FairKids Field Trips

Visit the world’s largest classroom!

Overview

Free admission and parking. Parking and admission for all buses and accompanying vehicles (parents/chaperones) is at Gate 17 off of McKinley. Parking and admission for any other vehicles (non-buses) is at Gate 9 off of White Ave.

  • No more than 2 adults per 1 student. Any additional adults will have to purchase a full price weekday ticket to enter the Fair.
  • Based on California State Standards
  • Maximum of 3 field trips per school-group a year
  • Appropriate for PK – High School
  • Pick up bounce-back tickets at the entrance from 12 – 3 p.m.
  • Open to public, private and home school students
  • Confirmation email needed to park and enter the Fair
  • Field trips take place Wednesdays – Fridays, Sept. 4 – 26 (Closed Mondays & Tuesdays & Wed., Sept. 3)
  • Re-entry is not available without the purchase of a ticket
  • Gates open at 9 a.m. (three hours before the public can arrive)

ALL FIELD TRIP PARTICIPANTS NEED TO ARRIVE BEFORE 12 P.M. TO BE ADMITTED.

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FairKids Exhibits

Field Trip Resources

 

Questions?  Contact:
  1. Shanell Fuquay
  2. Community Relations Coordinator
  3. 1101 West McKinley Ave.
  4. Fairplex, CA 91768
  5. Phone: (909) 865-4075
  6. Email: fuquay@fairplex.com
Testimonials

“I used the online map to plan where we would go throughout the day. I was able to get specific information about appropriate age levels for each exhibit and plan our route, with back up ideas”.  Valley View Elementary School, Tricia Franklin

“Staff was great. I was able to speak with few of them on our little lunch break. They were very helpful. They made me feel as if my school children were the only children there”. Wickman Elementary School, Sue Thies

“It is an experience most of our students, and some parents never experience.” Dorsey High School, Candace Hoxie

“Honestly, I think it’s great! So glad the rides are not open during field trip hours. This lets students focus on the educational aspects of the fair”. Westfall Home School, Sheri Westfall

Plan Your Field Trip

The field trip program takes place every Wednesday – Friday, Sept. 4 – 26, 2014 (Closed Wed., Sept. 3) You may choose any date that you would like to attend. If the date is in the drop down menu, the date is still available. Checking with your transportation department to ensure busing is available on the date you would like to attend is suggested before booking your date. Lunch storage is available on grounds if your group decides to bring a sack lunch. *The only thing you need to bring with you on the date of your field trip is the confirmation email that you receive after you enroll.

Below are some suggestions for planning your field trip:

  • Start planning your trip in May and complete the planning by June. Have your date picked out and sign up by the end of May. The lowest attendance of the Fair is at the beginning.
  • Start recruiting parents at the beginning of the school year. Have a sign up at Back to School Night. Make sure you have enough parents for 1:4 or 5 ratio. Explain all of the expectations and guidelines to the parents.
  • Each child wears a wristband with emergency contact information
  • Teachers/chaperones wear lanyards with contact information of teachers and other chaperones
  • A week or so before the trip, create small groups, assign 1 parent for every 4 or 5 students. This will alleviate the problem of the teacher having to keep track of 20-35 students. Each parent is responsible for keeping track of their small group.
  • Stay together as a whole class or even as a grade level. As a whole group you are able to point out what is pertinent to your curriculum. Keep in mind that this information can be used as background knowledge, and can be referred to throughout the academic year.
  • Highlight a planned route on the map provided by the Fair. Number each stop and set a timeline to guide you through the trip. Give a copy of this map to every parent in your group. This will keep the field trip focused and on track.
  • Have a parent make a large sign on a stick with your name, room #, school, and a recognizable picture on it. When you hold this up in the crowd, it will help your students and parent volunteers follow you more easily.
  • Make sure you set clear expectations for your parents. Give a list to parents a few days prior to leaving on the field trip.

 

Questions?  Contact:
  1. Shanell Fuquay
  2. Community Relations Coordinator
  3. 1101 West McKinley Ave.
  4. Fairplex, CA 91768
  5. Phone: (909) 865-4075
  6. Email: fuquay@fairplex.com
Testimonials

“This is one of our favorite field trips of the year. We love how easy it is to participate and how you embrace homeschoolers”. Secular Home Educators, Cass Romero

“Love the opportunity for my under privileged students to attend…thank you”. Rowan Avenue Elementary, Elena Valido

“We just didn’t have enough time to see everything. It was a great experience for both the children and chaperones. Alot to learn and see”. Julian Charter School, Mina Zambrano

“My kids would never have visited the fair and had those hands on experiences, if it was not for the trip to the fair”. Bell Gardens Elementary, Esperanza Sandoval

Curriculum

New! Millard Sheets Guided Tours

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America’s Great Outdoors
America’s Kids
Beneath the Sea
The Farm at Fairplex
Flower & Garden Pavilion
Historic Trains
Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon
NHRA Museum
Wilderness Ridge

KINDERGARTEN
America’s Great Outdoors
America’s Kids
Beneath the Sea
The Farm at Fairplex
Flower and Garden Pavilion
Historic Trains
Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon
NHRA Museum
Wilderness Ridge

