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

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

SELMA TOURS, LLC, P.O. Box 164, Selma, AL. 36702, 334-875-9591, Allow the “Southern Belles of Selma”, our step-on tour guides for your chartered buses, to show you one of the most fascinating cities in Alabama.

VULCAN PARK AND MUSEUM, 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209, 205-933-1409, Vulcan, Birmingham Alabama’s colossal statue is the world’s largest cast iron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti and cast from local iron in 1904, Vulcan has overlooked Alabama’s largest city from atop Red Mountain since the 1930s. By 1999, the 50-ton statue was in desperate need of repair. The surrounding 10-acre park was closed. Vulcan was removed from his pedestal. Realizing Vulcan’s importance to the region’s history, city leaders sought public support for its restoration, forming the non-profit Vulcan Park Foundation. The foundation would oversee a master plan to return this colossal statue to his 1904 grandeur. They also created a dynamic educational park complex interpreting Alabama’s rich industrial history for both residents and visitors from across the globe. Today, thanks to public-private partnerships and a $15.5 million campaign, this beloved symbol of Birmingham and the nation’s iron and steel industry stands preserved and proud as the centerpiece of it rehabilitated and expanded park, now referred to as Vulcan Park and Museum. Meet Vulcan and learn the fascinating history that makes him so significant to Birmingham!


CONNECTICUT’S OLD STATE HOUSE, 800 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06103, (860) 522-6766, Connecticut’s Old State House in historic downtown Hartford reawakens citizen engagement and awareness by providing an authentic, educational and inspiring experience for students in all grade levels. The Old State House offers interactive and participatory school programs that focus on the history of the building, the role Connecticut played during the 18th and 19th centuries, civic participation and how government works. Connecticut History Day a year-long program that is popular among homeschoolers in grades 6-12, encourages the exploration of historical topics of interest through research-based projects that are entered into contests at the local and national levels. For more information, visit

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


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 former industrial 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 235 acres of wooded rolling hills along the rushing Brandywine River dotted with hundreds of stone ruins of the black powder industry, dozens of restored buildings associated with the business, and the original ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family in America. Here, for more than two hundred years, the DuPont Company and family experimented, innovated, and pursued the American dream. Hagley is the only Smithsonian Affiliate museum in Delaware and have 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.

NEW SWEDEN CENTRE, PO Box 12001, Wilmington, DE 19850, 302-429-0464, Who are we? Volunteers, educators, history buffs; What do we do? Promote Delaware Valley's 1638-1776 History; Where are we? We are a museum without walls with exhibits throughout the Delaware Valley.  Our main exhibit  is at Junior Achievement Finance Park 522 S. Walnut Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 (visit by appointment only); How can you help us promote this history? Join NSC and train to be a historical reenactor (Students and adults); How can we help homeschoolers learn about their local history? Register your student for our educational program  "Cabin to Capsule" 

scheduled for  Saturday Oct 17th,  Attend our annual Colonist day event in the spring  Arrange a lecture for your group with our hands on history trunks.

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



AUDUBON CENTER FOR BIRDS OF PREY, 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751, 407-644-0190, Education programs at Audubon Center for Birds of Prey offer a unique and interactive opportunity to learn about Florida’s raptors, conservation and Florida’s natural resources. With live bird ambassadors and hands-on activities, participants explore the relationship of people to their natural environment while discovering the role raptors play in our local ecosystems as well as how individuals can take action for conservation.

CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS, 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, Florida 32771, 407-323-44550 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.

THE CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789, 407.646.2526,

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.

MILITARY HERITAGE MUSEUM, Fishermen’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL 33950, 941-575-9002. Admission is free. The experience is priceless.

WINTER GARDEN HERITAGE FOUNDATION, 21 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, Fl. 34787, 407-765-6428, Our school field trips meet Sunshine State and Common Core Standards; receive rave reviews from teachers and children; and engage students in the learning process through hands-on activities in historic downtown Winter Garden.  4th & 5th students travel from the late 19th century to today, discussing major events in each decade; and become costumed Timucuan Indians, farmers, business owners, or fishermen and speculate about why they came to the area.  1st & 2nd grade students learn about Citizen Heroes who made significant contributions to the local area; search through the Heritage Museum and caboose looking for items on a scavenger hunt; and develop map skills while walking on the West Orange Trail in search of historic buildings.



