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TOMORROW or TODAY

Depending on when you read this!

FOCUS GROUP: 5th Grade Educators Wanted

WHAT: Are you a 5th grade teacher in a private, public, parochial, charter or Mission school? Are you homeschooling one or more students working at the 5th grade level and focusing on the American Revolution? We, Museum of the American Revolution, want your opinion!

Join us to explore digital interactives within our exhibit and help us imagine how these can be translated into an online resource for you and your students.

WHEN: TONIGHTWednesday, November 28: Homeschooling Educators

TIME: 4:30 to 6:30* pm; Light refreshments will be provided. All participants will receive a $25 gift card as a thank you for your time.

WHERE: 101 South Third Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Space is limited. To RSVP, please email education@amrevmuseum.org and provide your name, type of school, school name and school district or homeschooling association (if applicable), and years teaching.

*If you have already visited the museum with your students, please indicate whether you would be willing to stay for an additional focus group that evening. We will ask you to share your thoughts on other stories and elements from the exhibits that you would like to see translated into online digital resources. Participating educators will receive an additional gift.

Your input will be invaluable to our work creating educational resources for students and educators at a national level.

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Check out the Blog!

Head on over to the actual blog, not just an email in your inbox!
And see what’s been added!

It’s taken quite some time but all in ONE click you can click on a website to (MOST) every place that has been listed on the blog at some point!! Whew!!! Check out the Quick Links Tab. 

All in ONE spot, to this organized crazy woman, that’s awesome!! Use this to find some classes you could organize and visit with a group of homeschoolers!

And scroll to the very end to find links to each of the Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips posts! (7 sets of great trip lists!) 6 years of posts!!!!

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Newly added is also a listing of “all known to me” Annual Homeschool Days. Check on the tab with the same title to see that listing! Most are located here in Philly, but I did throw in some a little further away.

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Do you have a teen or soon to be homeschooling thru high school? Check out the Teen Tab for a listing of Internships, Classes, Programs, Dual Enrollment, and Diploma Programs!

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Looking for a class for your homeschooler to take? There’s a growing list of locations that offer homeschool specific classes (some at great discounts!). Check out the Classes Tab! This list is continually being added to, as new classes are being created all over the city! There are so many opportunities! There are some local establishments that offer a discount to homeschoolers to visit during certain times (not necessarily a class).

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Are you looking to join a co-op, group or some sort of support network for yourself and your child? Check out the growing list of groups in and around Philadelphia that other homeschoolers are involved in at the Groups/Co-ops Tab.

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Do you need some encouragement on this homeschooling Journey? Check out the Christian Encouragement Tab for a listing of past posts written by Gwen Fredette over the years!

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Do you have a little one or a friend with some littles that’s considering homeschooling, or has some big kids and some littles in the mix that need some structure to the day? Check out the Toddlers, Pre-K Tab for a full FREE! 35 day plan for teaching them, keeping them busy and enjoying them during your day!

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Again, these are all ‘known to me’. I am sure I have missed a few in every spot. Would you shoot me an email or comment and let me know what you have participated in or know about so it can be added to bless other homeschoolers who find this blog? Thanks!

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upcoming classes

KNITTING

WHAT:  Learn to Knit! Your child will learn about different fibers and where they come from, basic knitting stitches, how to read a pattern, and how to knit in the round using both double pointed and circular needles. They will be making a cotton dish cloth and a hat. Students are responsible for their own supplies, about $30, use my contact information below for a full list.

WHEN: 10 week course on Tuesdays starting November 28th

TIME: 11 am to noon

WHERE:  Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard St, Philadelphia

COST: $200 with a nonrefundable deposit of $50. The class size is limited to 10 children, but if there is enough interest I may be able to book another class.

AGES: 9 and up

FOR MORE INFO: and to sign up, please contact Jennifer Crimmins at Knittykeen@gmail.com.

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DRAWING TECHNIQUES

uncorked artist

WHAT: Join Terri Waterman as she guides you through 4 weeks of drawing techniques that will have you on your way to creating awesome pictures all your own!

