We have a heritage park close by called Upper Canada Village. I remember going when I was very young with my mom and grandparents, and I have always loved it.
Set in the 1800s, it is a complete village with working farms, wool and wood mills, a one room schoolhouse, churches, homes and hotels in which actors are baking bread and cooking meals for the men who will come in for lunch, etc. You can go on wagon rides and even on a boat that’s pulled down the river by a horse walking along the bank.
The kids had a blast. They were able to see all sorts of farm animals, and see how people lived and dressed in the “old days.” Tobi earned a reward for good conduct for writing his name on a slate in the schoolhouse.
Annie enjoyed petting some baby calves. None of the kids had ever been on a boat before, so that was a hit.
There were cute piglets running around lose…
…and lots of horse poop to avoid stepping in. Tobi made sure to warn us!
We decided to get season passes for the family, since they are more than paid for by making just two trips. We didn’t even have time to see the whole park before it was lunchtime, so it will definitely be worth it! I look forward to the kids seeing how the baby animals have grown, and how the fields and gardens will have changed.
It was also very encouraging to have the schoolhouse teacher, who used to teach in public schools, tells us that if she could go back, she would have homeschooled her own children.
Do you have any special homeschooling field trips planned for the summer?