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Upcoming Events, Activities & More!

Homeschoolers Formal Cinderella Ball

WHAT: The Cinderella Ball is an elegant formal affair in which homeschoolers can come with or without a date to dance the night away in style. A full dinner, ball room and popular dancing, and rides in a Cinderella Carriage led by two beautiful white horses are some of the festivities that await!

WHEN: Thursday, April 26th

TIME:  The doormen will greet you at 6:45 pm to invite you in, and will escort you out at 11:00 pm before your carriage turns into a pumpkin.

WHERE:  Hosted at The Palace, of course!
The Palace    109 N Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ 08012

WHO: 12-19 years old

COST: Tickets are $40.00 per person and include a full dinner and a night of dancing. Tickets are limited to 200 attendants and 20 chaperons. Chaperons must purchase tickets to the event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Homeschool Cinderella Ball

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Now’s the time to sign up for these great activities
for homeschoolers at Cairn University!
They are great for your budget too!


WHAT: Your child is invited to participate in a weekly music program at Cairn UniversityAn opportunity to learn to develop music skills such as listening, singing, moving, and creating.

WHO: Children 4TH – 8TH grades will be instructed by Cairn Music Education Majors under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, Professor and Chair of Music Education, Cairn University.

KIDSONG I:  K – 4TH GRADES (Starts this Tuesday!! Feb. 13March 20; no class during Spring Break: 3/13)

KIDSONG II:  4TH – 8TH GRADES (March 27 – April 24)

WHEN:  Tuesdays, Nov. 14 – Dec. 5

TIME: 3:30-4:15

WHERE:  Room 108 of the Music Building

COST:  Registration fee of $10 per child to be paid at the first class (Cash or check made out to Cairn University) Family rate: $25!

To register, email Dr. Debbie Lynn Wolf, with subject:  Kidsong!  Please include name of child, age, and phone.  Space is limited to the first 15 registered students for each session.

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

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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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Want To Play Some Volleyball? 

WHAT: Does your child need to burn off steam when it’s cold outside?
Home- and cyberschooled girls and boys are invited to participate in our multilevel
volleyball program. Join us to learn the ins and outs of a fun and fast-paced sport!

WHEN: Thursday afternoons starting, February 1

WHERE: Church of the Saviour 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087

AGES: grades 4-12

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact and a registration form.

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A Fun Opportunity?
Toad Detour Volunteer Training

WHAT: Each spring volunteers shepherd thousands of toads safely across Port Royal Avenue as they travel to and from their breeding grounds at the Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve. If you’d like to help with this year’s Toad Detour, join us for this orientation. Volunteers can help for an evening, bring a Girl or Boy Scout Troop, or become shift managers, to help manage the many volunteers who help these toads. You’ll learn all about toads, toad handling, and shift sign-ups. Volunteers are needed for evening shifts from March through June.

WHEN:  February 17

TIME: 1 pm- 3 pm

WHERE: The Schuylkill Center  8480 Hagy’s Mill Road    Philadelphia, PA 19128

AGES: all


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The Man Who Came to Dinner – FREE Matinee 

WHAT: After flying across the Atlantic with James in a giant peach last March and going under the sea with Ariel and her friends in November, the Phil-Mont Drama Department is staying on solid American soil for a rollicking, screw-ball comedy: The Man Who Came to Dinner.

In 1939, the Great Depression was waning, war was still half a world away, and playwrights Moss Hart and George S. Kauffman were kings of the Broadway box office with hits such as Merrily We Roll Along and Pulitzer Prize winner, and previous Phil-Mont production, You Can’t Take It with You. The Man Who Came to Dinner, Hart and Kauffman’s penultimate collaboration, opened to positive reviews and ran for 739 performances. In 2000, a Broadway revival featured a star-studded cast: Nathan Lane (Timon in Disney’s The Lion King), Jean Smart (Designing Women), and Harriet Sansom Harris (Frasier).

The audience will leave happy, indeed, although their sides might hurt from excessive laughter. Think of it as the most enjoyable “core workout” you can imagine.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 28

TIME: 10 am (Shows are usually 2 hours long)

WHERE: Phil-Mont Christian Academy. 35 Hillcrest Avenue  Erdenheim,  PA 19038



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Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day

WHAT: This event is an opportunity to learn about engineering and STEM through conversation and demonstrations by Drexel students.

