There is one question that parents are always asking us: “What kinds of experiences should I as a parent be sure to provide to my kids while they are growing up?”
I sat down Jedd & Janelle Schroy, Co-Founders of the Adventure Clubs app, as I wanted to find hear firsthand their thoughts about this question. Having sold over 100,000 experiences (“adventures” they are called on the app), they know a thing or two what kids love and what they need.
Definitely CREATIVE experiences too, ones that allow kids to get fully messy and have all five senses engaged. That might include visual arts, performing arts. Visual arts might be activities such as as painting, sewing, crafting, woodworking—any kind of visual arts that allows kids to show self-expression and experiment with color and texture. Performing arts might be theater shows, musicals, puppets, all kinds of performances. Kids need to be both on the audience side of experiencing creative arts and the performing side of building their confidence and stretching their creative capacity through performing.
There’s a variety of other kinds of experiences related to SOCIAL EDUCATION, which sounds vague, but I’m talking about language and speech development, social understanding of manners and culture, geography, what people do for jobs, and that sort of thing. There’s so much fun we can have showing our kids how to appreciate our military and community helpers, and how to navigate social contexts.
Toni de Beer is the social media director for Adventure Clubs. As such, she oversees content for 6 Instagram feeds (our official feed, plus 5 city-focused feeds), our main Facebook page, 5 city-focused Facebook groups, our Twitter feed and our Pinterest page. In addition to working with our content creation team, Toni also ensures that every person who has a question or comment about Adventure Clubs gets a great answer (hence this interview!).