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Summer Ideas 2018

Are you looking for some activities or things to do this summer? Philadelphia is a city full of fantastic summer activities!  Here are a just a few:

  1. Summer Reading Game at your local Philadelphia library.  Kids “from birth to 12th grade” are encouraged to read books at their local library.  You can participate online or in person at the library. It’s FREE!  Check this website for more information:  Summer of Wonder

  2. Palace Roller Skating Rink Family Fun Night. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 PM. Up to 5 members of a family. 1 PARENT MUST attend.  $30 includes rentals a pizza & a pitcher of soda.  Single admission is $4, skate rental $3 if you have more than 5 in your family/group. Palace Roller Skating Rink
  3. Upper Darby Performing Arts Theatre.  If your kids like drama, this is a great program and its very inexpensive.  This year’s shows include The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr., The Lion King Jr.,  A Year With Frog and Toad and several others.   Check out this website for more information: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

  4. It’s not too late to sign your kids up for Summer Camp.  There are numerous great Christian camps out there.  Some great Christian Camps:  Spruce Lake Christian Wilderness CampCamp Iroquoina (Christian) Soccer CampHigh Point Christian Camp and Camp Haycock.

  5. 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.
  6. Free  Movies:   Families can watch movies for FREE!! at Penn’s Landing and the Schuylkill Banks.  Check out these links for more information: Schuylkill Banks Movie Nights
  7. $1 Movies at select Regal Theatres.  Tuesday or Wednesday. There are a few near Philadelphia.  Check out this link: Regal Cinemas
  8. 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 two free shows this summer.  Check out this link for more details: the Mann.
  9. Don’t forget to take your kids parking! To the Fairmount Park system, that is! Take a bike ride, a hike or a picnic, this great park system gives families the opportunity to “get out of the city” while they’re still in it.  The Pennypack TrailWissahickon Valley ParkDelaware River Waterfront and Fairmount Park
  10. 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 July 17th and Aug. 21th from 5 to 8pm.  Check out this link for more details: Community Nights
  11. 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: Barnes & Noble Free Book
  12. Kids can bowl for FREE at participating bowling alleys.  Check out this link for more information: Kids Bowl Free
  13. Kids learn to make movies for FREE at “Apple Camp” at Apple Retail stores.  Ages 8-12, 90 minutes for 3 days. There are a few nearby.  Check out this link for more information: Apple Camp
  14. $5 Michael’s Crafts camps for kids: 7 weeks of camp to chose from held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, ages 3 and up Camp Creativity.  They also have inexpensive summer classes for teens and adults: Michaels Classes
  15. Kids Workshops at Home Depot: Select Saturdays, adults can visit a Home Depot with child to make a craft, receive a certificate, apron and pin! Home Depot
  16. Free Roller Skating: Kids can receive free roller skating passes if parents register their email address with a participating rink, located in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Click here for participating locations and details: Kids Skate Free
  17. Check out Uncovering PA for “The Ultimate List of Completely Free Things to do in Philadelphia”.
  18. And don’t forget to check out Visit as they always have great things listed!

Hope some of these ideas are helpful to you! What do you do in Philly over the summer?

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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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Annual End of the Year Homeschool Hangout

You are invited!!!!

2018 Annual End of the Year Homeschool Hang Out!

WHAT:  Come join other homeschoolers for a day of playing and talking in the park!

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 5th   Raindate: Tuesday, June 12th

TIME: 11-1:30 (or whenever you want to leave)

WHERE:  Wall Park in Elkins Park, PA. Located on Church Road in Cheltenham Township, near the corner of Old York Road and Church Road. To see a map of the area, click HERE.


  • Lots of water
  • Balls, Rackets, Baseball Gloves, Skateboards, Scooters, etc.  Whatever your kids like to do!
WHY:  For Fun!  This event is open to anyone!  If you have friends interested in homeschooling and want to find out more about it, please invite them!

  • Beautiful, clean playground
  • Large field for soccer, other sports
  • Sandbox
  • Additional toddler playground area
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Court
  • Skate Park (for skateboards, scooters, and trick bikes)
    Hope you can make it!
    If you’d like to send a message to let the organizer, Rossana Jaffe, know you are coming, she’d love to hear from you!  You can send her an email at  Thanks!
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looking for a few things to do??

Science in the Summer

WHAT: GSK Science in the Summer, is a fun and 100% free science education program for elementary school students entering second through sixth grades. It’s sponsored by GSK and offered through national science centers, community centers and libraries across the country.

This summer, led by certified teachers, students will experience the Science of Space through fun, hands-on activities that teach them about Earth’s moon, the sun, the stars, space travel and more.

  • Level 1 classes are perfect for second and third graders.
  • Level 2 classes are ideal for students entering fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
  • Pre-registration is required for all locations.
  • Class sizes are limited.

