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THE A-to-Z of Homeschooling
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Virginia Field Trips with Kids

Air & Space

Virginia Air & Space Center
Your imagination will soar as you launch a rocket, pilot a space shuttle, become an air traffic controller, fly an airplane, and more! 600 Settlers Landing Rd., Hampton, (757) 727-0900

Virginia Aviation Museum
Knowledgeable and friendly volunteers share the history of the planes. Richmond Int’l Airport, 5701 Huntsman Road, Sandston, VA 23250, (804) 236-3622

Annotated Lists

Happy Trails
Divided by educational topics: science. museums, history, informational, parks, and trails.

The Outer Banks
Regional site about things to see and do in this part of Virginia.

Discovery Museums

Children’s Museum of Richmond
Here’s a look at all the great things you can do at CMoR! 2626 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220. 804-474-CMoR (2667).

The Curiosity Zone
A state-of-the-art science and tech enrichment center for kids ages 1-12.  It is a place where kids can go to think, invent, create, explore and learn, learn, learn. We are opening in January 2005 in Ashburn, Virginia.

Virginia Discovery Museum
Our permanent exhibits appeal primarily to children of preschool age through fourth grade. Some special exhibits and some permanent exhibits may be appropriate for ollder children. 524 East Main (street address), P.O. Box 1128, Charlottesville, VA 22902-1128 , (804) 977-1025

History

Colonial Williamsburg
Come visit to this historic town. Colonial Williamsburg is midway between Richmond and Norfolk on I-64 (exit 238). Williamsburg, VA, (757) 229-1000.

Gunston Hall Plantation
The past offers exciting adventures in learning and hands-on discovery. Students consider the ideas of Founding Father George Mason and find out what life was like for his family, slaves, and servants over 225 years ago. Special Home School History Day in June. Groups need to sign up by mid-May. 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA 22079. Education Director: (703) 550-9220 (ext. 239).

Historic Alexandria
With more than 250 years of history and hospitality to its credit, Alexandria offers an array of historic and cultural attractions. Alexandria’s many historic homes, churches, businesses and museums allow residents and visitors alike to experience the hand of the past that makes our city the charming and historic town it is today. Be sure to stop here first to help you decide which attractions best suit your family.

Presidents Park
Learn about all 43 unique presidencies as you enjoy a patriotic, educational and inspiring experience at Presidents Park in Williamsburg, Virginia. Toll free 800-588-4327 or (757) 259-1121 ext. 107.

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
Your exploration of the Civil War in Virginia begins here. Enjoy the museum, explore the historic farm, scenic Shenandoah River overlooks, picnic spots and walking trails. Annual Re-enactment each May. New Market, VA, 1-866-515-1864

Maritime & Marine Science

Mariners’ Museum
Provides your homeschoolers with the opportunity to experience maritime history and science and to help them recognize the sea’s impact on their world and individual lives. Events calendar can be exported to your computer’s calendar. For program information, please call Armalita Holley at (757) 591-743. 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA.

Nauticus, the National Maritime Center
Home to the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus is an exciting 120,000 square-foot science and technology center exploring the power of the sea. One Waterside Dr., Norfolk, (800) 664-1080

Virginia Field Trip Sites for Marine and Aquatic Education
Virginia offers many excellent field experiences for learning about the Chesapeake Bay and the Commonwealth’s water resources.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Offers both on- and off-site program options, as well as outreach, where the museum comes to you. 717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451. (757) 425-FISH

Natural History

Norfolk Botanical Garden
We offer six events a year that are specifically designed withhomeschool families in mind, and with our new children’s garden we are a great place for families to come and explore the best natural area in Norfolk. 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, Virginia 23518. (757) 441-5830.

Shenandoah Caverns & American Celebration on Parade
See beautiful underground formations like the famous Breakfast Bacon once featured in National Geographic ­ all in the only Virginia caverns with elevator service! Educational tours available. 261 Caverns Road., Shenandoah Caverns, VA 22847. (540) 477-3115.

Virginia Living Museum
Come see all the new, live exhibits that showcase Virginia’s natural history from the mountains to the sea. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601, (757) 595-1900

Virginia Museum of Natural History
Offers a variety of programs on natural history topics to meet the needs and interests of young people and adults living in Central Virginia.
Check out Homeschool Wednesdays, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.
104 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22904. (434) 982-4605.

Rural Life

River Farm
We are offering programs for small or large groups to share our knowledge and love of plants and nature. Our programs are science-based and support the Virginia Standards of Learning. 7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, VA 22308. (703) 768-5700 ext 137 for the Youth Programs Coordinator.


Science

Danville Science Center
Whether launching bottle rockets or studying the stars, there’s laughter and science in the air. 677 Craghead Street, Danville, VA 24541, (804) 791-5160


Jefferson Lab
Not only a place to visit an dlearn, but the site also has lots of science worksheets and projects. 12000 Jefferson Avenue, MS 12B, Newport News, (757) 269-7100


Science Museum of Virginia
Events and activities right on the home page. Plenty to see and do. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond, (800) 659-1727

Science Museum of Western Virginia
The Roanoke Robotics Club meets at the Science Museum on the first Saturday of the month at 12:00 Noon. If you want to build and operate robots, come join people who share your interest! From beginners to advanced builders, they have it! (Meetings not held in all months of the year – call (540) 819-8020 to confirm beforehand.) One Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011, (540) 342-5710

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