Homeschool Days and Weeks 2019

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Homeschool Days and Weeks 2019

Hi, this is Ranela from Filipino American Homeschooler YouTube and Facebook Page! I have 4 homeschooling kids from three years old to thirteen.

If I were to categorize myself as a homeschooler, I would put myself under the Dazed and Confused category. I never know how the year will actually be filled, but this school year, I’m attempting something different and I’m sharing my plans with you. In this blog post, I will share the homeschool weeks of several places we want to visit.

Special thanks to the Happy Homeschooler for allowing me to guest post about homeschool days and weeks 2019! 

This post idea all started when my friend Nancy tagged me in a homeschool week promo for LEGO Land Discovery Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It prompted me to ask the Happy Homeschooler if she already had a list this year, and she does not! 

HOMESCHOOL WEEKS are promotional weeks for certain establishments to encourage homeschoolers to visit and see the different activities their facilities offer. The cost of entrance is usually half the regular price. Normally, we would not be able to afford the regular price, so having the discounted prices allows us to add it into our budget. 

So without further ado, here’s my list of homeschool days and weeks 2019:

SEPTEMBER 16-20 and 23-27 (M-F excluding weekends)
LEGO Land Discovery Center
Philadelphia, PA
$10/person promo price during Homeschool Week found under “Events” in their menu
$20 online price 
$25 in person price

September 7-22, 2019
Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, VA
Multi day passes $22 Adult, $15 Student, $0 under 6
Single day passes are $12.50 Adult and $10 student
Purchase tickets online. Non refundable.

September 7-22
Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Yorktown, VA
Unlimited visit during Homeschool Days
$12 per person, $0 3 and under

9-26 September (Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly) .
Tenafly Nature Center
Tenafly, NJ
$90 for members, $120 for non members for Homeschool groups: max 15 children, 25 total including parents and siblings. $120 deposit for 10 children (less than 10 still costs $120) and additional $12 per extra child (max 5) siblings count as extra children.

OCTOBER 4 Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
Pier 86, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC
$10.50 non members $6 members 

National Gallery of Art
Washington DC
FREE, Groups of 15 or more need to register 4 weeks in advance.

University of Fairbanks Alaska
Fairbanks, Alaska 
10am-2pm, FREE 
I’m putting it here as a shout-out to my friend, Jeorghette visiting NJ from Alaska! 

October 15th, Liberty Science Center
Jersey City, NJ 
Registration required, Call for reservations and pricing.
Other dates are: 11/12/19, 12/17/19, 01/14/20, 02/18/20, 03/24/20, 04/14/20, 05/12/20, 06/09/20.

October 24th,
Morris Museum
1:00pm-1:45pm ages 5-8
Morris, NJ
Registration required
$10 Members $10 Non members plus museum entrance fee $10 adult, $7 children, $0 under 3 years.

That’s all I have for 2019, but there were some that I missed this year that I want to go to next year. Coming up Homeschool Days and Weeks in 2020!

Thank you, Ranela, for making this amazing list!

Dear readers, if you know of an open house or a fun homeschool day not listed here, please feel free to let us know in the comments!

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Interview With Gypsy Road Homeschoolers

Hi Yvie, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a gypsy at heart….as a high schooler, I had this dream of owning a big van and travelling around the country with my guitar…working odd jobs and just L-I-V-I-N (you have to say it like Matthew McConaughey in Dazed & Confused). But then, like any good parents, mine put the squash on that. I got a degree in education, fell into a wonderful man (um, literally…funny ‘how we met’ story), and ended up moving to “one of the boxy states.” Having traveled up and down the east coast, but never having been west of the Mississippi, _that_ was a new experience! Hubby’s job always had him on the road, and when we began a family, my job was to keep the home fires burning….until we decided to join him. My friends would say I’m not Type-A, but Type-AAA, because I’m always running and going and doing…like a busy little bee! Continue reading “Interview With Gypsy Road Homeschoolers”

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Interview With World Travelers: The Kaponay FamilySince 2012, they have traveled to more then 34 countries, and set foot on 6 continents, and their journey continues on!  Before you go on and read the interview, I highly recommend you check out Reka’s blog, Dreamtimetraveler, to find out more about their amazing travels! It will really put things into perspective when reading the questions and answers here!

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Interview With World Travelers: The Kaponay Family

I hope you enjoy reading about their incredible journey! I know I did! They are an amazing, kind and loving family, who support each other, and it is just wonderful to get to know them better. Continue reading “Interview With World Travelers: The Kaponay Family”

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The toys in the list below have gone on for miles and miles around here.  We played with them continuously, together, as a family. Adults, teenagers and little kids alike.  Many we had to replace because they fell apart from being played with so much.  If you know me in person, your family has probably gotten some of these from us as gifts at one point or another.  Whether you are making a holiday list or just looking for a present for any occasion, this list is handy. Continue reading “Our Favorite Fun Gifts For Kids and Teens”

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When I started out, it was going to be a list of 25 resources, but it quickly went up to 50, and that was just from memory.  I decided to dig deeper.  As I read more and more about, the list kept growing.  It has surpassed 100 resources at this point! I will add more as more of these wonderful resources come to my attention!

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