Thursday, February 18, 2010

Brandywine Zoo Family and Homeschool Programs!

Celebrating Africa!
Friday, February 19th
10:00am - noon
All Ages
Teachers, Parents, Care Givers, celebrate the wild wonder that is Africa! Learn about African animals, meet some that reside at the Brandywine Zoo, enjoy African arts, crafts, stories, and music! Celebration takes place in the zoo, so dress for the weather.
$2.00 per person

ZOOper Babies Event!
Friday, March 5th
10:00am - noon
All Ages
Teachers, Parents, Care Givers...Brandywine Zoo is celebrating the new beginnings of Spring by talking about babies! Learn interesting and fun facts about zoo babies and their families, and if Mother Nature cooperates, maybe even meet a baby recently born at the zoo! Join us for a day of fun learning activities, crafts, and of course live animals! Registration strongly suggested, walk-ins welcome.
$2.00 per person

Home School Program: Eco-Action!
Thursday, March 18th
9:30am - noon
Grades K-12
Come and take action in saving our ecosystem. Get hands on experience and create your own green products that you can take home and use. Registration required. Program meets in the Education Building. ONE adult is free per family.
$8.00 per person
$6.00 per Delaware Zoological Society Members.

For More Information:
Nicole Goodsell
Education Outreach Coordinator
Brandywine Zoo
1001 N. Park Dr.
Wilmington, DE 19802

phone: 302-571-7850 x224


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Foot Loose at Cab Calloway ~ Special Pricing for Homeschool Groups!

Cab Calloway School of the Arts


Foot Loose

February 25th, 26th, and 27th
7 p.m.

Special Pricing
Homeschool Groups of 10 or more:


(Regularly priced tickets are $10 adults $8 students and seniors)

Angie Wahlig

Cab Calloway School of the Arts
100 North Dupont Road
Wilmington, DE 19805
(302) 651-2700



Winter Session, Youth Acting Classes at The Wilmington Drama League!

Kids ages 7 to 15
Doorway to Drama!

Winter Youth Acting Classes
by Vicki Ventura

Saturdays, February 6 – March 27
10 a.m. to noon
Thursday, March 25
6 to 8 p.m.
Two Saturday Classes running until 1 p.m.

Cost: $175

* Classes cover all aspects of theatre, including movement, teamwork, audition techniques, music, diction, and much, much more.
* The final day of class will be a performance on our stage.
* For kids ages 7 to 15 at all levels of experience.
* Nine-class session is only $175 per student.

To register, or for more information:

Registration Form

Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd
Wilmington, DE 19802


Monday, February 8, 2010

Abbott's Mill Nature Center Homeschool Programs


Animals in Winter
Friday, February 12 - 1:30-3:30 pm
Member/Non-Member: $5/$7
Course #: W10-140-AM

Learn about different animals to Delaware and their strategies for winter survival. Investigate which animals hibernate, which stay awake and which migrate south. See and touch live animals, taxidermy and enjoy a story.

Maple Sugaring
Friday, February 26 - 1:30-3:30 pm
Member/Non-Member: $5/$7
Course #: W10-141-AM

Learn to identify maples trees and the function of roots, branches, and leaves. Discover the history of maple sugaring, tap a tree, and observe the changes in pale sap as it is boiled and becomes maple syrup.

Birds in Focus
Friday, March 12 - 1:30-3:30 pm
Member/Non-Member: $5/$7
Course #: W10-142-AM

Explore the unique and varied adaptations of native birds, including body shape, beaks, and feet. Investigate how these adaptations help them survive in their habitats. See mounted specimens and study the diversity of species in the Delmarva region. Use binoculars on a guided bird survey through different habitats. Find out how birds are affected by seasonal changes.

Weighing at the Mill

Friday, March 26 - 1:30-3:30 pm
Member/Non-Member: $5/$7
Course #: W10-143-AM

Discover how corn and wheat are transformed into food products inside historic Abbott's Mill. Conduct experiments while weighing corn, wheat and wood at various stages in the milling process. Arrange items in serial order based upon your research.

It all Starts with Soil
Friday, April 16 - 1:30-3:30 pm
Member/Non-Member: $5/$7
Course #: W10-144-AM

Discover soil and how it influences plants, animals and people. Conduct scientific experiments to identify the three basic components of soils and compare soil types from forest, meadow, and swamp. Observe soil layers with augers and test pH to distinguish humus, sand and clay.

Pond and Stream Study
Friday, April 30- 1:30-3:30 pm
Member/Non-Member: $5/$7
Course #: W10-145-AM

Immerse yourself in pond and stream ecology and get up close with the animals and plants of these aquatic ecosystems. Use dip nets and waders to survey the inhabitants of Abbott's Pond and Johnson's Branch. Discover the life cycles of insects, fish, frogs, and turtles that live in the pond. Examine the unique plants that make their living in the water.

Advance registration for all programs is required.

David Pragoff
School and Group Programs Team Leader
302-239-2334, ext.133

Click to Register

15411 Abbott's Pond Road
Milford, DE 19963


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Homeschool Day at Longwood Gardens

Enjoy a day of learning at Longwood Gardens!

Home school students or learning co-ops have a unique opportunity to engage with other students their age. Curriculum lessons are designed to meet National Education Standards for grades K-8, while incorporating garden-based hands on activities to excite students.

Capture It!
February 24, 2010
(snow date March 2, 2010)

Students will embark on an artistic garden voyage that explores the enticing world of garden-inspired art. The study and interpretation of Impressionist artist Claude Monet will serve as inspiration for students to create their own garden-inspired work using developmentally appropriate media and techniques.

