We all know that kids can backslide during the holidays, falling behind in their education and generally forgetting what they’ve learned during term time. It’s a big problem, and for many years now, schools have been threatening to curtail the summer holidays, viewing the length of time away from school, not the quality of their teaching, as the problem.
As a parent, you want to make sure that your kid’s mind stays active during the holidays and beyond. One of the best ways to do this is to take them to places where they can learn and experience science first hand. See it as a kind of extended field trip, one where they get to explore the world and have fun with you at the same time.
Here are some holidays that teach kids about science.
Amanyara, Turks And Caicos
The Amanyara Nature Discovery Center opened back in March 2011. Since then it’s been opening its doors to interested kids and parents, giving them the opportunity to learn more about the unique Turks and Caicos environment. The center itself was developed in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History, offering kids the chance to have a huge range of diverse experiences and make real many of the things that they learn at school.
There’s also an opportunity to go on guided snorkeling tours to swim among the marine life that stalks the island’s’ coastlines. Here kids will get up close with rainbow-colored fish and see the giant coral forests that lurk just beneath the waves. There’s also the opportunity to go on an “eco-hike” where you’ll learn about medicinal herbs, tide pools, and blowholes.
We’re just a few weeks away from the February half term, a chance for the kids to once again be whipped off to some far off land to experience the wonders of the natural world. A trip to Menesjarvi in Finland is not a typical family activity holiday. Here, you’ll get to view the stunning Aurora Borealis – or Northern Lights – as they’re sometimes called, and inspire your kids to learn more about the world and the solar system.
The Northern Lights are a great way to teach kids about their place in the universe, how the solar system works, and the features of the Earth’s atmosphere that make them possible. Smart kids will quickly pick up on the fact that the Earth is surrounded by magnetic field lines, and these field lines channel charges particles given off by the sun towards the poles. It’s why Aurora are only seen at extreme latitudes in both the very far north, and the far south, of the planet.
Tokyo is, in many ways, the beating heart of high technology on Earth. Here, there are dozens of conventions every year, covering everything from robotics to computer software. As a result, it’s a great place to take the kids and introduce them to new technology. You can also take your kids to a range of museums, including the National Museum of Nature and Science, as well as the Miraikan Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.