Make your study of Virginia government and history come alive! Teach your children how our government works, and make a significant impact on the Virginia General Assembly.

Join homeschoolers from all areas of the Commonwealth for HEAV’s Homeschool Day at the Capitol. This HEAV-sponsored event is open to all homeschoolers!

We have scheduled Homeschool Day at the Capitol on Thursday, January 26, 2017. This event will be held during the active 2017 General Assembly session. You will have the opportunity to visit your delegate’s and senator’s office, view committee hearings, and see actual debates and votes on the House or Senate floor.

Come to the Library of Virginia in Richmond at the corner of 9th and Broad streets. Click here for a downtown area map and here for a list of garages and restaurants. Parking at the Library of Virginia is for library patrons only. You will need to find a nearby parking lot. Homeschool Day at the Capitol will begin with registration and a 45-minute presentation in the library amphitheater on the first floor. During this session, you will receive a legislative update, hear a legislator address our group, and receive direction on speaking with you legislator. You will also receive last minute instructions about the day’s activities and pick-up a schedule and map.
I suggest you arrive in Richmond at 8 a.m. in order to find parking and walk to the Library of Virginia. This will be during morning rush hour. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. for the 9 a.m. introductory session.
Parking garages are located nearby ($6-12/day). Parking at the Library of Virginia is for library patrons only. Check here for a Parking and Restaurant Guide (294).
School-age children are best suited for Homeschool Day at the Capitol–especially middle and high school age students. We love babies, but this event is not appropriate for very young children. Since legislative business is often going on in the hallways, baby noises that echo can be a distraction.
HEAV will be glad to make an appointment for you during the morning. You wlll go in a guided group to speak to briefly speak with your delegate and senator. If your representative is not available when we arrive, we will speak with his legislative assistant who will convey your message and deliver any goodies you bring. Your short visit may help him or her put a face on homeschooling and may result in a positive vote on homeschool issues!
You will find a schedule posted on our website for your convenience. We will give you an updated schedule for the entire day when you arrive at the Library of Virginia.
Dress in business attire or your Sunday best. No jeans, please. Wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. Dress appropriately for weather conditions.
Yes! Legislators and their staff enjoy home-baked goodies. Your gift of appreciation could include an apple pie, homemade cookies or brownies, or even chocolate fudge! Your thoughtfulness will be greatly appreciated. Be sure to include your name and address with the gift, as well as a thank-you note acknowledging his or her service.
Yes, metal detectors are now in place at the Capitol and General Assembly office buildings. All bags and coats will be put through a scanner. Carry as little as possible in order to speed along the process at the security checks.
You may register by using the online registration form.
How much does it cost?

  • $30 for each HEAV member family, plus $5 for each child who is not a family member.
  • $35 for each homeschool family, plus $5 for each child who is not a family member.
  • Grandparents with a homeschool family are an additional $5 each.

Space is limited to the first 250 participants who preregister. Additional families will be put on a waiting list. If space becomes available, we will contact those on the list no later than Wednesday, January 25 at 4 p.m.
We may be able to accommodate a group if space allows. Please call the HEAV office (804-278-9200) with the number of students, their ages, and the type of group you would like to bring. If space is available, groups may register at the following rates:

Member Group

Leader and family: $30

Chaperone: $20/member (adult only);

Chaperone: $25/non-member (adult only)

Additional children: $5/child

Non-Member Group

Leader and family: $35

Chaperone: $20/member (adult only)

Chaperone: $25/non-member (adult only)

Additional children: $5/child

We have scheduled a variety of family-friendly learning opportunities from learning touring the Capitol to enjoying a fun scavenger hunt on the Capitol grounds. Here are the scheduled activities:

  • Pick up Capitol grounds maps, tour schedules, and restaurant locations.
  • Hear a review of homeschool legislation and 2017 homeschool issues from our HEAV lobbyist.
  • Listen to an invited legislator or government official discuss current issues–and ask him questions.
  • Visit your legislators or his/her staff as a group .
  • Tour Virginia’s Capitol which was recently renovated and includes a visitor’s center with historical artifacts and Meriwether’s Capitol Café.
  • Enjoy a fun Capitol-grounds scavenger hunt with your children!
  • Go up to the FREE City Hall Observation Deck to see an unforgettable view of downtown Richmond. The deck is located on Broad Street across from the Capitol.
  • Drive a short distance to St. John’s Church to participate in the re-enactment of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech presented by professional actors.
HEAV has arranged the Capitol tours. You will receive your tour schedule at the 9 a.m. introductory session at the Library of Virginia.
Capitol tours begin at the Bank Street entrance close to the Bell Tower near Ninth and Bank Streets at the bottom of the hill on the Capitol grounds. In the afternoon you will drive a few miles to St. John’s Church.
All government buildings are handicap accessible. Ramps and elevators are available to convey visitors with special needs to the original 1788 Capitol and 1906 wings. Please contact the HEAV office to make us aware of any special needs.
Cameras and photography are permitted, but flash photography is not permitted during the General Assembly session. If you visit your legislator, be sure to take a photo. Send your digital pictures to support@heav.org so we can post them on our website. Or, upload your images to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #HEAVorg.
You can choose from nearby restaurants or bring a bag lunch. View Parking and Restaurant Guide (294) here. For your convenience, Meriwether’s Capitol Café in the Visitor’s Center provides deli sandwiches. The Library of Virginia has a small deli, and there is a cafeteria on the sixth floor of the General Assembly building.
Visit the Virginia General Assembly site and select “Capitol Classroom” from the list on the left side of the home page. You’ll find many age-appropriate maps, games, and activities.
Homeschool Day at the Capitol should go on as scheduled. If it rains, please bring an umbrella to walk between buildings. Most events are inside. Check our website at www.heav.org for special announcements. We will post any changes prior to 4 p.m. the day before the event.
The deadline for a refund is Friday, January 19. There will be a $5 processing fee. Call our office at 804-278-9200 to cancel prior to this date. If you cannot attend, please let us know as quickly as possible so we can allow another wait-listed family to attend. Even if it is at the last minute, please let us know–we can still invite another family! If you have questions or need to cancel or change a reservation, please call the HEAV office at 804-278-9200. Do NOT try to cancel or change your reservation online.
If space becomes available, we will move you from the waiting list to the attendee list and notify you by e-mail as soon as possible. At the latest, we will contact you the day before the event, Wednesday, January 25 by 4 p.m.
Because of time constraints, HEAV has not scheduled these tours. Tours of the Executive Mansion were limited in size preventing many from participating, and Supreme Court tours were not well attended. This year, we will be focusing on advancing and protecting the rights of homeschooling parents by arranging brief meetings with your legislators instead of additional tours. Your family will have an opportunity to participate in protecting home education–meeting a friendly, homeschool constituent is the best way to gain your legislator’s support.
If you would like to arrange your own tours, you may contact the Executive Mansion and Supreme Court. Their contact information is on the General Assembly web page.
Yes! We need two or three families with teens to help during registration! If you could volunteer for about an hour during registration, we would greatly appreciate it—your family attendance costs will be waived. You will not miss any of the events. Please contact events@heav.org for more information.
If you registered for Homeschool Day at the Capitol, check your inbox after Monday, January 23, for your confirmation letter with the final details.

Questions? Cancellations? If you have questions or need to cancel or change a reservation, please call the HEAV office at 804-278-9200 or e-mail events@heav.org