You may wonder how you can afford to take your family on an incredible end of Summer vacation or share with them a great historical experience without breaking the bank! I always look for discounts and deals for as many things for my children’s education as possible! I ask friends and family as well as search online for free days and discount days.
You can now find an educational and fun filled experience near your that offers Home School Discount Days! Here are just some of the ones that I discovered:
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage (Sept., Nov, Dec.)-supports the work of homeschooling families by offering Homeschool Days. The Hermitage does offer Hands on History Programs for homeschool groups of 15 or more students.
Biltmore Estate Homeschool Festival (September 20 & 21, 2018)- Join us for a fun and educational day on the estate. This one-day ticket includes admission to Biltmore. All homeschool activities will be held at the Farm in Antler Hill Village and surrounding area. Workbook link will be emailed a week prior to the event, or are available for an additional cost when ordered in advance. Lunch and accommodation options available.
Colonial Williamsburg (September 8-September 23, 2018) This fall, homeschoolers and their families can enjoy hands-on activities and revolutionary experiences designed to make colonial emotions and dramas come alive in a way that is educational and interactive. Plus, visits can be tailored to include on-site lodging, dining, 18th-century tavern meals and entertainment. Inspire the next generation of dreamers with a Colonial Williamsburg experience and offers exclusive pricing year round for homeschool groups of all sizes in addition to a wide variety of books, DVDs, and teaching resources.
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (monthly)- If there are fewer than 10 people in your homeschool group, Homeschool Discount Days are your opportunity to visit the Museum and take advantage of our homeschool discount offer. On these specified Wednesdays, homeschool families have the opportunity to receive discounted group admission normally reserved for groups of 10 or more. Enrolled homeschool families are eligible for discounted admission on all Homeschool Discount Days.
Columbus Zoo Homeschool Safari Ages 6-12 (various) Join us on the wild side of science education! Each month a different topic will focus on the fascinating details of the lives of animals. Programs include a classroom lesson, hands-on activity or game, live animal visitor and walk in the Zoo.
Programs designed to help home school students ages 6-12 develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
Check out our visit to Columbus Zoo & Aquarium!
Conner Prairie (August 28 or September 12 ) Each year, we host Home School Days, during which home school families can come to Conner Prairie and enjoy the day at the school tour rate. On this day, home school families do not have to have a group of 15 or more to get the school tour rate. 1859 Balloon Voyage rides are not included and must be purchased separately. $5.50 per student, $8.50 per chaperone, free for primary educator.
Check out our visit to Conner Prairie!
COSI– (various) Homeschool Workshops are a valued asset to the pantheon of hands-on, in-depth science programming we offer here at COSI. We are currently reevaluating our Homeschool Workshops to make them the best possible experience for teachers, parents, and leaders within the community. Please check back with us as we work to enhance our workshops for the upcoming year and beyond! Homeschool Workshop dates and programs will be available in August of 2018.
Check out our visit to COSI!
Dollywood Homeschool Association Days (Aug. 6 – Sept. 30, 2018.)-Students Purchasing Dollywood Admission Will Receive a Free Meal Voucher Valued at $5 Valid at Select Park Restaurants. Dolly provides a free lunch to all students visiting during our Homeschool Days.
EnterTRAINMENT Junction (April & September)
Fernbank Museum recognizes the unique nature of homeschool groups and is pleased to be able to offer the following options based on group size. All groups, regardless of size, are encouraged to take advantage of special free downloadable resources. Available resources include scavenger hunts, curriculum correlations for exhibitions and films, coloring sheets and more.
Fort Worth Zoo (October 4, 2018) All home-schooled children and their families are invited to a fun-filled educational day in the wilds of the Zoo. Learn amazing facts from our zookeepers at more than 20 Wild Encounters and enjoy asking Zoo staff your best animal questions around the Zoo’s world-class exhibits!
Great Wolf Lodge (ends 10/30/2018) Reward your whole family with a fun and unforgettable stay at Great Wolf Lodge. Homeschool families receive 15% off the best rate when you stay Sunday – Thursday through 10/31/2018. Book now and save big!
Hersheypark (Spring 2019)Students will enjoy the hands-on experiences available across curriculums during our Education Days! Not able to visit on an Education Day? Utilize our Math, Science, or Physics Guides to customize a visit on the date of your choice.
High Museum of Art (Various Dates) offers special programming and discounts just for homeschool families on selected days throughout each year. No advance reservations are required for admission on these days. Homeschool families must present verification of homeschool/non-traditional school status when purchasing tickets.
Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center (September 8-23, 2018)- Homeschool families have several options for learning about 17th-century life at Jamestown, America’s first permanent English settlement, and 18th-century colonial America and the Revolution. Find the option that fits your curriculum and schedule.
Kings Island (Spring dates) Students have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun and interactive setting. Interactive educational stations will be set up throughout the park and operated by COSI (Center of Science and Industry) personnel during each Education Day programming date. They’ll provide hands-on activities to demonstrate the science behind select rides in the park!
LEGOLAND Florida offers dates all year long and is pleased to offer several dates to experience the park at a special rate for those Home School groups that do not meet the 15 person minimum to qualify for education pricing.
Missouri History Museum, we celebrate educational choice through our monthly Homeschool Day programs. We take pride in experiences designed to best serve the needs of homeschool families. Thanks to the generous support of our members, donors, and taxpayers, Missouri History Museum Homeschool Days are completely FREE!
Mount Vernon (Join us at 9:30AM in the Eagles Theater, located in the Ford Orientation Center as we welcome you to our special Homeschool Day. Tour the Mansion, meet people from Washington’s world, and participate in a special ceremony at Washington’s Tomb. On the Pioneer Farm, watch costumed interpreters produce 18th-century goods, learn about George Washington’s innovative farming practices, visit a reconstructed slave cabin, play colonial games, and meet some of Mount Vernon’s animals.
National Aquarium (September 11-13, 2018) –Homeschool families will start their day with an Auditorium program focusing on the newest exhibit at the Aquarium and its inhabitants, Living Seashore. After the program, families will get the chance to go on a self-guided tour of the aquarium, with a learning passport in hand. Families will get the opportunity to visit hands-on learning stations throughout the building focusing on everything from seashore creatures, beach treasures and marine debris.
National Museum of the US Airforce (Fall & Spring) Science, technology and engineering principles will be demonstrated at various stations in the center of the museum’s second building. Stop by any of the stations from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for a quick and informative demo/activity. Three short, 15 minute briefings providing background information and fun facts on the Museum’s one-of-a-kind collection of Presidential aircraft will be offered in the STEM Learning Node located in the Presidential Gallery at 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 11:45 AM. No pre-registration required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Newport Aquarium (October 22 – 26, 2018, Spring dates TBD) You can enhance your child’s knowledge of marine life and conservation while having a wonderful time in the process. Visit the Newport Aquarium for Homeschool Days when admission is only $11 per person and no minimum is required.
Silver Dollar City (October 6 & 7, 2018) Provide exciting educational opportunities for your children during this 2-day event. Our Lesson Plans will help you create unique interactive experiences in a variety of topics. School has never been this much fun! Take your family on the self-guided Homestead Tour for a firsthand look at early American history featuring 2 authentic log cabins, the Oak Trail one-room schoolhouse and a barnyard filled with live animals. Hear tales of the pioneer life, folk tunes from long ago and get a hands-on lesson with our schoolmarm.
Six Flags Chicago, IL (August 22-25, 2018) Join us as we combine fun and learning in this outdoor learning lab. Home school students, get ready for a fantastic field trip. Spend the day of fun in the sun challenging 14 world-class roller coasters! Learn what makes them go up and how they must inevitably come down. Laugh and play with more thank 50 rides and attractions to choose from.
Space Center Houston (Oct. 9, 2018, Feb.19, 2019 Oct. 15, 2019) This incredible event provides the opportunity for home-schooled families to learn about space exploration and engage in an unforgettable day of education and inspiring entertainment.
Tennessee Aquarium (Sept. 23, 2018) Bring your family to the Aquarium for field trip prices on this special day. We will offer behind-the-scenes tours for $6/person this day for children ages 6 and up. We will have activities in the lobby and River Journey Auditorium from 10 am to 2 pm. Special admission rate and 10% off in the gift shops all day.
Wilderness at the Smokies (November 4-8, 2018) We welcome you and your family to a fantastic fall get-a-way in the Smokies, where you will experience Education and Excitement! Titanic Museum Attraction and Wilderness at the Smokies team up with the most discounted opportunities of the season!
Zoombezi Bay Education Days (May) Plan on a day of Science adventure at the waterpark.