According to a recent study, when preparing to travel, 46% of parents research activities/experiences. To attract and engage with families, destinations, attractions, and cultural organisations offer activities and cultural programming specifically designed for children and their parents.
Storytelling is one of those experiences that these organisations provide to connect families with history, culture, and the world around them. In the last year and a half, digital storytelling has mostly driven that engagement as it promotes social distancing, and extends online learning to digital entertainment and virtual travel.
Learning While Having Fun
On Geotourist, we are streaming stories created for children, and stories narrated by children. Combining learning with play, music and singing, these stories aid in children’s intellectual development. They guide families through parks, neighborhoods, and art museums to help them explore their surroundings, learn about nature, history, art and architecture, at their own pace and time. These free activities are streaming on-demand on our mobile platform, as well as on our website, for convenient access, and available in any language.
Here is a selection of self-guided stories created by city councils, local libraries, art museums, parks and botanical gardens from around the world:
Battle Heritage Children’s Walking Trail – Battle, Sussex, UK
Created by the Battle Town Council and narrated by four local children, the tour gives listeners insight into the history of the town and the stories of the life and work of its residents, both past and present.
Nature Walk Storytime by Prince George Public Library – Prince George, BC, Canada
The Library guides families to explore nature while also supporting their child’s early literacy development. The tour encourages families to engage in songs, rhymes, and other activities at various points throughout Moore’s Meadow Park. The tour suggests books from the library’s children’s collection to continue the experience at home.
Art Omi Sculpture Park – Ghent, NY, USA
This tour is designed for ages 6-12 in elementary grade levels and presents fun facts about the artists and their work in Art Omi’s outdoor sculpture park. It helps children discover elements of art and expand the way they see and think about the world around them. The tour offers helpful hints on how children can safely interact with some of the pieces in the park.
Kids Joke Tour by Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce – Brandon, VT, USA
Where do the fish keep their money? Junior residents tell jokes related to locations around town in this fun tour.
Polinator Tour of South Carolina Botanical Garden – Clemson, SC, USA
This audio tour highlights pollinators and other fascinating plant life found throughout the Botanical Garden, which is part of Clemson University.
Contact us to tell your stories to help you engage with children of all ages, and their parents: