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

BRAGG-MITCHELL MANSION, 1906 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, AL  36607, (251) 471-6364info@braggmitchellmansion.comNestled 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. Admission charged.  Seasonal opportunities including a Christmas Open House and Spring Tea are annual events. For more information, please visit

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

TALLASSEE ARMORY GUARDS, 19th Annual “Battles for the Armory” Civil War Reenactment, Tallassee, Alabama, November 10, 11, 12 & 13, 2016. Sponsored by The Tallassee Armory Guards, SCV Camp 1921, Gibson’s View Plantation, Tallassee, AL. School Day: November 10, 2016 ($5 per student). Battles start at 2:00 PM on Saturday & Sunday. Phone: Sharon Kilpatrick (334) 233-9771 or Randall Hughey (334) 283-6888.


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

INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES, 38 Curtis Rd, PO Box 1260, Washington, CT. 06793, (860) 868-0518, The Institute for American Indian Studies offers exciting hands-on education programs for all ages! Children will experience our outdoor replicated village, listen to traditional stories, play Native American games or make and take home a craft.

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


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

HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY, GPS address is 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807, 302-658-2400, Hagley Museum is the site of the original black powder works of the DuPont Company, founded in Delaware in 1802 and powered by the natural resources that surrounded it. Today it is a place that inspires innovation, set on

235 acres of wooded rolling hills along the rushing Brandywine River. Here, for more than

200 years, the DuPont Company and family experimented, innovated, and pursued the

American dream. For decades, Hagley has welcomed schoolchildren, from kindergarten to

high school, for hands-on, experiential learning through science, technology, and history

programs. Hagley is the only Smithsonian Affiliate museum in Delaware and has been

accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1972. The site is a National Historic

Landmark, a National Recreation Trail, and a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark.

MILTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 210 Union Street, Milton, DE 19968, 302-684-1010, The Milton Historical Society is an educational and cultural institution which collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Milton and the Broadkill Hundred in southern Delaware.  Every year we reach over 2,500 visitors, local and tourist alike, and provide free educational programs for children.  Our museum focuses on local industries—like canning, agriculture, and shipbuilding and is home to an operational button making machine, printing press and rope maker.  We are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am- 4 pm; admission is free to all.  We hope to see you soon!


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

CRACKER COUNTRY RURAL FLORIDA LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM, 4800 US Hwy 301 N, Tampa, Florida 33610, (813) 627-4225, Cracker Country is a living history museum located on the Florida State Fairgrounds.  Named after the cracking whips of Florida’s pioneer cowmen, the museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of rural life in Florida in the late 19th century.  The museum, set on four acres of beautiful live oak trees, includes thirteen authentic structures that were relocated from around the state and restored to represent home life, commerce and transportation in Florida just before the turn of the 20th century. Cracker Country offers educational field trip programs, public events, tours, and two special Homeschool Day events annually.  Visit our website for more information.

JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 300 Water Street, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32202, 904-354-5547. The Jacksonville Symphony provides a variety of educational concert opportunities throughout the school year that can enhance your music curriculum and educational experiences.  Preludes for ages 6-8 (10/25 & 10/27) and Young People’s Concerts for ages 8-10 (3/7/17, 3/9&10/17) Tickets: $7.  For more information, visit or contact Kathryn Rudolph, Director of Education and Community Engagement at

LUBEE BAT CONSERVANCY, 1309 NW 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida, 32609, 352-485-1250, 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 children and community engagement. Lubee provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with fruit bats from around the world. Lubee houses 200 bats representing 10 different species, including the Malayan flying fox which can attain a wingspan of 6 feet. Standard Homeschool Tour ($5 student, $10 Adult). Tour includes an age appropriate PowerPoint that is aligned with Florida Standards, activities for hands on learning about bat adaptations, and a visit to the primary bat enclosures. Premium Homeschool Tour. ($20 a person). These tours incorporate a STEM curriculum and are only available upon request prior to scheduled tour date. Please Schedule Tours in Advance.


STORYLAND THEATRE, Grover Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta University, 2500 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904, 706-736-3455, Storyland Theatre, an Augusta nonprofit, presents full-scale original plays and musicals for children, performed by adults. Our 29th Season includes 3 musicals: “The Princess and The Pea”, 10/25-28/16 with Matinee 10/29; “Cinderella”, 1/24-27/17 with Matinee 1/28; and “Jack and the Beanstalk”, 3/28-31 with Matinee 4/1. A Theatre Etiquette Speech opens each show. Shows are 9:30 AM, 10:45 AM & 12:15 PM Tuesday through Friday.  Reservations required. School Standards and Lesson Plan Ideas available by grade for GA/SC.  Saturday Matinees are for the community at 3 PM- no reservations.  Special rates for Homeschools.  Free to Military Families.


ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE, Sarah Peters, 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY  40202, 502.585.1210, Entering its 53rd Season, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the State Theatre of Kentucky, is the flagship arts organization in the Louisville community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore, Actors Theatre serves to unlock human potential, build community, and enrich quality of life by engaging people in theatre that reflects the wonder and complexity of our time. Actors Theatre presents almost 350 performances annually and delivers a broad range of programming, including classics and contemporary work through the Brown-Forman Series, holiday plays, a series of free theatrical events produced by the Professional Training Company, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays—the premier new play festival in the nation, which has introduced nearly 450 plays into the American theatre repertoire over the past 40 years.

LEXINGTON ART LEAGUE, The Loudoun House209 Castlewood Drive, Lexington, KY. 40505, 859-254-7024, Lexington Art League offers engaging classes and tours for elementary, middle school, high school and college students. For more info, contact Logan Dennison, Education Director, at

THE LIVING ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTER, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lexington, Kentucky 40508, (859) 252-5222. The Living Arts & Science Center is located on the corner of MLK and 4th Streets in downtown Lexington. For more information, visit or call (859) 252-5222.

LOUISVILLE VISUAL ART, 1538 Lytle Street, Louisville, KY 40203, 502-584-8166, Louisville Visual Art encourages, inspires, and develops the next generation of creative leaders by providing intensive, in-depth art experiences to over 1,100 students each year through a variety of programming. Our Children’s Fine Art Classes (CFAC) engage talented and motivated students in grades 4-8, The Academy of LVA prepares high school students to begin a career in the arts, and our summer camps inspire creativity in students ages 7-14. Classes immerse students in studio practices in drawing, painting, and mixed media; art history; critiquing skills; and aesthetics with a focus on encouraging all of our students to grow, improve and evolve as artists and creative problem solvers.

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


IRVINE NATURE CENTER, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117, 443-738-9200, There is no better classroom than the outdoors. Irvine offers 11 different field trips that provide students of all ages meaningful outdoor experiences. In addition to those field trip topics, the Earth Friends home school program promotes respect for nature and each other through a nurturing, student-centered environment. Hikes, live animal encounters and open-ended wild nature play are integral to our learning each day. This semester-based program has 4 curriculum-linked options including Native Communities, Forest Explorers, Animals of Irvine and Living off the Land.

MILLER HOUSE MUSEUM, WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD, 21740 (301) 797-8782, Spend a day in the 1800s as you explore the Miller House! Learn more about local culture, history and heritage with our collections of decorative arts, Civil War artifacts and more! Family-friendly tours, events and programs are held year-round.

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

UPPER BAY MUSEUM, 219 W. Walnut Street; P.O. Box 275, North East, MD  21901, The Upper Bay Museum, located in the Community Park in North East, MD, houses a large collection of water related articles portraying the heritage of the Upper Chesapeake Bay area. The museum houses displays of hunting, boating and fishing artifacts native to the Upper Chesapeake Bay. Visitors can trace the history of the waterfowl hunter through exhibits of outlawed gunning rigs and skillfully carved decoys. They can also follow the progress of Bay boating and fishing with many displays of model boats, nets and one of the country’s best collections of marine engines. From the serious market waterfowl hunter to the hardy commercial fisherman, watermen of every description have shaped the culture of this region. The officers and members of the Upper Bay Museum invite you to join us where this heritage has been and continues to be preserved for future generations.


OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566, 508-347-0206, Old Sturbridge Village offers a variety of programs for Home School Families. Home School Days are held throughout the year. For 2016/17 the dates are September 14, 2016, November 2, 2016, March 3, 2017, and April 18, 2017. Each day includes special hands-on workshops in the Museum Education Center and activities in the Village throughout the day. We also offer more in-depth immersive experiences including Hop into History Overnights and Cooking a 19th Century Meal.


GRAND RAPIDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, 616-235-4726, The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is an environment for open-ended, self-guided, learning through play with hands-on exhibits and drop in daily programming offered throughout the year.

HISTORIC ADVENTIST VILLAGE AND DR. JOHN HARVEY KELLOGG DISCOVERY CENTER, 411 Champion Street, Battle Creek, MI 49037, 269-965-3000, We are a two-part historic museum.

Part one is the history of the world famous Battle Creek Sanitarium and the equipment used by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg.

Part two is eight time-period buildings from the 1852 to 1902. A home owned by a runaway slave from the Underground Railroad. A one room school house from the 1870’s. The first church ever organized and dedicated as a Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1861. A log home built in the 1850’s. Two homes built in the 1850’s. A replica 1857 church and a carriage house with a collection of sleighs and carriages.

Note: Our Kane School house can be reserved for holding a day of classes.

KALAMAZOO INSTITUTE OF ARTS, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49078, (269) 349-7775, 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.

