Looking for some unique ways to slow the summer slide at home? Take a look at these ideas.

PBS KIDS ( has a range of apps for kids to keep them entertained with fun and educational content during summer vacation. As families hit the road or head to the pool, parents can download PBS KIDS’ free apps for on-the-go summer learning. All PBS KIDS apps are available to download in the App Store for free.

NEW Kart Kingdomfor tablet (ages 6-9): The popular immersive digital world is now available on the go. Kart Kingdom provides a safe, child-friendly experience for playing and learning, featuring a growing collection of fun, educational games for players as they interact, craft and complete quests.

Nature Cat’s Great Outdoors (ages 3-8): The Nature Cat-themed app encourages kids to explore outside using their camera to engage with nature and each other. The app serves up a new adventure every day, encouraging kids to continue exploring this summer.

Daniel Tiger for Parents: Parents and kids can learn together about feelings, self-control, responsibility, kindness and more.The app features singalongs and videos from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and helpful hints from child development experts.

PBS KIDS Games App (ages 2-8): The Games App brings all of the games into one place. The app includes curriculum-based games from favorite PBS KIDS shows and new games focused on math, science, reading, spelling, and more.

Parents know that even the youngest babies can get in on summer learning, but they might not expect physics to be a part of that. Physicist and father Chris Ferrie has developed Baby University, a board book series that introduces young readers to complex ideas like physics and math using simple explanations and colorful illustrations. (It’s fun for parents, too.) The series includes “Rocket Science for Babies,” “General Relativity for Babies,” Quantum Physics for Babies” and “Newtonian Physics for Babies” – and yes, it’s as unique as it sounds. Ferrie is also the author of “Goodnight Lab,” a welcome change for parents who have a nightly reading of “Goodnight Moon.” Look for additional books in the series to be added in July 2017, October 2017 and January 2018. The books are available at Amazon and other bookstores.

Bitsbox is a subscription box that introduces kids ages 6 – 14 to the world of coding. (Parents don’t have to know how to code in order to help.) Monthly activities and a wide variety of apps to build and share help students channel their high-tech interests into something that can help them in every aspect of education. For pricing and details, visit

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