A Homeschool Odyssey to Washington D.C.

The class trip is a rite of passage for many middle and high school students. The experience of loading up the bus with friends and tasting independence while visiting some far-flung destination is one most will never forget. If you homeschool, the opportunities for peer group travel may be fewer or more challenging. Families, co-ops and academies may not have access to the same travel resources available to public schools – until now! Animado Events is unveiling its Homeschool Odyssey Series with an incredible adventure to Washington D.C. – EXCLUSIVELY for homeschool students!

Homeschool Odyssey – Journey into Learning Washington D.C.

Middle and high school-aged homeschool students will converge on the nation’s capital this October 10-14, 2019 for an education-based travel experience.  Journey into Learning Washington D.C. is fresh and fun – completely different than anything you’ve done before. It features STEM, history, culture and arts with lots of opportunities to explore and make connections!

What’s Included?

Students will arrive (travel to Washington D.C. is the responsibility of families or co-ops) and meet with their personal Animado Events tour director. They’ll check into the hotel and prepare for a power-packed itinerary. Stops include:

• National Museum of the Marine Corps
• Washington National Cathedral including the behind the scenes tour
• Smithsonian Museums (with advance educational material provided)
• Memorial and Monument tour
• National Mall including a National Park Service Education Program
• Ford’s Theatre
• Newseum
• Arlington Cemetery
• Mount Vernon
• U.S. Capitol Tour (based on availability)

Added Value!

As an added package bonus, students will come together at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on the first night for dinner, networking and learning in a fun and engaging atmosphere. It’s a great way to get to know each other at the onset of the journey!

How to Find Out More

The Homeschool Odyssey – Journey into Learning is everything a class trip should be and more! Make this October memorable for your homeschool students as they meet new friends and tour an amazing city. For more information, contact the experts at Animado Events at 844-335-7994.

Washington D.C.- A Civics Lesson in Action

Teachers, homeschool co-ops, scout groups, history buffs lend me your ears! If you are trying to inspire, educate or simply love this wonderful nation, consider planning a trip to its capital.
Theres no better civics lesson than a trip to Washington D.C. Of course, there are the attractions with which most people are familiar; a visit to the most prestigious address in the world, a tour of the monuments, or an awe-inspiring stop at Arlington Cemetery to witness the changing of the guards. However, Washington D.C. boasts some hidden gems as well! My goal is to shine a light on both to ensure you dont miss a thing!

National Museum of American History
This Smithsonian is dedicated to the preservation and heritage of American History. View the original Star-Spangled Banner- the actual flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen our national anthem. Explore the integral role of women in our nations history or delve into our unique religious heritage from colonial days to the present.

National Museum of Natural History
Feast your eyes on the largest blue diamond in the world or explore ancient Egypt (even the remains of a mummified cat!) The National Museum of Natural History is a treasure trove of must-sees.

National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. documents the incredible history of flight and aviation, including the 1903 Wright Flyer and the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia. Dont forget to rocket over to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center for a close-up of the Space Shuttle Discovery!

International Spy Museum
Make it your mission to get to the International Spy Museum, an astounding collection of espionage artifacts that would make Maxwell Smart jealous! Jaw-dropping stories, interactive exhibitsand interviews with real spies- awesome!

The Newseum
The Newseum is a high-tech, interactive museum highlighting the past, present and history of journalism. The Newseum is a must-see in a city of great attractions. Celebrate the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans under the First Amendment.

The Holocaust Museum
The Holocaust Museum is Americas official memorial to the Holocaust. This is an extraordinary and powerful opportunity to learn about and remember both the victims and survivors of the systematic persecution and murder of more than 6 million Jews (reservation required).

The Washington National Cathedral
The Washington National Cathedral is an opportunity to explore a masterpiece of architecture in this active Episcopal Church for all people. Look closely- a piece of the lunar surface is housed in one of the stained-glass windows (known as the Space Window).

The National Archives
The National Archives is a great chance to study how the actions of the Federal Government are based in our Constitution. Participants take on the roles of archivists and researchers completing a very important assignment: providing the President of the United States with real-life examples of our Constitution in action. The National Archives houses the three original Charters of Freedom, including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The Monuments
No trip to Washington D.C. is complete without a visit to these monuments to freedom and sacrifice. Stops at the WWII Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, F.D.R. Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial are powerful reminders of those who gave all for every American.

Arlington Cemetery
A stop at Arlington Cemetery allows you to witness the Changing of the Guard, visit John F. Kennedys gravesite and the Lee Mansion and pay respects at the Tomb of the Unknown. Its a somber and incredibly moving experience for visitors.

Fords Theatre
Step back in time and experience history at Fords Theatre the site of President Abraham Lincolns assassination. Tours, educational programs and even live theatre are available in this historic venue.

House of the Temple
Heres a unique attraction that most dont realize should be part of the itinerary! The Masonic House of the Temple offers a glimpse into the secret world of the masons. The building, completed in 1915, is an adaptation of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Guided tours are available at this home of famous abolitionist and reformer, Frederick Douglass. Catch a glimpse of the statesmans life and legacy.
Fort Reno Park
Civil war buffs will love this spot, part of the Rock Creek Park and the site of the only civil war battle to take place in Washington D.C. As Rock Creek is a national park, its a quiet escape from the bustle of the city amid majestic scenery. Ranger-led tours are available.

As you plan your trip to Washington D.C., its important to note that many of the attractions are FREE (we all love FREE!) There are very few destinations with so much to offer at such a low price point. It truly is a living history lesson that should not be missed. Call the experts at Kaleidoscope Adventures or email to plan your trip. Time to get packing!