Earlier this year, I shared with you my daughter’s positive experiences last summer at Camp Galileo in the San Francisco Bay Area. While we spend as much time as we can traveling during summer vacations, jobs and real life obligations mean that we are at home many weeks of the summer as well.
That’s where quality camps like the ones offered by Galileo come in. Galileo makes learning in the summer months fun and stimulating, even when we can’t travel. I especially love that Galileo camps focus on exploration and travel-inspired learning with themed weeks like Mount Everest Expedition and Destination San Francisco both offered this year.
What can kids expect to do and learn in a typical Galileo day? Camp Galileo sent my family a Galileo-style craft project to try at home just perfect for little frequent flyers like mine – a rubber band helicopter. Using a few simple pieces, my daughter and I spent a quiet and screen-free evening putting this project together. I was amazed at how quickly my 6 year old was able to understand the physics of the twisting rubber band powering the propeller. I think she’ll be ready for a tutorial on the mechanics of the real thing soon enough! The project afforded her a chance to learn science as well as be creative, as she choose a double star cutout for her helicopter instead of a more traditional shape.
We’ve signed my little one up again for two more weeks of Galileo this summer. For my San Francisco area readers, the good news is that your kids can get in on these camps too – at a discount! New Bay Area families receive $30 off using code 2015GALILEOCAMPSF and this link (ends 5/31). There are over 40 locations in the Bay Area for kids ages Pre-K to 8th grade. Galileo isn’t leaving out Southern California readers either. LA families can use code 2015GALILEOCAMPSLA and this link to receive $50 off.
And in the meantime, if you want to get started on learning and innovating with your kids before the summer begins, you can create the rubber band helicopter yourself at home. Galileo has downloadable PDFs for the rubber band helicopter and 3 other innovative and fun crafts here.
This post was sponsored by Galileo Learning, but as always, all opinions are my own.