Why have a Disney party or a shark party when you can have a party that travels? Get your kids excited about a trip you’re about to take, share a trip you’ve recently taken, or enjoy a virtual trip that’s not likely to be in your budget for awhile. Our last party was simply an “International Party” – gelato, International children’s films, henna tattoos, and an Austrian breakfast complete with little individual jars of jam and home-made egg cups.
The children’s internal film festival cd was from the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. The shorts were fun because they allowed so much more interaction between kids than one long movie.
What will you do for winter break? Spring break? Or even to celebrate the end of school in June? Frequent bargain airplane deals to Los Angeles make this a super-fun, teen-friendly destination. We went last April and now the kids are clamoring to return again this Spring Break. Here’s some ideas to make it a little more fun … Read more
On a recent visit to Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford England, I zoomed in! read all about it at Wandering Educators.com.
What would your kids zoom in on? Try it on your next trip or even in your own backyard.
The first time we really noticed culture on-board was on a flight from the USA to Austria via Austrian Airlines. Instead of waiting 9 hours to arrive in a new country, we stepped instantly from Washington DC into Austria as we boarded the plane. The Austria-red outfits (including somewhat shockingly red nylons), the classical music, and the Austrian-German accents put us instantly in a traveling state of mind. They served Ottakringer beer, a delicious light beer made at a Viennese brewery, and Almdudler, something like Ginger Ale and known informally as the national drink of Austria. We were in the air, but we were in Austria too. I don’t remember that they served Wiener schnitzel but they just might on some special flights. Read more
All these images and more in our latest post on Wandering Educators. How can you see a little more on your next trip or keep your kids just a little more engaged? Go close-up!
It was a rainy Saturday and we were stuck in Seattle. My teen says, let’s take one of those trips where we don’t go anywhere. Awesome! And she’s going to bring friends. I felt a bit of pressure to make this a fun adventure for her and for her friends so I decided against anything overtly educational, plus I was banned from saying “museum.” I dug into my research … hmmm, what country, what country?? But, as soon as I tried to focus on any one country, I got sucked into details that I was afraid wouldn’t appeal to teens. After all, I couldn’t exactly expect them to get excited about a coloring sheet or learning 10 words in another language. Finally I came on an idea – a pan-Asia tour!
Like most trips to Asia, we started with a layover in Taipei, home of bubble tea! Read more
The BIG Maze at the National Building Museum.
After we had our tickets clipped and entered the BIG maze I expected to accompany my 12-year-old daughter through the special exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. But she was already gone at the first turn. If I didn’t want to run to catch up I’d be going it alone. I expected to run into her at each of the many dead ends, but she was never there. Even when I finally made it to the center of the maze, where I could see over the shorter walls, she was nowhere to be seen. Finally I emerged out the other end hoping to find her. When I turned around, she was already coming out of the maze for the second time. Such is the crazy energy that takes hold of kids when they face amazing things like an indoor maze made out of plywood with walls ranging in height from 3 to 18 feet. Read more
Why would anyone ever go to Riverside California? Well, obviously not by choice right? I got stuck there for a work trip recently and discovered the most amazing oasis: The Mission Inn.
In my airport taxi, I cruised across miles of highway and then through an unassuming and somewhat discouraging urban area. I had no hopes of a travel adventure or even a comfy bed. I was therefore a bit surprised when the taxi rounded a corner and and pulled into a valet loop surrounded by large old palm trees. I had clearly landed someplace special.
Passing under a glorious arch, I wandered toward the lobby somewhat stunned. I even passed live parrots on my way. Read more