TOLEDO SYMPHONY, 1838 Parkwood Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43604, (419)418-0053, fkanney@toledosymphony.com. Each year, over 10,000 area students have the opportunity to hear the Toledo Symphony in the beautiful Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle.   These captivating 40-minute concerts provide a complete orchestral experience of the highest quality—an experience all students deserve, and one they will remember for a lifetime! www.toledosymphony.com.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, 104 South 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215-440-3442, museum@amphilsoc.org. Discover the rare, the curious, and the authentic. Learn about American history and innovation. Make connections between history, art, and science. At the APS Museum, you will see exhibitions featuring treasures from the Society’s collections—perhaps Thomas Jefferson’s hand-written draft of the Declaration of Independence, a notebook from Lewis and Clark’s expedition, an 18th century astronomical clock, or a suite of exquisite botanical drawings by William Bartram. With each exhibition, you can also enjoy imaginative programs that interpret the themes and objects on view and connect them to relevant issues in the world today. Group tours available as well as online educational resources. www.apsmuseum.org.

BUCKS COUNTY CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, 32 North Broad Street at Garden Alley, Doylestown, PA 18901, 215-340-7164, 215-822-1562 (tours), civilwarmuseumdoylestown@gmail.com. The Civil War Library and Museum in Doylestown is a treasure trove of artifacts and information on the conflict that nearly tore America into two parts. With prior arrangement, our uniformed docents share their comprehensive knowledge about the collection with groups of students. The library contains nearly 1,400 books available for research. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted. Open Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. only. Week days by appointment. Gift Shop on premises. civilwarmuseumdoylestown.org.

CAMELBACK LODGE AND AQUATOPIA INDOOR WATERPARK, 193 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA 18372, 855-515-1283, groups@camelbackresort.com. Camelback Resort in the heart of the Pocono Mountains introduces Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia - the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeastern USA. The eight story Lodge features 453 spacious guest suites, adult and kids spa, shopping, dining, meeting and event space, and a 170,000 square-foot indoor waterpark and entertainment center.  Escape to the mountain and indulge in all that Camelback Resort has to offer, including the enormous Camelbeach outdoor waterpark, the Pocono’s most popular destination for skiing and snowboarding, hiking, zip lining, ropes course, mountain coaster, segways, and the largest snowtubing park in the US! Camelback Resort encompasses more year round attractions and amenities in one location than any other mountain resort in the country. www.camelbackresort.com

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! CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

FEET FIRST CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY AND CLASSICAL DANCE, 710 Wheatland Street in Phoenixville, PA 19460, 610-933-2688, info@feetfirstdance.com. Feet First provides age appropriate dance education that recognizes the child, teen and adult as a whole human being, challenging and inspiring through technique, meaningful content and creative dance work. For the younger child, Feet First provides a creative, self-esteem affirming approach to dance with a playful, dramatic use of stories and poems to inspire expression, team work, and individual development of emotional, social, mental and movement skills.  Our teachers are professional dance artist educators, university trained in the methods of teaching dance. Come and enjoy our fun, friendly atmosphere filled with dance that inspires! For more information on class schedules and tuition rates please visit our website at: www.feetfirstdance.com.

DESTINATION GETTYSBURG, PA, VISITOR INFORMATION, 35 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 800-337-5015, info@destinationgettysburg.com. Your destination for education and fun is Gettysburg, PA. Plan a few days to explore the fall harvest through 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. Take in a concert, special events, or a show at our local theaters, and take in the local dining scene. We have a variety of accommodations to fit your preference and budget. Make Gettysburg, PA your next trip for education and family fun. www.destinationgettysburg.com

GETTYSBURG SEMINARY RIDGE MUSEUM, 111 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 717-339-1300, dneil@seminaryridge.org. Gettysburg’s newest museum opened on July 1, 2013, and offers homeschool groups the ideal setting to explore the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, the care of the wounded, and the issues of faith and freedom. Group rates available. www.seminaryridgemuseum.org.

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

INDIANA COUNTY, PA, (877) 746-3426, MJack@VisitIndianaCountyPA.org. Come for Learning. Take Home an Experience from Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Start your adventure in “The Christmas Tree Capital of the World” by learning about the process of growing Christmas trees, or learn about history at the Blairsville Underground Railroad History Center. Visit the Museum and tour the birthplace of hometown hero and film icon Jimmy Stewart, or experience the Amish Wedding Feast at the quaint village of Smicksburg featuring artisans and specialty shopping. Additional interactive programs include visiting a pottery studio, participating in environmental programs or stepping into a replica of a medieval castle. For details: (877) 746-3426. Free backpack to each student! www.VisitIndianaCountyPA.org.

