Some parents may be wondering how to keep their young child’s time occupied with summer on its way.
Ken Chan, owner of Chandler-based Future Kiddie, has just the activity for children ages of 3 to 7 years old — field trips to the Apple Stores in the Chandler Fashion Center and SanTan Village in Gilbert.
Future Kiddie, powered by Discover Kids Puterbugs Technology class for kids, has year-round classes for kids and offers summer camps available across the East Valley, including in Tempe and the Ahwatukee Foothills.
They offer the only Discovery Kids-backed computer class and summer camp for young children.
The field trips to the Apple Stores are designed to assist children in learning how to use the Apple products consisting of the iPads, computers and the different applications that these devices have.
The idea for the field trip came about a year ago with Chan trying to find activities for the children outside of the classroom.
“I wanted to put together a special kind of field trip for our students dealing with technology, so I actually went down to the Apple Store and discussed with their program coordinator about my intentions,” Chan said. “My students have had a lot of fun working on the Mac Pro and iMac computers.”
Being that the children attending the field trips are still learning how to use these Apple devices, Chan and the team at the Apple Stores have designed a way to teach the children how to properly work with the computer products.
The Apple staff put a presentation together instructing students on how to take photos on either a Macbook Pro or an iMac using iPhoto.
“The staff at the Apple Store does a brief presentation for the children to help them learn how to take their photos and assist them with creating their photo slideshows,” Chan said. “They have a blast for sure, and parents also get involved with the field trips, getting their photos taken with their kids.”
The students are then able to make a slideshow of the photos they have taken, adding special effects to the photos they took during the field trip.
Chan said the field trip is a good way to teach children how to be tech savvy, and the participants seem to enjoy themselves spending time learning how to use different Apple products.
The field trips to the Apple Stores at both local malls continue throughout the month of May, with slots still opened for participants.
For more information about the Apple Store field trips or how to enroll your child in the Future Kiddie summer camps, visit www.futurekiddie.com.
Daniel Ochoa is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News, a sibling publication of the Tribune.