“I want to do math problems all summer,” said no kid ever. That’s why we uncovered these to-dos that will make the summer weeks super fun and—shhhh!—educational (so as to not lose two months of educational gains…eek!). Read on for some pretty awesome ways to peak their imaginations and strengthen their brainwaves without them having to bury their heads in textbooks.

Strathmore’s Free Summer Outdoor Concerts

Take your mini-rockstars, pack a picnic and get ready to boogie the night away with free concerts every Wednesday. It’s not exactly chorale or band, but we think your little banjo player will soak up the musicality nonetheless. With various artists like The Railsplitters (bluegrass), Cheick Hamala Diabate (Grammy nominated African strings music), and UkeFest (Ukulele) you can expose kiddos to a wide range of non-traditional music without being in the classroom. Iggy Azalea who?

5301 Tuckerman Ln. (Bethesda, Md)
301-581-5100
Online: strathmore.org

How do you plan to prevent brain drain with your kids this summer? Tell us your secret in the comments section. 

—Hilary Riedemann and Ayren Jackson-Cannady