NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Sundance School, a premier private preschool and elementary school on Greenbrook Road in North Plainfield, NJ has turned the auditorium of the school into a museum-like interactive exhibit for the students. This event, known as The Happening, is an annual tradition at the school that started in 1981. This year’s theme is “Westward Ho.”
The public is invited to experience what can only be described as a “Mini EPCOT” on Saturday, March 2nd at an Open House from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm. Sundance staff will be available for guided tours of The Happening.
Each student at the school will have the opportunity to visit The Happening over the next two weeks and participate in educational activities that teach them all about the Wild West. They will go on an adventurous tour, making stops at all the stations where staff members are dressed in costume and remain in character to bring the whole experience to life.
Students begin by panning for gold at Sutter’s Mill and then visit the Assay House to find out the value of their gold. In exchange, they receive gold coins and learn about currency and trading. Then they visit the Teepee where they participate in a Native American naming ceremony and learn all about Sacajewea. From there, they have to survive Avalanche Pass where parent volunteers drop fake boulders from the sky. The older Sundance students will learn about surviving life on the trail including which plants were safe to eat and which animals to steer clear of. After stopping off at the General Store for provisions and choosing their horses at the Corral, they happen upon the Saloon where Buffalo Bill’s wife teaches them a dance routine. Eventually, they wake the sheriff with their hootin’ and hollerin’ and all get thrown in jail. Will they make the great escape? Their smiling faces tell us they don’t mind one way or the other.