As many school districts are announcing plans to conduct classes online this fall, Discover Dunwoody is providing experiences for families that plan to go “road schooling” and take an “edu-vacation” to the city located just above Atlanta. During their visit, students can apply what they are learning through a variety of safe, fun and unexpected experiences that the whole family will enjoy.
“While online learning can be difficult, it also provides the opportunity to explore the world outside the classroom, and we want to work with parents to provide experiences for their children that will be remembered forever,” said Kimberly Franz, marketing director for Discover Dunwoody. “Dunwoody is the perfect location for a trip full of learning and fun, and we are confident our city can provide excitement and inspiration for kids and parents alike!”
With plenty of local educational activities and just a short drive away from attractions in Atlanta such as Zoo Atlanta and The Georgia Aquarium, Dunwoody provides the opportunity for students to take their learning to another level with real-life applications. Whether students are studying different cultures around the world, the science behind plants and animals or the importance of art and creativity, the destination offers something for every grade level.
Dunwoody offers activities that will enhance online learning in a variety of subjects, including:
- Science and Nature -- With seven parks and more than 180 acres of green space, there are plenty of opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the world they are learning about. Dunwoody Nature Center offers activities that align with the curriculum for pre-k through fifth-grade students, with corresponding worksheets on its website that will teach them about nature. From identifying different plants and having an insect scavenger hunt to learning about Native American life and sustainability, students won’t be bored seeing real-life examples of their material. Brook Run Park also provides 110-acres of outdoor space for recess time with a large children’s playground, a two-mile multi-use trail loop and a community garden.
- Art -- Students will be inspired and have their creativity sparked at the Spruill Center for the Arts. Here, families can find something for all ages and interests, ranging from performing arts to glassblowing and painting. There is also a virtual exhibition that is perfect for more advanced art students that are looking to expand their knowledge.
- History and Culture -- Dunwoody is home to many restaurants that offer authentic cuisine from around the world. Families can follow along the Dunwoody Market Trail to experience different cultures and learn about the traditions and tastes of other countries, like Alon’s Bakery & Market, reminiscent of specialty markets in Europe, where visitors can watch their pastries and sandwiches be prepared right in front of them. Then, they can head to E. 48th Street Market for authentic Italian fare that includes fresh pasta dishes and house-made sausages. Finally, parents and students will be transported to Greece when they make a stop by Zukerino, the neighborhood bakery owned by Greek natives that serves up true Grecian goods with their fresh baklava and spanakopita. Families can also explore Donaldson-Bannister Farm, a charming farmhouse built in 1870 with a deep history that is sure to be a treat for those learning about United States history.
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