Home School Day

Discover space science and engineering through innovative activities at our Home School Day. This incredible event provides a discount for home-schooled families to learn about space exploration and engage in an unforgettable day of inspiring STEM activities.

Home School Day 2022 schedule

August 19
September 16
October 14
November 18

Make the Museum Your Classroom

Every Home School Day this year begins at 9 a.m., which means Home School Day guests get an extra hour to explore before the center opens to the public.

Become a scientist in our Pop-Up Science Lab demonstrations, discover our live presentations about life aboard the International Space Station and the science behind combustion.

Board the NASA Tram Tour and experience NASA Johnson Space Center. Explore Rocket Park and the massive Saturn V rocket as well as a new one-of-a-kind bronze statue depicting the Apollo 13 crew.

Walk underneath the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to get a close-up look at an important piece of reusable technology that has improved our potential for space travel.

Get a glimpse into the space program from an astronaut's perspective in our Astronaut Mission Memories presentations at 11:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. in Space Center Theater.

Get tickets

Purchase your ticket in advance to take advantage of our Home School Day discount. Tickets purchased before the day of the event are $14.95. Tickets purchased onsite, the day of the event, are $24.95 for children and $29.95 for adults. Discounted tickets are limited. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis, and discounted tickets must be purchased in advance.

Did you know members receive free admission to Home School Day? Join today!

Space Center Houston parking is $5. We encourage guests to purchase parking online. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the ticket booths.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

Note: Schedule subject to change.

Home School Day virtual experience

Join Space Center Houston’s Home School Day activities from anywhere.

Our virtual event provides a unique opportunity for guests everywhere to engage in our science and space exploration activities. Discover the wonders of space science as we build simple rockets and design extraterrestrial landers.

The live virtual experience explores topics such as:
  • What we need to launch off the surface of the Earth
  • How we get into outer space
  • What forces affect our ability to land safely on another celestial body
  • What considerations we need to make as we plan for space travel
Our virtual Home School Day experience will include multiple hands-on activities and presentations, as well as a short, guided tour of our new SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and flown spacecraft in our Starship Gallery.

Hear from retired NASA astronaut Brian Duffy as he shares about his space missions from 1:20 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Duffy was selected as an astronaut in 1985. He is a veteran of four spaceflights logging over 40 days in space.

Get Tickets

Home School Day virtual experience tickets are $10.95 and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance.

Your purchase will include a confirmation with a private online link for registered guests to join the virtual event. Please note, you cannot use the Home School Day virtual experience ticket for on-site entry to Space Center Houston.

Enhance your experience

Home School Day plus Lunch with an Astronaut

You and your family are invited to an extraordinary opportunity to have lunch with a NASA astronaut 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 an astronaut 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 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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Home School Day plus Stars & STEM

You and your family will navigate your own space exploration journey while engaging in science, technology and engineering related activities. Build model rockets, explore robotics and train for spaceflight in our newly redesigned Home School Stars & STEM event Feb. 17.

Activities cover an array of difficulty levels to excite visitors of all ages. Explore robotics in our Robotics Challenge Arena where you can lead a robot through an obstacle course, program and operate a robot and more.

Build your own rocket and then see how high you can launch it. Train like an astronaut and learn about spacewalks and crew assembly.

Program includes

  • Exciting, hands-on activities
  • Grade-level appropriate learning
  • Dinner served at Space Center Houston
  • Private guided tram tour to NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Second-day visit to Space Center Houston
  • Film screening

Pricing $59.95 per person

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

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Home School Day meal options*

Add a Zero-G Diner 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).

*Please note: Home School Day meal plans do not include Lunch with an Astronaut.

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Space Center Houston membership

Space Center Houston members get free admission and receive 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!

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