Day at the Capitol
A Field Trip to Remember!
We're sorry! 2020 Day at the Capitol Is Closed.
Join hundreds of homeschoolers from across the Commonwealth on March 26, 2020, for HEAV’s annual Homeschool Day at the Capitol in Richmond.
This HEAV-sponsored event is open to all homeschoolers.
Member Benefit – Register and Save $5!
Avoid the waiting list and reserve a place for your family early! Registration for Day at the Capitol during member-only registration–at a discounted rate.
2020 Day at the Capitol is full.
St John’s Episcopal Church
2401 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
March 26, 2020
$30/member families; $35/non-member families; plus $5 for each non-family member with you.
HEAV members: $30/family, plus $5 for each non-family participant that you would like to include–a $5 member savings!
Non-members: $35/family, plus $5 for each non-family participant you register.
*Note: To register a large group such as a co-op class, please see our FAQ.
Reservations are limited to 325 participants.
After this number is reached, all interested parents and students will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted if space becomes available.
Not a member, but want to get the discount?
Join HEAV today and get the member discount for Day at the Capitol, plus discounts for Convention and other HEAV events! You’ll get resource discounts, teacher ID cards, and much, much more! Begin saving today with your $5 Day-at-the-Capitol discount!
Check-In and Tickets
Doors at St. John’s Historic Church will open at 9 a.m. with check-in and seating between 9 and 9:30 a.m.. Tickets for Capitol Tours and House and Senate chamber presentations will be distributed at St. John’s Church during check-in. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the reenactment will begin at 10 a.m.
Day at the Capitol: Patrick Henry Reenactment!
The day will begin with registration at 9 a.m. at historic St. John’s Episcopal Church at 2401 E. Broad Street in Richmond–the original site of the heated debate for independence among colonial leaders prior to the War for Independence. We have scheduled a special reenactment of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech.
Costumed, professional re-enactors will sit among homeschoolers in the church sanctuary where the Second Virginia Convention was held. Their rousing debate for independence from Great Britain will take you back to 1775. You may find yourself seated beside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Richard Henry Lee. This special performance is only for families registered for HEAV’s Day at the Capitol.
House and Senate Chamber Presentations
Experience “hands-on learning” at its best! Because the General Assembly adjourned in mid-March, homeschool students are invited to sit in a state representative’s chair on the floor of the Virginia House or Senate Chamber to learn how a bill becomes a law. Ticket times will be distributed at St. John’s Church during the morning session at 9 a.m.
During the House and Senate chamber presentations, House or Senate staff will instruct homeschoolers on how a bill becomes a law. They will then guide homeschoolers in committee debates and the voting process. You will have an opportunity to discuss a mock homeschool bill then take a final vote. Students will press the same voting buttons on each desk that legislators use to pass or defeat bills. Parents are welcome to join in or help their student participate in this hands-on process in the House or Senate chambers.
Day at the Capitol: Tours
Guided one-hour tours of the historic Capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson are scheduled for the afternoon. Tickets will be given to attendees beginning at 9 a.m. at St. John’s Church. Tours will begin at the Bank Street entrance to the Capitol.
Food, Directions, and Parking
Food OptionsFor your convenience, you may bring a bag lunch to eat in the Capitol Visitors Center or walk to one of the nearby eateries. Information can be found under the “Visiting the Capitol” tab here.
Day at the Capitol FAQs
Get all the details here–directions, maps, parking locations, the day’s events, local eateries, and tour information.
Note From Yvonne
View more details on our DATC FAQs, and look there for a detailed schedule soon. Now is the time to register! We always fill up fast and have a waiting list. Don’t miss this opportunity.
I’m looking forward to seeing you in Richmond for Day at the Capitol!
These photographs were taken by James Staddon of Lenspiration Photography at the 2017 Day at the Capitol.