THE OTTAWA COUNTY PARKS NATURE EDUCATION CENTER, Hemlock Crossing County Park, 8115 West Olive Rd, West Olive, MI 49460, (616) 786-4847. The Ottawa County Parks Nature Education Center is our hub of year-round educational programming. Naturalist guides offer inexpensive, and often free nature programming to the public, including guided hikes, wildlife encounters, birding walks and field trips, and astronomy programs. Programming helps educate children and adults about the natural features of the area including plants, animals, and ecosystems. Our trained naturalist guides also offer private, curriculum-based programming for home-school groups (by appointment) in an on-site classroom, equipped with microscopes and more. Naturalist-led service-based learning experiences are also available for those school groups looking for a volunteer experience. The Nature Education Center is located in Hemlock Crossing Park between Holland and Grand Haven, Michigan. Parking and admission to the Nature Education Center is always free. Guests are invited to enjoy the wildlife viewing area or the large fireplace in the Great Room. Snowshoes are available to rent during the winter. Learn more online:


PAT’S PEAK SKI AREA, 686 Flanders Road, P. O. Box 2448, Henniker, NH 03242, 603-428-3245 ext. 106, Pat’s Peak, New Hampshire’s premier family snowsports destination, is a great getaway for day and night skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing. With trails for all ability levels, three terrain parks and snowtubing, there is something for everyone! Pat’s Peak is one of the state’s most accessible “Learn to Ski & Snowboard” mountains.

REMICK COUNTRY DOCTOR MUSEUM & FARM58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth Village, NH 03886. (603) 323-7591, Toll Free: (800) 686-6117, Preserving the past, to educate the future. Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm offers four seasons of hands-on, agriculture-based learning, situated on a 100-acre historic farmstead in the quaint village of Tamworth, NH. Call (603) 323-7591 today to learn what’s possible for your family or group visit! Or see “Groups” under the LEARN AT REMICK website tab.


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

CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921, (908) 234-2345, Offering Art Classes for home schooled children ages 5 through 12   Painting, Drawing, Handbuilding Clay.  Fall classes begin on Friday, September 16 from 1 to 2:30 pm. For ages 9-12 and classes begin on Friday, October 28 for ages 5-8 years old.  There are also classes daily from 4:30 to 6 pm for all age groups. Please check the web site for details.

HOLCOMBE-JIMISON FARMSTEAD MUSEUM1605 Daniel Bray Highway (Rte. 29) 
just north of Lambertville, NJ, 609-397-2752. Tour original 1711 farmhouse. In the 3-story Bank Barn, learn about farming life through exhibits of farm equipment for growing and harvesting crops, plus domestic items for making meals and clothing. Other buildings include a Blacksmith/Print Shop, Country Store and Post Office, Barns with tractors and horse drawn implement. Rope making and candle dipping available.

iPLAY AMERICA, 110 Schank Road, Freehold, NJ 07728, 732-577-8200, New Jersey’s Original Indoor Boardwalk: iPlay America is the place to Get Inside the Fun! It’s family friendly indoor Boardwalk theme provides guests nearly four acres of outstanding rides, games and attractions making it the perfect destination for FUN year round! iPlay America’s Event Center and the new Warehouse 100 are home to concerts, corporate events, expos, galas, trade shows, company outings, sporting events, social gatherings and every kind of party. iPlay America offers guests a mouth-watering selection of Boardwalk style fare, classic American cuisine in their full service restaurant, and an impressive event catering menu. ALWAYS free to enter, iPlay America’s guests can enjoy exciting new attractions like the Freedom Rider Spinning Coaster or the Sky Trails® ropes course (the largest indoor ropes course in New Jersey). iPlay America is a 2016 winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Service. For FUN, fine food, and events of any size, the award winning iPlay America is the place to Get Inside the Fun.

LACKLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Centenary Stage Company, 715 Grand Avenue, (GPS address), Hackettstown, NJ  078409, 908 979-0900, box Now in its 30th year, the professional Centenary Stage Company, a regional theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University, offers the best in Theatre, Music and Dance events for the Skylands region and beyond.  Highlights of the program include the Equity theatre, featuring B’way talents and Emmy-Award winning designers; the Women Playwrights Series, showcasing work from emerging playwrights from around the country, and the critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop musical theatre program for ages 8-18.     The CSC Young Audience Series presents works drawn from the curriculum, (such as “Miss Nelson is Missing”), and tours to schools throughout the state with performances and hands-on workshops.   The Shakeperience Program, partnered with D.C.’s Folger Shakespeare Library, brings professional mentors to schools for Shakespeare projects, which are then showcased together each April in a festival at Centenary Stage.   Various Dance initiatives are also   available to the public, led by visiting artists.    Log on to to get on a weekly newsletter mailing for updated events.

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


PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 08544, 609-258-3788, With a collecting history that extends back to the 1750s, the Museum is one of few university art museums of truly universal scope. Its collections, which number more than 92,000 works in all media, range from ancient to contemporary and span the globe. Admission is free.

RITZ THEATRE COMPANY, 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township, NJ 08107, (856)-858-5230, Throughout our history, The Ritz Theatre Company has aspired to make theatre accessible to everyone, to entertain our audiences with favorites, to challenge them (and ourselves) with complex works, to provide on-stage training for actors, to introduce kids to the magic of live theatre, and to help restore the historic building we call our home. Each season we offer six Mainstage productions, eight children’s productions, an all-kids production, a young adult production, a summer theatre camp, a summer theatre festival, holiday performances, special events, classes, and more!

