Kids Can Avoid Summer Brain Drain At The County Museum

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– A series of informal programs at the San Bernardino County Museum will help kids “Avoid Summer Brain Drain” this summer. Activities are included with paid museum admission. No reservations are required, and the whole family is invited.

“The museum is sponsoring Avoid Summer Brain Drain to make summer fun and productive for all ages,” said Jolene Redvale, the museum’s curator of education. “When children participate in summer activities that engage their brains through creativity and active thinking, they retain more of what they learn in school and are better prepared for the new school year.”

Programs will be held every Wednesday and Saturday through July 31 from 11 am to 4 pm; Fridays from June 28 to August 2from 11 am to 4 pm; and Sundays June 30, July 14 and July 28 from 1 pm to 4 pm.

In general, activities are chosen by staff and volunteers on the day of the program. Among the activities are arts and crafts with different media, observation of local birds, science, history, active games, and board games. Some specific activities are already on the calendar:

  • Leatherworks: History & Activity, on Wednesdays July 17 and 27, from 11 am to 4 pm, sponsored by the Tandy Leather Company of San Bernardino.
  • History at Work and Play, on July 10, July 19, July 26 and July 31, from 9 am to noon. See what housekeeping was like in the 1880s! Try candle making and playing with traditional toys. Catch a glimpse into life before electricity and video games. These activities are outdoors.

“Keep your brain active!” said Redvale. “Find personal talents, enjoy fun and creative activities, make memories, and learn something new.” Visitors can call the museum at (909) 307-2669 after 10:30 a.m. to find out the activity of the day.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. General admission is $8 (adult), $6 (military or senior), $5 (student), and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Effective July 1, general admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sb countymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.

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