Archive for the ‘Field Trips’ Category

Homeschoolers, I’m hosting a Nationwide Homeschool Writing Contest on this blog!  Click here to find out more about it and print out the entry form:  phbwritinglogo

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Free Tickets to Six Flags, Great Adventure with Six Flags Read-to-Succeed 2014 – 2015

Homeschool kids can earn free tickets to Six Flags Great Adventure by completing 6 hours of reading by March 2nd, 2015.  In the past, homeschool teachers also received free complimentary tickets by signing their students up for the program.  It’s free!  When my children were younger we participated in the program.  We’ve loved it!

How it works:  Homeschool Educators sign up their students in grades K – 6 for the program.

FAQ: The website has a “Frequently Asked Questions” page you can access once you’ve signed up for an account.  It will answer any questions you may have. (see link above)

Keep a Log:  The website has log forms that Homeschoolers can download for their students.  Students must keep track of the leisure reading they do and write it down on their logs.  Books read for school assignments can not count towards their reading hours.  Homeschool teachers must monitor the student’s log keeping.

Log Complete:  If students complete 6 hours of reading by March 2nd, the Homeschool teacher must submit their students’ reading time online and mail their completed logs in to the appropriate address.  (see link above)

Information received: After the program receives the students’ logged hours, a Great Adventure ticket will be emailed to the Home Educator for each child who has completed his/her reading.


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Homeschoolers!  Free Admission to “Honk” the Musical

WHERE: Phil-Mont Christian Academy, 35 Hillcrest Ave. Erdenheim, PA 19038

WHEN: Wednesday, November 19th

TIME:  10 am

COST: FREE!  (but please RSVP)


FOR MORE INFO: Please double click on the flyer below or call the school: 215-233-0782  Honk the Musical


For more Upcoming Homeschool Events, please click on the “Upcoming Events” tab at the top of this site or click HERE.

Posted by Gwen Fredette on November 2, 2014

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2014-2015 Pennsylvania Ballet Dress Rehearsal Program

Every year homeschoolers have the opportunity to see Pennsylvania Ballet Dress Rehearsals for FREE!

My oldest daughter and I have loved being a part of this program!

To participate, you must fill out an ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM by Friday, October 3rd.  To access the online form, please click here:   Note:  Depending on the number of submissions, you may not necessarily be able to attend all of the ballets you have requested.

This year the Pennsylvania Ballet will be performing the following shows:


When: Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m

Where: Academy of Music


When:  Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Where: Merriam Theater


When: Thursday, March 5, 2015, 1pm – 2:30pm

Where: Academy of Music


When:  Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Where: Academy of Music


When: Thursday, June 11, 2015

Where: Merriam Theater

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There will be a special Homeschool Day at National Museum of Jewish History!  Here’s the details:

WHAT: Homeschool Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History

SPECIAL:  There will be a special emphasis on American Baseball History.

WHERE: 101 South Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106

WHEN:  Friday, October 17th  10am to 2pm

COST:  $10 per student; children under 5 are free

DISCOUNT:  Register by October 10th and receive $5 off admission!

PLEASE RSVP:  Call 215-923-3811  x 118 or email

FOR MORE INFO:  See the flyer printed below:  image001

Posted by Gwen Fredette on 9/21/14

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Just thought I’d let homeschoolers know of some great upcoming programs!

Sight & Sound Theaters

WHAT:  Sight & Sound Theaters

WHERE: Lancaster, PA (300 Hartman Bridge Road – Ronks, PA 17572)

WHEN: Month of September

COST: $10 off admission, weekday shows of MOSES for the entire month of September

FOR MORE INFO:  Book online using code LC14SEP or call 800-377-1277. New orders only – based on availability.  Website:

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National Constitution Center

WHAT:  Constitution Day (FREE Admission!)

WHERE:  National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

COST:  Free!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site:

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Homeschool Festival, 18th Century Plantation

WHAT:  Homeschool Festival

WHERE:  Graeme Park, 859 County Line Rd, Horsham, PA

WHEN: Wednesday, September 24th, 2014    10am – 2pm

COST:  $6 per person

FOR MORE INFO:  Click here to check out their flyer:

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Free Homeschool Programming Class

WHAT: Basics of Web Programming Class

WHERE:  Online

WHEN:  Begins October 6th; 14 Lesson Course

COST:  Free!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site:

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Valley Forge Homeschool Days

WHAT:  Valley Forge Homeschool Days

WHERE: 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406

WHEN: October 8th & October 29th, 2014

COST: I believe this program is free!

