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Great Events for June!

Stripes and Stars Festival

WHAT:  From star-spangled banners to five-star generals, Philadelphia celebrates the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions—the American flag and the U.S. Army. Events include flag raising ceremonies, a patriotic parade led by the United States Army Field Band Brass Quintet, a swearing-in of Future Soldiers, a dramatic skydiving demonstration, displays and demonstrations of U.S. Army equipment, giant flag folding demonstrations, and a moving naturalization ceremony.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

TIME: 9:30 am-5:00 pm

COST: Most Stripes and Stars Festival events are FREE!! and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

WHERE:
 Locations throughout Independence National Historical Park and Historic Philadelphia, including Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, Christ Church Burial Ground, and the National Constitution Center.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
: Click HERE for the website and here for the Stripes_and_Stars_2017_Bookmark Festival Flier. Also, check out National Park Service website for other information.

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 Pennypack Environmental Center Programs

WHAT:          PEC Explorer Program:

The Explorer Program is a is a wonderful outdoor activity where children can come explore, investigate and enjoy the parks through discovery and adventure. This program is a series of 4 Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00 PM during the Summer which includes a craft, snack, games and a hike for Boys and Girls Citywide Ages 5-7. $5 per camper per day. Registration is required and Space is limited.

                       PEC Junior Naturalist Program: 

The Junior Naturalist Program is a wonderful outdoor activity where children can come explore, investigate and enjoy the parks through discovery and adventure. This program is a series of 4 Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00 PM during the Summer which includes a craft, snack, games and a hike for Boys and Girls Citywide Ages 8-12. $5 per camper per day. Registration is required and Space is limited.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Click HERE
WHAT:           Pennypack Environmental Center’s Summer Schedule
Activities for all ages this summer!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click PEC Summer Calender 2017 to see the full schedule flier!

camp fire flier

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The Compassion Experience

WHAT:  This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic.

In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope. A project of Compassion International.

WHEN: Friday, June 23- Monday, June 26

TIME: Varies by day

WHERE:  Covenant Presbyterian Church 520 Kings Highway S      Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

COST: FREE!!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Click HERE to visit the website

 

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Science Saturdays at Fairmont Water Works

WHAT:  Family friendly programs. The Calendar includes: June-A Day in the Life of the Schuylkill River: The Exploration Continues; July-What’s for Lunch? (River Otters)
Don’t forget to check out their newly opened Freshwater Mussel Hatchery!

WHEN: Every Saturday, each month is a different topic. Pick a Saturday per month to hit all the topics!

TIME: 2:00-4:00 pm

WHERE:  Fairmount Water Works 640 Water Works Drive   Philadelphia, PA 19130

COST: FREE!!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE for the Water Works Event Calendar

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Free Video Production Workshops
at Northeast Regional Library!

WHAT: Would you like to schedule a group field trip this summer? The People’s Media Collection, which is a pilot project collaboration between the Free Library of Philadelphia and Philly CAM, Philadelphia’s public access channel will provide free video production education on smartphones and tablets, which means we can teach you to film, edit, and share high quality media on one device. We will walk participants through how to film, edit, and share videos using tablets and smartphones. Some skills you’ll walk away with include: framing shots, interviewing people, basic film editing, adding effects to videos and sharing your videos online.

WHEN: 4 workshop slots open each week, Tuesdays at West Oak Lane, Wednesdays at the Northeast Regional Branch

TIME: 3 hour long workshop (or shorter version of 90 minutes)

AGES: 8 and up, groups of up to 15

WHERE:  West Oak Lane and Northeast Regional Libraries

COST: FREE!!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Peoples Media Collection

 

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ChopChop Cooking Club 

WHAT: We invite you to join the (free!) ChopChop Cooking Club and pledge to cook dinner together once a month. Each month, you’ll get a delicious new recipe in your inbox. We’ll all be making the same recipe that month, learning different essential cooking skills along the way. Each challenge will also come with how-to’s, shopping and storage tips, fun activities, and conversation starters.

 

AGES: all ages welcome, most that sign up are 5-12 and their families

WHERE:  at your home! 

COST: FREE!!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click ChopChop Cooking Club

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Homeschool Happenings

Wednesday & Thursday! Homeschool Open House

WHAT: Flip Out Productions would like to invite you to our Homeschool Open House!

