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.

Can you believe it is already November?  This homeschool year is flying by!  Personally, we usually go pretty heavy on school-related events in November, since we are preparing our homeschool for a bit of a break in December.   That is why this month’s event list is a little longer than usual. (We have to squeeze all the good stuff in…. and there is A LOT of good stuff this month!)  

Don’t forget to check out the Indy With Kids Events Calendar, for even more local fun!

November Homeschool Events and Activities

November 2: Garfield Park Workshop: Kid’s Herbal Holiday

10am-11:30am
Garfield Park Conservatory  
2505 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, 46203

This is our kids herbal holiday workshop where they will get ideas on making herbal gifts for teachers, parents, family and friends. There will be recipes for you to try with your parents, handouts and of course a couple of herbal gifts to take home. Parents are welcome to stay and enjoy the fun. There will be munchies. Ages 6 to 13.  Limited seating – registration required.

 

November 2: Teen Sewing Workshop

2 pm-3pm
Fountain Square Branch
1066 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, 46203

Teens are invited to learn a variety of hand sewing stitches, including how to make a buttonhole and sew on a button. Create a felt cord wrap, assemble and decorate a felt charging pouch to keep a phone safely off the floor while it powers up. This makes a great gift!

This event also takes place at the following dates, locations, and times:

  • November 4: Pike Branch 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • November 6:  Eagle Branch Library 6pm-7pm
  • November 11: Garfield Park Branch 6pm-7pm
  • November 20: Beech Grove Branch 4pm-5pm

 

November 3: Robots After Noon

noon-2 pm
Central Library
40 E. Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis
The Learning Curve

Families are invited to try a variety of robotics technology and practice programming. With various robots and games available each week, families can try something new or dive deeper into a favorite.

This event also takes place from 1pm – 3pm on November 10th , 17th, and 24th .

 

 

November 4: Homeschool Gym 

10am-11am 
Monon Community Center West Building
1195 Central Park Dr. West, Carmel 46032

Make friends while learning a variety of games, exercises and sports. Activities include capture the flag, basketball, soccer and more!  This program meets every Monday and runs for four weeks.  The session fee is $25.  You can register online or by calling  (317) 848-7275

 

November 4: Homeschool Nature 

11:30am-12:30pm 
Monon Community Center West Building
1195 Central Park Dr. West, Carmel 46032

The resident naturalist will lead you through hands-on activities and experiments through science exploration. Participating in Homeschool Nature helps meet Indiana State science requirements such as life, earth, and space, as well as geography and more.  This program meets every Monday and runs for four weeks.  The session fee is $25.  You can register online or by calling  (317) 848-7275.

 

 

November 6: Bird Walk

8-10 am
Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab
3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis 46222

The Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab is a wonderful place to bird watch, with over

165 different species sightings being recorded since 2002. No experience is necessary, and the hike will be led by one of the bird experts at Marian. The only things that are necessary are binoculars and a little bit of patience!

We will meet at the St. Francis statue just west of the Allison Mansion on the Marian campus at 8:00 am every Wednesday starting August 28th and ending the week before Thanksgiving. Bring water to drink and wear comfortable shoes. No reservation is required.

**This event also takes place on November 13th

 

November 6: Homeschool Enrichment: Literati- Lights! Camera! Action!

1-2 pm
Noblesville Library
One Library Plaza, Noblesville, 46060
Small Youth Program Room

Calling all young scholars! Come to the Noblesville Library to expand your mind on the liberal arts! This homeschool enrichment program will cover topics such as artist, author, world studies and more! Each session will include group instruction, a hands on activity and independent learning centers. Geared for ages 9-13. No registration required.

 

 

November 6: Indiana’s Hawks

2-3 pm 
Eagle Creek Ornithology Center
6515 Delong Road, Indianapolis, 46278

Join the naturalists at the Ornithology Center in an exciting program all about Indiana’s hawks. Meet one of these powerful hunters and create fun crafts. Perfect for the whole family. FREE with park admission.

 

November 7: Homeschool Adventures 

1:30-2:30 pm
Franklin Road Branch
5550 S Franklin Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46239

Homeschooled children ages 6 – 12 are invited for activities designed to entertain and educate as a supplement to their homeschool curricula.

 

 

November 7: Youth Resource Fair

10am-2pm
Eagle Branch 3905 Moller Road
Indianapolis,IN,46254

Teens, parents and mentors are invited to the City of Indianapolis Youth Resource Fair. Community service providers will be on site to connect teens to community resources with the goal of empowering them to achieve success and lead healthy lives.

