Parents Surviving Summer: Keep your kids’ minds sharp!

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - School's almost out for summer vacation, but that doesn't mean the learning has to stop.

It's important to keep kids thinking and learning whether it be improving on skills they already have or this could be the perfect time to learn something new!

At New Earth Farms in Virginia Beach, they're all about teaching kids how to cook fresh, healthy food.

They are a sustainable farm dedicated to producing high quality, all-natural food and educating the public about healthy, seasonal and sustainable food.

New Earth Farm hosts kids classes that begin with a tour of the gardens including a visit with the sheep, lambs, chickens, ducks, rabbits and our other farm animals.

From there, they harvest and prepare their own meal all from the farm they just toured.

For more information, check out their website. 

Another great educational summer activity, the Children's Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth.

"We offer educational programming thats hidden in really fun times," says Evelyn Cunningham, museum educator. "From art to science to math... it's something unique and different every time."

Starting Memorial Day, they'll be open seven days a week. They're hosting a number of summer camps that you can sign your kids up for or you can just stop in and check it out any time you want.

Tickets are $10 and they're open until 5 p.m. every night.

And just because schools out doesn't mean kids should stop reading.

Public libraries all over Hampton Roads, including Norfolk Public Libraries, have summer reading programs for kids of all ages.

"If you don't read during the summer you experience something called the summer slide," says Lisa Robinson, the Youth Services coordinator at Norfolk Public Libraries. "That's what were trying to avoid so when they move on to the next level they're ready to go."

All you have to do is sign up online or at any Norfolk Public Library, start reading and tracking your minutes and then you can earn some awesome prizes.

Most schools in the area provide summer reading lists as suggestions for what your kids should be reading this summer. The libraries have those lists ready for you, along with almost any book your kids could want.

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