ROXEY BALLET, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530, 609-­397-­7616, Roxey Ballet is a world-­class, all-­inclusive contemporary ballet company that uses dance to build community and cultural bridges. Roxey Ballet was incorporated in 1995 as a New Jersey non-­profit organization whose mission is to deliver artistic and cultural excellence through professional dance performances, residencies, educational programs, workshops, and master classes. The company takes pride in its multicultural and all-­inclusive organization, fostering a creative environment of growth for all. Roxey Ballet is fully accessible to those with disabilities. Its unique and diverse works, elevating tradition to the next level, are inspirational to audiences and artists alike.

SKYLANDS ICE WORLD – Ice Skating/Hockey, Rita Mitchell, 2765 State Hwy. 23, Stockholm, NJ 07460, 973-697-1600, Skylands Ice World – Come to Play! Open Ice Skating daily. Group rates available. Hockey and Figure Skating for the beginner to the elite athlete: lessons, leagues, synchro teams! All Ages. Birthday and Corporate Parties. Private and Special Events. Something fun for everyone!


CATTARAUGUS COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL, 100 West Main Street, Allegany, NY 14706, (716) 372-7455, The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) promotes the creation, presentation and appreciation of arts and culture in the region, while nurturing education and commerce in the arts. We offer a variety of art classes for adults and children, free art exhibitions, and art festivals to connect artists with the community. We also offer the Art on Main consignment store where artists can sell work and shoppers can look for unique gifts for every occasion.

MISCI – MUSEUM OF INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady NY 12308, 518-382-7890, Discover hands-on fun at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science:  interactive exhibits, demos, planetarium shows, Challenger Learning Center space missions, scout workshops, camp-ins, traveling exhibits from San Francisco’s Exploratorium, indoor butterfly house February - April, Trains & Toys Holiday Show, and blockbuster summer exhibits. Explore with family and friends, take a field trip with your school or group, stay for a day or week of class during school break at miSci, where science is fun for everyone. Understanding our world and having fun together! miSci is a must-see attraction with something for everyone.


WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE NYS HISTORIC SITE, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746, 631-427-5240, ext. 113, Walt Whitman was born in this house on May 31, 1819.  Built by his father circa 1810 the authentically furnished farmhouse is an excellent example of native Long Island craftsmanship.  Our educational programs support NYS Regents Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum.  Both our Create and Explore (Grades 3-8) and Secondary Education Experience (Grades 9-12) offer grade-appropriate programs that include poetry writing workshops taught by a published poet and tours, led by a knowledgeable educator.  During See and Touch (Grades Pre-K - 2) students tour the home in which Whitman was born and learn what life was like in 1819.  They also have fun playing interactive historic games.  Fees: $7.50 - $9.50 per students.

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


AIRBORNE & SPECIAL OPERATIONS MUSEUM, 100 Bragg Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 29301, 910-643-2778, The U.S. Army’s Airborne & Special Operations Museum recounts the actions of heroic soldiers from the early days of the Parachute Test Platoon to the ongoing Global War on Terrorism. The museum preserves forever the extraordinary feats performed by the Army’s Airborne, and their brothers in arms, the Special Operations Forces, all who jump from the sky into battle. Walk through the streets of war‐torn Normandy village and see a glider delivering a jeep into battle, hear troopers exiting a UH‐1 helicopter in Vietnam, watch the rooftops as soldiers and an MH‐6 “Little Bird” rescue Kurt Muse in Panama, witness troops defending freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. For more information, call (910) 643-2778 or visit the website at

COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, 400 N. Queen Street, Kinston, NC 28501, 252-527-2517,  Multi-genre arts non profit.  Multiple gallery and classroom/meeting spaces located in the heart of downtown Kinston in a turn of the century building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Wonderful model train display on site; public art walking/driving tour and the Kinston Music Park hub of the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina; gift shop on site representing 100 artists and crafters. Operating hours Tuesday through Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday’s 10am-2pm.  Special tours and kid/youth/family friendly projects can be arranged.


CEDAR BOG NATURE PRESERVE, 980 Woodburn Road, Urbana, OH 43078, (937) 484-3744, Cedar Bog is the southernmost alkaline Fen in the U.S. with northern white cedar trees (arbor vitae). Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is located in Southern Champaign County, Ohio, and protects 450 acres of natural, wetland habitat. Cedar Bog is home to one-third of all of Ohio’s plants and ranks the highest of any site on the Ohio Floristic Diversity Index. More than 40 endangered, threatened and rare plants and animals can be found at Cedar Bog. This is one of the highest concentrations in the state. Cedar Bog has an Education Center and offers tours and educational programs throughout the year. Call ahead for tours or program information.

