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 2019-2020


    Thursday, November 14
    Worst Case Scenario
    This workshop will focus on problem-solving skills based on the special exhibit, The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience. It’s a full-body physical and minds-on experience exhibition providing the essential instructions for everything you need to know when encountering unexpected but POSSIBLE real-life scenarios.

    Thursday, December 12
    Holiday 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 sugar cookies. 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!
    Activities: cookie lab, pH kitchen science

    Thursday, February 13
    Your Brain
    Your brain is ever changing. In this workshop, you can test your powers of recall, challenge your multi-tasking skills and have an opportunity to touch a real, dissected sheep’s brain. You’ll never think about your brain in the same way again. 

    Thursday, March 12 
    Creation Station
    Let your creativity run wild while you design, build and construct with lots of building toys both big and small.
    Activities: Rig ama jigs, Giant Tinker Toys, Keva planks, Imagination Playground, Amazing Machines 

    Thursday, April 2 
    Our Earth is changing in ways both fast and slow. Learn how volcanologists gather information about past eruptions and monitor current activity to see how volcanoes have changed the landscapes of both the past and future.
    Activities: Volcanoville workshop, Pompeii activities, Volcanoes IMAX

    May 7 (*first Thursday in May, not second)
    Robot Rumpus
    In order to complete tasks, robots must take in external information and interpret it through an internal set of coded commands. Using small robots that sense and respond to the world around them, learn how creative problem solving, logic, and computer coding combine in the complex and exciting world of robotics!
    Activities: Sphero mazes, Ozobot challenge, Cubelets, Tech Studio

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

    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.