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School Holiday Activities: Who Knew Learning Could Be So Much Fun!

When you think of learning, the chances are that you immediately think of a classroom. But the truth of the matter is that learning can happen anywhere. Classroom learning is only a small part of a child’s learning experience. Children learn a lot from their everyday lives. From how a pencil works to what fuel planes use, their natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge lead them to question everything around them and find answers. Research has shown that interactive practical learning is ten times more effective than classroom learning that depends on textbooks to impart knowledge. With that in mind, why not let your kids explore the world of Physics in an innovative way this summer? Show them how Physics is in operation around them and how it is a large part of our lives. Adventure park’s Physics Day is the place to begin their Physics journey.

If your kid finds it difficult to sit still in a classroom and concentrate on what the teacher is telling him/her, then finding alternative ways for them to learn is an excellent idea. Instead of depending on textbooks to explain concepts and theories, how about showing it to them? Showing kids how what they learned in the classroom applies in the real world will pique their interest. Take the Physics day events held at Adventure Park, for instance. It has proven to be wildly successful, and both teachers and parents are impressed with how the amusement rides help children compare what they studied in the classroom and cross-reference it with how it applies practically. Doing so helps them gain a better understanding of Physics and how it works.

Physics Day Events

physical events at amusement parksCan a theme park teach your kids about concepts that they’ve studied in Physics? Can Physics be a fun subject to learn? Yes, and yes. The success of Adventure Park’s Physics Day events is proof that learning can be fun. No child wants to learn Physics during the holidays. They’d rather be out playing and having fun with their friends. But turning traditional learning into interactive fun can help us overcome their resistance and make learning exciting. Instead of nagging or forcing them to sit down and read, you can open up a different world of education. One where they get to jump and run around while getting a first-hand experience of how many of the concepts in Physics applies in their everyday lives.

Gravity

What better way to teach a kid about gravity than to let him/her bounce around in a jumping castle or trampoline? How gravitational pull works and how Sir Isaac Newton stumbled upon this amazing discovery can be best learn backed by practical knowledge. After all, the best way to understand gravity is to see it at work. Gravity is what keeps us grounded (literally). When a child understands the basic concept of gravity, it opens up his mind to all the other questions that lead to more learning. For example, if the earth’s gravitational force pulls us all, how do birds fly then? By questioning any supposed inconsistencies, kids learn more about the subject than they would sit in a classroom, surrounded by walls that cut them off from the outside world. Being curious and questioning everything is the innate quality within a child. They are inquisitive and want to know about how everything works. By steering them in the right direction, you can help them learn about the world around them and how it functions. Satiate their thirst for knowledge with interactive learning activities and endless fun.

Forces of Motion

forces motion by studentsForces of Motion is another broad subject that can be dealt with a possible hand. The physics Day events boast of an interactive learning area where motion, speed and other concepts in Physics can be studied through fun equipment and games. When you’re having fun, your mind is more pliable and soaks up information. So, making learning fun is a sure fire way to ensuring that children remember and retain concepts better. From something as simple as a swing to a rocket launch, the forces of motion are present everywhere. Identifying how they work and apply to our life opens up a whole new world of possibilities and sparks a child’s creative thinking.

Learning doesn’t have to be limited to happening within a classroom. In fact, when you step out of the classroom, you step into a world of continuous learning. Ask any experienced teacher, and they will tell you how difficult it is to make kids listen to them. What does one do then? The best way to counteract a child’s inattentiveness is to find interesting ways in which to teach them. Adventure Park gives you the opportunity to do just that with its Physics Day events. Come along to learn Physics like never before. Make full use of our interactive learning experience and get your kids interested in the world of Physics and all that it has to offer.

Learning not in mobiles

Your child could be a future engineer or innovator. All he/she needs is a push (no pun intended) in the right direction! So, get them away from their smart phones and video games and let them expand their minds with information offered in an exciting and fun way. Educators have long been stressing the need for a more hands-on and innovative approach to teaching. Teaching kids at a theme park are as creative as it can get. Even the most finicky child will be more receptive to learning when the learning is fun, and the concepts are presented in a very easy to grasp manner. Interactive learning does not tell the kids about concepts and theories. Instead, it shows them how they work and lets them draw their conclusions and assumptions based on their experience. And that’s, without a doubt, a great way to learn Physics! Who ever knew Physics was such a cool subject! Head to Adventure Park this summer to be fascinated by Physics and all its laws.

