Turn Your Vacation into Fun Education

  1. Waterbug24

    July 26th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Teaching my 3 1/2 year old to work the elevator backfired on me. He ran a bit ahead of us as we were leaving, pressed the down button, got in, pressed the 1st floor button, and was gone. I almost had a heart attack!

  2. Anonymous

    July 26th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I’m paranoid about that! It happened to my husband with my stepdaughters when they were young- They were in a highrise in Chicago, got in before he could, and the doors closed. To hear him tell it, I don’t think he’s ever been so worried!

  3. Random Chick

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    You kids are so cute. They need to be in a Gap ad or something. Great advice! Thanks!

  4. Anonymous

    July 26th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    LOL. Thanks! 

  5. Blessed Mom

    July 26th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks for the idea about checking out books from the library.  We’re heading to Holden beach in September and I think this is a great idea.  I know my almost 3 and almost 5 year olds will love learning about what they find on the beach.

  6. Anonymous

    July 26th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I’m always glad when I take the time to help the kids research something before we visit (we do this with the zoo from time to time as well, even though we’re members). They definitely get more out of it that way.

  7. Kimberly

    July 26th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Oh, I am getting so excited now about our Hilton Head trip in a month!  I look forward to taking my 2 1/2 yr old daughter to the Discovery center.  It sounds wonderful!  Thanks for all the advice.  I too like to weave fun learning experiences into everyday life as well as trips for my daughter.  I can see she is developing a love of learning as well.  It is so much fun at this age!  I think I will also take your advice about the beach/sea themed books.  She will love it.

  8. Anonymous

    July 26th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Hope you saw this post, Kimberly:

    http://suburbanturmoil.com/35-things-to-do-with-your-family-in-hilton-head/2011/07/05/

    Definitely check out The Sandbox Children’s Interactive Museum if you’re looking for something your daughter will enjoy- I’ve heard it’s PERFECT for children under five. 🙂

  9. Kimberly

    July 26th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I did!  Thanks!  🙂

  10. MWJanet

    July 28th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    We went to the Sea Pines Forest Preserve at the south end of Hilton Head and it was lots of fun. We enjoyed the walk to the Indian Shell Mound and we watched an alligator swim for a while. There’s an alligator boat tour we didn’t do but plan to next time.

  11. Mary Zimmerman Afuso

    July 26th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Perfect timing — I am taking next week off (to save myself another $250 in summer camp costs).  I am planning a “Camp-at-Home” for my boys.

    pray for me.

  12. Anonymous

    July 26th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Ha! You’ll have a blast.  🙂  Do a little Internet research into what’s going on in your area- I always end up finding great stuff.

  13. S.

    July 26th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    My two older kids have become real chess freaks this summer. And let me tell you, it is not easy to beat my 7-year-old son… he is getting pretty darn good at that game! I suppose that chess helps him learn the skill of thinking ahead and making plans. Possibly math skills too? The best part is, it wasn’t even my doing to get them to play chess. It was their idea in the first place! Now even my 4-year-old is trying to learn!

  14. Anonymous

    July 26th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    What a great idea, particularly because I’ve never learned myself, so I’ll be a good opponent. 🙂 I’ll have to get my husband to teach us. He’s pretty good at chess, or so he says….  😉 After he told me that, I refused to ever play him!

  15. Lena

    July 26th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Love this!

    I’m going to check a library book out about San Diego for you, Lindsay.

  16. Anonymous

    July 27th, 2011 at 3:25 am

     *Fist bump*

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