By clicking on any of the links below you will be directed to their webpage.
ALABAMA VETERANS MUSEUM & ARCHIVES, 100 W. Pryor, Athens, AL 35620, 256.771.7578. We invite you to tour our facility free of charge, (donations are cheerfully accepted) anytime you are in history-rich North Alabama. Open Mon - Sat from 9:00 - 3:00. Scheduled group tours available. Call 256-771-7578 to set up a tour! http://alabamaveteransmuseum.com/.
AMERICAN VILLAGE, www.americanvillage.org, P. O. Box 6, 3727 Highway 119 South, Montevallo, AL 35115, (205) 665-3535, email@example.com. Each day during the school year, hundreds of K-12 students converge on the 183-acre American Village campus located in Montevallo in Shelby County, Alabama. They step onto the stage of American history with a talented and passionate staff and explore the ideals of American liberty and self-government. Students are fully engaged and captivated as they experience the drama and uncertainty that existed when the “past” was the “present.” At our web site teachers can schedule a visit, download lesson plans and activities, review the current programs, and contact staff. www.americanvillage.org.
BELLINGRATH GARDENS & HOME, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582, 800-247-8420, firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy 65 acres of year-round floral pageantry in a Southern estate garden featuring an abundance of blooms, the Bellingrath Museum Home, and a scenic river cruise. Bellingrath also offers self-guided workshops designed for an adult-led group. Group leaders will have all the materials and information needed to investigate topics related to the Gardens and surrounding areas. The workshops also integrate other content areas with Science so students will have a better understanding of the relationships between the botanical sciences, the environment, and our daily lives. We have designed our curriculum to help meet state and local standards for teaching students as they are actively engaged in learning experiences in the Gardens. Open daily from 8 am-5pm. Closed December 25th. For reservations, contact Shanna Bennett, Group Tour Coordinator at 800-247-8420, ext. 163. www.bellingrath.org.
BRAGG-MITCHELL MANSION, 1906 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, AL 36607, (251) 471-6364, email@example.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.
EVELYN BURROW MUSEUM, 801 Main Street NW (located inside the Ottis and Evelyn Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, at the corner of College Drive and Highway 31, on the campus of Wallace State Community College), Hanceville, AL 35077, 256-352-8457, firstname.lastname@example.org. From fine examples of delicately crafted porcelain to artful everyday wares, the Burrow Museum’s vast collection includes more than 5,000 objects primarily of porcelain, pottery, glass and bronze from the Victorian era to modern times. Highlights are on display in the Museum’s main gallery and its Porcelain Room. Throughout the Museum, Wallace State shares Mrs. Burrow’s appreciation for the decorative arts, her passion for collecting, and her particular love of horses with patrons, inspiring all to see the beauty in objects that surround us every day. burrowmuseum.org.
GULF SHORES & ORANGE BEACH TOURISM, 23685 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561, 1-888-610-5293, email@example.com. Combining education and vacation is easy when you bring your homeschool classroom on the road to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach feature many attractions that afford educational experiences covering a wide range of topics, including the environment, animal habitats, oceanography and marine life, biology and history. Let your kids have the best of both worlds – interactive and educational experiences that fit your curriculum and make it fun to learn, and when school’s out, head straight to the beach for some family fun! www.GulfShores.com/HG
LOUISE KREHER FOREST ECOLOGY PRESERVE, Auburn University, 2222 North College Street, Auburn, Alabama, (334) 502-4553, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Forest Ecology Preserve School Program provides a diverse range of nature-based curricula for visiting school groups. Available topic areas include zoology, botany, geology, astronomy, food webs and habitats, and environmental conservation and sustainability. Programs range from 90-120 minutes and are customized for the children’s age and curriculum. For more information about environmental education initiatives or to schedule a school visit or program, contact Jennifer Lolley, outreach administrator, at (334) 844-8091 or E-mail (email@example.com). http://wp.auburn.edu/preserve/.
The MOOseum, 201 S. Bainbridge Street, Montgomery, AL 36104, 334-265-1867, firstname.lastname@example.org. The MOOseum at the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association offers a fun and interactive way for people of all ages to learn about the state’s livestock industry. Beef nutrition plays an important part in our lives and you will learn all about it here. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm CST. The MOOseum is located downtown at, 201 South Bainbridge Street, Montgomery, AL 36104. There is no admission fee, however we do accept and appreciate donations. Book your group of 10 or more by calling 334-265-1867 or schedule online at www.bamabeef.org. Like us out on Facebook as well. http://bamabeef.org/about_the_mooseum.html.
U. S. SPACE & ROCKET CENTER AL, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Al 35805, 1-800-63-SPACE, Family Camp allows you and your children (ages 7-12) to spend the weekend together immersed in activities such as astronaut training at Space Camp or fighter pilot training at Aviation Challenge. Register online at SpaceCamp.com, AviationChallenge.com, or call 800-63-SPACE. www.spacecamp.com.
CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP, 80 Audubon Street, New Haven CT 06510, 203-562-4927, email@example.com. Creative Arts Workshop (CAW) is a nonprofit community arts center that has served the Greater New Haven area since 1961. Located in the heart of the Historic Audubon Arts District, CAW offers high-quality visual arts education for young people of all ages. Classes are structured around different themes and media. By keeping classes small and providing individual attention, CAW helps each child develop his or her creativity! www.creativeartsworkshop.org.
KEELER TAVERN MUSEUM, 132 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877, 203-438-5485, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Keeler Tavern Museum, has been a farmhouse, tavern, stagecoach stop, Post Office, hotel, home of architect, Cass Gilbert, and since 1966 a museum. A cannonball from the 1777 Battle of Ridgefield still in wall. Call 203-438-5485 to schedule group tours or email email@example.com. www.keelertavernmuseum.org.
MYSTIC SEAPORT -THE MUSEUM OF AMERICA AND THE SEA, PO. Box 6000, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355, (860) 572.0711 or (888) 973.2767, firstname.lastname@example.org. Mystic Seaport is our nation’s leading seventeen-acre outdoor maritime museum using innovative educational programming to share the stories of America and the Sea with families of all ages. Explore American maritime history first-hand as you climb aboard historic tall ships, stroll through a re-created 19th-century coastal village or watch a working preservation shipyard in action. We offer daily demonstrations, hands-on learning experiences and carefully designed tour series for homeschoolers each fall and spring. To make a reservation for an educational program, please call our Central Reservations Department at 860-572-5322. Visit our website to plan a visit and explore our online research resources. www.mysticseaport.org/homeschool.
THE LAST GREEN VALLEY, 203 B Main St. (2nd Floor), P.O. Box 29, Danielson, CT 06239, 1-860-774-3300, email@example.com. The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor designated by Congress in 1994. The last predominantly dark sky between Boston and D.C., it is over 1,000 square miles, 35 towns based in Massachusetts and Connecticut. It is comprised of 100’s of miles of hiking and water trails, 16 wildlife management areas, and is producing the oxygen for 8.3 million people. The Last Green Valley, Inc. is the non-profit, membership-based organization working to promote awareness and preserve the National Heritage Corridor by offering programming such as Walktober, water quality monitoring, community clean-ups and so much more. To learn more, please follow us on Facebook and visit the website www.thelastgreenvalley.org.
DUPONT NATURE CENTER, 2992 Lighthouse Road, Milford, DE 19963, 302-422-1329, firstname.lastname@example.org. The DuPont Nature Center serves as a science-based education and interpretive facility for schools, families, and other organized groups. It is designed to connect people with nature and will instill an appreciation for the ecological significance of the region. We offer year-round field trip opportunities for schools and youth organizations. Spring and summer is peak viewing season for horseshoe crabs and shorebirds. The Monarch migration can be seen during the early fall, and winter is a good time to see and learn about the many animals living within a saltmarsh. www.dupontnaturecenter.org.
