Home School Day

Discover space science through innovative, exclusive activities and special guest speakers at the fall Home School Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at Space Center Houston.

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

The center offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see modules from both the first and last lunar landings under one roof for the first time. Students will experience the world premiere of the new fall exhibit Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission. The Apollo 11 command module and artifacts from the first lunar landing are leaving the Smithsonian for the first time since 1972. The Apollo 17 command module from the last lunar landing is in the museum’s permanent collection.

Meet retired NASA astronaut Jerry Ross, hear from experts on a variety of topics including why Earth has a moon, the composition of the moon, the future of lunar research and what the Apollo missions taught us about the moon. Get hands on in our interactive Pop-Up Science Labs where you can see live demonstrations, participate in robotics challenges, conduct experiments and so much more!


Save with special early-bird pricing (now through Oct. 18) $14.95
Day-of-event price $29.95

*Note: Parking at Space Center Houston is $5. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the toll plaza.

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New for 2017

Add to your Home School Day experience with an evening of Stars & STEM, a stellar educational experience designed for families who want to take learning out of the classroom while discovering the wonders of space exploration.

We provide engaging, hands-on activities that have been developed according to grade-level standards so students are challenged, inspired and eager to explore STEM concepts when they return home.

Program includes

  • Admission to fall Home School Day
  • Live briefing about Mars
  • Dinner at Space Center Houston
  • Exciting, grade-level appropriate, hands-on activities

Pricing $39.95 adult, $59.95 children (4-11 years)

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

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You and your family are invited to an extraordinary opportunity to have lunch with former NASA astronaut Jerry Ross 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 retired Col. Ross 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 fall 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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Add a 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).

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*Note: Space Center Houston members get free admission and 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!