“Not Back to School” Big Day Out, 2013

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!).

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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!

The Funnel Web ride
The Funnel Web ride
Funnel web (showing the slide)
Funnel web (showing the slide)
3 brave girls, spinning out of control as they enter the vortex of the funnel web's trap!
3 brave girls, spinning out of control as they enter the vortex of the funnel web’s trap!
Inside the Funnel Web
Inside the Funnel Web
Jumping off "The Rock"
Jumping off “The Rock”
Weeeeee!
Weeeeee!
One of the things Molly was most excited about was the wave pool!
One of the things Molly was most excited about was the wave pool!
It was such a thrill for her to play in the waves, without needing to worry about sharks! She got a face full of water plenty of times, but didn't care one bit!
It was such a thrill for her to play in the waves, without needing to worry about sharks! She got a face full of water plenty of times, but didn’t care one bit!
Once she got out past the breaking waves and into the deeper water, it was eerily still. There is a 15 minute break between the wave sessions, while everyone just swims around in the water, waiting, waiting, waiting....
Once she got out past the breaking waves and into the deeper water, it was eerily still. There is a 15 minute break between the wave sessions, while everyone just swims around in the water, waiting, waiting, waiting….
Once the waves begin to roll, the intensity builds quite quickly and before you know it they're breaking relentlessly for then next 5 minutes or so! I actually found it quite scary to watch her in the water. The waves were quite huge!!
Once the waves begin to roll, the intensity builds quite quickly and before you know it they’re breaking relentlessly for then next 5 minutes or so! I actually found it quite scary to watch her in the water. The waves were quite huge!!
Declan and his mate Tim chillaxing on the "Rapid" River Ride
Declan and his mate Tim chillaxing on the “Rapid” River Ride
And then finding ways to make it a bit more exciting. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? :)
And then finding ways to make it a bit more exciting. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? 🙂
Molly rekindling a friendship with her friend, Kate
Molly rekindling a friendship with her friend, Kate
Such a beautiful setting for a theme park.
Such a beautiful setting for a theme park.
I had to borrow this image from the Jamberoo website, because I didn't manage to get a photo of the kids on the bobsled. It was, without doubt, the favourite of all the rides!
I had to borrow this image from the Jamberoo website, because I didn’t manage to get a photo of the kids on the bobsled. It was, without doubt, the favourite of all the rides! A week after we were there, someone got bitten by a snake when he got to the bottom!! Soooooo glad that didn’t happen the day we were there!

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!

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Karen Lee

FAMILY: Married since 1989 (does that make me old?), a full-time Mum since 1993, and unschooling my kids since 2005. On a journey of learning to live free and fully loved as God intended, following Jesus rather than an institution or "religion". Caring for the world and its people as best as I can.