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

RUTHERFORD B. HAYES PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUMS, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420, 419-332-2081, The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove, the 25-acre estate of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. The site houses President Hayes’ 31-room Victorian mansion, his tomb, the presidential library, the newly renovated museum, a mile of paved trails and original White House gates at its entrances. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. The museum was completely renovated in 2016 with all-new exhibit galleries that include more interactive components and use more photos and diaries and letters of President Hayes and First Lady Lucy Hayes. The first floor and part of the second floor of the Hayes Home was restored in 2012 to look as it did when the president and first lady lived there.

SHAKER HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM, 16740 South Park Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120, 216-921-1201, The Shaker Historical Society & Museum tells the story of Shaker Heights’ past, present and future. We have exhibits on the North Union Shakers to the Van Sweringen brothers. We offer many different educational programs for school aged children and guided tours. Contact us to learn about our options or check out our website.

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



ALLENTOWN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. 6th Street. Allentown, PA 18101. Tickets: 610.432.6715. Office: 610.432.7961. Miller Symphony Hall, home of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, is the premier performing arts facility in Allentown PA. From rock to jazz and theatre to dance, the hall hosts more than just performances of the symphony orchestra. This coming year, we are excited to announce the third year of FREE STUDENT TICKETS for Allentown Symphony Orchestra Pops and Classical concerts thanks to a generous grant from the Century Fund. To reserve tickets, you can call our box office at 610-432-6715. Symphony Hall is not just for entertaining, but also provides the community with numerous educational and outreach activities. The main event for youth and families taking place each year is the Allentown Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert. With four performances during the school day and one on Saturday, the Youth Concert is a fun and engaging experience for students, teachers, and families to experience Symphony Hall and hear what is often their first symphony orchestra performance. Tickets are $6 for students and additional chaperones. Each group receives one free chaperone ticket per every 8 students. For more information or to reserve a spot at this year's youth concert, please contact Stephanie Kocher, Education Director at or 610-432-7961 x206.

AMERICAN HELICOPTER MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER, 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, PA 19380, 610-436-9600 x The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is dedicated to educating and inspiring all generations using the science and technology of vertical flight.  Don't miss our new state of the art theater and new interactive exhibits - Pioneer Hall and The Human Powered Helicopter. The museum displays over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertaplanes - many of which offer hands on opportunities! Educational programs are available for students of all ages and levels. The museum is a unique and exciting venue to rent for birthday parties and other special events.  We are more than a museum – we preserve, we educate and we inspire!

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY, 104 S. 5TH Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386, 215-440-3400, Special exhibition: Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native America, through the end of December, 2016. Explore Jefferson’s little-known collection of Native American languages and learn how it’s used today.

AWBURY ARBORETUM, One Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19144, 215-837-6096, programs Awbury arboretum offers a variety of classes based in nature studies, horticulture, agriculture, literature, history and science. This fall Awbury will be offering three homeschool classes. Fall Harvest cooking class at the farm, Wilderness Survival Skills: archery, fire starting and whittling, and Fever 1793 reading group. The reading group will visit multiple historic sites, participate in hands on activates and engage participants in book discussion, writing projects and literary studies.

BALLET GUILD OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY, INC., THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015, 610-838-2257 (School Performance Tickets),  SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS!  This 48th 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 dancers from Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and adult community volunteers. Boston Ballet Principal Dancers Ashley Ellis and Lasha Khozashvili will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, respectively. This year’s production will be enhanced by live music, The Southside Sinfonietta, conducted by Eugene Albulescu, as well as a children’s choir, composed of Lehigh Valley school students.

BELMONT COMPLEX, 415 Butler Road, Kittanning, PA 16201, 724-548-1067,  BELMONT COMPLEX IS A RECREATIONAL FACILITY LOCATED IN Kittanning, PA. We have an ice arena and an Olympic size pool. We have birthday parties, conference room, pavilion rentals, and we hold year-round special events, we have High school, amateur, college and JR hockey out of here as well. www.belmont

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!

CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 225 North High Street, West Chester, PA  19380, 610-692-4800, Education extension:  203, or Through the lens of local history, the Chester County Historical Society tells the story of America’s past.  Our education programs teach using the “stuff” of history – the letters, diaries, tools, toys, photos and furnishings of days gone by.  Whether making a museum visit, inviting us into your classroom or senior center, or renting one of our traveling trunks, our programs put you face to face with Chester County history. 

Some highlights:

  • A Walk through History-CCHS walking tour of West Chester
  • Popular Museum programs: Growing Up in Colonial Chester County, Revolutionary War, Underground Railroad
  • Popular Traveling Trunks for rent: Lenape Children, Underground Railroad, Revolutionary War
  • Outreach programs (suitable for classroom or organizations): Daily Life in Colonial Pennsylvania, Then and Now, American Revolution, Underground Railroad, Quilts.