Resident Ensemble Players, Department of Theatre, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, (302) 831-2204, email@example.com. 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 only $8 per ticket, making it extremely affordable. www.rep.udel.edu.
CAPE CORAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 544 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, Fl 33991, 239 772-7037, firstname.lastname@example.org. A campus of three buildings showing the unique history of Cape Coral, Native American Room, Military Room, Homestead, Gulf American Building, gift shop, Research library and much more. capecoralhistoricalmuseum.org.
CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS, 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, Florida 32771, 407-323-44550 ext. 123, email@example.com. 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. Call 407.323.4450, ext. 123. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration is required at least two weeks in advance. www.centralfloridazoo.org.
DOLPHIN RESEARCH CENTER, 58901 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, FL, 33050, (305) 289-1121, ext. 225, email@example.com. Dolphin Research Center is a nonprofit education and research facility located in the Florida Keys. Home to bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions, we’re open daily to the public with narrated behavior sessions, educational presentations and interactive programs throughout the day. We offer a number of educational resources including Distance Learning opportunities, and a curriculum CD with more than 40 lesson plans and activities written to National Science Education standards, Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and Ocean Literacy principles. We present fun-filled and informative week long Dolphin Camps (ages 10-14) and Teen DolphinLab courses (ages 15-17), as well as Dolphin Day Trips and other programs. For more information, please visit our website! www.dolphins.org.
LUBEE BAT CONSERVANCY, 1309 NW 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609, 352-485-1250, firstname.lastname@example.org. An exciting educational opportunity awaits guests at Lubee Bat Conservancy. Our “minds on” programs meet FL Standardized Guidelines in Life Sciences, while introducing students of all ages to our furry flying fruit-eating friends. We offer a unique opportunity to teach the importance of bats and their role in the ecosystem. Lubee offers tours to a variety of groups ranging from Pre-K to Professionals. Lubee currently houses 220 bats representing 12 species, including the Malayan Flying Fox which can attain a wingspan of 6'. All of our bats are frugivorous, and guests have an opportunity to observe them interacting with numerous fruits and enrichment devices. Lubee Bat Conservancy is an international non-profit organization dedicated to saving bats and their habitats through research, conservation, and education, with a focus on community engagement. www.lubee.org
MILITARY HERITAGE MUSEUM, Fishermen’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL 33950, 941-575-9002. Admission is free. The experience is priceless. www.freedomisntfree.org.
MUSEUM OF ART - DELAND, FLORIDA, 600 N. Woodland Boulevard, DeLand, Florida 32720, 386.734.4371, email@example.com. The Museum of Art – DeLand, Florida, is a vital and interactive non-profit community visual arts museum dedicated to the collecting, preservation, study, display and educational use of the fine arts. In addition to the permanent collection, the Museum is host to several rotating exhibits, gallery talks and receptions, educational programming, master artist workshops and special events throughout the year. www.MoArtDeLand.org.
ORANGE COUNTY REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801, (407) 836-8500, firstname.lastname@example.org. The History Center offers programs specially designed for Home School Students. Students can spend the day with their family and other Home School Students learning in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Many home school days will now be tailored to a specific grade level to ensure that the material is not too basic or too complicated. For age specific programs, we've selected themes that are focused on the interest and ability level of the learner. Nonparticipating home school students of different grade levels are welcome as well and will have special activities to enjoy. http://thehistorycenter.org/education/educators/homeschool.
CHIEFTAINS MUSEUM/MAJOR RIDGE HOME, 501 Riverside Parkway, Rome, GA 30161, 706) 291-9494, email@example.com. The Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is one of only a few private entities to be certified by the National Park Service as a site on the Trail of Tears. Ridge, whose old home Chieftains now occupies, was one of the signers of the Treaty of New Echota, which resulted in the forced relocation of the Cherokee people. www.chieftainsmuseum.org.
COLUMBUS, GA CVB, 900 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901, 706.322.1613, firstname.lastname@example.org (Laura Walker). Imagine telling your youth 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 trek through treetops to get a bird’s eye view of surrounding wetlands. Students can experience all this and more with a visit to Columbus, GA! Through S.T.E.P. (Student Travel Education Program), we’ll assist you in arranging tours, lesson planning, overnight accommodations, meals and more. It’s our one-stop-shop approach to doing business…better known as Columbus, GA Concierge service! Find out more at www.visitcolumbusga.com.
STORYLAND THEATRE, P. O. Box 14875, Augusta GA 30919-0875. 706-736-3455, email@example.com. An Augusta nonprofit, we present quality, live theatre productions performed by adults for children & families. Common Core Curriculum Standards, GA/SC State Standards + Lesson Plan Ideas by grade available! A Theatre Etiquette Speech starts each show. Reservations required. Our plays are complete productions, locally written, with gorgeous sets, beautiful costumes, lighting/special effects. School Shows restricted to children ages Pre-K -7th grade, teachers/chaperones. Saturday Matinees for the community–no reservations required Saturdays. Meet the actors after the show. Active Duty Military & Families admitted free. NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS! firstname.lastname@example.org 706-736-3455. www.storylandtheatre.org.
FILSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1310 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40208, (502) 635-5083, email@example.com. Welcome to The Filson Historical Society! We are Kentucky’s oldest privately supported Historical Society, founded in 1884. We’ve been collecting and preserving Kentucky and the Ohio Valley region’s significant stories for 129 years. http://www.filsonhistorical.org.
HISTORIC RAILPARK AND TRAIN MUSEUM, 401 Kentucky Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101, 270-745-7317, firstname.lastname@example.org. Step back in time to the golden age of railroad with a tour of historically restored railcars, complete with a railway post office car, dining car, Pullman sleeper, and presidential car. Also on display are a WWII Hospital car, restored wooden segregation car, and a caboose! Enjoy the museum inside the restored limestone depot at your leisure and relax in our theater room while watching informational films about this bygone time. www.historicrailpark.com.
KENTUCKY GATEWAY MUSEUM CENTER, 215 Sutton Street, Maysville, KY 41056, (606)564-5865, email@example.com. KGMC began as public library in 1878 and features extensive resources for historical and genealogical research. The original 1881 building is on the National Register. The modern addition features a meeting room as well as a classroom for Instruction. Riverworks Discovery class on the commerce, culture and conservation of rivers can be scheduled. The Changing Exhibits Gallery will have an exhibit from Carmeuse Corp. about limestone mining beginning in early October. The Kaye Savage Browning Miniatures Gallery includes 1/12 scale reproductions by gifted international artisans from houses and public buildings to nursery rhymes. All areas are accessible. Museum hours are 10-4 Tuesday –Friday and 10-3 on Saturday. www.kygmc.org
KENTUCKY SCIENCE CENTER, 727 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202, 502.561.6100, firstname.lastname@example.org. Explore three floors of exciting, interactive exhibitions that offer educational science fun for the whole family! Plus, enjoy amazing films in our four-story theatre. Museum hours are Sunday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. For tickets and additional information, visit, www.KYScienceCenter.org.
LOUISVILLE NATURE CENTER, 3745 Illinois Avenue, Louisville, KY 40213, (502) 458-1328, LNC@bellsouth.net. A truly unique community resource, the Louisville Nature Center offers wonderful opportunities for nature study and recreation--right in the heart of the city! Bring a lunch and relax at our picnic tables or under the covered gazebo. Among our unique features are: a native wildflower garden and pond, butterfly gardens, hiking trails through the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve, a one-of-a-kind bird blind, wildlife exhibits, Beargrass Creek watershed exhibit, a meeting room, a nature gift shop and our library--a great place to do research and spend some time indoors when the weather is too hot, too cold or rainy to study nature outside. Louisvillenaturecenter.org.
