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5 Fun Ways to Avoid Summer Brain Drain in Indy

Penguins 3D at IMAX TheaterHave you heard of summer brain drain? With a long 10 weeks between the last day of school and the first day of the new school year, kids are at risk of sliding back in their education. The first month of school ends up focusing on a review to catch them up again before moving onto new material.

Schools attempt to combat the summer slide with online programs, summer classes, and homework packets for kids to complete throughout the break. But here in Indianapolis, we have several educational opportunities disguised as family fun. If you can keep kids learning without them ever noticing, you’ll have a much better summer.

Here are 5 awesome ways to keep education front and center in your summer fun.

IMAX Documentaries: The new Penguins 3D movie adventure opens next week at the Indiana State Museum’s IMAX theater. It will be shown all summer as a double feature with an extended release of Lemurs of Madagascar. Both are a educational, documentaries told in as a fun adventure kids will love to see in 3D.

Children’s Museum Science Works: There’s really nothing about the Children’s Museum your kids won’t love — and they’ll learn something in every section! The real meat is in Science Works, where kids can explore water, health & fitness, and take classes in the lab.

Live Animal Shows: The Indianapolis area is lucky to have a slew of animal entertainers. Silly Safaris, Indiana Jim, and Snakehead Ed are a few of our favorites. You can catch their performances to interact with and learn about a variety of animals all summer. Check with your local library and parks departments for shows.

Conner Prairie: Immerse your kids in history and farm animals at Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana. You can even take hands-on classes with the Conner Kids Club. Plus, the all-new, interactive Discovery Station opens this week.

Summer Reading Programs: Public libraries and book stores throughout the Indianapolis area are offering reading programs for kids. With fun incentives like ice cream, museum tickets, and free books, kids can keep their reading skills sharp all summer. I’ve even challenged my own kids to write book reviews to sharpen writing skills and help their siblings choose new books each week.