Long Ago & Today

Long Ago & Today

What to Expect

Long Ago & Today Tours

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.

Check-in: 10:00am
Time: 10:15am-12:00pm
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.

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About the Tour

About the Tour

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.

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What to See

What to See

10:00 Check-in
10:15 Introduction
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
11:45 Caboose
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.

Gift Bag - $2 per Student

Gift Bag - $2 per Student

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.

Learning Standards

Learning Standards

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

Engaging Students

Engaging Students

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.

Types of Learning Experiences

Types of Learning Experiences

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.

Lunch

Lunch

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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Some Helpful Information

Field Trip Policies

Weather

Field Trips take place rain or shine. Please encourage your group to dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

In the event of severe weather... During heavy rain or severe weather we may cancel your tour 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 tour. If we cancel your tour due to severe weather, we will make every effort to reschedule your group on an alternative date.

Group Size

A minimum of 15 participants is required for a field trip program. Groups with fewer participants may be booked for a minimum fee of $120.00 (equivalent to 15 paid admissions).

Chaperones

One adult (teacher or chaperone) per ten students is required and admitted for free. Additional adults pay the student rate of $8. Adults are responsible for the behavior of the group and are required to supervise and stay with students at all times during their visit.
All adult chaperones must arrive on time and enter the museum with the school group. The gates into the Fairgrounds will be closed once the field trip program begins, so late chaperones cannot be admitted.

Deposit

Yes. 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. The remaining balance, after subtracting the $50.00 deposit, will be due the day of your field trip.
Make checks payable to the Florida State Fair Authority and mail to:
P.O. Box 11766
Tampa, Fl. 33680.

We regret that we are not able to accept purchase orders so please plan to pay by cash, check or credit card.
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.

Forms of Payment

Please make all checks payable to the Florida State Fair Authority. We also accepts cash, Visa and Master Cards.

Cancellations

All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to Jennifer Wanecski (jennifer.wanecski@floridastatefair.com)
or mailed to: Attn: Cracker Country
P.O. Box 11766
Tampa, Fl. 33680

Food & Drink

No food or drink is permitted inside of the museum. 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.

Testimonials

Guest Comments - Long Ago & Today

The hands on activities for the children are great to keep them interested! Our guide was great and patient.

Cinthya, School Tour Visitor
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I loved the place - so clean and neat. Everything is amazing.

Carmen, School Tour Visitor
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The fun experience with a step back in time. The sheep wool and cotton was interesting. I loved the whole thing!

Rose Maria, School Tour Visitor
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This was an exceptional field trip!

Maria, School Tour Visitor
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I thought our experience was perfect!! All the kids stayed engaged and were excited about the activities.

Ana, School Tour Visitor
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The tour guides were awesome!

Jasmine, School Tour Visitor
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The activities! Very interactive and hands-on keep kids interested. Great host very age appropriate. Train basket activity was fun!

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