GAVER FARM, 5501 Detrick Road, Mt. Airy, MD 21771, 301-865-3515, email@example.com. Pick-your-own pumpkin patch with free hayrides to the patch on weekends. Fall-Fun-Festival including corn maze, jumping pillow, farm animal arena, straw activities, mini mazes, giant slides, obstacle course, rubber ducky races, play areas and much more. Visit the Farm Market with pumpkins, gourds, apples, cider, straw, décor and more. Barn Grill and Sweet Shoppe (weekends only) with our famous apple cider donuts. Open daily September 13 – November 3 from 10-6 daily. www.gaverfarm.com.
HISTORIC SHIPS OF BALTIMORE, Pier 1, 301 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD, 21797, 410-396-3453, firstname.lastname@example.org. Come aboard the USS Constellation, USCGC Taney, or USS Torsk year round for an overnight experience in shipboard life. For programming and booking information please contact the Education Coordinator at 410-396-3453. www.historicships.org.
HISTORIC ST. MARY’S CITY, P.O. Box 39 (18751 Hogaboom Lane), St. Mary’s City, MD 20686, 240-895-4990 or 800-SMC-1634, email@example.com. At Historic St. Mary's City, a museum on the site of Maryland’s first capital, explore an un-ordinary ordinary, help a planter tend his fields, and step on board a tall ship. Discover the world of the Yaocomaco people and the place where Roman Catholics first worshipped in the British colonies. At the St. John’s Site Museum, gain insight into ways historians and archaeologists reconstruct the past and the ways Lord Baltimore’s design for Maryland foreshadowed the First Amendment rights guaranteed by our Constitution. Don’t miss Homeschool Days in the spring and fall! www.stmaryscity.org.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE VISITOR CENTER, PATUXENT RESEARCH REFUGE, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708, 301-497-5760, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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/northeast/patuxent/
BEST WESTERN PLUS Cold Spring, 180 Court Street, Plymouth, MA 02360, (508) 746-2222, email@example.com. BEST WESTERN PLUS Cold Spring is located on five acres of lushly landscaped grounds just one block from Plymouth’s Historic Waterfront, 0.8 miles from Plymouth Rock, 3 miles from Plimoth Plantation and ½ mile from the Main Street shops and restaurants. Each of our well-appointed guest rooms and suites were designed to facilitate a peaceful and productive experience. Complimentary wireless internet access, complimentary parking, a mini refrigerator and microwave oven provide all the comforts of home. From the vibrant décor to the signature BEST WESTERN PLUS amenities, you will find we have anticipated all of your needs. www.bwcoldspring.com
ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002, (413) 658-1100. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is a stunning, 40,000 square-foot facility in the heart of the Five College area of Western MA. The Museum houses three Galleries with rotating exhibitions of picture book art from around the world, and a permanent collection which includes works by Maurice Sendak, Leo Lionni, Arthur Rackham, William Steig, Rosemary Wells, Arnold Lobel, and Ludwig Bemelmans. A hands-on Art Studio allows visitors to create their own masterpiece any time the Museum is open. The Museum is located at 125 West Bay Rd, Amherst, MA. www.carlemuseum.org.
MARINI FARM CORN MAZE, 259 Linebrook Road , Ipswich, MA 01938, (978) 238-9FUN, firstname.lastname@example.org. This year our Corn Maze adventure is T-REX ON THE LOOSE. Work with your group to discover all the different stations throughout the maze. Each station provides clues and information for your game sheet. Excellent team building activity while providing educational fun through more than 7 acres of maze. We have a picnic area as well as farm animals and walking trails if you would like to extend your visit. One Teacher/Chaperone free with every 10 children. Reservations required. The cost is $9 per person. Allow 1 1/2 - 2 hours for entire trip. www.marinicornmaze.com
OCEAN EXPLORIUM, 174 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, (508) 994-5400, email@example.com. Field Trips include hands-on learning in our classroom based on NGSS themed programs, an interactive Science on a Sphere presentation that ties into your classroom activities, and a tour of our living exhibits. Your group will have one or more educators working exclusively with your students. : http://oceanexplorium.org/education-programming-overview/#sthash.SRdotWMR.dpuf.
WORCESTER HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 30 Elm Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609, 508.753.8278, firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded in 1875, Worcester Historical Museum is the only organization solely dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Worcester’s unique and diverse history from all time periods and subject areas. The holdings of WHM encompass thousands of documents and artifacts vital to the study of Worcester history. Worcester’s history is interpreted through a calendar of exhibitions, educational programming, tours, and publications. WHM features both permanent installations and changing exhibits. www.worcesterhistory.org.
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.
FRUIT RIDGE HAYRIDES, 11966 Fruit Ridge Avenue, Kent City, MI 49330, (616) 887-5052, email@example.com. “Horse drawn hayrides in the heart of orchard country.”
KALAMAZOO INSTITUTE OF ARTS, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49078, (269) 349-7775, firstname.lastname@example.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 VALLEY MUSEUM, 230 North Rose St., PO Box 4070, Kalamazoo, MI 49003, 269-373-7965, email@example.com. KVM is a regional history and science museum, with a state-of –the-art planetarium, the Challenger Learning Center (a space exploration simulation), science and history exhibits, including traveling exhibits that change every three months. Admission to the Museum is free; small fees charged for some programs, including staff-led classes in science and history. Many programs can be tailored to individual group needs. www.kalamazoomuseum.org.
MONTROSE ORCHARDS, 12473 Seymour Road, Montrose, MI 48457, (810) 639-6971. Educational Tours include: 30-45 minute hayride with your own personal tour guide, through our farm. Our trail is decorated with scenes from popular children's stories. Stop in the Pumpkin Patch to pick your own perfect pumpkin. You will also see us pressing apple cider and visit our farm animals. Top off your tour with a glass of fresh-pressed apple cider and a great orchard donut. Sack lunches are welcomed. Tours are by reservation only. Call today to reserve your spot: 810-639-6971. montroseorchards.com
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, 6 Washington Street,, Dover, NH 03820, (603) 742-2002, firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring a world of hands-on learning and discovery to your students at The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. The museum offers two group visit options, a self-guided Basic Group Visit, or a Focused Group Visit, which includes acurriculum-based activity related to one of the museum’s many exhibits, led by an experienced museum educator. Group visits must be scheduled in advance and are appropriate for students in preschool – 5th grade. www.childrens-museum.org.
AMERICAN LABOR MUSEUM/BOTTO HOUSE NATIONAL LANDMARK, 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ 07508, (973) 595-7953, email@example.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.
CAPE MAY MID-ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS & HUMANITIES (MAC), 1048 Washington Street. Cape May, NJ 08204, (609) 884-5404, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a multi-faceted non-profit organization that promotes the restoration, interpretation and cultural enrichment of greater Cape May for its residents and visitors. MAC offers a year-round calendar of tours and special events that serves more than 300,000 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. MAC was formed in September, 1970 by a small group of Cape May citizens with the express purpose of rescuing the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, an 18 room mansion, from demolition. Their campaign to preserve not only the Physick Estate but Victorian architectural treasures throughout Cape May has played a vital role in revitalizing the nation's oldest seaside resort. http://www.capemaymac.org/index.html.
MACCULLOCH HALL HISTORICAL MUSEUM - HANDS – ON HISTORY WORKSHOPS FOR HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960, (973) 538-2404 ext. 16, email@example.com. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. During the fall 2013 Homeschool program series “Bricks and Beams: Building New Jersey.” Homeschool families can explore the built environment using 19th century Macculloch Hall and Morristown’s original Historic District as the focus. Ages 7 to 13 years old. 1 – 3pm Tuesday September 24th, October 22nd and November 23rd. Series registration/payment due by September 12, 2013. Cost: $24/per child. No fee for accompanying adult. www.maccullochhall.org.
