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Upcoming at Penn Museum

Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Archeological Adventure 

WHAT: Explore the science behind archaeology and conservation

WHEN: Wednesday, July 11th

WHERE: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19104

TIME: 10am-1pm

: $12 per child/adult; One adult per family is free; Children 3 and under are free!

or to register click here Penn Museum or call 215.746.6774

Check out the dates below for the upcoming 2018-2019 Archaeologic Adventures Homeschool Day Programs

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Penn Museum of
Archaeology and Anthropology 

NEW for Teens!

Introducing Exploring the Past, a new program designed for older Homeschool and Cyber School students. Join us for an introduction to the field of Archaeology and discover the many ways we learn about the past. More information will be available later this summer on our Homeschool & Cyber School Groups webpage.

Exploring the Past

Friday, September 14, 2018, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Program costs: $15 per student/ adult, One complimentary adult per student

What is archaeology and why is it important? Artifacts from the past can tells us the unwritten stories of ancient people. Preserving and conserving these artifacts is crucial to the research and studying archaeologists do to discover details of the past. Meet experts, explore the galleries, and take part in interactive workshops that bring history to life!

This is a pilot program. With enough interest, we hope to schedule sessions in the spring that explore more topics related to archaeology!

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Save the Date for Upcoming
Archaeological Adventures for 2018-2019!

Myths around the World

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Uncover stories about gods and mythical creatures from across the globe – they may be more familiar than you think!

Egypt All the Time

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Learn about mummies, daily life, and more by exploring the world of ancient Egypt.

Mesopotamia Madness

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Think like an archaeologist and piece together the story of ancient Mesopotamia and the earliest cities.

Exploring China & Japan

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Travel the Asian continent to find out more about both ancient life and modern traditions.

Technically Speaking

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Discover the techniques and tools used by ancient engineers and craftspeople to create the artifacts in our collection.

Click HERE  for more information.

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Check Out Penn Museum’s Online Resources

Discover more of the Penn Museum’s treasure trove of teaching materials online! Our educational resources can be used to supplement your lessons, get your students ready to visit the museum, or even as a capstone to review what they’ve learned. Use the Trip Planner to review Museum Rules with your students.

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Science Happenings

Check out the events coming the end of April at the Philadelphia Science Festival

WHEN: April 20-28

WHERE: Various locations throughout the city!


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April 30 is 2 weeks away! That’s the deadline to submit your art work for this year’s Wondernawe Art Contest!

Click on the image below to see all the details!

2018 art contest

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Citywide Star Party

WHAT:  People all across the Delaware Valley turn their eyes to the skies for a one-night-only citywide celebration of the cosmos! Join your friends and neighbors to stare at the stars, contemplate the constellations, and be amazed by astronomy-right in your own backyard. Local astronomers will bring dozens of telescopes to 20+ stargazing sites across the region to educate and inspire us all to better understand our universe.

WHEN:  Friday, April 20

TIME:  6- 10 pm

WHERE:  Various Locations throughout the city; Four sites at Historic Germantown – Awbury ArboretumHistoric Fair HillWyck, and Grumblethorpe – will be participating in this exciting event! For information on the different programs at each individual site, click the site’s name above.


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I thought I would share one event that
I am particularly interested in:

WHAT:  Independence National Historical Park and the Franklin Institute have teamed up to create a hands-on STEM event for school children as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival.  The hands-on activities will encompass everything from astronomy and archaeology to engineering and mathematics.    The 25+ activity providers will be located at tables throughout the park, so students will also be able to see some of the park attractions (like the Liberty Bell) along the way. It is a “don’t miss” experience.

WHEN:  Thursday, April 26, rain-or-shine event.

TIME:  10am to 2pm

WHO:  All the activities are geared to a 4th grade audience.

WHERE:  Science in the National Park will take place at Independence National Historical Park (home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall)

COST: FREE!!!!   

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Click on this link to Science in the National Park

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If you have a 4th grader or upcoming 4th grader,
check out this past post on the National Park’s Every Kid in a Park Program

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2-Day LIVE Science Lab


WHAT:  Give your student a full year of hands-on lab experiments in 2 fun-filled days! Everything they need for science success will be provided. Lab manual, apron, gloves, equipment, supplies, specimens, energetic LIVE teacher and new friends!! All your student will need to bring is something to write with, a calculator and a sack lunch with a water bottle.

WHEN: June 21-22

TIME:  9 am-5 pm

WHERE:  Media, PA

INSTRUCTOR:  One of the former Landry intensive teachers, Lori Higgins

COST: $295, early-bird pricing available depending when you sign up

AGES: geared towards 12-18 years old, or 8-12 grade students

FOR MORE INFO: HIScience Learning or check out photos on their facebook page!

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 Don’t forget to pass along the following! 