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

STORYLAND THEATRE, P. O. Box 14875, Augusta GA 30919-0875, 706-736-3455, Storyland Theatre, an Augusta nonprofit, presents full-scale original plays and musicals for children, performed by adults. Our 28th Season includes: “Rumpelstiltskin”, a musical, 10/20-24/15 with Matinee 10/25;  “The Nightingale”, a play with music ,1/26-29/16 with Matinee 1/30; and “The Emperor’s New Clothes, a musical, 3/29-4/1/16 with Matinee 4/2. A Theatre Etiquette Speech opens each show. Shows are 9:30 AM, 10:45 AM & 12:15 PM Tuesday through Friday. Performances are held at the Grover Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Georgia Regents University Augusta, 2500 Walton Way,  Augusta GA 30904. 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.

TUBMAN MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART, HISTORY & CULTURE, 310 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201, (478) 743-8544, The Tubman Museum has been dedicated to educating people about African American Art, History, and Culture for over 30 years. The Museum is the largest of its kind in the Southeast. The Tubman Museum fulfills its mission through diverse exhibitions, innovative educational programming, cutting edge technology and a host of special events throughout the year.



COLUMBUS-BELMONT STATE PARK, P.O. BOX 9, Columbus-Belmont State Park, 270-677-2327, Columbus-Belmont State Park played a fascinating role in the War Between the States. This is the site of a fortification built by the Confederates and later occupied by Union forces. The 1861 Battle of Belmont, fought to overtake the Confederate stronghold here, marked the opening of the Union's Western Campaign and Union General

Ulysses S. Grant's first active engagement in the Civil War.  Dramatic images of the Civil War come to mind when walking the bluffs and massive Confederate trenches.  Visitors can learn about the Civil War by touring the Museum and grounds.  There is a picnic area with shelters and playground and a seasonal Snack Bar, Gift Shop and Miniature Golf. The Conference Center is a beautiful venue for weddings, business meetings, and reunions.  A 38-site campground and rental trailers are available year round.  The annual “Civil War Days” event is the second weekend in October.

HART COUNTY KENTUCKY GETAWAY/LEARNAWAY, 111 East Main Street, Horse Cave, KY 42749, 270-218-0386, Plan your adventures for a “learnaway” in Hart County, Kentucky. Study cave wildlife, fossils, archaeology, karst geology, fragile cave ecosystems at Hidden River Cave/American Cave Museum. Zipline across the mouth of the cave and rappel down the face of the cave. Search for wildlife on their off-trail Wild Cave Tour! Meet kangaroos, Rainbow Lorikeets, and more at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo. Explore math and science through art as you paint a canvas or make your own rocket at Sims Studios & Arts Shop. Paddle down one of the world’s most diverse rivers at Big Buffalo Crossing Canoe & Kayak.



MARYLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 30 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD  21740, 301-797-4000, Since its founding in 1982, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s influence has reached far beyond Western Maryland.  It is one of only four professional symphony orchestras in Maryland and audience members from South Central Pennsylvania, West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area are drawn to concerts held at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.  The MSO has become a cultural gem in the four-state region because of its incredibly talented musicians, renowned guest artists, and inspired leadership from the podium.  Music Director Elizabeth Schulze is only the second conductor in the history of the orchestra. PERFORMANCES ARE HELD AT THE MARYLAND THEATRE, 21 S. POTOMAC STREET, HAGERSTOWN.

MONTGOMERY PARKS, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901, 301-495-2525, Montgomery Parks offers educational programming for students in grades 4 through 12 focusing on environmental stewardship and local historic sites in Montgomery Parks. For more information visit

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

NATIONAL WILDLIFE VISITOR CENTER, PATUXENT RESEARCH REFUGE, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708, 301-497-5760. Patuxent Research Refuge is home to the National Wildlife Visitor Center, North Tract Contact Station and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.   The National Wildlife Visitor Center is one of the largest science and environmental education centers in the Department of the Interior.  The refuge offers interactive educational exhibits designed to provide visitors with knowledge and

appreciation of the role of wildlife research in preserving the earth’s vital resources, educational programs for groups and families (scheduled in advance) as well as hiking trails, interpretive tram tours, wildlife viewing opportunities and wildlife management demonstration areas.  For specific information regarding student trips and curriculum based educational opportunities contact Dennis Hartnett at 301-497-5898.

THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM, 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-547-9000, Explore the Walters through monthly workshops designed exclusively for homeschool students. Participants enjoy an introduction to the museum, a guided tour, studio activity, and post-visit materials.



JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125, 617-514-1560, The Celebrate! Series, appropriate for family audiences and children ages 5 and up, highlights America’s rich cultural diversity through the arts. All performances are free and begin at 10:30 am at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. In order to optimize your comfort and enjoyment, reservations are required for all visitors to this free program. Children are seated on a carpeted floor with their caretakers. To make a reservation, please visit the Celebrate! Page online at or call 617-514-1644. Groups must make reservations at least one week in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

OLD NORTH CHURCH, 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113, 617-523-6676, Visit, learn, and explore the Old North Church in Boston’s North End. Plan a trip to the nationally beloved church and historic site made famous by Paul Revere and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow! Several tours and meaningful education programs available, including: Behind the Scenes Tour, A History Mystery: Who Hung the Lanterns at the Old North?, Experience Art & Architecture, Sacred Seats: Social Implications of Colonial Church Seating, and Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop. Make history come alive for your children!



GLACIER POINTE ICE COMPLEX, 4150 Dove Rd, Port Huron, Michigan 48060, 810-364-9797, We are a 2 sheet ice arena we have open skating 12 months a year go online or call for times. We also offer skating lessons and learn to play hockey classes.

GRAND RAPIDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 11 Sheldon Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, 616-235-4726, The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum celebrates Childhood and the joy of learning through play! Build with dominoes and legos, create giant bubbles explore our seasonal exhibits, make your way through Little GR and more!  Be sure to check out our calendar for special programs, performances, and events.

KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER, 7000 N. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo MI 49009, 269 381-1574, The Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) is one of the country’s

largest nature centers located on more than 1,100 acres of diverse habitats.  KNC is open year-round offering weekly nature-themed programs for all ages and special events throughout the year. Along with the public and school programming, KNC is widely respected for avian research, imperiled butterfly research, and land management and conservation work. Much of this is integrated into KNC school, camp, and public program offerings.



PATS PEAK SKI AREA, PO Box 2448, Rte 114, Henniker, NH 03242, 1-888-PATS PEAK (1-888-728-7732), 603-428-3245,; Pats Peak is New Hampshire’s premier family snowsports destination with 28 trails, 3 terrain parks, 11 lifts and some of the most challenging terrain in Southern New Hampshire. Pats Peak has everything you need from rentals to ski school to child care. Pats Peak is one of the state’s most accessible learn-to-ski-and-snowboard mountains. From three separate beginner areas to the only ski area in the state to boast two F.I.S. Race Trails, Pats Peak will introduce it’s guests to the best way of celebrating winter. Pats Peak has one of the largest night skiing facilities in all of Northern New England.

STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-422-7541, Strawbery Banke allows visitors to experience how people lived and worked in a typical American neighborhood through nearly four centuries of history. Using restored houses, featured exhibits, historic gardens, roleplayers and interpretive programs, Strawbery Banke tells the stories of generations of settlers from the late l7th to the mid-20th century.  Strawbery Banke offers Homeschool Days four times a year for students to engage in self-guided tours, hands-on workshops, interactive tours and craft demonstrations.  Fall dates include September 15 (Fall Back in Time) and November 17 (From Festival to Feast: A History of Thanksgiving).  For more details, please visit the website:



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

HOLCOMBE-JIMISON FARMSTEAD MUSEUM, 1605 Daniel Bray Highway (Rte. 29)
just north of Lambertville, NJ, 609-397-2752.

MACCULLOCH HALL HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960 (973)538-2404 ext. 16, Visit Macculloch Hall Historical Museum to experience 19th century New Jersey history through changing exhibits, historic gardens, and period rooms.  The former home of George Macculloch, the “father” of the Morris Canal, the Museum features the nation’s largest collection of original artwork by 19th

century political cartoonist Thomas Nast.  Education programs include fall and spring workshop series for homeschooled children ages 7-12 years old featuring topics such as the American Civil War, architecture, immigration, and NJ transportation. Family programs, group tours, and a pre-school nature program are also available.

MID-ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS & HUMANITIES (MAC), 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204, 609-224-6049, The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a multi-faceted, not-for-profit organization that promotes the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. MAC has restored and maintains three historic sites in the public trust  – the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, a Victorian house museum; the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse, a working lighthouse and museum of maritime history;  and the 1942 World War II Lookout Tower, a museum and memorial to the “greatest generation.” As stewards of these historic sites, MAC has become the storyteller of 200 years of area history, while the sites themselves serve as learning labs for young visitors. MAC also considers the city of Cape May as a museum without walls, for its unparalleled collection of Victorian era buildings, and provides a year-round calendar of tours and events for residents and visitors. MAC offers classroom, assembly and field trip programs for all grade levels in social studies and music that are tied to curricular standards. Pre- and post-visit materials are available for many programs.