MILLER SYMPHONY HALL,   23 North 6th Street, Allentown, PA 18101, 610-432-6715 (Box Office). millersymphonyhall.org, http://www.allentownsymphony.org.

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS CENTER, 3427 Lincoln Highway E. Paradise, PA  17562,  (717) 442-7950, heidi@nationalchristmascenter.com. 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!  www.NationalChristmasCenter.com.

NATIONAL LIBERTY MUSEUM, 321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19013, 1-888-542-7678, liberty@libertymuseum.org. The National Liberty Museum is dedicated to preserving freedom and democracy by fostering good character and understanding for all people through education. We invite you to explore our exhibits of glass art and heroes from around the world that show the strength and fragility of democracy and recognize the role each person plays in safeguarding our freedom. We are especially interested in providing school communities with the tools they need to effectively prevent bullying and violence. To this end, our themed tours and workshops offer anti-bullying skills that students and teachers alike can take back to the classroom and playground. We also offer seasonal professional development for educators focused on ending bullying and violence in schools. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-6pm. Closed Mondays during the school year. Follow Us! Facebook: National Liberty Museum; Twitter: @LibertyMuseum; Instagram: NationalLibertyMuseum. www.libertymuseum.org.

THE NATIONAL WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM, 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, PA  17512, 717-684-8261, kcraven@nawcc.org. Punch your souvenir ticket into a Time Clock then walk through a time portal.  From Stonehenge and Sundials to ultra-modern digitals, this museum is one cool way to “pass” time. In an agrarian society, lapsed time (how long it took to get something done) was more important than scheduled time, which eventually became necessary to document during the Industrial Revolution and advent of the railroad. You’ll learn about “escapement” – how energy is released via weights and pendulums, the concept of Asian sliding scale time (depending on season), and see a slew of clocks, pocket-watches, and far-out “novel” timepieces. One highlight of the museum is an 11 foot tall “Monumental Clock” – advertised as “The Eighth Wonder of the World” as it made its way around the country in the 1870’s and ‘80s. Operated via weights and bellows, it features 48 religious and Revolutionary War characters that emerge from small slamming doors. With close to 12,000 timepieces the Museum has all the time in the world! www.museumoftime.org

OLD MILL VILLAGE MUSEUM, 5774 State Route 848, P.O. Box 434, New Milford, PA 18834, 570-434-2303. For information and scheduling tours: Contact Cindy at (570) 278-3199 or cindyspoon@frontier.com; Wayne at (570) 434-2303 or waynerf_18820@yahoo.com. We are the only Living History Museum in Susquehanna county. Our purpose is to bring the past back to today’s youth so they can see how people lived and worked. We have programs thru out the summer months geared to this mission. oldmillvillage.org.

PEARL S. BUCK HOUSE, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA 18944, 215-249-0100, info@pearlsbuck.org. The Pearl S. Buck House is the home of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Pearl S. Buck.  Situated on 68-acres, the National Historic Landmark site features award-winning gardens, walking trails, picnic areas, a Cultural Center, international gift shop and Pearl S. Buck’s gravesite. One-hour guided tours of the farmhouse estate include a presentation of her life and historical interpretations of her artifacts including the typewriter and desk she used to write The Good Earth. The Awards Room showcases her honors including the Nobel Prize. Discover educational resources at www.pearlsbuck.org/resources. Tours offered seven days a week. Visit www.pearlsbuck.org/house for information. 

PENN MUSEUM (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology), 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215-898-4000, info@penn.museum. The Penn Museum is one of the world's great archaeology and anthropology museums. Through innovative and engaging public programming, specialized tours, fascinating exhibitions, and three spectacular floors of galleries containing art and artifacts highlighting cultures from around the world and throughout time, the Penn Museum will forever transform your understanding of the human experience. Explore an ancient Egyptian palace, a 15-ton sphinx, and mummies; a queen’s treasures from royal tombs of Mesopotamia; evocative masks from across Africa; stone monuments from the ancient Maya of Mexico and Central America, and more! Relax in a beautiful outdoor garden, choose something special from the Museum Shop, or enjoy delicious offerings in the Pepper Mill Cafe. www.penn.museum.

PEOPLE’S LIGHT & THEATRE COMPANY, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355, 610-641-1900 EXT 111, Wright@peopleslight.org. Theatre can be a very powerful tool in your classroom. For over thirty-nine years, People’s Light & Theatre has been nationally recognized for its artistry and innovation in its programs for young people.
We believe that theatre is so much more than seeing or creating a performance—it is a way of knowing and experiencing the world. Through collaboration and art-making, we come to know both ourselves and our community more deeply, explore the possibilities of our imagination, and awaken creativity. www.peopleslight.org.