WHAT:  Homeschooling in Philadelphia Info Meeting

Tuesday, May 15th

Meeting begins at 6:30 pm.  Group leaders will discuss their programs beginning at 7 pm.  Meeting ends by 9 pm.

 Northeast Community Church, 3300 Tyson Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149

email Angela Chung at

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If you have any questions or would like to contact me please send me an email:
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John Heinz Homeschool Day and Review

Have you ever visited the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge located near the Philly Airport? Yes, you read that correctly, a wildlife refuge near an airport AND here in our great city!! 

Read on to view a local bird, a review of the refuge (both by a local homeschooler!) and information for the upcoming homeschool day hosted by John Heinz. 


180110 great blue heron emma

drawn by homeschooler Emma R., Age 10

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The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Delta, American Airlines, and South-West are not the only ones who fly, in and out of Philladelphia. Rite beside the air port thousands of migrating birds come flying in and out of the John Heinz Natial wildlife Refuge.

The John Heinz Natial Wildlife Refuge is a large area of land and water, woods and marsh, at the mouth of Darby creek where it flows into the Delaware river, which soon flows into the Ocen. Because of it’s location Heinz has both tidal waters from the ocen, and fresh water from Darby crek. The Heinz Refuge is a easy place to go for Free! And theres lots to explore.

Heinz has a lot of helpful guides who will take you on a bird walks, Butterfly walks, and tree walks, and show you Nature and cool things you can learn. Sometimes Heinz offers special events for school children, and other special day events like, the fall festival, fishing day, groundhog day, and astronomy nights. Sometimes Heinz invites the Philladelphia zoo or the Franklin Institute to do Presentation. Look on the enternet for “Heinz Refuge calendar of events,” or find “John Heinz Wildlife Refuge” on Face Book.

There is a lot of things you can do by your self at the Heinz Refuge. Go for a jog or ride your bike on the trails. You could even take a picnic. Look for birds and nests in the trees, (Don’t freget to borrew a binocular at the front desk.) or stumble apon a turtle laying eggs. For several years bald eagles have nested on an island in the middle of the marsh! Go fishing, that sounds like fun! But if you cech a snake head fish you sould kill it. (That’s a rule!)

Any seson of the year The John Heinz Natinal Wildlife Refuge is a loveliy place to get lost in a beautiful place of Nature.

Emma R., age 10

Philadelphia resident, and Frequent Heinz Visitor

December 2017

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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Homeschool Day

WHAT:  John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is excited to announce or Spring Nature Discovery Day for homeschool/cyber school children!  This time around we will be exploring what Spring has to offer, including an insect study, tree science and more! Journals made by the kids will be used throughout the day to record their findings, ideas and reflections, and sent home with them at the end.
We encourage students to attend the full duration of the program as they will be placed in groups that will rotate through a series of lessons.  Parents/Guardians are invited to explore the refuge while their children learn.  With over 10 miles of trails, the refuge is a great place to walk, run, bike or view wildlife!

WHEN:Wednesday, April 25

TIME:  9:00 AM-1:00 PM

WHERE: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge  8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19153.

WHO:  geared towards upper elementary aged students, but all are welcome!


FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER:  Registration closes on April 18th, but we do have a limited number of spots and expect them to fill up quickly!  To register, send an email to with the child’s name and age as well as contact information for a parent/guardian, or via phone at 267-969-3218.

Things to know:

-Event is rain or shine!

-Dress for the weather and environment; closed toed shoes recommended.

-Students will need to bring their own bagged lunch (no food options on site).

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The deadline (April 30) is fast approaching for this year’s Wondernawe Art Contest!
Don’t forget to submit your art work! 

2018 art contest

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Don’t forget to pass along the following! 

WHAT:  Homeschooling in Philadelphia Info Meeting
WHEN:  Tuesday, May 15th
TIME:  Meeting begins at 6:30 pm.  Group leaders will discuss their programs beginning at 7 pm.  Meeting ends by 9 pm.
WHERE:  Northeast Community Church, 3300 Tyson Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149
FOR MORE INFORMATION: email Angela Chung at

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If you have any questions or would like to contact me please send me an email:

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March Events

Kidsong II

WHAT:  An opportunity for middle schoolers to learn to develop music skills such as playing instruments, listening, singing, moving, and creating

WHEN:  Tuesdays, March 27-April 24 (5 weeks)

TIME:  3:30-4:15

WHERERoom 108 of the Music Building
Cairn University 200 Manor Avenue Langhorne, PA 19047

WHO: Middle School Students in 4th-8th grade will be instructed by Cairn Music Education Majors under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, Professor and Chair of Music Education, Cairn University

COST: $10 per child to be paid at the first class (Family Rate:  $25)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Dr. Wolf: or 215-702-4323

TO REGISTER: email Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, Please include student’s name, age, and phone.  Registration Deadline*: March 20th

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Kidsport Gym Class



WHAT: Physical education program for homeschoolers

  • Ages 5-7 Kidsport kids explore how and where the body moves. Students participate in manipulative activities using bats and balls, jump ropes and jump boxes, hoops and scooters, gator balls, parachutes, and games galore!
  • Ages 8-17 Kidsport kids learn to lead healthy, active lives. Students take part in fantastic fitness activities, team-building challenges, tennis, volleyball, flag football, soccer, rapid relays, speedstacks, juggling, softball, capture the flag, gymnastics, aerobics, and much more!

