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Going back in time can be done — virtually

Those working to safely reopen our local museums and other historical attractions seem to be hopeful they can salvage a tourism season that at one point looked fairly bleak.

Certainly out-of-town (or state) visitors will be a nice boost to those facilities and our local economy. But Glenna Hoff, education director for the Campus Martius Museum hit on something important last week in discussing the reopenings.

“We’re getting a couple of parents calling to book (summer day camp spots),” she said. “I hope it helps them. I know childcare has to be hard with them back to work.”

Mid-Ohio Valley residents are surrounded by historical and educational treasures — enough so that it is easy to forget them.

But as parents look for ways to keep their kids away from the low-quality screentime, and to keep their brains engaged as they prepare to return to classrooms this fall after a very long time away, visits to these spots can bring some high-quality family time. It is possible to fill a weekend with field trips to fascinating locations right here at home.

Hoff is right, parents need all the ideas they can get right now. This one is a win-win, as it will benefit families AND our local museums and historical locations.

Consider a trip back in time this week.

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