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10 Ways To Make A Museum Trip Amazing

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Museum Tripssource: Kate Gardiner

Good news! There is a much better way to enjoy museums!

Just follow the ideas below and make museums trips exciting and memorable instead of brutal and blah.

10 Ways To Make A Museum Trip Amazing

(1) Find out what lectures, movies, tours and hands-on activities are available. Be sure to reserve a space for all.

(2) Look online to find out about special exhibits. Get some background on what you’ll be seeing. If possible, print the information out and take it with you.

(3) Have everyone bring or share cameras. Though most museums won’t allow photos inside, they do usually let pictures be taken outdoors.

(4) Set a goal for each member of your group to learn and remember one interesting thing. Share your findings during lunch.

(5) See if the museum has a nice sculpture garden or other outdoor spot, and take advantage of that too. Take a lunch or drink, talk over what you saw and enjoy watching the other visitors.

(6) Find out from the front desk what materials are available to enjoy the exhibits. These usually range from small brochures, to earplugs and other listening devices. The last time we went to the Walter’s Art Gallery, in Baltimore, they lent out coloring pages and crayons.

(7) Give everyone a small pad of paper and pen to take notes or make sketches.

(8) Look around for an art student or docent and try to engage him or her in a serious conversation about a particular exhibit.

(9) Make a small purchase in the museum store.  Kids, especially, look forward to purchasing a postcard or other small trinket to remember the trip.

(10) Design your own scavenger hunt. Using the internet beforehand, make a list of some of the exhibits you want to see, and check off each as you locate it.

What do all all of these activities have in common? They allow you and the rest of your group to full engage with the museum. That engagement makes the entire day much more memorable.

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Quick & Frugal Ideas For Summer Fun

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86557617_a7ff9eacb3_zsource: Trina Alexander

Start with your library.

Libraries often have wonderful music, nature and reading programs running from June through August. Most of the programs are free but they do require you to reserve a place ahead of time, so call early to avoid a last minute disappointment.

Next, work your way over to the book section. Try to see if you can revive your children’s interest in Harry Potter.  If not, dig into some good mysteries, historical fiction and how-to books instead.

Then, see what’s available in the crafts section. Our local library has half a dozen books on making “treasure from trash.” Also search for titles on dough crafts, paper crafts and scrap fabric crafts.

Before you leave, be sure to read the “what’s happening” section of your local newspaper. Most big cities have free outdoor concerts, puppet shows and art fairs throughout the summer months. See what’s in your neck of the woods.

Other Suggestions To Share With Your Kids:

Write to an email pen pal

Keep a nature journal of your own backyard

Make nature crafts – painted rock, wreathes, dried flowers

Design a quiz-type game show on history

Study cartooning

Build from cardboard

Cook an authentic Chinese dinner

Keep a diary

Create a historically accurate diorama from scrap materials

Read, read, read

Arrange a neighborhood yard sale

Get a job walking dogs, cleaning or doing errands for a neighbor

Make a food pyramid from old magazines

Learn to comparison shop for groceries

Plant a vegetable garden

Draw original mazes

Create a birthday card

Design a web page

Make a quilt from recycled materials

Volunteer at the library

Invent something

Observe your pet and record your findings

Grow an indoor terrarium

Learn origami

Learn a foreign language

Build with scrap materials

Make your own holiday presents

Compose new, science-based lyrics for popular tunes

Participate in online projects

Write a script for a puppet show

Learn to use a word processor

Attend local museums on free days

Learn to sew

Design a variation on the game checkers

Borrow educational videos off the internet.

Participate in a nature scavenger hunt

Learn to paint with watercolors

Practice cake decorating

Obedience train your dog

Create paper mache bowls from old newspapers

Make handmade paper

Buy and learn to play the recorder or harmonica

Enter all kinds of contests

Solve word problems

Make and observe a bird feeder

Play scrabble and other board games

Do low cost science projects

Give several of these activities a try.  If your child doesn’t enjoy one activity, suggest another one instead.  But, if you find that all your child wants to do is sit and veg out, let him make that choice.  He may need the time to relax and, after all, it is summer.

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How to Make a Homemade Water Toy

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6877351431_35b57d32f8_zI had my toddler nephews over for a long visit yesterday and in order to keep them occupied for a while I made an (almost) instant water table for them.

I put a large dish pan bucket filled with water onto the porch. I add a sponge, a colander, a couple of cups, dish soap, a ladle, and a whisk to the mix and showed the boys how to use them.

This simple toy kept the kids thrilled for almost two hours. Try it!

source: toca boca

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