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26th from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHO: All skill levels welcome! Class for ages 7 and up

WHEN: Thursday, April 27th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHO: All skill levels welcome! Class for ages 3-6 years.


WHERE:
 1714 Mascher Street, Philadelphia  19122

Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you at the open house!
Miss Katie and the Flip Out Productions Family

FOR MORE INFORMATION
: Like our page on Facebook for more updates and events  https://www.facebook.com/flipoutproductions/ or visit: Flip Out Productions

Our next 8-week session is starting May 2nd!
We offer discounted classes to homeschooling families: 1 child – $100; 2 children- $150;
3 children- $220; 4 children- $300.   GREAT DEAL ALERT!!!!

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Be sure to check out the “CLASSES” tab to see what is happening in the month of MAY for Homeschoolers. Some of these begin next week! Ranging from athletics to sewing many local venues offer a class each month specifically for homeschoolers!
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Glencairn Museum Glass Blowing Day
Open House for Homeschoolers

WHAT: Glassblowing demonstrations, learn how stories were told using stained glass windows and more.

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

WHEN:  this Thursday, April 27th from 9:30-12:30

COST: $5 per person, children 3 and under are free. no reservations required.

FOR MORE INFO: Check out this flier- Glass blowing Homeschool Day 2017 (1) and their website here

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Futsal or Music for your kids? 

If you missed the open house for homeschoolers last week to check out Grow Philly’s Youth Futsal Academy or Music Class, you still have the opportunity! First class can be your FREE/TRIAL class (please RSVP via email)!

WHAT: Futsal is a smaller scale modification of soccer perfect for soccer players of all ages, and genders! Futsal focuses on soccer fundamentals such as ball control, passing, scoring, teamwork, and good sportsmanship while having fun learning the game.

WHEN: Tuesdays 12:15-1:00 pm; 7 week 45 minute sessions

AGES: 5 and up

COST: $70 per 7 week session (can be prorated if first class missed)

WHAT: Music Classes include an introduction to reading music and to different instruments, no music experience needed.

WHEN: Tuesdays 1:15-2:00 pm; 7 week 45 minute sessions

AGES: 6-17, no music experience needed

COST: $100 per 7 week session (can be prorated if first class missed)

 

Class session begins Tuesday, April 25th, please join next week, May 2nd!

WHERE: East Passyunk Rec Center  1025 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 9148

FOR MORE INFO: email Matthew at mrsubits@growphilly.org or
Click on these Grow Philly Music Academy        Grow Philly Futsal Academy    fliers!

 

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Science and Ballet

Pennypack Environmental Center
Home School Programs Spring 2017

WHATWhat’s Bugging You           Learn the important role that insects play in our
environment. Explore forest and field habitats with bug boxes to take a closer look at these critters. Learn about some of the benefits of insects, as well as options for dealing with insect pests.

WHEN: This Tuesday, April 25
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WHATCreek Exploration      Using the creek as a laboratory, we will determine stream health by identifying aquatic life. Discover how water is affected by land use within the watershed. Wear shoes that can get wet, but please no sandals.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 23
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WHERE: 
Pennypack Environmental Center  8600 A Verree Road  Philadelphia, PA 19115

TIME: Each session will be held from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.

AGE
:  Adults are asked to stay with their child, younger siblings are welcome.

COST
: $5.00 per school aged child, per activity. (Free for adults and younger tag along siblings). Registration is required.
Please complete registration form below and a youth registration form for each child.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Check out their Facebook Page

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Seating still available:

Mid-Summer Night’s Dream

WHAT: Featuring dancers from Wissahickon Dance Academy, Northeast High School and Blaine Elementary. This showing for the Philadelphia School District and homeschools is presented by the nonprofit International Ballet Exchange. A full-length ballet based on Shakespeare’s famous comedy about mistakes, mischief, and love.

WHEN
: Tuesday, June 6th at 10am; an hour long performance

WHERE
: George Washington High School   10175 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116

COST
: FREE!!! You must reserve your seats!

FOR MORE INFORMATION
school-show-midsummer-2017
to reserve your seats call Elaine at 215-694-4564 or email your information (from the form)

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SAVE THE DATE: 

WHAT: How to start homeschooling in Philadelphia informational meeting

WHERE: due to voting at the library, the location is being changed. It will be announced soon!

