School’s out for summer, but that doesn’t mean your young Einsteins need to take a break from learning. There are countless places around town where budding scholars can explore art, science, history, math and nature in fun and enriching ways! Dinosaurs, space missions, video game design, sustainable gardening, STEAM learning via LEGO and more––read on for where to hit the town to discover an entertaining world of education beyond homeroom.
Balboa Park: Hands-on Museum Experiences
Between Resident Free Tuesdays and free tickets for kids who participate in summer reading programs, Balboa Park’s terrific museums offer so many opportunities to play and learn (on a budget!)
Fleet Science Center
Inventors-in-training love the fun learning experiences at the Fleet Science Center. Tempt gamers out of the house with the new exhibit Game Masters that explores video game design. Little hands that love to be busy will enjoy a challenge getting creative in the Tinkering Studio with recycled materials in this lab environment. Fill the kids with awe at The Impossible Science Festival on July 29-20 where science of the future is explored. Saturday Girls' Science Club offers a unique opportunity for girls in 5th-8th grade to learn and be inspired by female scientist role models.
Every other Saturday from noon-2 p.m. Cost: $15. Must Preregister.
Perhaps the science event of the year: Watch the total solar eclipse with the Fleet's experts through special sunshade glasses on Aug.21. Online: rhfleet.org
Natural History Museum
Little dino lovers will dig all the cool technology in the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit at the NAT. On Family Days dino games and crafts are free with admission. Preschoolers thrive at Nature and Me Storytime every second Thursday at 10:15 a.m. This summer, immerse them in learning about T-rex and fossils. Ultimate Dinosaur exhibit is $9/person on top of the regular admission fee. Online: sdnhm.org
Air and Space Museum
Pretend to be astronauts with the kids at The Air and Space Museum. With a swipeable Astronaut ID card that allows them to virtually launch a rocket and drive a rover, what kid wouldn't be over the moon to learn more about the universe through this hands-on journey? Be the Astronaut Exhibit is $5/person on top of the regular admission fee. Online: sandiegoairandspace.org
Photo: Fleet Science Center
Where do you take your kids to keep their minds sharp all summer long? Tell us in the comments.