Homeschool Events and Activities for October

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Homeschool Events and Activities for October


October 1 Nature in a Box

Noon-6 pm
Southeastway Park, 5624 Carroll Road, New Palestine, 46163

Nature in A Box is an activity box that families can do together. Each box has a different theme and will focus on environmental education using outdoor activities, books, games, crafts and sometimes snacks. Activities can be done on park grounds and some activities can be taken home.
*This program is also available on October 2 & October 3

October 1 Full STEAM Ahead: Papermaking (Virtual)

4:30-5 pm
Greenwood Public Library, 310 S Meridian Street, Greenwood 46143

Make homemade paper from recycled materials. Please note this can be a little messy (and wet) so please use a covered work space. **Weekly program kits will be available the Monday of that week for pick up in the Children’s Department or through Curbside service. Please regsiter on their website.

October 2 Mindfulness Minute (Virtual)

Noon-12:30 pm

Children and their caregivers are invited to tune in for a brief mindfulness and meditation break. Activities include mindful breathing practices, light stretching and movement inspired by yoga, brief guided meditations, and positive and uplifting conversation. Registration required.
*This program is also available on October 9, 16, 23, & 30

October 2 Tuttle Orchard Homeschool Apple Pumpkin Tour

11:30 am
Tuttle Orchard, 5717 N 300 W, Greenfield, 46140

Come check out the orchard! *This program also has openings on at 11:30 am on October 9 at 11 am on October 15

October 3 Digital STEAM Lab (Virtual)

3-4 pm

Kids ages 6-11 and families are invited to join The Learning Curve for at-home STEAM projects and experiments. Using household objects and materials, create gadgets, contraptions, and even tasty treats you can eat while learning about everyday physics, chemistry and more!  Registration required.

*This program is also available on October 10, 17, 24, & 31

October 3 Science In A Box 3-in-1 Weird Science (Virtual)

1:30-2:30 pm
Pick-up Locations:
Rhodius Park, 1720 W. Wilkins Street Indianapolis, 46202
Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis, 46260

Do you enjoy science? Then you will love our virtual Weird Science activities. Each Science in a Box comes with two different activities: Spooky Slime & Magic-Jack- O-Lantern.

When you register for a science in a box, staff will call to make arrangements to meet for the pick up. Registration fee is $10 and log on information will be sent 24 hours before the program. This virtual class will us the Web Ex platform.

October 4 Clay Cats and Bowls

6-8 pm
Art Lab Indy (Cat Theatre), 254 Veterans Way, Carmel, 46032

Create a cat in clay and a bowl on the pottery wheel. Create and glaze everything in this workshop. $35 for first participant, $30 for each additional participant. Pre-Registration Required.

October 5 Kids Coding Club (Virtual Event)

Kids ages 8 and older and teens can join the Learning Curve online to learn about the Scratch programming language and work on a coding project. The emphasis will be on working on different long-term Scratch projects, whether by oneself or with a partner. Registration required.

*This program is also available on October 12, 19, and 26

October 5 Paws To Read (Virtual Event)

6-7 pm

Beginning or reluctant readers ages 6-11 are invited to read aloud to a registered therapy dog who loves to listen to stories. It’s a great way to improve a child’s reading skills and self-confidence. Children may read from any book they choose. Registration required.

*This program is also available on October 10 & 21

October 6 Homeschool Tuesday Indiana State Museum Topic: Halloween S.T.E.A.M.

10 am-Noon or 1:30-2:30 pm
Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis 46204

Challenge your engineering skills as you create a device that lights up in the dark, and test your chemistry knowledge by making candy disappear right before your eyes in a spooky experience. Registration required. Tickets are $10 per student, 25% discount for members.

October 6 Ripple Mobile Arts Homeschool Art Class Theme: Clay Plate and Cup

10:30 am
Northwood Christian Church, 4550 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, 46205

Each child will get to create two projects, a plate and cup, during this class.  Each child will receive instruction to handbuild and glaze, as well as experience the pottery wheel.  Class is available for all ages.  Classes are beginner level, with all materials and instruction provided, and no prior art knowledge/ experience is needed.  All projects are open to interpretation and children are encouraged to take their own path and create individually, within the basic assembly guidelines. Registration is required.

October 6 STEAM Workshop: Pumpkin-y Egg Drop Challenge!

6-7 pm
Johnson County Public Library – Clark Pleasant Branch, 530 Tracy Road, Whiteland 46184

Can a pumpkin survive a fall from the top of a building? You’ll have to come to find out! Registration Required

October 7 Fuse Bead Art

6:30-8 pm
Garfield Part Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis 46203

Fuse beads are small, heat activated beads that you can melt together with an iron to create interesting patterns. Design pictures on graph paper to be made into fuse bead lapel pins.

Ages 8+ $10 per artist Pre-registration is required

October 8 The Children’s Museum Homeschool Class: Museum Engineering (Virtual)

1-2:30 pm
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis 46208

Join museum staff in examining some of the coolest feats of engineering around the museum and find out how they work! During this program, you will learn about what a Rube Goldberg Machine is and create a design of your own imagining, discover how exactly the water clock keeps time, find out why the Ruben Wells was so important, and learn how a steam engine runs.  This class is recommended for ages 6-12.  The fee for members is $12, and $15 for non-members. Registration and kit pick-up is Required. (Kits can be shipped for an additional fee.)

*All homeschool programs have been moved to a virtual, kit-based format at this time. Each kit will include program supplies for one homeschool student. Families can choose to pick up their kits at the museum or have them shipped for an additional fee. The day of the program, participants will meet on Zoom for a 20-minute activity led by museum staff, walk through all of the activities in the kits, be given time to complete kit activities and ask questions, and conclude with a wrap-up at the end.

October 8 Full STEAM Ahead: Pasta Sculpture (Virtual)

4:30-5 pm
Greenwood Public Library, 310 S Meridian Street, Greenwood, 46143

Get creative with this kitchen staple. Pasta: it’s not just for dinner anymore **Weekly program kits will be available the Monday of that week for pick up in the Children’s Dept. or through Curbside service. Register online.

October 9 Homeschool Skate

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

Franklin Skate Club offers a homeschool skate the second Friday of each month 1:30-3:30 pm. $4/skater and $2/skate rental.

October 10 Paleopalooza @ TCM

10 am-3 pm
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis 46208

Attention dinosaur enthusiasts! Join us for dinosaur activities throughout the day, including Virtual Paleontology talks with Eli Lilly and Company Extraordinary Scientist-in-Residence Dr. Victoria Egerton and Extraordinary Scientist-in-Residence Prof. Phil Manning in Lilly Theater at 11:30 am and 1 pm, seeing how you measure up compared to dinos from the cretaceous period, taking our dinosaur personality quiz and learning from our natural history collection about the life of a dinosaur, the Bucky Lives! show in the Sunburst Atrium at noon, special programming in the R.B. Annis Mission Jurassic Paleo Lab, and interpretation programming throughout the day in Dinosphere® and Big, Bad, and Bizzare!  Activities are all included in the regular daily admission price.

October 12 Native Americans (Virtual)

4:30-5 pm
Johnson County Public Library – Franklin Branch, 401 State Street, Franklin 46131

Learn about the Chickasaw Nation. Zoom link will be sent to you before the program. Please include an e-mail address with registration. Registration is required.

October 12 : Superhuman Samrai Cyber Squad (Virtual)

ALL DAY
Greenwood Public Library, 310 S Meridian Street, Greenwood, 46143

Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18) are invited to attend this fun web-based technology program! Participants will be able to work at their own pace to complete four learning modules-each focused on a different component of technology with hands-on activities and interviews from professionals in our community. Register on their website

October 13 Bicycle on the Prairie

4-5 pm
Johnson County Public Library – Trafalgar Branch, 424 S Tower Drive, Trafalgar, 46181

Have a fun-filled afternoon learning about bicycle safety! We will read books about bikes, decorate our bikes and then ride them around the prairie together. Helmets and Registration Required.

October 13 Kids Cooking Class (Virtual)

4:30-5:30 pm
Johnson County Public Library – Clark Pleasant Branch Library, 530 Tracy Rd #250, Whiteland, 46184

Collaborate with us as we share a couple stories and make a no-bake treat featuring a Fall theme. Register now and receive a Zoom link before the program.

