Summer is here! But just because your kids are out of school doesn’t mean it’s time to stop learning. In fact, Summer is the perfect time for going on fun, educational adventures and building memories that last a lifetime! Preschool and Elementary-aged children often absorb information and learn best through hands-on experiences and play! So to keep you and your children busy this summer, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best kid-friendly, educational outings right here in Greenville, North Carolina!
729 Dickinson Ave in Greenville, NC
This nationally-known STEM museum is the perfect place to get hands-on with cool exhibits and programs to teach kids about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM programs are particularly valuable for kids, because they give them a foundation in the science and technology; and many careers are built on these disciplines. We highly recommend introducing preschoolers to science and math as early as possible, and even simple math games and science experiments help excite that love of learning.
Kids and parents will examine both stationary and interactive exhibits. There are daily activities and programs such as Full Moon kayaking, stargazing though telescopes, chemistry experiments, and art projects using recycled trash. Their Facebook lists upcoming events, but their daily exhibits are open all the time!
1000 Mumford Rd, Greenville, NC 27834
Kids can learn a lot from nature – it’s simple, easy, and it doesn’t cost much. River Park North offers hiking, boating, fishing, camping and miles of nature trails and nature observation. According to their website, River Park North has 45 acres of ponds, more than 250 acres of bottomland forest and open grassland areas.” Check their calendar for activities, such as digging for salamanders, learning about bugs and plants, or building camping skills.
Even something as simple as going hiking can build your Preschooler or Elementary student’s confidence and self-esteem, while providing fresh air and exercise to grow their gross motor skills. Plan a picnic with healthy foods, talking about nutrition while you eat and examine bugs and plants. Your child can also learn about nature through arts and crafts. Try taking a leaf tracing with a crayon, or collecting smooth stones to paint. You can also teach them about water ecosystems and wildlife safety, while instilling in them an understanding of how to take care of the environment. And a night of camping can provide a summertime adventure your kids never forget!
862 Laurie Ellis Rd., Winterville, NC 28590
A hop-skip-and-a-jump away from Greenville, in Winterville, NC, Brock’s Farm provides an agriculturalexperience perfect for kids in summertime. The fresh-picked strawberries and blackberries are worth the short road trip. Plus, kids will get to see farm animals like cows and pigs up close, and even help feed them! To top it all off, there’s a corn maze.
Depending on the age of your child, try counting the berries you pick. Talk to your child about how a farm works, how food is grown and shipped to stores, and how animals produce eggs and dairy. Discuss how fresh farm foods like berries and eggs are healthy for growing bodies. If your child is older, you can even talk about photosynthesis and more in-depth natural science and biology as you explore the fun activities Brock’s Farm has to offer.
802 South Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27834
Admission to the Greenville Museum of Art is free, so it’s always an easy way to get out of the house for a few hours! You may be surprised how excited Preschoolers and Elementary students get about art. Even young children often enjoy seeing new things, broadening their horizons, and hearing stories about pictures. Think of the museum as a giant picture-book for your preschooler.
Make the art experience interactive! A preschooler may not completely relate to a painting from the 1800’s simply by looking at it; instead, have have your child tell you what they see. Ask your child to make up a story about the art; likewise, you can make up a story for them. Later, sit down together and draw or paint your own art.
This summer, take your kids to learn about the world through these fun, hands-on adventures! We’ll supplement that education through our own, five-star science, art, and math projects and field trips.