Great Vacations for Gifted Children

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If there is one thing we can say about gifted kids, it is that they love to learn. So why not incorporate an opportunity to learn in your next vacation? Here are some great vacations that can provide your child with some great learning opportunities.

Colonial Williamsburg
This is one of my very favorite places to visit. It is in Virginia, about 55 miles east of Richmond. It had been the capital of Virginia until the Revolutionary War and was a center of cultural and political activity.

Many buildings have been restored and employees of the historic site and the shops dress in colonial era clothing. It provides a wonderful opportunity to experience our past. You can even talk with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, at least with the men who portray them!

Space Camp
Space Camp is a perfect place for kids who love science, especially space science. Programs are available for children from ages 7 to 18, the younger ones needing to attend with a parent. Of course, advanced planning is required for the programs and there are no programs for the entire family. However, visiting the Space Center without participating in a program can still be a great trip for the family.

Sesame Place
Sesame Place is a large amusement park based, of course, on Sesame Street. If your child loves Sesame Street and all its resident characters, a visit to Sesame Place will be a big hit. While technically speaking, you might not consider a trip to Sesame Place educational, Sesame Street is known for promoting learning and supporting the love your child has for Sesame Street is a good thing.

Big Bird and Elmo make appearances around the park and your child can get a picture taken with them.

Renaissance Faires
Renaissance Faires exist all over the United States and in many countries across the globe. They all share an interest in bringing the Renaissance to life. Some of the faires represent the years during the reign of Henry the VIII and some during the reign of Elizabeth I. When you visit, you are likely to find the reigning Monarch traveling around the faire with an entourage of noble lords and ladies. Children can dress up in Renaissance style "garb," which makes the visit even more fun for them.

Smithsonian Museum
The Smithsonian Museum is made up of nineteen different museums located along the National Mall in Washington, D.C. These museums include the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. You can spend days exploring these museums.

What is your favorite place to visit?
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