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Some Winter Exercise

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

WHAT: Homeschool Circus Classes: Designed for the homeschooled or unschooled youth age 6 – 10, this class is a great outlet for physical exercise and creative energy. Rope-climbing, trapeze, tightwire, juggling, and tumbling while having a great time. Students build confidence, grace, and strength as they explore their own potential on the mats and in the air!

WHERE: Philadelphia School of Circus Arts 5900A Greene st, Philadelphia PA 19107

WHEN: Thursdays, December 1st- February 23rd.

TIME: 1:00-2:00pm

COST: $204 for 12 week session ($17/class)

AGES: 6-10

For more information: Youth Classes (scroll down for the calendar and homeschool)
You are also welcome to stop by and observe any of the classes in session.



Philadelphia School of Circus Arts! 

WHAT: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages…Join us for our Intro to Circus Workshop Open House!
This 1.5 hour sample class provides a fearless opportunity to try out the rope, fabric, static trapeze, tight wire, and juggling with other brand-new beginners.

 Philadelphia School of Circus Arts 5900A Greene st, Philadelphia PA 19107

: Wednesday December 28th

: 3:30-5pm

: $5 gets you off your feet.

: Ages 6 – 106, spectators welcome!

For More Information: Circus Open House


Pinnacle Parkour Academy Philadelphia

WHAT: Homeschool program

WHERE: Pinnacle Parkour Academy Philadelphia 3500 Scotts Lane Suite C-1                 Philadelphia, PA 19129

WHEN: Every Monday and Wednesday

TIME: 1-3 pm

COST: First Month (Intro.)$99, 2 classes per week
6 month contract $120/month, 2 classes per week
or 6 month contract $85/month, 1 class per week

AGES: 7 and up

For More Information: Parkour Philadelphia Classes Facebook  and Pinnacle Parkour Website (Scroll down for the Philadelphia location) or call (855)776-7275

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High School Apprentices

There are some great opportunities for teens to apprentice/intern at various locations around Philadelphia! Most of these internships also offer a stipend to cover for travel expenses!

For more opportunities for teens check out the Teens Tab at the top of the blog- all things related to teens are listed here!

Read on for specific deadlines and information on interning.

Fabric Workshop & Museum

WHERE: 1214 Arch Street, Phialdelphia, PA 19107
High School students interested in art can participate in this paid Apprentice Training Program.

WHEN: session dates Spring 2017, 18 January – 21 April 2017

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Monell Chemical Senses Center

WHERE: 3500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

WHAT: High School and undergraduate students curious about Biomedical Sciences; a 7 week intership working in a lab conducting experiments related to the senses and nutrition.

WHEN: session datesSummer 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Science Apprenticeship Program

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The Wistar Institute

WHERE: 3601 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

WHAT: This 8 week summer program offers high school students the opportunity to become directly involved in experimental biological research projects at the bench level.

WHEN: session dates– June 26 – August 18, 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Summer Fellowship Program

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WHERE: 699 Ranstead Street (7th Street bet. Chestnut & Market) Phila., PA 19106
ideal for individuals who have an interest in doing community work and are looking to build upon existing radio broadcasting, audio editing, basic video production, communications, and marketing skills.

WHEN: session dates– Winter/Spring 2017:  January – May 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 28, 2016

WHEN: session dates– Summer 2017: June – August 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 21, 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION: PhillyCAM Internship Program

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Drexel University 

WHERE: Drexel Unviersity’s University City Campus

WHAT: The High School Scholars Program is a highly selective program that allows high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to register for college courses – on a space-available basis – while completing high school. Applicants must demonstrate the responsibility and maturity expected of university students, and have the approval of their high school guidance counselor to participate. It is important to note that this is NOT a dual-enrollment program; the High School Scholars program does not offer high school credit through college courses.

WHEN: Summer or Fall Term 2017

WHEN: Winter 2017 or Spring 2018 Term
APPLICATION DEADLINE: The deadline has passed for these classes, but they are offered each academic year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Drexel High School Scholars Program

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Women In Natural Sciences

WHERE: Academy of NAtural Sciences; Environmental exploration in and outside of the city
WHAT: WINS is for promising eighth grade girls with a B average or better, and who plan to attend a Philadelphia public or charter high school. Free after-school and summer science enrichment program at the Academy of Natural Sciences. During the school year, weekly workshops and monthly field trips occur. Girls must be nominated.

