Homeschool Workshops

Two girls dissecting a heart.

The Franklin Institute's Homeschool Workshops are for students ages 7-14. All ages will be in the same classroom, but separated by age at different tables.  Each workshop runs from 10:30AM-2:30PM followed by free time to explore the museum as a family.


  • Homeschool Workshops 2018-2019

    October 11 – Mess Fest

    Activities: Alka rocket & spin art, slime & elephant toothpaste, watermelon implosion, bubbles, big explosions, mud something? (Homeschool 16-17, Mess Fest)

    Everyone loves a good mess and those messes have a lot to teach us about being a scientist!  Join us as we celebrate a Franklin Institute tradition- Mess Fest! Students will enjoy a workshop filled with hands-on, gooey chemistry experiments, explosive physics, and all things messy.

    November 8 – Moon Colony

    Activities: Basic moon science, bottle rockets, astronaut training, building a colony, LIS show (DC 2018, AA – Space Explorers)

    Strap in for a day of living and working like an astronaut on the moon. Students will learn about getting to the moon, working in space, and how to design the structures and vehicles needed to live on a new colony outside the realm of our cozy planet Earth.

    Dec 13 – Holiday Cookie Lab

    Activities: Cookie Lab

    A cup of butter, a pinch of salt, three teaspoons of vanilla extract; baking is a science and every step is crucial—especially when making holiday snickerdoodle cookies. Students will be able to enter the cookie lab to bake, dissect, and taste how one little recipe adjustment can make a big difference to the quality of a cookie!

    Feb 14 – The Giant Heart

    Activities: Heart dissections, model candy blood, circulation activity, Heart Bar, GHE

    We’re pumped for your students to explore the cardiovascular system and what keeps it working properly. Students will dissect sheep hearts, model the components of blood, and get active to learn how their hearts pump that blood. We’ll also compare animal hearts to help learn more about our own. Sneakers recommended!

    March 14 – Tech Studio

    Activities: High tech, low tech – stuff in tech studio, then low tech engineering with Rig-a-ma-jigs, crazy Ball Maze, K’NEX workshop, Dream BIG IMAX

    Ever wonder what goes on in a maker space? Get the chance to use both high-tech and low-tech tools to design, test, and build your own creation. While you are here you, see a 3D printer and a laser cutter in action!

    April 11 – Changing Earth

    Activities: Hotter, Wetter Philly live show, row home workshop, Changing Earth, CUSP activities

    Our Earth is changing in ways both fast and slow. Students will learn how powerful yet slow forces shape our air, land, water, and weather. Then explore more about Philadelphia, where climate scientists predict that the weather will get hotter and wetter. How can we prepare our homes and communities to minimize the impacts of these changing conditions?

    May 9 – Science of Superheroes

    Activities: Biomechanics, genetics, inventions, artificial intelligence, space

    Join us for this workshop where we explore cutting-edge science based on our favorite superhero stories. Students will get to visit the Marvel: Universe of Superheroes special exhibit. This workshop includes entrance to the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibit for registered students only.

  • $60 per student (Non-Member)
    $55 per student (Member)

    Book additional workshops this school year and save!  Call for details.

    Call 215.448.1200 (Option 5) to reserve your space.

    • Please pack a lunch. The class will take about a 30 minute break in the classroom for lunch.
    • Portfolios and pencils will be provided, so you don't have to bring anything else, unless you want to.
    • The temperature can vary greatly around the museum, so dress in layers and be prepared for small messes!
    • A Health and Consent Form if you haven't already returned it. (Only one per school year needed.)
  • Sign in will begin in the Bartol Atrium on the 2nd floor around 10:15AM and we will leave for the classroom by 10:30AM. We will return your student(s) to the Atrium around 2:30PM for you to sign them back out and begin exploring the museum on your own.

  • You may park in The Franklin Institute's garage, entrance on 21st St, at a discounted rate of $6 per Workshop. Please bring your ticket inside to receive the Workshop pass.