How To Beat Summer Brain Drain

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Summer time is here and that means parents all over are trying to figure out ways to keep their kids active physically and mentally. I’ve been guilty of letting my daughter camp out in front of the television and I’ve vowed that from this point forward, her television time will be limited. Instead, we’re going to beat summer brain drain with these fun activities from the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry’s Summer Brain Games.

beat summer brain drain

What exactly is summer brain drain? Well, research shows that kids can lose one to three months of learning over the summer and call it “summer brain drain.” Instead of losing all the valuable learning they did during the school year, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) created the Summer Brain Games as a great way to keep kids thinking and learning over the summer in a fun and engaging way. With all the fun activities, your kids won’t even realize they are learning!

To be a part of MSI Summer Brain Games, all you need to is register online. Once you do that, you’ll receive a voucher good for a FREE Museum Entry at MSI this summer. They’ll then send you a weekly email with tips on each experiment and additional ways to play with science. And, each week, one lucky winner will receive a household membership to MSI to experience a whole YEAR of science. How great is that?

One of my daughter’s favorite activities was actually from last year. A few weeks ago while she was in Ohio, she had the opportunity to go out on my brother-in-law’s boat. When she came back from her weekend trip, all she could talk about was Nick getting a sunburn, Dave being the “captain” and that she had to wear a life jacket. Wanting to tie into her real life experience, we decided to learn about buoyancy (though we didn’t call it that, for a three year old it’s more about sinking things). The experiment was really easy to do and what’s great is the MSI website offered a video and downloadable instructions of the activity just in case we didn’t know what we were doing. 🙂

MSI Summer Brain Drain Buoyancy


The next activity that we’re going to do is also from last year, Make Your Own Ice Cream. After starting out July with temperatures in the 60’s, I think summer has really arrived this time! That means old fashioned ice cream. I’ve never tried this before and know that my daughter will get a kick out of it. Tying science together with eating? Sounds like the perfect summer brain drain activity to me.

MSI Summer Brain Drain Make Your Own Ice Cream


Visit now to register for the Summer Brain Games and download your FREE Summer Brain Games kit.


The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is giving away one East 9th Street winner a Family Four Pack (valued at $76) which includes tickets to the MSI.

All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what your favorite activity is to beat summer brain drain! For a bonus entry, follow MSI on Twitter.  Leave me a comment below with your Twitter name  and don’t forget your email address so I can get in contact with you if you win!

Giveaway is open to US residents age 18 or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway ends July 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm CST.  Good luck!

The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is offering a fun and free online science program called Summer Brain Games. The eight-week program lasts from June 17, 2013-August 12, 2013 and features a weekly experiment or science challenge that can easily be performed at home with kids of all ages.

Visit now to register for Summer Brain Games and download your free Summer Brain Games kit. As an added bonus, registering automatically gets you a pass to come to the Museum for free this summer.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

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  1. Lauren Isbell says:

    We are reading every night!

  2. Leslie bishop says:

    Fun with family

  3. Emily T says:

    exploring waterways via kayak (it wouldn’t let me just type kayaking so hoping this is a long enough response, lol)

  4. We visit our local library once a week and my daughter is in their summer reading program. She loves it!

  5. I follow @msichicago on Twitter!
    wenmun at aol dot com

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