MORVEN MUSEUM & GARDEN, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540, (609) 924-8144 x100, firstname.lastname@example.org. Built by Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Morven has stood witness to history for over 250 years. His wife, Annis Boudinot Stockton, was a prolific poet who named their house "Morven" after a mythical Gaelic kingdom in the epic poems of Ossian. Four more generations of Stocktons resided at Morven through the early 20th century. Although all made significant contributions to their community, Commodore Robert Stockton (1795-1869) became particularly well known as a United States naval hero and President of the Delaware and Raritan Canal. General Robert Wood Johnson, Chairman of Johnson and Johnson, was the first non-family member to reside at Morven (1928-1944). He was followed by five New Jersey governors when Morven served as the state’s first Governor’s Mansion (1945-1981). www.morven.org.
THE PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, 609-258-3043, email@example.com. 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 Family Day event on May 17th. 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.
STERLING HILL MINING MUSEUM, 30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439, 973-209-MINE (6463), firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us for Underground Mine Tours, fantastic displays of "glow-in-the-dark" fluorescent minerals, extensive outdoor displays of mining machinery, and exhibit halls packed with things you've probably never seen before! http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org/
BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14218, 716-827-1584, email@example.com. Designed by Lord & Burnham, premier designers of Victorian glass houses, this Victorian conservatory opened in 1900. The unique tri-domed glass, wood and steel 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. 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. Mission Statement: The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is a living museum 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.
FROST VALLEY YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville, NY 12725, (845) 985-2291, firstname.lastname@example.org. Established in 1901 as one of the nation’s first summer camps, Frost Valley YMCA now provides four seasons of outdoor, experiential and educational opportunities. Frost Valley YMCA is a 5,000 acre residential camping, environmental education, and conference center located in the heart of the ”forever wild” Catskill Mountain Preserve. Programs include: Summer Sleepaway Camp, Teen Adventure Trips, Farm Camp, Horse Camp, Day Camps, School Trips, Family Weekends, Conference & Group Rentals, Teambuilding, Cross County Skiing and Horseback Riding. For more information, visit www.frostvalley.org.
HERSCHELL CARROUSEL FACTORY MUSEUM, Allan Herschell Company Factory Building, 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, 716-693-1885, email@example.com. For directions and further information about special events, programs, or group tours, visit our web site: www.carrouselmuseum.org.
PEEK'N PEAK RESORT AND SPA, 1405 Olde Road, Clymer, NY 14724, (716) 355-4141, firstname.lastname@example.org. Whats New? Our SNOW! Whether we have to do a snow dance to mother nature or make it ourselves, our slopes will be covered! Looking for an educational element? Not a problem. Experience our special weekday snowsports program for your Homeschool children and entire family. Enjoy an exciting, challenging new sport and spend the day on the slopes where your children can earn their Physical Education Credit and meet other Homeschool families from the tri-state area. You can receive 8 consecutive weeks of ski or snowboard lessons beginning January 8, 2014 with our state of the art rental equipment that is available to you at a discounted rate. www.pknpk.com.
WARRENSBURGH MUSEUM OF LOCAL HISTORY, 3754 Main Street (P .O. Box 441), Warrensburg, NY 12885, 518 - 623 – 2207, email@example.com. The Warrensburgh Museum of Local History was founded in 1975, at the start of America's Bicentennial Celebration. Storage trunks and attics of local residents have yielded thousands of artifacts and photographs related to Warrensburg's history. In 2002 the museum was closed for renovation and reorganization by the Warrensburgh Historical Society and reopened in July 2009 with all new exhibits chronicling the town's history from prehistoric times to the present. Exhibits include period clothing, logging and farming tools, school and church history, and products, tools and documents of Warrensburg's "Golden Age" spanning a century from 1850 to 1950. Exhibits continue to be updated, and temporary exhibits about specific topics added. Currently celebrating Warrensburg's Bicentennial - 1813 - 2013. Holiday Exhibit opening December 7, 2013: Dollhouses and Room Boxes. The Museum is a joint accomplishment between the Warrensburgh Historical Society and the Town of Warrensburg. http://www.whs12885.org.
AIRBORNE & SPECIAL OPERATIONS MUSEUM, 100 Bragg Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 29301, 910-643-2778, firstname.lastname@example.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.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF WILMINGTON, 116 Orange Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, (910) 254-3534, email@example.com. The Children's Museum of Wilmington stimulates children's imagination, curiosity and love of learning. Our Museum celebrates the joys of childhood by providing magical and playful experiences for children of all ages. The Museum serves children ages 1-10 and their adult company. Our goal is for all our visitors to learn amazing things about themselves and the world where we live through informal, playful, hands-on and child-directed experiences. In our warm and inviting environment, children find ample opportunities to explore and better understand the arts, sciences, culture and more through engaging exhibits and programs. www.playwilmington.org.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF WINSTON-SALEM, 390 South Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101, 336-723-9111. firstname.lastname@example.org. The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem opened its doors in November 2004 with the mission “to create a compelling destination for our community to play and learn by experiencing literature, storytelling and the arts”. The museum’s target audience is children ages 0-8 and their families, caregivers and educators. The museum welcomes 70,000 visitors a year through family visits, field trips and numerous programming and outreach efforts. Home School Educators are free with an ID from any home school association or educational group and children receive a discounted rate of $3 each for admission Tuesday-Friday. ChildrensMuseumofWS.org.
HALIFAX COUNTY, North Carolina, Halifax County Visitor Center, 260 Premier Blvd., Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870, 1-800-522-4282, email@example.com. Halifax County, North Carolina, offers fantastic, fun, and affordable field trips for any home school group. Visit Sylvan Heights, the world’s largest bird park, where you can get up close to more than 2,000 birds of over 170 species. Travel to Historic Halifax, our colonial historic site with a museum, 10 restored buildings, living history and an Underground Railroad trail. Explore various sections of the Roanoke Canal Trail between Weldon and Roanoke Rapids. In Weldon see the Roanoke River, a hidden tunnel with a river mural, old railroad depots, a Civil War cemetery and a stone aqueduct. In Roanoke Rapids, visit Roanoke Rapids Lake Park, Dominion hydropower station, stone culverts, power canal bulkhead, canal locks, and the Roanoke Canal Museum. Also located in Roanoke Rapids is the Roanoke Valley Veterans Museum with artifacts from all wars the United States has fought. Travel to Littleton to Lakeland Theatre Company for a school-day matinee or call them to coordinate theatre workshops. Discover Medoc Mountain State Park with 4,000 acres, seven hiking trails, Little Fishing Creek, camping, and park rangers who are happy to tailor educational programs for your students. www.visithalifax.com.
AKRON FOSSILS & SCIENCE CENTER, 2080 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley, OH 44321, (330) 665-3466, firstname.lastname@example.org. Akron Fossils and Science Center is a small museum and park that allows visitors to explore fossils, artifacts, science and history in a hands-on, interactive atmosphere through guided tours of the exhibits. Extra programs offered include summer camp, birthday parties, live animal shows and fun evening events. Be sure to ride the zip line when you visit! Reservations are required for groups. www.akronfossils.com.
DESTINATION SENECA COUNTY, 19 W. Market Street, Tiffin, OH 44883, (888) 298-7236, email@example.com. “Take a peek into our past.” Experience educational and fun tours at the following attractions: American Civil War Museum of Ohio, The Enchanted Moment Doll Museum & Gallery, Fostoria Glass Heritage Gallery, Seneca County Museum, Tiffin Glass Museum, Crystal Traditions Glass Factory, St. Francis Straw Bale House, Gillmor Ordnance, The Ritz Theatre, and Fostoria Trains & Depot. www.destinationsenecacounty.org.
HOWER HOUSE, 60 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44304, (330) 972-6909, firstname.lastname@example.org. An 1871 Victorian mansion built in the Second Empire Halianate 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 build 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-3:30 pm. (Last tour at 3:00 pm). Group tours by appointment. Cellar Door Store gift shop open during tour times. www.howerhouse.org.
KELTON HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDEN, a service of the Junior League of Columbus. 586 E. Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215, 614.464.2022, email@example.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 faces 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.
