When it is time to take a family trip and want to have something quick to do and easy to get to, we often choose museums and gardens to visit. Located right off the freeway, the Texas Sculpture Garden is a perfect little adventure for the family and it’s located in one of my favorite spots to have a weekend getaway, Frisco Texas.
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Benefits of Visiting the Texas Sculpture Garden with Your Kids:
- Quality time with the family
- A school without the walls
- Museums can make your kids smarter
- The kids can be inspired
Quality Time With The Family
It is always difficult to sit and think of ways to carve out quality time with the family. However, going to a sculpture garden is a perfect way to spend time, spark conversations, and admire someone’s creativity
School Without The Walls
We are a homeschooling family, but even before we homeschooled we worked on fun trips to take the kids on that would be educational and fun.
This way they get to learn without always feeling like they are in learning mode.
Museums Can Make Your Kids Smarter
This goes along with the above but expands into life as well. Even if the kiddos are not loving the art that is being seen. It sparks them to have a verbal conversation about what they are thinking about the art.
They can also discuss what it is they do not like about the art and what they love. It will help them dream and be creative about their art and life.
The Kids Can Be Inspired
I can not tell you how many times I have seen the spark in my kiddos when we go to sculpture gardens. It led to many days of playdough, clay, and even paper mache sculptures.
We have even created exhibits at home.
Pack a Picnic
I always planned our trips to the museum for no longer than about 30 minutes while the kiddos were younger. A short amount of time was great for their attention span and just enough time to have them ask a bunch of questions after we left.
On the way home, we would choose a place to have a picnic lunch or snacks. I loved to pack shelf-stable things so I did not have to worry about them going bad. I would pack things like peanut butter and jelly, crackers, fruit, and juice boxes.
Why spend time on experiences?
It’s really important to remember that most kids do not grow up and become adults and think back with fondness over all the things you bought them over the years. That is not to say that we don’t look back and think of certain gifts, but it usually boils down to a few gifts, not every single one.
I can fondly remember my first mini-oven, first pair of boots, the doll that was handmade for me, and my first bike. A few other things trickle in with pictures but that is about it.
What they do remember is all the things you did together. I remember my first car ride across the country when I was five. The kids tell me they remember their first trips as well. I tried to make it fun and memorable along the way by stopping at landmarks, family houses, and parks along the way.
We would go to visit museums a few times a month just to let them explore. It was part of our family time and also a part of their education as well. There was a study that said that people enjoy experiences over material possessions.
If you happen to be in the Frisco Texas area, please take the time to check out some local Texas artists.