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 different topic each month in a group setting at Gilbert House Children’s Museum with the guidance of an instructor. Our weekly adventures will introduce your child to concepts in science, art, computer science, culture, and engineering. Registration is separate for each month, providing the option for you to hand-select each topic you explore!

Classes resume in October.  In the meantime, you can take a peek at what we offered last school year:

The Adventure Begins…

PRICING:  $40/month:  Includes 4 Classes
REGISTRATION:  Registration is closed.  There are no refunds for cancellations or absences.
AGES 5-7:  Choose Wednesdays (12:30 – 1:30 PM) OR Thursdays (12:30-1:30 PM)
AGES 8-11:  Choose Wednesdays (11 AM – 12 PM)  OR Thursdays (11 AM – 12 PM)

Colorful Chemistry:  Bubble, pop, fizz!  Learn about chemical reactions through fun, fizzy, or exploding colorful experiments!  Experiments include homemade lava lamps, geysers, slime, and film canister rockets.

Clay Creations: 
 Roll up your sleeves to create a masterful creation!  Students will hand-sculpt, fire, and decorate a variety of clay projects during this month of artful inspiration!

Tech Time:  This month provides a wonderful introduction to computer science!  We have different objectives for each age group…

Ages 8-11:  Do you want to be a game designer?  This month, we will use Kodu, a visual programming language, to create your own computer game!  Together we will learn to create worlds, develop game rules, point systems, and more.

Ages 5-7  MIT has developed a junior version of their Scratch coding language–Scratch Jr!  Your child does not have to be a confident reader to become a confident coder.  Together we will learn the basics of coding and complete a few coding challenges this month.

Passport to Discovery:  Fasten your seat belt as we embark on a journey of cultural discovery!  During the month of February, we’ll explore various elements of culture in the world around us by learning about the foods, art, and music of a unique country or people group.

Gilberteers!:  Inspired by our Gilbert Engineering Studio, we’ll be completing a new engineering challenge each week this month.  Put your thinking cap on as we build, test, and improve our designs for rockets, roller coasters, planes, and more!

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 care providers* are welcome to attend camp or classes at no extra charge. Please email Julia Golden, Education 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 an adult caregiver’s intention for staying is to help their child transition for a portion of the camp day, no background check is needed. If the adult caregiver’s intention is to stay for the entire camp or class to support a child (i.e. medical support, need for 1-on-1 support, etc.) 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.