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.

NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 60 Park Place, 9th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102, (973) 735-1716, FIELD TRIPS TO A CONCERT HALL NEAR YOU! Tickets only $8! Visit for more info.   New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts for Young People (CYP) are school-time orchestral programs specifically designed to spark the imagination and enhance student learning. With more than 60 years of experience creating interactive concerts for young audiences, each season the NJSO offers different concert programs to school groups in a number of convenient venues across the Garden State. To ensure that students get the most out of the concert, the NJSO provides a Teacher’s Resource Book consisting of leveled pre- and post-concert activities. For more information, visit

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.



ALBANY PINE BUSH PRESERVE COMMISSION, 195 New Karner Road, Suite 1, Albany, New York 12205, 518-456-0655,

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

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.

NEVERSINK VALLEY MUSEUM, 26 Hoag Road, P.O. Box 263, Cuddebackville, NY  , 845-754-8870,  A private, non-profit organization, the Museum occupies historic canal-era buildings in the D&H Canal Park right on the Neversink River. Itsmission is to preserve and document the history of the peoples and industry of the Neversink and Shawangunk valleys of New York’s Catskill region and to interpret that history as it relates to the world at large.  The museum has a special focus on the commerce and technologies of the area and their effect on the transformation of our society from an agrarian to an industrial one, predominantly in the 19th and early 20th centuries.Educational programs for students include Life in a Lenape Village, Journey Along the D&H Canal, Smartphone Filmmaking, as well as tailored programs developed upon request.  Adult programs include lectures and tours.  A family-friendly roster of musical concerts, picnics, historical marker road rallies and other events occur throughout the year.  Visit website of Facebook page for details.

NY PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-6970, (212) 875-5672,

WARRENSBURGH MUSEUM OF LOCAL HISTORY, 3754 Main Street, Warrensburg, NY, 518-623-2207 Free admission/parking.  The Development of an Adirondack Mountain mill town from frontier farms to Victorian mansions. Exhibits and material for pre-schoolers to adults: farming,  logging, water-power dams, architecture tools, industry, sports, toys, quilts, apparel, soldiers, sailors, heroes.

WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE NYS HISTORIC SITE, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746, 631-427-5240, ext. 113, Walt Whitman was born in this house on May 31, 1819.  Built by his father circa 1810 the authentically furnished farmhouse is an excellent example of native Long Island craftsmanship.  Our educational programs support NYS Regents Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum.  Both our “Create and Explore” (Grades 3-8) and “Secondary Education Experience” (Grades 9-12) offer grade-appropriate programs that include poetry writing workshops taught by a published poet and tours, led by a knowledgeable educator.  During “See and Touch” (Grades Pre-K – 2) students tour the home in which Whitman was born and learn what life was like in 1819.  They also have fun playing interactive historic games.  Fees: $7.50 - $9.00 per students.

WESTMORELAND SANCTUARY, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco, NY, 10549, 914-666-8448, Westmoreland Sanctuary was established in 1957 as a not-for-profit nature center and wildlife preserve with the mission to “acquire, establish and maintain for the free use, enjoyment and appreciation of the public. . . tracts of land, including woodland and streams, as a nature sanctuary . . . to promote nature appreciation, preservation and conservation generally, for the present and future benefit and enjoyment of the public.” Westmoreland also offers a variety of environmental education, conservation and recreational programs and events both public and private.  Through these facilities and programs Westmoreland encourages a deeper understanding and engagement with nature and our environment.



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.

