Being a busy mom often isn’t conducive to teaching kids culture. For me, a visit to the museum, especially when the kids were younger, became a visit to the playground if you consider all the running around that went on during those visits. Eventually as I continued along my motherhood journey, I discovered ways to sneak in the culture little by little, with fun excursions and outings, or perhaps just with the computer at home, by visiting a site with rich cultural info to read.
Start by taking a walk in your local community to see some great statues, and other artwork. Here in Milwaukee, my hometown, we have some cool art right downtown. There’s a great “sunburst” as it’s referred to right at the end of Wisconsin Avenue which leads to our beautiful lakefront area. There’s also statues scattered throughout our city of different varieties ranging from military themes to community leaders.
Who needs Broadway? Why not support a local theater group in your community and take the troops to see a good play or musical by way of your community theater group, or perhaps a high school or middle school production? We’ve done this, followed by my kids becoming inspired to come home then write and perform their own play for our immediate family.
Local Art Studios
I’m work at a place where many types of artists ranging from writers like myself, to painters, jewelry artists, and more are employed. A couple of these folks have their own studios. I’ve gotten the kids packed up for a trip to the art studio for a visit. A painter friend of mine always has interesting paintings in process, lying around This gives the kids an eyeful of artistic surroundings which they can be moved within from and positively influenced by.
Without a doubt, there’s a few historical sites for the kids to visit in your community. We actually have one right in our neighborhood which we walk the dog through regularly. It has lots of posted information along the pathways which help to explain the history of the site we’re visiting. If you’re in a larger town, you’ll likely have numerous historical sites to choose from.
I’ve spent countless hours doing free cultural activities like these. The greatest aspect of the whole thing is that the kids really don’t know their learning something. They’re just enjoying themselves on a fun trip.
Source: Personal Experience