Traveling is one of those sneaky ways we can let kids learn
without them realizing they are learning.
As a mom who loves history, it's been a huge disappointment to
find that my kids don't necessarily share my joy over events that
happened long, long before they were born. Taking them to terrific
places like Colonial Williamsburg or the Alamo in the heart of San
Antonio is a great way to indulge my love of history without
leaving them bored out of their minds.
The Alamo-the spot where some of our greatest American folk
heroes held out for 13 days against a much larger force lead by
Mexican General Santa Anna--isn't quite as interactive as most kids
would like. But for $6.50, you can buy your kids a 20-page Alamo
Young Courier Program with activities such as a math worksheet that
lets them calculate how many shots a soldier can shoot with his
Or you can just wander around the place for free, checking out
the displays and listening to the history talks that happen on the
hour and the half hour. Since admission to the Alamo is free, if
the kids can't take more than an hour, you can leave and head over
to the Riverwalk, where there's more history and culture on display
in a less historical context. Best of all, you can jump on board a
boat for a leisurely ride up the river. It's not free, but it's
always a kid pleaser.
If you want to experience San Antonio for yourself with your
kids, enter our contest to win
a family vacation to this cool Texas spot.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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