Strawbery Banke’s On-site & Virtual Programs for Homeschoolers

Strawbery Banke welcomes families to step into the past either in-person or virtually for learning and discovery in the historic neighborhood of Puddle Dock. Explore traditional arts and crafts such as basket weaving and woodworking, learn how to write a historical fiction book, develop scientific experiments blending history and science, and so much more!


Homeschool Subscriptions Available

Pay one low rate and receive access to ALL Strawbery Banke Homeschool Programs from September 2022 through May 2023. Click here to learn more!

Homeschool Subscription Cost

  • 1 Child: Members $112.50 / Nonmembers $125
  • 2 Children: Members $157.50 / Nonmembers $175
  • 3+ Children: Members $225 / Nonmember $250
  • Family Virtual Subscription (virtual programs only): Members $72 / Nonmembers $80

Homeschool Programs September 2022 – May 2023

Historical Roleplaying 101
Discover what it takes to be a Strawbery Banke roleplayer. In this homeschool program, each family is assigned a family in the Puddle Dock neighborhood after the American Revolution, and families work together to learn as much as they can about their historical characters and the time period.

Each class focuses on primary source research, crafts, and activities that teach about daily life and roleplaying activities to promote understanding of first-person interpretation. For the optional fifth class, families are invited to sign up for a time slot to dress in an authentic costume provided by the Museum and roleplay their characters for daily visitors. This program is suitable for ages 9+. Adults and younger siblings are welcome to participate, but at least one child must be 9 years old.

Session Dates / Times:
Thursdays, September 29–October 27, 2022
Onsite at Strawbery Banke Museum

Cost:
1 Child: Members $67.50 / Nonmembers $75
2 Children: Members $90 / Nonmembers $100
3+ Children: Members $112.50 / Nonmembers $125
FREE with a Homeschool Program Subscription

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From Festival to Feast: A History of Thanksgiving
Trace the evolution of Thanksgiving in this active, fast-paced, and multi-sensory program. Discover how Thanksgiving transcended time, place, and culture to become the uniquely American holiday we celebrate today.

In small groups guided by a Museum educator, participants find the common themes of this holiday over four centuries: charity, gratitude, and the celebration of family and community. Additionally, participate in old-fashioned cooking, conversations with costumed roleplayers, and make a toy to take home. Program is suitable for ages 5+.

Session Date / Time:
Friday, November 11, 2022
On-site at Strawbery Banke Museum

  • Morning session: 9:45–12pm
  • Afternoon session: 12:45-3:00pm

Cost:
1 Child: Members $10.80 / Nonmembers $12
2 Children: Members $18 / Nonmembers $20
3+ Children: Members $22.50 / Nonmembers $25
FREE with a Homeschool Program Subscription

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Historical Fiction Writing Class (Virtual)
Learn the art of creative writing through the lens of history. Participants work with a professional author to hone writing skills, use authentic historical primary and secondary sources, and develop imaginations. After completing this class, participants will have completed a piece of writing or written the first chapter of a book. Program is suitable for ages 8+.

Session Date / Time:
Tuesdays, January 10–31, 2023, 10-11am
Online via Zoom

Cost:
1 Child: Members $36 / Nonmembers $40
2 Children: Members $45 / Nonmembers $50
3+ Children: Members $54 / Nonmembers $60
FREE with a Homeschool Program Subscription

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House Hunters Class (Virtual)
Join this four-class series investigating homes of the eighteenth & nineteenth centuries. Through images, videos, lively discussions, and hands-on projects, students learn the parts of a house and how to identify different house styles. The group virtually investigates rooms in the house, their uses, and what they can tell us about daily life. Program is suitable for ages 8+.

Session Date / Time:
Tuesdays, February 7-28, 2023, 10-11am
Online via Zoom

Cost:
1 Child: Members $36 / Nonmembers $40
2 Children: Members $45 / Nonmembers $50
3+ Children: Members $54 / Nonmembers $60
FREE with a Homeschool Program Subscription

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History Explorers: Journey into Colonial Life
Experience daily life in the eighteenth century by participating in kitchen chores in front of an open hearth, making old-fashioned toothpowder, dressing up and simulating a stagecoach ride, and playing an eighteenth-century school game. Participants visit two historic homes as they compare and contrast daily life 200 years ago to daily life today. Topics include health & hygiene, school, entertainment, and daily chores. Program is suitable for ages 5+.

Session Date / Time:
Friday, March 3, 2023, 9:45am-12:00pm
Onsite at Strawbery Banke Museum

Cost:
1 Child: Members $10.80 / Nonmembers $12
2 Children: Members $18 / Nonmembers $20
3+ Children: Members $22.50 / Nonmembers $25
FREE with a Homeschool Program Subscription

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Family History Mystery (Virtual)
Using documents, images, and objects, participants investigate the life of a family that lived over 200 years ago. Practice critical thinking, develop theories, and come up with many more questions. Help Strawbery Banke solve the mystery of this fascinating family! Program is suitable for ages 8+.

Session Date / Time:
Tuesdays, March 7-28, 2023, 10-11am
Online via Zoom

Cost:
1 Child: Members $36 / Nonmembers $40
2 Children: Members $45 / Nonmembers $50
3+ Children: Members $54 / Nonmembers $60
FREE with a Homeschool Program Subscription

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Victorian Ventures
Take a trip through the nineteenth century and discover some of the innovations and challenges of the Victorian Era. Weave a Victorian flower basket, create a reversed glass painting, make cookies on a cookstove, and much more. Classes run 1.5-2 hours in length. All ages are welcome, but activities are developed with children 8-12 in mind.

Session Dates / Times:
May 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2023
On-site at Strawbery Banke Museum

  • Morning session: 9:30–11:30am
  • Afternoon session: 12:30-2:30pm

Cost: 1 child: ; 2 children: ; 3+ children: ; or FREE with a homeschool program subscription.

Cost:
1 Child: Members $60 / Nonmembers $54
2 Children: Members $80 / Nonmembers $72
3+ Children: Members $90 / Nonmembers $100
FREE with a Homeschool Program Subscription

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Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth
(603) 433.1100
info@sbmuseum.org

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