About Long Ago
& Today Program

Cracker

Designed for prekindergarten and kindergarten students ages 4-6

This is a brand new program designed especially for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. 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.

Time: 10:15am-11:50pm
Duration: 1.5 hours
Dates: Tuesday & Wednesday on the following dates:
Spring: April 4 - May 10
Student Cost: $7 per student
Chaperones: One adult (teacher or chaperone) per ten students is required and admitted for free. Additional adults pay the student rate of $7.
Chaperone Letter

We will begin accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year on August 1, 2017. If you have any questions please send us an email.
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What to Expect

Tour Guide

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, meet our friendly chickens, explore a 1917 railroad caboose and visit a turn-of-the-20th-century Florida family's cabin.

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  • Chickens

    Tour Objectives

    1. To immerse students in hands-on activities, stories and skills of Florida a century ago.
    2. To guide students to discover the differences and similarities between their lives and the lives of people long ago.
  • wool

    Hands-on Activities

    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.

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    Appeals to a Variety
    of Learners

    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.
  • Dance

    Sunshine State Standards

    This School Tour program meets a variety of Kindergarten Sunshine State Standards including:
    Dance Critical Thinking & Reflection 1 and Organizational Structure 3
    Social Studies American History 2 & 3 and Georgraphy 1
    Language Reading Standards 1

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Sample Tour Itinerary

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10:00 Check-in
10:15 Introduction
10:30 Outdoor Games
10:40 Chickens on the Farm
10:50 Planting Garden
11:00 Textile Craft
11:10 Story Time - Hear a Florida Tall Tale
11:20 Smith Family Cabin
11:30 Train Platform Activity
11:40 Caboose
11:50 - 12:30 Picnic Lunch (optional)*

*Groups are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. Cracker Country provides picnic tables and restroom facilities. Please note there are no food service facilities on the Fairgrounds.
**Groups will not be shopping in the gift shop. However, chaperones are welcome to visit our gift shop any time during the tour.

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Dress for the Past

Dress

Dress up for your trip to the past! Our gift bags for girls include an apron, a bonnet and a pencil. Boys receive a train engineer's hat, whistle and pencil. 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.

Cost - $5 per student. Register your students on the school field trip reservation request form.

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Policies and Payment

Group Size Minimum

A minimum of 15 students is required for a field trip program. Groups with fewer participants may be booked for a minimum fee of $105.00 (equivalent to 15 paid student admissions).

Chaperones

One adult (teacher or chaperone) per ten students is required and admitted for free. Additional adults pay the student rate of $7. Adults are responsible for the behavior of the group and are required to supervise and stay with students at all times during their visit to Cracker Country. All adult chaperones must arrive on time and enter Cracker Country with the school group. The gates into the Fairgrounds will be closed once the field trip program begins, so late chaperones cannot be admitted.

One Payment

We request one payment from the school upon arrival that includes admission fees for students, teachers, and chaperones. If it is not possible for chaperones to pay through the school, please inform Cracker Country in advance of your field trip day so that we can be prepared to accommodate ticket sales to additional adults without affecting your field trip start time.

Deposit

A $50 non-refundable deposit is due within 30 days of field trip registration. Program dates will not be held if deposit is not received within 30 days. Make checks payable to the Florida State Fair Authority and mail to: P.O. Box 11766 Tampa, Fl. 33680 The remaining balance, after subtracting the $50.00 deposit, will be due the day of your field trip. We recognize that student numbers can and do change, so fees will be adjusted based on the number of students attending the day of your tour. We regret that we are not able to accept purchase orders so please plan to pay by cash, check or credit card when you arrive.

Checks Payable

Please make all checks payable to the Florida State Fair Aurthority. Cracker Country also accepts cash, Visa and Master Cards.

Rescheduling

Field trips may be rescheduled if alternate dates are available. Groups that reschedule 30 days or more after their registration date may be subject to a $25 rescheduling fee.

Cancellations

All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to Jennifer Wanecski or mailed to: Attn: Cracker Country
P.O. Box 11766
Tampa, Fl. 33680

Weather

Cracker Country field trips take place rain or shine. Please encourage your class to dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

In the event of severe weather... During heavy rain or severe weather Cracker Country may cancel your field trip the day of the tour by calling the phone number you provide. Due to Florida's quickly changing forecasts a decision to cancel will never be made prior to the date of your field trip. If Cracker Country cancels your field trip due to severe weather, we will make every effort to reschedule your group on an alternative date.

Food & Drink

No food or drink is permitted inside of Cracker Country. Please leave all lunches and coolers on the bus. There are water breaks built into your tour and numerous water fountains located throughout the museum that you may use at any time.

Backpacks

For the safety of historic artifacts and the comfort of all visitors, students are not allowed to wear backpacks. However, adults may bring bags if necessary.

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