Calling all 4th Graders
While we love American Main Streets we are also big fans of all the amazing outdoor wonders and cool historical sites the good ole USA has to offer as well. And if you happen to be a 4th grader right now you can enjoy all the amazing national parks our country has to offer FREE! Just follow the link below, participate in a short and fun online activity and you have your 365 day pass to explore. This pass isn't only good for the fourth grader in your crew but any other kids under 16 accompanying them and up to three adults. Grandma, time for a road trip!
While you are out and about exploring another great tool we've used with some of our mini-Main Streeters and one staff member who will literally watch any historical documentary - literally any - is a great app from the history channel that allows you to find history close by. Aptly named (pun intended) History Here, this free app let's you pull up historical sites around you, gives info which is not just a link to wikipedia, directions and the ability to share these spots with friends. Great to to maximize any road trip with kiddos or history obsessed cubicle buds.
For a low tech option to keep the kiddos engaged and chronicle family memories we are obsessed with the 50 states journal we carry. We love this American made journal and it's quirky facts, maps, trivia and ways to record special memories. We love the education aspect and love that kids get to record their specials thoughts about the trip. Makes us long for the station wagon journeys of our youth.
And lastly for those who love a scientific reason to justify a good road trip we recommend the thought provoking book "Last Child in the Woods" which discusses the impacts of kids spending more time indoors than out. Book includes action steps to take in your own community and daily lives. Getting those 4th graders into National Parks for free would certainly qualify!
Happy road trippin', and share some pics!
- Tina Beattie