Autumn is here and our October events are filled with Fall fun and more! Don’t forget to check out the Indy With Kids Events Calendar, for even more local fun!

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 Events Around Indianapolis

October 1: Homeschool Tuesdays: Spooky Science

10am-Noon
Indiana State Museum

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

October 1: 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.

October 2: Homeschool Enrichment

1-2 pm
Noblesville Library, 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.

October 2: 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 is a recurring event every Wednesday in October

October 3: 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 October

October 3: 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.

October 4: Homeschool Harvest at Newfields

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

Public Celebrate 50 acres of Fall and join education staff at Newfields’ inaugural Harvest celebration from 11am- 3pm. Families are welcome to stay after 3pm for additional Harvest programming. Homeschool guests will explore the plentiful fruits of harvest and the creativity it inspires, give back to nature by making seed bombs and birdfeed garlands, and enjoy perfomances. Registration required one week in advance.

Members: $5 per child, one adult chaperone free
Public: $10 per child, one adult chaperone free.

October 4: Hoppy Hours

All SkyZone Locations (Indy South Noon-5 pm, Plainfield 3-5 pm, Fishers Noon-5 pm)

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 in October.

October 7: 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

October 7: 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

October 9: STEM Playground for Homeschooling Families (November 13/ December 11)

10-11:30 am
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.

October 10: Weather Science

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

Become a weather expert this school year! In this program, you will explore weather from all four seasons from the comfort of the museum, discover the math in snowflakes, learn the science behind weather phenomena like tornados, fronts, and lake effect snow, and more! Recommended age is 6+ with accompanying adult. Advance tickets are required.

October 11: Homeschool Skate (November 8/ December 13)

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.

October 15: 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.

October 16: 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

October 17: Homeschool Hangout

1-2 pm
Noblesville Library, Small Youth Program Room

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

October 17: 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.

October 22 : 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.

October 22: Random Fandom: Percy Jackson (November 26, The Hunger Games/ December 31, Legend of Zelda)

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.

October 22: Homeschool Enrichment: L.E.A.P. Learn, Explore, and Play

1-2 pm
Noblesville Library, 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.

October 23: 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.

October 24: Homeschool Art Session

10:30-12:30 pm
The Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220

During this six-week course, students will become familiar with the concepts of art and develop creative problem solving skills they can apply anywhere. All supplies are included in registration. Registration is required and the program is recommended for ages 6-14. Register by calling (317) 255- 2464

October 28 : Homeschool Program: Fall’s Fruits and Leaves

1-2:30 pm
Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000-1 E 151st Street, Carmel 46033

Have you seen the “Indiana Banana?” Tasted a native persimmon from Indiana? Smell the leaves of the “Indiana Forsythia” aka Spicebush? Have you seen palmate or double compound leaves? Come join us as we feel, smell, taste and see Indiana’s treasures of the fall! After the presentation we will go on a hike to look for these gems in the woods. Dress for the weather!. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. You can register by calling (317) 774-2500.

October 29: 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.

October 30: 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!

October 30: Homeschool Hangout

2-3 pm
Fishers Library, Fishers East

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.