Every few years, HENB organizes a day for home educating families to tour the Legislative Assembly Building in Fredericton.
March 14, 2017 was a fun day! We had a tour of the Legislative Building and then got to sit in on the assembly. Each MLA was given an introductory letter containing a summary of our recent survey and a sweet treat prepared by Melanie Eigenheer. The building itself is very interesting if you enjoy old buildings and amazing carvings. If you have never been there and enjoy history, it is well worth your time. From a free standing (at least when it was built) spiral staircase to the original library (the only part that was not destroyed in the fire of 1880) to the huge pictures of King George V and his wife Queen Mary which were reportedly just “found” in an attic, it is amazing. The size of the rooms and the height of the ceilings indicate the grandeur that the builders and designers of 1882 wanted this place to portray. The modern additions of the brass chandeliers has continued this feeling if not increased it. Aside from the impressiveness of this building, the staff and tour guide were friendly and professional. Several of the MLAs took time out of their busy day to come and speak with our group and to thank us for coming, but probably the best part was to have Premier Brian Gallant come and greet us and have his picture taken with our group while we were gathered on the famous spiral staircase.
There were two tour time options for families:
- 11am – 12pm tour (appropriate for all ages)
- 12pm – 1pm tour (appropriate for all ages)
The house began sitting at 1pm and all were welcome to sit in the balcony for as long as they wanted.
HENB members: free
Other great Fredericton field trip options included:
- Science East, one block from the Legislature building (got a discount with the HENB card at the door!)
- Beaverbrook Art Gallery, across the street from the Legislature
To register or for any questions about Fredericton field trips, people emailed Dawn Cumberland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everybody was asked to include the following information in the registration email:
- Names and ages of children:
- HENB member number (if applicable):
- Preferred tour time
The $10 payment for non-members was paid at the door but once it was reserved, the registration fee was non-refundable and was going to be collected at conference for no-shows.
Cancellations were fully refunded until March 7th.
Once registered, people received a confirmation email with helpful educational links to prepare the participants children or follow up with some enhancement activities.
On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, families are able to observe the politicians while meeting in the assembly. During the day, HENB gives a folder of information and a little gift to each member of the assembly to inform our politicians on the happenings of home education in this province.
HENB members: free
Please contact us for further information