Smarter Summer

Help your kids ditch summer brain drain with live entertainment.

Summer Brain Drain is Real. A few months off school leads to kids losing a big chunk of what they learned the year before. To help them avoid this setback, we've pulled together a hand-picked list of live events that'll get kiddos’ brains engaged, but with a big emphasis on fun.
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Math skills slip by two months every summer.

Friends of Smarter Summer

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Peggy O’Brien

“The cultural experiences that surround us in a big city are the best summertime classroom a kid could ask for.” — Peggy O’Brien, director of education for the Folger Shakespeare Library and former chief of family and public engagement for D.C. public schools

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Neil Patrick Harris

“My kids start kindergarten this year, but live entertainment is already a big part of their lives. It helps keep them sharp and creative, which is why I love Goldstar’s Smarter Summer campaign so much and encourage other parents to really get their children engaged.” — Neil Patrick Harris, actor (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Gone Girl”)

O’Brien’s Tips for Turning a Live Event Into a Real-Life Classroom

  1. Tips 1
    Before you go: Have everyone write down three words they think will describe the experience.
  2. Tips 2
    On the way home: Look at the three words to see if they lived up to expectations, and add three more words that describe what it was really like.
  3. Tips 3
    You and the kids should answer the following: What were the two things you noticed and observed and why? What are two things that you wished had happened, but that didn’t?
  4. Tips 4
    Google reviews on the event and ask the kids if they agree or disagree with them.
  5. Tips 5
    If questions come up during your conversations, do even more research to keep the learning going.