Homeschool Events List for October 11, 2016

Homeschool Jump
Jefferson Sale
Learning Lab
World Bird Sanctuary
Harvest Festival
Owl Prowl
Haunted Shelter Extravaganza
Symphony Orchestra
Pumpkin Drop
Southwestern Illinois College
Homeschool Information Night
Sporting Clays Fundraising Event
Penguin Ski Club

Homeschool Jump
Are you one of the many involved in the St. Louis area’s thriving homeschool community?  If so, we are excited to announce some special time at Sky Zone just for you!  We are firm believers in learning by doing, so come out and get a chance to learn the physics of bounce and flight on our Main Court, Sky Slam, Foam Zone, and Dodgeball Courts with your friends and family.  Meet other homeschooling families in the St. Louis area and enjoy an AWESOME, HEALTHY, & FUN time! If you have been before, bring your Sky Socks with you. All jumpers must have a valid waiver filled out (they are good for one year).
Wednesdays FROM 2:30PM-4PM
Fridays from 1:30pm-3pm
$10 for 90 minutes for the first child; $5 for each additional SIBLING
Sky Zone, 631 Gravois Road, Fenton, MO 63026

Jefferson Sale
October 14 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Why the Jefferson Sale? Because prices are so low at this book sale, a two-dollar bill—the portrait of our third president—is sure to get you something good.
We have to clear out a lot of books. They’re good books, but we just don’t have the space. Maybe you can help find a new home for some of them. Maybe the low prices will help you out. Be sure to stop by during our Jefferson Sale.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376

Learning Lab
Saturday Learning Lab classes begin October 15.
Here is some information:
Learning Lab is enrichment classes for bright and talented students from pre-school through eighth grade. Classes are held on six Saturday mornings and afternoons twice yearly in the Fall and Winter. They will be held at Wydown Middle School.
Learning Lab challenges students academically and creatively. Students make new friends while they explore a topic in-depth and/or develop new skills. Class sizes are limited to achieve optimal student/teacher interaction.
Learning Lab has excellent teachers who are chosen for expertise in their area and their skill in working with bright students.
Here is the link with more information on the classes:

World Bird Sanctuary
October 15th & 16th from 10:00 to 4:00
Come learn all about World Bird Sanctuary and the work that we do to save threatened bird species and their habitats!
Behind the scenes tours of our breeding barn, animal and behavioral training center and wildlife hospital, which are normally closed to the public.
Live animal shows at 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:00 PM – with guest appearances by the Endangered Wolf Center!
Butterfly House Presentations at 11:45 AM, 1:15 PM and 2:45 PM
Performance by the Raptor Project at 3:30 PM
Find your way through our straw maze and watch some of our birds of prey enjoy their pumpkin treats!
Get your photo taken with one of our birds of prey on your own glove.
Enjoy concessions from our very own “Peregrine Cafe”
Get your creativity flowing at our Kid’s Craft Center
Embark on our “Duck Scavenger Hunt”
“Pick an Egg” and win a prize!
Purchase a souvenir from our “Raptique Gift Shop”

Deutsch Country Days
Living History Weekend
October 15 & 16, 2016, 9am-5pm

Harvest Festival
Sunday, October 16, 2016 11:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Presented by Sauce Magazine, this family event features harvest foods from St. Louis area restaurants, local beer and wine, a farmers market with fresh local produce, locally made arts and crafts, family games, live music and more. For more information and to purchase tickets visit: or
Cost is $10/adult
$8 for Laumeier members
Free for kids 10 and under

Owl Prowl
Friday, October 21, 2016 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Jefferson Barracks 345 North Rd St. Louis MO 631
Join a Park Ranger on a night hike to discover who that is hooting in the dark. You’ll learn some amazing facts about our secretive feathered friends and hopefully hear some of them calling as we walk through the woods. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight to view some other creatures of the night. Advanced registration required by calling (314) 615-4386.
Cost is $6/person
Meet at the Jefferson Barracks Visitor’s Center

Haunted Shelter Extravaganza
Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Come enjoy candy, hot chocolate, S’mores and other treats under the Haunted St. Vincent Shelter. There will be best costume prizes, sand volleyball and other fun activities for the entire family. Call (314) 615-8788 for more information. For kids 5 and up. This is a free event.

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra
October 23, 2016; 2:30 pm
The Principia, 13201 Clayton Rd, Town & Country, MO 63131
Our annual Halloween Concert will literally transport you to the magical world of outer space. Calling all Trekkies, Jedis, Astronauts, and other space junkies. Come in costume to enjoy some of the best movie music ever written and some classical tributes to space as well.
Program to include:
Star Trek Through the Years
Chopin: Piano Concerto #1 (featured soloist – Chiann-Yi Yawitz)
Music from Apollo 13
John Williams: Star Wars (from the actual movie score)
Holst: The Planets – Mars – Bringer of War; Venus – Bringer of Peace; Jupiter – Bringer of Jollity
We hope to see you there!

