“It’s always easier to just let the kids do whatever they want, and they may moan at first if you don’t, but keeping them doing other things will be well worth the effort,” says Nicole Montgomery, director of operations at WonderWorks Destiny. “Beating the summer brain drain is always a good thing, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.”
Many teachers find that students tend to forget some of the things they have been taught over the summer break. Parents who make the effort to keep them learning over summer will send them back to school far ahead of the game. Here are some tips for keeping kids learning over the summer and doing so on a budget:
- Opt for new experiences. WonderWorks, for example, offers many new concepts and topics that kids are not usually all that familiar with. Kids can engage in everything from laser tag to climbing adventures that will challenge them, as well as provide them with a fun time.
- Get outdoors. This is the time to get outside and take a nature hike, explore the trails, and visit new state parks. See what types of classes are being offered by the state parks, so the kids can learn about a variety of topics.
- Visit the library. Most people today do not take advantage of their library enough. The library system offers hours upon hours of entertainment and education, all virtually free. Take the kids to get their own library card and visit once a week for new items. Check out to see what free educational classes they offer each week for kids.
- Set limits. Kids will almost always want to go on the computer, television, or play video games. But parents can easily balance that with other things, such as setting a designated amount of time they need to read each day, journal, or work on something new.
- Bake up a storm. Whether cooking or baking, kids love to get into the mix in the kitchen. When they do this it’s a great learning experience that involves following directions, math, and even chemistry. Check out kids cookbooks at the library, or find online recipes that they can do.
- Pick a place. This summer, have the kids grab a few board games and escort them to a local senior citizen center, where they can spend an hour or two playing games with the people there.
WonderWorks Syracuse is currently offer a summer special on admission prices, which are as follows:
Full Price Summer Price
General Admission $25 $15
Laser Tag $15 $12
Ropes Course $18 $10
VIP Combo $38 $25
At WonderWorks kids will find a variety of fun family friendly interactive activities to engage in, including:
- Laser tag arena – Friends and family compete in a game of laser tag.
- 4D XD Motion Theater – showing family fun movies the family will never forget.
- Canyon Climb Adventure – featuring 70 feet, 3 stories, and 81 obstacles to challenge everyone.
- WonderZones – offering a variety of areas to explore, such as natural disasters, physical challenges, light and sound zones, imagination lab, and space discovery.
- Sky Tykes ropes course – an activity for kids under 48”.
WonderWorks, a science focused indoor amusement park located in Destiny USA, combines education and entertainment with over 100 hands-on exhibits. There is something unique and challenging for all ages. Adventures include: The Hurricane Shack, feel the power of 71 mph hurricane–force winds, The Bubble Lab, make huge, life–sized bubbles, The Astronaut Training Gyro get the NASA treatment and experience zero gravity, Nail it by lying on the death–defying Bed of Nails. WonderWorks is also home to two indoor ropes courses, Canyon Climb which is the world’s largest suspended indoor ropes course and Sky Tykes, which is a confidence booster climb for small children. WonderWorks also hosts birthday parties and special events seasonally. Opens daily at 10 a.m. www.wonderworksdestiny.com.