WHERE: Cairn University 200 Manor Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047

WHEN:  Tuesdays – March 20th, 27th, April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

TIME:  1:30 – 3:00pm

AGES: 5 – 17   Grades K – 12

COST:  $30.00 per student;  $70.00 max per family

Enrollment is limited to 100 students.

FOR MORE INFO:  Click HERE or email or call 215.702.4283

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Are you looking for help with homeschooling your 7th-12th grader? Check out Greystone Academy


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Homeschool Day at Milton Hershey

WHAT:  Bring your kids to The Hershey Story and discover all things Hershey — the man, his business, the town, and the chocolate — in an active, hands-on way! Our unique programs reach far beyond history to include economics, geography, science, math and reading.

Milton Hershey’s Cuba: A Sweet Venture in Sugar, 1916-1946
Experience the newest special exhibit and learn about Milton Hershey’s other model town – Hershey, Cuba!  Plus, make a delicious candy bar in the Chocolate Lab, as you learn more about sugar, Hershey and Cuba.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28

TIME: 9 am- 1 pm

WHERE: 63 West Chocolate Avenue Hershey, PA 17033

WHO: 3 and up

COST: $10 per person (ages 2 and under are free)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Homeschool Day

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WHAT:  Exciting new dance class experience on Saturdays where you can dance along with your own created virtual dance choreography and share on social media as well as in public performance. Improve your social media savvy and dance technique. Use these new skills in a high tech performance combining dance and coding.

WHEN: Saturdays

TIME: 12 pm- 2:30 pm

WHERE: Community Education Center (CEC) 3500 Lancaster Avenue

WHO: Teen Girls 13-18


Check out West Park Cultural Center’s Summer Camps also!

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Everything About Orchids


WHAT: Join us for a new learning experience at Longwood Gardens. We are excited to present Everything About Orchids to our guests as a free online open course. Whether you are new to orchids or a seasoned grower, this class will offer valuable insights from the experts at Longwood Gardens, one of the great gardens of the world.

Learn more about Longwood’s outstanding orchid collection and how you can grow and enjoy orchids in your own home. You will learn about different types of orchids, their cultural needs, and how to use these plants in your home, in floral designs, and even in the landscape! Many other topics will be covered!This massive open online course (MOOC) is self-paced and is open for participants to join at any time. Learn through video lectures, discussion forums, and opportunities for interaction with the instructors. The course also offers you a chance to share your growing experiences with fellow enthusiasts. We look forward to learning together.

WHEN: Enroll Now- May 6th

WHERE: at your home, at your convenience

WHO: anyone interested in learning about Orchids!


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE to see more details and enroll

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Jr. Master Gardeners

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The Four Seasons

a ballet to the music of Antonio Vivaldi

WHAT:  This fully staged ballet interprets the passage of the seasons through the Greek myth of Persephone, whose annual journey to and from the Underworld marks the passage of spring, summer, fall, and winter. The Four Seasons provides a wonderful context for studying science (why do we have seasons?), ecology, language arts, geography, and more.

With guest artists and a youth cast from Wissahickon Dance Academy in Germantown, Northeast High School, Blaine Elementary School, and Willard Elementary School, the ballet is performed exclusively for the students of the Philadelphia schools. All educators will receive a free guide to the ballet with pre- and post-performance activities designed deepen students’ experience of this living art.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
TIME: 10:15-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Northeast High School  1601 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111
Book now! Email this form to; fax to 215-849-3117; or call Elaine Cohen at 215-694-4564
School name:_______________________________________________________________
School address:_____________________________________________________________
Primary contact: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___________________________________________________________
Phone: __________________________ email: ___________________________________
Number of students: ________________
Additional teachers’ names and e-mail addresses:
Number of chaperones ____________ (max 2 per class)
Schools must arrange their own busing to/from the performance
Please ensure that your students arrive and are seated by 10 a.m.
International Ballet Exchange
38 E. School House Lane, Philadelphia PA 19144
IBE has been bringing great ballet to the Philadelphia public schools through its unique program of in-school ballet lessons and performances since 1988.