Pre-Registration Required

School & Youth Group Reservations office

Education Website

$5.00 per student
$5.00 per chaperone

Student check-in begins at 9:00am in the Visitor Center.
Programs begin promptly at 10:00am in the Conservatories.

Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348



Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pillow Play Auditions at the Wilmington Drama League

Audition Dates:

Saturday, February 20th
1pm – 4pm

Monday, February 22nd
6:30pm – 9pm

Performance Schedule:
Saturday, May 1st - 10 am and 2 pm at WDL,
Sunday, May 2nd - 2 pm at Mary Campbell Center
Saturday, May 15 - 2 pm at Newark Library

Director Debbi Bradford seeks kids for this short play, which will be produced in the Drama League lobby and other local venues.

No preparation is necessary,
Readings will be from the script.

Based on the classic title by Hans Christian Anderson and adapted by Vera Morris. The original Thumbelina is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a thumb-sized girl and her many adventures before falling in love with a flower-fairy prince just her size. "Thumbelina" is mainly Andersen's invention, although he did take inspiration from tales of miniature people such as "Tom Thumb". The tale was first published by C. A. Reitzel on 16 December 1835 in Copenhagen, Denmark with "The Naughty Boy" and "The Traveling Companion" in the second installment of Fairy Tales Told for Children.

Pillow Plays are short plays geared toward kids, (usually 45 minutes to 1 hour.)
They are presented in WDL's lobby with a cast of kids and teenagers, and introduce live theatre to young audiences. The plays are then taken on the road and performed at the Mary Campbell Center, the Newark Library, and other local venues.

The Pillow Plays are FREE; however, any donation to the Wilmington Drama League is graciously accepted, and will help us continue our mission of providing excellent theatre to the community.

The Wilmington Drama League

10 W Lea Blvd
Wilmington, DE 19802-1325
(302) 764-1172


Monday, February 1, 2010

Dinotopia ~ Fact and Fantasy ~ A Homeschool Program offered by The Delaware Art Museum and The Delaware Museum of Natural History!

Fact and Fantasy
(A Homeschool Program)

(Ages 3 – 18)
Wednesdays, February 10, 2010 – March 3, 2010 (4 weeks)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost per child:
($14 for Museum Members)

In conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney, this session will combine art, fantasy, and natural history. Included with the program is a special presentation on dinosaurs by the Delaware Museum of Natural History.

Special Offer!
Included with the program is a special presentation on dinosaurs by the Delaware Museum of Natural History (DMNH). Registered homeschoolers for this session will receive 50% off registration for DMNH Homeschool Programs (ages 5 – 11 only) and 50% off of total admission to DMNH between February 6 – May 16, 2010.


The Fantastical Art of James Gurney

Inspired by archaeology, lost civilizations, and the art of illustration, Gurney’s Dinotopia is an extraordinary place where humans and dinosaurs live in harmony in a society that has its own language and alphabet. Gurney’s stories and art fuse fantasy with realism and scientific accuracy. This major exhibition features over 60 works, as well as reference material, from three of Gurney’s books: Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time (1992); Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995); and Gurney’s fourth volume in the series, Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (2007). Walt Reed, founder of Illustration House, commented: “Gurney joins the company of America's noted illustrators such as Howard Pyle (who also wrote and illustrated many of his own stories), Maxfield Parrish, and N. C. Wyeth.”

For More information and to register:
Saralyn Rosenfield
Family Programs Manager



4th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Tiger at The Delaware Art Museum!

Sunday, February 14, noon – 3:30 p.m.
Free | All ages

Kids and their families will have fun learning about Chinese New Year traditions with hands-on art projects, special performances, and art demonstrations. The celebration includes traditional Chinese shadow theatre performances by Chinese Theatre Works as well as a lion dance and Chinese yo-yo demonstrations from the Chinese American Community Center Folk Dance Troupe and Yo-Yo Club.

This program is in collaboration with Hanlin Chinese Culture Association. In addition, artwork created by children from the Chinese School of Delaware to commemorate this holiday will be on display.”


Noon – 3:30 p.m. Art Activities, Calligraphy Demonstrations, Chinese Yo-yo Demonstrations, Tangram
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lion Dance
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Shadow Puppet Performance -- Tiger Tales*
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Shadow Puppet Performance -- Tiger Tales*

*Space is limited. Seating is first come, first serve.

Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, Delaware 19806
302.571.9590 | 866.232.3714 (Toll free)



"Natural Leaders: Presidents and Nature" commemorates Presidents' Day on February 15

The Delaware Museum of Natural History

This family-friendly event features hands-on activities and crafts about presidents' roles in environmental preservation:

* Live peacock and information about decorative plumage policy
* Scavenger hunt about Thomas Jefferson's Lewis and Clark Expedition
* Matching game on Theodore Roosevelt's empire of national forests
* Live ducks and real duck stamps
* Endangered species exhibit

Natural Leaders: Presidents and Nature

Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807

Monday, February 15, 2010

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

$7 for adults, $5 for children (3-17)
$6 for seniors, free for children 2 and younger.
Free for museum members.

(302) 658-9111

About the Delaware Museum of Natural History
As the only natural history museum in Delaware, DMNH opened its doors in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. The museum has the state's only permanent dinosaur display, surrounded by exhibits of mammals, shells, and other specimens from around the world. DMNH houses world-renowned scientific collections of mollusks and birds, including the second-largest collection of birds' eggs in North America.

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is located five miles northwest of downtown Wilmington and three miles from the Pennsylvania border:
4840 Kennett Pike (Route 52)
Wilmington, Delaware, 1980