This looks like a lot of family fun! And you know that means “education” to homeschoolers! Check this link for details and tickets, Banning Stagecoach Days, September 9 – 11, 2016.
How can an event like this be “education”? That’s easy! First of all, events like these are full of local history. They tend to hark back to the early days of the city and what the city was known for. I’d start by looking into when and why Banning was founded. Here’s a good place to start, The City of Banning’s History page.
The stagecoach was a big deal until the railroad replaced it, find out why! And look at the San Gorgonio Pass and its role in the area. Gilman Ranch is a great place to visit while you’re down there. Check their site for when their open and the cost.
Knowing something about local history ties you to the place in a special way. Learning local history as a child through events like Statecoach Days and small museums shows kids that history isn’t just about dead presidents and wars in far off places. It’s personal and we’re a part of it. Just like those pioneers that came to this area long ago, or the Native Americans that lived here before that, we can add to the history of the area, not by building an empire or fighting a battle but just by living our lives and leaving traces of those lives behind through our homes, our families, our journals, and even our toys!