Though parents can’t give their children the world, as much as they may wish to, they can at least introduce their daughters to it. Make your daughter’s initial interactions with the world outside of her backyard positive ones by planning getaway trips with your impressionable youngster. The Midwest is filled with affordable attractions worth visiting that offer your daughter unique educational experiences. When next planning to venture away from home, consider some of these budget-friendly stops.
Henry Ford Museum
If you seek to raise an industrious and strong girl, make a stop at the Henry Ford Museum while out and about in the Midwest. This Dearborn, Mich., museum features display after display depicting the life and works of assembly line inventory Henry Ford. A trip to this museum will likely prove educational and inspirational as your daughter will see the impact one person can make upon what is today a trillion-dollar industry.
The American Girl Store
For a daughter who loves all things dolls, no Midwest adventure would be complete without a stop at the American Girl Store in Chicago. This destination retail establishment is entirely dedicated to the classic American Girl dolls, favorites among many young doll collectors. The store features myriad doll accessories along with some less-common features, including a café and a doll beauty salon. While in the city, you and your daughter can check out the array of Chicago attractions that fill the metropolis, making your trip an extensive and eventful one.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Pique your daughter’s curiosity with a stop at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This extensive museum is, by many accounts, beyond parallel. It features five levels filled with artifacts and displays designed to capture the interests of potentially fickle youngsters. Complete with a carousel and climbing wall, this museum has everything it takes to captivate even the most difficult-to-thrill child.
Tear your daughter away from her laptop and force her to leave her iPod in the car while stepping back in time with a visit to Iowa’s Amana Colonies. This attraction consists of a collection of historic villages in the Iowa River Valley. These colonial villages have been restored to their original grandeur and are now home to working artisans. Walking through the village streets, you can give your daughter a glimpse of a time that was paradoxically simpler and more difficult, potentially fostering in her an appreciation for how good she has it today.
Great Lakes Children’s Museum
If your daughter is a lover of the water, the Great Lakes Children’s Museum is the ideal vacation stop. This Traverse City, Mich., museum offers an array of hands-on activities for children, most of which center, appropriately enough, around water. During your stop, you’ll have the opportunity to help your daughter learn about the natural wonders that are the Great Lakes as well as see her delight in discovering things for herself while exploring the interactive displays that fill this children’s learning place.
By taking your daughter to some or all of these destinations, you can encourage her to be inquisitive, introduce her to the wonders of the world and, perhaps most importantly, spend quality time with her. Whether you visit only one of these destinations or instead make it your mission to explore all, you’ll certainly find your time well spent.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Danielle is thankful for weekends spent in the garage with her father when she was a teenager, especially since she was able to change a flat without help while on a road trip last summer. She blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands. Read her work at Eat Breathe Blog.
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