QUIET VALLEY LIVING HISTORICAL FARM, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg PA 18360, 570-992-6161, farm@quietvalley.org. Step back in time and experience everyday life on a circa 1800s working farm. Guides dressed in period clothing share the life of the Pennsylvania Germans who lived at this site in the 18th and 19th centuries. See original farm house, 1850s barn, spinning cabin, farm animals, heritage crafts and more. 2014 Schedule - Public Tours: June 21 through September 6, also Saturdays 9/13, 9/20; 9/6 Farm to Table Tours every half hour 4:00-7:00pm; Spooky Day tours 10/24, 10/25, 10/26; Harvest Festival - October 11 & 12; Old Time Christmas - December 6, 7, 13, 14; 2015 - Farm Animal Frolics - May 16, 17, May 23, 24;  http://quietvalley.org/.

ROCK FORD PLANTATION, 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-392-7223, rockfordmail@yahoo.com.   Rock Ford Plantation is the circa 1794 home of Revolutionary War General Edward Hand. Rock Ford is a unique example of architectural survival. Over 90% of the historic fabric of the original house, including shutters, floors, glass and woodwork, is intact. The mansion remains remarkably preserved and essentially unchanged from the 18th Century. Rock Ford offers visitors an authentic example of refined country living as it existed during the early years of the Republic. Open for tours April-October, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm. Please visit our website for admission prices as well as special events throughout the year.www.rockfordplantation.org.

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.

THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215-448-1200, reservations@fi.edu.  We have FUN down to a science! This fall, learn about germs, sneezes and your whole body at Sesame Street Presents: The Body. Your favorite Sesame Street characters come alive in this playful take on our anatomy.  Humans aren’t the only interesting species! BODY WORLDS: Animals Inside Out will take you on an anatomical safari examining our wildlife’s physiology. We also offer homeschool workshops for students aged 7 to 14 monthly during the school year.  Plan your visit today to Pennsylvania’s most visited museum! Fun for all ages! www.fi.edu/homeschool-workshops.

THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015, 610-838-2257, school performance tickets, markjen@ptd.net. SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS!  This 46th consecutive production of The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, features approximately one hundred cast members composed of professional guest artists from world-renowned companies such as New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, to name a few, as well as dancers from Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and adult community volunteers. This year’s production will be enhanced by live music, The South Side Sinfonietta, conducted by Eugene Albulescu, as well as a children’s choir, composed of Lehigh Valley school students. www.bglv.org.

WESTMORELAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-1850, info@westmorelandsymphony.org.  The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents two Young People’s Concerts on October 28, 2014 at Greensburg Salem High School, featuring English composer Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. This kid-friendly event features an overview of the orchestra and individual instruments. The WSO 2013-2014 Season, under the artistic direction of Daniel Meyer, includes four classical concerts, one holiday pops and three performances of the Nutcracker with the Laurel Ballet all at the Palace Theatre in downtown Greensburg. The WSO’s Academy of Music provides educational programs including the Visiting Artists Program, Summer Philharmonic, Youth Orchestra, Community Strings and private lessons for all ages. http://www.westmorelandsymphony.org.

SOUTH CAROLINA

THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE UPSTATE, 300 College Street, Greenville, SC 29601, 864-233-7755, info@tcmupstate.org. TCMU hosts 3-4 “Homeschool Days” annually. Each Homeschool Day includes admission to TCMU, 30-minute interactive lesson classroom lesson, and a post-visit activity to continue the learning at home. 1 adult per family (or) 1 adult per every 5 children is free. All lessons meet SC state education standards and are designed for homeschool children ages 5 to 9. Traditional schools are unable to visit on Homeschool Days. 1 adult per every 5 children is required. www.tcmupstate.org

FRANKLIN G. BURROUGHS-SIMEON B. CHAPIN ART MUSEUM, 3100 South Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, 843-238-2510, AFuova@MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org. The Art Museum is dedicated to being one of the finest visual art museums in the Carolinas. We strive to engage our community and our visitors through unique exhibitions and interactive, educational and creative programs for people of all ages. www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.

HEYWARD HOUSE HISTORIC CENTER, 70 Boundary Street, Blufften, SC 29910, 843-757-6293, heywardhouse@gmail.com. Step back in time at the Heyward House Historic Center! Visit the official Welcome Center of Blufften, SC, for guided house tours, maps, information, and more. Custom house or guided walking tours are available with 2 weeks prior notification. The Heyward House is located in the Nationally Registered Historic District of Blufften and is owned by the Blufften Historical Preservation Society. This summer home was built circa 1941 in a Lowcountry Farmhouse style of architecture. It has been restored and opened to the public. www.heywardhouse.org.

