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Day at the Capitol FAQs

Make your study of Virginia government and history come alive!

Teach your children how our government works by participating in HEAV’s 2018 Capitol Classroom. 

 This HEAV-sponsored event is open to all homeschoolers!

We have scheduled Homeschool Day at the Capitol on <strong>Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from 9 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.

St. John’s Church at 201 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA, just down Broad Street from the Capitol grounds. Check-in begins St. John’s at 9 a.m. Click here for a map.

Check-in and seating begin at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m.  Tour tickets and a schedule will be available at check-in.

Parking at St. John’s is on the street and free. Parking for the Capitol can be found in garages or public parking lots near the Capitol ($6-12/day). Remember, you will be arriving during early-morning rush hour; please allow extra time. Parking lots and garages near the Capitol can be found<a href=”http://www.ridefinders.com/uploads/1-18_downtown_commuter_guide_map_copy.pdf”> here</a>.

 School-age children are best suited for Day at the Capitol. Upper elementary through high school students benefit most.

Dress in business attire or your Sunday best. No jeans, please. Wear flat, comfortable shoes. Dress appropriately for weather conditions.

You will find a schedule posted on our website for your convenience. We will give you an updated schedule for entire day when you arrive at the Library of Virginia.

Dress in business attire or your Sunday best. <strong>No jeans, please.</strong> Wear flat, comfortable walking Dress appropriately for weather conditions.

  • We will begin with check-in at 9 a.m. at St. John’s church.
  • Seating among the patriots will be between 9 and 9:30 a.m.
  • There will be a short legislative review by HEAV.
  • Professional reenactors will portray American patriots at St. John’s who debate America’s independence from Great Britain.
  • The rousing debate will conclude with Patrick Henry giving his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech.
  • Attendees will drive to the Capitol.
  • Lunch is available to purchase in the Capitol Visitors Center or you may bring your lunch.
  • Scheduled tours of the Capitol building will be held for families in the afternoon.
  • There will be opportunities for parents and students to participate in hands-on learning during Capitol Classroom.
  • Pick up the event schedule and tickets for tours and classroom presentation at St. John’s Church.
  • Hear a review of homeschool legislation and 2018 homeschool issues.
  • Watch the reenactment of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech.
  • Meet the reenactors in the Second Virginia Convention debate (great photo opp!).
  • Visit the gift shop at St. John’s Church
  • Tour the beautifully renovated Capitol and visitors’ center.
  • Attend the General Assembly Capitol Classroom and learn how a bill becomes a law.

 Yes, metal detectors are now in place at the Capitol and General Assembly office building . The suggests you arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour or classroom scheduled time in order to be processed through security. All bags and coats will be put through a scanner. To speed along the process at all security checks, carry as little as possible.

You may register by using the online registration form.
  • $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.

Space is limited to the first 250 participants who preregister for Day at the Capitol.

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: a support group, co-op, government class, etc.

Tickets will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis at St. John’s Church when you arrive. Be sure arrive at 9 a.m.

From St. John’s Church, you will drive 1.1 miles (about five minutes) down Broad Street the Capitol grounds. There you will park in a garage or lot and enter the Bank Street entrance to the Capitol.

All government buildings are handicap accessible. Ramps and elevators are available to 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 photos must be taken while remaining with your group.. Send your 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 to eat in a designated area in the Capitol. For your Meriwether’s Capitol Café in the Visitor’s Center provides deli sandwiches. The Library of Virginia has a small deli located on the main floor of the library with seating. View Parking and Restaurant Guide (294) here.

Visit the Virginia General Assembly site at  Capitol Classroom  for age-appropriate maps, games, and activities. You’ll find many age-appropriate maps, games, and activities.

Day at the Capitol will go on as scheduled. If it rains, please bring an umbrella to walk buildings. Most events are inside. Check our website at www.heav.org for special announcements.

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

Refunds will be given up to five days prior to the event—by 4 p.m., Thursday, March 28. There will be a $5 cancellation fee. Please do NOT try to cancel or change your reservation online.

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 you by e-mail as soon as possible. At the latest, we will contact you the day before the event.

Yes, we need two or three families with teens to help during check-in! If you could volunteer for about an hour during this we would greatly appreciate it. You will not miss any of the events. Please contact Lisa Workman at outreach@heav.org for more information.

If you registered for Day at the Capitol, keep an eye on your inbox. You should get an immediate confirmation after a successful registration. If not, call the HEAV office at 804-278-9200. We will email additional information if necessary.

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