After complaining last week about how difficult of a time we were having getting back into the homeschooling groove, this week has been a dream! We’re back to breezing through Beast Academy (our math curriculum), we printed out this awesome puzzle of Canada from CBC Parents, and today we took homeschool out of the house to Fort George!
My favourite kind of homeschool is the kind that doesn’t take place at home. Grandma took Kaleb out for lunch, and then we all headed to the Fort together. This year, all of Canada’s National Parks are free for Canada 150, so if you haven’t gotten your pass yet, get it here! At Fort George you present the pass at the visitor’s centre and receive replica British shillings as your tickets to present to the sentry.
Kids can receive a special Parks Canada Xplorers booklet. It is full of fun and engaging activities to help keep them interested while visiting. I absolutely love when museums and parks have these sorts of things, because they really do work wonders!
They even get a certificate and a prize at the end!
The interpreters are all so knowledgeable and friendly. I am the annoying nerdy person who strikes up conversations with them but seriously, you are missing out if you don’t. I have learned so much more from talking with actual people than I have from reading the plaques on the walls. I mean, still do that too, but take advantage of the humans!
Kaleb absolutely loved the tunnel at the back of the Fort. He also challenged an interpreter to a game of checkers and lost admirably. We tried cookies baked in their authentic kitchen from their authentic recipe. And he even found the musket demonstration entertaining! I was afraid he would be too overwhelmed from fear and the loud noises, but he loved it.
After our trip to the Fort we headed to the Niagara on the Lake SupperMarket. The SupperMarket is every Wednesday from 4:30-9:00pm throughout the summer season. There are food trucks and tents from local restauraunts, wineries, bakeries, breweries and even different local businesses. There is always entertainment and tonight there was even a bounce castle for the kiddos. It is a great way to get a taste of Niagara all in one spot if you’re visiting, and a great way to find your new favourite haunt if you’re local.
If you’re planning on visiting Niagara, I can’t recommend a day in Niagara on the Lake enough! And with National Parks being completely free this year, you cannot afford to miss a trip to Fort George.