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What are some fun, educational outings we can add to our homeschool year?

by Kirsten Love
Source: Tampa Homeschooling Examiner
August 19, 2009

Now that many of us are getting back into the swing of things with the new school year, donít forget to include fun learning adventures in your plans. Even though weíre all eager and dedicated to scholastic pursuits at this beginning stage, the day (or, perhaps, days) will come when your children, as well as you, yourself, need a break. Then, you may be looking for an educational outing that will take you all away from home for some re-energizing fun. Since some of these events require prior registration or planning, itís a good idea to see what appeals to you now and take the appropriate actions. Of course, there is nothing wrong with a nice, lazy day at the beach or park when homeschooling is just giving you all too much together time at home, but in case you want something more, here are a few links to upcoming programs.

Busch Gardens is offering two homeschool education days at their theme park on October 19, 2009, and November 16, 2009. This class includes animal interactions, a special Wildlife Theater Presentation, a guided walking tour of select animal habitats and an educational train expedition, all led by a Busch Gardens educator. If you and your family like animals, you might want to check this one out for an enriching science experience.

Kennedy Space Center also holds an annual event just for homeschoolers. This year, it takes place on Saturday, October 24, 2009, and includes a bus tour of the space center, hands-on activities, the Shuttle Launch Experience, and a face-face meeting with an actual astronaut.

For a more cultural outing, take in a performance at either Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater or the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in downtown Tampa. Both have numerous affordable programs as part of their school-series. We have enjoyed several of these in the past and itís a nice way to add a theatrical touch to your school year.

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