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ALABAMA

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

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

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

HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN, 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35805, (256) 830-4447, mhertzig@hsvbg.org.  The Huntsville Botanical Garden is proud to offer a venue for Homeschool families to bring their children to receive hands-on science education. Call (256)430- 3572 ext. 226 to make your reservations. Enjoy our 120 acre classroom with over half dozen curriculum-based field trips for you to choose from! Let us help you build your own lesson plan complete with hands-on activities and an outdoor experience full of adventure. www.hsvba.org.

MARY G. HARDIN CENTER FOR CULTURAL ARTS/IMAGINATION PLACE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 501 Broad Street, Gadsden AL 35901, 256-543-2787 ext 23, info@culturalarts.org. On the corner of Fifth and Broad in historic downtown Gadsden sits an unusual building. Its triangular shape and enormous cylinder have come to stand for the educational opportunities and endless entertainment the arts bring to a community. The Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, under the direction of the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, opened in 1990, and today more than 100,000 people visit the exhibits, performances and functions held at the Center each year. The Hardin Center is home to three galleries that feature a wide range of changing national and local exhibits, Centerstage Presents sponsors dinner theaters, courtyard concerts, chamber music and more and  Imagination Place Children's Museum offers birthday party packages, field trips, off site educational programming for teachers throughout north east Alabama as well as weekly art programs and special events. Please check website for details. www.culturalarts.org.

SELMA TOURS, LLC, P.O. Box 164, Selma, AL. 36702, 334-875-9591, selmatours@gmail.com. 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. www.selmatours.com.

 

CONNECTICUT

BUSHNELL CHILDREN’S THEATER, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford CT 06106, 860.987.6052, groups@bushnell.org. Since 1973, Bushnell Children's Theatre (BCT) has grown from a few shows for the Pre-K to second grade audience to history-rich shows for middle school students and edgier, issues-based shows for high school students. Each year, the goal is to present a series designed to enhance students' appreciation of literature, history, language arts, and cultural diversity. All of the BCT programs are staged by national and international companies known for their quality productions. Most shows include study guides with pre- and post-show activities teachers can use to deepen the theatrical experience for their students. Imagination at work on stage and in the minds of the children.  www.bushnell.org.

CONNECTICUT AUDUBON SOCIETY – CENTER AT GLASTONBURY, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT  06033, 860-633-8402, Cbartholomew@ctaudubon.org. We offer something for everyone!  Live Animals, Nature Stories, crafts and lessons for ages 1-9, School Programs Pre-K to high school classes.  Birthday parties for children, Play area for small children, large display of mounted birds and animals, Forest hiking paths, Beautiful outdoor grounds and gardens, Nature Store with bird seed sold all year long.  Adult classes and programs.  Music concerts, Harvest Dinner fundraiser, Photography contest, Earth Fair, Fine Arts & Craft show.  Dozens of volunteer opportunities, animal caretaker program ages 7-14.  Attend Events ~ Bring Children~ Volunteer~ Become a Member. www.ctaudubon.org.

CONNECTICUT RIVER MUSEUM, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426, 860-767-8269, crm@ctrivermuseum.org. 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. ctrivermuseum.org.

CREAMERY BROOK BISON, 19 Purvis Road, Brooklyn, CT 06234, 860-779-0837, creamerybrookbison@sbcglobal.net. Creamery Brook Bison offers private group tours on the days and times that YOU choose.  Groups of 1 up to 100 are easily accommodated at our farm.  There is a minimum charge, based on 15 people, for any tour. Take a wagon ride to see the bison where they roam.  Make - and eat - your own ice cream and butter.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our peaceful surroundings. Call 860-779-0837 for more information, get rates and to schedule your tour. http://www.creamerybrookbison.net/.        

HILL-STEAD MUSEUM, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032  860-677-4787 ext. 142, ebnerk@hillstead.org, Set on 152 hilltop acres, Hill-Stead was designed by pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle to showcase the Impressionist masterpieces amassed by her father.  The collections include paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, James M. Whistler and Mary Cassatt, as well as numerous works on paper.  The house is filled with the original furniture and decorative arts.  Stately trees, seasonal gardens, meadows, stone walls and hiking trails accent the grounds.  A centerpiece of the property is the circa 1920 sunken garden designed by Beatrix Farrand, today the site of the renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Hill-Stead Museum offers programs for home school families to explore art, history, and architecture in unique ways.  Homeschool programs are customized to grade level, from pre-K to high school. In addition to interactive tours by museum educators, visits can include “add-on” options, such as a trip to the archives, sketching inside the historic house, art projects, or poetry-writing using the collection as inspiration.  Save time to explore outdoors too!  For more information, go to www.hillstead.org or call us at (860) 677-4787.

