Homeschool Events List for April 1, 2013

More  information about area events can be found at  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

Bolduc House Homeschool Tuesday
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Home School Tuesday programs happen the first Tuesday of every month from 10 AM-Noon.
April 2, 2013 – Bread and Butter Tuesday. We’ll make some bread and butter and also (weather permitting) work on building the French colonial outdoor bread oven. It should be fun and a one of a kind experience. So, if you plan to attend, please let us know on Facebook, by email, or by calling the office at 573-883-3105. As usual the cost to participate is $4/person with a maximum cost per family of $10.

Classical Conversations is forming a new West County Community which will meet on Thursdays.  Contact Shelly Redman at for more information.
An information meeting will be held at Fenton/Panera  Bread Company at Hwy 141/Hwy 30 in the Dierbergs Fenton Center, April 3, 2013 7:00-8:30PM
Classical Conversations-West County will meet on Thursdays, beginning August 22, 2013 at West Hills Community Church, South Outer 40 Road (between Maryville Center and Mason)
Please RSVP for meeting:
Visit to learn about Classical Christian education.

Ballet Initiative
In July, Ballet Initiative will present a two week summer dance intensive featuring world renown teachers who work one on one with local students. This is their free public workshop performance culminating the end of the program. I want to invite you and the homeschooling community to a free ballet performance on July 26th at the Missouri History Museum. The program begins at 7pm.
Reservations are recommended, but not required. The number is reserve seats for this FREE event is, 314-361-9017.
Ballet INITIATIVE is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise the profile of dance in the Saint Louis community through preservation, promotion and the presentation of affordable exposure and access to quality ballet.
Ballet INITIATIVE teaches students to dance, helps them excel in dance and educates the public about ballet in an effort to help sustain the art form in Saint Louis for generations to come.
Ballet INITIATIVE strives to make the art form of ballet accessible, understood, supported and enjoyed by our community.
If dancers are interested in participating in the dance program, please direct them to our website.
Warm regards,
Christian Cudnik, Technical Coordinator
Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park

Are you ready for the 2013 Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo?
April 11-13
First Evangelical Free Church, 1375 Carman Road, Manchester, MO  63021
Registration still JUST $10!!! THURSDAY NIGHT IS FREE!
See the list of Featured Speakers and their seminars here.
New Homeschooler? See FREE seminars just for you here.
Have a High Schooler? Here are your helpers.
Need somewhere fun for your 6-12 year old children to go? Check out this program.
AND don’t forget the helpful attendance hints.

Car Shows at the Museum of Transportation
2967 Barrett Station Road, St. Louis, MO 63122
This April car enthusiasts, in particular those that love Fords, will delight in the car show schedule planned by the Museum of Transportation this April. The first car show is the Mustang Round-up on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Everyone will enjoy the beautifully preserved examples of America’s favorite “pony” car which has cruised our streets and highways since the 1960s. The very next day, Sunday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., we’ll ride back to the front half of the 20th Century with the Vintage Ford Show: Fords through the 50s. Examine the evolution of Ford’s from the Model T to the rolls and fins of the 1950s. A Model T will be assembled and driven away before your very eyes. Additional car shows will continue to be held at MOT throughout the season. Admission to each car show is free although regular museum admission applies. For information on all MOT programs and events visit or call 314-615-8668.

Faust Park (Ages 2-12)
15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Celebrate Earth Day by enjoying a morning with our smaller “Friends” at the new shelter by the playground.
We’ll begin with a “Bug Hunt” in the historic village where some of the critters can be redeemed for cool prizes.
Then enjoy Earth Day with bug-related activities and information booths followed by a puppet show beginning at 11 a.m. Advance registration required. Call 314-615-7373 or 314-615-8328.
Saturday April 20; 9:50 a.m.
$8 per child (Ages 2-12)
$2 per adult

2nd Annual Arbor Day Poster and Poetry Contest
Sponsored by the Green Space Advisory Commission of Webster Groves
This year the Webster Groves community is celebrating 30 years of being recognized as “Tree City, USA” for the simple reason that we have wonderful specimens of trees great and small that surround us everywhere.
We would love to see and hear what our young adults and children have to “say” about these gifts from nature by creating a tree inspired poster or poem. Think about your special connection to trees and how they benefit us.  Let that inspire you to create some art or write a poem.
The contest is open to all schools & home schooled students from the Webster Groves area in age/grade equivalents from K-12. Selected works will be chosen by the Green Space Advisory Commission and will be honored by being displayed and/or read aloud at the 2013 Arbor Day Celebration planned for May 1st, 5:30pm, at Lockwood Park.
Posters and poetry works will be picked up from area schools on Thursday, April 25th.  Work can also be delivered to 123 Slocum Ave., or poetry emailed to  Deadline for all will be Friday, April 26, 2013.  Please attach the information strip below to your project.
Good Luck!  The Green Space Advisory Commission looks forward to seeing and reading the TREEmendous things our community’s kids can create!
Full Name:________________________________ School:_____________
Grade:_______ Teacher/Parent Contact_____________________________
Phone # we can reach you if selected: ______________________________

World War II Weekend at Jefferson Barracks Park
(All Ages) Everyone will enjoy strolling through the military camps and talking with re-enactors representing the troops of the U.S., British, Canadian, Soviet and German armies of WWII. The weekend begins on Friday with tours available in the living history camps from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn about the uniforms, weapons and equipment. Battles re-enactments will take place on Saturday and Sunday. A fun and educational event for the entire family. E-mail or call 314-615-5270.
Friday-Sunday; April 26-28
Free admission