Week One : Faces ( composition and techniques)
Week Two : Upside Down Drawing Technique
Week Three: Contour Drawing
Week Four : Pointalism
You will need to provide your own sketch pad and pencils. We will have professional supplies on hand that the kids can experiment with during class.
You will recieve a summary for each workshop that can be included in your portfolio on what was covered.

WHEN: 4 Tuesdays in November (come as many as you want)

TIME: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

WHERE:  held at the beautiful and newly renovated Uncorked Artist Studio in Warminster, PA Located at 1414 Old York Rd

COST: $15- ($10 additional sibling); Pay up front for ALL 4 weeks you will receive $10 TOTAL off of the class fee. Payment can be made online via paypal to: Coyne4now@aol.com  Please choose friends and family so no fees are incurred. If you want to pay in person, you can bring cash the day of the class.

AGES:  8 and Up (This is open to kids AND adults!!! )

FOR MORE INFO: Please contact Wendy at gogreenwithwendy@gmail.com

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2-3D DIGITAL FABRICATION

WHAT:  Home School Makerspace Creative Time with Terrence Scott Cooper. Learn how to use the Laser Cutter and 3D printer in our Innovation Center. Create gears, animal sculptures and other three dimensional objects. Materials are provided.

WHEN: Tuesdays, January 16-February 13

TIME: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

WHERE:  Abington Art Center 515 Meetinghouse Rd, Jenkintown, PA 19046

COST: $125/$115 members

AGES: 7-12

FOR MORE INFO: Innovation Center Info; Abington Art Center information will be posted in December on their website; contact Marge Horner with interest at mhorner@abingtonartcenter.org

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Annual Homeschool Days

Valley Forge Homeschool Days

WHAT:  Valley Forge Homeschool Days

WHERE: 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406

WHEN: a day in the Fall and Spring

TIME: 9, 1130, or 230

COST: FREE!!

OTHER:  Pre-Registration required 2 weeks in advance!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site.

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Adventure Aquarium Homeschool Weeks

WHAT:  Adventure Aquarium Homeschool Weeks

WHERE: 1 Riverside Drive Camden, NJ 08103

WHEN: usually a week in each month!

COST: $13.50 per person

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site.

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National Constitution Center (Free Admission)

WHAT:  Constitution Day (FREE Admission!)

WHERE:  National Constitution Center525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106

WHEN:  Observed on a day near September 17th

COST:  Free!

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site.

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Homeschool Festival/Day, 18th Century Plantation

WHAT:  Homeschool Festival

WHERE:  Graeme Park, 859 County Line Rd, Horsham, PA

WHEN: September 10am – 2pm

COST:  $6 per person

FOR MORE INFO:  Click here to check out their website.

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Smithsonian Day/ Museum Day Live

WHAT:  The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free.

WHERE:  multiple museums around the country; 5-10 in or near Philly!

WHEN: September

COST: FREE!!

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE

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American Helicopter and Museum & Education Center

WHAT:  Combining demonstrations and hands-on experiments with educational activities in the Museum’s gallery of helicopters makes for an exciting and memorable visit. We also encourage setting aside “free time” so that visitors can explore the aircraft, climb in the cockpits and try their hands at the controls. Pre-visit materials are available for many of the programs to help prepare students for their visit and promote a more enjoyable experience. The Museum’s programs support the Pennsylvania Education Standards for Science and Technology, History and Arts and Humanities.

WHERE:  American Helicopter Museum 1220 American Boulevard West Chester, PA 19380

WHEN: October

FOR MORE INFO: visit American Helicopter Museum

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Glencairn Museum Homeschool Days

WHAT:  Christmas Time: 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!
Glassblowing: Come enjoy a live glassblowing demonstration by master craftsman Jason Klein of Historical Glassworks.

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

WHEN: December; April for glassblowing demonstrations

COST: $5 per person; children 3 and under free.

