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Ultimate List of Homeschool Days in Southern California

A unique part of homeschooling is the ability to go out into the community and learn first-hand about a specific subject that you are passionate about.  Whether you live in a small town or a big city, there are many opportunities for children of all ages to explore and learn. To get you started, here's a list of 25+ Homeschool Days in Southern California to help you plan your next adventure!

A unique part of homeschooling is the ability to go out into the community and learn first-hand about a specific subject that you are passionate about.  Whether you live in a small town or a big city, there are many opportunities for children of all ages to explore and learn.  And there’s definitely no shortage of great museums, historical sites, theaters, parks, festivals, and farms to visit in Southern California.

But just in case you were wondering where to start, here’s a list of 25+ Homeschool Days in Southern California to help you plan your next adventure!

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25+ Homeschool Days in Southern California

Homeschool Day at BubblePop, Tustin

Join us at BubblePOP in Tustin on January 31 from 1-3 pm for a unique indoor interactive bubble experience for all ages! Experience more than 10 STEM activities, a 30-minute Science of Bubbles Show presented by Mad Science South Orange County, and a make your own bubble wand project.  Plus, take home a goodie bag to continue your learning of bubbles at home!

Homeschool Day at BubblePop in Tustin

Homeschool Ice Skating Day at Aliso Viejo Ice Palace, Aliso Viejo

The Aliso Viejo Ice Palace is dedicated to providing you with the finest experience on ice skates.  They have a homeschool ice skating day on Mondays.  Advance sign ups are not required.

Homeschool Days at Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Unique for homeschoolers, the Aquarium of the Pacific offers special Homeschool Days once in the fall and once in the spring tailored just for homeschool students and their families.  No other classroom-based school trips are booked during this time.  The Aquarium’s educators set up engaging learning stations that allow homeschoolers of all ages to experiment, investigate and explore marine habitats and concepts.  In December, they also host a Homeschool Holiday event.

25+ Homeschool Days in Southern California

Homeschool Day at The Autry Museum, Los Angeles

A few times a year The Autry Museum in LA hosts homeschool days for the community.  Various programs and classes are available on these special days.  Check their website for updated information.

Homeschool Days at The California Science Center, Los Angeles

The California Science Center strives to provide homeschool students with opportunities to explore science in fun and unique ways.  The Center offers programs for both individual homeschool students and large groups alike.

On select days throughout the school year, the Center invites homeschool students to visit on Homeschool Days and explore a variety of science concepts.  Each day the Center features age-appropriate activities that are held in their educational classrooms and the Big Lab.  Classes are offered for students based on the following age ranges: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-16.  Sessions in the morning are from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and session in the afternoon are from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Homeschool Classes at the California Science Center in LA

Homeschool Day at The Children’s Museum of La Habra, La Habra

In January, The Children’s Museum of Habra welcomes Homeschool families to discover, learn and play at the museum.  For a discounted price (children under 2 are free), homeschoolers can enjoy 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits during their less crowded season.

Homeschool Public Skate & Hockey at Corona Inline, Corona

Homeschool Public Skating and Hockey at Corona Inline takes place on the first Monday of every month from 2-4pm, as well as the third Thursday of every month from 10am-noon.  The cost is $5 per person, which includes skate rentals.  Skate assists are available for an extra fee; hockey gear not included.

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Homeschool Day at Descancso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge

Spend the day at Descanso Gardens exploring nature with your own focus and at your own pace.  These self-guided visits for homeschool students are available three times throughout the 2019–2020 school year.  Free of charge, but advance registration is required.

Homeschool Days at The Discovery Cube OC, Santa Ana

Discovery Cube welcomes homeschool families to use the Cube as a teaching tool.  They periodically offer special discounts, offer exclusive workshops and other unique opportunities for homeschool students and their parents.  Stay tuned for upcoming dates for the 2019-2020 school year.

Homeschool Classes at the Fleet Science Center, San Diego

The Fleet Science Center makes it super easy for homeschool students to book a Science Workshop.  Choose from any one of their many workshop topics and call (619) 238-1233 x806 to book a date that works best for you.  Advance registration is required.  The workshop fee includes the workshop itself and gallery admission for students only.  There is a minimum of 10 students per class.  One adult chaperone per 10 students is also required.

