Scientific Ireland at Birr Castle Demense

Birr Castle

When families vacation in Ireland they often stick to the coastal regions or Dublin for the history, scenery and liveliness of the area.  Few who visit Ireland realize that some of the most important discoveries in our galaxy were made from the grounds of Birr Castle in County Offaly. Science at Birr Castle Demense Birr … Read more

A Day Trip to Old Sturbridge Village

My family loves day trips.  We get a chance to break out of routine, escape for the day and usually recharge our batteries. Over Veteran’s Day weekend we took a day trip to Old Sturbridge Village  in Massachusetts.  OSV is a living history museum comprised of over 50 buildings from the period of 1790 through … Read more

Enrichment Cruises: Fun For All the Family

Cunard Queen Elizabeth liner

An emerging new trend in cruising holidays is that of so-called “enrichment cruises”. In addition to the luxury of relaxing, dining and sightseeing expected from a cruise, enrichment cruises offer passengers lectures, demonstrations and classes; often with renowned professionals and experts giving talks or instruction and sometimes even celebrities. Many are now enjoying the opportunity … Read more

Lifelong Learning As Life Brings Changes

We fell into a commitment to lifelong learning when we started out as a homeschooling family back in 2003. My husband and I decided that our oldest wasn’t really ready to deal with full day kindergarden, which was the only option in our district. We had a hard time picturing our active and inquisitive boy … Read more