While not everyone thinks a field trip is a great idea for the first week of school, homeschooling families have been going back to school at the Sandwich Fair for many years. The fair runs September 4-8, 2013, always the week after Labor Day, which is also a good starting date for the new school year. And Wednesday kids under 12 get in free! If you haven't been to the fair in recent years, you can find all the information to get you there right here: http://sandwichfair.com/general_information.html .
Sure, the grandstand entertainment and the carnival rides are all fun, but there is much more to see and do all day long, for no extra charge at all. Pick up an activity book for your young ones so they can get all the various highlights stamped, and even get a prize at the end of your day.
Since the 2013 fair is the 126th Sandwich Fair, you might want to start off at the History Museum. There's all kinds of facts to learn and memorabilia to enjoy from past fairs. Then it's off for a ride on Augie Otto's model train, a treat even the adults can enjoy, because doesn't everybody love trains?
Of course, no trip to the fair is complete without touring the livestock area and seeing all the animals in the exhibit barns. There's also a Demonstration Building filled with artisans and craftsmen and women all demonstrating their various craft specialties. Many of these experts are friendly and talkative, and the whole family will learn a great deal by listening and asking questions. Even more artwork and crafts exhibits can be found in the Arts and Crafts Building.
Give your family time to rest and eat, because there's more exhibit buildings, and much more to see and do at the Sandwich Fair. You could easily spend the entire day there, the entire school day. Hands-on seeing and doing is a great way to inspire learning at the start of the school year, so make this your new homeschool tradition: back to school at the Sandwich Fair.