MCDONALD'S GREENHOUSE & CORN MAZE, Ltd., 3100 Adamsville Road, Zanesville, OH 43701, 740-452-4858 office, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are looking for a great place to bring the family or a group for a wonderful fall experience, you’ve come to the right place! Our Corn Maze and Fall Farm Fun includes: the ever popular hay wagon ride; a baby farm animal petting zoo; a giant shelled corn “sandbox”; many educational, agricultural exhibits including honey bees, farm equipment, how the corn maze is created and state symbols; a 5-acre corn maze and more. www.mcdonaldsgreenhouse.com.
QUAKER HERITAGE CENTER OF WILMINGTON COLLEGE, Corner of College & Douglas Streets, Pyle Center 1182, Wilmington, OH 45177, (937) 382-6661 x 719, email@example.com. 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. http://www2.wilmington.edu/qhc/.
BUCKS COUNTY CIVIL WAR LIBRARY & MUSEUM, 4 Pagota Cluster, Doylestown, PA 18901, 215-340-7164, firstname.lastname@example.org. Locates in an award-winning town full of cultural sites and fine food restaurants. Open to the general public on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm only. Tours on other days with a tour guide can be arranged by calling 215-340-7164. Interesting collection full of surprises. No valuations of Civil War artifacts but will accept donations and loans. Buckscivilwar.org.
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
CHACKO'S FAMILY BOWLING CENTER, 195 North Wilkes-Barre Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, 570.208.BOWL (2695), Chackos@ptd.net (Bowling Center), Kchacko@ptd.net (Groups). Featuring: 40 Synthetic AMF Lanes; Computerized Scoring; Junior, Adult, and Senior Leagues; Automatic Bumpers for Children's Bowling. Chacko's Family Bowling Center is ideal for children's birthday parties, and other events.
ENDLESS MOUNTAINS VISITORS BUREAU, 5405 State Route 6, Tunkhannock PA 18657, 570-836-5431 or 800-769-8999, email@example.com. Who said learning can’t be fun? A trip to the Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania will show you that discovering interesting things that are only found in this region is a really cool thing to do. You can visit a variety of themed museums, discover historic landmarks and treasures, then have some fun hiking, going on a nature walk, bowling, playing paintball, or taking in a festival. Everything you need for fun and educational experience in the Endless Mountains can be found by visiting www.endlessmountains.org.
FEET FIRST CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY AND CLASSICAL DANCE, 710 Wheatland Street in Phoenixville, PA 19460 , 610-933-2688, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
FRANKLIN INSTITUTE, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215.448.1200, email@example.com. From the Giant Heart to the Fels Planetarium, The Franklin Institute is Philadelphia’s home for hands-on science fun! Students will experience three floors of interactive exhibits, a 4D flight simulator, live science shows, and IMAX and 3D theaters. This year, the Museum welcomes special exhibition One Day in Pompeii from Nov 9 – April 27. The Franklin Institute also offers monthly Homeschool Workshops. Workshops are for students ages 7 – 14 and explore a variety of topics including; weather, engineering, biology and more. http://www2.fi.edu/programs/home-school/index.php
GETTYSBURG CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU, 35 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, (717) 334-6274, firstname.lastname@example.org. Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War (2011-2015). Understand the Battle and the impact on Gettysburg and our nation through tours, museums and living history. Learn of Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address. Tour President Eisenhower’s’ home and learn about his military and presidential years. Learn about our agricultural industry through farm tours and programs. Plan today at www.gettysburg.travel.
GETTYSBURG SEMINARY RIDGE MUSEUM, 111 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 717-339-1300, email@example.com. 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 SNACK FACTORY TOUR, 20 Herr Drive, Nottingham, PA 19362, (800) 63-SNACK, firstname.lastname@example.org. There's no fake machinery or actors - it's the REAL factory, the REAL workers, and the REAL process Herr's® has perfected to make their products taste REALLY great. Our tour is a first-hand learning experience that includes visual methods that's sure to impress children and adults alike. You'll never forget the little-known facts, like how a pretzel gets its brown color, or what makes a great chipping potato, and how tortilla chips get their seasoning. www.herrs.com
HARMONY MUSEUM, 218 Mercer Street, Harmony, PA 16037, (724) 452-7341, email@example.com. The town of Harmony was founded in 1804, and has more than 250 years of remarkable history. Our history includes the Lenape (Delaware) Indian settlement, Murdering Town, Major George Washington, "Father" George Rapp and the Harmonists from Germany, Mennonites, and so much more! Come discover the big history of this little town. It's eight properties include the 1809 main museum building as well as the Harmony Society cemetery and Mennonite meetinghouse and cemetery. www.harmonymuseum.org.
INDIANA COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, (877) 746-3426, Info@VisitIndianaCountyPA.org. Come for Learning. Take Home an Experience in 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. Indiana, the birthplace and childhood home of film icon Jimmy Stewart, offers a Museum and the town of Smicksburg hosts guests at an Amish Wedding Feast. 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.
JOHN HEINZ NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE AT TINICUM, USFWS, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19153, 215/ 365 3118, Erika_Scarborough@fws.gov. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum was established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving, restoring, and developing the natural area known as Tinicum Marsh, to promote environmental education, and to afford visitors an opportunity to study wildlife in its natural habitat. Its high-quality programs promote natural and cultural resource stewardship, demonstrate the conservation of urban wildlife habitat, encourage compatible outdoor public use, and serve as a living classroom to connect people with nature and local history. Those who visit John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge are inspired to take action to improve the quality of life for themselves and those around them. www.fws.gov/heinz.
JULIUS STURGIS PRETZEL BAKERY, 219 E Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543, 717-626-4354, firstname.lastname@example.org. Discover history with a twist at America’s First Pretzel Bakery! Step back in time in our 1861 bakery for a lesson in pretzel twisting and learn how today’s pretzel industry got its start right here in historic downtown Lititz. Remember to allow time to savor a hand-twisted freshly baked soft pretzel and shop in our bakery store featuring dozens of Tom Sturgis pretzel treats, chocolate coated pretzels, and pretzel-themed souvenirs and gifts. Tours for all ages, Monday through Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. Walk-ins welcome - groups of 15+ must reserve an open tour time. Handicapped accessible and bus-friendly. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Jan 1 through MLK holiday each year. www.juliussturgis.com.
LANCASTER SCIENCE FACTORY, 454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-509-6363, email@example.com. Making Science Fun! Welcome to the Lancaster Science Factory, a hands-on, interactive technology and science center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We invite you to come explore our exciting exhibits relating to the physical sciences, engineering, technology and mathematics! www.lancastersciencefactory.org.
NATIONAL CHRISTMAS CENTER, 3427 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA 17562, (717) 442-7950, firstname.lastname@example.org. National Christmas Center offers life-sized, indoor exhibits capturing the magic of Christmas throughout the year! Experience a one-of-a-kind journey as you discover local & worldwide Christmas history & traditions; "Journey to Bethlehem" (a total environmental experience); walk the cobblestone streets of TudorTowne animated storybook village, explore Santa's Workshop, enjoy our enchanting Toyland train mountain (under a giant Christmas tree!), & the unique 1950's Woolworth's re-creation. 20,000-square-foot museum showcases 15 main galleries & additional smaller exhibits, & more. Gift Shop / Handicap-accessible / plenty of seating throughout / group rates available. Open daily now through 1/5/14, 10am-6pm. Museum Admission charged. www.NationalChristmasCenter.com.
NATIONAL WATCH & CLOCK MUSEUM, 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, PA 17512, 717-684-8261, email@example.com. 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.
NED SMITH CENTER FOR NATURE AND ART, 176 Water Company Road, Box 33, Millersburg, PA 17061, 717-692-3699, firstname.lastname@example.org. Located just outside picturesque Millersburg, the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art is dedicated to connecting people with nature and the arts. With twelve miles of hiking trails, art gallery, gift shop, and unique special events; the Ned Smith Center is your destination for family fun… just 30 miles north of Harrisburg. http://www.nedsmithcenter.org.
