Homeschool Programs

Homeschool Wednesday Programs 2016-2017

*Except for our September program, all homeschool programs are SOLD OUT. Please email to add your name to a waiting list.

This year, each home school Wednesday offers 2 simultaneous sessions:
10:00am to 12:00pm (grades K-3)
10:00am to 12:00pm (grades 4-8)
10:00am to 1:00pm for Seas, Sharks, & Songs – please see program description for details

• Both sessions focus on the same topic (listed below), and contain unique activities appropriate to each age category.
• Adults are encouraged to stay and participate in programming. Families with students in both age groups can send adults with either age group. Please notify aquarium staff upon check in if students are attending a session independently.
• Families are welcome to bring a packed lunch and eat in our group lunch area after the program.
• Home school program covers admission for the entire day; please feel welcome to explore the aquarium on your own after the program.

September 28, 2016: Loving Our Lake

What’s that green stuff in the lake and how did it get there? Kick off the year with us along the shore of Lake Erie at Edgewater Beach State Park. Test the water quality, learn about algal blooms, discover the source of pollution, and help us clean up the beach. This session meets at Edgewater Park Beach (not the Greater Cleveland Aquarium). This beach clean-up is part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-A-Beach™ program.

October 26, 2016: Seas, Sharks, & Songs (SOLD OUT)

10am-1pm (because this session is longer than the others, please bring a snack.)
Join us for a musical adventure at the Aquarium featuring the sharks. We’ll explore the world of sharks and learn how to develop a musical performance about these fascinating creatures. Sheela Das, the Artistic Director of Creative Concepts in Music, will share the basics of song writing and performance. Learn how music helps children to understand the science of sharks and their role as top predator of the sea.

November 23, 2016: Aquatic Adaptations (SOLD OUT)

Investigate how differences in aquatic environments affect animal life. Investigate aquatic habitats and identify unique adaptations that allow fish to thrive. Discover how eels hide, sharks swim constantly, and catfish find food in murky water. Students work in teams, using the Stem model, to create a fish to live in a specific habitat.

December 21, 2016: Shipwrecks and Ocean Exploration (SOLD OUT)

Join us on virtual dives into Lake Erie and Pacific Ocean. We’ll discover shipwrecks in the lake and see how NOAA scientists explore the ocean floor with an ROV (remotely operate vehicle). You’ll even be able to try your hand at controlling an ROV yourself. Meet a SCUBA diver to learn how they explore the underwater places and care for our aquarium exhibits.

January 18, 2017: Life on the Edge (SOLD OUT)

Explore the incredible biodiversity of a tide pool ecosystem. Interact with live invertebrates in our touch pool exhibit. Investigate invertebrate adaptations like tentacles, tube feet, ejecting organs, and venomous spines to find out how these unique organisms survive. Grades 4-8 will dissect a squid!

February 22, 2017: Animal Enrichment (SOLD OUT)

Animal Enrichment is an important aspect of animal care. After a tour and discussion with our curation team about animal enrichment, you’ll see how we incorporate enrichment in our tortoise exhibit. We’ll use inquiry skills to observe and measure changes in fish behavior before and after the addition of animal enrichment. You’ll have a chance to create your own animal enrichment project.

Program Fees

K-3rd grade: $6/person (pass holders); $8/person (non-pass holders)
4th – 8th grade: $8/person (pass holders); $10/person (non-pass holders)

Additional Information: One adult is required for each reservation and will be charged the same price as their child. Additional adults are $14.95 per person. Program fees include all day admission into the aquarium for the date of your scheduled visit.

Our home school programs are designed for school age students and their parent/teacher. Although these programs are not designed for preschool age children, we understand that at times it is necessary that preschool age children accompany older siblings. We offer reduced Aquarium admission for preschool age children ages 2 to 4 when they are accompanying a homeschool sibling for a program ($8.00). Advance purchase is required to receive this discounted price. If your family has an annual pass, younger siblings are free.

Make a Reservation

Register here. Nonrefundable program fees are due at the time of registration.
For questions please call us at (216) 862-8803 X 7720 or email