Homeschool Days at Fort Cross Old Timely Adventures, Julian

Fort Cross is a family owned and operated outdoor education center nestled in the beautiful mountains of San Diego County.   They offer living history and a variety of other educational programs that involve music, art, survival skills, team building, and agriculture workshops.  Throughout the year, they host specific homeschool field trip days.

Homeschool Days at The Irvine Park Railroad, Irvine

Every April, The Irvine Park Railroad hosts three homeschool field trips days as a part of their annual California History Education Program at The Irvine Regional Park.  Tickets go fast!  Registration opens in January.  The field trip includes a train ride, a mine shaft tour, a water wheel demonstration and panning for gold.

Homeschool Day Irvine Park Railroad

Homeschool Adventure Fest at Irvine Ranch Outdoor Adventure Center, Orange

Once or twice a year, the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center opens it’s doors to homeschoolers and invites you and your children (ages 5-13) to learn how Scouting can enhance your child’s educational experience with engaging, hands-on learning.  Lunch and kids activities are provided at a nominal cost.  Stay tuned for upcoming dates for the 2019-2020 school year.

Homeschool Days at Kidspace Children’s Museum, Pasadena

Kidspace Children’s Museum Homeschool Days take place once in the fall and in the spring.  Each student is invited to participate in one of the museum’s signature Discovery Programs along with other homechoolers.  There is no fee for accompanying adults.  Siblings not participating in the program pay the regular museum admission.  No minimum number of students required to sign up.  One adult must be present for every 5 students registered.  Stay tuned for upcoming dates for the 2019-2020 school year.

Homeschool Field Trips at The LA Arboreteum, Arcadia

The LA Arboreteum offers two field trip options during the school year to enhance a homeschool students’ educational experience. These options include their Self-Guided and Guided field trips.  They require all groups to have a minimum number of 10 students to make a reservation which qualifies you for free student entry, Monday-Friday during the school year.

All groups, including homeschool self-guided and guided tours are required to have a minimum 1:10 ratio of adults to children for supervision purposes.  Adult chaperones are admitted free of charge up to a ratio of 1:5.  Any adults without an Arboretum membership over this ratio are $9.00.   Students up to 18 years old/12th grade are free with a reservation.

Homeschool Day at La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum, Los Angeles

The La Brea Tar Pits & Museum offers four days each school year when Homeschoolers can come free of charge.  Each Homeschool Day has an assigned theme with free drop-in activities designed to help you and your students get the most out of their exhibits.

Any student receiving academic instruction at home for grades PreK (3 years old) through Grade 12 and his/her educators qualify for free admission on Homeschool Days.  Proof of homeschooling and advance registration is not required.  Parking is $15.  Stay tuned for upcoming dates for the 2019-2020 school year.

LA County FairKids Field Trip Program, Pomona

LA Country FairKids field trips are on Wednesdays through Fridays throughout the season.  Admission and parking is free for any homeschooler in preschool – high school.  Teachers and chaperones are free too.

The LA County Fair opens three hours early at 9 am on field trip days for children to participate in controlled fun and educational activities related to agriculture, art, science, literature, California heritage, and life on a real farm.  All programs are also grade-level and subject specific.  If you’re looking to beat the crowds, the first week of FairKids and Wednesdays have the lowest attendance.

LA FAIRKIDS Program

LEGOLAND California Homeschool Days, Carlsbad

LEGOLAND California offers a discounted rate for California Home School groups, on weekdays during regular Park hours in September – June.  Tickets are $28 Adult or Child for admission to LEGOLAND, and $33 Adult or Child for admission to LEGOLAND and SEA LIFE Aquarium, for verified Home School-serving Charters or Home School families.

You need to have a party of at least 10 people to purchase tickets to attend Homeschool Days at LEGOLAND California.  Guests arriving in family groups must show Home School verification at Guest Services to redeem offer.  Payment required in advance.

Staff-led, family-friendly education workshops are also available.  Workshops must be booked in advance when reserving your tickets.

Homeschool Days at The Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

Join The Mission San Juan Capistrano every 3rd Wednesday of the month for Homeschool Family Day.  The discount package includes child admission, an audio tour, panning for gold, adobe brick making, koi fish food, Mission Clubhouse ID card and Mission Passport.  You must book your visit and purchase admission at least 1 week in advance.