Bolduc House Colonial History Day
Our spring Colonial History Day for Homeschooling Families will be held rain or shine Saturday, April 27th from 10AM to 4PM. You can purchase a ticket at our new online shop:
It costs $35/family – bring a brown-bag lunch – we’ll have water, coffee, and iced tea available. If you are a very small family, you can pay per person. To do that, please call the office to make your reservations. We do hope that you will tell us in advance if you plan to attend whether or not you actually buy your ticket in advance (you can pay at the door). Please email, call, or sign up to attend the event on our Facebook Page.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670  573-883-3105

(Ages 8-15) Join a St. Louis County Park Ranger to learn the basics of fishing. Children will learn how to tie knots, to identify a variety of fish species and rig fishing poles for a safe and successful fishing experience. Fishing equipment will be provided. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Call 314-615-4386. $6 per person
Tuesday April 30 4:30-6 p.m.
Tuesday May 7 4:30-6 p.m.
Tuesday Oct. 15 4:30-6 p.m.

“A person’s a person, no matter how small”
Based on the books by Dr. Seuss, Seussical is a fun, fast paced show full of upbeat songs that will have you singing all the way home.  Performed by DaySpring’s 5-18 year old musical theatre students.  Perfect event for families with kids of all ages.
Friday, May 3rd at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 4th at 3:00pm
Pattonville High School, 2497 Creve Coeur Mill Rd, 63043
Tickets can be purchased from a performer, the DaySpring office, or at the door – $7 children (12 & under), $10 adults, $13 reserved seating
DaySpring School of the Arts, 2608 Metro, St. Louis, Missouri 63043

Cat in the Hat Spree
Oh the things you will see, if you come and meet me, at our Cat in the Hat Spree!
What: Dr. Seuss Party…. join us for crafts, games, snacks, meet the Cat in the Hat and other characters, and so much more.
When: Saturday, May 4th at 1:30pm
Where: Pattonville Auditorium, 2497 Creve Coeur Mill Rd, 63043
Ages: appropriate for ages 3 to 12
RSVP: Tickets need to be purchased ahead of time (no later than April  26th).  Limited party tickets available, so purchase early, $14 for child’s show and party ticket.
See the Maryland Heights Office for more info 314-291-8878 or
DaySpring School of the Arts, 2608 Metro, St. Louis, Missouri 63043

(Ages 8-15) Join the Park Rangers to learn the basics of fishing at Simpson County Park. Kids will learn the basics of fishing; how to tie knots, identify a variety of fish species and rig fishing poles for a safe and successful fishing experience. Meet in the parking lot next to Blue Heron Shelter. All fishing equipment is provided. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Call 314-615-8472. $6 per person
Wednesday May 8; 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday May 22; 5-7 p.m.

(All Ages) Bring your family out to the lake for a morning fishing derby. Using your own equipment and bait you can win a prize. State fishing license required. Advance registration is requested. Call 314-615-8839. $5 per person
Saturday May 11; 9-11 a.m.

(All Ages)
15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Free admission
The 19th-century structures and heritage gardens are open on weekends. Guides in period dress will be available to answer questions. Call 314-615-8328.
Saturday-Sunday May 18-19* 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ($3 per person during Faust Fine Arts Festival*)
Saturday-Sunday June 22-23, 29-30 1-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday July 20-21, 27-28 1-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday Aug. 17-18, 24-25 1-5 p.m.

(Ages 7-12) Learn how to build and launch your own model rocket with a St. Louis County Park Ranger. Participants will learn how rockets are built, launched and recovered. Model rocket kit, supplies and launch equipment will be provided. Students will build their own rockets the first day and launch the rockets the second day. Students should bring a lunch for the first day only. Advance registration required. Call 314-615-8472. $25 per person
Thursday June 6; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Lone Elk Park Visitor Center
Friday June 7; 8-10 a.m. – Buder Park Airfield

(Ages 8-15) Interested in learning the basics of archery from equipment to shooting skills? Join the South County Archers at Jefferson Barracks and give archery a try. All bows, arrows, and targets provided. Class size is limited. Advance registration required. $5 per person Meet at the Archery Shelter in Jefferson Barracks Park. Call 314-615-8472.
Saturday June 22 9-10:30 a.m.
Saturday July 20 9-10:30 a.m.
Saturday Aug. 17 9-10:30 a.m.

(All Ages) Your family can paddle canoes and kayaks, participate in paddle races and other contests. Concessions are available. Event is co-sponsored by St. Louis County Parks, St. Louis Adventure Group, St. Louis Canoe & Kayak Club and the Alpine Shop. Advanced registration appreciated at or call 314-775-2142.
Saturday July 20; 1-5 p.m. Free admission

JULY 24-27, 2013
Our 4th annual Faith Ascent Base Camp will take place at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, MO. College credits are available!
Faith Ascent Base Camp is four days and three nights of fun, fellowship, and intense preparation for the spiritual and intellectual challenges Christian teenagers will encounter in the real world (especially college).
More details at:

(Ages 7+) Explore Cliff Cave with a Park Ranger. Learn about the cave’s history, geology and see the animals that call the cave home. Participants should be prepared to get wet and muddy and bring a flash-light. No sandals or open toed shoes. Advance registration is required. Call 314-615-8472. $7 per person
Saturday Aug. 27 10 a.m.-Noon
Saturday Aug. 27 1-3 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 19 10 a.m.-Noon
Saturday Oct. 19 1-3 p.m.

If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  Comments are not available, but sharing is.

The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

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