What to Expect
Designed for Students Ages 4-6
Young learners will explore connections between long ago and today through play, dance, storytelling and hands-on activities. All groups will make and take home a textile craft, learn about chickens, explore a 1917 railroad caboose and visit a turn-of-the-20th-century Florida family's cabin.
Dates: Tuesday - Fridays on the following dates:
March 20 - May 10
Student Cost: $8 per student
Chaperones: One adult (teacher or chaperone) per ten students is required and admitted for free. Additional adults pay the student rate of $8.
Each group will be greeted by a tour guide who will lead young learners through activities that highlight Florida from long ago. All groups will make and take home a textile craft, learn about chickens, explore a 1917 railroad caboose and visit a turn-of-the-20th-century Florida family's cabin.Download Museum Map
10:30 Chickens on the Farm
10:45 Planting Garden
11:00 Textile Craft
11:15 Train Platform Activity
11:30 Hear a Florida Tall Tales / Smith Family Cabin
12:00 End Tour
12:00 - 1:00 Picnic Lunch (optional)
Groups will not be shopping in the gift shop. However, chaperones are welcome to visit our gift shop any time during the tour.
Bring home a souvenir of your trip to the past! These gift bags include a wooden 12 inch ruler, a Cracker Country pencil, and a train theme eraser.
Register your students for the Souvenir Gift Set on the school field trip reservation request form.
This program does not include a visit to the gift shop, so this is a great opportunity for students to take home a memento of their day in the past.
This School Tour program aligns with a variety of Kindergarten Sunshine State Standards including:
Dance Critical Thinking & Reflection 1 and Organizational Structure 3
Social Studies American History 2 & 3 and Geography 1
Language Reading Standards 1
Research suggests (and teachers know!) that engaging students in a simple, hands-on task can prevent daydreaming and help to curb restlessness.
Students learn in many different ways: visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, and social. Our field trips are designed to take advantage of all of the senses and learning styles by keeping the students moving through exhibits and involving them in activity stations.
Every learning style uses different parts of the brain. By involving more of the brain during learning, we remember more of what we learn:
Visual: Students observe museum exhibits and photographs.
Physical: Students participate in hands-on learning experiences.
Verbal: Students are encouraged to ask questions and participate in answering questions.
Aural: Docents share information and promote discussion at each exhibit and activity station.
Groups are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. Cracker Country provides picnic tables and restroom facilities for use after the tour ends at 12:00pm.
Please leave all lunches and coolers in a vehicle until it it time for lunch.
Please note there are no food services facilities on the Fairgrounds.
The Florida State Fairgrounds requires one adult (teacher or chaperone) per every 10 students. All required adults receive free admission for the field trip. Adults accompanying the group beyond the required number of chaperones pay $8 each.
Chaperones and adults are responsible for the behavior of the group and are required to supervise and stay with students at all times during the visit.
All adult chaperones must arrive on time and enter the field trip with the school. The gates into the Fairgrounds will be closed once the field trip program begins, so late chaperones CANNOT be admitted.
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The hands on activities for the children are great to keep them interested! Our guide was great and patient.
I loved the place - so clean and neat. Everything is amazing.
The fun experience with a step back in time. The sheep wool and cotton was interesting. I loved the whole thing!
This was an exceptional field trip!
I thought our experience was perfect!! All the kids stayed engaged and were excited about the activities.
The tour guides were awesome!
The activities! Very interactive and hands-on keep kids interested. Great host very age appropriate. Train basket activity was fun!
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