OLD ECONOMY VILLAGE, 270 Sixteenth Street, Ambridge, PA 15003, 724-266-4500. Old Economy Village interprets the history of the Harmony Society, a highly successful 19th century religious communal society, and preserves and interprets the unique material culture of the Society during its period of residence in Beaver County, Pennsylvania for citizens of and visitors to the Commonwealth. Old Economy Village is an amazing place to learn about the past for both children and teachers. Old Economy Village offers varied tours that cater to the attention and interests of students of all ages. oldeconomyvillage.org.
OLD MILL VILLAGE MUSEUM, PA Route 848, PO Box 434, New Milford, PA 18834-0434, (570) 465-3448, email@example.com. The Old Mill Village Museum Association is dedicated to educating and continuing the heritage and history of northeast Pennsylvania. Situated along Meylert Creek, site of the 1800’s Belknap Mill, volunteers depict the life and activities necessary to survival in the “howling wilderness” of Susquehanna County. Early crafts, as well as educational, social and military activities take place in the historic and built-on-site buildings which house the vast collection of local artifacts. The Village, as well as its companion Church in New Milford, is open for programmed events, school tours, private functions, and by chance or appointment. www.oldmillvillage.org.
PALMER MUSEUM OF ART, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, Curtin Road, University Park, PA 16802, 814-865-7672, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Palmer Museum of Art on the Penn State University Park campus is a free-admission arts resource for the University and surrounding communities in central Pennsylvania. The museum offers an ever-changing array of exhibitions and displays of its permanent collection. With eleven galleries, a print-study room, 150-seat auditorium, and outdoor sculpture garden, the Palmer Museum is a unique cultural resource for residents of and visitors to the region. www.palmermuseum.psu.edu.
PAUL’S PUMPKIN PATCH, 175 Marks Lane, Fairmount city, PA 16224, 814-365-5161, email@example.com. Pick your own pumpkin patch on a working farm. $5 Admission includes hayride with a demo of our Frogtown Flinger, a pumpkin trebuchet. It also includes attractions for small children such as the corn box, pee wee maze, hay mountain, barnyard zoo and barrel train ride. We grow approx 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, gourds and Indian corn. Open Sept 14 to October 27 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday. Special events on the weekends. We have party tent and do field trips with PSSA standards lessons. Special group rate of $4/ person. For these, call for an appointment. paulspumpkinpatch.com.
PEARL S. BUCK HOUSE, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA 18944, 215-249-0100, firstname.lastname@example.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, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19104, (215) 898-4000, email@example.com. Students can travel the world, under one roof, at the internationally renowned Penn Museum, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Penn Museum offers a variety of programs that utilize our world-class collection, aligned to national and state curriculum standards. From the special exhibition In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies, to galleries featuring material from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Asia, Africa, North America, the ancient Mediterranean world and the Bible Lands, Penn Museum offers students of all ages a chance to explore, compare and contrast world cultures, through time and across continents. For group info, and to download a group trip planner, visit http://www.penn.museum.
PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS (PAFA), 118 – 128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, 215.972.2069, firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us for an art-filled afternoon at one of PAFA’s new Homeschool Workshops! A collaborative program between PAFA's School and Family Programs, each Homeschool Workshop consist of a 45-minute tour in the Museum galleries, plus a 45-minute art-making activity. Homeschool Workshops take place on the First Friday of each month from 1-3 p.m. www.pafa.org/homeschool.
QUIET VALLEY LIVING HISTORICAL FARM, 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg PA 18360, (570) 992-6161, email@example.com. 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. www.quietvalley.org.
ROCK FORD PLANTATION, 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-392-7223, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
SPLASH LAGOON INDOOR WATER PARK, 8091 Peach Street, Erie PA 16509, 1-866-3-Splash, 1-814-217-1111, email@example.com. Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort voted as one of the nation’s top water park resorts we invite you to dive into the excitement. Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort is one of the largest indoor water parks in the United States. Ride our New Attraction the Aqua Tumbler. Enjoy our nine swirling slides including the 40 mile per hour Shark Attack…plus other park favorites… Tiki Tree House where you can get soaked by our huge 1000 gallon tipping bucket, relax in the lazy river, and ride the waves in the largest indoor wave pool in the eastern United States. www.splashlagoon.com.
SULLIVAN COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, 4430 Route 154, Forksville, PA 18616, 570-482-4088, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sullivan County holds an exciting, educational and enjoyable event called the Fall Festival Lumberjack/Chainsaw Carving Competitions held October 12 & 13, 2013, rain or shine. The 33rd year of this festival will continue the theme of many activities related to the heritage and culture of northeastern Pennsylvania. A large educational display is available in the Woodmobile. An Art Expo with winning prizes for the artists is featured in the Blue Building . www.sullivanarts.org. Juried crafts and a quilt show are displayed. Children will enjoy seeing the different sights and activities with the excitement of pumpkin painting. Lots of food and entertainment add to the fun. www.sullivanpachamber.com.
SULLIVAN COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS, PO Box 63, Dushore, PA 198614, 570-928-8927, email@example.com. The Sullivan County Council on the Arts is the only countywide arts organization in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. We provide programs and prizes in the visual arts, writing and theater, open to all students in the county, public and homeschooled. Our Roving Historical Theater, which stages original, locally written and directed plays based on the county's history and industries, features intergenerational casts, including homeschoolers. Our Fall Art Expo gives generous prizes to regional visual artists, and we recently opened the Covered Bridge art gallery in Forksville. The Artisans Holiday Sale in December includes crafts, artwork and a Chinese auction. www.sullivanarts.org.
USFWS, JOHN HEINZ NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE AT TINICUM, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19153, 215/ 365 3118, Erika_Scarborough@fws.gov. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum was established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving, restoring, and developing the natural area known as Tinicum Marsh, to promote environmental education, and to afford visitors an opportunity to study wildlife in its natural habitat. Its high-quality programs promote natural and cultural resource stewardship, demonstrate the conservation of urban wildlife habitat, encourage compatible outdoor public use, and serve as a living classroom to connect people with nature and local history. Those who visit John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge are inspired to take action to improve the quality of life for themselves and those around them. www.fws.gov/heinz.
WESTMORELAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, 724-837-1850, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, under the artistic direction of Daniel Meyer, presents four classical concerts and one holiday pops all at the Palace Theatre in downtown Greensburg. For more than four decades the WSO has brought world-class soloists as well as the talented local musicians to the concert stage. The WSO’s Academy of Music provides educational programs including the Visiting Artists Program, Young Peoples Concert, Youth Orchestra, Community Strings and private lessons. For more information, please visit the symphony’s website www.westmorelandsymphony.org or call 724-837-1850.
AIKEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 122 Laurens Street SW, Aiken, SC 29801, (803) 641-9094, email@example.com. The mission of the Aiken Center for the Arts is to foster partnerships for the growth of an arts community and to provide arts education, cultural activities and art opportunities that enrich the quality of life in Aiken. We have classes specifically designed for homeschooled students in grades K-7 and 8-12. Classes are held every Tuesday for one and a half hours and are $55 per month. www.aikencenterforthearts.org.
THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE UPSTATE, 300 College Street, Greenville, SC 29601, 864-233-7755, firstname.lastname@example.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. The cost is $10 per child. 1 adult per family (or) 1 adult per every 5 children is free. Additional adults are $8 each. 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.
COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM AT HONEY HORN, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, 843-689-3033, x228, email@example.com. The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn is an educational institution dedicated to fostering greater knowledge and appreciation of the cultural heritage and natural history of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Educational programs are aligned to academic standards and engage students in hands-on, active learning. This majestic visitor friendly venue consists of salt marshes, open fields, stands of century’s old live oak trees, the State's largest Southern Red Cedar tree dated at 1595, and a collection of some of the oldest buildings that exist on Hilton Head Island. www.coastaldiscovery.org
COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART, 1515 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201, 803.343.0481,
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) March 23 is National Wild life day at the park 10 am to 2 pm Free. We also offer educational day in October before “A Day to Remember” to 4th grades and all homeschooler registration is required $5.00 per person (number is limited.) www.colonialtimes.us.
