Upcoming field trips, both organizational events that are specifically for homeschoolers, and invites from local homeschoolers for others to join them on a field trip. If there is not sufficient time to include in the newsletter, an e-mail will be sent to the members.

Physics Circus

A yearly event put on by the U of M Physics Department's "Physics Force" It's free, and although it's geared towards schools, homeschool families can sign up as well. Learn more at http://www.physics.umn.edu/outreach/pforce/

The Works Technology Museum Homeschool Days

Monthly classes geared toward elementary ages.

Science Museum Memberships

Most of us are probably aware that the Science Museum offers yearly memberships. They also offer a family membership for home educators for $60/year (regular family membership is $95/year.)You need to bring a copy of your compulsory reporting form in order to get the $60 price. MACHE membership cards are not sufficient.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Homeschool Classes

Homeschool Days offer hands-on plant science experiences for Homeschool students and educators.
Full details, schedule, other opportunities, and registration is available online http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/homeschools.aspx or by calling the Arboretum Education Office: 952-443-1422.

Fort Snelling Homeschool Classes

Homeschool programs run from 10 am – 4 pm each day and reservations are not necessary – guests may come when they want and stay as long as they want.
$5 per person/day (or $18 for the whole 4-day series),
For more information guests can call 612-726-1171 or MN Historical Society Homeschool classes
Detailed class descriptions are also on the website.

MN Historical Society

The MN Historical Society offers classes for groups or field trips.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts Classes
MCBAC offers a variety of classes focused on printing and book-binding crafts that may be of interest to homeschoolers. They offer family-oriented scheduling on Saturdays but will schedule times for group classes.

Ordway Theater School Performances

Multi-cultural music and dance
One-hour school performances represent a global spectrum of cultural art forms. $3.50-tickets
These weekday matinee performances are especially designed for students in kindergarten through twelfth grades. Ordway welcomes all public, private, charter, and home schools to Performing Arts Classrooms and Festival performances.
Listing of this year‟s shows and ticket info available at
Opera Dress Rehearsals for Students
Let your students experience the power, beauty and grandeur of live opera by bringing them to a Student Dress Rehearsal! We invite you and your students (grades 6-12 and college) to attend a Student Dress Rehearsal. Every production is fully staged with soloists, chorus and orchestra, and takes place at Ordway. Prepare your students by using an Opera Box!
2011-2012 Student Dress Rehearsals:

Guthrie Tickets

This opportunity comes to us through a homeschool theater group in the twin cities called "Theatrix". One of the contacts works in our Buffalo Community Theater.

Once again this year we are excited to announce that we have been able to secure a limited number of underwritten tickets for several Guthrie productions for the 2015-2016 season (listed at the end of this email). Tickets continue to be a lucky $13 apiece.

The Guthrie is aware that many families who homeschool or use alternative methods of education have financial limitations, so it generously continues to underwrite these tickets to increase accessibility to fine regional theater.

We are so fortunate to have this opportunity and would like to make it available to as many homeschooling families as possible, so please pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested.

To obtain tickets:

1) Send an e-mail to the following address and specify the number of tickets you’d like for each performance.


2) Receive an email confirming your request.
3) Send a check, made payable to “Theatrix,” to the address below.

1628 Ashbury Place
Eagan, MN 55122

4) Receive another email confirmation when your check is received. If tickets for a particular production are sold out, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified if, or when, more tickets become available.


Payment to Theatrix for each performance is due five weeks before the performance; we must pay the Guthrie about a month in advance. If your payment is not received at least five weeks before the production you want to attend, your order will be cancelled, and the tickets will be offered to the next person on the waiting list. Payments are not refundable.
Seats are limited and reserved on a first-come basis.

Obtaining your tickets:

One or both of us will be at the Guthrie with your tickets one-half hour before the start of the play. We will be standing on the ground floor between the two escalators (closer to the west one). If you are unable to attend a performance, please let us know as soon as you can—right up to 10 minutes before the curtain goes up.

We look forward to seeing you at the Guthrie!

Susan Bundlie (651-210-5050)
Zanna Joyce Fleming (612-716-6306)

P.S. Not all plays may be suitable for all ages. Please feel free to consult the Guthrie (by email or online) with specific questions about the age-appropriateness of a production.
P.P.S. Also, the Guthrie has a wealth of opportunities available through its youth and education programming. Be sure to investigate! http://www.guthrietheater.org/education

A Christmas Carol
November 23

The Cocoanuts
November 19

January 21

The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound
February 25

April 14

Trouble in Mind
May 19

South Pacific
June 23

Fine Arts Field Trips through Acorn Edu.

A local homeschooler arranges group discounted tickets for Children's Theatre Company, MN Orchestra, and the Guthrie. Featured shows during the school year are posted here when available. You can contact Louise at Acorn Edu for more information or to request tickets at acornedu@aol.com. After receiving confirmation, send payment to Acorn Edu, 2824 Gabler Ave. SE, Buffalo, MN 55313

Below is the schedule of events planned so far. Please look over the options and let Louise know what you'd like to attend. To request reservations, please email your number of students (including preschoolers and babies) and your number adults, and include your phone number. CTC offers lap passes (for children 3 and younger at United Stage, 18 months and younger on Cargil Stage) for $5.00--you need to request lap pass but do not pay until the performance day and can cancel if baby does not attend.
Your only obligation to Acorn Edu is to pay for the tickets you order, please pay promptly.

CTC sign-up deadline: 5 weeks before performance date. Our group must meet a minimum number or cancel.

Reservations are limited. Order in advance to assure tickets. Place all order through AcornEdu.

If you order after the deadline, I will try for additional tickets--there will be an additional $1 charge per ticket.

Educator Workshop w/supper, educational activities, and preview of play, 5:30-9:00 PM, this is a limited offer, must email your request to acornedu@aol.com

We have no lunch space at CTC. There is lunch available public space at Mpls. Institute of Arts.

Description of plays, study guides, and driving directions available at www.childrenstheatre.org.

Parking in the ramp south of CTC and across 3rd Ave. S. is about $6.00. Limited free street parking on 24th St.


Oct. 10

Dec. 11 and Dec. 15

PLEASE REPLY BY JAN. 5 THE FROG BRIDE (a Russian folk tale) (grade 3 and up)
Jan. 21, Thursday, meet at 9:45AM in the main floor lobby 9:45 AM
No lap passes, preschoolers need a student ticket
Educator Workshop and Preview
: Tues. Jan 12, 5:30PM

Feb. 26, Friday at 9:45AM in the main floor lobby
Educator Workshop and Preview: Tues. Feb. 9, 5:30PM place request thru Acorn Edu.

ANIMAL DANCE (especially for preschool, others welcome)
March 25, Fri. meet in the main floor lobby 10:00 AM
Lap passes only for 18 months and younger $5.00
No Educator Workshop, Deadline Feb. 2,

DIARY OF A WHIMPY KID (early grades and up) $10.00
June 2, Thursday, meet at 9:45AM in the main floor lobby
Educator Workshop and Preview
: Tuesday, April 12, 5:30 PM
Deadline: April 28

General info for CTC plays:
Student and adult tickets: $8.00,except Wizard of Oz and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: $10.00.

Guthrie tickets for Pericles January 17, Sunday at 7 PM, $16.00

Minnesota Orchestra Young People's Concert I Spy a Folk Song January 26 Tues., 9:30 AM, price $6.25

Minnesota Orchestra Young People's Concert The Color of Music Feb. 11 Thurs. at 9:30 AM, price $6.25