 

November 7: 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 event also takes place on November 14th and November 21st

 

 

November 8: Sense-Sational Homeschool Day

11 am -3 pm
Newfields
4000 N Michigan Road, Indianapolis 46208

Ever wished you could smell the grass in a landscape painting? How about touching a feather woven into an intricate costume or hat? During our sense-sational Homeschool Day at Newfields, you’ll finally get the chance. You and your family will be guided to different locations across the Newfields campus, where you’ll explore artwork with your five senses – touch, sight, sound, smell, and taste. This adventure will help you recall old memories and create new connections.

Homeschool Day at Newfields is a day for homeschooling families to learn about art, nature, and more while exploring all our campus has to offer. Students will have the option to participate in structured activities while moving at their own pace through self-guided experiences. Event registration includes museum admission. Admission for one adult chaperone is free for each family; every additional chaperone can register at a discounted rate. ($12 students ages 3-18, $6 additional adult chaperones).

 

November 8: STEM Homeschool Day Camp

9 am- 2 pm 
The STEM Connection
8407 Moore Road, Indianapolis, IN 46278

Calling all homeschool students ages 5-13: we have one more Homeschool STEM Day Camp on November 8 from 9 am – 2 pm! Spend the day at Moore Road Farm participating in hands-on STEM activities, hiking, exploring and more. Cost is $40 per participant, which includes a snack, t-shirt and certificate of completion detailing the STEM activities. Please bring a sack lunch to enjoy picnic-style. While this is a drop-off event for students, parents are invited to join us for a Parent Connection Coffee after drop-off.

 

 

November 8: Native Americans: Beyond the History Book

10am-4 pm
Indiana State Museum 
650 W Washington St, Indianapolis 46204

Celebrate the diversity of Native American culture during this event with the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission and the Indiana State Museum, where you can explore contemporary Native American life, and discover the variety of tribal nations within Indiana with their unique traditions and history, in addition to having discussions with thirteen Native American individuals representing 13 different tribes that will be on site about their tribal traditions, but also about their careers. These representatives will include a banker, victims’ advocate, firefighter, police officer, photographer, retired military and more. The individuals will have their Native American regalia on display for you to view.

By discussing their current roles and interests along with their tribal customs, these individuals will work to educate attendees and disband stereotypes pertaining to Native Americans. 

Representatives from Indiana University’s First Nations Educational & Cultural Center will also be on site to discuss why Native American mascots can be problematic, and representatives from Purdue University’s Native American Educational and Cultural Center will discuss careers Native American students have pursued. Different themed activities will take place throughout the museum’s galleries, and contemporary Native American music will be played for participants to enjoy. Included with purchase of general admission.

 

 

November 8: 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.

 

 

November 9: Meet an Author, Be an Author

11am-4:30pm
Central Library
40 E. Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis

Does your teen love writing?  Join fellow writers for a day devoted to Indiana’s talented authors. A variety of workshops for all skill levels on the writing craft and the publishing industry will be led by the Indiana Writers Center. Network with up-and-coming Hoosier authors and take advantage of book sales and signings.

 

November 9: Warren Team STEAM

10:30am-11:30am
Warren Branch
9701 E. 21st Street, Indianapolis, 46229

School-age children ages 6 – 12 are invited to engage in a variety of STEAM activities. Try out games, coding, art projects and more. Participants will have a chance to get hands-on experience with various areas of science and technology while boosting their creativity.

 

 

November 10: Nutcracker Sweets

3pm-4pm
Central Library
40 E. Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis

Families and individuals of all ages are invited to get in the holiday spirit with a free community preview of popular scenes from “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Indianapolis School of Ballet. Children are invited to come ready to dance and take part in a mini-ballet lesson after the performance.

 

 

 

November 12: Homeschool Tuesdays: Our Vote, Our Voice

This month, learn about the election process and how women earned the right to vote 100 years ago!

10am-Noon
Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St, Indianapolis 46204

Dive into a world of investigation and discovery during these two-hour classes designed to stimulate a child’s interest in science, art, history and culture. This month, discover why some minerals glow in the dark, what makes your hair stand on end and more while exploring the science behind the spooky!   This class is recommended for ages 6-13.  Tickets are required. ($8/members, $10/non-members)  To order, call (317) 232-1637.

 

 

November 12: 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.

