Whether you are one of the increasing number of people who home-school their children, or if you are just planning your summer holidays, going on an educational holiday is the perfect way to enhance your children’s’ learning. Seeing the places, and being able to actually touch them makes it so much more interesting than just reading about them in a book. Here are 5 educational family holiday ideas to inspire your next getaway.
History Lesson in Rome
There are more than 2,000 years of history that you can study in the exciting city of Rome.
The Colosseum was a battleground for gladiators. The Forum was used as a market place and for conducting businesses. The Pantheon was built as a temple and has a number of tombs inside the structure. St Peter’s Basilica is the centre piece of the Vatican and the governing body of the Roman Catholic Church resides in it. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is a masterpiece of art and architecture.
If you want a break from explaining everything to your children, you can hire a guide to change things up a bit. It’s especially useful to have a guide for looking around the main attractions in Vatican City because they can get queue jumps and provide you with insider information. The Trevi Fountain is a beautiful and stunning fountain, which you and your family can throw pennies in and make wishes. No journey to Rome is complete unless you have visited all of these places.
Appreciate Architecture in Barcelona
Barcelona is a stunning city with various cultures, beautiful architecture and amazing cuisine. Some of the places to check out are La Sagrada Família which is an Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family and it was designed by Antoni Gaudi. His inspiration may have come from the holy mountain Montserrat. Torre Agbar is a cucumber shaped tower that shimmers in the night in vibrant shades of blue and red. Palau de la Música Catalana is a modernistic concert hall which was initially built for the Orfeo Català musical society.
Study Theology In Ankor Wat
Angkor Wat was built by King Suryavarman II and it is considered an abode of the ancient Gods. The site measures up to 162.6 hectares and it is the largest religious temple complex monument in the world. It is famous for Apsaras, (Heavenly Nymphs) and there are more than 3000 apsaras here. Angkor Thom, built by King Jayavarman VII, has 54 gothic towers with more than 11000 sculpted figures. Kbal Spean is known as River of a Thousand Lingas which means “bridgehead” in reference to the natural rock bridge at this site. Banteay Srei, Citadel of the Women, has elaborate carvings and almost every inch of the structure is covered with them.
Learn How To Save Sea Turtles in Costa Rica
Volunteering to protect the Leatherback, Hawksbill and Green turtles in Costa Rica is a fabulous learning experience. You can travel to Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica, help protect these species, and learn more about this region’s rain forests and its eco system. Your family can help with the rescue and monitoring of the turtle population, and you’ll be able to get some brilliant photos.
Learn About Animals in Africa
The Okavango Delta is in Botswana is filled with long channels, stunning scenery, pristine lagoons and wild dense islands. The delta is a prominent water source for the Kalahari Desert and plenty of animals are seen near the water resources. Many Elephants, Lions, Hyenas, Hippos and other animals frequent the delta. If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, you can head east to Mozambique where you can experience the interesting culture and way of life in the uncommercialised areas.