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 Day at the Capitol. 

 This HEAV-sponsored event is open to all homeschoolers!

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

We have scheduled Homeschool Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.

St. John’s Church at 2401 E. Broad Street, Richmond–just down Broad Street from the Capitol grounds. Check-in begins at 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 handed out 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 here.

 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.

  • 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 late morning and afternoon.
  • There will be opportunities for parents and students to participate in hands-on learning during House and Senate Chamber presentations.
  • Pick up the event schedule and tickets for tours and classroom presentation at St. John’s Church.
  • Hear a review of homeschool legislation and 2020 homeschool issues.
  • Watch the reenactment of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech.
  • Meet the re-enactors in the Second Virginia Convention debate (great photo op!).
  • Visit the gift shop at St. John’s Church.
  • Tour the beautifully renovated Capitol and visitors’ center.
  • Attend the House or Senate Chamber presentations 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.

  • $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 325 participants.

We may be able to accommodate a group if space allows. Each family will need to register. If families want to stay together as a group, please share your request in the message box provided on the form. List the other paid family names you would like to be grouped with.  Call the HEAV office (804-278-9200) if you have any questions.

Tickets are assigned prior to the event and distributed at St. John’s Church when you arrive. Be sure to 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.

Day at the Capitol will be rescheduleddetails to come!
If you need to cancel or change a reservation, please use this form.
Refunds will be made to the issuing card and will incur a $5 cancellation fee.

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 please call the HEAV office at 804-278-9200. For cancellations, please email finance@heav.org