WHENSaturday, February 24

TIME: 10 AM – 2 PM.  Feel free to come and go at any time during that time window.

WHERE:  Drexel’s ExCITe Center at 3401 Market St, Suite 100, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

WHO: Female students in grades 7-10 (ages 11-15) are welcome to attend this event.
Please remember that attendees must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must stay with them during the event.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE. OR please contact Victoria Cahn at or 215-571-3841.

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Save The Date:
Church of the Savior Book Sale! 

WHAT: SALT and PEPPER home schoolers annual GREAT used book sale

 Monday, March 19th

 6 to 9 p.m.

Church of the Saviour 651 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087

: contact Lori at

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Super Science Cyber School Day
(open to ALL homeschoolers) 

WHAT: Super Science Cyber School Day Featuring WXPN Producer Robert Drake. During National School Choice Week.  Cyber school and homeschooled students of all ages—starting as young as prekindergarten—can enjoy a full day of fun, hands-on science workshops!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

TIME: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM


10 a.m.–11 a.m.: Morning Networking Hour and Registration – Meet other parents, guardians, and administrators.
11 a.m.–Noon: School Pep Rally! WXPN kick-off in the Auditorium. Send in your school banner, wear your school colors, and be ready to show your school pride.
Noon–4 p.m.: Fun science activities, hands-on experiments, and specimen touch tables throughout the building!
1 p.m.: Auditorium Live Animal Show
2 p.m.: Auditorium Story time With Marty the Moose
3 p.m.: Auditorium Live Animal Show

ALL DAY: Stop by the Resource Fair in the Commons and learn about Cyber Schools. Meet their teams and other guardians and students.

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

COST: $7 per student and adult,  Click here to purchase tickets.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Lisa Willis at, or click HERE for the website.

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Homeschool Bowling

WHAT: Homeschool bowling is starting back up again. It is a great indoor phys ed activity for the winter.

WHEN: Fridays (February 2nd to May 18th, excluding Good Friday)

TIME: from 1-2:30 pm

WHERE: Thunderbird Lanes in Warminster, PA.

COST: Can’t beat only $5 (including shoes!) for an hour and half of bowling.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  contact Lisa Boyle at

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Don’t forget to check out the Classes and Discounts page for ongoing classes geared specifically for homeschoolers! 

And THIS PREVIOUS POST about indoor winter activities!!!! 

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MLK Day 2018

Martin Luther King Day is this coming Monday, January 15th. How do you remember Dr. King? Do you serve? Visit a museum? Read some books about his life? Watch a documentary? Leave a comment about  how you learned about his life and legacy or how you incorporate Dr. King into your homeschool.


There are a few museums that offer FREE ADMISSION
for Martin Luther King Day!

Here are a few that I have found:

Benjamin Franklin Museum  FREE January 13-15

Philadelphia Orchestra MLK Tribute Concert  FREE but ticket required

National Museum of American Jewish History FREE family event

African American Museum in Philadelphia  FREE Friday Jan 12, $2 entrance for Jan. 13-15

Eastern State Penitentiary FREE Saturday-Monday

Constitution Center FREE parts of the museum, also things online for at home use

National Liberty Museum pay as you wish

Woodmere Art Museum FREE

Philadelphia Art Museum free AFTER pay as you wish

Please Touch Museum activities for MLK Day included with admission



There are many ways to serve and volunteer for
Martin Luther King Day this year!

Here are just a few that I have come across:

Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service Here’s a great listing of sites that are offering service opportunities

Awbury Arboretum   Martin Luther King Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 15, 9am-1pm

The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is the largest King Day event in the nation!  Awbury Arboretum joins Global Citizen, which promotes year-round volunteer service and civic engagement, in gathering volunteers for a special day of service.  This year we have two projects:

  1.  Volunteers will work together to lay woodchip trails in the newly restored Wingohocking watershed spring area and current wetlands location at the arboretum.
  2.  Meanwhile, our teen volunteers will learn and use woodworking skills to rebuild a tool shed in our Agricultural Village.

Hot soup lunch is included! Questions?  Contact Volunteer Coordinator Leslie Cerf at (215) 205-6561.

Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground  Martin Luther King Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 15

Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground, 2900 Germantown Avenue

Outdoor Clean up, remembering Dr. King, reading his writing, bonfire, hot chocolate.
Info: 215-870-8348
I have also seen some adds for other environmental centers that are holding events. Check out your favorite one to see if they have anything!