NEW ENGLAND AIR MUSEUM, Bradley International Airport, 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, 860-623-3305, staff@neam.org. 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. www.neam.org.

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

 

DELAWARE

LEWES HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, DE 19958, (302)-645-7670 ext. 18, marcos@historiclewes.org. Lean about Lewes: “First Town in the First State”.  Participate in group role-playing activities to achieve set learning goals. Come to appreciate the necessity of cooperation within a historic community, be introduced to new vocabulary words including; community and neighbor, while experiencing the different duties and responsibilities that separate, fact-based jobs of the past had as part of a greater cooperative effort in running a town in the past.  Participants will gain a better understanding of the importance of the unique history and culture of an area known today as “not a beach-town, but a town with a beach.”  http://www.historiclewes.org/sites/default/files/New%20LHS%20ED%20Programs%202015.pdf

NEW CASTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 30 Market Street, New Castle, DE 19720, 302-322-2794, nchistorical@aol.com. Experience the past with us! Explore the Amstel House. A governor lived here and George Washington attended a wedding in the parlor. Examine how early settlers in the New World lived at the Dutch House. New! Social Networking in Colonial New Castle compares social networking in Colonial times to social media of today!  Hauntings in History Walking Tour coming October 2015! Tours for all ages – contact us today! www.newcastlehistory.org.

REHOBOTH ART LEAGUE, 12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, 302.227.80408, kim@rehobothartleague.org. The Rehoboth Art League is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to preserving, inspiring and teaching the arts in the Southern Delaware area. For over 76 years RAL has held a variety of exhibitions, events and offered traditional classes in pottery, painting and glass at the historic Henlopen Acres campus. In the spring of 2015 the League will open a satellite location, RAL Art Studios on Rte_9, Lewes. This location will offer class favorites along with new classes such as photography, graphic arts, web design and more. Both locations will host summer kid’s camps. Visit the website for schedules and descriptions of all events, exhibitions and classes. http://www.rehobothartleague.org.

TREASURES OF THE SEA EXHIBIT, 18800 Seashore Highway, (GPS address: 21199 College Drive), Georgetown, Delaware 19947, (302) 856-5700, treasures@dtcc.edu. Treasures of the Sea Exhibit is a beautiful collection of artifacts from the 17th century Spanish shipwreck, the Nuestra Senora de Atocha. Your tour begins with an informative 15 minute movie about the ship and famed treasure –hunter, Mel Fisher. Then you will take a tour of actual artifacts from the shipwreck including bronze cannons, silver and gold bars, jewelry, and more.  During your tour, you will learn about 17th century life, money, and travel.  Treasures of the Sea Exhibit offers tours for all ages and grades meeting many educational standards. www.treasuresofthesea.org.

 

FLORIDA

AUDUBON CENTER FOR THE BIRDS OF PREY, 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, Florida 32803, 407-644-0190, auduboneducation@yahoo.com.  Education programs at Audubon Center for Birds of Prey offer a unique and interactive opportunity to learn about Florida's raptors, conservation, and Florida natural history. 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 have a positive role in the environment. http://fl.audubon.org/education-4.

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

CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS, 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, Florida 32771, 407-323-44550 ext. 123, education@centralfloridazoo.org. The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is an excellent resource for wildlife and conservation education.  Homeschool ZOOventure classes are offered September through May for students ages 6-12.  Students will be inspired and challenged as they experience our living classroom during these interactive programs.  Limited class size allows for personal attention and up close wildlife encounters.  Homeschool family workshops are also available for children of all ages.  A complete list of homeschool programs and registration are available online at www.centralfloridazoo.org or call 407.323.4450, ext. 123 or email education@centralfloridazoo.org for more information. 