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE, Mainstage: 2661 Greenville Hwy Flat Rock, NC 28731, Playhouse Downtown:  125 S. Main St. Hendersonville, NC 28791, 828 693.0731(box office), 828 693.0403 (administration). info@flatrockplayhouse.org

WING HAVEN GARDENS, 248 Ridgewood Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209, 704-331-0664,



CARILLON HISTORICAL PARK, Dayton History, 1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton, Ohio 45409, (937) 293-2841,


DAYTON HISTORY, 1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton, Ohio 45409, (937) 293-2841,

HOWER HOUSE, 60 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44304, (330) 972-6909, An 1871 Victorian mansion built in the Second Empire Halianate style. This was home to the

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ALLENTOWN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA,   23 North 6th St, Allentown, PA 18101, 610-432-6715 (Box Office).,

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

BALLET GUILD OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY, INC.  This 47th consecutive production of The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, features approximately one hundred cast members composed of professional guest artists from world-renowned companies such as New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, to name a few, as well as dancers from Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and adult community volunteers. This year’s production will be enhanced by live music, The South Side Sinfonietta, conducted by Eugene Albulescu, as well as a children’s choir, composed of Lehigh Valley school students.  Special Discounted Rate for School Students! 610-838-2257;

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!

CRYSTAL LAKE SKI CENTER, 1716 Crystal Lake Road, Hughesville PA 17737, 570-584-5607, Pristine environment with 40k of machine groomed and track set trails. Excellent venue for children and adults of all ages to learn or improve their skills. Varied terrain for all ability levels over glacial moraines. Instruction and rentals available. On site lodging and at local establishments. Lunch available on weekends with pre-order. Excellent Spring and Fall event/retreat venue with hiking, fishing, boating, and Camp Cottages. location 25 miles northeast of Williamsport.

DESTINATION GETTYSBURG, PA, VISITOR INFORMATION, 571 W. Middle Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 800-337-5015, Your destination for education and fun is Gettysburg, PA. Plan a few days to explore Civil War history, agricultural tours and pick-your-own, hike the trails and learn about our fauna and foliage, or take a horseback

tour on the beautiful battlefield. Explore President Eisenhower’s home; take a town tour or ghost tour. We have a variety of accommodations to fit your preference and budget. Many attractions offer teachers guides for students. Make Gettysburg, PA your next trip for education and family fun.

ERIE PLAYHOUSE, 13 West 10th Street, Erie, PA  16501, 814.454.2852, The stars shine bright over the Erie Playhouse, one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the nation. Recognized as one of the 10 best community theatres in national competition, it remains at the forefront of the arts not only in Northwest Pennsylvania, but the entire state. With a dedicated staff of 12 full-time professionals and literally hundreds of volunteers, the Erie Playhouse boasts a spectacular season of provocative and diverse Mainstage plays and musicals, as well as an engaging roster of musicals for the young theatre-goer as part of their vital Youtheatre program. Add to that one-of-a-kind concerts and captivating special events. We invite you to join us for our 2015-2016 season filled with "memorable characters" and "memorable performances."

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

JOHN HEINZ NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE AT TINICUM, USFWS, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19153, 215-365-3118,, 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. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is a green respite nestled within the urban setting of the city of Philadelphia. Refuge lands are a thriving sanctuary teeming with a rich diversity of fish, wildlife, and plants native to the Delaware Estuary. Healthy and productive expanses of freshwater tidal marsh, open waters, mudflats, and forests support the hundreds of species that breed, rear their young, rest during migration, and call the refuge home year-round.

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

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

OREGON DAIRY, 2900 Oregon Pike, Lititz, PA 17543, 717-656-2856,  Oregon Dairy provides a large variety of high quality meats and seafood, local produce, fresh Deli items, and award winning bakery. For diners of all ages who want to enjoy fresh, local specialties. The Restaurant at Oregon Dairy is a family friendly dining experience featuring plated meals, as well as buffet options for breakfast,

lunch and dinner. Kids will love our farm-themed playground featuring our new Jump Pad and Spider web. Enjoy delicious hand-dipped ice cream in our Milkhouse-Ice Cream and Snack Shoppe.

PA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, 118-128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, (215) 972-2054.

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.

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

THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215-448-1200,  We have FUN down to a science! Experience live science happening all around you! Walk through the iconic, two-story tall Giant Heart, have a ball in our NEW sport science exhibit, SportsZone (opening October 24), and climb through a web of firing neurons in Your Brain. Travel to faraway galaxies in the Fels Planetarium, see explosive, live science shows, and more! We also offer homeschool workshops for students aged 7 to 14 each month during the school year.  Plan your visit today to Pennsylvania’s most visited museum. Fun for all ages!

