Home School Day

Discover space science and engineering through innovative activities and special guest speakers at Space Center Houston’s Home School Day. We are offering fall Home School Day onsite and virtual options on Oct. 16.

Home School Day 2020 schedule
  • Feb. 18
  • Oct. 16
  • Make the Museum Your Classroom

    This incredible event provides a discount for home-schooled families to learn about space exploration and engage in an unforgettable day of education and inspiring activities.

    Hear from retired NASA astronaut Brian Duffy and hear about his mission experiences at 11-11:30 a.m. and 1:20-1:50 p.m. in Astronaut Gallery. Duffy was selected as an astronaut in 1985. He is a veteran of four spaceflights, logging over 40 days in space.

    Experience our Pop-Up Science Lab demonstrations, discover our new live presentations about life aboard the International Space Station and the science behind combustion.

    Explore our new exhibits including Apollo 13: Failure is Not an Option with an array of Apollo artifacts and Mission: Control the Spread, and see how NASA continues to benefit humanity with innovations that help control the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Board the NASA Tram Tour and experience NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Walk underneath the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to get a close-up look at an important piece of reusable technology that has improved our potential for space travel.

    Get tickets

    Purchase your ticket in advance to take advantage of our Home School Day discount. Tickets purchased now through Oct. 15 are $14.95. Tickets purchased onsite, the day of the event, are $24.95 for children and $29.95 for adults. Discounted tickets are limited. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis, and discounted tickets must be purchased in advance.

    Space Center Houston parking is $5. We encourage guests to purchase parking online. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the ticket booths.

    Home School Day virtual experience

    Join Space Center Houston’s Home School Day activities from anywhere.

    Our virtual event provides a unique opportunity for guests everywhere to engage in our science and space exploration activities. Discover the wonders of space science as we build simple rockets and design extraterrestrial landers.

    The live virtual experience explores topics such as:
    • What we need to launch off the surface of the Earth
    • How we get into outer space
    • What forces affect our ability to land safely on another celestial body
    • What considerations we need to make as we plan for space travel
    Our virtual Home School Day experience will include multiple hands-on activities and presentations, as well as a short, guided tour of our new SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and flown spacecraft in our Starship Gallery.

    Hear from retired NASA astronaut Brian Duffy as he shares about his space missions from 1:20 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Duffy was selected as an astronaut in 1985. He is a veteran of four spaceflights logging over 40 days in space.

    Get Tickets

    Home School Day virtual experience tickets are $10.95 and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance.

    Your purchase will include a confirmation with a private online link for registered guests to join the virtual event. Please note, you cannot use the Home School Day virtual experience ticket for on-site entry to Space Center Houston.

    Discover space science and engineering through innovative activities and special guest speakers at Home School Day at Space Center Houston.

    This incredible event provides a discount for home-schooled families to learn about space exploration and engage in an unforgettable day of education and inspiring activities.

    Save the date for our fall Home School Day on Oct. 16.

    Get hands on in our interactive Pop-Up Science Labs to conduct experiments, see our new live presentations, walk underneath our new SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and so much more!

    Tickets coming soon

    *Note: Parking at Space Center Houston is $5. Guests are encouraged to purchase parking online. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the toll plaza.

    Home School Day schedule
  • Feb. 18, 2020
  • Oct. 16, 2020
  • Enhance your experience

    Home School Day plus Lunch with an Astronaut

    You and your family are invited to an extraordinary opportunity to have lunch with a NASA astronaut as an addition to the Home School Day experience.

    This casual event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in a private setting to give you an up-close and personal opportunity to hear first-hand stories from an astronaut while enjoying a cosmic lunch prepared by our award-winning catering staff. As a special memento of your visit, you will receive a personalized photograph from our guest astronaut.

    Pricing: $69.95, adult; $35.95, children (4-11 years). Ticket price includes admission to Home School Day.

    Tickets are limited. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased in advance.

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    Home School Day plus Stars & STEM

    You and your family will navigate your own space exploration journey while engaging in science, technology and engineering related activities. Build model rockets, explore robotics and train for spaceflight in our newly redesigned Home School Stars & STEM event Feb. 17.

    Activities cover an array of difficulty levels to excite visitors of all ages. Explore robotics in our Robotics Challenge Arena where you can lead a robot through an obstacle course, program and operate a robot and more.

    Build your own rocket and then see how high you can launch it. Train like an astronaut and learn about spacewalks and crew assembly.

    Program includes

    • Exciting, hands-on activities
    • Grade-level appropriate learning
    • Dinner served at Space Center Houston
    • Private guided tram tour to NASA Johnson Space Center
    • Second-day visit to Space Center Houston
    • Film screening

    Pricing $59.95 per person

    Tickets are limited. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased in advance.

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    Home School Day meal options*

    Add a Zero-G Diner lunch option now and save 20 percent! Lunch options include the following:

    • 100 percent Angus beef hamburger and French fries
    • 100 percent Angus beef cheeseburger and French fries
    • Grilled jumbo hot dog and French fries
    • Chicken tenders and French fries
    • Two slices of cheese or pepperoni pizza (may be substituted with one slice and basket of fries)

    All meals include a fountain drink of Coca-Cola products (such as soda, tea, water).

    *Please note: Home School Day meal plans do not include Lunch with an Astronaut.

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    Space Center Houston membership

    Space Center Houston members get free admission and receive free parking every day including Home School Day. An additional fee is required to participate in Home School Day Stars & STEM and Lunch with an Astronaut. Click here to learn more about becoming a member today!

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