It can be very challenging to inspire a love of learning when it comes to your children. Half of the battles of their early years are getting them to have any form of motivation whatsoever in terms of school and classes, and the savvy parent is always on the lookout for ways to change that. The good news is that there are a huge variety of activities that you can either do with your children or send them off to accomplish by themselves, that may be the key to unlocking their motivation and giving them a better future. Gauging the interests of your children and tailoring an experience based on what they enjoy is the best way to inspire the next generation. Here’s how to make learning a little more fun.

Museum sleepovers

What better way to make the museum a space filled with magic and mystery than by spending the night in one? It’s much easier to inspire an interest in history, science, or archeology when you’re surrounded by it. There are museums all around the world that are recognizing the benefits of opening their doors after dark, and many even have events that go with the sleepover. Film showings, guided tours, and talks by specialists are all becoming increasingly common. A night watching the right Indiana Jones film while surrounded by the artifacts and relics of the past couldn’t sound more fun. Remember, if your local museum doesn’t yet allow for sleepovers, then perhaps it’s time that you started arranging the first one.

Go to an escape game

At first look, the increasing popularity of escape rooms and games has come out of nowhere to become one of the most popular activities for friends, families, and work colleagues. That’s not really true though, because escape games have been a long-standing presence in human history. From labyrinths to video games, escape rooms can encourage and inspire a number of educational interests. Take some time to learn about escape room history, so that when you’re on the journey there or even on the way back, you can introduce parallels between the escape room experience and mythologies like the Minotaur and Theseus. When it comes to getting your child mentally prepared for group projects at school, escape rooms can be very productive and effective, so it’s worth checking to see how close your nearest one is.

Embracing the strange

You might think that visiting the very weirdest and strangest of attractions is a bit of harmless fun, but something that has very little in the way of educational worth. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Showing young people that even the strangest of hobbies can be legitimized and given a value in the world can make them realize that their own ambitions and hobbies are not a waste of time or energy. As a confidence booster, that can be priceless, and the benefit will be seen in the classroom as a result. It’s not like you’re going to run out of options, and from toilet seat art to a house made of newspaper, there’s plenty of strange and fun sights to visit that will excite your child’s enthusiastic mind.

Sitting at a desk and staring out of the window is not the best way to learn, and if that’s your only memory of school, then you probably agree. Getting out and about in the world can work wonders when it comes to motivating your children, and anything that gets their brains stimulated can be nothing but positive. Tailor your fun to their own interests, and you might just end up with a star pupil.