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.


  • October 12, 2017 - Wizard School

    Join us this October for a magical day of wizard-themed science experiments and demonstrations. We will examine chemistry, physics, and biology topics that will amaze young scientists.

    November 9, 2017 - Terracotta Warriors

    During this session, we will visit the new Terracotta Warriors exhibit, where we will see the amazing ceramic statues that guarded the tomb of the first emperor of China for over 2,000 years before being discovered. Students will explore ancient Chinese culture, learn concepts of mass production, and participate in hands-on activities that demonstrate the science behind archeology and object conservation.

    December 14, 2017 - 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 the classic chocolate chip cookie. 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!

    February 8 POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY 15, 2018 - 3D Printing

    Years ago when someone had a great idea for a new product they would have to plan, build prototypes, and pay a manufacturer to produce their idea. With the introduction of 3D printing, tinkering and inventing new objects has become easier than ever. During this session we will learn the design program Tinkercad to design our own objects, and visit the 3D Printing the Future museum gallery.

    March 8, 2018 - Scientists

    Scientists explore the unknown and make new discoveries every day. From the technology in our hands to the spandex in our clothing, scientist have influenced our lives and in some cases saved them. During this session we will learn about some of the great scientists who made discoveries that changed our society and meet a scientist from the Philadelphia area.

    April 12, 2018 - Robots

    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, students will learn how creative problem solving, logic, and computer coding combine in the complex and exciting world of robotics!

    May 10, 2018 - Your Brain

    The pace of change and adaptation in the world of technology is churning at breakneck speed and your students are at the center of it all. In this workshop, students will examine how the neural networks in their brain respond to the electronic media that they encounter on a daily basis through a hands-on exploration of a preserved sheep brain and interactive gaming and electronics experiences. Then we will visit the Game Masters exhibit to try videogames that will put our brains to the test.

  • $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. With your registration, you will need to provide a signed Registration Form and Consent Form

    • 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.