FOR MORE INFO: Visit HERE. Or contact Christine McDonald at 267.502.2995 or christine.mcdonald@glencairnmuseum.org for more information.

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Pennsbury Manor

WHAT:  Experience Hannah Penn’s world on Homeschool day this year! Activities for Homeschool families of all ages will explore how this extraordinary woman significantly impacted her family, Pennsbury Manor, and the colony of Pennsylvania.

WHERE:  Pennsbury Manor 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road  Morrisville, PA 19067

WHEN: April

COST: Cost is $9 per person ages 4+, one (1) Adult free per family. Registration is required.

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE Please contact Pennsbury Manor’s Educators at 215-946-0400 for program details.

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Newlin Grist Mill

WHAT:  Archaeology Festival: Join us for a day of archaeology fun and discover the rich archaeological heritage that lies beneath our feet! This annual event is held in partnership with the Delaware County Planning Department.

WHERE:   219 South Cheyney Road   l  Glen Mills, PA 19342

WHEN: September

COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE

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a little further of a drive but worth it!

Colonial Williamsburg 

WHAT:  During Homeschool Days, students and their families can enjoy hands-on activities and revolutionary experiences designed to make colonial dramas come to life in a way that is educational and interactive. Plus, visits can be tailored to make your trip unforgettable with on-site lodging, 18th-century tavern dining, entertainment, and much more! Inspire the next generation of dreamers with a Colonial Williamsburg experience.

Create your own itinerary anytime throughout the year, or join in on one of our special homeschooler weekends. Make sure to ask for homeschool discounts if you do not go during one of the weeks.

WHERE:  Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center  101 Visitor Center Drive  Williamsburg, VA 23185

WHEN: September and February

AGES: 2 and up must have a ticket; grandparents can get the homeschool discount!

COST: Highly Recommended to go during these weeks!! Super Discount! Multi-day ($20 adult; $13.50 youth) and Single-day ($10 adults; $8 youth) tickets available. Discount hotel rooms also available thru their site.

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE

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Jamestown and Yorktown Settlements Homeschool Program Days

WHAT: *Admission to Jamestown Settlement throughout Homeschool Program Days, including the introductory film 1607: A Nation Takes Root, permanent exhibition galleries, including “Pocahontas Imagined” special exhibition, replica 1607 ships, re-created Powhatan Indian village, and 1610-1614 colonial fort, and more.
*Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown throughout Homeschool Program Days, including Revolution-themed films,  permanent exhibition galleries and “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America” special exhibition, re-created Continental Army encampment and 18th-century Revolution-era farm, along with classroom and special activities.

WHERE: Jamestown Settlement  2110 Jamestown Road, Route 31 S., Williamsburg, 23185
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown  200 Water Street, Route 1020, Yorktown, 23690

WHEN: Same dates as Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Days in September

COST: $12, ages 3 and under are FREE; if not available during Homeschool Days make sure to ask for Homeschool daily rates!

FOR MORE INFO: Click HERE

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Not too far of a drive! Near Lancaster:

Refreshing Mountain Homeschool Days

WHAT: Our Home School Days provide a variety of outdoor adventures and activities designed to provide fun and educational experiences for your students. Activities can include: Giant Ladder, Sling Shots, Nature Science Programs, GPS Nature Hunt, Giant Swing, Field Games & Ziplines

WHERE: REFRESHING MOUNTAIN   455 CAMP RD STEVENS, PA   17578

TIME: 10 am- 3:30 pm

WHEN: 2 days in October

AGES: 1st-12th grades

COST: $20 per student/ $60 family cap; sleep over the night before available

FOR MORE INFO: Click Here

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Lancaster Science Factory

WHAT: To innovatively introduce or reinforce mathematical and scientific concepts to students who are 6-13 years old. Students will listen to brief instruction, be engaged in group and individual activities geared towards meaningful application, create various hands-on manipulative pieces that they will be able to take home, and may complete occasional assessments and homework assignments.

