Teaching kids from a young age about other cultures, unfamiliar traditions and heritages different from their own is paramount in their young education. Not only does this cultivate their curiosity about the world, inspire wanderlust and an eagerness to learn, but it also helps shape their character to be understanding for other people who may look, sound or act different than them.
The Red Trunk Project is a growing organization looking to better children’s understanding of the world around them through fun and interactive lessons. In order to build a red trunk, a team of anthropologists, educators, photographers, art curators, videographers, ethnographers and experts throughout the archive field explore different destinations around the globe. On each trip, experts collect key items to bring back to be added to a red trunk of that chosen destination. From audio and video to bowls, handmade toys and household items, each box tells a story about another culture.
Each red trunk consists of tangible items from somewhere around the world and a curated lesson plan and ethnography lesson on one specific destination. Once the trunk is filled with items specific to one culture, the box is replicated into different languages and shipped and shared with young students all over the world.
Schools and groups then receive the curated box and go through its contents together, sifting through the different items while learning all about a new culture with hands-on artifacts and fun activities.
Once the class fully explores the red trunk, they pack it up and ship it back, but can stay connected to the destination online and through the program’s app. Still in its development phase, the Red Trunk Project is an organization on the rise looking to change our classrooms one shipment at a time.
Much like a box subscription, schools and groups will be able to choose how many boxes they would like to receive each year or quarter. Check out the site for more information and ways to get involved and help spread the word.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.