WHEN: Tuesday, May 16; 6:30-8:30

COST: FREE!!

MORE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED AS WE GET CLOSER!

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FREE Homeschool Classes!!!

Come Check Out Futsal and Music Classes
with Grow Philly 

WHAT:  A FREE trial Futsal Class and Music Class. Futsal is a smaller scale modification of soccer, perfect for soccer players of all ages and genders! Futsal focuses on soccer fundamentals such as ball control, passing, scoring, teamwork, and good sportsmanship while having fun learning the game. Music Classes include an introduction to reading music and to different instruments, no music experience needed.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 18th

TIME:
Intro. to Futsal will be held from 12:15-1:00
Intro. to Music will be held from 1:15-2:00
Students may take both trial classes. Parents are asked to stay while children attend.

WHERE:  East Passyunk Rec Center    1025 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 9148

COST: FREE!!! but please RSVP to Matt at mrsubits@growphilly.org ! 

AGES: 5 and up

FOR MORE INFO: Contact Coach Matt with questions or R.S.V.P mrsubits@growphilly.org
You can also check out Grow Philly.

Grow Philly will be offering Futsal and Music classes
to the homeschool community!

Plans are:

Grow Philly Youth Futsal Academy Homeschool Class
Starting Tuesday, April 25th from 12:00 – 1:00
Pricing: 7 week session, 45 minute classes,  $70.00 (includes Jersey)
Grow Philly Music Homeschool Class
Starting Tuesday, April 25th from 1:00 to 2:00
Pricing: 7 week session, 1 hour long classes, $100 dollars (includes a t-shirt)
3 students per class, parents are welcome to enroll also.

These can be run every 7 weeks if there is interest! Monday classes are also a possibility.

 

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Homeschool Bowling and Charter Day

This Sunday, March 12, is CHARTER DAY! Check out this Press Release from The State Museum of Pennsylvania for a full list of all participating museums. The following museums are relatively close by and FREE on Sunday: Brandywine Battlefield Park in Chadds Ford, Hope Lodge in Fort Washington, Graeme Park in Horsham and Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville.

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Due to weather forecast for today the following is rescheduled to start 3/17!

homeschool bowling

WHERE: Thunderbird Lanes 1475 W. Street Road Warminster, PA 18974

COST: $5 per week which includes 1 1/2 hours of bowling and shoe rental, as well as personalized instruction offered 3 times over the course of the session.

AGES: all are welcome (youngsters to high schoolers!)

Here is a link to Thunderbird’s invite to homeschool groups to start a program at one of their locations and some more information about the Lanes themselves.

 

 

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A Few More….

 HSLDA Poetry Contest

WHAT: Write a poem on the theme for your age category.

WHEN: Now till May 1st, must be postmarked on or before May 1st

AGE
: 7-19

COST
: $15 per entry fee, or $10 if you are a member of HSLDA
  Cash Prizes!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
HSLDA Poetry Contest
FYI, the HSLDA also holds Art, Essay and Photo contests during the year!

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The Talking Stick Open House

WHAT: Stop by to talk to staff and participants about our programs. We will be hosting the entire open house at our Garden Classroom. We have several families attending with young people in different age groups, so we are planning to have all ages, all programs meet in one location.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 15

TIME:
10am-noon

WHERE
: The Garden Classroom at Awbury Arboretum (Check the link below for specific directions)

AGE
: programs for ages 4-17

COST
: FREE but kindly RSVP

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Homeschool “Wild” in the City

WHAT: Hike the trails in search of birds and other wildlife that call the nature sanctuary home. Discover signs they leave behind to tell us that they were here, such as scat, tracks, bones and fur!!

WHEN: Thursday, March 30th

TIME:
10 am -noon

WHERE
: Pennypack Environmental Center 8600 Verree Rd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19115

COST
:  $5 per child, please pre-register: Please call 215-685-0470 or email pec@phila.gov for a registration form.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Click Pennypack Environmental Center’s Facebook Page

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A Few Things Outside the City, But Still Great Finds!

