While I do not have children of my own, I have a lot of friends who have children ranging in age from newborns to upper grades of elementary school. I also have a new godson, so I have been more intune to children lately. I am constantly amazed at how smart kids are these days – how much more they want to know about EVERYTHING. I don’t remember being that intelligent at those ages.
On a few recent visits to the Kenosha Public Museum with friends and their little ones, I felt like a contestant on the Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader show. The Field Station at the Kenosha Public Museum offers hands-on learning experiences for kids of all ages (and their adults counterparts, for that matter). From art to science, the Field Station has something for just about every age. Kids can open drawers and learn about animals, rocks, and weather. They can pick up binoculars to watch birds. They can make works of art or read about artwork. They can touch fossils and feathers, or play with building blocks. And guess what… it’s all free, right here in Downtown Kenosha.
On cold, snowy days the museum is a great place to have fun when being outdoors is a challenge. Or, on hot summer days the museum is a great place to cool off! There is almost always a volunteer in the Field Station to help answer questions and share knowledge, too. Every time I visit, I always learn something from one of the volunteers or one of the children hanging around!
So, if I had to honestly answer the question, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER?, I think I would have to say NO, I am not. These kids know so much about so much – and it is thanks to awesome places like the Kenosha Public Museum where learning new things is made to be fun.
Kenosha Public Museum
5500 First Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140