Science Destinations – with Kids
If you’re travelling with kids and considering a visit to a science-oriented destination, here are some tips from a travel expert. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.
Frommer: I find with kids the more interactive the destination the better.
Pauline Frommer is Editorial Director for the Frommer guidebooks and Frommers.com. We’re listening to the sounds of one of the exhibits at a great science destination – the Exploratorium.
Frommer: I think the Exploratorium in San Francisco really changed the game for museums and how deeply interactive it was. And now you go other places in the world and they are using the standards created by the Exploratorium for their exhibits. A lot of museums of all stripes now offer little backpacks that children can wear which will have activities for them to do in front of the exhibits, to bring it to life for them.
I had thought of doing Scavenger Hunt-type exercises with kids, and Pauline Frommer offered an interesting spin on this.
Frommer: In an art museum, in a science museum, you go first to the gift store, and you go to the postcard rack and then you pick out five postcards that interest you. And then without letting your kids look at a map, you kind of have them find it within the museum. Because sometimes they can – in an art museum, they can look, “Oh yeah, this is painting kind of looks like what I’m seeing here. Maybe it’ll be somewhere in this room.” And then they start realizing there are different styles to art.
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