Civil War Reenactment – Huntington Beach

Want to escape the heat of the desert and need a legitimate excuse to drive to Huntington Beach? How about Southern California’s Largest Civil War Reenactment?! This a great event for the whole family.

September 3rd & 4th at Huntingbeach Central Library

Afterwards, you can drive north through Buena Park and stop at Farrell’s for ice cream before you head home!

La Brea Tar Pits – Homeschool Days

The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles has announced its “Homeschool Days”! This a great chance to take your family to see what the museum has to offer. For details, click on the links above to take you right to their site. They have a page about how to get there and how much it costs, what’s available, and a link to resources for your family to use before and after your trip!

Meet the Mammoths – Wednesday, October 19, 2016
L.A.’s Carnivores – Friday, January 13, 2017
Bugs and Botany – Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Dig It! – Wednesday, June 7, 2017

 

Malki Museum’s Fall Gathering – October

Mark your calendar’s for the Malki Museum’s Fall Gathering. Details are in the photo below and on their website.

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Do you like trains?

The railroad had a huge part in our part of the country so there is a lot of very interesting history there even if you aren’t interested in the locomotives themselves and we have a huge resource for everything railroad right near by!

The Southern California Railway Museum in Perris has several events coming up this fall, not to mention it’s a great place just to come and wander around. There are lots of hands-on exhibits and even a real train to catch a ride on. Take the family and check it out!

Here are some links to train activities and ideas to help you make the most of the day!

NEA’s Transcontinental Telegraph and Railroad

DIY Homeschooler’s Unit Study on the Transcontinental Railroad

The Great Railroad Race Game

Desert Rocks’ Special Offer for Local Homeschoolers!

Desert Rocks Indoor Climbing Gym in North Palm Springs has a great new offer for local homeschoolers! Bring the kids for some indoor climbing fun on weekdays between 11am and 1pm for a reduced rate. See the flyer below for details! This is a great deal for those just wanting to try it out or see what this climbing thing is all about. For those that decide they’d like to make a regular thing, Family Memberships are available that allow you to use the gym anytime of the week! For some Public Charter School members, Desert Rocks is a vendor. Check your school, or ask Desert Rocks staff if you can use your school funds to pay for your child’s membership. The homeschooler drop in rate does not qualify.

Indoor rock climbing is a great sport! It builds strength, balance, and confidence in a relatively safe environment. For homeschool parents, it’s a boon! Older kids can climb and play while Mom’s can tend to babies. There are inherent dangers in this kind of climbing, so we do need to stay on top of the kids so that they don’t get hurt, but the staff at Desert Rocks is there to help us learn what is safe and what isn’t. It’s indoors, clean, friendly, AND has a bathroom. What else can a family ask for?! Tell your friends and pick a day for your homeschool group to gather there.

If you’d like some special instruction for you and/or your kids, Desert Rocks staff will offer extra help on Thursday’s during the homeschool time. The more people that show up for this time, the more they will be willing to offer extra things for us, like climbing instruction and maybe even a Mom’s group! My kids have been climbing for about a year now and just recently I gave in and tried it myself. I love it! It’s a great family activity that we enjoy several times a week.

My kids have been climbing for about a year now and just recently I gave in and tried it myself. I love it! It’s a great family activity that we enjoy several times a week. I hope you’ll join us!

Desert Rocks HS Flyer

Six Flags Magic Mountain Homeschool Day

The date and prices have been set for the Annual Homeschool Family Day at Magic Mountain! This is a great event for the whole family. It’s a private party. The park is open to annual passes or regular tickets. The lines are short. The air is cool. And the people are fantastic! Grab your friends and meet us there!

November 4th, 2016 – $34.99 for early bird tickets purchased before 10/23/2016.

Here’s a link to the online order form!

Farm CAMP?!

I found out about this from my “Mary Janes Farm” magazine today! Exciting! My boys aren’t interested because it has nothing to with dirt bikes, engines, or other physics-related activities, but I sure wish they had a day camp for Moms!

It’s located in Cherry Valley at the Highland Springs Resort – Home of the Lavender Festival! It’s called 123 Farm. Check their website for lots of details and plenty of beautiful pictures that make you want to throw your money down.

It’s a “camp”, meaning the kids spend the week there and it’s a bit pricey. How does a homeschooler work up that kind of money for an experience? You could use a site like “GoFundMe” to raise money from friends and family in the form of monetary gifts, or maybe have a bake sale for friends and family! Get the kids involved in a brain storming meeting about whether or not they’d like to go to a camp like this and how the family can raise money, budget, and plan for it together. There’s a plethora of learning right there before you even sign up to go!

Grubstake Days! – Yucca Valley

Events like this make living here such a joy! Grubstake Days had become a thing of the past the last few years but a small group of residents decided that just wasn’t right and have revived the weekend festivities celebrating our area’s heritage and bringing back a sense of community. Come watch the parade, participate in horseshoes, cheer on the rodeo, and play at the carnival! There’s so much more too!

Is this homeschool related? Of course, it is! Things like this are what make family memories and that is what home education is really about, building family and community on the small scale and giving our country the strong base to build on and change the world. Where better to learn a bit about our local history than a Heritage Day celebration? Where better to meet the community and know our neighbors than a town parade and pancake breakfast? The best part about this particular festival is that it really is a “local” and “grassroots” thing. The community wanted it. A citizen took charge. And through the glories of human ingenuity and social media, Grubstakes Days has been reborn!

Take the family out this weekend, buy some cotton candy, and show your support. The more people that attend, the bigger it will be next year!

Whitewater Preserve

Here’s something fun to do before the weather really warms up!  The Wildlands Conservatory, Whitewater Preserve.

It’s a great place to take a hike, have a picnic, or go bird watching. I was amazed the first time I took my boys there. It was like finding a whole other world tucked away in a canyon in the desert. It looks like there are interesting group programs to attend at certain times of the year. I’ll be adding that to my list of field trip ideas for sure!

Places like this are wonderful for homeschoolers. You can print out one of the animal or plant checklists and spend the day looking for creatures, bring a big picnic, lay in the shade of the giant cottonwoods and read out loud, do some outdoor science experiments like tracking the sun with a small sundial made of sticks and rocks, or bring some paper and make paper boats to float down the river. The possibilities are endless!

This kind of thing isn’t something you and your family can do if you finish your regular school work. It’s the kind of thing that IS school work for homeschoolers. Just remember not to make it a chore with too much academics and explaining. Bring a bag of supplies like magnifying glasses, notebooks, pencils, a nature guide, string, little containers or plastic bags, and give the kids plenty of time to explore this microworld in the desert!

Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

Have you been here? My sons have always been interested in airplanes of all kinds. This museum gives them the chance to see many of them up close and even talk to many of the men and women that have flown them! The museum is open daily and costs about $15 per person to check it out. We found it very much worth the cost. If you think you might go more than twice in one year, check out a family membership. Memberships to museums are great to have because it takes the tension off of everyone to get as much as they can out of the museum in one day. If the kids are only interested in one plane all day or just wandering through in an hour, you’re not going to be so upset about missing out and having to pay to get in again. You can come back again and again and take your time. It’s also a great way to get to know some of the docents that spend a lot of time there!

There are also education tours available and it’s on my agenda for the next “school year” to put one together for our area, so stay tuned!