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Five Educational Activities For Your Kids This Summer

Summer is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors, catch up on studies with the help of an Orange County academic tutor, and indulge in some extracurricular activities that students don’t have time to participate in during the school year. There are also some wonderful educational activities available where kids can learn and have fun at the same time. Most of these are family friendly, something everybody can participate in and even learn something new. Whether kids are into science, art, or are more of the outdoor type, there’s something for everyone in Southern California.

The Aquarium
The aquarium offers an excellent opportunity to learn about local marine life in the comfort of an air-conditioned environment on a very hot summer day. Whether at the Long Beach aquarium or the Birch aquarium, there’s a lot to be learned about the local environment as well as various marine life from all around the world. Kids won’t even know that they’re participating in something educational and so will enjoy this fun family field trip.

A Nature Park
Southern California offers a variety of great nature parks all the way from San Diego to Los Angeles. Families can check out Torrey Pines in the San Diego area and enjoy a nice leisurely family hike in a pine forest with a view of the ocean. Orange County offers a ton of nature parks from the Great Park in Irvine to the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Mesa. No matter where the family is located there are plenty of parks and nature preserves to go hiking or learn about local wildlife and plant species. This is also a great opportunity to spend time together as a family while enjoying the outdoors and getting some exercise.

A Local Art Museum
Southern California also boasts a ton of art museums including the San Diego Art Museum, the Orange County Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the J Paul Getty Museum. It’s so important for young kids to be creative and learn about other artists as part of a well-rounded education so an art museum should definitely be on the list of summer field trips for young students. Many museums offer camps for elementary-aged kids or special days that invite families to come and experience art that appeals to a younger audience.

Science Camp
Science camps offer a great opportunity for students to learn about the world around them. Whether a student is studying engineering, environmental science, or coding there are tons of opportunities to indulge in everything science has to offer this summer. Science camps vary greatly depending on which city a student lives in and what their individual interests are. A great place to find out what campus will be available this summer is a kid’s local school, which will often partner with community service centers nearby. Parents can also search online or visit their local community center to get great ideas in their area.

Community Sports Programs
Because kids sit all day in a classroom during the school year it’s extra important for them to get involved in some sort of physical education over the summer. Some kids are totally into sports and play after school throughout the year while others may be trying a sports team for the very first time. Summer offers a great opportunity to make a relatively short term commitment to something new and gives kids a chance to discover which sport they like the best. Community sports teams also provide socialization and team building activities that will help kids in both school and career later on.

Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerds. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student. She has worked with students from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and Africa.

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