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By Marian Wilde , GreatSchools Staff
The holiday season is the perfect time to teach children about charity. During the winter months, parents can easily find volunteer opportunities for their children, from working in a local food bank to serving meals at a homeless shelter. Or, you and your child might decide to organize your own blanket or sock drive for the homeless. By encouraging your child to give of her time in this way you will be helping her to learn tolerance and empathy for people outside her usual sphere.
If you are searching for a fun and educational outing during vacation, check out one of the more than 200 children's museums found in cities across the United States. Child magazine conducted a survey to identify the 10 children's museums that do the best job of combining fun and learning. At the top of their list were the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the Children's Museum of Houston and the Children's Museum of Boston. These museums are known for hands-on activities ranging from working with dinosaur fossils to designing a roller coaster. Many of these museums offer special holiday programs.
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