And because it falls on the same day… 
here’s a reminder, don’t forget to go skating!!!! 


AWANA Family Skate Night 

WHAT: Come join Lawnadale Baptist Church and friends for their annual Skate Night.

WHEN: Monday, January 15 (Martin Luther King Day)

TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM

WHEREPalace Roller Skating Center   11586 Roosevelt Blvd.   Phila. 19116

: All ages are welcome.  Feel free to invite your relatives or church family friends.

COST: Admission Fee: $2.00/ per person whether you skate or watch

            Skate Rental: $3.00 / per person OR Bring your own skates


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Teen Togethers this Friday

Do you have an older homeschooler? Come meet up with some other tween/teens Friday January 12th!!!

The cold has forced us inside but we still crave some moving around.  Despite my goal to make the Teen Togethers a cost-free event this month we’re venturing to SkyZone (9490 Blue Grass Rd., Philadelphia – near Grant and Roosevelt).  The day is also a change from our normal 2nd Thursday time slot but I’m accommodating SkyZone hours and hopefully be able to allow more families who have busy daytime schedule to attend.

Here’s the event info:
What:  Teen Togethers (13+ geared but all are welcome)
When:  Friday, January 12th from 3-4pm
Cost:  $13 for 30 minutes jump time
           $17 for 60 minutes jump time
           SkyZone socks are required ($3-5 per pair unless you already bring a pair)
Waiver:  fill out waiver in advance on their website or on-site
More info at
Please contact April Dawson at to rsvp, ask questions or reach out about this group!
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Winter Energy?

Need some places or ways to burn off some extra energy and
get some exercise in? Try some of these activities this winter!
Do you know of some other indoor activities? Please share!!


WinterPlaydateFlier (1)

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Water Tower Play Group

WHAT: Homeschool get together to play! 
: every Friday, 2-4 pm
WHEREWater Tower Recreaction Center  209 E. Hartwell Lane Philadelphia PA, 19118
Outside if nice weather, in the gym during cold or rainy weather.

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SkyZone Trampoline Park

WHAT: Homeschool Hop
: every Friday, 11am-3pm
WHERE: 2834 Route 73 North  Maple Shade, NJ 08052
COST: $10 for 60 minutes, $15 for 90 minutes, $20 for 120 minutes

In store use only. Mention Home School Hop when paying to receive the discount. Not valid online. Cannot be combined with other discounts.


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Scanlon Rec Center Ice Skating Lessons

WHAT: Looking for a winter activity for you or your children? Well -It’s officially ice skating season! Come join our beginner skating lessons
WHERE: 1099 East Venango Street Phila, PA 19134
AGES: 2-adult
WHEN: on Saturdays at 3:15-3:45
COST: for only $5 a class! Rental skates are free.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Message us or call Michelle, (215) 817-4880 for more info!
Click here for the Facebook Page

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Palace Roller Skating & Fun Center

WHAT: Homeschoolers Skate Time
WHERE: 1586 Roosevelt Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19116-3032
WHEN: Mondays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
COST: 8$ 1st child, $4 each additional skater; includes rentals

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE, scroll down on the calendar

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Deptford Skating Center

WHAT: Home School Skate 
WHERE: 510 Deptford Ave.   Westville, NJ 08093
WHEN: First Friday of each month; 12:30-2:30
COST: $3 skating, $4.65+tax if rentals needed;
$3 Funzone Admission for ages 10 and under (if wanted)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click HERE and scroll down for flier

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Homeschool Bowling Group

Start your own bowling group at a Thunderbird Lane! (There has been a group meeting at the Warminster location for a year or two now!)

COST: only $5 per bowler for 1 1/2 hours of bowling and shoes!!!

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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Homeschool Tumbling at
Newtown Athletic Club Rockstarz Gym 

WHAT: Homeschooling Tumbling for Beginners and Advanced levels. The Rockstarz gym is in the “NAC Sports Training Center”. The NAC Sports Training Center is a giant facility fully equipped with spring floor, tumble trac, foam pit and large trampoline to work on. There are comfy chairs where parents can see the entire gym, take photos, talk or tend to younger siblings during practice. Air conditioned and heated for hot or cold days.
The plan is to create ongoing weekly practices tailored to the homeschooling community through the Fall and Winter on Mondays and Fridays for now.
WHEN: Mondays and Fridays
TIME: drop in at 12:30 to 2:30
WHERE: Newtown Athetic Club 120 Pheasant Run, Newtown, PA  18940  enter long building behind pool, not main building
WHO: all levels from ages 5-teens; an area is set up for babies and tiny siblings to play with mom for FREE!
COST: $10 first child, $5 per sibling

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check out the Facebook Page. Please click interested or going to give us a heads up for how many coaches we need. You will also get notified for updates or cancellations.

