How amazing this thread is up! I was thinking today of taking my kids to some SCA events. DD1 is starting home-school this year and our history theme is the middle ages. And when I looked up the local group, they have a big event at the end of September with kid's activities, and also regular youth fighting on Saturdays for ages 6 and up. DD will be six at Christmas and would adore it I'm sure.
What I haven't been sure of is what to do for garb. I don't want to spend much because we might not carry on after this, and I can't sew, really at all. Buttons fall off when I replace them. And I am still nursing too. I need something simple for a toddler, a small child, a baby, and a somewhat unsure husband.
"Hi, my family would like to attend your group's event in September. We've never done any SCA stuff and don't have any garb. We need something simple for a toddler, a small child (age 6), a baby, a somewhat unsure husband, and a nursing mama size X.
We'll also be coming to the youth fighter practice on date. What should we bring for my six year old to participate?
Thank you very much for your help!"
Groups generally just have a supply of garb for lending to newcomers (including people who literally just saw all the tents and pulled in off the road to see what was up), but to make sure there's something for the kiddos, and something like a bodice and chemise for you for nursing, it's a good idea to check in first. The loaner gear tends to be pretty tunic heavy, so you'll want a pair of plain brown or black sweats for your dh.
I'd bet that garb is optional at the fighter practice, but if it isn't, they'll probably have the gold key stuff there.
As for getting an education, I recommend finding someone doing something and going up and asking about it.