Homeschool days

Every Thursday, Mississippi Aquarium welcomes homeschool families and groups to visit, explore, and participate in hands-on educational activities. Our themed programs are designed for students of all ages and are the perfect complement to any science curriculum.

What should my students expect?

After check-in, students will meet with one of the Aquarium's educators who will introduce the week's topic. Students will then partake in hands-on, educational activity stations, supervised by an educator. Supplemental materials will be available to guide learning during the activity. There will be an opportunity to meet one of our animal ambassadors and tour the Aquarium at your leisure.

We recommend you pre-register and purchase your tickets in advance.

Program Time

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Program Cost

Advanced Purchase

Student k-12 $15
Adult $15

At the window (day of)

Student k-12 $21.20
Adult $25.45
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Homeschool Topics

OCTOBER 8: scientific method

  • Students will learn to think like a scientist by using the scientific process to answer questions. Students will use the scientific method to investigate and collect data about the function of countershading in animals at Mississippi Aquarium.

OCTOBER 15: Wetlands

  • Wetlands are an extremely important habitat that helps to protect animals and humans. Students will participate in activities and games to discover how wetlands function to provide protection from severe weather and how they function as a nursery ground.

OCTOBER 22: Feeding Mechanisms

  • Students will investigate the adaptations that different animals have for feeding at Mississippi Aquarium. Activities will demonstrate how bird beaks are shaped differently depending upon their diet and will allow students to compare feeding strategies such as ambush predator, filter feeder, and hunting.

OCTOBER 29: Animal Habitats & Adaptations

  • Students will explore and compare the habitats and adaptations of animals at Mississippi Aquarium. Activities will allow students to investigate the interdependence of animal adaptations and the habitats in which they live.

November 5: Migration

  • Students will learn why and how animals make long-distance migrations. Activities and worksheets will allow students to investigate the migratory behaviors and paths of paddlefish, sea turtles, and birds.

November 12: fish biology

  • Students will explore the physical and behavioral characteristics that make fish unique. Activities will allow students to collect data on fish adaptations and compare the adaptations and anatomy of different species.

November 19: disciplines of science

  • Students will learn about some of the many fields of science and learn skills that are used in different fields of science, such as microbiology, paleontology, and engineering.
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