These are programs and activities specifically for homeschoolers that are run or initiated by homelearning families... feel free to let us know of any ongoing drop-in activities for homeschoolers that we can add to this list.
Unschooling Park Days
Unschooling Park Days are initiated by a couple of local unschooling families who enjoy meeting with other unschooling families for play and conversation. The Unschooling Park Days are generally held at Fort Rodd Hill and specifics are posted on one of the local lists, which you are welcome to join.
Park or Beach Days
Parents will often independently organize a park or beach day by simply posting their intention to be at a certain beach or park at a certain day and time. If you'd like to attend, keep your eyes peeled or post your own event!
Juan de Fuca Monday Toonie Skate
Monday morning skating at the Juan de Fuca Arena is a long-standing homeschooling tradition. Skating begins at 10:30 AM and goes until 11:20. You are welcome to arrive early to lace-up. Admission is $2 per person and there are skate and helmet rentals are available.
Lion's Pride Gymnastics Homeschoolers' Drop-In
Lion's Pride Gymnastics Academy offers unstructured, parent-supervised drop-in time for homeschoolers from 12 to 1 each Wednesday. Cost is $6.75 per child and insurance ($16) is required.
Facilitated by Kelly Green (author of Plantagenet Plots), this club for both youth and adult Bard fans meets once a month on Sunday afternoons. The group usually reads and discusses the plays, taking parts, and they sometimes do a little video. You can email Kelly for further information.
Freeform Padded Swordplay
Come learn the basics of swordplay in a safe, fun, respectful, and dynamic setting. Padded swords are supplied. Open to anyone and of any ability. Recommended donation: $10 (cost may change if an inside venue is required). Please email instructor Nathaniel Snider to find out current time and location.
Board Games Drop-In
Currently a work in progress. If you are interested in a daytime (likely afternoon) board game and trading card time at a local game store, please let us know.
Homeschoolers will often form cooperatives so their children have the opportunity to share learning adventures with other children. If you have an ongoing, open homeschooling co-op (or you are interested in creating one), please let us know and we'll add it to the list.
Coffee and Conversation Nights for Parents
These evenings are a chance for parents to get together and chat. It gives us the opportunity: to meet in person those we've never met before; to greet old friends, to make new ones, and to ask or answer questions about home based education - approaches, activities, resources, and options (registration, enrolment programs and post-secondary); to have fun; and to make connections with others who have also chosen an alternative method of helping their children learn. Depending on venue, babes in arms are welcome. This is an adult-oriented time, so please use your discretion in bringing older children. Please consult the VicHomeLearn list about the next time and location for this event.
Unschooling Nights for Parents
These evenings are for parents who follow the philosophy of unschooling in day-to-day learning and living with their children. Discussion will be informal as this will give us a chance to connect with one another. Depending on the venue, babes in arms and nursing toddlers are welcome. Please use your own discretion if you'd like to bring along older children as this is an adult-oriented time. Location and times are organized on the VicHomeLearn email list.