A new homeschoolers’ social group has recently been formed, for people across quite a broad area, primarily for the purpose of giving the teens and tweens an opportunity to broaden their social circle, to help meet their need to connect with other tweens/teens who don’t go to school.
The first event we’ve managed to get to was about a four hour drive from where we live, but it was SO worthwhile! Jamberoo Action Park has been around for awhile (I even went when I was a teenager, prompting my kids to comment that “It really IS old, then!”) and it is bigger and better than ever, with even more rides on the way. One of the beautiful things about this small theme park is its absolutely gorgeous setting, with the backdrop of the green rolling hills. It is breathtakingly beautiful; one of my favourite parts of the world, in fact (not that I’ve been to many!).
We picked the perfect day to go! Schools had just started up for the 2013 year, leaving the parks more empty for us homeschoolers to enjoy! Yay! 🙂 We also managed to sneak in before the school groups started doing excursions. One of the workers commented on how lucky we were, with waits for rides normally being at least an hour, whereas our kids could usually just run up and hop on any ride straight away. And the picnic sheds and grassy eating areas were pretty much empty. Most of the kids in the group didn’t know each other, so it was a bit awkward in some ways and the little clusters who already knew each other tended to stick together a bit, but I’m sure that friendships will be forged through more regular meetups. Here are some photos from our fun day!
All in all it was a fantastic day! We didn’t know many people there, because they’d travelled from quite a vast area, but it was great to know that just about everyone else there were living school free, just like us!