August is my absolute favorite month of the year, but being a homeschooler makes it even better! This month is back to (regular) school time for many children in Indiana, which means one exciting thing to homeschoolers… The parks, libraries, and museums are empty again! In addition to all your regular homeschool meet-ups, be sure to check out some of the following events in August.

For more local fun, don’t forget to check out the Indy With Kids Events Calendar!

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation offers programming to fit the course needs for local homeschool families. Find your favorite activity in the program guide or select from programs designed specifically for homeschool families. Homeschool Archery, Discovering Nature, Homeschool Gym, and Homeschool Intro the Theatre are just a few of the offerings.

Homeschool Activities Around Indianapolis

August 9: Hoppy Hours

Noon-5 pm
All SkyZone Locations (Indy South, Plainfield, Fishers

Skyzone opens early every Friday for jumpers of all ages and offers a discounted rate of $10 for one hour of jump time! 

***This is a recurring event every Friday

August 9: Homeschool Skate 

1:30-3:30 pm
Franklin Skate Club, 2680 N. Morton Street, Franklin 46131 

Come enjoy our monthly skating party with friends! Skate rental is $2 and admission for skaters is $4.

August 12: Birds of Prey (State Fair)

4:30-5:30 pm
Indiana State Fair Grounds- DNR Amphitheater 

Join naturalists from the Eagle Creek Ornithology Center, as they bring some of their live raptor ambassadors to the Indiana State Fair! You will be able to get an up close and personal look at a hawk, vultures, and falcons during this event. Free with fair admission.

August 14: Homeschool Day

10 am-5 pm
Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers 46038 

Explore the variety of learning opportunities Conner Prairie has to offer in our seven historic areas. You might take on a role in Prairietown by using our Adventure Guide and Achievement Cards, link history with hands-on science in our Create.Connect gallery, and experience Indiana’s brush with the Civil War at 1863 Civil War Journey. Also be sure to explore the Conner House, and take a journey out to Treetop Outpost.

$6 per student, $8.50 per chaperone, free for primary educator

August 15: Let’s Get Batty!

8:30-9:30 pm
Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab, 3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis 46222

Did you know that some bats migrate? Did you know that some can eat half of their body weight in insects each night? There are many misconceptions about this misunderstood creature, so come out to the EcoLab to get batty and learn the truth about our batty friends! FREE (pre-registration required).

August 19: STEAMPunks: Roller Coaster Science

1-2 pm
Fishers Library, 5 Municipal Drive, Fishers 46038

Join us for the Great Paper Roller Coaster Challenge. Build a giant roller coaster with loops and turns as we test what we know about inertia and gravity! For ages 9-13. No registration required.

August 20: Homeschool Hikers

1-2 pm
Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000-1 E 151st Street, Carmel 46033

Plan a break from the books to learn about nature and get outside, We will discuss a nature topic, followed by exploring the woods and prairie. Pre-registration is preferred. You can register by calling (317) 774-2500.

August 20: Random Fandom: Pokémon

4-6 pm
Fishers Library, 5 Municipal Drive, Fishers 46038
Teen Program Room

Celebrate your fandom! Every month we will explore the realms of a different fandom! From Avengers to Doctor Who, to K-Pop and Pokémon, we will geek out together in an open and accepting evening of fun. Cosplaying is encouraged but not required. For grades 6-12. No registration required.

August 20: Homeschool Explorers

1:30-2:30 pm
Lawrence Branch, 7898 Hague Road, Indianapolis 46256

Homeschool families of all ages are invited to learn about Library resources and new discovery skills while participating in fun theme-based activities.

August 21: Bird Adaptations

2-3 pm
Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center

Can you tell what a bird does based on how it looks? You can learn about their unique adaptations during this program with hands-on activities and crafts. Free with park admission.

August 22: Exploring the Past: Ancient Greece

10-11:30 am or 1-2:30 pm
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis- STEM Lab

Join us for a glimpse of life in Ancient Greece. Did you know its influence is still visible all over the world today? In this event we will play a game to explore Greek mythology, learn about the Greek alphabet, discover the very first computer mechanism, create a mosaic, and build a structure to put your own creative spin on this historical study. Recommended age is 6+ with accompanying adult. Advance tickets are required.

August 22: H Club

10-11 am
Trafalgar Branch, 424 S Tower Drive, Trafalgar, 46181
TRB Community Room (Whole Room)

Homeschoolers! Join us for H-Club to hear stories make crafts and play games at the library.

**This is a recurring event every Thursday in August

August 23: Life as an Astronaut

10:30-11:30 pm
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis-Lilly Theatre

Special Guest Dr. Donald A. Thomas will share his experiences as an astronaut in this one-time special event. Dr. Thomas is a veteran of four Space Shuttle flights, logging over 1,040 hours in space. He was the spacecraft communicator for three shuttle missions and even served as the Director of Operations for NASA at the Gargarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Recommended for ages 6+ accompanied by adult. Advance registration required. $5 Members/ $6.25 Non-Members.

August 27: Newfields Homeschool Open Studio

1-3 pm
Newfields, 4000 N Michigan Road, Indianapolis 46208

Looking for new ways to learn about art? Expand your family’s creativity by exploring a variety of art-making materials in Newfields Homeschool Open Studio sessions. Instructor will provide advice to make curriculum connections and stimulate imaginations. Registration required in advance. $10 Members/ $15 Public

August 28: Homeschool Hangout (Fishers)

2-3 pm
Fishers Library, 5 Municipal Dr, Fishers 46038

Calling all homeschoolers! Join us at the Fishers Library and play games, make crafts and build things with other homeschoolers. All supplies are provided… just bring your imagination! Geared for ages 5-13.

August 28: Homeschool Hangout (Clark Pleasant Branch)

2-3 pm
Clark Pleasant Branch Library, 530 Tracy Road #250, Whiteland 46184
CPB Community Room

Homeschool families with school aged children are invited to participate in a librarian-led activity about music science history books or just plain fun. Time to socialize will follow.

August 29: The Buzz about Pollinators

2-4 pm
Cool Creek Park & Nature Center, 2000 E 151st Street, Carmel 46033

Did you know our native pollinators are in trouble? Buzz on in to this program to learn about our native pollinators, our forgotten pollinators, how they benefit us, and how we can help them in today’s environment. To register call (317) 774-2500 or email cool.naturecenter@hamiltoncounty.in.gov.