Ciao! This month we traveled back in time to learn about the life of a true genius and Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. Our Riders crafted a propeller car as part of a fun engineering activity, and created their own interpretation of the famous Mona Lisa! From ingenious inventions, art masterpieces and scientific sketches, this Ride will inspire your little one to become just as curious as da Vinci!
Surprise Fact: Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci often wrote backwards? Most of his journal entries utilize a “mirror writing” technique, which means that you need to hold the page up to a mirror to read what it really says! #staycurious
Ni hao! This month we explored a place that is home to the MOST people in the world, China. Our Riders explored this fascinating country by building their very own Chinese abacus or suanpan, and learning about the fine art of calligraphy. From mystical dragons, giant pandas and the ancient great wall, this Ride is the ultimate guide to exploring China.
Surprise Fact: Did you know that the Chinese are credited for inventing ice cream? They packed a soft milk and rice mixture together with snow for a delicious sweet treat! #staycurious
Ahoy, Matey! This month our Riders set sail to the mysterious land of hidden treasures and pirates! From decorating their very own treasure chest, to hiding their most precious valuables with the help of a treasure map; kids had a blast learning all about the buried treasures still hiding out there in the world. What hidden surprises will you uncover with the Treasure’s Ride? Get curious, get excited, get yours!
Surprise Fact: Did you know that most hidden treasures are accidentally found when people demolish old buildings? #staycurious
Are you ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Riders? To get you excited for this epic competition, this month’s Ride transported kids to the tropical country of Brazil. Our Riders had a chance to plant their very own Brazilian Rainforest and see how flora reacts when touched or approached by predators. To bring the Olympic spirit to life, kids got to create and compete in their own Olympic game and take a victory lap with a Surprise Ride medal. Let’s get this championship started!
Surprise Fact: Brazil shares a border with every South American country except Chile and Ecuador #staycurious
3… 2…1… LIFTOFF! This month our Riders explored the fascinating red planet, Mars. From crafting their own Martians to experimenting with space sand, kids were transported across space to our neighbor planet. In addition to these activities, Riders got to snack on treats eaten by real astronauts, while exploring the fun facts and quizzes included in a book devoted to this awesome planet. This month’s Ride sure was extraterrestrial!
Surprise Fact: The planet Mars is named after the Roman god of war #staycurious
Chirp, chirp! This month our Riders flew over to the magical world of birds. They had the chance to make and launch their own seed balls and decorate a birdhouse. Kids really let their imaginations soar with the tale of Blacky The Crow and called out to our feathered-friends with a bird whistle. The Ride sure let kids fly high!
Surprise Fact: A flamingo can only eat when its head is upside down! #staycurious
We are so excited to announce this month’s theme, one very close to our very hearts… introducing Kid Boss! Starting your own business is an adventure we at Surprise Ride experience every day. With this month’s Ride Kids learn all about entrepreneurship by starting their own lemonade business! Activities include creating a chalkboard sign to advertise their storefront and making and selling lemonade. They’ll be learning the business basics of creating a product, pricing, and marketing. See if your kid is the next Steve Jobs!
¡Hola! Welcome to a country full of amazing landscapes, wild animals, and all sorts of fun. This month riders explored Costa Rica through creating sand art, painting a turtle shell on a real, recycled coconut, and learning Spanish with yummy, bilingual cookies!
Surprise Fact: Costa Ricans use the term “pelo de gato” for a light rain, which translates to “cat hair.” #staycurious
Dental health is so important in children AND adults! Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with a Surprise Ride Smile Box today. This amazing box is sure to make you smile, and can also help your nervous kiddos get more comfortable with going to the dentist!
3…2…1…Blast Off! This month riders took off into outer space to learn all about rockets. They launched their own rockets, painted a rocket photo frame, and read all about rocket science in a book containing even more fun experiments! With a snack eaten by real astronauts, this month’s ride was really out of this world…
Surprise Fact: In 1963, the first woman, Valentina Tereshkova, entered space. #staycurious