Open House and Pumpkin Drop
Missouri Wing – Commemorative Air Force
Date: 10/29/2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
St. Charles County Airport – Smartt Field
6390 Grafton Ferry Rd., Portage Des Sioux, MO 63373
Register for Rides
More Warbirds this year! Multiple WW2 aircraft will be dropping pumpkins in hopes of hitting a target for bragging rights! The TBM is the current champion looking to be de-throned by a North American B-25 and T-28!

Southwestern Illinois College
Homeschool Informational Meeting Tuesday, December 6 • 6:30 p.m.
Belleville Campus Liberal Arts Complex Room 2311-2313
Parents and students welcome to attend! Running Start allows highly qualified high school students to earn a high school diploma while simultaneously earning an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from Southwestern Illinois College. For reservations: 618-235-2700, ext. 5490

Sporting Clays Fundraising Event
November 5 @ 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Take aim at a great time! Join us for a sporting clays fundraising event at Sandy Valley Sporting Clays in Pevely.
Registration will be open 8-8:30 AM. Shooting begins at 9 AM sharp. Stations are limited to six shooters. The cost is $70 per shooter or $420 per group of six. Bring your own shotgun, 100 shells, and hearing protection.
Lunch will be served following the event. Raffles and a silent auction will be held.
The event will be held rain or shine. Contact us today to register! 636-447-6900
EARLY BIRD PRICING! Sign up now through October 1 for just $55 per person!
Local businesses and friends of The Family Vision: There are several sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact us for more information.

Homeschool Information Night
Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Saint Louis Community College-Meramec
11333 Big Bend Road, St. Louis, MO 63122
Business Administration Building (BA), room 105.
This event has been specially designed to inform Home School students and their families about the many educational opportunities and student support services available at St. Louis Community College.
During the last half hour of the evening, there will be a discussion panel where you will have an opportunity to ask questions.  The panel will consist of college employees from the following departments: Enrollment Services, K-12 Initiatives: Dual Enrollment, Honors Program, Access Office (disability support services), Academic Advising, and the South County Education & University Center.
To attend, please pre-register by clicking here.
We hope you can join us!

Penguin Ski Club
Time to sign up for the Penguin Ski Club again! It’s an unbelievable price and makes a fantastic Christmas gift.
For $129 each person receives a lift ticket and an individual pass that they will keep with them. This pass is flexible allowing you to vary your choice of day from week to week (Mon-Thurs). It must be presented at the ticket window with each visit to Hidden Valley so a current lift ticket can be issued to the pass holder.
There is also a Friday option. If you would like to ski on Fridays only, you can buy a Friday pass for $159. Friday is a high demand day, but still less busy than weekends. The same person cannot buy both a Mon-Thurs pass and a Friday pass.
For an additional onetime fee of $20 per pass, ski or snowboard rental will be included with each visit (once a week Mon-Thurs).
Joining the Penguins club is still less expensive than skiing two or three times without a pass. This is a fundraiser for the students of SHARE and the Homelink Learning Center. In the past they have used the funds to go to Japan and England.
Anybody can join, including your friends, neighbors and family who aren’t homeschooling.
The deadline to join is December 1st at midnight. Hidden Valley makes no exceptions to the deadline.
To join the Penguin Ski Club, visit Click “Plan and Buy” along the top. Click School programs, then under HV Ski and Ride Club click Learn More, and then click the box to buy now. Our user name for the club is “Penguins” with a capital P. Our password is “homeski” with a lower case h. You are now in our club site.
Next you will click the blue “go shopping.” At the top left there is a box of categories where you click 16/17 ski passes. Select the pass you would like. Most people want the Mon-Thurs option for $129. An alternative is to select the Friday only option for $159 and add it to the cart and check out. Only one deal per person. Don’t forget to add ski rental. (There is sales tax.)
During check out you will assign a guest for the pass. If you were a member last year, type in the name of each person one at a time and see if it is still in the system. If not, you may need to create a new guest. New members do this by typing in the name, address and birthday, etc.
Once you find the guest, or create a new one, you select the guest and enter his or her birthday. Check out is like most other things on line. You enter your billing name and address and make payment via Visa, Master Card or Discover.
Season passes are for personal use only. Season passes CANNOT be transferred to another person. Misuse of season pass or violation of area policies and procedures will result in loss of privileges at all resorts and prosecution. All prices are subject to change without notice.  Season passes, including club passes, are Non-Refundable unless the pass holder is unable to ski/snowboard due to a medical reason or work transfer.  A letter on letterhead dated and signed by a doctor or employer is required for verification.  All refund requests must be received in writing, by Hidden Valley within 14 days of the medical incident or work transfer.  There is a $50 processing fee for processing a refund.  If the pass has been used, all visits will be calculated at current daily price and deducted from the refund as well as the processing fee .  Please note: Since this is a discounted pass program, after opening day, there will be NO REFUNDS or changes made to passes.
To learn more about Hidden Valley, you may visit the website at If you still have questions, please email me at

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
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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