OTHER:  Pre-Registration required 2 weeks in advance!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site:

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For more on Fall 2014 Science Classes, click here:

For more on  Fall 2014 Art Classes, click here:

For more on Fall 2014 Gym Classes, click here:

For more on Fall 2014 Drama Classes, click here:

Posted by Gwen Fredette on September 11th, 2014

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Fantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas

Here’s a list of some more fabulous places to take your homeschool group, class, or family for a field trip!

1.  Styer’s Orchard:   Our homeschool group makes a field trip to this orchard almost every year.  They have a variety of different tours, including ones that correspond with apple picking, strawberry picking, and fruit tree planting.  They also have a corn maze in the Fall.  This is an especially great trip for young children.   Recommended for kids ages 10 and under.   For more information, see their website:

2.  Archery Class:  Our homeschool group took a field trip to Bucks County Fish & Game this past Fall.  We were able to participate in a 2 hour archery class.  They also offer Youth archery classes every Monday night from 7:00 to 8:30.   The classes are very reasonably priced!   For children ages 6 & up.  For more information please contact Robert “Doc” Satterfield 267-231-8031 or 267-203-8397 or  check out their calendar:  Their website is:

3.  Battleship New Jersey:  Did you know students could take tours of an actual battleship?  Our homeschool group took a tour of Battleship NJ this past Fall.  The gentleman giving us the tour had been a sailor on the ship when he was a young man.  It was an excellent history lesson! Recommended for ages 8 & up.

4.  Longwood Gardens:  Longwood Gardens is a beautiful place to take a field trip.  They offer many educational tours, including special homeschool days for only $5 per student.  To find out more, check out their website: or

5.  Cunningham Piano Factory:  Take a tour of Philadelphia’s oldest piano factory!  Our homeschool group visited Cunningham this past Fall.  It was fantastic learning about how they restored baby grand pianos.  A wonderful trip for music enthusiasts! Recommended for ages 8 & up.

6.  Lego Animation 101:  Students had the opportunity to bring their iphones or ipads to class.  They were also able to bring their favorite Legos.  Put them together and kids learn the basics of Stop Motion Animation!   A teacher from Talking Stick Learning Center met our homeschool group at a Philadelphia Library and conducted the class.  For more information, contact Adam Thomas.  His email is  For more ideas for combining Homeschooling and Lego fun, see this post:

7.  Northeast Airport:   This Spring our homeschool group had the opportunity to visit the Northeast Airport.  They gave us a great mini-lesson on aviation and our students were able to sit in the cockpit of a real plane!  Recommended for ages 8 & up.

8.  Working Dogs Field Trip:  Dogs are more than “man’s best friend”.  They provide amazing services to help and save people.  Learn how dogs are trained for search and rescue, finding bombs, and even detecting certain kinds of cancer.  This was an excellent field trip:

This post is the fifth in my “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas” series.

  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part I, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part II, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part III, click HERE.
  • To see “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips” Part IV, click HERE.

Posted by Gwen Fredette on May 7th, 2014




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Upcoming Programs/Classes/Events Spring 2014 (Many are free!)

Just thought I’d let Philadelphia Homeschoolers know about some of the great programs, classes, and events that will be taking place soon.  Many are specifically for homeschoolers.  Many are free!


  • Cost:  $110 for 12 weeks
  • Time: 10am to 11am (ages 4 – 7) 11am to 12 noon (ages 8 – 18)
  • When:  Every Friday.  Starts this Friday, March 21st; lasts until June 6th
  • For More Info:  open this flyer: legacy tennis




  • Cost: $5 per child
  • Time: 10am to 11:30am
  • When: June 9, 2014
  • For More Info: Must RSVP; Please click on this link:

Hope this information is helpful!

Posted by Gwen Fredette on 3/18/2014

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Note: To find out about the “PHB” HOMESCHOOL WRITING CONTEST, click HERE:

Entries must be postmarked by NOVEMBER 23rd!  

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Homeschoolers have the opportunity to be part of the Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair 2014!

Why enter a Homeschool Science Fair? A science fair gives homeschool students the opportunity to experiment using the scientific method, to practice their writing and oral presentation skills, to observe other students’ experiments and to compete* with other students in the area of science.  Plus, it’s fun!

