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Monday, July 6, 2015

Homeschool Days in Maryland (31 Days of Field Trip Series) with Maryland Field Trips Link Up

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Homeschool Days Events in Maryland!

Maryland Science Center in Baltimore holds homeschool days/classes twice a year for several weeks each time.  The first is in September.  You must call at a designated time to reserve and pay for your desired classes.  Class prices are affordable, and admission is free for the rest of the family, even if just ONE child is taking a class.  They also offer admission without classes for $4 (I believe).  They have lots of exhibits, a planetarium, and IMAX theater and the classes were great too!  Classes and IMAX shows vary by day (IMAX is an additional cost). You do have to pay for parking (which is a downfall with most places in Baltimore), but you can receive a stamped voucher for a discount, and there is a parking garage just across the street.

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Port Discovery in Baltimore also holds homeschool days.  It consists of a discounted rate, which is even more discounted for groups of 10 or more.  We purchased a season pass from Groupon (or similar site).  Again you have to pay for parking, there is a parking garage right next door, I suggest using Parking Panda to get a cheaper rate.  Port Discovery has lots of hands on activities, and they have one exhibit that changes frequently.  We’ve only been once though, so I think in the future we will just go during homeschool days. 

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Historic St. Mary’s City hosts homeschool days twice a year.  This is a living history field trip.  The cost is $5 per student, one adult is free (for up to 10 students).  They had little presentations at each location, and also had some crafts/games set up at various points. 

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Rose Hill Manor also has homeschool days, you need to watch the Frederick Recreator for them in the Fall and Spring.  They had activities set up through out the property as well and is a living history tour. 

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The Maryland Zoo allows Homeschoolers FREE entrance if scheduled a minimum of 2 weeks in advance and they must be MD residents and show proof of homeschooling.  1 adult is free with every 4 children.  They also offer homeschool classes, these are a bit more pricey ($15 per class or $75 for the series of 6 classes).  Students only are allowed in class, parents are asked to wait outside or can explore the zoo.  It doesn’t state if there is a charge for younger sibling non-participants or parents, children under 2 are always FREE.  The Zoo has on site FREE parking.  We had a pass (before I knew about the FREE days), pass holders receive free entrance to a few other locations during winter months, like B&O Railroad Museum and Industry Museum.

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The National Aquarium provides homeschool classes the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month October through February.  The classes are $15 per child per class or $60 for the series of 5 classes for MD residents. One adult is free for up to 5 students.  It’s unclear as to whether or not younger siblings receive a discount or are FREE.  Children under 2 are always FREE.   The Aquarium does not have onsite parking, so you must pay parking at a nearby parking garage.  Again, check out Panda Parking, you can also get $3 off at the closest garage with validation.   National Aquarium also has half price Friday nights after 5pm if you live nearby!

The Baltimore Museum of Industry has homeschool day events a few times a year.  We have attended a few classes here, and they are a lot of fun.  Kids 6 and under are always FREE (unless you register them for a homeschool class).  Parent is free if child is registered for a class. 

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Six Flags America has homeschool days in early June (before school lets out).  For one low price you gain admission and also a meal…must be in groups of 15 or more, so gather your homeschool friends!

Calvert Marine Museum also has 2 homeschool days a year.  No other details are given on the website, but if you register for their newsletter you will receive notification.  You will also find close by Calvert Cliffs State Park!

College Park Aviation Museum offers one homeschool day a year.  No dates are given, but there is a contact us form. 

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Historic London Town and Gardens offers several homeschool days a year.  Registration fees vary from $8-10, adults are FREE and children under age 6 are FREE.   It’s unclear if the class fee is in addition to the entrance fee or part of. 

Maryland Historical Society also offers homeschool days, planning for the coming school year is underway.  You can contact them via the webpage for more information.

Robinson Nature Center offers homeschool classes throughout the year.  Registration has already opened, and they fill fast.  They have classes for age 3-13.

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The Walters Art Museum offers homeschool classes the 3rd Thursday of each month September – May.  Cost is $9 for non-members per child/class.  You can register for homeschool updates via their website.

Sandy Spring Museum offers homeschool classes.  This coming school year they are offering a World War II series for ages 10+.  You can find more information at their website.

Sotterly Plantation offers homeschool days.  Cost of admission is $5 per person, under age 5 is FREE and one adult per family is also FREE.  No reservations are necessary.

Sharp Farms offers Individual/Homeschool Tours throughout the year with small classroom presentations.  Cost is $7.50/child and registration is required.

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Fountain Rock Nature Center offers homeschool classes for elementary aged children on Thursday afternoons during the school year. 

Antietam Recreation has family homeschool fun day!  $10.50 per person, also includes a parenting workshop. Activities include petting zoo, pool, slip-n-slide, boat slide, cable ride, canoeing & kayaking, horse rides, moon bounce, creek activities, tennis and game room.

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum has had homeschool days in the past, though I can not find any information on any forth coming.  Like the on Facebook to receive updates.

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Many library systems in Maryland also offer homeschool programs!

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