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Homeschool Day

Educational programs designed for homeschool families

Homeschool Day at the CHS is back!

Join us at the museum on Monday, April 25th for an interactive, hands-on educational experience that explores the evolution of technology, historic methods of communication, and the stories of people from across Connecticut. Workshops are offered throughout the day for different age groups. Families may sign up for as many or as few workshops as they like.

A lunch break will take place from 11:50 am-12:30 pm. Bring a bagged lunch and enjoy meeting other homeschool families!

As a new addition to the Homeschool Day experience, each workshop includes a list of additional resources to encourage further at-home exploration of the workshop themes.

Families can also register their children under the age of 5 for Toddler Time. Available throughout the day, this opportunity features story times, crafts, and guided activities related to the day’s themes. Toddlers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

If you have any questions, please contact Katerina Mazzacane, Youth and Family Programs Manager, at 860-236-5621 x222 or email [email protected].



  • $10 per student for each workshop


  • $14 per student for each workshop

Pre-Registration Required

  • Enrollment is limited and families must pre-register. Full, non-refundable payment via credit card or check must be made at the time of registration to reserve your child’s place.
  • To register, please click here.

Activities and Workshops: Ages 5-7

To Market, To Market!
10:00 am – 10:50 am

Learn about historic jobs through pretend play! Dress up as vendors at a local market, ranging from fishermen to butchers, and sell goods to customers. Then, design a sign for your shop!

Connecticut on the Go!
11:00 am – 11:50 am

Take a trip through the history of transportation! Children will look closely at the many objects, images, and videos in Making Connecticut to explore the various modes of transportation used throughout history.

12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

How do you communicate? Learn simple American Sign Language signs and practice communicating through various methods including drawings and motion.


Activities and Workshops: Ages 8-11

Cracking the Code
10:00 am – 10:50 am

Be a super sleuth! Using Revolutionary War-era ciphers, work as a team to decode a series of messages. Then, write a message using a secret code of your own creation!

Notable Nutmeggers
11:00 am – 11:50 am

Discover the lives of people from colonial Connecticut! Through close-looking at reproduction artifacts and a variety of activities, children will explore the stories of a merchant, enslaved person, Woodland Indian trader, and more.

City Living
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

How have Connecticut towns changed over time? Through close-looking at a variety of historic images, graphs, and maps, children will explore urbanization and technological advances from the Civil War through the 20th century.

Activities and Workshops: Ages 12+

Butter Churns to Blenders
10:00 am – 10:50 am

How was household technology impacted by the Civil War? What about the 19th Amendment? Children will look closely at four historic kitchens, ranging from the mid-1800s to the 1980s, to analyze the relationship between major events and advances in household technology.

How Do You Communicate?
11:00 am – 11:50 am

What is a switchboard? What about an ear trumpet? Children will analyze a variety of artifacts from different times and cultures to explore the ways in which communication technology has evolved throughout history.

Complex Characters
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

What makes someone a “hero” or a “villain” of history? Through close-looking at primary sources, uncover the stories of Connecticans throughout history. Then, use the evidence to determine if they should be considered a hero, a villain, or somewhere in between?

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Tuesday-Friday 12pm-5pm, Thursday nights until 8pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

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Hartford CT, 06105