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Maple Sugaring Festivals 

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association
Maple Sugaring Festival

WHAT: Learn how maple syrup and sugar are made – a delicious and fun way to make science come alive! WVWA offers a very special winter event that is ideal for families, scout groups and anyone curious about the maple sugaring process.  Guides take small groups through the woods to see the tapped trees and then watch it being boiled into sugar. End your walk at WVWA’s historic headquarters for hot chocolate and warm treats with maple syrup. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.  Last tour leaves at 3:00 p.m.

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, 2018

TIME: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Ambler, PA

COST: WVWA Members: $5 adult/$3 child (12 years and under); Non-Members: $10 adult/$5 child (12 years and under)
*Registrations requested


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Tyler Arboretum
Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Celebration

WHAT: The spirit of winter is alive and well at Tyler Arboretum as we invite you to bundle up and join us in celebrating with some outdoor fun. Walk through our maple sugaring stations to explore how the tasty topping is turned from sap into syrup. The festivities don’t stop there! Satisfy your appetite with our famous all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Rain or shine event, snow date March 3.

WHEN: Saturday February 24.  Snow date: Saturday, March 3

TIME: 8:00 AM  –  1:00 PM

WHERE: Tyler Arboretum  515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063

: $16 adult; $10 Child (ages 3-12); Child (ages 2- under) FREE


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Fox Chase Farm
Maple Sugar Day

WHAT: Visit Fox Chase Farm to learn the process of maple sugaring, watch the making of maple candy, and sample pancakes with pure maple syrup. Crafts & Storytelling. Maple products will also be for sale.

WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2018

TIME: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

WHERE: Fox Chase Farm

COST: $3.00 Adults and Children

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Fox Chase Farm Events

Fox Chase Farm also offers homeschool group field trips for Maple Sugaring.
Gather a group and check them out!

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Wissahickon Environmental Center
Maple Sugar Day

WHAT:  Join the Wissahickon Environmental Center for Maple Sugar Day and see maple sugaring demonstrations throughout the event. Attendees can try pancakes with real maple syrup, taste test multiple pancake toppings and sample fresh maple candy. Pennsylvania Maple Syrup products will be available for purchase.

WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018

TIME:11 AM – 3 PM

WHERE: Wissahickon Environmental Center 300 W Northwestern Ave.  19118

COST: FREE! No Registration Needed.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click on their Facebook Page

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Tree to table maple sugaring

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Silver Lake Nature Center
Maple Syrup Time

WHAT: Explore the outdoors at Silver Lake Nature Center. Learn the basic steps of how tree sap can be turned into delicious syrup.  Taste some samples and help in the process of making this wonderful delight.  Be prepared for outdoor exploring!

WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018

TIME: 1 PM – 2 PM

WHERE: Silver Lake Nature Center 1306 Bath Rd. Bristol, PA 19007

COST: The price is $2 per member, $3 per person non-member.


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Norristown Farm Park
Sugar Maple Trees

WHAT: Meet at the Pavilions at Norristown Farm Park and attend an informative and fun program on Maple Sugar Trees. Families will see maple sugar trees and learn how American Indians extracted their maple sugar as well as hear the legend about the discovery of maple sap. Kids will discover how maple syrup is made from the sap and have the opportunity to taste maple sugar and maple syrup as well as compare it to commercial brands. Maple candy will be available for purchase.

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, 2018

TIME: 2 pm-3 pm

WHERE: Norristown Farm Park 2500 Upper Farm Rd Norristown, PA 19403

COST: This is a FREE event! Registration is required. The event is geared toward adults and children ages 6 and up.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Montco. Events Listing; or Norristown Farm Park


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Churchville Nature Center
Maple Sugar Day and Pancake Breakfast

WHAT: The Maple Sugar Day hosted by Churchville Nature Center features education on the process for making maple syrup from the sap of a maple tree. There will be interactive stations demonstrating each step from collecting sap to making the syrup for visitors to explore. Attendees can register for the pancake breakfast featuring yummy maple syrup.The Center is looking for families who would like their trees tapped for collecting sap. Participating families will receive free pancake breakfast tickets.

WHEN: Sunday, February 25, 2018

TIME: 11 am (Pancake Breakfast), 1 pm (Program)

WHERE: Churchville Nature Center 501 Churchville Ln Churchville, PA 18966

COST: The Maple Sugar Program Tickets are $5/per person. The pancake breakfast is $10/per person.

FOR REGISTRATION & MORE INFORMATION: Click Churchville Nature Center Calendar

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Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center
Maple Sugaring

WHAT: This interactive hands-on Maple Sugaring event will get the entire family involved. Held at the Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center, it will educate on the procedures of maple sugar production.

WHEN: March 3 & 4, 2018; and March 10 & 11, 2018

TIME: Saturdays 3 & 10: 1 pm-2:30 pm; Sundays 4 & 11: 1:30 pm-3 pm

WHERE: Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center  355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd Titusville, NJ 08560

COST:  Registration is required. This is a FREE event!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Washington Crossing State Park Events