WHEN: 8 weeks during the summer, concluding with a week long trip in the Poconos
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Nomination period is from January 1 to February 15


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Walnut Street Theatre

WHERE: 825 Walnut Street · Philadelphia, PA 19107

WHAT: Unpaid internships and job shadow opportunities. Each internship or experience is individually designed to meet the educational goals of the candidate and the needs of the Walnut

WHEN: Jan/March 2017

WHEN: April/June 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Walnut Street Theatre Internship

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Continental Christmas at Graeme Park

WHAT:  Join the Friends of Graeme Park for a Living history program focusing on Christmas week, 1777, in Graeme Park’s history.  Activities for kids, raffles, Christmas ornaments and food for sale. Donations appreciated.

THIS Saturday, November 26

TIME: 12-3 pm

WHERE: 859 County Line Road in Horsham, PA 19044


For more information: Graeme Park Christmas FlierGraeme Park Website


The Nutcracker 

 WHAT:  Parkside Performing Arts Company is presenting its 29th annual performance of The Nutcracker on December 2nd and 3rd.

WHEN: December 2nd

TIME: 10:30 am special abridged version, approximately one hour in length.

WHERE: Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, 800 Manchester Avenue, Media, PA 19063

COST: $5 per person at door cash only

For more information: Nutcracker Performance


Annual Christmas Homeschool Days

WHAT: Come enjoy exclusive access to this season’s exhibitions, World Nativities and Christmas in Pennsylvania. Participate in exhibition-based quests and win a prize, learn more about the art and history of the crèche through a special documentary viewing, engage in festive hands-on activities, and more!

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 6th or Thursday, Dec. 8th

WHERE: Glencairn Museum 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009

TIME: drop in between 9:30-12:30 either date. No registration required.

COST: $5 per person, children 3 and under FREE!

For more information: Glencairn Museum Christmas


And there’s always a TON of things listed HERE at Visit Philadelphia: Holidays in Philadelphia!


And while not Christmas per say, it does fall into the same time frame and for homeschoolers!

Adventure Aquarium Homeschool Weeks

WHAT: During special weekdays, you and your family can visit for a low price – a savings of nearly 50% off adult tickets! Enjoy tons of indoor adventures while learning about sharks, sea turtles, hippos and 8,500 other aquatic species.

WHEN: December 5-9, 2016

WHERE: Adventure Aquarium   A1 Riverside Drive   Camden, NJ 08103

COST: $14 per person/ adult and children. ONLY good when made in advance/online.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Adventure Aquarium Homeschool Weeks



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Science Fairs Competitions & The Philly Contraption Contest

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 (or not- see Greater Phila. H.S. Fair)  with other students in the area of science.  Plus, it’s fun!


Chester County Homeschool Science Fair

WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 2017 (tentative date)

WHERE:  Calvary Chapel Church in Exton, PA

FOR WHOM:  The CCHSF is open to all homeschooled students, grades K-12.  For Chester County residents 4th grade and up, it is the gateway fair to the bigger science fairs.  That is, by the CCIU rules, in order to enter the Chester County Science Research Competition, homeschooled students must first compete in the CCHSF.


Registration Forms MUST be sumbitted by Saturday, December 31, 2016

All participants receive ribbons.  There are prizes for outstanding projects. There will also be some science activities/demonstrations to participate in or watch when you are not talking to the judges.

For More Information and Registration:  Check out the CCHS Science Fair

Need an extra resource? Check out Western Chester County Science Fair Club Blog

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Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair 

WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017

WHERE:  Springton Lake Presbyterian Church Newtown Square, PA

FOR WHOM:  Homeschoolers and Pa. Cyber Charter School Students in grades K -12

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

Registration Forms and Fee due by Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Earlybird Registration and Discounted Fee Due by Thursday, Dec. 1st, 2016

To download a registration form, click here: Registration Form

FOR MORE INFO:  Check out the Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Fair

Because several parents have questioned the necessity of competition and judging, we have created a “non-judged” category of the GPHSF. Students may enter projects to be displayed at the GPHSF but will not have to be interviewed by judges.

Homeschoolers can attend the fair even if they are not participating in it. 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. FREE!!  This program would make an excellent field trip!

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In grades 6-12 and considering competing further than the homsechool fairs?
Check out this page for more information: Advanced Competition

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George Washington Carver Science Fair

Open to students grades 4-12, in the City of Philadelphia. This includes private, charter, public, Catholic, homeschool, and virtual students.

AGES: students in grades 4-6

WHEN: Wednesday, February 21-Thursday, Feb. 23; Awards Program March 3rd.

