September 2015 Museum Homeschool Programs

September marks the start of school for brick and mortar families, but for Maryland homeschool families it ushers in an enticing array of community-based learning opportunities.

Take a look at 11 museums across Maryland who open up their doors with special homeschool programming – not to mention lower pricing than general admission. You’ll be hard-pressed to pick just a couple field trips.

Maryland Science Center

Date: September 15th through October 2nd
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM
Ages: 6 to 14
Cost: Ranges $4.00 – $13.00 for students; Free – $7.00 for the chaperones.

It’s an a la carte menu of learning opportunities from hands-on learning labs to Science Zone activities and a whole slew of IMAX, Planetarium, and Observatory programs. You choose and pay for the grade level and classes you want to attend. Basic admission to the exibit halls is free. Pre-registration is required and classes do fill up.

Baltimore Museum of Industry

Date: September 9th
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM
Ages: 7 – 13
Cost: $9.50 per child. Parents admitted free

Sign up to participate in the Design It: Balls & Tracks activity and History Alive Tour.

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Date: September 16, 17 & 18
Time: 9 AM – Noon
Ages: All ages
Cost: $15 per student per day; $27.95 per chaperone per day

Homeschool families will start their day with an Auditorium program focusing on the newest exhibit at the Aquarium and its inhabitants, Living Seashore. After the program, families will get the chance to go on a self-guided tour of the aquarium, with a learning passport in hand. Families will get the opportunity to visit hands-on learning stations throughout the building focusing on everything from seashore creatures, beach treasures and marine debris.

The Walters Art Museum

Date: September 17th
Time: 10 AM – 3:30 PM
Ages: 5 – 12; Drawing workshop for 13 – 17
Cost: $15.00 for ages 5 – 12; and $9.00 for teens

The Ancient Engineers to Modern Designs Homeschool Workshops allow students to look at how engineers use the design process to solve various problems and at the tools they use. The Teen Homeschool Drawing Workshop helps students to develope their skills in basic drawing. With the help of artists, teens can create an art portfolio over multiple visits. Pre-Registration is required one week before program date. Visit the website for additional dates and programs throughout the year.

Port Discovery

Date: Fridays, September 4 – 24
Time: 10 AM – 3 PM
Ages: 2 – 10
Cost: $10 per child

Stop by to see the Lego Castle exhibit before it leaves and participate in Freaky Friday Science Labs that feature different hands-on activities each week.

Maryland Zoo

Date: September 30
Time: 12:30 -1:30 PM (younger); 2:00 – 3:30 PM (older)
Ages: 5 – 8; and 9 – 12
Cost: $15.00 for each class (younger); $75 for 6-week series (older)

Enrichment animal science classes for homeschoolers. Two separate tracks for older and younger kids. Topics vary each week. Pre-registration and proof of homeschooling is required.

Adkins Arboretum

Date: Tuesdays, September 15th – November 3rd
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Ages: 7 – 14
Cost: $55.00 members, $70 non-members

Students will use their newfound knowledge in the field, working in teams to create and test hypotheses related to the Arboretum’s forest, wetland, meadow, and stream habitats. The program will culminate in a science fair showcasing team projects.

Riversdale Historical Society

Date: September 17
Time: 10 AM
Ages: 5 and older
Cost: $8.00, chaperones attend free

This Homeschool Day includes open hearth cooking and interactive tours. Payment is required by September 9th.

Montpelier Mansion

Date: September 15th
Time: 10 AM
Ages: All ages
Cost: $6.00 for county residents and $7.00 for non-residents

Lead by a naturalist and an experienced bird watcher, students will discover the hidden secrets that nature holds around Monptelier. We’ll walk the grounds and learn about what lives under, around and above us. Then we’ll do a variety of activities, which could include art, math and science projects.

Historic London Town and Gardens

Date: September 10
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Ages: All ages
Cost: $6.00 members, $8.00 non-menbers, Chaperones Free

Now you and your family have the chance to enjoy the sports and games of early Maryland. At Historic London Town and Gardens, our Game On! Homeschool Program revives forgotten pastimes for you to play.

Sotterly Plantation

Date: September 15
Time: 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages: All ages
Cost: $5 per child. Free for kid under 5 & one adult per family

Families visit 4 stations throughout the day to learn about the life of the enslaved at Sotterley during the 1800’s. Stations include the Slave Cabin, Plantation House, Laundry – Spinning Cottage, and the Corn Crib. No reservations required.

What’s your favorite back-to-school museum homeschool program?
Tell us about your don’t miss visit!

2 Comments on September 2015 Museum Homeschool Programs

  1. We’ve been to the science center for a couple of years but didn’t know about some of the other museums. Think we’re going to change things up this sept.

  2. Great resource! Thanks for putting this together.

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