Ford Center School Series

Bring your class!

Contact the Leah Hanks, School Outreach Coordinator for more information at or call 662-915-1652.

Tickets to all shows are $5.00 per student.


The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt
Friday, October 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Inside a tiny case, two children find an ancient amulet in a neighbor’s attic. Before her disappearance, Gama Harriet had been a famed Egyptologist. But what is the meaning of the hieroglyphs inscribed on the amulet, or the scribbled warnings found in Harriet’s journal? Before they know it, the children are magically transported back to ancient Egypt in 620 BC where they meet Sema-tawy-tefnakht, a scribe to King Psamtik I. With his guidance, our two heroes unravel their mystery while your audience learns fascinating facts about one of the world’s most amazing cultures. They meet princess Shepenwepet, the pharaoh’s daughter, and travel with her on a fateful sea journey to Thebes where, with our contemporary heroes’ help, she must establish a base of power to protect her father’s kingdom. And guess who is waiting for them there? Thrills, dazzling beauty and historic fact combine in this novel melding of child-friendly mystery and accurate
cultural exploration.

Co-Produced by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Grades 2 – 6; Curriculum Connections: Art, Folk Tales and Mythology, History, Multi-Cultural, Science, Women’s Studies

 Mysteries of Egypt Study Guide


Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
Monday, January 14, 2019
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your class on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago – and maybe live still today! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.

Grades 1-6; Curriculum Connections: Life Science, Natural History & Paleontology, Marine Life, Making observations, Forming hypotheses/developing possible explanations, Drawing conclusions

Study Guide            Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure Website


Patchwork – The Little House Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Thursday, February 28, 2019
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s tales of outdoor adventure and pioneer spirit will inspire your students as they have millions of boys and girls for over 70 years. Born in 1867, Laura traveled across America’s rolling plains in the back of a covered wagon. The Wilders created patchwork quilts that would later help inspire her time-honored books.

Laura’s quilts still exist today, and their patterns recall her beloved family – her strong and caring Pa, her heroic sister Mary, her warm-hearted Ma – and their adventures as they crossed the wild and often perilous frontier. Join the Ingalls in this adventure as they face the hardships and the triumphs of the wondrous new land, with sometimes only their faith and the love of family to sustain them.

Grades 2-5; Curriculum Connections: Family Ties, Self Esteem, Language Arts, History, Biography, Women’s Studies

Study Guide