March 20, 2013
Add Some History to Spring Travel
My parents are history buffs; which meant that my sister and I spent many vacations trudging through battlefields and visiting random historical landmarks. At the time, we were not especially appreciative but, looking back, I am glad for the experience. Here are some tricks for making visits to historical landmarks both educational and fun.
- Visit sites they are studying in school. While I grumbled about the trips, I did find it easier to grasp history when I had actually visited the places I was studying.
- Find living history museums. These offer kids a hands-on, live experience of history that can be fascinating and lead to a better appreciation of life today. One of the largest is Colonial Williamsburg but you can find them throughout the US and around the world
- Read fiction books of live in the era and or location you are visiting. The Magic Treehouse books are great for this – Jack and Annie have visited time periods through out history and around the world.
- Play the part of a tourist and take a tour centered around an interesting aspect of the destination (Harry Potter themed tours in London or ghost tours, etc)
- Let kids help with the planning.
- Allow time for fun. Many historical sites are part of large state or national parks – give the kids time to play in the park as well as visit the site.
What are your tips and favorite historical destinations?