Enrichment Ideas

Discover enrichment ideas for lifelong learning at home and abroad – including engaging classes, fun home projects, day trip recommendations, and experiential travel around the world.

A Girl’s Guide to the Women’s Suffrage Movement: Visiting the Susan B. Anthony House

by Adrienne Veglia Mazeau

Along with my quest to introduce more positive female role models (sorry Cinderella) we’ve been reading fabulous children’s books about the leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.  I know at nearly 5, the Bean is too young to […]

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Start the Training Early; 5 Tips to Enhance Early Education and Development

by Adrienne Veglia Mazeau

This back-to-school season, Kimberly-Clark and Colgate-Palmolive have partnered with HealthyChildren.org and Dr. Alanna Levine to provide moms with helpful tips to set their kids up for success as they head back to school, and Clever Girls Collective is joining in on the fun! To find […]

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Feeding Time at the Cleveland Aquarium

by Sandra Foyt

What is it about sharks and stingrays that casts a spell over even the most jaded teen? I practically had to drag my 16 and 13-year-olds into the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, while later it was almost impossible to tear them away from the ocean predators. […]

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Meerkats and Pachyderms at the Cleveland Zoo

by Sandra Foyt

Zoos are not my thing. Ever since I was peed on by a hippopotamus at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. as a young child, I’ve tried to avoid them. But as a parent, I’ve had occasion to visit many zoos around the US, and even around […]

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German Exchange Program Returns After a 10-Year Absence

by Sandra Foyt

Nothing beats travel for opening minds and expanding horizons, but after September 9/11 many Capital Region high schools cancelled educational tour programs – until now. This summer, students in the German Club at Columbia High School in East Greenbush will once again participate in the […]

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Enrich Family Vacations For All The Right Reasons

by Sandra Foyt

Combat brain drain while keeping the “fun” in summer trips. A recent U.S. News & World Report article on educational family vacations opens with the popular notion that teens have to be dragged kicking and screaming on family vacations. The author goes on to suggest ways […]

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Philadelphia’s US Mint Shows You The Money

by Gina Martin

On a recent road trip to Philadelphia with my family, I attended a behind-the-scenes sneak peek tour of the US Mint, the largest coin manufacturer in the world. The re-designed public tour, which is free, opens July 3, 2012. I was able to also go […]

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Travel Around the World with Michaels Passport to Imagination

by Beth

Imagine traveling around the world, but never leaving your neighborhood. For the second year, Michaels will be running a summer enrichment program centered around crafts. From June 19 to July 28, families can head to their local Michaels each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday to travel […]

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Library Summer Reading Programs: Dream Big READ

by Beth

Dreams of traveling often begin when children are young and reading books about far off places and spaces. Summer time is the perfect opportunity for children of all ages to sit back and read books that keep their brains active during the warm months. Libraries […]

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Brave (Disney) and Five Other Girl Power Princesses

by Adrienne Veglia Mazeau

One day my dreams will come, someday I’ll find my love….. and blah, blah, blah. You know the iconic songs of the earlier Disney Princess movies of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White where the sole purpose in the young princess’s life is to be […]

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