Homeschool Day Mission San Juan Capistrano

Homeschool Days at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Los Angeles

The NHM of LA offers four days each school year when Homeschoolers can come free of charge.  Each Homeschool Day has an assigned theme with free drop-in activities designed to help you and your students get the most out of their exhibits.

Any student receiving academic instruction at home for grades PreK (3 years old) through Grade 12 and his/her educators qualify for free admission on Homeschool Days.  Proof of homeschooling and advance registration is not required.  Parking is $15.  Stay tuned for upcoming dates for the 2019-2020 school year.

Homeschool Weekend at Pali Institute, Running Springs

Pali Institute’s mission is to introduce experiential education to young people by providing progressive learning experiences that extend far beyond classroom walls.  Once a year, Pali Institute invites homeschool students (ages 9 and up) and parents to join them for a special weekend to experience the Pali Institute curriculum.  4th through 10th grade students are assigned to pre-determined age appropriate classes in Science, Leadership and Outdoor Education, along with games and evening activities through the weekend.  Six chef-prepared meals are included along with cozy mountain cabin accomodations with your preference of same gender or mixed gender cabin.

Homeschool Night at Petco Park, San Diego

Join the San Diego Padres and our Southern California Homeschool Community for Homeschool Night with the Padres in the fall.  For more information or to purchase tickets groups of 10 or more please contact Cameron Matsumura at 619.795.5016 or [email protected]  Stay tuned for the upcoming fall date to be announced.

Homeschool Night at Petco Park

Homeschool Days at Pretend City Children’s Museum, Irvine

On the third Friday of the month, Pretend City host a Homeschool Dayand offers a special discounted rate of $9.00 per child or adult to visit the museum.   Homeschool students have unlimited access to Pretend City’s 17 interactive exhibits offering learning through fun experiences.

All of their educational exhibits develop foundational math, reading, and science skills, while fostering curiosity and inspiration, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization.

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Homeschool Days at Riley’s Apple Farm, Oak Glen

Riley’s Apple Farm is currently celebrating 35+ years of apple growing where families are entertained with old fashioned harvest fun,  Their apple picking season runs Labor Day thru Thanksgiving Weekend.

Riley’s Apple Farm hosts Homeschool Days in the spring and fall.   During a tour, students enjoy a hands-on living history tour of the apple farm from 10 am – 2 pm.  Advance reservations are required.

Homeschool Day at Riley’s Stone Soup Farm & Hertitage Orchard, Oak Glen

Riley’s Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard is a century old, family owned and operated vintage apple orchard.  They engage in preserving a heritage community through heirloom growing, educational programs and artisan culture.

Riley’s Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard hosts Homeschool Days in the spring and fall.  Enjoy the daily adventures of a homesteading family, learning from their skills and crafts in an interactive tour.  Like many pioneering and rural families, the traditional education of children was conducted in the home and on the farm.

They welcome Home School families to their historic farm for a unique learning experience without the need for group minimums.  All programs are by reservation only.  Programs offered are the California Pioneer, Founding Farmers, Farmland Adventure and Harvest Homestead.

Homeschool Ice Skating Classes at The Rinks – Lakewood Ice, Lakewood

Lakewood Ice offers a weekly homeschool learn to skate class.

Homeschool Day at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia

In October, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia invites homeschool families from across Southern California to attend Home School Day and enjoy all day park access to the park’s thrilling rides and attractions.

Homeschool Ice Skating Day at Westminster Ice, Westminster

Westminster Ice has a homeschool ice skating day on Mondays for $5.

Homeschool Field Trips at SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego

Enhance your home education program with an Instructional Field Trip to SeaWorld.  The program provides students with an unforgettable day of exploration as they connect to wildlife and the world we share.  The field trips begins right on time at 9:30 a.m. and ends sharply at 1:30 p.m.  The field trip includes an educational animal presentation and a self-guided viewing of SeaWorld’s animal habitats.  On the day of the visit, each adult chaperone will also receive a Field Trip Guide to facilitate learning.

Homeschool Field Trip SeaWorld California

UNofficial Homeschool Day at Disneyland, Anaheim

The first ever UNofficial Homeschool Day at Disneyland was held in 2007.  2019 will be the 12th annual Homeschool Day at Disneyland!  Anyone who homeschools or uses other alternative types of education are invited to come and hang out at the park with their fellow homeschoolers.   The main part of the event is the picture in front of the castle at 2 pm sharp.  Don’t miss it!

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

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