We force our kids to take Spanish lessons. We drag them to museums to learn about French impressionist artists and we encourage them to read "Fancy Nancy" just to get a few French words into their blossoming vocabularies.
But we've found that the best way for our kids to understand the world is to feed it to them, to let them play in it and to help them love it instead of making them learn from books, worksheets and classes.
Take them here King Spa Sauna
Why In this massive traditional Korean sauna, children are invited to relax along with the adults. Older kids will love this place (there's not much to do for children under age 8 or 9) because you basically walk around from sauna to sauna. Discuss how the salt room makes your body feel, and then run from the hot sauna into the ice room and back again. There are Jacuzzis, shower areas and movie rooms with continual movies being played day and night (it's open 24/7).
Make them squeal Take a break for a little Korean food at the small cafeteria-style restaurant and grab some shaved ice for dessert. It's a full Korean immersion here.
Details 809 Civic Center Drive, Niles, (847) 972-2540, kingspa.com