WHEN: at various dates throughout the city

TIME: 10-12 am for Level 1 Classes
1-3 pm for Level 2 Classes

WHERE: held at your local library



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WHAT: Notgrass History is producing a new history curriculum for students in grades 1-4. One component of the curriculum is a collection of songs, poems, and dances from American history. We would like to feature one poem written by a homeschooled student about homeschooling.
If your child would like to participate, have them write a poem of at least eight lines.
WHEN: Entry Deadline is JUNE 15
WHO: Homeschooled students of any age may enter.
PRIZE: The author of the poem selected for publication will receive an award of $250.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE to submit your poem!

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WHAT:  Join us this summer for a week filled with Wonder and Awe as we learn to look, create, and have fun!

Immerse your student in creativity this summer!  We invite you to our week-long art camp where students will learn and improve their artistic skills by drawing, painting, and bookbinding.  Campers will also participate in a community mural, learn art history and have free creative time during our “maker’s space” sessions.
Each day will be filled with wonder as we explore various media together and awe, as we appreciate what artists have contributed throughout history and enjoy what our fellow campers create!
WHEN: July 16th – July 20th
TIME: 9am-3pm
WHERE:  Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church   235 Summit Ave.  Fort Washington, PA 19034
WHO: Students Ages 9 to 14
COST: $160 per child (there is a discount!!– click on the official link below!)


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Some May Events

Thriving in High School and Beyond

WHAT: HSLDA High School Symposium:  Home School Legal Defense and your local Classical Conversations Communities invite you to this one-day symposium to learn about the manageable requirements and rich opportunities and resources available for home-educated teens and their families.

HSLDA High School Consultant, Carol Becker, will share a series of workshops covering record-keeping, college admissions, as well as the flexibility and enriching opportunities available to teen-aged homeschoolers.

An experienced panel of educators and parents will share tips and field your questions. Other home-educating families and local Classical Conversations directors will be there to learn alongside with support and encouragement.

WHEN: Saturday, May 12

TIME: 9 am- 3:45 pm

WHERE: 80 Lower Silver Lake Road  Newtown, PA 18940

COST: This entire day of workshops is provided for $15/family. Childcare is offered without charge but an offering is appreciated. Lunch will be available to order that day, or feel free to pack your own. Looking forward to learning together!


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How to Start Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Informational Meeting:

WHAT: Hosted by yours truly, Sarah Lambert, and my friend, Angela Chung. We will have some presenters from various groups and activities for homeschoolers. Shawn Baker, the Homeschool Supervisor of the Philadelphia School District, will be sharing and available for questions. If you are interested in homeschooling, have some questions as to how to go about it, want to learn more about the resources here in Philadelphia, or need to connect with some veteran homeschoolers, then this is the place for you or your friends to be!

Meeting Will Cover the Following Topics:

  • Benefits of Homeschooling,
  • Required Paperwork (by law)
  • Homeschool Education: Statistics to Prove it Works
  • Traditional Homeschooling / Virtual Charter Schools
  • Curriculum Options
  • What about Socialization?
  • Support Groups for Parents & Kids
  • Classes/Activities/Programs for Homeschoolers in Philly
  • Questions and Answers about Homeschooling

WHEN: Tuesday, May 15

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

WHERE: Northeast Community Church – Basement Chapel

3300 Tyson Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19149

COST: Free!!!!

PLEASE RSVP TO: Angela Chung ( by 5/8/2018 so we have an idea of how many to expect.

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 Jewish History Museum Free Fridays!

WHAT: Come explore the only museum dedicated to telling the more than 360-year history of Jews in America, located here in Philadelphia!

WHEN: any Friday through August

TIME: 1-5 pm

WHERE: National Museum of American Jewish History 101 S Independence Mall E  Phila. 19106


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click here for their Facebook Page or their main website

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ACES Spring Registration Open!

WHAT:  Come explore science at U. Penn. Our mission is to enable the active scientific exploration of the young people in our local community!  We understand that sometimes, science can seem boring to kids. We’re here to help students see how fun and interesting science can be!  Each ACES program features the following:

  • Six hands-on experiments
  • A lab notebook containing questions and observation sections about the day, as well as instructions for take-home versions of all the experiments
  • A streamlined online registration process
  • A certificate of participation for each student, with a skills list
  • Exciting introductory and wrap-up demonstrations
  • A participant survey, with a raffle for a chemistry set
  • A parent feedback survey

WHEN: Saturday, May 19th

TIME: 1-4:15 pm

WHERE:  231 S 34th St.   Phila 19104

WHO: 3rd-8th grade co-ed students



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CHAP Homeschool Convention

WHAT:  Looking for a homeschool convention?

WHEN: Saturday, June 1-2

WHERE:  Lancaster Convention Center 25 South Queen St.  Lancaster, PA 17603



 Just a side note, ENOCH of New Jersey is not holding their convention this year.
They are referring people to CHAP. You can find their announcement here.

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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: