We’re proud to announce our debut Homeschool Day at the B&O, coming up on Thursday, Oct. 28! Throughout the day, we’re offering highly engaging educational programming in the areas of science and social studies – just for homeschool students! Student activities include train rides, tours, workshops, and story time.

Your Homeschool Day ticket includes full Museum admission and your choice of two (2) student activities! See the full list of available activities below, and make sure to make your two selections at checkout.

Please Note: If you are planning to attend with more than one child, please register each child separately in order to ensure that each child’s Student Activity selections are recorded accurately.


Student Activities

Option 1 – Civil War: The War Came by Train Tour

10:30-11 AM, Grades 5+
Overview: In this tour, we will explore the world’s first major war that was fought using the railroad- The Civil War. Using our historic collection of Civil War era pieces, students will discover the impact the B&O Railroad had on the outcome of the Civil War through this.

Option 2 – Design a Safe Community Workshop

10:30-11:15 AM, Grades Pre-K-2
Overview: In this workshop, students will learn how we make sure the railroad remains safe for all workers and passengers. Then students will get to design their own community with all the safety features they think it should have.

Option 3 – Mile One Express Train Ride

11:30 AM, Grades Pre-K+
Overview: Take a train ride on the B&O’s Mile One Express and travel along the nation’s first mile of commercial railroad!

Option 4 – Railroad Story Time

12:30-1 PM, Grades Pre-K-3
Overview: In this Railroad Storytime session, enjoy a read-aloud of a train themed book and get a take-home activity to enjoy while at home.

Option 5 – Signs and Signals: The Evolution of Visual Communication on the Railroad Tour

1-1:30 PM, Grades Pre-K-2
Overview: In this tour, students will learn how the railroad has kept its workers and passengers safe with the types of signs and signals used throughout the past 200 years.

Option 6 – Engineer a Bridge Workshop

1-1:45 PM, Grades 3+
Overview: In this workshop students will learn what it takes to be a railroad bridge engineer. They will design and build a railroad bridge that will be able to withstand the weight of a “train car.”

Option 7 -Iron War Horses: The B&O’s Contributions During Global Conflict Tour

2-2:30 PM, Grades 7+
Overview: In this tour, students will discover the ways in which the B&O Railroad has contributed to global conflicts like the US Civil War, World War I and World War II.

Option 8 – On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! LEGO Workshop

2:30-3:15 PM, Grades 3+
Overview: In this tour, students will discover the ways in which the B&O Railroad has contributed to global conflicts like the US Civil War, World War I and World War II.

Option 9 – Technology Changes: Innovations in Locomotive Design Tour

3:15-3:45 PM, Grades 3+
Overview: This tour explores the technological changes that have occurred on the railroad from its inception 200 years ago through the present day.

Upcoming events we think you’ll enjoy

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

Nov. 19-21, 26-28 & Dec. 2-5, 10-12

Pumpkin Patch Express

Oct. 17, 22-24 & 29-31

Tails on the Rails

Sun, Oct. 31, 2 – 6 PM

Halloween Toddler Time

Oct. 21, 10:30 AM

Homeschool Day

Oct. 28, 10:30 AM

Sensory Sundays

Sun, Nov. 7

Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 17-19, 8 – 10:15 AM

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