The New England Aquarium is committed to providing interactive and informative programming for students in homeschool programs.


On November 2, 9, 16 and 30, the New England Aquarium invites families that homeschool their children to visit and experience special programming and pricing on these quieter fall days (school group admission limited). Homeschool families can buy tickets in advance or at the Box Office at the group rate of admission ($11.95 for kids, $18.95 for adults). When you make your reservations in advance, you receive one free adult admission (per child).
Below, find activities to help you explore the Aquarium more deeply. These activities encourage content learning and improve science skills as well as support math and literacy development. You can choose to focus on Ecology, Ethology, or Zoology—-or focus by the skills practiced. Pick and choose a focus area to guide your own experience through the Aquarium. Aquarium educators will be on hand to help you work on these investigations. Each activity includes a list of recommended materials to bring with you. A pencil and clipboard are always recommended.




Observation Data and Measurement Communication and Literacy

(study of ecosystems)

Tank Expert

Adaptation & Survival

Visit the Giant Ocean Tank (GOT)

Touch Tank Comparison

GOT Census
(GOT Fishes Guide)

Touch Tank Comparison


Divers Blog

Secret Ocean 3D*

(study of animal behavior)

Follow One Animal

Seal Studies

Watch a Harbor Seal or Fur Seal Training Session

Penguin Observations

Seal Behavior

Secret Animal

Training Vocabulary

Trainers Blog

Humpback Whales 3D*

(study of animal life)

N.E. Animal Adaptations
(New England Animal
Adaptations Guide

Visit the Sea Turtle Hospital

Jelly Observations

Life Drawing

Fish Mouths
(Bony Fish Guide)

Bony Fish
(Bony Fish Guide, GOT Fishes Guide)

Rescue Blog

Great White Shark 3D*

*Get at-home extensions for our IMAX movies here.

Learn about the Aquarium's blogs here.

Programming opportunities are scheduled throughout the day for students to explore, such as Live Animal Presentations, Marine Mammal talks, Explorer Classes, IMAX movies and Behind-the-Scene Tours (additional fee required)*. Visit the daily schedule.

Explorer Class Schedule

Monday, November 2 and 16
• Tidepool Habitats (ages 5 and up) 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
• Tidepool Adaptations (ages 8 and up) 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
• Tidepool Adaptations (ages 8 and up) 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Monday, November 9 and 30
• Squid Anatomy (ages 8 and up) 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
• Squid Anatomy (ages 8 and up) 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
• Squid Anatomy (ages 12 and up) 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

A full description of these and other Explorer classes can be found here.

* Pricing for Explorer classes is $5 per student, no charge for adults. Pre-registration is recommended.
IMAX movies are $5.95 for students and $7.95 for adults (special homeschool day pricing!)
Behind-the-Scenes Tours are $20 per person (must be a minimum of 7 years old), offered at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Space is limited so please call to reserve your space soon!)

To book your tickets, please call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206. A $2 service fee will be added to all reservations.

Contact Student Programs at for more information.