Adventures in Summer Learning
Posted 05/22/2019 01:28AM

Learning isn't over once school is out!

Summer is a great time for all kinds of learning opportunities for kids. Your kids are sure to enjoy many carefree days playing outside, swimming at the pool, visiting local beaches and “just being a kid.” But to keep up with their academic progress, plan some FUN trips to your public library, a neighborhood park, MOSI and other great destinations in our area. Here are some other fun family-friendly adventures to enjoy around Tampa Bay.

Tampa Riverwalk
Tampa Riverwalk is a 2.4 mile walkable, bikable, Segway-able path loaded with fun, culture, and learning adventures.

Sunsets at Pier 60
Gather the family and head out for the nightly sunset celebration at Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach. This free, family-friendly event begins two hours before sunset and features artisans, crafters, and street performers. On Friday and Saturday evenings, a free family-friendly movie is played under the stars at the Sunset Cinema. June movies include: On the Basis of Sex (PG-13), Mulan (G), and Mary Poppins Returns (PG).

Call of the Wild
From zoo homes to natural habitats there are lots of options for amazing animal encounters in Tampa Bay, such as:

Hidden Gem Beaches
Looking for a quiet, less crowded alternative to Tampa Bay’s popular tourist beaches? Check out one of these world class beaches:

A Day at the Park

For those times when your child is going to be online, here are some fun websites to spark their creativity and keep their brains in gear!

ABCya! is a fun site for lots of great games and activities. There is a nice word cloud generator very similar to Wordle that creates nice-looking word clouds. The one-up ABCya! has over Wordle is that you may directly save your word cloud as a .jpg without any registration.

Loyal Books
Loyal Books (formerly Books Should be Free and Audio Owl) makes the world's public domain audio books available for browsing in a visual and easily searchable way. You can search for a specific title, or use the genre list to visually scan through hundreds of titles. Books may be previewed directly on the site, or you may download them directly into iTunes, or as zipped mp3 files. The downloads are broken into chapters. 

Story Jumper
Story Jumper is a wonderful site that allows children to create their very own books. You can create cover pages, add text, upload drawings or photos to illustrate your story, and you can use the Story Jumper clipart gallery, too. One of the best things about Story Jumper is that it is easy for teachers to create and assign student accounts. 

Science Bob
Science Bob is a fun, interactive site that has several different areas for kids to choose from. There are videos, experiments, science fair ideas and a research help link with many fantastic links to other sites. Don't forget to click on the "Whatever you do, DON'T CLICK HERE" button (or not). 

Interactive Simulations
From the University of Colorado at Boulder come some fantastic Java-based interactive simulations. From glaciers to natural selection to circuit construction, these simulations really show students how things work. 

Math Live
Math Live, a fantastic site for upper elementary students, is full of cartoon math tutorials on subjects like fractions, multiplication, area and perimeter, tessellations, probability, and a variety of other topics. The glossary section is an amazing collection of math concepts animated for more solid understanding. 

e-Learning For Kids
e-Learning For Kids is a great site with some wonderful interactive learning games that are engaging and fun. Students click on their grade and can then choose from a list of games divided into subjects.

SweetSearch is a safe searching site for students. Most search engines search billions of websites and return tens of millions of results; some are from reliable Web sites, some are not. SweetSearch searches only 35,000 websites that have been evaluated and approved by a staff of Internet research experts at Dulcinea Media, and its librarian and teacher consultants.