 

If you live near the Haverford Library and homeschool, you have a great resource within reach! Have you checked out their classes? If you don’t live near, their webpage has some good information too!

Here’s the link: Haverford Library

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BOWLING

Interested in an outing for your kids, for a good price and daytime hours? How about bowling?

WHAT:  Kids Play Date Bowling


WHERE
: DEVON LANES 300 Lancaster Avenue  Devon, PA 19333

WHEN:  Monday through Friday – Open to 3pm

COST: 2 Games Bowling including shoe rental $8.00 per person (including adults with kids)

FOR MORE INFO:  Check out: Devon Lanes or call 610-688-1920  click on “specials” tab and scroll down

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 YMCA Homeschool Group

WHAT:  Homeschool Group in Lansdowne


WHERE
: Lansdowne YMCA 2110 Garrett Road Lansdowne, PA 19050

WHEN:  Tuesdays, 8 week program

AGES: 4 1/2-12 years old

COST: Members: $45; Community: $90

FOR MORE INFO: Spring Program Guide Scroll down to page 2.

Main Lansdowne YMCA page

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More March Happenings!

Celebrate Pi Day with a robotics adventure!

WHAT: Independence Seaport Museum and Snapology are teaming up to offer a special program featuring LEGO® models with working motors and sensors. Create your own rocking boat as you explore robotics and basic computer programming, and practice critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and collaboration.

WHEN
: Tuesday, March 14

TIME: 
11 am -noon (museum is open from 10am-5pm)

WHERE
: Independence Seaport Museum 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19106

AGE
: 6-12

COST
: FREE!! for Snapology Class, $16 + $1.87 fee for an adult museum entrance (one child FREE!!!), additional children $12. 2 and under are free

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 
Register here
Class size limited to 18. If more sign up, there’s the possibility to have a second class at noon!

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Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts H.S. Workshops

WHEN: March 3rd, includes 45 min tour & 45 min. art lesson
WHERE: 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
TIME: 2 pm – 3:30pm
COST: $10 for non-members; members are free
AGES: All ages
FOR MORE INFO: Please click on this site: PAFA  or email Stephen at scoleman@pafa.org.
There are also FREE afterschool programs for students in grades 9 – 12. Click here for more information: PAFA High School Classes

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Wagner Free Institute of Science

WHEN: March 3rd
WHERE: The Wagner Free Institute of Science of Philadelphia
TIME: 10-1130am
COST: FREE, DONATIONS are appreciated, a donation of $10 per adult and $5 per child is suggested, but any contribution will be appreciated. Pre-registration required

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check out their website by clicking here:
Wagner Free Institute
You can also email or call: (215)763-6529 x 17 or reservations@wagnerfreeinstitute.org

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Penn Museum

WHEN: March 8th (*Please note different week!)
WHERE: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
TIME: 10am-1pm
COST: $12 per child/adult; One adult per family is free; Children 3 and under are free!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: or to register click here Penn Museum or call 215.746.6774

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Bartram’s Garden Science Classes

WHEN: March 14th (NOTE* change of date, due to facilitator training)
WHERE: Bartram’s Garden 5400 LINDBERGH BLVD. PHILADELPHIA, PA 19143
TIME: 10am- noon or 1pm- 3pm
COST: $12 per student; Pre-registration required
AGES: 5-13

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check out their website by clicking here: Homeschool Days
You can also email Leslie at lgale@bartramsgarden.org or call 215-729-5281 ext. 110.

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Uncorked Artist at Peddler’s Village

WHAT: Be guided thru a re-creation of a famous work of art, learn about the featured artist, and have some time to socialize. Come home with a work of art and a hand out for portfolios on the featured subject. Please bring a lunch.
WHEN: March 20th
WHERE: Peddler’s Uncorked Shop & Studio #74 Peddler’s Village Lahaska, PA 18931
TIME: 11am-2pm
COST:
 $20 for the first participant, $15 each additional family member
AGES: 6 and up, if more than 20 kids- they split into two age groups for a class at the same time.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: click HERE

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Target Community Night at The Franklin Institute

WHEN: March 15th
WHERE: The Franklin Institute
TIME: 5pm to 8pm
COST: FREE ADMISSION!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: click on this website: Franklin Institute
Check in at the registration table for chance to win a Free Family Membership!

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