- Atlanta Botanical Garden
“Homeschool Day” at Atlanta Botanical Garden includes tours and activities designed exclusively for homeschool groups and families. They’re great days for supplementing botanical, life science and environmental studies curriculum. Enjoy garden tours, discovery stations, storybook time and presentations. The cost is $10 per student and $10 per chaperone (maximum two per student). If you’re unable to attend Homeschool Day, visit the events page for more programming options.
- Atlanta History Center
Explore a different subject through engaging hands-on experiences, activities, performances and historic simulations on Homeschool Day at Atlanta History Center. This day-long special program is designed for homeschool students, toddler-age to teens, and their families. Admission is $8.50 for nonmembers; $6.50 for children of members; free for adult members. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 children or more. Visit the website for more information. In addition to Homeschool Day, toddlers and preschoolers can participate in “Magic Monday” — a 3-hour monthly program that includes a guided exploration of exhibits, historic houses or gardens, demonstrations, story time and arts and crafts.
- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Groups of homeschool students and their educators can go on a musical field trip and see the Atlanta Symphony play “Concerts for Young People” at Woodruff Arts Center. There are concerts geared toward pre-K through 2nd grade, 3rd through 8th grade and 6th through 12th. There is no group minimum but special group rates are offered for 15+ seats. Visit the Education and Community page on the website for more details.
- Alliance Theatre
The Alliance Theatre for Youth and Families produces a variety of developmentally appropriate shows each season. Plays are chosen to engage young people in the magic of theater. Any school or high school student can attend any performance for just $10. Theatre for the Very Young is a series for children up to age 5 and takes place in The Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre. Teens can participate in the ArtsVibe program, which is a partnership with all of Woodruff Arts Center.
- Autrey Mill Nature Preserve
Children ages 6 through 11 (grades 1-5) can participate in twice-monthly Homeschool Days — 4-hour themed nature classes developed to combine environmental studies, nature, history and science. Each class follows a nationally recognized curriculum and complies with state standards in life science, physical science and history. The cost is $15 for members; $25 for non-members. Children ages 3 to 6 and their guardians can participate in the Preschool Adventures program, which includes a hands-on activity or craft, story time, animal visit and more. The cost of this one-hour program is $7 for members; $10 for non-members.
- Callaway Gardens
The Callaway Gardens Education Department has a team that includes horticulturalists, naturalists and other experts. Student groups are charged an education fee of $4.50 per student and $8.50 per teacher or adult. This fee is in addition to the guided programs fees, which vary. Homeschool groups of 10 or more can participate in programs such as gardening for butterflies, container gardening and seasonal interest walks. Visitors are welcome to explore the gardens outside of an organized class. Admission is free for children younger than 5; $10 for children ages 6 through 12; $20 for adults ages 13 through 64; $15 for seniors age 65+. There are 2,500 acres of gardens, trails, attractions and recreation. Guests of all ages love the Day Butterfly Center — a glass-enclosed environment for a variety of tropical plants and the butterflies they feed.
- Chattahoochee Nature Center
In addition to its family programs, Chattahoochee Nature Center has a Homeschool Science program for ages 5 through 13, on the second Monday of each month, September through May from 2 to 3 p.m. This special programming is included with general admission (CNC members are free) and no registration is required. Homeschool Science Mondays offer hands-on science and nature lessons — a great addition to the ecology, biology and geology curriculums. Afterward, visit the CNC Nature Store, where homeschool educators will receive a 10-percent educator discount to continue lessons at home.
- Delta Flight Museum
Groups of 20 people or fewer can schedule a private tour of the Delta Flight Museum. Admission is $10 per person plus $100 to $150, depending on the type of tour chosen. Public guided tours take place every Tuesday at 1 p.m. and are free with museum admission. These tours explore the exhibits and discuss Delta’s history. On the second Tuesday of each month, the tour is of the interior of Delta’s first DC-3 to carry passengers. Tours are 45 minutes long. Museum admission is free for children 4 and younger; $10 children 5-17; $15 adults 18-64; $12.5 seniors 65+.
- Federal Reserve Bank Atlanta
Another free homeschool field trip option is to visit the Federal Reserve Bank Atlanta. It’s a great supplement to history, economics or government curriculums. Individuals and groups of 10 or fewer can take self-guided tours of the Monetary Museum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Larger groups, up to 30, can schedule a guided tour by appointment. The museum will allow guests to explore an exhibit of historical artifacts and learn the history of money from days of bartering to modern times. It features a display on the history of money and explains the Federal Reserve’s role in the economy and more.