October 14 Israel Solomon: Color Our City workshop

2-2:45 pm or 3-3:45 pm
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, 46208

In this free workshop, Visiting Artist Israel Solomon focuses on the diverse cultures, people, and stories of Indianapolis neighborhoods. Using images of our city and its neighborhoods, families create their own works of art to portray the beauty and diversity of our community. Workshop is included in daily admission.  Space is limited to 10 individuals, so be sure to reserve your spot.

*This event also occurs on October 15 & October 16

October 15 Full STEAM Ahead: PRINTMAKING (Virtual)

4:30-5 pm
Greenwood Public Library, 310 S Meridian Street, Greenwood, 46143

Fun and easy Block printing. Please note this can be messy so use a covered workspace. Old clothes or a cover-up are recommended. **Weekly program kits will be available the Monday of that week for pick up in the Children’s Dept. or through Curbside service. Register online.

October 19 Homeschool Art Session-CLAY

12:30-2:30 pm
Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E 67th Street, Indianapolis, 46220

This program ensures a student centered environment and engaging hands-on projects. Students will become familiar with the fundamentals of working with clay and develop creative problem solving skills they can apply anywhere. This class is recommended for ages 6-14.

*This is a six-week course, offered every Monday from October 19 to November 23.

October 22 Homeschool Nocturnal Program

10 am-Noon
Southeastway Park, 5624 Carroll Road, New Palestine, 46163

Bats and Owls! Participants will rotate through bat and owl related stations including a forest hike, owl pellets, a bat game and owl calling. $6 fee for everyone (including parents) ages 3 and up.  Advance registration is required.

October 22 Homeschool Art Session (Virtual)

12:30-2:30pm
Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E 67th Street, Indianapolis 46220

The Indianapolis Art Center’s Home School Art Program is designed to provide high-quality, flexible, and student-led visual art education and art making. This program ensures a student-centered environment and engaging hands-on projects. Students will become familiar with the fundamentals of art and develop creative problem solving skills they can apply anywhere. This class is recommended for ages 6-14.

*This is a six-week course, offered every Thursday from October 22 to December 3.

October 22 Full STEAM Ahead: Mad Science (Virtual)

4:30-5 pm
Greenwood Public Library, 310 S Meridian Street, Greenwood, 46143

Grab your lab coat and we’ll enjoy some seasonal science fun! **There is NO kit with this program.

October 24 Critter Chat

2-2:30 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 2505 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, 46203

Drop by Blake’s Garden to meet one of our resident critters and chat with our naturalist.

No registration needed, however, visitors will need to practice social distance protocols while visiting the garden

October 26 Homeschool Days at Boone Squire Caverns

1-3:30 pm
Boone Squire Caverns, 100 Squire Boone Road SW, Mauckport 47142

Explore this living, growing ecosystem deep below Earth’s surface and learn how its passageways were slowly formed over eons of time. Tour the cavern and watch four demonstrations.  Reservations required.

October 26 Election 101 For Kids (Virtual)

4:30-5:30 pm
Johnson County Public Library – Clark Pleasant Branch, 530 Tracy Road #250, Whiteland, 46184

Election Day is November 3! Learn more about voting and how Indiana conducts elections in this nonpartisan, educational presentation by the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State.

October 29 Homeschool Nocturnal Program

10 am-Noon
Southeastway Park, 5624 Carroll Road, New Palestine, 46163

Bats and Owls! Participants will rotate through bat and owl related stations including a forest hike, owl pellets, a bat game and owl calling. $6 fee for everyone (including parents) ages 3 and up.  Advance registration is required.

October 30 David Slonim: Story Maker workshop

2-2:45 pm or 3-3:45 pm
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis 46208

In this free workshop, learn behind-the-scenes secrets and create a character drawing and story idea of your own in this fun, upbeat workshop! Workshop is included in daily admission.  Space is limited to 10 individuals, so be sure to reserve your spot.

*This event also occurs on October 31

October 30 Canvas Paint Halloween Cats

2:30-4 pm
Art Lab Indy (Cat Theatre), 254 Veterans Way, Carmel, 46032

Listen to the story of Moonlight the Halloween cat and then paint his portrait. Follow along to paint a 9 x 12” Halloween Cat. All supplies included. Class available for ages 5-12. $23 for first participant, $17 for additional participant. Pre-Registration Required

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