Do you like trains?

The railroad had a huge part in our part of the country so there is a lot of very interesting history there even if you aren’t interested in the locomotives themselves and we have a huge resource for everything railroad right near by!

The Southern California Railway Museum in Perris has several events coming up this fall, not to mention it’s a great place just to come and wander around. There are lots of hands-on exhibits and even a real train to catch a ride on. Take the family and check it out!

Here are some links to train activities and ideas to help you make the most of the day!

NEA’s Transcontinental Telegraph and Railroad

DIY Homeschooler’s Unit Study on the Transcontinental Railroad

The Great Railroad Race Game

San Diego Scottish Highland Games – Vista

It’s a bit of a drive to Vista from our lovely desert but close enough for a day trip to our family, especially to see some Scottish Games! Pipes and drums, dancing, sheep herding dogs, story time, and much, much more. Festivals like these are a great way to introduce world history and culture to kids (and adults) of all ages.

Go visit the San Diego Scottish Highland Games in Vista on June 25 and 26, 2016!

Malki Museum – Banning

Want to learn more about the Native Americans that call the desert their home? Here’s something interesting to check out in Banning! The Malki Museum on the Morongo Reservation. They have their annual Kewet Celebration coming up in May. And they even offer classes in the Cahuilla language. Like their Facebook Page to keep up to date with their events.

Medieval Times!

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament!

History, performing arts, science & technology, health & nutrition, and more all rolled into one entertaining afternoon show!

Check out the details here!

Scottish Festival This Weekend!

I found this today on Homeschooling in Southern California! It’s this Sunday! As in the day after tomorrow! Small festivals like this are great for introducing the kids (and ourselves) to new cultures, foods, and music. Before the festival look at a map of Scotland, find out what kind of government they have, what foods they traditionally eat, pictures of Scotland today, hear their language. If you can do it before the festival, you’ll have “hooks” to hang the experience on. It makes what you see and experience more meaningful and you remember more about it. Or just wing it and live in the moment. You might love it so much you’ll come home and have to know more about the Scots. Remember to take a few pictures of the kids eating some haggis or listening to bagpipes for the “education record”. It doesn’t have to be Monday through Friday to be a school day for us!

The Scottish Society of the Inland Empire will present its third annual Apple and Thistle Music Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at Snowline Orchard, 29400 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen.

The event will feature Scottish music, and food will be available from vendors. Visitors may also bring their own lunches.

There will also be apples and apple cider for sale at Snowline Orchard, and apple doughnuts.

Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

For information, call Bob Leeton at 909-425-8427 or Dave Leffler, 909-881-3982.

Source: Scottish Society of the Inland Empire