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Join us for Homeschool Third Thursday!

NEW this year! Beginning with the September program, Tickets for Homeschool Third Thursday will be available 14 days prior to each program date, instead of 30 days as it had been in previous years.  

On the third Thursday of the month, join The Ringling for a FREE hands-on learning program, designed for homeschooling families and small groups. During this interactive program, families will explore the museum where you’ll learn about works of art, how art connects to other subject areas like English language arts, and try new art techniques.

Each program is accompanied by background information for the adults, discussion questions to ponder over as a family, and additional lesson plans and activities to continue the learning at home. Monthly program themes can be found below.

Visit as a group

Large Homeschool co-ops groups are welcome to visit the museum as part of our FREE school visit program. A minimum of ten students is required, and students must be of similar age to participate in a guided tour. For more information on school visits for large groups, please visit

Visit as a family

Want to visit more often, making The Ringling a regular part of your curriculum? The Museum of Art is FREE on Mondays or for more flexibility and additional benefits consider purchasing a Family Membership! For more information on Memberships visit Check out our FREE family programs offered weekly for additional hands-on learning opportunities at

Museums for All

Visitors with a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) or other EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card receive FREE Museum Admission for up to 4 guests. Simply show your SNAP/WIC/EBT card and a state issued ID at the Admissions counter upon your arrival. Please note: Ca’ d’Zan Walk-through tickets are offered at a reduced price of $5 per adult and free for children.

Upcoming Homeschool Third Thursday Programs

Tickets are available 14 days prior to the program date. Please note that this is a self- guiding program. Wristbands, a map, and a program packet with activities and information will be provided at check-in and families are invited to explore the museum at their own pace.

August 18, 2022 | Explore Ca’ d’Zan

The August program is SOLD-OUT!

The mansion, Ca’ d’Zan, or House of John in the Venetian dialect, was the winter residence of circus mogul and entrepreneur John and Mable Ringling! This month we will discover the gardens, architecture, and interiors of Ca’ d’Zan through a self-guiding program. Join us in the education classrooms to create your own stained glass inspired work of art, just like the windows you will see on Ca’ d’Zan!


September 15, 2022 | STEAM in the Gardens

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is renowned for its influential collection of European, Asian and contemporary art and its spectacular circus collection, but did you know The Ringling is also home to 66 acres of grounds and gardens? This month, we will explore The Ringling gardens through self-guided math, science, engineering, writing, and art activities. After exploring nature in the gardens, discover examples of nature in the Museum of Art and Tibbals Learning Center! Join us for a reading of The Little Gardener and guided artmaking activity throughout the day in the Education Classrooms! 

October 20, 2022 | Works on Paper Contemporary Show

This month we will explore The world is just so small, now: Works on paper from The Ringling’s Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art an exhibition highlighting the process and practice of prints, watercolors, and drawings. Bringing together prints, watercolors, and drawings by artists working on paper, The world is just so small, now, highlights the medium as fundamental to the artists’ practice. This month, we will explore The world is just so small, now, and learn about rarely seen works on paper from The Ringling collection. Through self-guided activities and guided art-making, we will explore the process of creating and caring for works on paper.

November 17, 2022 | Color Theory at The Ringling

This month we will explore the concepts of color theory at The Ringling! Join us for self-guided activities focused on color theory, color wheels, color relationships, and more as we discover color theory at work throughout The Ringling venues. After exploring color theory in the museums, join us in education classrooms for a reading of Sky Color and artmaking. This month, students will create their own colored sky inspired by The Ringling collection and Sky Color.