Summertime is for family fun, making memories, vacation time and still finding ways to learn and keep your kids minds sharp! I always worry about summer brain drain and know that it can be significant. There is a reason why teachers send home packets and encourage kids to keep their minds sharp over the summer 😉 AlpharettaMoms has ideas to consider when planning activities to keep your kids engaged over summer break!
~Schedule time daily (on weekdays) or several times a week to have your kids read a book that they pick out. Age appropriate books always help!
~Atlanta has so many educational and historical venues for the kids to experience and learn something at the same time! For instance, the Atlanta History Center contains one of the nation’s largest exhibits on Civil War history. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech manuscript is here as well as artifacts from the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and a look at the life of golf legend Bobby Jones.
Tour the Margaret Mitchell House and learn about Mitchell’s life in Atlanta as well as facts surrounding her writing of the novel, Gone With the Wind. Price is also included to the house next door which is a “Making of the Movie” museum.
The Millenium Gate Museum consists of galleries and artifacts from the 18th century to modern day. Artifacts here date back to the birth of Georgia from the Native American, Spanish, British Colonial, and American Revolutionary periods.
Atlanta Monetary Museum at the Federal Reserve will teach the kids the history of money and they will learn about monetary policies and bank regulations. Learn about banking in America and see rare coins and currency. Free group tours can be scheduled if you have more than 10 people, otherwise, it is a self-guided tour.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign, during which General William T. Sherman captured Atlanta. Kennesaw Mountain was the last major natural obstacle which the Confederate Army fortified to protect Atlanta from the Union Army’s advance at the end of June 1864.
The Children’s Museum monthly themes include many hands-on learning centers. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Woodruff Arts Center, MODA and many more offer incredible ways for children to absorb and learn from the exhibits.
~Play games! There are so many games that require children to think and they are actually learning when they might not realize it!
Summer is a time for fun and relaxation but it never hurts to throw in some educational experiences for the kids. Thir teachers might appreciate it too!
AlpharettaMoms is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life publications. This article can be found in the June 2018 issue. All opinions are my own. Have a great summer!