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

SCHOOLHOUSE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & LEARNING CENTER, 129 E. Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33435, 561-742-6780, Suzanne@schoolhousemuseum.org. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center provides a sensory learning experience where children ages 1 - 6 learn about South Florida history through two floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits. It also offers many free weekly workshops and affordable classes such as S.T.E.A.M. based projects, unique arts and crafts, kindergarten readiness classes, yoga for children and story time. Special events only add to the fun and learning. In addition, the Museum offers special summer programming and space for birthday parties. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Special group visits for 20 or more children are available on Mondays with advanced reservation. http://www.schoolhousemuseum.org.

STRAZ CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 1010 N. WC MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602, 813-222-1000, patelconservatory@strazcenter.org. The Patel Conservatory is located at the prestigious Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida. We offer special classes for homeschoolers throughout the week, as well as provide exciting field trip opportunities. With groups of 10 or more, you can save money while exposing your students to Broadway and other professional performances on one of our 5 stages. With more than 100 camps and classes in dance, theater and music for all ages and skill levels, your student is bound to find the right class for them! patelconservatory.org.

 

GEORGIA

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

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

 

KENTUCKY

BATTLE OF RICHMOND ASSOCIATION, 101 Battlefield Memorial Highway, Richmond, Kentucky, 859-624-0013, battleofrichmond1862@yahoo.com. The Battle of Richmond Association works alongside the Battle of Richmond Visitor’s Center to offer a civil war museum free of charge. Throughout the year, various activities are available for hands on learning. Check our upcoming activities/events on our website, including Living History, geared toward school aged children. www.battleofrichmond.org.

DUNCAN TAVERN HISTORIC CENTER, 323 High Street Paris, KY 40361 (859) 987- 1788, duncanshrine@bellsouth.net. Duncan Tavern, built in 1788, is one of the finest examples of an 18th Century early settlement home later used as a tavern in America. Constructed of native limestone, it was built by Joseph Duncan, an officer in the Revolutionary War. The oldest standing tavern in Kentucky was a gathering place for such pioneers as Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, and Michael Stoner. Today it contains an in-house museum, the John Fox Jr Genealogical Library and meeting facilities. We do entertain private parties and may be closed on the day of these events. Please call to check if the Tavern will be open on the date you plan to visit.

LOUISVILLE BATS BASEBALL CLUB, 401 East Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202, (855) 228-8497, asiers@batsbaseball.com. The thrill and excitement of Bats baseball, the ease of planning an event at Louisville Slugger Field and the various group options available add up to a rewarding experience that is sure to make you look like an All-Star. Our group sales staff is here for you every step of the way - from selecting your date and seat locations, right down to executing the perfect pregame meal. Louisville Slugger Field is the perfect place for your group of any size and we have options to fit every budget. When booking a group outing with the Louisville Bats, groups of 20 or more will receive multiple benefits including the following: easy planning, valuable savings, reserved seating, videoboard recognition, group catering options.A Bats group sales rep will be assigned to your group in planning your outing. All that you'll need at the time of booking is a non-refundable deposit to get things started. Call (502) 212-2287 to start planning your outing. batsbaseball.com.

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

 

MARYLAND

HOWARD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042, (410) 480-3250, info@hchsmd.org. Founded in 1958, the Howard County Historical Society is primary private repository of historical records and artifacts related to Howard County’s rich history, the Howard County Historical Society provides access to materials that aid in historical exploration, research and discovery for all ages and cultural groups. Throughout the year, the Howard County Historical Society presents a wide variety of engaging public programs, concerts, lectures, and other activities.  The Society also welcomes school groups, scouts, homeschoolers, adult groups, and the public to participate through field trips and outreach programs. www.hchsmd.org.

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

REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM, 830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, 443-263-1812, emailus@maamc.org. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the east coast’s largest African-American museum. Besides rotating exhibitions, visitors can enjoy live musical performances from gospel jazz to steel drums. Films in our theater have enriched audiences on the history of soul food, civil rights, and more. For families, programs like art workshops and living history bring our mission to life. Lectures and our resource center complement what you'll find in our permanent collection. We also nourish the body with the best soul food in Baltimore at our museum cafe. Visit our website for a full calendar of events.www.RFLewisMuseum.org.

THE MUSEUM OF FREDERICK COUNTY HISTORY, 24 East Church Street, Frederick, MD 21703, 301-663-1188, ajohnston@frederickhistory.org. 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! www.facebook.com/fredcohistory.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

OLD NORTH CHURCH, 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113, 617-523-6676, tours@oldnorth.com. 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! www.oldnorth.com.

USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown, MA 02129,  (617) 426 1812, rcrawford@ussconstitutionmuseum.org. USS Constitution’s past comes to life through objects, stories, and hands-on experiences with a visit to the USS Constitution Museum! From self-guided exploration in our award-winning exhibits to fun interdisciplinary programs with our talented staff, and special themed homeschool days we have something for every type of homeschool family! Visit http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/ to plan your visit with us today and http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/learn-play/homeschool-day/ for information about our upcoming Homeschool Day. A copy of the award-winning curriculum All Hands on Deck is available at the front desk any day and our online curriculum is available at www.asailorslifeforme.org. http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org.

 

MICHIGAN

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

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

 

NEW JERSEY

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

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

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

MACCULLOCH HALL HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960 (973)538-2404 ext. 16, cwinslow@maccullochhall.org. Visit Macculloch Hall Historical Museum to experience 19th century New Jersey history through changing exhibits, historic gardens, and period rooms.  The former home of George Macculloch, the “father” of the Morris Canal, the Museum features the nation’s largest collection of original artwork by 19th century political cartoonist Thomas Nast.  Education programs include fall and spring workshop series for homeschooled children ages 7-12 years old featuring topics such as the American Civil War, architecture, immigration, and NJ transportation. Family programs, group tours, and a pre-school nature program are also available. www.maccullochhall.org.

MID-ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS & HUMANITIES (MAC), 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204, 609-224-6049, mstewart@capemaymac.org. 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. www.capemaymac.org.

MORVEN MUSEUM & GARDEN, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540, (609) 924-8144 x100, info@morven.org. Built by Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Morven has stood witness to history for over 250 years. His wife, Annis Boudinot Stockton, was a prolific poet who named their house "Morven" after a mythical Gaelic kingdom in the epic poems of Ossian. Four more generations of Stocktons resided at Morven through the early 20th century. Although all made significant contributions to their community, Commodore Robert Stockton (1795-1869) became particularly well known as a United States naval hero and President of the Delaware and Raritan Canal. General Robert Wood Johnson, Chairman of Johnson and Johnson, was the first non-family member to reside at Morven (1928-1944). He was followed by five New Jersey governors when Morven served as the state’s first Governor’s Mansion (1945-1981). www.morven.org.

NEW JERSEY SEA GRANT CONSORTIUM, 22 Magruder Road, Fort Hancock, NJ 07732, (732) 872-1300, x13, reservations @njseagrant.org. 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. www.njseagrant.org.

OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ, (609) 396-1776. The Old Barracks serves as an educational center for Colonial and American history, and stands as the last remaining structure of its kind. The Old Barracks staff provides daily tours and interpretations of American colonial life. The Old Barracks Museum offers unique, effective programs based on sound educational and historical research, designed to meet New Jersey social studies curriculum guidelines and provoke critical thought. On site, recreated barracks and hospital rooms provide an authentic backdrop to our acclaimed living history programs. Experience another dimension to history as you and your students interact with Living History interpreters in our exciting "Meet the Past" programs. Enter the world of 1777 and share the trials, tribulations, and joys of ordinary people living in extraordinary times.  www.barracks.org.

WHEATON ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER, 1501 Glasstown Road, (GPS: 1100 Village Drive), Millville, NJ 0833-1566, 856-825-6800 / 800-998-4552, mail@wheatonarts.org. Located on 50 wooded acres in southern New Jersey, this national cultural treasure is home to the Museum of American Glass, the Creative Glass Center of America International Fellowship Program, vibrant multi-cultural traditional arts programming, a hot glass studio, flamework, woodcarving and ceramic studios, four museum stores, and a beautiful pond-side picnic grove — a true Pineland Sanctuary! In addition to daily glass blowing and craft demonstrations, Wheaton Arts features special exhibitions, programs, workshops, performances and several weekend festivals throughout the year. Wheaton Arts offers an extraordinary level of personal interaction with professional artists in a warm and inviting environment. http://www.wheatonarts.org.

WETLANDS INSTITUTE, 1075 Stone Harbor Boulevard, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247, 609-368-1211, education@wetlandsinstitute.org. Come discover why The Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor, NJ is “The Natural Place Where Learning is Fun!” At the Wetlands Institute, we promote the conservation and preservation of coastal ecosystems by providing a fun and educational experience for families, school groups and vacationers of all ages. Join us at The Wetlands Institute once a month for a 2-hour interactive lesson or throughout the year for longer specialized Family Field Trips and Student Workshops! http://wetlandsinstitute.org/education/homeschool-programs/.

 

NEW YORK

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

CANANDAIGUA LADY PADDLE WHEEL BOAT CRUISE, 205 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424, (585) 396-7350, info@cdgalady.com, events@cdgalady.com. Cruise into relaxation on our daily narrated tours on an authentic paddle wheeler and steamboat replica!  Enjoy a unique culinary experience on our Lunch and Dinner Cruises or a tour on our Afternoon Excursion!  The Lady cruises on Canandaigua Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of NYS, from May through October.  Special morning field trip rates are available for student groups.  Enjoy the lakeside life in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region and add historical tours & museums, winery & brewery tastings and water & beach activities to your family vacation! www.cdgaboatcruises.com.

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

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

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

USS SLATER, P O Box 1926   (Broadway & Quay Street), Albany, New York  12201, 518-431-1943, info@ussslater.org. During World War II Destroyer Escorts battled Nazi U-Boats on the North Atlantic protecting convoys of men and supplies.  In the Pacific, they stood first in line to defend naval task forces from Kamikaze attacks.  Today only one remains afloat in America.  Step back in time.  Return to 1945 aboard the USS SLATER. See how sailors worked, hear the sounds of a living ship, touch a piece of American history, and walk the decks where hundreds of sailors have walked before.  _USS SLATER is a National Historic Landmark. www.ussslater.org.

WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE NYS HISTORIC SITE, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746, 631-427-5240, ext. 113, educator@waltwhitman.org. 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: $7.00 - $8.50 per student.   www.waltwhitman.org.

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. whs12885.org.

 

NORTH CAROLINA

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

COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, 400 N. Queen Street, Kinston, NC 28501, 252-527-2517, slandis@kinstoncca.com.  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. www.kinstoncca.com.

TRANSYLVANIA HERITAGE MUSEUM, 189 West Main Street Brevard NC 28712, P.O. Box 2347 Brevard NC 28712, 828-884-2347, heritage@comporium.net. The Transylvania Heritage Museum is a primary advocate for history in Transylvania County. Its facility has become a master of mixing the old and the new and is a reflection of days gone.  It attracts a steady stream of visitors and local residents alike because of its design and attractiveness, its authenticity and its creative and innovative exhibits. The doors open to displays where children and adults can engage and interact and where you are taken back in time and learning comes alive. It is a place that excites and educates all who come. The Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 am until 5 pm.  The Museum opens during March and closes mid-December.  www.transylvaniaheritage.org.

WHALEHEAD IN HISTORIC COROLLA, 1100 Club Road | Rt. 12 North, Corolla, NC 27927, 252.453.9040, info@visitwhalehead.com. Tour the five-story, 21,000 square foot home of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Collings Knight, Jr. The building is an exceptional example of the beautiful Art Nouveau style of architecture. The curved roofline, use of copper shingles and the wide porches complement the detail continued inside. Built 1922-1925, this house has much history to learn. From a winter residence to summer boarding school for boys to a rocket fuel research facility to the beauty it is today!  Set in Historic Corolla Park, Whalehead offers fun for the whole family!  Choose from a variety of Children’s Programs, House Tours & Park Programs. www.VisitWhalehead.com.

 

OHIO

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

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

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

SKY ZONE INDOOR TRAMPOLINE PARK, 6217 Chittenden Road, Boston Heights, OH 44236, 234-249-3030, szbostonheights@skyzone.com. Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. We've been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. Sky Zone Boston Heights features 6 courts: main open jump, 2 dodgeball courts, 1 volleyball court, Foam Zone and Sky Slam. Come check us out today! www.skyzone.com/bostonheights.

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

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

 

PENNSYLVANIA

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! www.americanhelicopter.museum.

BALLET GUILD OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY, INC. presents the full-length, three-act ballet, Cinderella, on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA  18015. It will feature approximately one hundred cast members composed of guest artists, dancers from Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and adult community volunteers. This timeless ballet, with music by Sergei Prokofiev, is choreographed by BGLV/PYB Artistic Director, Karen Kroninger Knerr. The Ballet Guild, well known for its annual production of The Nutcracker, also offers classical ballet training for ages 3 to adult. Please e-mail pyb@rcn.com, or call our office at 610-865-0353.  For further information, please visit our website www.bglv.org.