THE PRANCING PIG PAINT YOUR OWN POTTERY, 2021 Springwood Road at Queensgate Towne Center, York, Pennsylvania 17403, 717-244-8000, The Prancing Pig is an independently owned Contemporary Ceramics Studio which offers people of all ages the pleasure of making projects of painted bisque, hand built clay, mosaics and fused glass.  Open 7 days a week, we offer a creative experience for individuals, groups, and families.  We help you host birthday parties, bridal and baby showers and work group team building.  We offer monthly Ladies’ Nights, After School Art classes and monthly workshops as well.  Come spend a little time with us and walk away with a pleasant memory.  Pick up your masterpiece about one week later!



COGGESHALL FARM, 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI 02809, 401-253-9062,

TOMAQUAG MUSEUM, 309 A Summit Road, Exeter, RI 02822, (401) 491-9063,


CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE UPSTATE, 300 College Street, Greenville, SC 29601, 864-233-7755, TCMU will host monthly “Homeschool Days” during October 2015-May 2016. Each Homeschool Day a 30-60 minute interactive lesson and a post-visit activity to continue the learning at home, as well as all day exploration of the museum. Member admission is free.  Non-member admission is $8.00. Homeschool classes cost $2.00 per child.  One adult per family is free. One adult per every five children is required.  All lessons are designed for homeschool children ages 5 to

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

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

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 also enjoy M&G’s the Bowen Collection of Antiquities with artifacts that span 37 centuries and represent everyday life from ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Hebrew cultures.

MUSEUM & GALLERY AT HERITAGE GREEN, 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC 29614, 864-770-1331,  As an innovative, educational satellite facility of the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University, the Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green provides each visitor, whether an art enthusiast or beginner, an opportunity to learn about and experience fine art. Opening on October 23 is The Art of Sleuthing. Building on your observation skills and borrowing from the specialist’s knowledge, forensic science, and history’s examples, explore and investigate the more “mysterious” side of the world of art to expose the truly creative and the deceptively criminal. For investigators of all ages, examining art leads you on a winding path in pursuit of discovery, understanding, appreciation, and meaning.

PATRIOTS POINT NAVAL & MARITIME MUSEUM, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, 843.884.2727, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is home to the USS YORKTOWN (CV-10) on the Charleston Harbor. With 45,000 tons of steel,

unparalleled views of the harbor, and a unique estuarine environment, Patriots Point offers educational programs like no other. Students will experience hands-on lessons in astronomy, aviation, history, oceanography, math, technology and reading all aboard the World War II era aircraft carrier. The new Flight Academy takes youngsters through engaging simulation technologies of real world missions, teaching leadership, communication, and teamwork along the way. At Patriots Point, everyone can truly ‘Walk in the Steps of Heroes.’

UPCOUNTRY HISTORY MUSEUM – FURMAN UNIVERSITY, 540 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC 29601, 864-467-3100, The Upcountry History Museum – Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, connects people, history, and culture. Through its collections, programs, and exhibitions the museum preserves and interprets historical subjects pertaining to the Upcountry of South Carolina while bringing quality museum offerings from around the world to the Upcountry to encourage people to discover the world and the Upcountry’s role in it. There is something for everyone to learn and discover at the Upcountry History Museum. Learn more about the diverse exhibitions and programs available through the Upcountry History Museum by visiting



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.

NASHVILLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE, 25 Middleton Street, Nashville, TN 37210, 615-252-4675, or Providing extraordinary, teachable, moments at the theatre for you and your family is a Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) priority. For decades, through world-class professional artistry as well as meaningful arts education programming, NCT has challenged and nurtured generations of children and families to grow into the creative thinkers and doers that have made our city so amazing.



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.

HISTORIC ALEXANDRIA, 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.746.4242,  Explore STEM topics through the lens of history during Historic Alexandria’s special series of homeschool classes.  Subject areas range from firefighting technology to science of ice. All programs are Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. and are designed for family groups, recommended for ages 6 and up.  $8 per child, adults free.  Limited space available.

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT AND YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, PO Box 1607, Williamsburg, VA 23187,  (757) 253-4939, 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.

NEWPORT NEWS VISITOR CENTER, 13560 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA, 23603, 757-886-7777, <> , <> Where can you walk the deck of an iconic Civil War ironclad, enjoy one of the largest municipal parks in the country, connect to Virginia’s natural heritage, and catch a touring Broadway show? In Newport News, of course! The city’s attractions, architectural and historical landmarks, and 30+ parks are exceptional enough to attract experts, but they’re available for everyone to enjoy! For a free Visitor Guide, go to <>  or call 888-493-7386.

SCIENCE MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond VA 23220-2057, 804.864.1400,

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

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














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