Homeschool & Distance Learning

We’re excited to offer special programs just for homeschool and distance learning students to connect, have fun, and learn together!

Click here to learn more about booking for your own group or cohort instead.


Learning Pod Field Trip Thursdays


Looking to join other homeschool and distance learning students for a field trip? Reserve your spot today and join our DC Learning Pod!

  • Select Thursday afternoons at Discovery Center (with some exceptions)
  • Field trips rotate weekly, including outdoor-only and indoor options
  • Limited capacities, social distancing, and COVID safety precautions in place
  • Special adult chaperone discount available

Thursdays at 1:00 pm. Prices vary by lab. 

Fantastic Feats

Join Discovery Center as we highlight fantastic feats accomplished by innovators throughout history! These Learning Pods each include learning about a STEAM hero and getting hands-on experience exploring their discoveries with a guided activity.

Cost: $8/student; $5/chaperone

Newton’s Egg Drop  REGISTER NOW»

February 11th  |  1st – 5th grade


Jane Goodall’s Climbing Monkey  REGISTER NOW»

February 25th  |  K – 5th grade


Tesla’s Electroscope  REGISTER NOW»

March 11th  |  K – 5th grade


Einstein’s Catapult  REGISTER NOW»

March 25th  |  1st – 5th grade


Da Vinci’s Bridge  REGISTER NOW»

April 15th  |  K – 5th grade

Creative Chemists

Roll up your sleeves and release your inner chemist at the Discovery Center! Join us for hands-on chemistry experience during these Learning Pods full of color, water, and even goo.

Cost: $8/student; $5/chaperone

Color Chemists  REGISTER NOW»

NEW DATE: Feb 19th  |  1st – 5th grade


Water Chemists  REGISTER NOW»

March 4th  |  1st – 5th grade


Materials Chemists  REGISTER NOW»

April 22nd  |  1st – 5th grade

Amazing Anatomy Dissection Labs

Become a biologist with the Discovery Center this spring as we slice into all-new dissection specimens! These Learning Pods are designed for our older students to utilize tools and discover the inner workings of springtime organisms.

Cost: $13/student; $5/chaperone

Worm Dissection  REGISTER NOW»

March 18th  |  2nd – 5th grade


Fish Dissection  REGISTER NOW»

April 8th  |  2nd – 5th grade


Flower and Grasshopper Dissection  REGISTER NOW»

April 29th  |  1st – 5th grade

Wetland Wonders

It’s spring break for most schools, but fun, learning, and exploration are still in session! Join us for a wetland-focused Learning Pod fit for the whole family, and discover the urban Murfree Spring Wetlands that unique plants and animals call home. Weather permitting, students will put on boots to wade in Murfree Spring, use a net to catch and release tadpoles, and have an up-close encounter with our resident wetlands animals.

Cost: $8/student; $5/chaperone



Inclement Weather Plan

In the event of any inclement weather during scheduled outdoor field trips, we will reschedule your field trip to take place the following day.

  • Rescheduled trips will take place Fridays, at the same start time.
  • If weather remains problematic on Friday, your trip will be rescheduled with the same start time for the following Tuesday.
  • We will make every effort to reschedule in advance, following weather radar predictions. We will email you directly to confirm any rescheduled field trips due to weather.


Pricing & Waitlist

Adult caregivers are invited to accompany students on the field trip by registering as a chaperone-only, or by registering as a student and joining the fun!

Caregivers and children not participating in the field trip

  • Regular museum admission rates apply during your visit to Discovery Center
  • Staff will let caregivers know what time to return and pick-up your student(s)

For pricing, please click on the registration links above for each Learning Pod Field Trip.

Is your desired field trip full? CLICK HERE to join our Waitlist»

We’ll notify you of any openings, and announce any newly added field trip dates.

Due to limited capacities and distancing requirements, Discovery Center reserves the right to limit the number of chaperones sitting within field trip learning spaces.

Playdates at Discovery Center

Reserve the Discovery Center for your small group playdate, and have the museum all to yourselves for two hours! It’s a great way to enjoy all the Discovery Center’s exhibits while keeping group size to a minimum. MORE INFO»


Events & Enrichment at Discovery Center

We’re continuing to add robust opportunities for students and families this fall. Check out the links below to learn more and get plugged in!

Fall & Winter Day Camps
Weekly Public Programs
Special Events