WHERE: Lancaster Science Factory  454 New Holland Ave Lancaster, PA 17602

WHEN: various times during the year

TIME: 9:30 – 11:00am or 1:00 – 2:30pm

AGES: 6-13

COST: $15 per student

FOR MORE INFO: Click Here

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Black Rock Retreat Homeschool Programs

WHAT: Homeschool Outdoor Education Days are an exciting opportunity for students 6 to 17 to explore God’s creation through hands-on, experiential learning in the outdoors.
Each day typically includes:

  • Two Creation Exploration sessions
  • Morning devotion
  • Take-home manual for each student
  • Lots of fun learning about God in the outdoors!

WHEN: 9 am-3:30 pm

COST: $22 per day

WHAT: Looking for a solution to cabin fever over the winter season? Winter Dayz will be held every Tuesday & Wednesday mid-January through mid-February. Program times are 1-3 pm and are designed for ages 4 and up. Stories, crafts, games to get up and moving and a snack are provided during the 4-7 year olds time.

Ages 8 and up: Each day will include an hour of gym/team sports time and an hour of craft or project time. Students will be divided into groups based on age so that they are playing sports with those of similar age and ability.

FOR MORE INFO: Click for Outdoor Education Programs and here for Winter Dayz

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Cherry Crest Farm Homeschool Days

WHAT:  Homeschool families are invited to join us for our Homeschool Days!
Come and enjoy the farm’s educational opportunities including butter making demonstrations, Farm Tour Wagon ride and problem solving in the maze.

WHERE:  Cherry Crest Adventure Farm  150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA 17572

WHEN: September

COST: $12 per person, 2 and under are FREE!! PLEASE ONLY immediate family members

FOR MORE INFO:  visit Cherry Crest Farm

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Hershey Chocolate Museum

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.

WHERE:  The Hershey Story 63 West Chocolate Ave. Hershey, PA 17033

WHEN: October

AGES: Recommended for ages 4 and up. Children 2 and under are free.

COST: $10 per person

FOR MORE INFO: Visit HERE or If you have any questions, please contact Kim at kaday@hersheystory.org or 717-520-5588

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*Some other further away destinations offer homeschool days. If you are traveling, don’t forget to look into calendars or ask for a discount for homeschooling. Many places will honor discounts for other days!

Monticello: in Virginia. Home Educator’s Day! held the 4th Wednesday every September.
For more information: Click HERE

George Washington’s Mt. Vernon: in Virginia. Click Here

Creation Studies Institute: in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Click HERE for more information.

Dollywood: in Tennessee. Click HERE for more information.

Stone Mountain Park: in Georgia. CLick HERE for more information.

Wilderness at the Smokies: at the foot of the Smokie Mountains, TN. Click HERE for more information.

THE HOME SCHOOL MOM has an extensive list of Washington D.C. sites. Not specifically homeschool day related, but a long list!

Here’s The Frugal Homeschooling Mom guide to D.C. for homeschoolers.

If you are traveling to Virginia, here is a list of Educational Events at A Guide to Virginia Field Trips

 

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Do you know of some other annual homeschool days that you would share with us? Comment below and let us know your experience!

 

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This Wednesday Come Hang Out!

Homeschool Hang Out 

We had so much fun last month when we got together,
we thought we’d have another time!! Will you join us? 

WHAT: Get together with other homeschoolers for a lunch-time picnic and play time!
WHEN: Wednesday, October 18th
TIME: noon until you want to leave!
WHERE: Burholme Park 1400 Cottman Avenue, 19111
Burholme has gotten a new playset and upgrade! Come check it out!
WHO: homeschoolers of all ages!
COST: FREE!!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION
: or to let someone know you are coming, email Rossana at h0mesch00lng@yahoo.com
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A Smattering of things….

deptford h.s. skate2

Located at Deptford Skating Center  510 Deptford Ave.   Westville, NJ 08093
For more information: click HERE and scroll down for the flier

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Tyler Arboretum Homeschool Days

WHAT: Visit the Arboretum for hands-on learning in an outdoor setting. Connect with other homeschool families in this program exclusively for you. Admission to the Arboretum is included; stay for just the program or for the entire day! Each program is aligned to PA state educational standards.

