Local Resources

Clubs, Classes, and Workshops

Flight Club Kids: aerial silks classes for children

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana: Find a local Girl Scout troop.

IU Outdoor Pool: Take swim classes or attend the public swimming hours.

  Museums and other Field Trip Opportunities

Appleworks: Visit a local apple orchard.

Bloomington Speedway: Attend a local auto race.

Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the world's largest Children's Museum

Conner Prairie Living History Museum where it is always 1836. North of Indianapolis, near Fishers, Indiana.

Eiteljorg Museum featuring art of the American West, Native Americans, and cowboys.

Falls of the Ohio State Park: has a wonderfully HUGE fossil bed, with naturalists available for tours.

Hilltop Garden and Nature Center: Located in Bloomington, Hilltop is an educational garden that welcomes visitors during their open hours. Also welcome are volunteers. Outdoor artists are invited to submit art work for exhibit on Hilltop's grounds. Free admission.

Indiana Historical Society

Indiana University Art Museum. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. The museum offers tours, including tours customized around a particular theme.

Indianapolis Museum of Art. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and on weekends schedules children's art activities and tours. The museum offers tours for groups of homeschooled children, including free student admissions to feature exhibitions.

Indianapolis Zoo. Current events online; resources; buy a membership. Has links to the nearby botanical gardens, also.

Mathers Museum: just off the Indiana University campus, a museum of archeology, anthropology, and neat cross-cultural stuff. Free admission to museum; has gift shop.

Monroe County Historical Society Museum, corner of 6th and Washington in Bloomington--1/2 block west of the Monroe County Public Library. Has an extensive genealogy collection and a gift shop.

Squire Boone Caverns and Village at Corydon, Indiana (near Louisville, KY). Have educational field trips for school and homeschool groups; pioneer craft demonstrations; cave tours.

Wolf Park near Lafayette, Indiana. Has an active wolf pack; educational programs, weekly "howl" event.

SullivanMunce Cultural Center; Features exhibits, events and programs that are designed to enrich and enhance the artistic and cultural experiences of Central Indiana community members. The SullivanMunce is comprised of three areas of programming; the history museum, genealogy library, and the art center. The museum and library are important repositories of the heritage of Zionsville, Boone County, and Indiana. The art center exhibits and sells works of art from the local and regional community. In addition, the art center offers art class for students of all ages and summer day camps for children, ages 7 -12.

Organizations that Offer Educational Opportunities

Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music at the Bloomington campus offers Pre-College and Special Programs. Choose from ballet, piano, choir, guitar, harp, and more.

Bloomington Area Arts Council, primarily through the John Waldron Arts Center in downtown Bloomington (122 South Walnut Street), offers classes in visual arts, theatre, and writing for children, teens, and adults. Contact them at 334-1100. Student, adult, and family memberships are available and include discounts for classes and gift shop purchases.

Bloomington Parks and Recreation is interested in setting up programs specifically for homeschoolers.  see their Program Guide. Anyone can attend these programs, although out of city residents are sometimes charged more; see the Guide for specifics. The Guide includes rates for renting facilities, and activities available to the entire community for children (toddlers to teens), families, adults, older adults. Also includes the People's University offerings.

Bloomington Playwrights Project offers classes for all ages in acting and script writing. They have an academy for kids to get kids writing/directing/performing their own plays. Call for details. They have a stage, a studio, classroom, etc.

Indiana's State Parks and Reservoirs;recreation/education opportunities.

Monroe County YMCA: recreation, indoor pool, adult and children's programming.

Sassafras Audobon Society--local affiliate of the National Audubon Society. Has educational links on their website and a calendar of local events.

Stages Bloomington Theatre CompanyStages Bloomington is the only theatre company of its kind in Bloomington. Celebrating 10 years of quality theatre arts education and performance opportunities for children and teens, the company offers year-round programs, KinderStages, Saturday classes, camps, advanced workshops, an Artists-in-Residence program for teens, and fully staged productions

Businesses that Offer Educator Discounts to Homeschooling Families

Barnes and Noble: apply in person; 20% off some purchases; plus occasional extra discounts

Joann's: apply online; 15% off every purchase

Lakeshore Learning (in Indianapolis): apply online or in person; 15% off most purchases, plus occasional extra discounts

Michael's: request discount at check-out; 15% off every purchase

Office Depot: apply online; occasional discounts; rewards program; annual free breakfast

United Art and Education (store in Greenwood): sign up for the newsletter online; occasional coupons and extra discounts