November 24, 2017

6 Ways to Incorporate Science into Your Summer

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Kate & PBS's Sid the Science Kid

Back in March, I wrote about family science festivals, and yesterday I had the opportunity to take my older girls, Clare and Kate (ages 8 & 7), to the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. All of the exhibits and shows were so much fun, so of course it got me thinking about how else we could easily incorporate science into our weekends and summer vacation. Take a look at the six ways below.

1. Visit a Science Center. You’ll find a fantastic science center in most major cities with loads of hands-on learning activities. Sadly, we do not have one here in DC, but the Maryland Science Center is just down the road in Baltimore. Parents even ranked the 10 Best Science Centers across the country.

2. Attend a Science Festival. While you’ll find most science festivals taking place in the late-spring and early-fall, you may also find them during the summer. These are fabulous ways for your kids to further their interest in various sciences, whether environmental science or astronomy.

3. Check Out a Mobile Museum. At the USA Science & Engineering Festival we attended yesterday, the American Museum of Natural History brought their Moveable Museum on dinosaurs. Inside this travelling interactive exhibit, my girls learned about dinosaur nests, fossils and evolution.

4. Find a Kid-Sized Science Lab. In my town, we have Curiosity Zone, which offers science-focused classes, camps and free or inexpensive group events, like the Big Bug Show. These are fun ways to learn more about science through hands-on science and lab experiments designed just for kids.

5. Look to Your Local Library. Many libraries really pump up their children’s programs during the summer when the kids are out of school. For example, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh hosts Super Science workshops for kids, while the Delaware County Library Systems hosts Science in the Summer.

6. Go to a Nature Center. Nature centers are great places to learn more about the environment and habitat around you. I live very close to a nature center that offers family programs every second Saturday, as well as camps and classes. They also have a naturalist and a bunch of animals to see and touch.

Do you have any other good ideas for sharing science with kids? Let me know in the comments below.

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