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My experience in getting piano safely moved to my new home

I was just like most other homemakers in Sydney when we started planning a relocation to Melbourne. We went through all the initial spade work checking out various professional movers, considering whether we should handle it all by ourselves, the costs and all associated details. For two weeks, we planned everything and my husband finally came to the conclusion that a professional piano movers (https://www.metromovers.com.au/piano-movers/) would be the best choice though it did mean a few hundred dollars more. It is always recommended to contact interstate piano movers if you are moving a piano long distance. Also compare the cost and insurance procedures with different piano shippers rather than sticking to one.

Sydney to Melbourne

Our new home in Melbourne was getting spruced up and coordinating that was easy because we had a friend who would drop in and check to ensure that things were moving as planned. We had two days to go before the movers arrived. That night I suddenly remembered that our piano perhaps deserved more attention compared to all other household stuff. Now, we all know that a piano is a delicate instrument and cannot be stuffed along with all other things like the sofas, bed, washers and all that. Next morning, I called up the movers and asked them about the piano. Initially, they said they would handle it. But, when I insisted that they guarantee safe delivery with zero damages, they backtracked and said, maybe I should look for professional piano movers.

piano movers trolley

Panic strikes

There was just about 48 hours to go and our plans at Melbourne all fine tuned with hardly any room for changes. Vacating the Sydney home, the tickets, reporting for work at Melbourne and all that stuff associated with relocation.

A friend in need

Even as I was fumbling through the internet trying to find a professional piano mover, my friend Emma dropped in to see if she could help during our final hours in Sydney. I mentioned my predicament about the Piano to her. Thankfully, it was only the previous week that she faced a similar question from another friend only to be told how Emma was not cautious enough when she moved in from Adelaide a couple of years ago. She had engaged a regular mover and her piano arrived in a bundle and had to reporting scrap it later. That one statement was enough because I had no doubt that our piano was a precious possession that the whole family enjoyed and valued.

Together, we zeroed down on a professional piano mover, and thankfully the deal was closed before the evening. The agency would arrive alongside the other movers and take charge of only the piano until it is delivered in Melbourne.

Well, our piano did arrive in Melbourne without a scratch, and the specialist movers even helped us reinstall it.

The learning curve

Weeks later, after we had settled down in Melbourne, my husband and I decided to expand our knowledge on whey moving a piano from one city to another was such a huge challenge. Honestly, piano tuners we were trying to justify the extra expense we incurred. Our learning curve did not last long, but we did learn quite a bit. Here is a collection of what we found out about pianos when it comes to intercity movements.

The weight of pianos varies between 400 and 1000 pounds. 1000 pounds is not a big deal for a professional mover. But the weight is not evenly spread out, and 25% of the piano takes most of these pounds. Now, that is where the job gets tricky particularly when you have stairs to negotiate or elevators that cannot accommodate the size. When the weight is uneven across a package or material that you are handling, the heavier portion has a tendency to tip over. It takes just under minute before your precious possession comes down with a thud and the next thing you get to see is a heap of wood and some metal!! Even the bravest heart would break at that kind of a sight.

The piano getting damaged (beyond repair perhaps) is only one part of the story. What some people or other belongings are damaged too, in the process. In addition to that, there is also the risk of the wooden floor, a table in the hallway, or the painting on walls that are susceptible to damage when an accident does happen.

Insurance blues

Another huge thing that we learned through the learning curve is that insurance is not a significant help when you consider moving a piano. Most insurance carriers will insure your piano, and if you look through the fine print, you will notice that their liability in the event of a claim arising is limited to a specified amount per pound. Thankfully, we never had the bother because our piano mover took care of the insurance and our contract with the mover clearly specified that he WILL deliver our piano at Melbourne and install it at the third level apartment we had rented. Everything worked smoothly, and I noticed that they had trained personnel with adequate knowledge of handling the piano both at Sydney and Melbourne

Months later, it was time to sit down and take stock of the move, the costs and the trivial losses we suffered. Well, some crockery, glassware and stuff like that do suffer some damage while travelling long distance. Though everything was insured, we opted out of a claim because the effort was not worthwhile. As for the Piano, the guys not only delivered it clean but also helped with the unpacking and re-installing where I wanted. My $100 tip was more than justified, and the guys left with a big Thank You.

Relocating educates

Relocating brings up some peculiar challenges and sometimes we tend to learn things, the hard way. But, in the information age, if you spend quality time reading stories such as mine, just imagine the peace of mind that you can buy for those extra dollars in hiring the professionals. But, sadly, more often than not, we tend to be overconfident of our abilities and end up paying a heavy price for that. Everything in this world is not a DIY, and perhaps that is the reason why some people are called professionals!