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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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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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More Homeschool events!

Working in Early America 

Homeschoolers Roller Skate Time

WHAT: Come Roller Skate with other homeschoolers

WHEN: Every Monday

WHERE: Palace Roller Skating Center  11586 Roosevelt Blvd.  Philadelphia, PA 19116-3032

TIME: 1030am-1230pm

AGES: all

COST: $8 first child, $4 each additional

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Palace Homeschool Roller Skating


Kidsong at Cairn University

WHAT: an opportunity to learn to develop music skills such as listening, singing, moving, and creating. Children will be instructed by Cairn Music Education Majors under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, Professor and Chair of Music Education, Cairn University.

WHEN:  Tuesdays:  3:30-4:15

WHERE:  Room 108 of the Music Building, 200 Manor Avenue Langhorne, PA 19047

        KIDSONG II:  4TH – 8TH GRADES: Nov. 15 – Dec. 13

COST:  Registration fee of $10 per child to be paid at the first class (Cash or check made out to Cairn University)

FOR MORE INFORMATION and to register: email Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, with subject:  Kidsong!  Please include name of child, age, and phone.


Better Than Benchmarks:How to Maximize a Self-Directed Education

WHEN: Monday, November 28, 2017

WHERE: Philly Free School   2001 Christian Street Philadelphia, PA 19146

TIME: 6-8 pm

COST: FREE! RSVP Please (child care provided IF you RSVP in advance)



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Upcoming in November

–The Blog has a new look! Why don’t you stop by and take a gander?–

The Philadelphia Orchestra

WHAT: School Concerts- open to homeschoolers; 45 minute full orchestra performance
WHERE: Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad Street Phila. 19102
WHEN: Nov. 1st at 12:15
WHO: Grades 3-5
COST: $8 per student, teacher

FOR MORE INFORMATIONPhiladelphia Orchestra School Concerts

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Classes

WHEN: Nov. 2nd; First Wednesday of every month
WHERE: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19130
TIME: 10am to 12 pm
COST: $11 per class non-members; $9 per class members
AGES: Specific class for each age group

FOR MORE INFO: Please click on this site: Art Museum

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Please Touch Museum Discount Admission

WHENNov. 2nd; First Wednesday monthly
WHERE: Please Touch Museum
TIME: 4pm to 7pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION: please click on their calendar on the “First Wednesdays”  events Please Touch Museum

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Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts H.S. Workshops

WHEN: Nov. 4th; First Friday of every month, 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
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: Nov. 4th; 1st Friday each month
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

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Princeton University Concerts

WHAT: Baby Got Bach: Wonderful Winds
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 5th
TIME: 1:00 pm
WHERE: Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
              Woolworth Center, Princeton, NJ 08544
 $10/adults; $5 kids/students
AGES: especially for 3-6 and their families


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Bartram’s Gardens Science Classes

WHEN: Nov. 9th; Second Wednesday of every month
WHERE: Bartram’s Gardens
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 or call 215-729-5281 ext. 110.

Also, those with little kids (ages 2-4) check out their Little Explorers Program which meets the first Wednesday of each month.

Just a note, becoming a member is a great deal! (Little Explorers and Homeschool Days for all kids in your family are included in the membership price!)

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The Franklin Institute

WHEN: Nov. 10th; 2nd Thursday of each month
WHERE: Center City, 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
TIME: 10:30-2:30pm, with free time afterwards to explore
COST: $60 per student (non-member), $55 per student (member)
AGES: 7-14

FOR MORE INFORMATIONThe Franklin Institute
Call 215.448.1200 (Option 5) to reserve your space

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Lenape Chamber Ensemble

WHAT: Concert in the Round
WHEN:  Saturday, Nov. 12, 10-11 am 
TIME: 10-11am 
WHERE: Delaware Life Science Auditorium at Delaware Valley University
700 East Butler Ave. Dowlestown, PA 18901
COST: Children-$2, Adults-FREE!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Lenape Chamber Ensemble

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The Sewing Room

WHAT: Homeschool sewing classes (4 Week Class)
WHEN:  Starts Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016
WHERE: 703 West Ave. Jenkintown, Pa. 19046
TIME: hand sewing for ages 5-9 at 10-12; machine sewing for ages 10-18 at 1-3
COST: $100 for 4 week class


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 The Philadelphia Orchestra

WHAT: Open Rehearsals- open to homeschoolers
WHERE: Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad Street Phila. 19102
WHEN:  Nov. 17 and multiple dates throughout the season at 10:30am-1pm (with a 20                   minute intermission); come at 9:45am for a Pre-Rehearsal Conversation
WHO: mature middle school and high school students (and college)
COSTFREE!! (you may only attend one per season)


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Phil-Mont Christian Academy Theater Department Presents:


WHAT: Set in the 1960’s, this dance-filled musical is not only saturated with catchy tunes, but it also addresses the timely topic of seeking harmony in diversity. The show includes more than 40 roles with students in grades 6-12.

