Tag: Contests

Encouraging Children: Contests For Homeschoolers


Updated: June 2017

Academic, Artistic, Service Oriented, STEM and other contests and challenges that are specifically for homeschoolers or allow homeschooled students to enter.

Academic Contests:

HSLDA Contests:

Who: Homeschooled Students

Dates: One contest per quarter –


Dream Quest One Writing and Poetry Contest: 

Poetic Power Poetry Contest: 



Khan Academy 

Who: 18 and older

Dates: June 22nd – August 1st

What: 10 minute video explaining a complex subject – math, physics, engineering, etc…

Prizes: $300 for 9 finalists, $3000 grand prize, possibility to get hired to work for Khan making teaching videos

Breakthrough Junior Challenge 

Who: Ages 13 – 18

Dates: September 1 – October 10th

What: Make a short film about a big idea in science or math

Prizes: $250,000 scholarship + additional prizes

Artistic Contests:

HSLDA Art Contest:

Who: All Homeschool Children

Dates: Dec – Jan each year (Winter Contest)

What: See site for formats. Original, hand done art – 2D only.

Prizes: First – $100, Second – $75, Third – $50, Honorable Mention: $25


Who: All children K – 12 can enter

Dates: September 14th – December 2nd, 2016

What: Using any artistic medium, create a work of art in and around the word Google.

Prizes: $30,000 Scholarship, grant for school for technology (homeschoolers still get some, but much less), Chromebook Laptop, Android Tablet.

Reading Programs:

Pizza Hut

Who: K – 6

Dates: October – March

What: Set a reading goal and then meet that goal each month.

Prizes: free, one topping personal pan pizza each month the reading goal is met.

STEM Contests:

Science Olympiad:

Google Science Fair:

Who: Children / Teens (ages 13 to 18)

Dates: Feb 21st – May 18th

What: Similar to a science fair, enter experiments, observations, engineer creations, etc…

Prizes: $50,000 Grand Prize. Various other prizes for regional winners and the special category winners (LEGO Educational Builder, National Geographic Explorer, Virgin Galactic Pioneer, The Scientific American Innovator, and more)…

Win A Trip To Disneyland or Disney World : Contest Roundup

Win A Trip To Disneyland or Walt Disney World - Contest Roundup By A Simple LIfe
Win A Trip To Disneyland or Walt Disney World – Contest Roundup By ASimpleLifeToo.com

Note:  A new Post has been created for contests for 2016. Click here

How would you like to win a trip to Disneyland? Or would you like to win a trip to Walt Disney World? Yes, it would be better for our character to earn and save for such a vacation. However, if there is a chance to win (someone does), then maybe the money you have already worked for and saved could be used for “extras” on the trip or for something else you have been needing or wanting. Not only is it worth a try, but you might learn about some great products, travel sites, tips or more by entering the contests.

I have scoured the web to find at many current contests that are giving away Disney Vacations and have linked them here, along with the contest end date. I will be updating this post throughout the year, so bookmark or pin it to keep updated.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.


Jane Disney Giveaway – expires June 6, 2015

Hanes Follow That Sock Interactive Contest – expires June 8, 2015

AD: Find Cheap Airfare and Orlando Vacations with BookingBuddy

AARP Happy Together Disney Sweepstakes – expires June 15, 2015

Disney Nevergirls Ambassador Search for children under 16 – expires June 15, 2015

AD: Save on Disney World Magic Your Way Tickets

Visit Orlando Disney World and More Giveaway – expires June 30, 2015

Get Utz Disney Sweepstakes – expires July 5, 2015

EpiPen Disney Sweepstakes – expires July 9th, 2015

AD: Shop for the Best Prices on Vacation Packages at BookingBuddy!

Pirate And Princess Vacations – expires July 10th, 2015

Frozen Put Me In The Story Sweepstakes – expires July 17th, 2015

Disney Catch the Magic Sweepstakes – expires July 19th, 2015

AD: Purchase a Kids Eat Free card for only $15.00 and get access to FREE meals at over 100 select Orlando restaurants!

Inside Out and Pretzel Crisps Disney Aulani Contest – expires July 19th, 2015

Disney Diamond Days Sweeps – expires September 11, 2015

AD: Save on Disney World Magic Your Way Tickets

AD: Best Orlando Hotels! Rates From $50!

Win A Trip To Disneyland / Disney World: Sweepstakes For May

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Are you dreaming of a vacation this year? Would you like the visit Disneyland or Disney World, but you don’t have the money to do so?

Have you ever tried to enter a contest to win the vacation you would like? I mean, somebody wins these things, right? I figure, it is worth a try and if I don’t win, maybe someone I know will… and they will be kind enough to send me a postcard:-)

Here are links to a few contests:

Southwest Airlines – https://www.southwest.com/flight/contest/14119134256213

Disney Family Movies – http://dadt.com/dfm/sweeps/junglefun/2014/jfs-login.html

Disney Movie Rewards – http://www.disneymovierewards.go.com/promotions/sweepstakes/junglesweeps?cmp=DMR%7cFBK%7cSWPB%7cjunglesweeps

Boogie Wipes – http://www.boogiewipes.com/motherhood-contest/ Note: you will need a smart phone for this one

Visit Orlando – http://www.visitorlando.com/promo/win-a-trip/

Family Vacation Critic – http://www.familyvacationcritic.com/win-a-family-vacation-at-new-b-resort-in-downtown-disney/art/ Note: You have to write a review of a previous vacation to enter.

What could be more frugal than winning a trip (other than not taking one)? What could be more simple than having the vacation planned for you?

Where would you like to go to be refreshed and/or have fun this year?