Here is a partial list of local activities for homeschooling families. Johnson County and the KC metro have a diverse selection of activities for homeschoolers – gymnastics, art classes, nature programs, zoo programs, – the list goes on. If you know of an activity or event geared towards homeschoolers that should be included on this list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnson County Park and Recreation
JCPRD is offering a series of art classes for homeschoolers, as well as a nature program at Ernie Miller geared towards homeschooling families. Contact JCPRD at 913-831-3355 with questions or to register.
LEARN Science and Math Club
Learn Science & Math Club is a cooperative, not-for-profit learning club based in Kansas City, MO. Our mission is to provide kids with rich science and math experiences.
Kids who play more, learn more; so, we make fun a part of everything we do. And, we do a lot! From August through February, we study engineering and physics by competing in the international FIRST Tech Challenge, the FIRST LEGO League and the Junior FIRST LEGO League. From Febuary to May, we conduct chemistry experiments, build all sorts of wacky machines, participate in science fairs, watch the stars, go on archaeology digs and much more.
Kemper Museum Homeschool Programs
Make the Kemper a part of your homeschool routine. Homeschool art programs like our monthly Homeschool Art Sampler and Fine Art First Friday are designed to serve co-op groups or individual families.
The programs consist of 1 hour and 30 minute sessions held on the afternoon of the first Friday of the month (Fine Art Friday) and the morning of the third Thursday of each month (Homeschool Art Sampler).
The themes of each program change from month to month and take place in the Museum’s galleries, and are designed to be an interactive experience that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through observation, discussion and activities. Programs are drop-in with no registration required.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Homeschool Days
The Nelson-Atkins is introducing three Homeschool Days for 2014-15. Each program will have a different focus and will offer tours and activities geared towards homeschoolers grades K-12. Click here for more information and click here to register. As of 7/21/14 enrollment for all three Homeschool Days is FULL.
Friday, September 26, 10am-2pm – Enjoy an introduction to the museum, interactive gallery stops, a hands-on art process and learn about the resources that are available for homeschool educational needs.
Registration deadline is September 19.
Friday, December 12, 10am-2pm – How do art and science connect? Enjoy gallery stops where science plays an important part in the art and participate in a hands-on experience in the studio classrooms.
Registration deadline is December 5.
Friday, April 17, 10am-2pm – Listen to stories, visit gallery artworks that have a narrative component and enjoy a hands-on bookmaking process in the studio classroom.
Registration deadline is April 10.
Schlagle Library Science Adventures
Schlagle Library and Environmental Learning Center is one of only two public library environmental learning centers in the United States. They provide homeschool programs on specific weekdays and public programs on weekends for low or no cost. You can learn more about Schagle’s programs by clicking here.
Mahaffie Stagecoach offers homeschool days in fall, winter and spring. Fall Homeschool Day is Thursday, September 11, 2014, Winter Homeschool Day is Friday, February 20, and Spring Homeschool Day is Thursday, April 23. More information is available here.
Sky Zone KC Homeschool Hop
Sky Zone KC is an indoor trampoline park, and is hosting a monthly Homeschool Hop. Any age from walking-17 years old is welcome.
Dates for 2015: February 6th, March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st
Time: Check in 11am. Jump time- 11:15am – 12:15pm
Cost: $10 per jumper. Pre purchase 10 or more tickets by calling Amy at 913-213-5909 and your cost will be just $8 per jumper!
*SkySocks not included. $1.50 per pair. SkySocks are reusable.
More information about Sky Zone KC at their website.
Skate City First Thursday Homeschool Days
Skate City at 10440 Mastin in Overland Park offers a homeschool skate the first Thursday of each month from 1pm to 3pm. Admission is $5 and skate rental is $2. Learn more by clicking here.
Kansas City Zoo
The KC Zoo offers a series of science classes for homeschoolers who are members of Friends of the Zoo (FOTZ) called “When Science Attacks!” These classes are held on the second Wednesday and Thursday of each month, and run September through April. Classes are $6/person for K-2nd grade; $8/person for 3rd-5th and 6th-8th. Click on the link to learn more, or contact the KC Zoo at 816-595-1765 to register.
CoCo Key Home School Swim Days
CoCo Key is offering Home School Swim Days on Fridays every other month in 2015. Cost is $5/person to attend. You can find out more information or register by contacting CoCo Key at 816-737-4766 or their website.
Friday, February 20th 1pm-9pm
Friday, April 17th 1pm-9pm
Friday, June 19th 1pm-9pm
Friday, August 21th 1pm-9pm
Friday, October 16th 1pm-9pm
Friday, December 18th 1pm-9pm
American Sign Language for Families
American Sign Language (ASL) for Families is being offered to homeschoolers and friends on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Lackman Library from 12:00-12:55 (beginning September 17th). A typical class will include stories, songs, games, and other activities to teach ASL vocabulary and basic grammatical concepts that relate to a monthly theme. Classes are recommended for ages 4 and up, but all are welcome. The cost is $5/child for each class. Registration is required. If you have questions or would like to participate in a class, please contact Kim Lybarger at email@example.com.
Emerald City Gymnastics
Emerald City Gymnastics is offering classes for homeschoolers. Click the link for more details.
Shogun Martial Arts
Shogun Martial Arts in Mission, KS is now offering karate classes for homeschoolers on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting at 4pm. Click on the link to learn more.
Home School Band of Kansas City was started as a way to bring home schooled children together in a group band setting. Although home school students can easily take one on one lessons, there is a certain experience playing in a group that can’t be matched with private instruction. The band is for children aged 10 and older. For more information, check out their website.
REW Music Homeschool Band
REW Music of Olathe offers homeschool classes in Band, Orchestra, Jazz and Guitar at their Olathe location. The directors, Bob and Jacki Woeppel, have been working with students for over 35 years to bring the rewarding world of music to life. They believe that God gave us all the ability to praise him through music in one way or another. What better way than to make a joyful sound through instruments while fellowshipping with others. Thinking outside the box, the Woeppels have been able to get the students to feel and enjoy the process of making music while achieving top marks at state contests and festivals. This Homeschool Band and Orchestra will be full of energy, excitement and employ techniques that will allow the students to succeed and have fun learning the valuable art of making music. Check out their site for more information.
Homeschool Arts KC
Homeschool Arts KC offers a comprehensive fine arts program designed especially for secular homeschoolers. We teach courses in art, music, and theater for all ages: Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Small class sizes allow teachers to give individual feedback and support your child’s learning at home. Homeschool Arts KC is an outreach ministry of Overland Park Christian Church at 75th and Conser Streets. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the day. Concerts, gallery shows, and recitals take place in the evenings and on weekends. The school follows the Shawnee Mission School District Calendar. To learn more, click here to visit their site.