GETTYSBURG SEMINARY RIDGE MUSEUM, 111 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 717-339-1300, Homeschoolers of all ages will love to STEP INSIDE the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum--one of the nation’s most historic buildings. They will hear the floors creak and listen to the stories of duty and devotion that still echo through the hallways. The museum offers personal experiences tailored to your group’s curricula needs. Exclusive group programs, like the popular “Become a Soldier” experience, allow students to become active participants in education, learning about the Civil War era in a way that is tangible and relevant to their young lives. Guided outdoor walking tours also are available.  For more information, or to reserve tickets, please call 717-339-1300, send an email to Peg Roos, marketing and group sales, at For more information, visit

JOHNSTOWN AREA HERITAGE ASSOCIATION HERITAGE DISCOVERY CENTER & CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 201 Sixth Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15906, (814) 539-1889, toll-free: 888-222-1889, Learn about our industrial past, be an immigrant from 100 years ago, or enjoy the history-themed Children’s Museum. For hours, prices, and group tour information, call (814) 539-1889 or visit

JOHNSTOWN FLOOD MUSEUM, 304 Washington Street, Johnstown, PA 15901, (814) 539-1889, toll-free: 888-222-1889, Relive the tragedy and triumph of the 1889 Flood. This site is operated by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. For hours, prices, and group tour information, call (814) 539-1889 or visit

LANCASTER SCIENCE FACTORY, 454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17602, (717) 509-6363, A wide array of Homeschool Classes is available. Topics include: Fractions, Simple Engineering, Electricity, Chemistry, and much more. Hands-on Learning with over 60 interactive exhibits. To register, call Rachel at (717) 509-6363, x105.

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

MONTAGE MOUNTAIN RESORTS, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton, PA 18507, 570-969-7669, Montage Mountain Resorts is a 400-acre ski and snowboard resort and water park located in Northeast Pennsylvania.  Montage Mountain is one of America’s most accessible ski and snowboard resorts convenient to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area just a couple of miles off Interstate 81.  Montage Mountain boasts the steepest terrain in Pennsylvania and the second steepest on the east coast.  The mountain has 26 slopes and trails, a wide variety of terrain from beginner to expert, a newly renovated mid-mountain lodge and restaurant, a new 6,500 square foot rental equipment facility, and the best reputation on Northeast Pennsylvania having been voted Best Ski Resort four years in a row! To learn more about all the fun and exciting happenings visit  We look forward to having you as our guest.

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

NATIONAL WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM, 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, PA 17512, 717-684-8261, The National Watch and Clock Museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America. The museum encompasses all aspects of timekeeping from early mechanical clocks through modern satellite methods. Hands-on activities throughout the museum exhibits are available for families to participate. An annual homeschool day program is held each fall. The National Watch & Clock Museum is conveniently located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, less than two hours from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre.

NEXTMOVE DANCE AT THE PRINCE THEATER, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, 215-636-9000 ext.110, NextMove Dance’s Student Discovery Program features six world-class dance companies in hour-long programs including a Q & A. Educators receive a complimentary Study Guide tailored to the performance that provides curriculum links and fun activities.

*Parsons Dance, December 9, 2016 wows young audiences by mixing dance, athleticism and robotics.

*Doug Varone and Dancers, January 20, 2017 brings powerful modern dances based on literary sources.

*Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company, February 17, 2017 performs a blend of Afro-Cuban and contemporary dance to Grammy award-winning Arturo O’Farrill’s music.

*Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, March 10, 2017 offers fun-loving comedic ballet by men in tutus and pointe shoes.

*Jessica Lang Dance, April 7, 2017 astounds with its visually-stunning dances based on veterans and Shakespearean sonnets.

*Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, May 5, 2017 provides insights into dancers’ training techniques culminating in an exquisite performance of a repertory work. Performances take place Friday’s at 10:30am (except for Les Ballets Trocadero which is at 2 pm), Prince Theater 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA. Tickets are $5. Les Ballets Trocadero are $10. Reservations: Anne-Marie Mulgrew Education Director, 215-636-9000 ext. 110, For full brochure Visit

PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE, 2900 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201-1500, (412) 454-9101, Give your students an educational experience to remember! Join more than 4,000 other youth this year for thrilling ballet and breathtaking fantasy in our matinee performances of The Nutcracker (December 2, 2016 at 11 AM) and Alice in Wonderland (February 10, 2107, at 11 AM). All tickets are $14 each. Call 412-454-9101 or email

PRIME STAGE THEATRE, PO Box 99446, Pittsburgh, PA 15233, (412) 841-7353,  Prime Stage Theatre performs all of its shows at The New Hazlett Theatre, 6 Allegheny Square E., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh near the Children’s Museum. In 1996, Prime Stage was created to bridge the gap between children’s and adult theatre.   Knowing that our youth is the next generation of theatre patrons and supports of the arts, Prime Stage plays an important role in our region. Through our mission and education outreach programs, we give students and families throughout Southwestern PA opportunities to experience literature on middle and secondary reading lists come to life on stage through the professional theater.  To join our 20th season celebration, we invite you to bring a friend, inspire a youth, and support Prime Stage. For more information about Prime Stage, we invite you visit our website at

PUNXSUTAWNEY WEATHER DISCOVERY CENTER, 201 N. Findley Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767, 814-938-1000,  “Become” a tornado … “make” a thunderstorm … be a TV meteorologist … discover the legend of Punxsutawney Phil …watch a wild weather video …visit our “Ready or Not” Emergency Shelter … all this and more awaits you at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center, where the science and folklore of weather collide! Admission is $6.00 per person, children 2 & under free. (Includes a discount card with savings on restaurants and shops in Punxsutawney!)