HOLLYWOOD WAX MUSEUM ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, 1808 21st Avenue North Ext, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577,  (843) 444-0091, mb@hollywoodwax.com. Get the best entertainment value in town with three attractions under one roof… the only roof where you’ll see the 35,000-pound Great Ape of Myrtle Beach! And, the only place where you can pose for pics with the biggest stars, recreated as lifelike wax figures at the Hollywood Wax Museum. Downstairs, you can take an enchanted quest through Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors to save the Princess from the curse of Ugly Hetty, and then maybe save the world (or at least your own skin) from ChemaCorp’s test subjects-turned-zombies in Outbreak-Dread the Undead. Open year-round. http://www.hollywoodwaxmyrtlebeach.com/

LIVING HISTORY PARK, 299 West Spring Grove Avenue, North Augusta, South Carolina 29841, 803 279-7560, Lynn@colonialtimes.us. We offer six events a year, October: Colonial Times” A Day to Remember”, October “Spirits of Hallowed Eve”, Artisan’s fair in April, Colonial Times “Under the Crown” in June, Christmas in the Back Country in November and “Christmas for the Birds “in December.  In addition, we have the colonial demonstrations the Last Sat of the month January -November. (All are Free). We also offer educational day in October before “A Day to Remember” to 4th grades and all homeschooler registration is required (number is limited.) www.colonialtimes.us.

MUSEUM & GALLERY AT BOB JONES UNIVERSITY AND AT HERITAGE GREEN, 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC 29614, 864-770-1331, contact@bjumg.org. The Old Master Painting Collection at the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University traces the artistic, cultural, and religious history of Western Europe from the 14th-19th centuries. Works by recognized artists such as Rubens, van Dyck, Reni, Tintoretto, Le Brun, Cranach, Ribera, and Murillo are exhibited with period furniture, sculpture, and tapestries to lend a period ambience to the galleries and give patrons a panoramic view of ages past.  M&G at Heritage Green rotates special exhibits of works selected from M&G’s world-renown painting collection plus features interactive, educational displays that bring the art and times of the Old Masters to life for all ages. https://www.bjumg.org.

PATRIOTS POINT NAVAL & MARITIME MUSEUM, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, 843.884.2727, info@patriotspoint.org. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is home to the USS YORKTOWN (CV-10) on the Charleston Harbor. With 45,000 tons of steel, unparalleled views of the harbor, and a unique estuarine environment, Patriots Point offers educational programs like no other. Students will experience hands-on lessons in astronomy, aviation, history, oceanography, math, technology and reading all aboard the World War II era aircraft carrier. The new Flight Academy takes youngsters through engaging simulation technologies of real world missions, teaching leadership, communication, and teamwork along the way. At Patriots Point, everyone can truly ‘Walk in the Steps of Heroes.’ http://www.patriotspoint.org/education_programs/.

VIRGINIA

BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMSBURG,  1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA  23185, 800-343-7946, BGW.GuestRelations@buschgardens.com. Busch Gardens® offers fun for the whole family with great dining, animal encounters, thrilling roller coasters and kid-friendly rides. Enjoy Busch Gardens’ newest show, London Rocks™, and a lineup of amazing concerts sets the stage for a rocking summer. Make it dinner and a show with the return of the park’s popular Food and Wine Festival.  Have a spine-chilling fall during the annual fright-fest known as Howl-O-Scream®. Guests to the park can enjoy a winter wonderland bathed in the glow of more than seven million lights during Christmas Town™. There's something to see and do for everyone at Busch Gardens. www.buschgardens.com/va.

GUNSTON HALL, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton, VA 22079, 703-550-9220, Join us at Gunston Hall to explore an 18th century plantation, engage with George Mason and use detective skills to uncover the reasons he wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights.  Opportunities include the chance to investigate the house and grounds, including our functional hearth kitchen and schoolhouse.  Home school groups can reserve a curriculum based tour, or consider our summer and weekend family programs.  We encourage groups to book at least one month in advance to guarantee a date.  www.gunstonhall.org.

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT AND YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, PO Box 1607, Williamsburg, VA 23187,  (757) 253-4939, group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov. History is Fun for Homeschool Students. At Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, your homeschool students will love discovering the sights and sounds of the 17th and 18th centuries while learning about their nation’s history. And you will love the variety of curriculum-based education programs offered for a range of grade levels – all taught by trained museum educators.  www.historyisfun.org/homeschool-program.htm.

