This post is sponsored by Galileo Learning. All opinions are my own.
When summer comes around, our family’s favorite thing to do is – obviously – to travel! Travel is a key part of the way our children learn about the world. It is an especially important part of children’s education in the months when school is not in session. Of course, since my husband and I both have full time jobs, we are fairly limited in how much travel we can realistically do each year. But we still want to keep our daughter engaged and learning even on those summer weeks when we are stuck in a close-to-home routine.
We often enroll our almost 6 year old daughter in a variety of summer camps around the San Francisco Bay Area when we are home. In my experience, some of the camps she has attended don’t really inspire her to keep learning throughout the summer. These camps are often very inexpensive, but they aren’t really a good value. The old adage “you get what you pay for” comes to mind. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that you don’t get what you don’t pay for!
Wouldn’t it be great to have a summer camp that inspires kids and that focuses on the same spirit of exploration, adventure, innovation, and learning that we make central to our family travels? Better yet, can it be a place where kids also have fun at the same time?
Problem solved. Last summer, we enrolled my daughter in Camp Galileo offered by Galileo Learning in our hometown of Alameda, California for the first time. She was truly engaged in learning and exploring in a way that I had never seen with most other camps we tried. Each week at Camp Galileo is themed, so you can choose the programs that fit best with your child’s interests. Our frequent traveling daughter was appropriately enrolled in the Galileo “Road Trip” camp last year. She came home every day enthused and excited for the next one, singing funny songs and proudly displaying amazing art and science projects.
In fact, she had only one critique – that I had signed her up for the half-day program for younger kids rather than the full day program. She wanted more time at Galileo! I won’t make the same mistake again this summer.
Galileo Learning has camp locations all over the San Francisco Bay Area (and in Los Angeles as well for all my SoCal readers), and camps are available for a wide variety of ages, pre-K to 8th grade.
Some of the new themes this year at Camp Galileo for the pre-K to 4th graders look quite intriguing. Mount Everest Expedition and Destination San Francisco look especially exciting for kids who love travel as much as my little ones do.
Best of all: Galileo is offering a $30 discount if you enroll through my link and use the code 2015INNOVATE, which is a great way to get a really high quality camp experience for less. If you register before March 2, there is an additional early bird discount and you can also change your camp date or location at any time through May 1 for no fee. If you sign up for more than one week of camp, a further multi-week discount can be stacked on top of everything.
For my Bay Area readers, why not get a head start on learning the Galileo way by exploring “Destination San Francisco” before the summer even starts? I sometimes take for granted that I live in one of the greatest cities in the world and don’t explore it as much with my kids as I might other cities when we travel. We are going to make it our mission to do more in our own backyard this spring and summer, and so should you!
As you drive, walk, or ride public transit around the Bay Area in the coming weeks with your kids, take the printable card below featuring some San Francisco landmarks and sights with you. Encourage your child to be on the lookout for things on the list. When you pass a landmark on your list, have your child mark it off. Discuss what makes that landmark special to San Francisco. This is a great time for discussing history, art, architecture, geography, and more, while your little ones can learn all about their home city in the process. Can you spot everything on the list before summer vacation starts?
Be sure to visit the Galileo page and when you sign up for camp, enter the code 2015INNOVATE to take $30 off. Remember: early-birds who register before March 2nd get an additional discount and multi-week discounts are available as well.
This post has been sponsored by Galileo summer camps. All opinions are my own. My daughter attended Camp Galileo last summer at my family’s expense.