1st Grade
America’s Great Outdoors
America’s Kids
Beneath the Sea
The Farm at Fairplex
Flower & Garden Pavilion
Historic Trains
Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon
NHRA Museum
Wilderness Ridge

2nd Grade
America’s Great Outdoors
America’s Kids
Beneath the Sea
The Farm at Fairplex
Flower & Garden Pavilion
Hall of Heroes
Historic Trains
Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon
NHRA Museum
Wilderness Ridge

3rd Grade

America’s Great Outdoors
America’s Kids
Beneath the Sea
The Farm at Fairplex
Flower & Garden Pavilion
Hall of Heroes
Historic Trains
Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon
NHRA Museum
Wilderness Ridge

4th Grade

America’s Great Outdoors
America’s Kids
Beneath the Sea
California’s Heritage Square
The Farm at Fairplex
Flower & Garden Pavilion
Hall of Heroes
Historic Trains
Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon
NHRA Museum
Wilderness Ridge

[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]5th Grade
America’s Great Outdoors
America’s Kids
Beneath the Sea
California’s Heritage Square
The Farm at Fairplex
Flower & Garden Pavilion
Hall of Heroes
Historic Trains
Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon
NHRA Museum
Wilderness Ridge

6th Grade

America’s Great Outdoors
America’s Kids
Beneath the Sea
California’s Heritage Square
The Farm at Fairplex
Flower & Garden Pavilion
Hall of Heroes
Historic Trains
Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon
NHRA Museum
Wilderness Ridge

7th Grade

America’s Great Outdoors
America’s Kids
Beneath the Sea
California’s Heritage Square
The Farm at Fairplex
Flower & Garden Pavilion
Hall of Heroes
Historic Trains
Mojo’s Wild & Crazy LagoonNHRA Museum
Wilderness Ridge

8th Grade

America’s Great Outdoors
America’s Kids
Beneath the Sea
California’s Heritage Square
The Farm at Fairplex
Flower & Garden Pavilion
Hall of Heroes
Historic Trains
Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon
NHRA Museum
Wilderness Ridge

High School

Millard Sheets Art Center
Hall of Heroes
RCS Carnival

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Questions?  Contact:
  1. Shanell Fuquay
  2. Community Relations Coordinator
  3. 1101 West McKinley Ave.
  4. Fairplex, CA 91768
  5. Phone: (909) 865-4075
  6. Email: fuquay@fairplex.com
Testimonials

“I thought it was great. We had a really fun day that didn’t feel at all like we were skimping on the education”. Homeschool Family, Angie Weatherhead

“I had so many questions about this trip. I sent an email out to the Santee address on the form. My questions were answered right away. I couldn’t believe how easy it was.” AVHomeschoolers, Michelle Schear

“The staff were excellent. They were very friendly, and great at directing us where to go.” Price Academy, Jennifer Price

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can attend the field trips?
A. Any public, private or home school grades PK – High School can attend the field trip.

Q. What are the field trip dates?
A. The field trip dates are Sept. 4 – 26, Wednesdays– Fridays (closed Mondays & Tuesdays & Wed., Sept. 3).

Q. What are the field trip hours?
A. The gates open at 9 a.m. for the field trips. All participants must be here before noon to be admitted to the Fair. Once on grounds you can stay as long as you would like. Please note all vendors, shopping and the carnival will be closed until the Fair opens at noon.

Q. How many times can my class/home school student attend the Fair?
A. Each classroom or home school student may attend the Fair no more than 3 times.

Q. How much does it cost?
A. Parking and admission are free to every participant unless you are bringing more than 2 adults per 1 child, then you must pay full price adult admission for the extra adults. Transportation to the Fair is not covered.

Q. Where is parking?
A. Parking for all buses and accompanying vehicles (parents/chaperones) is at Gate 17 off of McKinley Avenue. Parking for any other vehicles (non-buses) is at Gate 9 off of White Avenue.

Q. What do I need to bring with me the day of my field trip?
A. The only thing you must bring to the Fair on your field trip date is your email confirmation that you should have received after you signed up.

Q. Is there lunch storage?
A. Lunch storage is not available.

Q. How many chaperones can I bring?
A. You can bring no more than 2 chaperones per 1 child. Any additional chaperones will be asked to buy a full price adult admission ticket.

Q. What field trip material does the Fair provide?
A. The Fair provides curriculum, maps, free milk coupons and scavenger hunt sheets.

 

Questions?  Contact:
  1. Shanell Fuquay
  2. Community Relations Coordinator
  3. 1101 West McKinley Ave.
  4. Fairplex, CA 91768
  5. Phone: (909) 865-4075
  6. Email: fuquay@fairplex.com
Testimonials

“The students and parents are so appreciative and look forward it this trip every year! Many would not be able to go but for your generosity!” La Merced Elementary, Phil Tenorio

“So much to see. I love going each year! Thank you so much for this opportunity.” El Camino School, Cynthia Nichols

“Loved the fact that the kids got to go in before the general public. This was our first time visiting the fair as a school and we were very impressed. Can’t think of a thing to make it better.” Castle Rock Elementary, Nicole Rodgers