MUSEUM & GALLERY AT BOB JONES UNIVERSITY AND AT HERITAGE GREEN, Greenville, SC, 29614, 864-770-1331, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Museum & Gallery offers a variety of resources for homeschool families. Enjoy the Old Master painting collection at M&G at Bob Jones University, introducing art and culture from the 13th through 19th centuries of Europe as well as artifacts from the early Egyptian, Babylonian, and Roman civilizations. At M&G at Heritage Green, enjoy the newly opened interactive exhibition, Charles Dickens: The Continuing Victorian Narrative, and experience many aspects of Victorian culture. Docent-guided and self-guided resources are available at both locations. Plan your field trip today! www.bjumg.org.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH AREA HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 799 2nd Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582, 843.427.7668, history@NMBmuseum.com. Take home more than sand when you visit North Myrtle Beach! The new Museum, which opened in April 2013, collects the history, science, and culture of northeastern South Carolina and makes the information available through exhibits and programs. Long-term exhibits and photographs showcase year-round and seasonal activities. Changing exhibits highlight regional artists and collectors. The Museum offers several programs combining history and STEM concepts. Contact Jenean Todd (843.427.7668 or history@NMBmuseum.com) to schedule a program or tour for your family or homeschool group. www.NMBmuseum.com.
PATRIOTS POINT, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, (843) 884-2727, email@example.com. Patriots Point, on the Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant, SC, is the home of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, including the USS YORKTOWN, Cold War Memorial and the only Vietnam Support Base Camp in the U.S. Patriots Point is also headquarters to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the agency's official Medal of Honor Museum. As an agency, the Naval and Maritime Museum strives to preserve the living history of our nation's bravest men and women while telling their stories in honorable, educational and engaging ways. http://www.patriotspoint.org/.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE MUSEUM, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201, 803-898-4953, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Museum has four large floors devoted to the disciplines of art, history, natural history and science/technology. It houses both long-term exhibits and five changing exhibit galleries. On Oct. 29, 1988, the South Carolina State Museum opened its doors, bringing to the citizens of the Palmetto State the newest, and one of the finest, state museums in America. Since that day it has awed, delighted and enlightened millions of visitors. The State Museum has more than 70,000 artifacts in its collection, and it is still a very young institution. The State Museum is housed in its largest artifact, the former Columbia Mill. This former textile mill also is a world-first. When it opened in 1894, manufacturing cotton duck cloth (a canvas-like material), it was the first totally-electric textile mill in the world. It was also the first major industrial installation for the General Electric corporation. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The State Museum was voted one of the three top museums by Southeastern readers of Southern Living magazine, along with the High Museum in Atlanta and the Smithsonian Institution. The State Museum has been voted Best Museum in the Midlands five years in a row by Columbia Metropolitan magazine, and was designated Best Museum of 2007 by the readers of the Free Times newspaper. http://www.scmuseum.org/educational_programs/Homeschools.aspx
HISTORIC RAMSEY HOUSE, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914, (865) 546-0745, email@example.com. Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville’s first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey. The home is constructed of Tennessee pink marble and blue limestone. It was known at that time as the finest home in Tennessee. The structure is significant for its original interior and exterior architectural features and its period decorative art collection. The Ramsey Family was one of the first families to settle the Knoxville area. They played vital roles in developing civic, educational and cultural institutions. The site consists of 101.5 acres; a historic house restored and furnished to the period of Francis A. Ramsey’s occupancy (1797-1820) and a Visitor Center located in a beautiful country setting. www.ramseyhouse.org.
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN ATTRACTIONS, 3518 S. Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN, 1-800-825-8366, firstname.lastname@example.org. ROCK CITY * RUBY FALLS * THE INCLINE RAILWAY, Chattanooga, TN. Welcome Students! Come on up to “Lookout Mountain Attractions” …Trek through Rock City's natural wonders and enjoy our "see seven states" views, tour Ruby Falls, America's deepest cave and largest underground waterfall accessible to the public, and ride the Incline Railway the world's steepest passenger railway! We offer a hands on learning experience for educational groups. Each attraction meets state and national curriculum standards. Follow the links below for information on specific attractions, curriculum standards, and classroom activities to enhance your visit.
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THE HERMITAGE, HOME OF PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage, TN 37076, 615.889.2941, email@example.com. The Hermitage is the home of President Andrew Jackson, and the 1100-acre plantation he owned and operated. www.thehermitage.com.
THE VETERANS' MUSEUM, 100 Veterans Drive, Halls, TN 38063. Located on the ramp of The Dyersburg Army Air Base in Halls, this was the final phase for training B-17 crews during WWII. After completing this training, they went to air bases in England and Italy. The Museum is 8,900 sq. ft. of educational exhibits, which includes 4,000 sq. ft. of military vehicles.
SOUTHERN VERMONT NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, 7599 VT Route 9, West Marlboro, VT 05363, (802) 464 0048, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum houses the third largest collection of taxidermied native species in New England with over 250 types of bird and mammal represented in individualized dioramas. The Museum also houses live birds of prey, native reptiles, fish and amphibians. A large mineralogy display and numerous other exhibits are on-hand for self-guided examination. Many homeschoolers enjoy the Museum’s Adaptation Scavenger Hunt Activity (handouts available by request). Guided tours are offered at the museum and on the adjacent preserve for groups of all sizes, and customized educational programs are available both on and off-site. www.vermontmuseum.org.
CHARLOTTESVILLE ALBEMARLE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU, 610 E. Main Street / P.O. Box 178, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902, 434.293.6789, email@example.com. In addition to providing a wealth of information on the area to individual visitors, the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) assists tour operators, meeting planners, weddings, reunions and other groups to find attractions, restaurants, hotels, and other visitor related businesses. Its mission is "to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets." For more information, please contact us. www.visitcharlottesville.org.
COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG, 101 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185, 1-800-280-8039, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more than 70 years, Colonial Williamsburg has provided a premier field trip experience for school and youth groups. Through engaging and interactive programming, students have the opportunity to meet the citizens who helped build a nation, experience the Revolutionary City, and discover something new about the creation of America. To plan a trip or make reservations, call 1-800-280-8039 or visit colonialwilliamsburg.com/homeschoolers. colonialwilliamsburg.com/homeschoolers.
EDGAR ALLAN POE MUSEUM, 1914 East Main Street, Richmond VA 23223, 804-648-5523, email@example.com. The Poe Museum explores the life and literary legacy of the inventor of the detective story and America’s first great lyric poet, Edgar Allan Poe. The Museum’s five-building complex takes visitors back in time to the Antebellum Richmond Poe called home. Exhibits feature the world’s largest collection of Poe’s manuscripts, personal items, and memorabilia. Visitors learn more about Poe’s contributions to poetry, detective fiction, science fiction, literary criticism, and (of course) horror. Take a guided tour of the Museum, follow a walking tour of Poe’s Richmond, watch a performance of Poe’s works, or participate in a mock-trial of the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart.” http://www.poemuseum.org.
GLENCOE MUSEUM & GALLERY, 600 Unruh Drive, Radford, VA 24141, 540-731-5031, firstname.lastname@example.org. Glencoe Museum & Gallery is housed in the former home of General Gabriel C. Wharton, CSA, and his wife Anne Rebecca. The museum offers visitors the chance to see life as it was in the late 19th century and also provides information on the history of Southwest Virginia, including the history of transportation and Mary Draper Ingles. The site also includes an art gallery and an authentic one room schoolhouse. We welcome group visits and can customize tours for individual needs and goals. There is no admission charge. Donations are welcome. www.glencoemuseum.org.
