An article from the Institute of Museum and Library Services points out that students can lose up to 2 1/2 months worth of learning over the summer holiday if they do not read or participate in other educational activities. The article sites several initiatives libraries and museums across the nation are undertaking to help parents engage their kids during the summer months. Reading clubs are popular in libraries, and several have tied their reading program in with a local museum, so kids earn free admission to the museum through the number of books they read. Many museums offer day camps and other learning activities to kids throughout the summer.
History museums have a wide range of opportunities to engage kids. Consider partnering with your local library and starting a day camp program – or even an afternoon program if day camp seems too daunting – to engage kids and build relationships with their parents that will last all year long.