Urban Air in Plymouth Launches Distance Learning Hub
The largest indoor amusement park in the west metro has launched a new program to help families of students in hybrid or distance learning.
Urban Air Adventure Park in Plymouth started the “Learn & Fly” program, which combines study time with activities for students in kindergarten through 5th grade.
“Our teachers are certified. The teacher aides have various backgrounds but the aides are usually going to school for teaching,” explained Paul Krause, general manager at Urban Air.
Classrooms are held in Urban Air party rooms. They can accommodate up to 130 kids a day with a maximum of 10 kids per classroom. The students are required to have a mask on during class time while social distancing.
The program takes kids either two to three days a week or an entire week. The distance learning program was designed to give structure and routine for families.
“What are you going to do with your kids when you have to go to work or when you’re home and the kids are playing? So this gives parents an opportunity to drop the kids off to ease some of that stress on family burdens,” said Tanja Kaiser, Urban Air’s sales and events manager.
Kaiser explained that students start their day with distance learning. Afterwards, they get an adventurous recess in the amusement park before coming back to learn in the classroom.
“Kids are social beings, they need to be interactive so having them sit in front of a screen for eight hours is difficult enough,” said Kaiser.