GRAND CAVERNS, 5 Grand Caverns Drive, Grottoes, VA 24441, (540) -249-5705, email@example.com. One of the most historical and secluded places in the United States, the Grand Caverns is hidden gem that will tantalize the eyes and touch the heart of civil war history seekers. Grand Caverns is nestled centrally in the Shenandoah Valley in the beautiful Town of Grottoes, Virginia. The Caverns were discovered accidentally during the early 1800’s and since have continuously been open to the public. The caverns offer fascinating formations including stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and flowstone. Most unique however, are the extraordinary cave shield formations and vertical bedding of lime-stone layers. Each room visited in the caverns offers a unique experience into a veiled world where history is preserved and waiting to be discovered. www.grandcaverns.com.
GREAT WOLF LODGE, 549 East Rochambeau Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185, 757-229-9700, firstname.lastname@example.org. North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts. Located close to the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Come learn and then relax and play in our 69,000 square foot indoor waterpark. Great Wolf Lodge, “creating family traditions, on family at a time.” Book online using the promo code: home. www.greatwolf.com
HUGH MERCER APOTHECARY SHOP, 1020 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, 540-373-3362, HMAS@WashingtonHeritageMuseums.org. The Apothecary Shop presents a vivid living history interpretation of colonial medical practices. Fun fact: See live leeches!http://www.WashingtonHeritageMuseums.org.
JAMES MADISON’S MONTPELIER, 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA, 22957, (540) 672-2728 ext. 402, email@example.com. Homeschool Day at Montpelier: Montpelier, the home of our 4th president and Father of the Constitution, James Madison, will host its autumn Homeschool Day on October 21st, 2013. Once again, the rolling acres of James and Dolley Madison’s beloved estate will be alive with families. Colonial games, guided hikes, Constitutional conversations, hands-on archaeology, and a book-signing with former VA First Lady Susan Allen are just a few of the many special activities planned. Guided house tours will run continuously throughout the day. The event runs from 9AM - 5PM. Admission is $5 per person; children under 6 are free. No reservations required. http://www.montpelier.org/content/homeschool-day.
JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT AND YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, PO Box 1607, Williamsburg, VA 23187, (757) 253-4939, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.com. 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.
MARY WASHINGTON HOUSE, 1200 Charles Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, 540-373-1569, MWHouse@WashingtonHeritageMuseums.org. George Washington bought this home for his mother in 1772 and she lived here during the last 17 years of her life. Fun fact: In 1893, the house was almost disassembled and used as a display at the Columbian Exposition. www.WashingtonHeritageMuseums.org.
MUSEUM OF THE MIDDLE APPALACHIANS, PO Box 910, Saltville, VA 24370, 276-496-3633, firstname.lastname@example.org. Step back in time to discover 30,000 years of the natural and cultural history of the Saltville Valley in the Middle Appalachians. The exhibits include geology that explains why the salt is here; fossils that record a past life; Ice Age animals that once lived in the region; Native American culture of the Woodland period; a new story of the arrival of Europeans to the Appalachians; the history of the salt industry and its role in the Civil War; the growth and demise of a salt based chemical industry; modern day salt extraction; and a unique coastal ecology in a wetland 400 miles from an ocean. www.museum-mid-app.org.
NEWPORT NEWS TOURISM, 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23603, 757-886-7777, email@example.com. GET CLOSER IN NEWPORT-NEWS.ORG. When was the last time you connected with ships, history and the great outdoors, all in one family vacation? Walk the deck of a full-scale replica of the USS Monitor and touch a piece of deck plating from this iconic ironclad. Enjoy seafaring adventures, Civil War treasures, animal attractions, golf, shopping and dining. All this, plus Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. For a free Visitor Guide, go to www.newport-news.org or call 888-493-7386. www.newport-news.org.
NEW RIVER HERITAGE COALITION, c/o 141 Jackson Street, NE, Blacksburg, VA, 24060, 540.558.0746, Ljones@blacksburghistory.org. The New River Heritage Coalition is a partnership of twelve museums, historic and cultural sites in the New River Valley that work together to present the rich natural and cultural heritage of the region. Collaborative programming and marketing efforts create opportunities for visitors and residents to experience the variety of culture, tradition and heritage of the New River Valley region. The complexities of the region can be experienced and explored through visiting the member sites of the Coalition and will enrich your visiting (or living) experience as you learn about natural history, arts & culture and families in our area. We look forward to your visit! www.newriverheritage.org.
RISING SUN TAVERN, 1304 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, 540-371-1494, RST@WashingtonHeritageMuseums.org. George Washington’s youngest brother, Charles, built this landmark in 1760 as his private residence. The building became a tavern in 1792. Fun tip: Find the colonial mouse trap! www.WashingtonHeritageMuseums.org.
SHENANDOAH CAVERNS FAMILY OF ATTRACTIONS, 261 Caverns Road, (Exit 269 off I-81), Quicksburg, Virginia 22847, (540) 477-3115, 888-422-8376, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thrilling visitors since 1922, Shenandoah Caverns is Virginia's only cavern with elevator service. Personally guided tours among beautiful formations so amazing they were featured by National Geographic. Stand where Presidents and other famous Americans stood among spectacular parade floats from celebrations like Presidential Inaugurals, Rose and Thanksgiving Day parades at American Celebration on Parade. Stroll through our Main Street of Yesteryear and The Yellow Barn, a whimsical and nostalgic adventure for all ages. Model trains in motion, incredible collections of antiques and children's activities. Admission includes all four family attractions in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. We welcome groups of all ages and offer programs on Groundwater, Geology, Agriculture and the craftsmanship of parade floats. http://www.shenandoahcaverns.com/.
SHENANDOAH VALLEY DISCOVERY MUSEUM, 54 South Loudoun Street (Spring of 2014 19 W Cork Street), Winchester, VA 22601, 540-722-2020, email@example.com. In addition to the dynamic, interactive exhibits on the gallery floor, there is an abundance of programming to engage and inform visitors to the Discovery Museum. Weekends include our Visiting Artist series and Discovery Story Theater. 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’re looking for a special way to celebrate a birthday, consider holding it at the Discovery Museum. www.discoverymuseum.net.
TAUBMAN MUSEUM OF ART, 110 Salem Avenue S.E., Roanoke, VA 24011, 540 – 342 - 5760, firstname.lastname@example.org. As a center for the visual arts, we encourage a free exchange between the making of art, the display of art and the interpretation of art. Our programs endeavor to explore creativity from inspiration to presentation with the goal of engaging and intriguing our audiences.
VALLEY BRETHREN-MENNONITE HERITAGE CENTER, P.O. Box 1563, 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22803, 540-438-1275, email@example.com. Step back to a slower time and simpler way of life. Guides share the life of Mennonite and Brethren families who lived in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the 18th and 19th centuries. View an 1829 log house being reconstructed, a Civil War era farmhouse, wash house and blacksmith shop as well as a 1900’s one room schoolhouse. The Heritage Center is open for tours Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call to arrange special tours for homeschool groups. www.vbmhc.org.
WALTON’S MOUNTAIN MUSEUM, P.O. Box 124, 6484 Rockfish River Road, Schuyler, VA 22969, (434) 831-2000, firstname.lastname@example.org. “The Waltons” creator and narrator, Earl Hamner, recounts his childhood in Schuyler, Virginia. The museum is the building from which Hamner family members attended and graduated. We offer Schuyler History, The Great Depression, and other works by Earl Hamner. We have John-Boy’s bedroom replica, Ike Godsey’s store, living room replica, kitchen replica, scripts room, exhibit room, ‘recipe machine’ rooms, Walton memorabilia and photographs, and a 30-minute video that features Earl and cast members. www.waltonmuseum.org.
CHUCK MATHENA CENTER, 2 Stafford Commons, Princeton, WV 24740, (304) 425-5128, email@example.com. The Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, WV, features year-round, national touring productions, including daytime performances exclusive to Pre-K, public, private and homeschool students. www.chuckmathenacenter.org.