When: Saturday, February 8, 2014

Where:  Mendel Hall, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

For Whom:  Homeschoolers and Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School Students in grades K -12

Cost: $8 per student ($6 if you register before December 1st)

Registration Deadline:  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014; Earlybird Discount Deadline by SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 2013.

To download a registration form, click here:

For More Information:  Check out the Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair website:

Homeschoolers can attend the fair even if they are not participating in it, so if your child(ren) cannot participate this year, your family may enjoy going to see other students’ work.  There is no entrance fee if your family just goes to see the projects.  This program would make an excellent field trip!

* Students can choose not to compete, if they so desire.

Check out my new “Upcoming Events” page on this site to find out about other great programs for homeschoolers in and near Philadelphia:

Posted by Gwen Fredette on November 5th, 2013


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So, you’ve just about finished your 180 days, completed your evaluation, prepared your portfolio, and possibly have even worked on your goals and objectives for the 2013-2014 school year.  Whew!  Now the big question:

What to do with the kids all Summer of 2013?

Philadelphia is a city full of fantastic summer activities!  Here are a just a few:

  1. Science in the Summer at your local Philadelphia library.  This program is available to all kids in Philadelphia in grades 2 through 6.  This summer kids will be learning about Chemistry.  They also get to do fun, interesting experiments.   If you’ve already submitted your goals and objectives for the next school year, you can count these classes as school time.  Best of all, its FREE!  Registration began May 1st and space is limited.  Check this website to find out when the classes will be held at your branch:
  2. Summer Reading Game at your local Philadelphia library.  Kids in grades K – 6 are encouraged to read books at their local library.  This program has really motivated my children to keep reading all through the summer.  It’s FREE!  Check this website for more information:
  3. Home Depot’s Kids Workshops.  This program gives children ages 5-12 the opportunity to build simple projects.  It’s FREE!  Check out this website for more information:  (Click on the “Kids Workshops” tab.)
  4. Lowe’s Kids Build & Grow Clinics.   This FREE program also gives children the opportunity to build simple projects.  Check out this website for more information:
  5. Upper Darby Performing Arts Theatre.  If your kids like drama, this is a great program and its very inexpensive.  This year’s shows include Fiddler on the Roof, The Little Mermaid, Frog & Toad, and Willy Wonka Jr., as well as several other shows.   Check out this website for more information:
  6. It’s not too late to sign your kids up for Summer Camp.  There are numerous great Christian camps out there.  Three camps my kids have enjoyed are:  Spruce Lake Christian Wilderness Camp, Camp Iroquoina Soccer Camp, and High Point Camp.  Following are the web addresses: ,, and  Also, just outside Philly a new sports “camp” class is starting for homeschoolers this summer.  You can find out more about it by clicking here:
  7. Don’t forget Vacation Bible School!  If your home church is not doing one, there may be other good churches nearby that are.  Kids have the opportunity to play games, do crafts, learn great new songs, and hear the Word of God.
  8. Free  Movies:   Families can watch movies for free at Penn’s Landing, Walnut Street and Gray’s Ferry.  Check out these links for more information: and
  9. Free Young Peoples Concert Series at the Mann Music Center:  Give your children the free entertainment of music and dance at the Mann.  They are hosting four free shows this summer.  Check out this link for more details.
  10. Don’t forget to take your kids to Pennypack or Wissahickon Park!  Both of these parks are part of the Fairmount Park system and give families the opportunity to “get out of the city” while they’re still in it.  Whether you’re going for a bike ride or just a hike, they’re a great place to visit.
  11. Two Free Nights at the Franklin Institute:  Target Community Nights at the Franklin Institute are fantastic, and they’re free.  This summer the free nights are on June 19th, and July 17th from 5 to 8pm.  Check out this link for more details:
  12. Free Craft Projects AC Moore’s crafts:  If your kids enjoy working with their hands, some of these activities might interest them.  Check out this link.
  13. Barnes and Nobles free book program:  Barnes and Nobles will give each child a book after completing an 8 book reading record during the summer.  Check out this link:
  14. Kids can bowl for FREE at participating bowling alleys.  Check out these links for more information:,, and

Hope some of these ideas are helpful to you!

Posted by Gwen Fredette June 6, 2013

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