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Fernbank offers homeschoolers free downloadable resources on its website, including scavenger hunts, coloring sheets and curriculum correlations for exhibits and films. Smaller groups visiting as a family or up to 10 students can receive a special discount on student discounts with a Declaration of Intent. Explore museum exhibits, see an IMAX film and participate in special programming on select weekends, including family activity days, live animal encounters and more. Enjoy Fernbank’s new outdoor experience, WildWoods. Explore trails, elevated tree pods, hands-on exhibitions and immersive opportunities. Fernbank Forest — a 65-acre undisturbed, old-growth hardwood forest located right in the heart of metro Atlanta — is also now open for self-guided tours.
- Georgia Aquarium
“Tuesdays in the Field” is a homeschool opportunity to give students (and their caregivers/educators) exclusive access to the aquarium’s Discovery Zone. Age-appropriate activity stations will be set up throughout the Discovery Zone, with Georgia Aquarium educators, to allow students to explore, investigate and engage. The program resembles a science festival setting, where students can engage activities at their own pace.
- Georgia State Capitol Building
Self-guided tours of the Capitol Building are completely free. Visitors just have to visit the front desk to check in and get name tags. The museum collects, maintains and exhibits artifacts such as historic flags and works of art. It’s open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
- High Museum of Art
Homeschoolers and their educators can participate in Homeschool Days, where the admission pricing for students is discounted to $7 (regular museum admission pricing for adults). Each Homeschool Day will focus on a featured artist, theme or exhibition, and will include a docent-guided tour and art making.
- Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
For groups of 10 or more homeschool students, tours are available at the Jimmy Carter Library from September through May and are free of charge for students younger than 16. Guided tour reservations require a $25 deposit, which will be refunded upon arrival for the tour.
- LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Local homeschool groups with 10 or more people can reserve field trip visits Monday through Friday with special pricing ($7 per child, 1 free adult for every 5 children and $10 per additional adult). LEGOLAND also hosts Homeschool Days. Visit the website for more information about making a reservation.
- Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
For older children, grades 5 through 12, MODA offers a monthly Homeschool Day with museum-educator-led programming and reduced museum admission. Declaration of Intent or other verification of non-traditional school status is required.
- Purple Elephant Art Studio (The PEA Studio)
For unique art classes that include earth science, art history, artistic and technique development, visit The PEA Studio in Marietta. These new drop-in style classes are geared toward homeschoolers ages 4 through 10. Each class will explore classical art concepts and techniques, using quality art materials and natural items found outdoors. More information can be found at http://www.explorewildwood.com. For more creative experiences check out these 8 places for kids to get artsy in Atlanta.
- Southeastern Railway Museum
Southeastern Railway Museum hosts an annual themed Homeschool Day. Families receive a special admission price of $7 per person for an hour and a half long program. In this time, students and their families will visit various stations, which include geography and science lessons centered around each train, activities and crafts. Following the program, guests can explore the museum and eat a picnic lunch. Preregistration is required. For those who can’t make it to Homeschool Day, groups can participate in age-appropriate field trip programs. Contact the museum’s education coordinator to make reservations. Younger children, ages 2 through 4, can participate in a special preschool program on the second Thursday of each month. The cost is $10 per participating child. One adult is free per child and additional adults are $12.
- Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Homeschool students grades K through 5 (ages 5-12) can drop-in on the Southern Museum’s Homeschool Workshop series on the second Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. Workshops are S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and history focused, and include a different train-theme each month. The cost is $5 for both students and their accompanying adults. Museum members are free.
- Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park is open daily and guests can visit for just the price of parking — $15 daily or $40 for an annual pass. The park hosts Homeschool Days to provide students with an opportunity to explore, discover and learn together. Receive a discounted rate of $18 per person (versus $26.95) and get access to educational events, all-day access to attractions and seasonal activities. Declaration of Intent is required for admittance.
- The King Center
The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent and Social Change, or The King Center, is the official memorial dedicated to advancement of the legacy of Dr. King. Homeschoolers and their families can take a self-guided tour and learn more about Dr. King through timeless exhibits on display at Freedom Hall. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
- Zoo Atlanta
Homeschoolers can participate in Homeschool Field Trip Days, through private reservations with groups of 10 or more, and outside a group on the first Tuesday of every month. Each month the zoo offers Homeschool Academy for grades K through 12. Preschoolers can participate in a special age-appropriate program called Adventure Cubs. Visit the website for theme, dates and pricing.