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11 Exciting Homeschool Programs and Classes in Orlando to Connect with Your Community

Homeschooling doesn’t just have to be done at home. Living in an area like Orlando brings a host of educational opportunities for homeschool families. Places like museums, theme parks, and local businesses are some of the options. There’s much for homeschooled students to see and do all over Orlando, making it easy to get out of the house for the day and take those learning experiences on the road. That’s where local homeschool programs can help.

Whether you’re exploring the world’s cultures or getting up close and personal with zoo animals, homeschooling in Orlando opens up a world of possibilities to your students. Here are 11 homeschool programs in Orlando worth adding to your must-do list.

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Orlando Homeschool Programs and Experiences

We have listed these Orlando homeschool programs by location starting near local Orlando neighborhoods and then moving toward the attractions and theme parks.

Orlando Science Center

777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803
Cost: Student & Caregiver Pair $42

For kids in kindergarten through eighth grades, Orlando Science Center hosts a homeschool program that focuses on topics like aerospace engineering, renewable energy, and chemistry. Prices vary based on grade and whether or not you’re a science center member, and the program only takes place during the academic year (September through May).

Orlando Science Center Homeschool Program

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Central Florida Zoo

3755 W Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771
Cost: $19.00 per child

The only thing better than exploring the zoo on your own is getting an in-depth lesson about the creatures who live there from zoo staff. Central Florida Zoo offers Homeschool Zooventures for elementary, middle, and high schoolers and their families. Topics include everything from bears to veterinary careers. 

Homeschool Zooventure Handout image by Erica Thomas

Participants receive a sheet that reviews the topics that are covered during the session. This dropoff program lasts two hours and is one of the best homeschool programs in Orlando and nearby.

RELATED: Parent’s Ultimate Guide to Central Florida Zoo Homeschool Classes

Leu Gardens

1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL
Cost: Adult $15, Child (ages 4-17 years) $10

Select Mondays throughout the year are free admission and one of our favorite free things to do with kids in Orlando.

Located minutes from Downtown Orlando, Leu Gardens is a 50-acre botanical garden that offers classes and camps throughout the year.

a child looks at plants and identification signs Leu Gardens Orlando
Leu Gardens Orlando with Kids image by Dani Meyering

While they currently do not offer homeschool-specific classes, parents can sign their kids up for everything from fungi identification classes to pottery camps on the garden’s Eventbrite site.

Orange County Regional History Center

65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL
Cost: Students, $8 online, $10 at the door; Adults: $2 (History Center Members free)
Children 4 and younger: Free

Orange County Regional History Center, which showcases the history of Central Florida, offers homeschool classes throughout the year. Its Hint of History homeschool curriculum is designed for kindergarten through grade five, and includes museum admission and a take-home activity packet.

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WonderWorks

9067 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Cost: $20 per person

With over 100 interactive, educational exhibits and a ropes course, WonderWorks is a great spot for kids to explore and learn. Through WonderWorks Homeschool Days, homeschool families receive discounted ($20) admission on select dates, before 2 p.m. when school is in session. 

Gatorland

14501 S Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL 32837
Cost: Price varies, Florida Resident specials also available periodically

Gatorland, a quirky Florida gator park, allows visitors to do everything from feed gators to zipline. On homeschool days in January, February, September, and October, groups of 8-10 homeschoolers can request discounted admission via email or phone.

goats and emus at petting zoo at gatorland orlando
Petting Zoo at Gatorland Orlando by Maria DiCicco

BONUS IDEA – Don’t miss the Halloween events at Gatorland!

Sea Life Orlando Aquarium

8449 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Cost: Tickets from $11.99 per person

More that 3,000 sea creatures call Sea Life Orlando Aquarium home. Here, kids can encounter everything from sharks to sea turtles while learning the importance of ocean conservation. This beautiful aquarium is one of our favorite indoor places for kids in Orlando.

a young boy looks into a large habitat area at sea life aquarium in orlando
Sea Life Aquarium in Orlando image by Dani Meyering

Groups of 10 homeschoolers or more can request discounted admission via email, but the request must be submitted at least 14 days in advance.

Madame Tussauds

8387 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Cost: Tickets from $11.99 per person

Homeschoolers can learn about historical figures, celebrities, and other iconic characters during a walk-through of Madame Tussauds wax museum.

Like Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, groups of 10 homeschoolers or more can request discounted admission via email, but the request should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. Combined discounted admission for both facilities is also available.

Crayola Experience

8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809
Cost: $25.99 when purchased online

Through shows, art projects, and colorful play, Crayola Experience teaches kids about everything from colors to creativity.

While there’s no specific program for homeschoolers here, parents who homeschool can get a free annual pass with proof that they’re teaching little ones at home. 

Entrance-to-Crayola-Experience-Florida-Mall-Maria-DiCicco
Entrance to Crayola Experience Florida Mall Maria DiCicco

Nearby Homeschool Programs Worth the Drive

Legoland Florida

One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884
Cost: $20 for groups, Florida resident specials available

While it’s a bit of a drive from Orlando, Legoland Florida offers discounted admission ($20) to groups of 10 or more homeschoolers, as well as complimentary admission to one chaperone per 10 students. With its focus on creativity and building, the theme park is a great learning option for homeschool kids.

LEGOLAND offers lots of hands-on activities, including the new Ferrari Build and Race experience.

Ferrari Build and Race image by Dani Meyering

Also keep in mind there are some awesome season events at LEGOLAND like Halloween Brick or Treat and the magical Holidays at LEGOLAND.

Cracker Country

4800 Hwy 301 N Tampa, Fl. 33603

Described as an 1890s rural living history museum, Cracker Country offers historic buildings, hands-on learning opportunities, crafting demonstrations, historically-dressed educators, and more. On scheduled homeschool days, the museum puts on a program specifically for homeschooled students. 

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Terri Peters