QUIET VALLEY LIVING HISTORICAL FARM, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg PA 18360, 570-992-6161, Step back in time and experience everyday life on a circa 1800s working farm. Guides dressed in period clothing share the life of the Pennsylvania Germans who lived at this site in the 18th and 19th centuries. See original farm house, 1850s barn, spinning cabin, farm animals, heritage crafts and more.

READING PUBLIC MUSEUM, 500 Museum Road, Reading PA, 19611, 610-371-5850 x 223, Discover art, science, history, and the natural world all under one roof at the Reading Public Museum.   The Reading Public Museum welcomes homeschool groups for museum and planetarium visits, as well as, special homeschool days.  Guided group tours are offered by reservation only and can be tailored to meet your curriculum goals.  We also offer all of our special exhibitions and our Arboretum.  Groups can also request private shows in our state-of-the-art full dome Planetarium.  The Planetarium offers over 30 shows ranging on topics from basic space shows to cultural stories. Homeschool days are held throughout the year.  These special programs are themed and offer tours and a hands-on experience in a multidisciplinary approach that children and families will find fun and engaging. Please check our website at for dates and topics. For more information about what The Reading Public Museum has to offer homeschoolers, to book a group visit, or to reserve your space at a Homeschool day please contact Wendy Koller at 610-371-5850 x 223 or via email at

TOTEM POLE PLAYHOUSE, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville, PA 17222, 717-352-2164, 888-805-7056. Since its first presentation in 1987, Totem Pole Playhouse’s critically-acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol has been celebrated by thousands of theatergoers and had become a favorite holiday tradition for young and old alike.  After a 10-year hiatus, A Christmas Carol returned in 2014.  This year it will return, bigger and grander than ever to its new home at The Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, PA. This all-new ninety-minute adaptation of the second most popular Yuletide story of all time, A Christmas Carol, simply and directly tells the redemption of the human soul and preserves the beautiful language, charm and humor of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Nearly 50 actors, singers and dancers bring Dickens’ story beautifully to life with music and good humor as the giant pop-up book of a backdrop opens so that all who see A Christmas Carol will discover the true magic of the holiday spirit.  A companion study guide is available upon request.

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, The Francis J. LeMoyne House, 49 East Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301, (724) 225-6740,  The LeMoyne House is Pennsylvania’s first National Historic Landmark of the Underground Railroad.  The house was built in 1812 by John J. LeMoyne, the father of Francis Julius LeMoyne. Father and son were practicing physicians but it was the courageous Francis who, despite the strict Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, risked his personal freedom and fortune to do what he knew was morally right and take a stand against the institution of slavery. The Historical Society offers private and group tours of the LeMoyne House, genealogy research and assistance and access to several thousand books and nearly 100,000 historical documents as well as historic collections. Open Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission: $5.

WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA 18049, 610-965-4397, Monthly Homeschool Programs in our great outdoor classroom of Pool Wildlife Sanctuary. $4/child; $8/adult.


BOTANICAL CENTER AT ROGER WILLIAMS PARK, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence RI 02905, (401) 680-7250, The Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park is an urban oasis in Providence Rhode Island where families and people of all ages come to enjoy beautiful garden displays and learn about plants and gardening. With 12,000 square feet of indoor garden displays, we are the largest public indoor-display garden in New England. Our educational programming offers a variety of workshops and tours, including botany tours that adhere to the STEAM curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards. The Botanical Center also hosts several special events throughout the year, including Fairy Garden Days, plant sales, concerts, and garden demonstrations. The Botanical Center may also be rented out for private functions.

TOMAQUAG MUSEUM, 309 A Summit Road, Exeter, RI 02822, (401) 491-9063, A cultural educational experience for homeschoolers: off-site programming; native curriculum; art workshops; tours available, Podcast films, FREE Children’s Hour.


LIVING HISTORY PARK, Olde Towne Preservation Association, P.O. Box 7915, North

Augusta, South Carolina 29861, (803) 979-9776, The Living History

Park is located at 299 W. Spring Grove Avenue in North Augusta, South Carolina.

