Summer is almost here, but even though school is out, learning doesn’t have to be over. In fact, the summer months are a great time for hands-on, fun learning experiences, especially for preschoolers and elementary-aged kids. If you want to give the screens a break and keep your kids both physically and mentally active, our Greenville, NC child care center is sharing the best kid-friendly, educational outings in the area!
1000 Mumford Rd, Greenville, NC 27834
From identifying colors and counting to identifying types of trees and flowers, nature offers ample learning opportunities for every age level. River Park North offers activities like hiking, boating, fishing, and camping as well as miles of nature trails and nature observation for a morning nature walk. According to their website, River Park North has 45 acres of ponds, more than 250 acres of bottomland forest and open grassland areas to explore. Be sure to check their calendar for activities, such as digging for salamanders, learning about bugs and plants, or building camping skills.
Going on a hike is a great way to get fresh air, build motor skills, and improve fitness while learning about the wildlife around Greenville. 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
Just a few miles away in Winterville, NC is Brock’s Farm. This working farm and market provides an agricultural experience perfect for kids in summertime. Kids can see farm animals, learn how fruits and vegetables are grown, explore the corn maze and learn about bees at the Bee Hive. You can pick your own berries and other produce, and before you go, be sure to visit the farm stand to pick out fresh seasonal produce and honey sourced right from the farm!
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 offers a great opportunity to get out of the house for a few hours and put that time to good use. While you may not think preschoolers are very interested in fine art, you may be surprised at their observations and (very strong) opinions on paintings, sculptures, and other exhibits.
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 your child tell you what they see. Older children can stretch their imagination by making up a story about what they think is happening in the painting or right before or after it takes place. At home, you and your children can draw or paint your favorite thing at the museum!
Make this summer one to remember with fun, hands-on adventures around the area. At Children’s Campus, we understand the importance of learning through fun and exploration and supplement education through our own, five-star science, art, and math projects and field trips. Learn more about our 5-star preschool programs and additional programs that we offer here at Children’s Campus of Greenville. Give us a call at 252-756-8200 to schedule a tour, or fill out the contact form below.