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Free Ballet and Volunteer Opportunity


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.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 6th at 10am or 12pm; an hour long performance
WHERE: George Washington High School   10175 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116
COST: FREE!!! You must reserve your seats!
FOR MORE INFORMATIONschool-show-midsummer-2017
to reserve  your seats call Elaine at 215-694-4564 or email your information (from the form)


Is your teen looking for some volunteer hours
or would like to watch little ones? 

WHAT: Every Good Gift, a small non-profit, is a job training ministry for young single mothers.  In order to remove barriers to work, the mothers bring their babies and toddlers to work with them.  We are looking for students age 12 and above to help our adult volunteers with child care one day per month or more.

WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 9:30-1:45 with a half hour lunch break

WHERE: Glenside

AGES: 12 and older
FOR MORE INFORMATION: check out Every Good Gift or call Jill Page 215-429-3750.
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Looking Ahead to April



Junior Ranger Day

WHAT: National Park Week kicks off with our annual Junior Ranger Day. Experience life as a child in colonial America–play games, see demonstrations and living history characters, collect NPS centennial trading cards, earn a junior ranger badge, and win prizes.

WHERE: Franklin Court and Independence Mall next to the Liberty Bell Center

WHEN: Saturday, April 15; from 10 am to 2 pm

Cost: FREE

For More Information: Click Here


Homeschool Geography/History Fair

WHAT:  This is a fun time for homeschooled children to showcase their knowledge of a geographical region or era in history without the pressure of being judged for their work.  It is also an easy way to teach children presentation skills in an area they are enthused and excited about.  All participants will receive a participation certificate, and students traveling through the exhibits will receive passports.

WHERE:  Collingdale Christian Family School  814 Andrews Avenue  Collingdale, PA

WHEN:  Saturday, April 22

FOR MORE INFO: Please contact Pat Burns by email at  or by phone at 610-626-4846 if you have a question, or to reserve a table.

  Some guidelines follow:

  • Fair set-up will begin at 9:15 a.m., with the fair opening at 10:00 a.m.  The fair will end at 11:30 a.m., and clean-up must be done by noon.
  • Decide if your exhibit needs a full 2.5′ x 6′ table or half that size.  Tables will be provided.  Tables will need to be covered with a cloth.
  • A tri-fold board is needed to stand in the back of your exhibit, labeled with the title of your exhibit (geographical region or historical period).  Anything else you decide to display—pictures, charts, fact pages–can go here, as well as on the table.  A map of your region is also good for display.
  • Have a rubber stamp and ink pad or stickers available to mark in each student’s “passport” as he/she visits your exhibit.  The stamp should have something to do with the region/era you’re presenting, e.g., an eagle to represent the United States, the Irish flag for Ireland, etc.
  • You may include samples of food to represent your region/era, but this is not necessary.  We used Goldfish crackers one year for our presentation of Japan, and this was a big hit with visitors.  Remember to keep it small and simple.
  • You can hang things from ceiling tiles, play music, do cultural dances, etc.  Children love to dress up in costume, and this is recommended but not required.
  • Someone must be at the exhibit at all times—whether it’s a parent, sibling or friend who has worked on the project.  Know your material and be ready to explain what your visitors are seeing.

You can do as much or as little as you wish.  Some students use art projects they have made, some concentrate on posters, some build models of things to represent their region/era.  Dolls and artifacts are nice to display, but please don’t use something that will devastate you if it is broken or ruined.  This is a very hands-on fair, and children like to touch and taste.  Have fun and enjoy!


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:  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



WHAT: Watch as the sheep are sheared, and learn what is done with the wool. Enjoy hayrides, games, crafts and more.

WHERE: Fox Chase Farm

WHEN:  Saturday, April 29, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

COST: $3.00 Adults and Children




WHAT: How to start homeschooling in Philadelphia informational meeting

WHERE: Northeast Regional Library — Basement Meeting Room,  2228 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149

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



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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.


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

: 7-19

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

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


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


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

: programs for ages 4-17

: FREE but kindly RSVP


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

10 am -noon

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

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

Click Pennypack Environmental Center’s Facebook Page


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



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

WHAT:  Kids Play Date Bowling

: 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


 YMCA Homeschool Group

WHAT:  Homeschool Group in Lansdowne

: 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.

: Tuesday, March 14

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

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

: 6-12

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

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
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

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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)
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.

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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
 $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.


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Target Community Night at The Franklin Institute

WHEN: March 15th
WHERE: The Franklin Institute
TIME: 5pm to 8pm

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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Upcoming March Events

Don’t forget Wednesday and Thursday’s FREE Trial Gymnastics Class at Flip Out Productions!

See this POST for the event flier!


James and The Giant Peach Matinee


Phil-Mont’s Arts Dept. will be presenting the theater production of James and the Giant Peach with a special Matinee performance on March 1 at 10 AM.
Home School families interested in reserving seats for that show may complete this form to register (seating will be limited).

Phil-Mont’s production features students from grades 9-12 as it follows the imaginative journey of a young orphan, James Trotter, and his newfound bug friends. This dramatic adaptation of Roald Dahl’s literary classic will also feature great costumes, unique set-designs, and black light special effects. The play adaption was created by Richard R. George from the original book by Roald Dahl, and the presentation is in agreement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock New York.

Interested in sharing this event with your friends or school community? Forward this email or share in local forums.


Don’t forget to check out the Philly Contraption Contest

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

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

WHEN:  Saturday, March 18

FOR MORE INFO:  Please click on this site:


Annual Book Sale at Church of the Saviour

When?  – Monday, March 27th from 6 to 9 p.m.
Sponsored by? – SALT and PEPPER home schoolers
Where? – Church of the Saviour  651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087
Want to sell? – contact Lori at
   More details to follow.  This is a sale you do not want to miss. 


Pennsbury Manor Homeschool Day 



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Gymnastics Spring Open House


*When arriving, there is a gate at the street with a large, black Flip Out Productions sign. Walk up the large concrete alleyway, pass through a “fancy” gate, turn right and enter ‘The Barn’ through the large wooden door!


For the month of February,
The National Museum of American Jewish History
is FREE!!!!

Check out the information HERE




Take a look at Wissahickon Environmental Center’s calendar also HERE. Scroll down to the Public Programs. They offer tons of FREE events and outings for your family!