As a homeschooling family living on one income, I’m aware of just how hard it is to stretch those hard earned dollars. Though we’ve traveled a lot with my husband’s job, there have been times when we just couldn’t afford big splurges. Thankfully we discovered that many attractions offer Homeschool Days or other deep discounts for home educators, allowing us to save money attending Homeschool Days.
Home school Days are an affordable way for homeschooling families to experience local attractions or to travel places that at times may be too costly. In addition to the deep discounts, you’re also likely to find special programming just for the occasion.
Though this isn’t an exhaustive list, I’d like to share some of the Homeschool Days that are of interest to my own family.
Walt Disney World Resort Homeschool Days– Engineering the Magic
Friday Jan. 25th
Join other homeschooling families for an in-depth look at the role science plays in engineering Disney Park attractions.
During this special, one-time seminar, a Disney Engineer will teach students about the academic path to becoming an engineer, share their day to day responsibilities and how science and innovation is applied to Disney projects. Join us and other homeschooling families for an insider’s look into the role that science plays in creating thrilling Disney Park attractions.
Weekdays in January & February
Winter Homeschool Days at the Creation Museums offer deeply discounted admission to the Museum at only $12 for adults (13 and up) and $8 for children (5-12). The Stargazer’s Planetarium is also specially priced at only $5. As an added bonus, all Creation Museum tickets are valid for 2 consecutive days!
Pigeon Forge, TN
Weekdays in February
In addition to offering discounted home school rates throughout the year, Wonderworks is offering home school families discounted admission of $9.99 weekdays throughout February. This rate is good for up to four persons per group for those arriving before 11 a.m.
Spring: May 7th & 8th
Fall: October 9 & 11
Special study course in marine life. 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 Home School Days when admission is only $11 per person. Additional programming is available. Check out the website for additional information.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Spring: April 8th
Fall: Oct. 7th
Join the museum for a special day filled with a variety of educational experiences for all grade levels from preschool through high school. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day (click here for a sample schedule of classes). Come for a full day or just one activity. The museum opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.
Additional activities are available.
Registration opens at 9 a.m. on March 5th for the spring date. Advance registration is required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Colonial Williamsburg Homeschooler Experiences
Spring: February 16th – 18th
Meet our Presidents
This Presidents’ Day Weekend, meet three founding fathers – Washington, Jefferson and Madison – whose Williamsburg experiences led to the creation of a nation. Take advantage of hands-on activities, special programs at the museums, and mingle with these great leaders during our Breakfast with the Presidents at the Williamsburg Lodge.
Fall: September 7th- 22nd
Help Save the Revolution!
Calling all undercover agents – RevQuest: Save the Revolution!, the interactive and on-site spy game, allows you to decide our nation’s fate. Dive into the world of intrigue and espionage and sharpen your spy skills. Begin your Quest online, and then pick up your top secret Set of Orders at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and the game is afoot!
Immerse yourself in Colonial Life and the 18th century when you attend the Homeschool Days at Colonial Williamsburg. While you’re there make sure you check out the activities going on at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center too!
Spring: February 16th – 24th
Fall: September 7th- 22nd
Each program will include a variety of educational programs for a range of grade levels as well as hands-on programs and family tours. The homeschool ticket will include admission to both Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center for the entire date range! You can purchase tickets online at $11 per family member if purchased prior to February 8th.
Spring: April 12
Fall: September 28
Enjoy our Museum’s living history sites and special hands-on activities and classes all day long. In addition, homeschool families receive a free packet of information, a 10% discount on educational materials in Plimoth Plantation’s Museum Shops, and special discounted museum memberships.
Cost for students is $13, while adults will pay $21, children under 5 are free for a 2- day admission pass that includes admission to the Mayflower.
Winter: January 28th
The Tennessee Aquarium is offering great discounts for admission to the Tennessee Aquarium, the IMAX Theater, and the gift shops in each facility (See special rates below).
On homeschool day, you can choose to purchase a ticket for the aquarium, IMAX or a combination ticket that includes both. Cost for students will be $6.50 for the aquarium, $5.00 IMAX or $10.25 for a combo ticket to both. Homeschool Parents will pay the following: $22.50 for the Aquarium, $ 9.25 for the IMAX movie or $28.50 for a combo ticket.
Limited Behind the Scenes Tickets will be available for $5, but be warned, these sell out quickly.
Select Dates: January 14, February 11, March 11, April 15, May 13
Homeschool families receive a deeply discounted rate of $8 per student in grades K-12 for a self-guided day of fun and exploration.
June 10th –11th
Homeschool Days are specially designed field trip days for small educational groups touring Old World Wisconsin, allowing you to move around the site at its own pace.
February 20, 21, and 22
Families and their children ages 6 through 17 will attend a 2 1/2 hour, hands-on experience with a costumed guide. Each group of 12 will be led by a costumed museum educator and will learn about school, crafts, textiles and hearth cooking in Salem.
Biltmore Estate, Hershey Park, Kennedy Space Center, Stone Mountain Park, Houston Space Center and hundreds of other locations across the country have set aside specific homeschool days. I’ll update this list as those dates become available.
In addition to Homeschool Days, you’ll find that many attractions offer discounts to homeschool groups as well, while considering a group to be as few as 10 people. I don’t know about you, but in my circle of friends, that could be as few as one or two families. If you’re looking to save a bit of money and don’t mind organizing some low key field trips for a few friends, that may be just the ticket to reducing the cost on some high price attractions.
If you know of any Homeschool Days offered in your area, I’d love if you’d share it in the comments. And if you’ve attended a Homeschool Day in the past, I’d love to hear about your experience!
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