Oklahoma City family fun teaches our families so much.
Learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school day. My son, Sam, is a fifth grader this year. I asked him at New Year’s what he thought his most educational experience has been in 2017.
“I learned the most at the Stafford Air and Space Museum,” he answered without hesitation. We went just before school started, in July.
I really believe in taking children places. A variety of experiences has a positive effect, even if it doesn’t seem like the most education-themed experience at the time.
Here are four free ways to foster learning in the next month without feeling like you’re going to school on a Saturday:
- School of Rock’s grand opening: If you’re looking to change up your day tomorrow, Jan. 20, check out this free event. There are live performances and you can tour the music school. Click here for an exclusive discount on music classes just for MetroFamily readers.
- Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center’s new Wake exhibition: Click here for a list of current museum exhibitions. The one I’m most looking forward to seeing with my children is the new Wake exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary’s Showroom location on NW 11th and Broadway. We went to see Cloud City on the same street last year and really enjoyed Factory Obscura’s Shift exhibition, which finishes up Feb. 25.
- Robotics class at Sylvan: Coding and related science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers are something we can spark an interest in now. I would so much rather help a child learn about the technology they love than turn a blind eye to it altogether or make it seem like job options are possible with zero real idea of what they require. Click here for more info about Sylvan’s classes on the first Saturday of each month.
- MetroFamily’s Kids Fest: Our annual family fun event doubles as a learning opportunity, with hands-on activities at each booth. Find out everything we’ll be featuring at Kids Fest here. Door prizes include an iPad from the Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma City/County, an Andy Alligator’s season pass, two Venture Passes and a Chester’s Party Barn membership. You can find out about charter school and after-school activity options too. Click here to register for door prizes and get $1-off of adult admission.
MetroFamily’s annual education guide is available here. You can find private schools, tutoring and preschool options.
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You may not even notice when your kids are learning the most and there’s nothing wrong with that. It has a way of happening when you’re having fun together. I hope your 2018 is full of moments just like that.