Homeschool Programs

Open to Ontario Homeschool Families Only

FAMILY HOMESCHOOL DAYS

Homeschool days are returning this fall! Join us once a month for workshops created just for you! See the below dates for the available workshops.

Each workshop lasts 45–50 minutes and will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

DATE PRIMARY WORKSHOP JUNIOR/INTERMEDIATE WORKSHOP
Thursday, October 20 My Own Aquarium Watery Web
Thursday, November 17 Creatures Undercover Squid Dissection
Thursday, December 15 Amazing Algae & Aquatic Plants Pollution Solution

Maximum workshop capacity: 25 (including adults)

Pricing:

  • Aquarium admission: $10 +HST per student (ages 4–18)
  • Workshop add-on: $5 +HST per participant
  • Adults: One free for every four students. Additional adults are $30 +HST each

If you wish to come on a self-guided visit on any other day, take advantage of our school pricing by booking a group of 10 students or more to come together. You can also book our Virtual Field Trips.

PROGRAMS

Take advantage of school pricing by booking a group of 10 students or more to come together!

KINDERGARTEN: Sensational Sharks

Discover the fascinating world of sharks! Big, small, and even vegetarian, sharks are a very diverse group. Examine shark teeth and a jaw, smell like a shark, and appreciate how misunderstood they are. Make your own shark art to take home.

Grade 1: My Own Aquarium

Learn about what animals need to survive and explore the characteristics of an ideal fish habitat, using a home aquarium as a model. Apply this knowledge to craft your own 3D aquarium to take home.

Best for Grade 1: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things, Kindergarten, and Grade 2

Grade 1 & 2: Creatures Undercover

Discover the amazing diversity of aquatic animal bodies. Touch real samples and investigate the advantages for each creature’s survival.

Best for Grade 2: Growth and Change in Animals.

Grade 3: Amazing Algae & Aquatic Plants

Plants can grow underwater! Dive into the amazing world of algae and uncover the vital role it plays in aquatic environments. Discover how we use algae in our lives every day.

Best for Grade 3: Plants.

Grade 4: Watery Web

Investigate the components of an aquatic food web using the diverse faunae of Toronto’s blue backyard—Lake Ontario! Find out about the variety of life living there and how they depend on each other, and how we depend on them.

Best for Grade 4: Habitats and Communities

Grades 6: Lake Invaders

Biodiversity is key to a healthy ecosystem. Dive into the Great Lakes and determine how invasive species are introduced into our environments and the devastating effect they can have.

Best for Grade 6: Biodiversity

Grades 5 & 7: Pollution Solution

Explore the effects of environmental disasters on marine ecosystems through a simulated oil spill. Evaluate the efficiency of different cleanup methods; predict the effects of an oil spill on a marine environment; and identify the resulting issues for society. Find the best possible solution for the pollution.

Best for Grade 5: Conservation of Energy & Resources; Best for Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment

Grades 9–12: Climate Change & Squid Dissection

Explore the effect of the warming Earth on our oceans. Focus on the phenomena of ocean acidification and its impact on marine creatures through a variety of demonstrations and participation in a squid dissection.

REGISTRATION

HOW TO REGISTER

Please sign up via the form below for Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Homeschool Days. Please note that reservations are based on a first-come, first-served basis. Submitting the form does not guarantee a reservation. We will follow up soon to confirm dates based on availability.

Registration Form

Homeschool Families

Contact Information

About Workshops

All Workshops are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

This fall workshops are offered for kindergarten to grade 8, with limited capacity. To participate in a Squid Dissection workshop students must be at least eight years old. Students attending a workshop must be accompanied by an adult.

Dates and Workshops

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FAQs

Confirming Your Visit

Please note that reservations are based on a first-come, first-served basis. Submitting the form does not guarantee a reservation. We will follow up soon to confirm dates based on availability.

If you haven’t heard from the Aquarium within one (1) week of sending in your request, please contact our Education Department at 647-351-3474 ext. 2648 or email education@ripleysaquariumofcanada.com.

Payment

Full payment of the amount shown on your confirmation is due in advance via credit card over the phone. No additional coupons, passes, or Annual Pass discounts apply. Date modifications are subject to availability.

Safety Information

  • Prepaid reservations are REQUIRED.
  • Hand sanitizer stations can be found throughout the Aquarium, including at the entry, exit, interactive exhibits, washrooms, etc.
  • The Aquarium will maintain its high standards of cleanliness, and all high-touch surfaces such as windows, railings, washrooms, and interactive exhibits will continuously be cleaned.
  • Contactless payment via debit or credit is preferred for all on-site purchases.

COVID-19 WARNING

We have taken these enhanced health and safety measures for you and our Team Members. We ask that you please follow all posted instructions while visiting Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions and/or compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable.

By visiting Ripley’s Attractions, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Cancellation Policy

If you or any member of your party or family is not feeling well, do not visit. Plan to come when everyone is well. In the event of illness, please let us know and we will try to reschedule your trip or provide a refund if we are unable to do so.

Other Cancellations: Full refund within 48 hours of visit; less than 48 hours notice, no refunds. Exceptions apply for illness and inclement weather.

Please note that if your trip must be cancelled due to bad weather, we will try to reschedule your trip, subject to available dates.

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