BRADFORD COUNTY HERITAGE ASSOCIATION HISTORIC VILLAGE AND FARM MUSEUM, 231 Gate 2 Lane,  PO Box 265, Troy, Pa. 16947, 570-297-3410, info@theheritagevillage.org. The Heritage Village includes The Gregory Inn c. 1822, Thomas One-Room School House, Children's Church, Barber Shop, Sugar Shack, Carriage House and Farm Museum situated one half mile north of the intersection of Routes 6 and 14 in Troy, Pa. Home of the Pennsylvania Heritage Festival the third weekend in September. www.theheritagevillage.org.

BUCKS COUNTY CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, 32 N. Broad Street at Garden Alley, Doylestown, PA 18901, Office: 215-822-1562  Tape: 215-348-4870, civilwarmuseumdoylestown@gmail.com. .The Civil War Library and Museum in Doylestown is a treasure trove of artifacts and information on the conflict that nearly tore America into two parts. With prior arrangement, our uniformed docents share their comprehensive knowledge about the collection with groups of students. The library contains over 1,500 books available for research. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted. www.civilwarmuseumdoylestown.org.

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

CINDERELLA BALLET, at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA  18015, Tickets: 610-758-2787, Zoellner Arts Center box office, pyb@rcn.com.  BALLET GUILD OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY, INC. presents the full-length, three-act ballet, Cinderella, on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center. It will feature approximately one hundred cast members composed of guest artists, dancers from Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and adult community volunteers. This timeless ballet, with music by Sergei Prokofiev, is choreographed by BGLV/PYB Artistic Director, Karen Kroninger Knerr. The Ballet Guild, well known for its annual production of The Nutcracker, also offers classical ballet training for ages 3 to adult. Please e-mail pyb@rcn.com, or call our office at 610-865-0353.  For further information, please visit our website www.bglv.org.

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, 511 Spruce Street, Suite #8, Clearfield, PA 16830,  (814) 765-5734, ccrta@visitclearfieldcounty.org. Need to get away from all of the hustled and bustle arrive in the backwoods. backroads. backwaters. and chose from a variety of adventures or just relax and revive in Clearfield County. Located half way to everywhere, this is one location you will want to repeat! www.visitclearfieldcounty.org.

DELGROSSO’S AMUSEMENT PARK, 4352 East Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Tipton, PA 16684, (814) 684-3538  or Toll Free: (866) 684-3538, parkinfo@delgrossos.com. Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of Central Pennsylvania, DelGrosso's Amusement Park has been providing fun, food and memories for over six decades. When Fred DelGrosso purchased the Park in 1946, he vowed to keep it safe, clean, fun, affordable and delicious! Today, it is a modern family fun facility which includes more than 30 rides and attractions, an extensive water park and America's Best Amusement Park Food.  Keep up to date with all that DelGrosso’s has to offer by visiting www.mydelgrossopark.com or Follow Us on Facebook & Twitter!

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

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

THE HOME TEXTILE TOOL MUSEUM, PO Box 153, Rome, PA 18837, 570.247.7175, info@httm.org. The Home Textile Tool Museum is like no other museum. Not only can you see old spinning wheels, looms and tools of early America being used as they were 150 years ago, you can touch, and even try using them yourself (under safe and friendly supervision). Our purpose is to preserve and rekindle an interest in making things ourselves by hand. www.hometextiletoolmuseum.org

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

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 jmitko@kennywood.com for more information. www.kennywood.com.

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

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

PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS (PAFA), 118 – 128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, 215.972.2069, tours@pafa.org. Join us for an art-filled afternoon at one of PAFA’s Homeschool Workshops! A collaborative program between PAFA's School and Family Programs, each Homeschool Workshop consist of a 45-minute tour in the Museum galleries, plus a 45-minute art-making activity. Homeschool Workshops take place on the First Friday of each month. www.pafa.org/homeschool.

