Brain Play: Smart Thinking For Kids & Families Up North

Posted by Beth Milligan | March 1, 2021

The pandemic posed numerous challenges to education in Michigan as schooling fluctuated between classroom, online, and hybrid options. Education became more of a challenge than ever. Children who study online miss their friends and personal interaction with their teachers. Learning becomes more difficult when the classroom looks like the living room or kitchen (because it is).

Fortunately, there are educational opportunities where hands-on learning, personal attention, exploring the outdoors, and making new friends can all offer welcome improvements. They offer personal attention or bring fantasies to life. You can safely enable real-life interaction between children and their friends, both old and new. Some even offer adult options (hello, lifelong learners).

In this week’s Northern Express – sister publication of The Ticker – writer Ross Boissoneau explores a variety of creative educational and learning opportunities for children and families in Northern Michigan. From the Cognition Science and Discovery Center in Beulah to TOPOnexus in Harbor Springs to the Experiential Ink pod school in Traverse City, the story shows numerous opportunities for children and adults to safely engage in “brain games” even during a pandemic.

The Northern Express is available to read online or get free at kiosk locations in 14 northern Michigan counties.

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