Homeschool Programs

Join our experienced education staff on the first Thursday each month (January-May; September-December) for a full day of Museum access and specially-themed public programs! 

Admission: $9/person (students & adults); free for members

Don't Forget! All homeschool families must enter through the Education Lobby to receive the group rate; advance registration is not required. Students will receive full access to the Museum for the day, and can choose to arrive at any time. Themed programs will be scheduled throughout the day, and information about that day's programs will be available upon arrival.

Please note that all programs will be available to general Museum visitors, and space is not guaranteed.

2018 Program Themes

January 4: Historic Native Cultures of North America
Native peoples living in different parts of North America developed many different ways of living. The Boonshoft educators and curators highlight material goods of these native peoples to compare the everyday lives of Inuit, people of the Northwest Coast, Southwest Coast, Eastern Coast, Plains, and Eastern Woodlands around the year 1890.

February 1: African American Scientists and Inventors
Life today is considerably easier than it was 100 or even 50 years ago thanks to the inventors and scientists who have gone before us. Join the Boonshoft staff for a look at the discoveries and inventions of African Americans that affect us every day.

March 1: Walk This Way
Jump feet first into comparative anatomy as we explore three different ways that mammals walk. Students will compare the structures of mammal feet and analyze how it affects them.

April 5: Food, Fitness, and Fun!
Get moving! This program introduces healthy foods and activities with the goal of developing good habits for a healthy body. Proper food choices, portion control, and exercise will be offered as solutions to the problem of inactivity and childhood obesity.

May 3: The Amazing Body
The human body is an incredible and complex machine. Using mathematic modeling and dissection tools, students will compare elements of human anatomy to other mammals and discovery how similar we really are.

September 6: Robots and Us
Robots are taking over the museum! Join educators at the Boonshoft to get started on your robotics education. Students will learn basic coding and programming concepts.

October 4: Candy Science
Science is oh-so-sweet! Candy is loved by all, but did you know that most candy is a work of complex chemistry? Students get hands on with some sugary treats in order to understand hydrophobic dyes, crystalline structures, triboluminescence, and more!

November 1: Webs of Life
Explore the basic needs of organisms and their role in the environment. Students learn how animals interact with one another and trace the connections to form food webs. Predator-prey relationships are demonstrated with an owl pellet dissection.

December 6: Hibernation and Migration
As much as they would probably like it, animals of Ohio do not have space heaters! Instead, when the weather gets colder, plants and animals hunker down for a long winter. Students will discover what methods are used to sustain life during the most barren time of year.

*NOTE: Looking for other dates, times, and specific programs for homeschool families? Consider booking a field trip just for you! Group minimum is only ten (10) students, with 2 adults admitted free. Visit our Field Trip & Group Tour page for complete details and guidelines.

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