The sound of school bells ringing and the flashing lights of bus stops have begun. It’s a time where routines become a part of life again in order to keep straight homework assignments and afterschool activities. But with the rise of virtual schools and parents who decide to homeschool their children, having creative options to give a well-rounded approach to learning is something that Florida’s Space Coast can help provide.
From science and math lovers to history buffs and those who prefer the arts, you can easily create a multi-day trip that will enrich your student’s learning experience and make it fun and memorable as well. And the great thing is that the options here on the Space Coast span all ages, creating an educational experience that is suitable for all grade levels and makes it easy to plan out your visit.
Math and Science (STEM)
Kennedy Space Center: Well-known for providing a rich history of space flight and scientific research information, Kennedy Space Center also provides an interactive experience called “Salute to Science” and is great for overall STEM education. And if you want to make it a multi-day experience, check out their Astronaut Training Program, which takes you to mission control where you perform a real space shuttle mission and get to meet a veteran astronaut.
History and Culture
The Dinosaur Store: This isn’t your typical fossil store. The recently opened Museum of Dinosaurs & Ancient Cultures in Cocoa Beach gives your student the opportunity to explore the prehistoric age to King Tut’s tomb and ancient Egypt. There are three stories of fossils and ancient culture exhibits to see, and the museum’s staff is extremely knowledgeable and willing to share all there is to know about dinosaurs and ancient cultures.
There is also an interactive adventure zone that transforms you into an archaeologist for the day with fossil digs and has you braving the rapids of the Nile River without you even getting wet. This is a sure way to create a memorable educational experience for your student.
Arts and Entertainment
Historic Cocoa Village: The village gives you the opportunity to explore the arts and experience local talent by catching a matinee at the famous Cocoa Village Playhouse. Or if you want a more hands-on adventure, stop at Painting with a Twist or Carolyn Seiler and Friends Gallery for an opportunity to paint your own masterpiece. You can even take a stroll through the village visiting its historical landmarks and shops. Plus, the Riverfront Park is a great place to unwind and let the kids play.
Treetop Trek: A self-guided adventure park that takes you on a zip-line tour through the Brevard Zoo. With adventures available for as young as 4-years-old to expert challenge courses for your older students, this is a great way to get physical exercise, but also an opportunity to use critical thinking skills with the different challenges that are offered throughout the courses. This self-guided adventure can be done as an individual, but as a group, you can add in the lesson of team-building and communication skills as part of your student’s expanded education.
In addition, Brevard Zoo offers an opportunity to explore science and conservation through a homeschool program. This interactive encounter is sure to bring a fun and inspirational environment to your student’s education.
Some additional activities to check out:
Surf Lessons: The Space Coast is home to “world famous” Cocoa Beach, a place known to attract visitors to ride the waves where eleven-time World Surf League Champion professional surfer, Kelly Slater, mastered his skill. Take a “recess” from the planned days of learning and hang ten, dude.
Exploration Tower: Not only will you get a beautiful panoramic view of Port Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center, you will have the opportunity to go on an adventure exploring Central Florida’s past to its present-day offerings. With simulated boat tours to watching rocket launches off the tower’s balcony, your student will get a wealth of knowledge about Central Florida’s rich history.
Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum: Take history to another level by getting an up-close look at over 45 historic warbirds, as well as war veteran uniforms, equipment and weapons. The museum’s staff has a rich history with the aircrafts on display and love to share personal stories while giving tours.
With the many exciting opportunities to couple learning with fun, that both you and your student can enjoy, it’s easy to create a multi-day learning experience that doesn’t have to be limited to what’s available in your classroom. Homeschool can be taken outside and explored all throughout Florida’s Space Coast. To learn even more about all the things you can experience at the coast with your homeschooler, click here.