Homeschool Adventures

Homeschool Adventures

Looking for homeschool classes in Salem?  Add an extra dose of adventure to your alternative schooling by joining our Homeschool Adventures program! We explore a new topic each month in a group setting at Gilbert House Children’s Museum, with the guidance of a certified instructor. Our weekly adventures incorporate S.T.E.A.M. concepts to further your child’s development in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Our classes are designed as supplemental learning for your homeschool program. Register for the topics that interest you, or join us for the entire ’19-’20 school year!

Registration is online only.  Please email us at if you need assistance.

Choose Your Group…

Register for the day of the week that best fits your schedule. Your group will meet on this same day for the entire month. You can register for each month separately if you prefer, though classes for the entire school year are currently open for registration.

2019-2020 Classes

TUITION:  $50/month:  Includes 4 Sessions/Month
All future classes are currently open for registration. Registration for each class closes one week prior to the start date. Please note, there are no refunds/transfers for cancellations or absences.
AGES 5-7: 
Wednesdays (12:30 – 1:30 PM) OR Thursdays (12:30-1:30 PM)
AGES 8-11: 
Wednesdays (11 AM – 12 PM)  OR Thursdays (11 AM – 12 PM)

All About Animals! Explore the habitats, behavior, and unique features of animals in this bite-sized intro to zoology. Through experiential learning, students will dissect owl pellets, build biomes, observe animal prints, and take part in a bird beak lab.
Wednesday Session Dates:  October 2, 9, 16, 23
Thursday Session Dates:  October 3, 10, 17, 24  

Ceramics & Painting:
 Learn the basic principles of working with clay, and gain experience with two painting mediums: acrylic and watercolor.  Create with the guidance of an instructor, with no experience necessary.  Engage the right side of your brain during this colorful month of discovery.
Wednesday Session Dates:  November 6, 13, 20 (No class week of Thanksgiving, make-up session December 4)
Thursday Session Dates:  November 7, 14, 21 (No class week of Thanksgiving, make-up session December 5)

Sleuth Science:  Calling all detectives!  Science meets curiosity during this month of undercover learning.  Students will gain experience with the technologies of fingerprinting, powder identification, and apply critical thinking to solve mysteries at the Museum.
Wednesday Session Dates:  January 8, 15, 22, 29
Thursday Session Dates:  January 9. 16, 23, 30

DIY Crafting:  Inspire your child’s natural creativity through introduction to crafting skills that can be utilized beyond the classroom.  Learn to construct trending “string art,” giftable magnets, and more.
Wednesday Session Dates:  February 5, 12, 19, 26
Thursday Session Dates:  February 6, 13, 20, 27

STEM Lab:  Through hands-on experimentation, students will solve problems, form conclusions, and engage in valuable learning through the construction of inventions (e.g. snack dispensers, moving cars) and other challenges (e.g. “flextangles”).
Wednesday Session Dates:  March 4, 11, 18 (No class week of Spring Break, make-up session April 1)
Thursday Session Dates:  March 5, 12, 19 (No class week of Spring Break, make-up session April 2)

Register for Classes

Make class days exciting for the whole family with a Gilbert Family Membership!  Your littles will love playing in our many exhibits while waiting for big sis or big brother to finish with class.

Set your child up for success…

Children of all abilities are encouraged to participate in our camps and classes. In order to ensure a fun and safe experience for your child, please inform us if your child has any allergies and/or special needs. Gilbert House Children’s Museum does not provide 1:1 supervision for participants needing assistance with personal care; however, personal aides* are welcome to attend camp or classes at no extra charge. Please email Julia Golden, Programs Coordinator, at if you would like to inquire further. Gilbert House Children’s Museum reserves the right to request 1:1 supervision for participants.

*Background Checks for Adults:
If a personal aide intends to accompany a child, they will need to complete a background check. The cost of the background check is $20 and parents will be asked to pay this fee.