**This event also takes place on November 26th

 

November 13: STEM Playground for Homeschooling Families 

10am-11:30am 
Carmel Clay Public Library
55 4th Ave SE, Carmel, 46032

Children ages 5-13 and their families can come to practice STEM skills and have fun! Work together or individually to complete challenges for several different games that focus on logic, coding, circuitry, science, and other STEM-related categories. This program is for homeschool families. Games are appropriate for ages 5+, and activities will be provided for those under 5. This program will be held in the Program Room and is for families with children of all ages.

 

 

November 13: Homeschool Adventures at Nora  

Noon-2 pm
Nora Branch
8625 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Homeschoolers are invited for fun and fact-based programs with lots of interaction. Most activities are geared toward children ages 6 and older, but there will be some for younger children. Some programs may be quite messy!

 

 

 

 

 

November 13: 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.

 

 

November 14: Fireworks of Glass

10-11:30 am or 1-2:30 pm
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis– Welcome Center

Every visitor to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis sees the Fireworks of Glass sculpture in the core of the museum, but do you know what it took to make it? Come to this program to find out!  Here you will discover the glassblowing process, as you create your own plastic masterpieces, learn about Dale Chihuly, and practice the techniques the artist used, among other styles of art.

 

November 16: Fall Fest “In It to Win It”

noon-4pm
Central Library
40 E. Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis

Families and individuals of all ages are invited for an afternoon of inspiration and cultural entertainment. Featured presenter is The Step Stool Chef, Julian Frederick, 2016 finalist for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, in partnership with the White House and Let’s Move Campaign.

 

 

November 16: Bird Coloring Party

11am-3 pm
Eagle Creek Ornithology Center
6515 Delong Road, Indianapolis, 46278

What can be more relaxing than coloring and watching birds? Join the naturalists at the Ornithology Center for our bird coloring party! Color different pictures of birds while getting the chance to watch them eat at our bird feeders. Perfect for the whole family! FREE with park admission.

 

 

 

 

 

November 17: Everyday Artists

6pm-7:30pm
Fountain Square Branch
1066 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, 46203

The medium for this program is marbled paper prints. Individuals of all ages are invited to explore various art mediums. No art experience is required.

 

 

November 17: Classical Concerts at Central

2pm-3pm
Central Library
40 E. Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis

Adults and families are invited to experience the dynamic world of chamber music with members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

November 17: Coding from Scratch

4pm-6pm
Lawrence Branch
7898 N. Hague Road, Indianapolis
School-aged children and teens are invited to learn computer science skills using a variety of coding activities to explore personal interests and foster creativity.

 

 

November 18: STEAMpunks: STEM a Miniature Golf Course 

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

Calling all homeschoolers! Join us for a FUN club for homeschooling tweens with STEAM focused enrichment activities. T Ages 9-13. No registration required. 

 

 

 

 

 

November 21: Homeschool Hangout

1-2 pm
Noblesville Library
One Library Plaza, Noblesville, 46060
Small Youth Program Room

Hangout with other homeschool families and students in a fun with a variety of activities. All materials provided.  Geared towards ages 5-13. No registration required.

 

 

November 21: Homeschool Adventures 

1:30-2:30 pm
Franklin Road Branch
5550 S Franklin Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46239

Homeschooled children ages 6 – 12 are invited for activities designed to entertain and educate as a supplement to their homeschool curricula.

 

 

November 26: Random Fandom: The Hunger Games

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.

 

 

 

November 26: Homeschool Enrichment: L.E.A.P. Learn, Explore, and Play!

1-2 pm 
Noblesville Library
One Library Plaza, Noblesville, 46060
Noblesville North Meeting Room

Take the L.E.A.P! Learn, Explore and Play at the Library! Calling all young elementary homeschoolers! Join us at the Noblesville Library to expand your mind on the liberal arts! This homeschool enrichment program will cover topics such as artist, author, world studies and more! Each session will include group instruction, a hands on activity and independent learning centers. Ages 5-8. No registration required. 

 

 

 

 

 

November 26: 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.

 

 

November 27: 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.

 

 

November 27: 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.

 

 

 

November 30: Anime Social

2pm-4pm
East 38th St Branch
5420 E. 38th Street, Indianapolis, 46218

Teens are invited to join their friends for an afternoon of anime, snacks and a themed craft. Contact the branch for this month’s title.

 

 

 

 

 

November 30: Tech Explorers

2pm-4pm
Irvington Branch
5625 E. Washington St, Indianapolis, 46219

Children, teens and families are invited to drop in and tinker with a variety of high tech and low tech activities. Enjoy building, coding or design activities that encourage STEM learning, critical thinking and creativity.