November 16th at 10 am

: 35 Hillcrest Avenue Erdenheim, PA 19038

 FREE!!! rsvp requested
For More Information: Hairspray Matinee

The Nutcracker 

WHAT: Featuring 18 professionals of the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine will be performing and will be supported by a diverse cast of 50 local youth, ages 5 through 22. This showing for the Philadelphia School District and homeschools is presented by the nonprofit International Ballet Exchange.
WHEN: Thursday, December 15th at 10am
WHERE: George Washington High School   10175 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116
COST: $6 per student; You MUST reserve your seats by November 1st.
FOR MORE INFORMATIONnutcracker-ballet-2016
to reserve  your seats call Elaine at 215-694-4564 or Joleen at 215-219-9368

Attend the Pennsylvania Ballet for Free! 

WHAT: Attend a dress rehearsal performance. This one-of-a-kind experience provides students with an up-close look at how the Pennsylvania Ballet prepares to perform in a theater atmosphere.
WHERE: Academy of Music  240 South Broad Street  (Broad & Locust Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19102
WHEN: Le Corsaire- March 2017; Re/Action- May 2017
AGES: grades 5-12th
COST: FREE!! sign up now to reserve your spot
FOR MORE INFORMATION: fill out a form Le Corsaire , Re/Action to pre-register
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Tomorrow and this coming week!

Harvest Festival

WHAT: Live music, Kids activities, Cider pressing, Pumpkins for sale and more

WHERE: Awbury Arboretum

WHEN: This Saturday, October 8 from 11am-3pm


For more information: Harvest Festival


Access to Science Initiative: Opening the Doors to Autism

WHAT: Children on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience our new exhibit, Dinosaurs Unearthed-before the crowds.

Hang out with fellow LEGO-lovers and build dino-inspired creations as part of our Dinosaur Brick Club, “Lego My Dino.” You can also visit with the dinosaurs, explore our children’s discovery center Outside In, and wander through the dioramas at your own pace.

The Academy offers Access to Science events when the museum is open only for families with children on the spectrum. These are scheduled at different times each year.

WHERE: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

WHEN: This Sunday, October 9 from 9-11am

COST: FREE!!  Museum entry is Pay What You Wish; no pre-registration required

For More Information: Academy of Natural Sciences Autism  (Scroll down for the Access to Science Initiative)



Homeschoolers’ Fire Prevention Week Program

WHAT: Homeschoolers, meet your fire safety requirement early this year by joining us for a visit from the Brookline Fire Company during Fire Prevention Week.  Fire fighters will show us their equipment, discuss fire safety and answer your questions.  At the end of the program, you’ll receive a certificate of participation for your portfolio.

WHERE: Held at the Haverford Township Free Library  1601 Darby Road Havertown, PA 19083

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12 11-12pm


Check out the library’s page for more information: Haverford Library Fire Prevention Program  (scroll down)

Also, if you live near here the Haverford Library offers many programs just for homeschoolers! Haverford Library


River Days

WHAT: a six-week series of events celebrating the Delaware River and its tributaries throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. 30 distinct events will provide recreational opportunities and hands-on learning activities to attendees, and teach them about simple steps they can take in order to improve water quality throughout the Delaware River watershed.

Upcoming dates: Wednesday, October 12 and Saturday, Oct 15


Check out the schedule on FacebookRiver Days


Fire Prevention Expo

WHAT: Need some Fire Safety time for your school year? Check out Lower Southampton Township’s Fire Prevention Expo

WHERE: Held at the Feasterville, PA Kmart parking Lot
176 W. Street Road Feasterville, PA 19053

WHEN: Saturday, October 15 noon-4pm


Check out their facebook page for more informationFire Prevention Expo