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12th Annual Fall Homeschool Festival at Biltmore Estate

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One Lodge Street
Asheville, NC 28803

12th Annual Fall Homeschool Festival
Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Friday, September 20th, 2013
Ages 5+

Think Green – Sustainability at Biltmore
Activities and Programs about Forestry, Renewable Energy and Sustainability

  • Meet a Tree
  • Goods from the Woods Bingo
  • What’s a Tree Cookie?
  • The Biltmore Stick
  • Solar Field
  • Brooder House
  • Erosion
  • Your Carbon Footprint
  • Chicken Tractor

Also includes a self-guided visit in Biltmore House as well as Gardens, Conservatory, Winery and Antler Hill Village.  Lunch and accomodation options available.

UNC-TV Station Tour

Recently, we went on a pretty cool field trip to tour the UNC-TV station with our homeschool group.  I’d say it was probably one of our little ones favorite field trips so far.


My older one loved seeing all of the behind the scenes equipment/control rooms as well as the huge studios and cameras.  The beginning storytime and meeting Curious George and Read-A-Roo were my younger ones favorite parts.  She did get a little bored on some of the tour because of her age, but hung in there and was very happy to meet George at the end.  It was a good experience for both ages.  I also really enjoyed it and learned a few new things.  I was surprised that they actually took us inside some of the control rooms and the studios.  The amount of equipment and buttons that were within reach of many little fingers was quite amazing.  The kids were awesome, of course, and I think also felt quite special that they were there.


My homeschool dudette also REALLY loved seeing the makeup room and just had to try out the chair and pretend she was a star.


The tour was very organized and the staff was welcoming, patient and helpful.  Always a plus!  We did the Silver Package Tour for $5 per child participant.  Our tour was about an hour long and included a fun storytime, character meet-and-greet and each child took home a polaroid of themselves with the characters.  They offer a few different tour options and one is free!  You can check out all of the tour options and details here.  This would be a really great summer field trip to get away from our HOT (and lately super rainy) weather here in Raleigh.

Wondering what our homeschoolers thought?
Homeschool Dude Says:  ”That was so cool!  There were a lot of controls and computers.”
Homeschool Dudette Says:  ”I can’t believe I hugged Curious George!”

They also thought this street sign was totally cool!  I kinda did too.


The Details:
10 TW Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
(919) 549-7072
Groups of 10 – 25 Children
Free – $15/Child

Backstage Tour at Chick-Fil-A

Last week we went on a fun field trip.  Somebody in our homeschool group heard that Chick-Fil-A was offering free kitchen tours.  I’m not sure if all locations are offering this, but we went to the Brier Creek location.


It was a quick tour through the kitchen with a brief historical intro.  The kids thought it was neat to go behind the counter and into the kitchen.  I was impressed to learn that they prepare fresh vegetables and fruits everyday for all of their salads.  The lemonade was being freshly squeezed while we were touring – wow, it was a whole lot of lemons!!  We also learned that they were the first restaurant to open in a mall.    At the end we were surprised with a sample of a sweet treat.  There were a few other interesting tidbits, but I don’t want to spoil everything.

Of course, we stayed for some ice-cream and playtime.  Which also meant some nice adult relax and conversation time for me.  It was a great way to spend a hot summer afternoon.

Looking for a fun, indoor homeschool field trip this summer?  Give your local Chick-Fil-A a call to find out if they are offering tours and schedule one for your group.

Wondering what our little ones thought about the tour?
Homeschool Dude Says:  ”I didn’t know there was a kitchen.  There were a ton of lemons!”
Homeschool Dudette Says:  ”It was fun.  I liked the sample.”

Dinosaurs in Motion at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Dinos In Motion
Have you heard about Dinosaurs in Motion?  It’s the newest special exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh and it’s pretty cool!

Earlier this week, we went on a field trip with our homeschool group to the museum to check out the new dinos.  There are 14 life-sized metal sculptures created by a North Carolina sculptor and visitors can control them with remotes or lever-and-pulley systems.  My little ones find dinos fascinating so this was right up their alley and I knew they would just love the remote controls.  I was more interested in checking out the art aspect of it all and it was pretty amazing.

We purchased tickets as a group so we were able to get a discounted price, but even at regular ticket price, this exhibit is definitely worth checking out.  Everyone in our group really enjoyed it and had a fabulous time.

You can check out some cool pictures of the sculptures here.

Tickets are available online here.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase group rate tickets at the Box Office.  This exhibit will be at our museum until September, 8, 2013.

Wondering what our little ones thought about it?
Homeschool Dude Says:  ”It was cool.  I loved moving them with the remotes.  My favorite was the swimming one.”
Homeschool Dudette Says:  ”That was fun.  I liked the one with the horn on his head.”


A Work In Progress

Hello there.

Just getting started here.

Planning to provide an organized place for everything homeschool in the Raleigh, NC area.  There is a lot of cool stuff going on around here, but I spend a lot of time searching it out in many different places.  I’m hoping to provide a way for local homeschoolers to go one place and get all of the info they need about current classes, events, homeschool days, field trips, groups, etc.  Please check back soon and share with your local homeschooling friends.  Thanks!