QUIET VALLEY LIVING HISTORICAL FARM, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg PA 18360, 570-992-6161, farm@quietvalley.org. Step back in time and experience everyday life on a circa 1800s working farm. Guides dressed in period clothing share the life of the Pennsylvania Germans who lived at this site in the 18th and 19th centuries. See original farm house, 1850s barn, spinning cabin, farm animals, heritage crafts and more. 2015 Schedule - Farm Animal Frolics – Saturdays May 16, 23 10am-4pm, Sundays May 17, 24 noon-4pm; Public Tours: June 20 through September 7, also Saturdays 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 9/12, 9/19; Farm to Table Tours 9/5  every 20 min. 4:00-6:30pm; Harvest Festival - October 10 & 11 10am-5pm; Spooky Day tours 10/23, 10/24, 10/25; Old Time Christmas - December 5, 6, 12, 13 3pm-7pm Tours every 15 min.; http://quietvalley.org/.

SKY ZONE GLEN MILLS, 10 Conchester Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342, 484-418-1500. Sky Zone Glen Mills will defy gravity by offering residents the WoW experience. The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines, Ultimate Dodgeball, a fresh take on favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam jump to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, great exercise class. Freestyle flyers can soar into the giant Foam Zone. Sky Zone is available for every kind of outing, from birthday parties, dodgeball tournaments, fundraising events, group outings, team building, and class field trips. HAVE FUN, FLY SAFE at Sky Zone.  www.skyzone.com/glenmills.

SKY ZONE LANCASTER, 1701 Hempstead Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-208-8922.  Sky Zone Lancaster will defy gravity by offering the WoW experience. The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines, Ultimate Dodgeball, a fresh take on favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam jump to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, great exercise class and the giant Foam Zone. Sky Zone is available for every kind of outing, from birthday parties, dodgeball tournaments, fundraising events, group outings, home school hours, team building, and class field trips. HAVE FUN, FLY SAFE at Sky Zone. www.skyzone.com/lancaster.

SKY ZONE LEVITTOWN, 45 Runaway Road, Levittown, PA 19057, 215-642-8779. Sky Zone Glen Levittown will defy gravity by offering residents the WoW experience. The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines, Ultimate Dodgeball, a fresh take on favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam jump to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, great exercise class. Freestyle flyers can soar into the giant Foam Zone. Sky Zone is available for every kind of outing, from birthday parties, dodgeball tournaments, fundraising events, group outings, team building, and class field trips. HAVE FUN, FLY SAFE at Sky Zone.  www.skyzone.com/levittown.

SKY ZONE SCRANTON, 525 Keystone Ave, Pittston, PA 18640, 570-316-0500.  Sky Zone Scranton in Pittston will defy gravity by offering the WoW experience. The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines, Ultimate Dodgeball, a fresh take on favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam jump to slam dunk a basketball and SkyRobics, great exercise class. Freestyle flyers can soar into the giant Foam Zone. Sky Zone is available for every kind of outing, from birthday parties, dodgeball tournaments, fundraising events, group outings, team building, and class field trips. HAVE FUN, FLY SAFE at Sky Zone. www.skyzone.com/scranton.

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

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

THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215-448-1200, reservations@fi.edu.  We have FUN down to a science! Experience live science happening all around you. Walk through the iconic, two-story tall Giant Heart and visit our newest core exhibit, Your Brain. See explosive live science shows, make recycled paper, take a ride on the indoor SkyBike, 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! www.fi.edu/homeschool-workshops.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

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

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

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

SKY ZONE  GREENVILLE, 2465 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607, 864-558-2400, angela@szgreenville.com. With over 18,000 square feet of trampolines, we are the leaders in ACTIVE HEALTHY FUN!! From “Out-of-This-World” Birthday Parties, to putting the FUN in Fundraisers, and SOARING above and beyond with our activities and events, we have your family playing, exercising, and staying active YEAR ROUND! We feature: Open Jump, Ultimate 3D Dodge Ball, 3 Sky Slam Dunk Lanes, and the Foam Zone Pit! Some of our activities include:  Sky Fitness Classes, Parent’s Night Out, Field Trips, House of Dodge Ball Fridays, Teen Night Saturdays, Weekday Group Session Discounts Rates, Private Facility Rentals, Homeschooler’s Jump, Summer Sky Camp, Friends and Family Night, Youth Group Outings,  Boy/Girl Scouting Events, Sensory Awareness Sessions, After-Prom’s and much, much more! www.skyzone.com/greenville.

