- September 9, 2015

2015 Homeschool Days in Texas

Pioneer Farms Austin

Pioneer Farms

It’s almost fall and that means it’s time for special discounts and educational events for homeschoolers! We’ve gathered a list of some awesome activities for your family or homeschool group in Austin and around the state.


Pioneer Farms – Visitors will see authentic frontier life on historic sites — the 1841 Tonkawa Encampment, the 1868 German Farm, the 1873 Texian Farm, the 1886 Cotton Planter’s Farm and the 1899 Sprinkle Corner village.

  • Date: September 11th; Gates open at 10 am
  • Cost: $3 per person

Austin Zoo – Visit the Austin Zoo for a day full of special programs and fun activities.

  • Date: September 25th; 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Cost: $5 for adults, $5 for children. Please call 512-288-5031 for reservations. Please note: Advance reservations are required to receive the special $5 rate. Prices at the door will be full priced.
  • Additional Info: View the full list of presenters and information about the Austin Zoo Patch scavenger hunt here, and find more fun kid-friendly activities here.

The Bullock Museum – A day full of discovery and learning with special programs and classes.

  • Date: October 8th; 10 am to 2 pm
  • Cost: FREE admission and Group discount rates for films in the IMAX Theatre and the Texas Spirit Theatre
  • Additional Info:  Visit the link to RSVP and to view the full homeschool class schedule

You may also be interested in our Visit, Learn, Do series, which provides free educational resources to make exploring Austin even more fun!

Hill Country Science Mill

Fractalarium at the Hill Country Science Mill


Hill Country Science Mill (Johnson City, TX) – On the second Wednesday of each month, the Science Mill will offer a reduced rate to the museum as well as special programming including special demonstrations and guests.

  • Date: Monthly – Sept 9th, Oct 14th, Nov 11th, Dec 9th; 10 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: $6 per student. 1 free educator per student. Additional adults are $8. No reservations required. Learning Labs will be offered at 11:30am and 1pm for an additional cost of $4 per student (limited space available for Learning Labs).
  • Additional Info: Homeschool parents can request to join the educator email list at [email protected]

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels – Discounted rates available for the full park.

  • Date: September 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2015
  • Additional Info: Home School Family Full-Park Days tickets will be available for purchase online with no minimum order required.

Barton Hills Farm (Bastrop, TX) – Field Trips are available. Please Note: Reservations are required.

  • Date: October 2nd; 9 am-2 pm
  • Cost: $7 per student, teacher and/or chaperone. One responsible adult chaperone for every 4 students is required. Note: Reservations are required for all field trips. Please have one person pay for the entire group field trip.
  • Additional Info: Visit the field trip page to print pre and post trip lesson plans, activities, and more.
SEA LIFE Aquarium Dallas Fort Worth

SEA LIFE Aquarium

Day Trips

Legoland Discovery Center (Grapevine, TX) – Enjoy reduced admission and a free workshop during homeschool week.

  • Date: Sept 14th  – Sept 18th ; 10 am-5 pm
  • Cost: $10 per person. Includes a 30 min Spinning Tops workshop
  • Additional Info: Limited space is available. Tickets must be pre-booked. The selected time slot represents the time of your 30 minute workshop. Your ticket is valid for all-day entry. There is no re-entry into the center.

SEA LIFE Aquarium (Grapevine, TX) –  Visit during homeschool week for reduced rates and a free workshop.

  • Date: Sept 14th through Sept 18th; 10 am – 6:30 pm
  • Cost: $10 per person. Includes a 30 min Cephalopod workshop.
  • Additional Info: Limited space is available. Tickets must be pre-booked. The selected time slot represents the time of your 30 minute workshop. Your ticket is valid for all-day entry into the aquarium.

Great Wolf Lodge (Grapevine, TX) – Save 15% on best available rates on select dates.

  • Date: Book and stay by 12/17/15.
  • Cost: Savings of up to 15% on select stay dates. Includes water park access.
  • Additional Info: Sunday – Thursday only, blackout dates may apply. Use promo code HOME.

Houston Zoo – Hands on fun and behind the scenes tours just for homeschool families. Registration is required.

  • Date: Sept 24th, Nov 12th, Feb 11th, May 12; 10 am – 1:15 pm.
  • Cost: $12 for Zoo Members; $15 for non-Zoo Members; Free with Club H.S. Membership
  • Additional Info: Find educator materials to enhance your visit here.

Space Center Houston – experience space science through multiple activities, workshops, contests and special guest speakers.

  • Date: October 8th; 9 am-5 pm.
  • Cost: $11.95 (purchased through Sept. 18) BEST PRICE, $13.95 (Sept. 19-Oct. 7), $23.95 day of event
  • Additional Info: Meal options are available here.

Texas Renaissance Festival (Todd Mission, TX) – visit the Renaissance Festival during school days for reduced rates and special programs.

  • Date: November 3rd and 4th
  • Cost: $9 per person; children under 4 are free; Admission includes all stage entertainment, demonstrations and interactive presentations, and all contests. Lunch Coupon Books are available for $9.00 per person and offer one entrée, one drink and one dessert and may be redeemed at any participating food vendor throughout the village.  As a special bonus, these coupon books also include tickets to return to the Festival on a weekend.
  • Additional Info: Enhance your visit with pre and post trip lesson plans, activities, and more here.