How to Work Museums Into Kids' Summers
Teach your cubs something—and make sure they, and you, actually enjoy it
By Michael Foreman,  Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2008 7:36 AM CDT
A girl enjoys a dip at the swimming pool. Plan indoor events later in the season when the summer novelty has worn off.   ((c) AndrewEick)
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(Newser) – For kids, summer means endless hours at the pool—but parents don't want them to grow up culturally underfed cretins, either. Emily Bazelon offers Slate readers a few suggestions for turning a summer museum trip into an outing the young'uns (and you) will actually enjoy:

  • Keep it simple. Kids have short attention spans and hate to walk for hours.
 

  • Plan indoor events later in the season when the summer novelty has worn off.
  • Get interactive with museum activities like workshops and treasure hunts.
  • ... or organize your own. Pull some postcards from the gift shop and track down those works of art.  
  • Take one child at a time. It's easier on your nerves, and each kid gets a tailor-made experience.