Its morning, the kids have already taken to attacking all stationary objects in the living room and you are fully aware if this house is going to survive you need to get the little ones out for the day. There is the park and an array of zoos and money-by-second theme parks and though great ideas (if your wallet is up for the latter) these places have been visited so many times before. Why not something different? Take a tip from the school field trips you remember from yesteryear and go behind the scenes.
There are multiple tours waiting in every type of venue imaginable. Here are merely a few that many kids would find entertaining and educational.
What child has not taken a moment to wonder what it would be like to work on a farm? These are typically the ideas we give up as we grow, but the sight of dairy cows and other farm animals added with the knowledge of where the milk in our refrigerators comes from can be a smile gaining experience.
The sweet smell of baking bread and cakes fills the air to the delight of children. They are immediately fixated from this moment on. What comes next is the view of men and women hard at work at a true art form.
Not suggesting tying the kids to parachutes and chucking them from dizzying heights. What I am suggesting is, due to the heightened security of airports, a great place to get close up views of planes in flight as well as the excitement of watching crazy adults glide to the ground. The instructors are typically friendly and willing to give a background tour of the grounds when contacted ahead of time.
See them while they still exist. As the future barrels forward to a paperless utopia there is still much to see, from the basement containing the mega-machine that rolls out printed page after page to the upper offices where cartoonist and reporters race about bringing news to the masses.
Creameries/Soda Bottling Companies/Candy Factories
Ice Cream, Soda and Candy, need I say more in the interest of children.
These are only a few suggestions. The options in truth are endless.
I personally chose to make contact with a member in each of these venues and after some nice conversations found that even if guided tours weren’t advertised someone was typically available for people interested. Not only can these visits provide a good sense of fun they also expose children to every day jobs that are often overlooked. Like school field trips they expand the young mind to ideas of future careers and things they may enjoy. A terrific memory that can create a desire to learn more as well as open your child’s eyes to new interests.