Homeschool Days and Discounts in California

There are many entertainment venues and businesses that have special “Homeschool Days” and discounts for educators in California. As I learn about them, I will share them here with you. If you have any to share, please email me.

And I HIGHLY recommend getting on this egroup: California HS Calendar
CHN’s Statewide Calendar of Events gives the latest on activities, field trips, & classes for all California homeschoolers.

Local Discounts:

  • Chaffee Zoo: FREE for children ages 2-11 the first Wednesday of every month. (“Wells Fargo Wednesdays”)
  • Big Fresno FairFree admission and parking on their “Education Days”. Plus you can take your own lunch and they keep it cool until noon. Must apply early for tickets.
  • Fresno Art Museum – Family Days with free admission and family-friendly activities and entertainment.

Statewide Homeschooler/Educator Discounts:
Click on the links to be taken to complete info on homeschool or educator days and discounts.

These are great discounts for anyone to take advantage of:

  • Museum Day–Visit a museum for FREE. The closest locally is in Hanford and Tulare. However, if you are willing to travel, there are many in California!

Since Los Angeles is full of a wealth of educational opportunities and is a reasonable distance for a weekend trip (or longer) from the Fresno area…here are some great ideas for homeschoolers to help plan trips to the area…

FREE Museums in Los Angeles:
(These are museums in L.A. that are always free)


Free Admission on a Day of the Week:

Craft and Folk Art Museum–“Pay what you want” on every Sunday! Children under 10 always free. Right across from the Tar Pits!
Museum of Latin American Art–Free every Sunday.

Museum of Contemporary Art–Free every Thursday evening (5-8pm). Downtown.
Skirball Cultural Center–Free every Thursday (first come, first served). Free parking. Jewish heritage museum.
Japanese American National Museum–Free every Thursday evening (5-8pm)
Palm Springs Art Museum–Free every Thursday.

Orange County Museum of Art–Free every Friday. Free parking.


Free Admission: First Week of the Month

Kidspace Children’s Museum (4pm-8pm)–Free 1st Tuesday of every month. Pasadena.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County–Free 1st Tuesday of every month except July and August…& every Tues in September.
La Brea Tar Pits/Page Museum–Free 1st Tuesday of every month except July and August.

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens–Free 1st Thursday of every month, with advance tickets. San Marino. Free parking. Info from a comment on another site that sounds important to know:

“You have to follow a link on their website at 9am on the 1st of every month to get tickets for the first Thursday of the following month (9/1 for 10/2). The tix go fast and are usually all gone by 9:15. There is a max 6 ticket limit per household and you must give them a name for each ticket holder online. They don’t check ID’s at the door though. Even kids/babies in strollers need their own ticket, and there is no eating on their grounds.”

Laguna Art MuseumFree 1st Thursday of every month from 5-9pm.

Norton Simon Museum (5pm-8pm)–Free 1st Friday of every month. Art museum. Free parking.
The Pasadena Museum of California Art–Free 1st Friday of every month from 12-5pm.


Free Admission: Second Week of the Month

Autry National Center of the American West–Free 2nd Tuesday of every month. Also free on New Year’s Day, MLK Jr Day and President’s Day. Griffith Park.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art–Free 2nd Tuesday of every month. Also on MLK Jr Day, President’s Day and Memorial Day.

USC Pacific Asia Museum–Free the 2nd Sunday of every month. Pasadena.


Free Admission: Third Week of the Month

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden–Free 3rd Tuesday of every month. Arcadia.
South Coast Botanic Garden–Free 3rd Tuesday of every month. Palos Verdes Peninsula

Japanese American National Museum–Free 3rd Thursday of every month. (all day)
The Pasadena Museum of California Art–Free 3rd Thursday of every month from 5-8pm.


Free Admission: Fourth Week of the Month

Museum of Latin American Art–Free 4th Friday of every month from 5–9pm.


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