The following organizations are listed as a resource only and are not necessarily associated with, or endorsed, by CIRCLE Homeschool.
Owned by potter, homeschooling mother, and CIRCLE member, Andee Warren, Cedar Creek Pottery offers a great opportunity for homeschooling families. Homeschool families can get their hands dirty in the studio for $20/hour. Check with Andee for more information or about scheduling some studio time.
Visit 19th century Wisconsin with a trip to Old World Wisconsin. Group tours are available when planned in advance, and Old World Wisconsin also offers two homeschool days each year with multiple activities.
Make history come alive at the Milwaukee Public Museum! Educators (including homeschoolers) are elligible for a free MPM Educator Hall Pass. This allows the barer free admission to the museum and member level discounts. The pass can also be applied toward a $10 discount on a family membership to get your entire homeschooling family in on the fun. Call the museum for more information. Group discounts are also available for groups planning field trips in advance.
Check out Discovery World for some scientific fun! Family memberships are available and make multiple visits more affordable. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Also, Discovery World hosts a couple of homeschool days each year at the group rate.
The Milwaukee County Zoo is home to over 2,000 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles spanning 200 acreas. Family memberships are available and there are periodic free days (6 scheduled in 2014) sponsored by local businesses. Group rates are available for groups of more than 15, along with special rates for field trips.
The Milwaukee Art Musem has a variety of art collections. Memberships are available. The first Thursday of every month is free, thanks to Target. Children ages 12 and younger are free during normal admission days. Field trips may be scheduled for a fee.
The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is a premier venue for the 10 and under set. Memberships are avialable for locals, along with field trips at group prices. US Bank and Fox 6 sponsor free family evenings once a month.
The Schlitz Audobon Nature Center encompasses 185 acres along a stretch of shore on Lake Michigan. With 6 miles of hiking trails, a 60 ft. observation tour, and more, it is certain to appeal to nature enthusiasts. Group classes are available for a fee.
Located north of Milwaukee, Riveredge Nature Center offers many opportunities for area families. Explore the natural trails, play in the children’s area, or participate in one of the many activities for families. Riveredge offers ongoing homeschool classes with their Homeschool Ed-ventures, as well as guided field trips and studies.
Located north of Milwaukee in Sheboygan, WI, Bookworm Gardens will enchant children of all ages. Supporting free, unstructured play, the Gardens can set up tours for groups greater than 10. Admission to Bookworm Gardens is always free. Donations are appreciated.
The Waukesha County Museum offers an educational outreach program with their Museum to Go! offerings, history discovery boxes which can be checked out, and many programs for the community. Admission to the museum is free but donations are appreciated.
Kettle Moraine Ice Center
Try your hand (or foot) at ice skating at the Kettle Moraine Ice Center in West Bend, WI! Winter public skating hours are Wednesday and Saturday from 1-3 PM and Sundays from 2-4 PM (contingent on hockey tournaments – double check their weekend schedule). On a normal Wednesday, you can find some homeschooling families hanging out and having fun. Family passes are an economical way for your family to skate all Winter long, or just pay for a day pass. Homeschooling families should ask about the homeschool rate on Wednesdays to save a couple of dollars/person.
The Museum of Wisconsin Art is located in West Bend, WI, featuring work from Wisconsin artists. Group tours are available for $25/tour. Special events for members include weekly open craft times for families.
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