MARINE SCIENCE CONSORTIUM- Homeschool Programs, 34001 Mill Dam Road, Wallops Island,  VA 23337, 757-824-5636, mscva@msconsortium.org. The Marine Science Consortium offers a variety of homeschool programs and camps that explore the natural history of our coastal and marine environments through active learning. Our Homeschooler Workshops are tailored for the budding Marine Biologist in your home. Homeschoolers will throw a trawl net and collect marine creatures on an ocean research vessel, explore marine habitats, kayak through tidal creeks, walk knee deep in marsh mud and enjoy the sun on a barrier island beach. Program cost includes expert instruction, all activities, housing, and meals. We provide the meals and activities, so your family can focus on new experiences and learn about our amazing natural world. www.msconsortium.org.

NSTA CELEBRATION OF SCIENCE AND LITERACY hosted by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the International Reading Association.   Homeschoolers are invited to attend a FREE science and literacy event at the Richmond Convention Center, Saturday, October 18, 9 a.m. to 2 pm Grand Ballroom, 403 N. Third St, Richmond VA 23219 Story time for kids and the chance to meet outstanding science children book authors starts at 11:45 a.m. and runs to 1:15 p.m. Learn how to choose the best science trade books for K-6 kids and how to use trade books to teach key science concepts. Visit the NSTA Science Store and the NSTA Exhibition Hall for the latest K-12 science teaching and learning products and resources. http://www.nsta.org/docs/2014Area1CelebratingLiteracy.pdf.

NEWPORT NEWS VISITOR CENTER, 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23603, 757-886-7777, tourism-mailing@nngov.com. DISCOVER NEWPORT-NEWS.ORG. Discover ships, history, and the great outdoors in Newport News, Virginia! Walk the deck of an iconic Civil War ironclad. Catch a touring Broadway show. Go eye-to-eye with a bald eagle. Spend the day hiking, biking, golfing, or fishing. Purchase our money-saving Combination Ticket to visit seven attractions for one low price! All this, plus Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. For a free Visitor Guide, go to www.newport-news.org or call 888-493-7386.

SHENANDOAH CAVERNS FAMILY OF ATTRACTIONS, 261 Caverns Road, Shenandoah Caverns VA 22847, 540) 477-3115 or 1-888-4CAVERN, americancelebration@gmail.com. Shenandoah Caverns has been thrilling visitors since 1922. It is the only cavern in Virginia with elevator service. Visitors will see soaring rooms like Long View Hall and Grotto of the Gods, as well as variety of unique and intricate formations. After homeschoolers learn about earth science in the caverns, they can relive American history in a unique and exciting way at Main Street of Yesteryear and American Celebration on Parade. Then students can discover our agricultural heritage in the Yellow Barn. There's so much to see, all for one low price. Let the exploration begin! www.shenandoahcaverns.com.

SHENANDOAH VALLEY DISCOVERY MSUEUM, 19 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601, 540-722-2020, website: www.discoverymuseum.net, email: education@discoverymuseum.net.  In addition to 19,000 sq. ft. of interactive, Hands-on exhibits, there is an abundance of programming to engage and inform visitors at the Discovery Museum. Weekends include our Visiting Artist series and Stories ALIVE! With reservations, curricular programs can be scheduled for groups from preschool through middle school ranging from magnets, insects, the Moccasin Trail, economics, matter, simple machines, weather, fossils, physics, Virginia’s watershed and more. Always hands-on, fun and content rich, it is an excellent way to enhance your child’s learning.  And if you are looking for a special way to celebrate a birthday, consider holding it at the Discovery Museum. www.discoverymuseum.net.

THE VALENTINE, 1015 East Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219, 804-649-0711 ext 318, education@thevalentine.org. For more than 100 years, the Valentine has told the story of Richmond’s history through exhibitions, tours, programs and events. Along with our 1812 Wickham House and Edward V. Valentine Sculpture Studio, the Valentine offers hands-on, interactive programming in a historical site within Downtown’s Court End neighborhood.  Join us for homeschool and family programs that celebrate the holidays, Powhatan Indian heritage, our colonial community, and the history makers and unsung heros of Richmond. www.thevalentine.org.

W.E. SKELTON 4-H EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTER, 775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz, VA 24184, 540-721-2759 x253, Skelton4HOutdoorEd@vt.edu. The Outdoor Education Program at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center is an environmental, adventure, and teamwork based education program aimed at providing experiential learning in an outdoor setting. The goal of the program is to reinforce lessons learned in the classroom in a new, exciting way. Students are encouraged to explore the natural world and their relationship with peers, as well as gain an experience away from home in a safe, supportive environment. http://skelton4hcenter.org/.

 

 

 

 

   
   
   
 

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