2015-2016 Southern California Homeschool Days

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I did this last year and decided to try it again.  Please keep in mind this list is in no way complete.  I’m sure I’m missing locations!  This is also intended as a single family trip and does no include any classes, field trips, or anything that really needs much planning in advance.   If you have anything you think should be added to this list just leave a comment!

Like before, these are listed by month.

Monthly –

Medieval Times – While this isn’t a homeschool day, they do offer a special educational show during lunch times on weekdays through the year.  For 2015, most of the dates have passed but there are still a few remaining.  (Nov 17, Nov 19th, and Dec 9th).  2016 dates have not been released yet.   If you have problems with the java of the first website, here’s a second way to see the information.  But the dates haven’t been updated for 2015-2016.

Pretend City – The 3rd Friday of every month.  This costs $9/person and tickets need to be reserved in advance.  Meant for preschool – 3rd grade.

September

Wednesday/Thursday, Sept 16-17th: Aquarium of the Pacific: Highly discounted tickets to the aquarium, $6/person, must be RESERVED in advance through the link.  Classrooms and other activities will be available from 9am to 12pm.  Even though the ‘homeschool’ part ends at noon, you are welcome to stay and enjoy the rest of the aquarium at your leisure.

L.A. County Fair – Tickets and parking are free, reservations are REQUIRED.  Every Wednesday-Friday in September is Fair Kids Day.  Lots of hands on activities, booths, and general fair fun.  Public Schools are here too, but the fair is closed to the public until afternoon so if you go early you’ll get a lot done!  Stay afterwards and enjoy fair food, rides, and more.

October

Wednesday, Oct 7th: The Children’s Museum at La Habra:
Homeschool Day at the Museum! – We are welcoming Homeschool families to discover, learn and play! For a discounted price of $7 per person (children under 2 are free), visitors can enjoy 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits during our less crowded season. Visit our changing exhibit Construction Zone and make art in the Family Art Center too! Visit us on January 6, 2016 for another Homeschooling Day!

Tuesday, Oct 20th: La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum: Dig It!  Like the Natural History Museum, there’s no need to register anywhere in advance.  Just pay for parking and tell them your a homeschooler at check in.  They also give away free tours of the tar pits so arrive early to make sure you get your tickets before they run out!

San Diego:  Yes, I realize that’s an entire city.  But October is Kids Free in San Diego.  Follow the link for a huge list of activities that are free for kids including museums, zoos, adventures, tours, and food!  Not exactly a homeschool day, but there’s a lot of educational activities to be had!

November

Thursday, November 5 – Los Angeles Natural History Museum: Archaeology Adventures – The LANHM has wonderful homeschool days that include many touch carts, volunteers everywhere ready to answer questions, and of course, free admission to the museum!  The hours are 9:30am to noon, although everything is self guided so you are more than welcome to stay later, although activities will be put away after noon.  I recommend getting there as early as you can because special limited tickets for events go quickly.  Make a day of it and enjoy the rose garden right next door or the California Science Center, always free.

Thursday, November 5 – Petersen Automotive Museum: Join us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a special day of fun and learning at the Petersen for homeschool families! Take a guided tour of the Museum with our trained docents; participate in fun, hands-on, car related educational activities; meet students and families form other homeschool communities; and learn about the history of the automobile and its influence on Los Angeles.

Friday, November 6 – Six Flags Magic Mountain – “Be a part of Home School Family Day and enjoy all day park access to the most thrilling rides and attractions in Southern California. The park will be open exclusively from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and is completely closed to the general public.”  Cost is $30.99 for admission or $43.99 if you want to include a catered lunch!    Follow link for more information including how to get your tickets.

Kidspace Children’s Museum – Although dates are not yet released for this year, last year homeschool days were in November.  Cost is $10/student and parents and siblings not participating are $8.  Includes admission into the museum as well as a 45 minute program, to be announced.

December

Aquarium of the Pacific – While the dates are not released yet, the aquarium does another homeschool day in December right around the holidays!

January

Wednesday, Jan 6th – The Children’s Museum at La Habra:
Homeschool Day at the Museum! – We are welcoming Homeschool families to discover, learn and play! For a discounted price of $7 per person (children under 2 are free), visitors can enjoy 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits during our less crowded season. Visit our changing exhibit Construction Zone and make art in the Family Art Center too!

Thursday, January 14th – La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum:  Hancock History. Like the Natural History Museum, there’s no need to register anywhere in advance.  Just pay for parking and tell them your a homeschooler at check in.  They also give away free tours of the tar pits so arrive early to make sure you get your tickets before they run out!

Friday, January 29 – Los Angeles Natural History Museum: Gardens and Grubs – Same as the one in November, but with a different theme.  No need for advanced reservations.  Just show up, the earlier the better! And don’t forget about the California Science Center right next door, always free.

February

March

Friday, March 28th – La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum: L.A.’s Carnivores.  Like the Natural History Museum, there’s no need to register anywhere in advance.  Just pay for parking and tell them your a homeschooler at check in.  They also give away free tours of the tar pits so arrive early to make sure you get your tickets before they run out!

April

Monday, April 18 – Los Angeles Natural History Museum: Art and Nature –  No need for advanced reservations.  Just show up, the earlier the better! And don’t forget about the California Science Center right next door, always free.

Three Dates in April – California History Education Program at Irvine Regional Park: Tickets go fast for this!  Registion opens in January. Train rides, mine shaft tour, water wheels, and panning for gold.  Learn all about California history. $14/student, $3/adult.

May

June

Tuesday, June 14th – La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum: Citizen Science.  Like the Natural History Museum, there’s no need to register anywhere in advance.  Just pay for parking and tell them your a homeschooler at check in.  They also give away free tours of the tar pits so arrive early to make sure you get your tickets before they run out!

Thursday, June 16 – Los Angeles Natural History Museum: Fossil Fanatics –  No need for advanced reservations.  Just show up, the earlier the better! And don’t forget about the California Science Center right next door, always free.

As always, if you see something not listed, just leave a comment and I’ll update the list!  No links on this page are affiliate.  They are just to be helpful, both for myself and anyone else who is interested.

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9 thoughts on “2015-2016 Southern California Homeschool Days

    • Thank you for adding! Both sea world and legoland require a group to go and more planning which is why they were left off this particular list. They are both worth the time if you are willing to plan for a group to go, or have a friend doing the planning!

  1. From The Children’s Museum at La Habra:
    Homeschool Day at the Museum!

    October 7, 10am-4pm

    We are welcoming Homeschool families to discover, learn and play! For a discounted price of $7 per person (children under 2 are free), visitors can enjoy 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits during our less crowded season. Visit our changing exhibit Construction Zone and make art in the Family Art Center too! Visit us on January 6, 2016 for another Homeschooling Day!
    http://www.lhcm.org/350/Visit
    It’s not on their website yet.

  2. This is an awesome list. Unfortunately we are in Northern Calif. Would you or anyone on this thread know if there is a list for us HS peeps in Northern California?
    Thanks for the list and taking time to post it.

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