When I was an elementary school teacher, the last month of the school year was typically spent introducing my students to new concepts that they would be learning the following school year. I viewed summer vacation as an opportunity to give children a different type of learning experience.
My hope was that students and their parents would take these introductions and work on them throughout the summer in order to best prepare them for what was to come. That’s what we hope to do at the Glazer Children’s Museum, where we use imagination to keep children’s minds stimulated and to create a fun and memorable experience for all of our guests, all summer long.
Here are a few of the ways in which your kids can continue learning all summer at GCM.
Take a trip in SMALLab
Traveling is not only an opportunity to make new memories as a family, but also to introduce children to new cultures and experiences. This summer you don’t have to go far to get this type of experience for your children. At the Museum, we use technology like SMALLab to engage children in new experiences daily through virtual trips. Children can use this motion-capture studio to interact with lions on a safari, swim with sharks or dive into a famous work of art. Our SMALLab offers a digital and interactive field trip experience that is difficult to find elsewhere.
Make new friends at Camp Imagination
Socializing is important to children’s developmental process as it gives them a chance to learn how to interact in different settings and with various types of people. During the summer months, children typically transition from frequently socializing with other children to far less interaction with others. Visiting the museum or attending Camp Imagination offers a chance for children to meet and interact with new individuals from the Tampa Bay Area and beyond. Campers range from 5 to 10 years old and the weekly themes cover a wide variety of subjects. Children who attend camp can make friends of all ages and backgrounds while learning new subjects and picking up new interests.
Invent and make during the Summer of Making
This summer, Glazer Children’s Museum will host a Summer of Making, giving children the opportunity to become inventors and makers through innovative challenges, coding and robotics, and free-making activities. Making can challenge children to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to invent and create. This summer, guests will have the opportunity to engineer, code, and more in more in this giant Makerspace. Our campers will also join in on the making fun when they learn about engineering, creating, and coding during the “Build It,” “Make a Masterpiece,” and “Art + Bots” weeks at camp. And we’re very excited for Saturday, July 27 when we hostini Maker Faire with makers of all ages!
About the Author: Emily Woods Mejia oversees Camp Imagination as the Special Events and Programs Manager at the Glazer Children’s Museum. She previously taught elementary school in Florida and California.