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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Target Teacher Prep Event July 15-21 is OPEN TO HOMESCHOOLERS!


HOW DO YOU GET YOUR COUPON? You'll need to go online to register as a teacher to get your coupon and promo code here.

HOW TO I SHOW I'M A HOMESCHOOLER? To verify you are a homeschooler, you will need to fill our their online form and upload your Homeschool ID. Directions on how to download your free official NC DPNE Homeschool ID are here.

THAT'S IT! Once you are verified as a homeschooler you will receive your coupon code.

The Annual Carolina Renaissance Fair STUDENT EDUCATION DAYS 2018 have been announced!


The Annual Carolina Renaissance Fair STUDENT EDUCATION DAYS have been announced! Homeschoolers are welcomed!
Admission tickets are deeply discounted and more kid/young adult activities are added to those days, as well as more affordable items offered by the amazing artisans!
Groups discounts are also available so gather your friends and head on over to the festival!! Keep reading for all the details!

Immerse Your Students In the Royal Faire!

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a cornucopia of sights, sounds and experiences, bringing to life the ambiance of an early European village celebration.  The Festival will open on three special weekdays to accommodate students and teachers who wish to enjoy a very distinctive field trip opportunity.  Costumed characters delight audiences with staged presentations, village artisans provide craft demonstrations and living history troops, such as The Queen's Court, bring the 16th Century to life. 12 stages are scheduled with music, dance and comedy acts every half hour.  Craft demonstrations are on-going throughout the day.  A major Festival feature is the re-creation of jousting tournaments with knights in armor performing on horseback in the King's Tournament Arena.  Our Student Days Program was created to highlight the educational aspects of the Festival and to give school groups a chance to join the fun!!! 

THE 2018 STUDENT DAY DATES WILL BE:

2018 Tuesday, October 23rd - Elementary School & Middle School

2018 Wednesday, October 24th - Middle School

2018 Thursday, October 25th - High School & Middle School

Home Schools Welcome!  

Hours of operation:  9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Please choose the date that best matches the group's average grade level. 

The 2018 Student Day Entertainment Schedule of Events will be made available for download by September 1st, 2018.

Requests to attend on a date reserved for a different grade level will be considered on a case by case basis and should be submitted to the Student Day Coordinator by clicking here or calling or 704-896-5555. 

Admission Cost: 

$10.00 per each Student Ticket.

One Chaperone is admitted FREE per every eight Students for orders placed in advance on or by the deadline date.

Additional Chaperone Tickets are $10.00 each.

Bus Drivers are Admitted for FREE by showing their ID at the Info Booth.

Coupons and weekend Festival tickets are not accepted on Student Days including Harris Teeter discount tickets and online Print-At-Home discount tickets.

Order Options:

Paying with Credit Card?  
Homeschoolers click here to order and pay online.

Paying Check?


Click the here to download and print a paper order form to complete and submit along with payment information.  Submit the completed form via fax, email, or US mail (submission info on the form). 

Important Notes To Remember:

  • For orders of 8 or more tickets, continue to place your order in advance via the order forms above to receive your FREE Chaperone ticket(s).
  • District & Charter School Orders received on or after October 8, 2018 will not be mailed and will be waiting for you at the Festival Box Office on the date of your field trip.
  • Home School Orders will not be mailed.  These orders are held at the Festival onsite Ticket Office to be picked up on the day of your attendance.
  • If you need to make any order adjustments to your order, please feel free to contact the Student Day Coordinator by calling 704-896-5555 or emailing by clicking here.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Wet ‘n Wild Field Trip – Tuesday, August 7 from NCHE!


Save over 30% on admission by going to Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park, Greensboro, with NCHE for Home Educators Day!  $29 for attendees 48″ or taller; $23 for attendees under 48″; children 2 and under are FREE.  We will have our own reserved section in Club Bermuda AND will be permitted to bring our own picnic hampers and coolers (no grills, crockpots, etc. please).  Parking is $10 per car–unless you come in a 16+ passenger vehicle and then parking is free.

The largest water park in both the Carolinas is the place to cool off, get sun and have fun.
Whether you like a 9″ deep Happy Harbor, a Lazee River, Thunder Bay Wave Pool, a 76′ Daredevil Drop or anything in between, Wet ‘n Wild has something for the whole family, swimmers and non-swimmers alike.  With over 36 separate attraction areas, there are plenty of ways…from mild to wild…from tots to seniors…to make memories with the whole family.  When you’re ready to kick back and relax after enjoying the over 3 million gallons of water fun, Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe offers an abundance of lounge chairs and shaded areas. For additional details, please visit https://www.emeraldpointe.com/

Pre-registration is NOT required for this field trip.  Simply arrive between 10 and 11:30 a.m. to check in at Wet ‘n Wild’s Main Gate, 3910 South Holden Road, Greensboro.  Attendees must show proof of homeschooling status (either your DNPE registration or your NCHE membership card will do.)

Questions?  Contact NCHE Activities Director, Evelyn Bickley, at evelyn.bickley@nche.com.
Here is the link to the event at the NCHE website.

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