The city of Rochester is full of kid-friendly activities that not only provide you and your family with plenty of summer fun, but also help to keep your child’s mind actively engaged even though school is not in session. The following are destinations that we here at Tutor Doctor of WNY have truly enjoyed learning from, and we hope you and your family will do the same!
With children under the age of 19 free, the Corning Museum of Glass is a great family destination. The museum has exhibits detailing the history of glass with plenty of beautiful examples of glasswork mixed with the science of glass making. Make sure to see some of the live glassmaking demos put on throughout the day, which are included in your admission cost. For an extra fee, you and your family can make your own glass piece of take home with you. The museum is a great way to show children the way science, history, and art are all interconnected.
One of the largest living history museums in the country, the Genesee Country Village & Museum brings together historic buildings and interpreters to give you and your family a truly unique view of history. The museum prides itself on being hands-on, giving you and your child the opportunity to play period games, make crafts, and touch farm animals. The museum also offers plenty of special events, including 19th century baseball games staged on Saturdays and Sundays, a War of 1812 encampment on June 25th and 26th, a Civil War reenactment on July 9th and 10th, and Laura Ingalls Wilder Days on August 6th and 7th. Your family can easily spend the entire day enjoying the spacious grounds at the museum, so make a day of it!
With fifty centuries of world art, the Memorial Art Gallery is a great destination for children who are interested in art or history. Inspire your child by giving them a sketchpad or by having them write stories about pieces of art that inspire them. The staff can also provide an art scavenger hunt to help keep children interested!
The entire family can find something to do at the Rochester Museum & Science Center. With exhibits ranging from the Underground Railroad and the Native Americans of Western New York to optics and the weather, there are plenty of hands-on attractions to keep kinesthetic learners engaged. Opening June 15th is an exhibit about energy called Energize It, and is described as a “multi-sensory, highly physical experience”. Also of interest is the Planetarium, which hosts spectacular star shows, giant-screen films, or laser shows daily.
For music-lovers, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra offers performances all summer. On July 9th at 7:30, the orchestra will be performing the music of John Williams at the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, and children under 12 are free!
A trip to the zoo is both fun and educational for children, as they get to learn about different animals and habitats. The Seneca Park Zoo has plenty of animals from all over the world to delight your family. To enjoy the Zoo after dark, head out to Night at the Zoo, which runs from 6 to 8:30 on June 23rd, July 21st, and August 11th and includes live entertainment, a children’s storyteller, crafts, games, face painting, and more! The Zoo also offers a Family Overnight experience on July 29th and August 27th, and with kids costing only $30, it’s an experience not to be missed. You and your family enjoy a nocturnal tour of the Zoo and a pre-opening morning tour as well, to get a glimpse of the animals in a way you’ve never seen them before! To make any trip to the Zoo more educational, supplement your trip with writing or other creative activities. To encourage reading in younger children, find books about their favorite animals.
Open seven days a week, the Strong National Museum of Play is a delight for children of all ages, although the focus is on children twelve and under. Most of the exhibits are totally hands-on, including a Sesame Street exhibit and One History Place, which allows you to step into life in the early 1900s. On June 18th the new exhibit Five Friends from Japan opened, which allows children to explore the similarities and differences between contemporary Japanese and American children’s lives.
There are many more things to do in Rochester and the surrounding areas. What do you and your family do to keep learning happening over the summer?