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Ice Skating Homeschool Discount

WHAT: Haverford Skatium  Morning Skate Discounts Special rates for Home School Students, Day Care Centers and Schools during our weekday late morning/early afternoon session.
WHEN: Monday-Friday during Public Skate time
TIME: 10 – 12 am
WHERE: 1002 Darby Rd  Havertown, PA 19083
COST: $7 is discounted rate; under 6 is $6.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click Facebook Page or HERE for general pricing and information.

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Cherry Hill Homeschool Skate

WHAT: Home School Skate 
WHERE: Cherry Hill Skating Center
664 Deer Rd
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
WHEN: 3rd Friday of each month (skipping December); 1:00-3:30
COST: $3 anyone skating, $3 for rentals; you do not have to pay if you are just watching
$4 Funzone Admission for ages 10 and under (if wanted-must have socks for this)

I called and verified the above info. as of 11/4. I have heard there is a family max of $12 for admission.


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Pinnacle Parkour Academy Philadelphia

WHAT: Homeschool program
WHEN: Every Monday and Wednesday, 13 week sessions
TIME: 1-3 pm
WHERE: Pinnacle Parkour Academy Philadelphia 3500 Scotts Lane Suite C-1                 PhiladelphiaPA 19129

For More Information: Pinnacle Parkour Website 

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Flip Out Productions

WHAT: Homeschool Gymnastic Classes
WHERE: 2757-59 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19134
WHEN & AGES: Next session starts in January! 
Tuesday: (ages 3-5 & 5-7)   1:00pm to 2:00pm
(ages 8 & up)       2:00pm to 3:30pm
Wednesday:(ages 3-5 & 5-7)   1:00pm to 2:00pm
(ages 8 & up)      2:00pm to 3:30pm
8 week sessions, runs every 8 weeks
COST: Exclusive pricing for homeschooling families only:
1 child: $110
2 children: $165
3 children: $242
4 children: $330 per 8 week session
(This is about half off! Only for homeschool classes!)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: check out Katie’s website at Flip Out Productions

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Legacy Youth Tennis and Education

WHAT: Homeschool Tennis Classes
Our campus houses eight indoor courts, eight outdoor courts, two hitting walls, a library, a computer classroom and a fitness room. Siblings and families may work on school work in our library while the clinic is running. Spend time with other Home School families and don’t lose time in your day by continuing the school day here at Legacy!
WHERE: 4842 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19129
WHEN: Fridays for 12 weeks; Spring 1 (Jan-March), Spring 2 (April-June)
COST: $130 for 12 classes, sibling discount available
TIME: Beginner class 10-11 am; Intermediate class 11am-12pm
AGES: 4-18 years old

FOR MORE INFORMATION: click here Legacy Homeschool Clinic
or HERE for registration form

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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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This coming week

Were you thinking about Sophia Academy for your High Schooler but weren’t sure because you wanted to ‘see’ it in action? Here’s your chance!


WHEN: THIS Monday, November 6  

TIME:  9:00 am- whenever you would like to leave

WHERE: International Christian High School  413 East Tabor Road Philadelphia, PA 19120


TO RSVP or FOR MORE INFORMATION:  email or by calling either number: ICSchool: 267-595-4723 or Priscilla Strapp at 267-577-8020.

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WHAT:  Hang out with other homeschoolers/cyberers teens (13+) & families

WHERE: Sedgley Woods Disc Golf Course, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia (map.)

WHEN: THIS Thursday, November 9

TIME: 2:30 pm


OTHER:  Bring frisbees, discs (Sedgley sells new & used for very reasonable cost as their fundraising), snacks, drinks!  It’ll be chilly and we’ll be in the woods so wear long pants and a jacket.  We’re pretty horrible at disc golf but we’re looking forward to hanging out.  Portapotties are available.  Parking is free & plentiful either in the parking lot or on street.  Meet at the info board.

FOR MORE INFO:  Click on this site or contact April at or 610-800-5562.