SOUTH CAROLINA MILITARY MUSEUM, 1225 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC 29201, 803-299-4440, edwardsce@tag.scmd.state.sc.us. The mission of the South Carolina Military Museum is to honor and chronicle the South Carolina citizen soldier and the Palmetto State’s martial tradition from its colonial founding in 1670 to present-day operations worldwide.  Featuring an impressive collection of authentic weapons, uniforms, equipment, armored fighting vehicles, and artillery pieces, the Museum tells the story of the South Carolina militia, its evolution into the National Guard, and its important role today as a reserve component and force multiplier for the United States Army and Air Force.  scmilitarymuseum.com.

 

TENNESSEE

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME, 222 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 416-2001. Schools@countrymusichalloffame.org. 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. CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Education.

 

VIRGINIA

AAF TANK MUSEUM, 3401 US Highway 29, Danville, VA 24540, 434-836-5323, tankmuseum@gamewood.net. 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. www.aaftankmuseum.com.

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

HARPER’S FERRY ADVENTURE CENTER, 37410 Adventure Center Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132, 540-668-9007, info@hfadventurecenter.com. Come play where adventures abound: white water rafting, river tubing, zip line tours, kayaking, canoeing, team building, camping, cabins, off-road segway tours, weddings, events, and more! Spend the day or multiple days having fun on both the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers in the beautiful tri-state area of Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. Only one hour from Washington, DC, and Baltimore! www.harpersferryadventurecenter.com.

JAMES MADISON’S MONTPELIER, 11350 Constitution Highway (GPS address), Montpelier Station, VA 22957, 540-672-2728 x 402, edteam@montpelier.org. April 6, 2015, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm is HOMESCHOOL DAY. This day is designed especially for homeschooling families or any family seeking a fun day out! Guided tours, games, exhibits, nature trails and additional programs allow you and your family to learn and explore together. $5 per person. Children under 6 are free. For more information contact: Kyle Stetz, Student Education Coordinator, edteam@montpelier.org, or call 540-672-2728 x 402. www.montpelier.org/visit/homeschool-day.

MUSEUM OF THE MIDDLE APPALACHIANS is located at 123 Palmer Ave, Saltville, VA 24370,www.museum-mid-app.org.    Step back in time to discover the natural and cultural history of the Saltville Valley. Our exhibits include geology that explains why the salt is here; fossils that record a past life, and Ice Age animals that once lived in the region.  See artifacts from the Native American culture of the Woodland period and a new story of the arrival of Europeans to the Appalachians. Take a virtual tour of Civil War battle sites and learn about the role of salt in the Civil War. See how the growth and demise of a salt based chemical industry and the return of a modern day salt extraction changed the town.  Learn how salt created a unique coastal ecology in a wetland 400 miles from an ocean.  The Museum is open daily 10 - 4 and Sunday 1-4.  Contact us at 276-496-3633, or museumoma@embarqmail.com.

NEWPORT NEWS VISITOR CENTER, 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA, 23603, 757-886-7777, tourism-mailing@nnva.gov <mailto:tourism-mailing@nnva.gov> , www.newport-news.org <http://www.newport-news.org> .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 www.newport-news.org.  <http://www.newport-news.org>  or call 888-493-7386.

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

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

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

VIRGINIA BEACH CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU, 2100 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, 1-800-822-3224, sawarren@VisitVirginiaBeach.com. Three distinct beach experiences, pristine natural wonders, a vibrant downtown district, fresh coastal cuisine and a variety of year-round festivals. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach offers a coastal vacation that is nothing short of extraordinary.  Three Beaches. One Vacation. Find the one that fits you. www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com.

 

WEST VIRGINIA

FOR THE KIDS, BY GEORGE! CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, Caperton Train Station at 229 E Martin St, Martinsburg, WV  25401, (304)264-9977, info@forthekidsbygeorge.org. For The Kids, By George! Children’s Museum is housed in the historic Caperton Train Station in downtown Martinsburg, WV.  Within our unique Museum space, a detailed and engaging journey through 300 years of American life in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia awaits visitors.  Visitors are given a museum passport as they begin their journey – down the green, yellow or red paths – and their exploration of the museum.  Each path offers interactive experiences in learning about the area’s railway heritage, transportation and commerce today, traveling through time and learning about the historical and social contributions of West Virginians and taking a virtual Bike Ride on the scenic Washington Heritage Trail.  www.forthekidsbygeorge.org.

 

 

   
   
   
 

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