Nothing stimulates curiosity like a good field trip. Fortunately, I’m part of a wonderful MOMS Club, and we schedule at least one field trip each month. This month, we took the kiddos to our local TV Station, Time Warner Cable’s Channel 3.
The children got to stand in front of the weatherman’s blue screen and do their own weather forecast. They got a kick out of seeing themselves on TV. They also got to see how the cameras and teleprompters worked. They visited the master control room and tried out the anchor desk. They even got to watch a local Sheriff tape a news segment.
While I highly recommend finding a local MOMS Club or similar group, you don’t necessarily need a group to schedule a field trip. Many places are more than happy to arrange a tour for a small group of moms with toddlers and preschoolers in tow.
Kirsten W. Larson used to work with rocket scientists at NASA. Now she writes books for curious kids. She’s the author of WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane, illustrated by Tracy Subisak (Calkins Creek, 2020), A TRUE WONDER: The Comic Book Her Who Changed Everything, illustrated by Katy Wu (Clarion, 2021); THE FIRE OF STARS: The Life and Brilliance of the Woman Who Discovered What Stars are Made of, illustrated by Katherine Roy (Chronicle, 2023), THIS IS HOW YOU KNOW, illustrated by Cornelia Li (Little, Brown, 2024) and THE LIGHT OF RESISTANCE, illustrated by Barbara McClintock (Roaring Brook, 2023) along with 25 other nonfiction books for kids. She's a geek, LEGO lover, and sock enthusiast. Find her at kirsten-w-larson.com or on Twitter/Instagram @KirstenWLarson.
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