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Give Your Girls A Cultural Experience In Half Term

February 16, 2012 by  
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A recent survey commissioned by Visit Birmingham has stated that 17% of children have never been to a museum and staggering four in ten children have never been in an art gallery in their entire lives, and with this survey covering children ages 5 to 12 years old this seems an incredibly high proportion of children that are missing out on some of the best culture that this country has to offer.

If there is one effective way to encourage your children to get involved in learning and to support the knowledge they are gaining in the classroom it is to take them to cultural and historical points of interest and show an interest yourself.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Though I have never been a great one for history, my eight year old daughter has recently had to complete a project for school all about Henry VIII.

As I say, history has never been my strong point which meant I had to research the subject on the Internet before I could even talk to my daughter about the subject, but as part of the project we were advised to take our children to a museum of historical relevance.

We chose Hampton Court Palace, and I have to say it was one of the most enjoyable days out I have had with my kids. Not only did my daughter see history come alive in front of her and couldn’t wait to get home and write her experiences into her project, but even my six year old sons were completely enraptured by the entire experience, with one of my sons still wanting to discuss elements from the trip at our bedtime chat – even two months on!

Though places like Hampton Court can be expensive there are many ways to reduce the cost of such trips or even to go for free. There are an amazing amount of offers and deals available, Tesco Clubcard points can be invaluable and most of the best places to take children in London are free to enter. A day spent going around the National History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert will cost you nothing, they even have places allocated so that you can eat your packed lunch in comfort. But such an experience can work wonders, not only for your children but also for us adults. It’s amazing how much we have forgotten that, with just a gentle nudge, enables us to share some fabulous experiences with our children that will not only develop your own relationships with your children but will also develop them as individuals and show them that learning can be fun.

We only have two days left of this half term, but why not commit to making sure you don’t become a statistic, get your coats on inject your family with some culture.

And when you get back, let us know all about it. Where did you go? What did you enjoy and what would you recommend. Or write a short article and we will post it on our site so that everyone can gain from your experience and stop this dreadful decline.