WHEN: 3rd Tuesday of each month

TIME: 10 – 11:30 am

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

WHO: This program is best suited for ages 5-12, but is open to all ages.

COST: $10 members, $15 non-members (Fee is for the child only)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE

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Tutoring Services and a High School Logic Class

Somers Tutoring Services : Specializing in Classical Education

  • 30+ years of teaching and tutoring by certified teachers.
  • Education: BA Philosophy and History and a BS in Information Technology from UMASS, Masters in Teaching, and additional advanced graduate work in Philosophy. BA in Classics and history from Amherst College and a Masters of Education.
  • We are a father and mother of eight, classically homeschooling our own children.

We are here to help…

  • Do you need help teaching your child a difficult concept or subject?
  • Do you simply need a tutor for an older child while you work more with younger children?

We provide tutoring in…

  • Writing
  • English/Literature
  • Language Arts
  • Logic
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Natural Science/Biology
  • Study Skills
  • American/World History
  • Latin
  • Test Prep

*Bonus*!!!!!!!!!!!   This fall, we are offering a Logic course that is open to students 7th to 12th grade, taught by a seasoned classical educator who has both a BA and an MA in philosophy.

  • Registration for this class is NOW OPEN!

CALL John & Megan Somers at 610-291-2930 or EMAIL US at megansomers@gmail.com.  We offer in person tutoring.  Also, ask us about our online tutoring option and our other flexible options.

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A Great Pass for Downtown! 


WHAT:
 Start Exploring with Philadelphia’s Historic District Pass. The Pass is perfect
for first-time visitors and families with kids. It includes one-time admission to the
National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House, Christ Church Burial Ground; and two all-day Philly PHLASH passes.

COST: $18 for adults, $13 for youth (ages 4-12).

WHAT: New for 2017, Philadelphia’s Historic District: Museum Pass offers visitors “more to explore.” Perfect for return visitors and older kids, it includes one-time admission to
the African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Museum of American Jewish
History, and Philadelphia History Museum.

COST: $23 for adults, $17 for youth (ages 13-17).

Both Passes are available exclusively at the Independence Visitor Center.

Click HERE for more information.

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SAT PREP

WHAT: Is your student planning to take the SAT? Join PEPPER for SAT Prep Classes. Taught by an experienced SAT Tutor, this course will help prepare qualified upper level students for the verbal and mathematics sections of the SAT and the optional essay. Students will use Barron’s NEW SAT and should have completed both Algebra 1 and Geometry.

WHERE: Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA

WHEN: Wednesdays, 24 week course, beginning October 4th

TIME: 1:30-2:30 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Anne Hawthorn at anne@drhweb.net

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KIDSONG!!

WHAT: A wonderful 4 week opportunity for children 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 World, Professor and Chair of Music Education, Cairn University.

WHERE: Cairn University 200 Manor Avenue Langhorne, PA 19047    Room MU 108 in the music building

WHEN: Tuesdays

TIME: 3:30-4:15 pm

WHO: 1st-4th grade- Oct. 3- Oct. 31 (no class Oct 17, Fall Break)

4th-8th grade- Nov. 14-Dec. 5

COST: $10 registration fee per child

FOR MORE INFORMATION: email Dr. Wolf at dwolf@cairn.edu or call (215)702-4323

 

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Happening Tomorrow!

PLEASE COME TO A HOMESCHOOL HANG-OUT!!!  

ALL  AGES WELCOME.  

WHEN: THURSDAY, September 14th, 2017

 

TIME: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

 

WHERE: Wall Park.  It is located on Church Rd in Cheltenham Township , PA , near the corner of Church and Old York Rd. (Just outside of Philly)

MAP:
    To see a map of the area, please click  HERE

PLEASE BRING:
  • 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!

AMENITIES:
  • 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)

COST:  FREE!

 

RAINDATE: Thursday,  September 21st, 2017  (same time, same place)