From the birth of Beethoven, to the signing of the Treaty of Paris, to the end of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, December is full of multiple anniversaries and historical events outside of the holiday season. This month, we invite you to look a little deeper as we explore a significant event that happened on each of the 31 days in December. Engage with history in a different way and learn about people and events that changed our world.
Atlanta History Center offers special programs for homeschool students and their families. During these day-long programs, explore a different subject through engaging hands-on experiences, performances, historic simulations, and a variety of activities designed for kids from toddler to teen.
Tickets are $8.50 for not-yet members, free for adult members, and $6.50 for children of members.
Discounted rates are available for groups with ten or more children.
This month’s Homeschool Day is filled with history— from December 1st to 31st! Pick up “A Month of Events” handout at the Craft Table and complete the days by attending our activities listed below!
Arts and Entertainment
10:30, 11:15, 12:30, 1:15, 2:30
It’s Movie Time! Sit back and relax as we take a brief look at stories that changed cinema and the world.
Days: 14, 15*, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21
Government and Politics
11:45, 12:45, 1:45
How does our government work? How does a bill become a law? What major political events transformed society in December? Roll up your sleeves and dive into the world of politics and learn about the legislative process. Afterwards, create a new bill and see if it can be passed! Recommended age: 8 and up. Parents are encouraged to participate.
Days: 2, 9, 10, 13, 15*, 29
10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 1:45
The modern Civil Rights Movement in America began in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, but the fight for freedom, equality and justice began decades before. Place yourself in the shoes of changemakers and use the power of words to tell their story.
Days: 1, 4, 5, 6, 28
10:30, 11:15, 12:30, 1:15
As the holidays approached, the world was transformed due to war. Participate in a simulation activity and explore events through the soldiers’ eyes. Recommended age: 8 and up.
Days: 7, 8, 25, 26
Science and Technology
10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 1:45
For decades, advancements in science and technology expanded to new heights. After learning about some of these advancements, take the challenge and design the next invention that could change the world!
Days: 3, 11, 17, 22, 23, 24
Crafts and Activities
Graham Cracker Structures
11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15
It’s time to get crafty with graham crackers! Build one of three structures and take home a unique treat! Once completed, please take your creations with you as we cannot store them while you are here.
Days: 12, 27, 30
Celebrating December Babies!
Inspired by famous people born in December, create a fact card about their life and take home a unique memory!
10:45, 12:15, 2:45
What’s the holiday season without a song or two? Come learn the history behind Silent Night and listen to a rendition of the song in the Swan House.
*Indicates dates with two events