Amusement Park Homeschool DaysNovember 3, 2010
Did you know that many amusement parks offer what they call “Homeschool Days”? Combined with lessons on amusement park physics, this can be a mostly educational family activity. As your children learn the science behind the rides, they may decide to be more adventurous knowing most rides are safer than they appear.
Amusement Park Physics
For some people, the roller coaster is THE reason to visit an amusement park. Did you know that roller coasters travel at the high speeds they do without an engine? After the ride is pulled to the top of the first hill, the rest of the work happens on autopilot – along with various wheel types for the different bumps and turns the coaster must make.
On the carousel, you may have looked at the horses wondering if your eyes are playing tricks on you. Are some of the horses really moving up and down at a faster rate than others? The answer is yes! Since the horses on the outside must cover a father distance, they travel at a faster rate.
Bumper cars offer a unique lesson on body mass. The heavier an object is, the greater the impact when it collides with something else. This also helps explain why adults bumping into children usually have a greater impact than when children bump into adults.
Don’t forget to explore some of the other processes that take place at amusement parks such as cotton candy-making!
Amusement Parks With Homeschool Days
Now that we’ve revved you up for some amusement park fun, you’re probably dying to know where and when you can go for Homeschool Days! Below is a short list of amusement parks that offer Homeschool Days:
- LEGOLAND (FL) – LEGOLAND offers various dates each month that are designated Homeschool Days. On these days, families may attend the theme park at a discounted rate. You do need to have at least 15 people in your party, and they need to know at least two days in advance when you plan to attend.
- National Museum of the USAF (OH) – The National Museum of the USAF offers activities for ages 3-18, most of which are FREE!
- Six Flags (GA) – Whether you’re celebrating an end-of-the-year bash or just need to take a field trip, Six Flags of Georgia offers thrilling rides and adrenaline-pulsing attractions! Be sure to check the website for the date every school year.
- Hersheypark (PA) – May is homeschool MONTH at Hersheypark in PA! Homeschoolers can enjoy a visit to the park at a discounted rate all through the month. Families can either book a spot on special days (such as Math Day, Science Day, etc.) with other school groups or choose a date that fits better.
- Walt Disney World (FL) and Disneyland (CA) – Formerly known as “Homeschool Days at Disney,” Student Seminars have just what homeschooling families are looking for: jam-packed fun with educational undertones! The YES (Youth Education Services) programs at Disney offer various topics for families to explore such as “Designing a Disney Story” and “Discovering the American Spirit.”
Homeschool days are a great opportunity for families to combine fun with education. Life is learning, and activities such as these show children that not all learning is dry. Book your reservation today and plan to have the time of your life!