Homeschool Day - Monday, September 24, 2018

Our next Homeschool Day Event will be Monday, January 28, 2019.

This year, homeschool families and groups can receive discounted admission to the aquarium on September 24. Your ticket includes access to all of the Aquarium's daily Extraordinary Experiences programs and additional 15-minute auditorium programs between 10 am and 2 pm. Homeschoolers will also receive 10% off in the gift shops on this day as well as an opportunity to sign up for a membership at a 10% discount.

Children (ages 3-18) - $8 Aquarium/$13 Aquarium + IMAX

Adults - $24.50 Aquarium/$32.50 Aquarium + IMAX

Additional opportunities:

Homeschool families can purchase special behind the scenes educational tours for $6. These are sold on a first come first served basis.

Sign students up for a 45-minute science class. You can register for your spot today. Classes are $6 per student and give students an opportunity to get hands-on and investigate water and wildlife as a scientist at the Tennessee Aquarium. Classes are catered to specific age groups so we strongly encourage signing your student up for the class closest to their age range.
Early Elementary
Late Elementary
Middle School
High School

Homeschool Day FAQs

1. Do I need to make a reservation to attend Homeschool Day? 
No. Simply tell our admissions staff that you are a homeschool family when you purchase your ticket on the day of the event to receive the discounted rate. (Registration is required for our special 45-minute science classes on a first come first served basis.)

2. My entire homeschool group would like to attend together. Do we have to make a reservation? 
Groups of ten or more students have two choices for homeschool day: making a group reservation or asking each family to pay separately upon arrival. If you choose to pay separately, there is no need to worry about calling ahead to make a reservation or to collect money in advance. If you choose to make a group reservation, one person will represent the entire group and pay for everyone upon arrival. Your group representative will also be responsible for calling at least one week prior to the event to make the reservation, including the number of students expected to attend. When making an advance reservation only, one adult chaperone for every ten students will be given free admission.

3. Do I need proof of homeschooling?
No. Just tell the admissions staff you are a homeschool family and we’ll take your word for it. 

4. Can students tour the Aquarium alone? 
As with any other education group, we do require that students be supervised by an adult during the duration of your visit. 

5. What education activities will be offered that day? 
A detailed schedule of events will be available online soon as well as the day of the event. Feeding dives, behind-the-scenes tours, live animal encounters and other education programs will be offered throughout the day. Educational activities will be available for you to complete with your child. 

6. Are there any education materials available to prepare my child for our visit or to complete as we explore the Aquarium? 
Yes! Check out our AquaGuide, AquaQuests, Scavenger Hunts and more on our Education Resources page. 

7. Where do we go for lunch? 
No food or drinks are allowed in the Aquarium; however, picnic tables are located just outside the Aquarium for your convenience. Coolidge Park is a local favorite – just a quick walk or drive across the river, this park has plenty of green space for picnics. If you’d like to purchase your lunch, a concession stand is located on the Aquarium plaza. Many restaurants are within walking distance. 

8. I can’t attend on the date you have planned. Will you hold another homeschool day? 
We currently offer two homeschool days per year. Specific dates will be posted as they are planned. 

Field Trips

Bring your family to the Tennessee Aquarium and make fascinating discoveries about the natural world. Use these printable materials to enhance the educational content of your experience.  Homeschool groups of at least 10 students are eligible for the school group rate and a free educational program with advanced reservations.  Call the Reservations Department: at (423) 265-0698  from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Reservations will be accepted up to 10 working days prior to your visit. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Tennessee Aquarium offers two volunteer positions for students. Youth volunteers assist Aquarium guests in several exhibits by sharing information about the animals and habitats represented. Day camp volunteers assist in all aspects of summer camp, including crafts, games, snacks, and lessons.  Email Jen Collier for more information about volunteering.