FAQs for Capitol Day 2015

Capitol Day 2015 Date will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.

When should I arrive?
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. When you enter the Statehouse (1 Capitol Square, Columbus) we hope to have CHEO Representatives (wearing name badges) at several entrances to help direct you to the Statehouse Atrium to check-in at the CHEO Table. IMPORTANT: When entering or exiting the Senate or House Sessions, please be as quiet as possible.

Where can I park?
Parking in the Statehouse Garage is $5. If the Statehouse parking happens to be FULL, there are parking areas around the Statehouse. Remember, you will be arriving during morning rush hour, please allow extra time.

Who should come?
School-age children are best suited for CHEO Capitol Day. We love babies, but this event is not appropriate for very young children. Since legislative business is often going on in the hallways, baby noises that echo can be a distraction.

What’s the agenda for the day?
See a tentative schedule here.

What should we wear?
Dress is business casual. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Dress appropriately for weather conditions.

How do I register?
You may register by using the online registration form here (registration not available at this time).

How much does it cost?

  • $10 per CHEO member family
  • $15 per each homeschool family

What about group reservations?
We may be able to accommodate a group if space allows. Please contact the CHEO office (cheo@cheohome.org) the number of students, their ages, and the type of group you will be bringing.

Are cameras allowed?
Cameras and photography are permitted, but flash photography is not permitted during the General Assembly session.

What about lunch?
You can choose from the Capitol Cafe’ in the Statehouse or choose from a variety of nearby restaurants or bring a bag lunch. No food is permitted in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.

How can I prepare my students?
Visit www.ohiostatehouse.org and select Education at the top of the home page for age-appropriate maps, games, and activities.

What will we do?
Here are some featured events at Capitol Day 2015:

  • A review of legislation affecting homeschooling families and other current homeschool issues
  • Legislators and government officials discussing state issues
  • A special presentation following the making of state legislation
  • Enjoy a view from the 19th floor of the Vern Riffe State Office Tower, located across from the Statehouse. The glass windows offer an unforgettable view of downtown Columbus
  • Meet with your state legislators and their staff (Families are responsible to make appointments with their legislators)
  • Tour the beautiful Ohio Statehouse (which includes a gift shop and a visitors center)

How do I schedule our tours?
Tours are part of the registration process. Be sure to arrive early for your tours!

Is there a limit on tours?
Space is limited.

How will we get to the tours?
All tours begin in the Map Room in front of the Museum Gift Shop. Check in there at the desk for your tours.

Are the tours and events handicap accessible?
All government buildings are handicap accessible. Ramps and elevators are available. Please contact the CHEO office to make us aware of any special needs.

If the weather is bad, will you cancel?
Check our website for any special announcements.

If you cannot attend, please let us know as quickly as possible so we can allow another wait-listed family to attend. Even if it is at the last minute, please let us know–we can still invite another family! If you have questions or need to cancel or change a reservation, please call the the CHEO office at 740-522-2460 or cheo@cheohome.org. Do NOT try to cancel or change your reservation online.

Will I get more details?
If you registered for CHEO’s Capitol Day, check your in-box for your confirmation letter with the final details.

We look forward to seeing your family at Capitol Day!