MUSEUM & GALLERY AT BOB JONES UNIVERSITY, 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC 29614, 864-770-1331, The Old Master Painting Collection at the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University beautifully traces the artistic, cultural, and religious history of Western Europe from the 14th through 19th centuries. Works by recognized artists such as Rubens, van Dyck, Reni, Tintoretto, Le Brun, Cranach, Ribera, and Murillo are aesthetically exhibited with period furniture, sculpture, and tapestries to lend a period ambience to the galleries and give patrons a panoramic view of ages past. Of special note, M&G’s baroque paintings represent one of the most important collections in America. Patrons enjoy both M&G’s Bowen Collection of Antiquities with artifacts that span 37 centuries and represent everyday life from ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Hebrew cultures.

SANTA ELENA HISTORY CENTER, 1501 Bay Street, Beaufort SC 29902, 843-379-1550, The Santa Elena History Center is dedicated to telling “America’s Untold Story” of the 16th century Spanish settlement of Santa Elena. Students touring our exhibit will learn why Spain, France and England were interested in settling the “New World” and why Santa Elena became the Spanish capital of la Florida. The History Center also offers several interactive learning programs that are fun and engaging. From learning about archaeology, early European exploration, and colonial life, these programs make learning history enjoyable.

SPARTANBURG COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, PO Box 887, Spartanburg, SC 29304, (864) 278-9664 Bring History to Life! Historic House Tours, Traveling Trunks, Personalized Programming for your Curriculum, and more.


CASEY JONES VILLAGE & THE OLD COUNTRY STORE, 30 Casey Jones Lane (exit 80-A Interstate 40), Jackson, TN 38305, (731) 668-1223,

Between Memphis and Nashville, in Jackson, Tennessee sits Casey Jones Village and the Old Country Store. Within the Village you will find our Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum, multiple historic buildings, the Farm at Casey Jones Village, antiques that line the wall and ceiling from our historical southern traditions, a 1890s Ice Cream Parlor with bottletop checkers, and even a Gift & Confectionery Shoppe. For more details, information, or to set up a tour call us at 731-668-1223 or visit our website

CHATTANOOGA ZOO, 301 N. Holtzclaw Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404, 423-697-1322 ext:  The Zoo's home school program offers Life Science opportunities to home school students and their families one day per each school semester.  Our curriculum is based on and centered on national and state standards. All classes provide students with the opportunity to explore animal and biological topics, meet live animals and participate in fun educational activities. Our Home School Family Programs will take place on September 16th and March 17th from 1-4pm each day. Programming and activities are broken down by grade level. To learn more and to register, please visit​

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, 222 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 416-2001. From guided tours to interactions with professional artists and museum educators, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum offers an unparalleled interactive learning experience for homeschool students of all ages. With over 2 million artifacts in its ever-growing collection, the museum provides students with an opportunity to explore the rich history that shaped the country music we know and love today. Interactive, guided tours provide a multi-layered learning experience through exploration of the museum's one-of-a kind artifacts, archival video and audio elements, interactive touchscreens, and symbolic architecture.

MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN, 750 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN, 38117, 901-636-4100,

September 7: Home School Days-Eco Trek. 2:00-3:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up. Join us monthly at the Garden for an exciting, hands-on learning experience! $5 per child, does not include Garden admission. Pre-payment required. Call 636-4130 to register.    

October 5: Home School Days-Incredible Insects. 2:00-3:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up.  Join us

monthly at the Garden for an exciting, hands-on learning experience! $5 per child, does not

include Garden admission. Pre-payment required. Call 636-4130 to register.

November 2: School Days-Arboretum Adventure. 2:00-3:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up. Join us

monthly at the Garden for an exciting, hands-on learning experience! $5 per child, does not

include Garden admission. Pre-payment required. Call 636-4130 to register.

December 7: Home School Gifts from the Garden. 2:00-3:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up. Join us

monthly at the Garden for an exciting, hands-on learning experience! $5 per child, does not

include Garden admission. Pre-payment required. Call 636-4130 to register.


SHELBURNE MUSEUM6000 Shelburne Road, PO Box 10, Shelburne, VT 05482, (802) 985-3346, Shelburne Museum is a place of the imagination, reflecting its founder’s dream of presenting early American life and culture in a distinctive way. The result is a collection of objects, buildings, and landscape which integrates art, design, Americana, and history; 18th and 19th century homes and community buildings; marvels of transportation; as well as a range of traditional and non-traditional fine art galleries. We welcome you and your children to Shelburne Museum—a place for group engagement and individual reflection; for conversation and inspiration; and for engaging with our artistic past and imagining our futures. Come explore and create with us!


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

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

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





THE ECKHART HOUSE, 810 Main Street, Wheeling, WV  26003, 304.232.5439, The Eckhart House offers a traditional high tea luncheon in the elegant Tea Room. An accompanying tea etiquette presentation is available.   An entertaining, educational home tour and historic walking tour is offered with guide, Joe Figaretti, storyteller and ‘WV History Hero’.  The walking tour includes visits to the Historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge, Heritage Port and WV Independence Hall. Nestled in the heart of Victorian Old Town, the 1892 Eckhart House is a grand Queen Anne town home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A Gift Shop is on the premises.







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