It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent or a child: You’re probably looking forward to a vacation right about now. During summer vacation, it’s important that you stimulate your child with education to keep them sharp for school to start in the fall.
That’s where edu-vacations come in. By taking a trip and keeping your kids learning throughout the year, you can have a relaxing vacation that the entire family will enjoy. Plus, by skipping out on the wild rides and massive, expensive theme parks like Disney, you can keep your kids safe from large crowds and strangers.
Keep reading for suggestions on edu-vacation destinations and safety tips for every suggestion.
1. Children’s Museums
Children’s museums are the bread and butter of continued education during summer vacation. These institutions are especially great opportunities for your children to engage in all kinds of learning from kinetic to visual.
Children’s museums are also safe spaces where you can keep a close eye on your kids while they learn proper motor skills and how things work. Want a Texas vacation? Book a hotel in Houston and check out their famous children’s museum. Sounds like a win-win!
2. Nature Hikes
It’s important to remember that learning doesn’t solely happen from books and museums — it’s also learned through experiences. By connecting with nature and going for long hikes with your family on vacation, you can learn more about the flora and fauna that surrounds you.
Before setting out on a hike, make sure that your kids are well prepared with sunscreen, proper shoes, and long pants. Even in the summer, a pair of jeans can protect them from the likes of poison ivy and bug bites.
3. Zoos and Aquariums
If your children are wild about animals, then a vacation to a large zoo and aquarium can be a great family vacation idea. These are great places to learn about biodiversity and you can engage your children by having them identify their favorite animals and associating them with cartoon characters.
Always keep your kids close by to ensure their safety. Luckily, zoos and aquariums have hours that are typically less busy so you can visit during calmer hours. The country’s best zoos are found in the most surprising places: San Diego, Cincinnati, Omaha, and Fort Worth. Give these places a try for your next zoo-centerd edu-vacation.
It’s time to pack up and hit the road! By taking your kids on an edu-vacation, you can keep them safe and happy while you have a fun-filled time with your family.
Guest Post: David Timm is a copy editor at Siege Media. He currently lives in Omaha, Nebraska with his partner, two cats, one dog, and eleven fish.
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