WHERE:  Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University

AGES: students in grades 7 -12

WHEN: Monday, March 13-Wednesday, March 15; Awards Program March 24, 2017

WHERE: Temple University Student Athletic Pavillion


Registration DEADLINE:  Complete online registration and mail completed Application and form by MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017To find registration and application forms, click here: Registration and Application links

FOR MORE INFO:  Carver Science Fair

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Homeschoolers: Build a Rube Goldberg Machine

The Philly Contraption Contest was formerly known as the Philadelphia Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. Elementary school, middle school and high school students from the Philadelphia region will compete to build the best Rube Goldberg-style machine that accomplishes the assigned task: Water a plant.

What is a Rube Goldberg machine?  It’s a machine similar to the game “Mousetrap” that was popular when I was little.  Basically it is a machine that uses lots of funny, complicated, and clever steps to perform a very simple task.  Mythbusters created a RubeGoldberg Machine on one of their Christmas episodes.  You can check out their machine by clicking on this link:

Here are the details for the contest:

WHAT:  Philly Contraption Contest (Machine must water a plant.)

WHERE:  Friends’ Central School located at 1101 City Avenue in Wynnewood,  PA

WHENSaturday, March 18, 2017


  • High School Division
  • Middle School Division  (Ages 11 – 14)

TEAM SIZE:  Each team must have at least 3 members, a maximum of 12 members.

REGISTRATION BEGINSNow!  Registration is currently open.

REGISTRATION FEE:  $100 (which is refunded upon participation!)

PRIZES:  Cash prizes and other awards

FOR MORE INFO:  Please click on this site:

TO REGISTERPhilly Contraption Registration

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Homeschool Sewing Classes

The Sewing Room

WHAT:  Homeschool Sewing Club (hand sewing)

WHEN: Wednesdays, next 4 week session starts Nov. 16

WHERE: The Sewing Room 703 West Ave. Jenkintown, Pa. 19046

TIME: 10-1200

COST: $100, includes all supplies

AGES: 5-9

WHAT:  Homeschool Sew Fun! (machine sewing)

WHEN: Wednesdays, next 4 week session starts Nov. 16

WHERE: The Sewing Room 703 West Ave. Jenkintown, Pa. 19046

TIME: 1-3pm

COST: $100

AGES: 10-18

Check out their list of classes including a daytime one for 3-6 years old with a caregiver; other classes are offered also for 6 -18 years old




Stitchers’ Dream

WHEN: on-going Mondays.

WHERE: Stitcher’s Dream  221 S. Easton Rd. Glenside, PA 19038

TIME: 10:30-12:30

COST: $15 per 2 hour session or $60 for 4 2-hour sessions


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Homeschool Stitchers’ Dream, also take a look at General Class Information




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FREE! Parkour Homeschool Classes

Pinnacle Parkour Academy Philadelphia

THIS WEEK FREE classes!!! 11/7 and 11/9/2016

WHAT: Homeschool program

WHEN: Every Monday and Wednesday

TIME: 1-3 pm

WHERE: Pinnacle Parkour Academy Philadelphia 3500 Scotts Lane Suite C-1                 Philadelphia, PA 19129

For More Information: Parkour Philadelphia Classes Facebook  and Pinnacle Parkour Website


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Get out on the ice!

Ice Skating Lessons

WHEN: every Saturday beginning October 1st

WHERE: Scanlon Recreation Center
1099 E. Venango Street Phila. 19134

TIME: Beginner and Advanced 1 Class: 3:45-4:15
Advanced 2 Class: 4:15-4:45

COST: $5-7/class & rentals

FOR MORE INFORMATIONice-skating-flyer
or find them on facebook at Scanlon Recreation Center Ice Skating Lessons

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Ice Hockey

WHAT: After School Excellence Program. Sessions are split into the following categories based on age and experience/skill:  Learn to Play Classes – Designed for younger/beginner students with little or no hockey or skating experience. Junior, Senior, High School Classes – Sessions geared towards our older/experienced students with emphasis on skill development and small games.

TIME: 3:30 pm-8 pm, 45-60 minute practice

WHERE: 5 Philly Rink Locations and a rink in Pennsauken, NJ

AGES: 5-18



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Public Ice Skating

Rizzo Rink   1001 Front Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147
FREE to enter, $4 for rentals

Penn ’23 Rink  3130 Walnut St  Philadelphia, PA 19104
$5 to enter, $3 for rentals

Scanlon Ice Rink  1099 E Venango Street Philadelphia, PA 19134
Monday & Wednesday 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm – 3:00pm