The City of El Paso is encouraging children to maintain their education and continue learning during their summer vacation in observance of National Summer Learning Day. 

This initiative is part of National Summer Learning Day which is an effort to curb what experts call summer learning loss. Now through July 16, a number of City departments will host special programs and activities centered on learning at various locations such as museums, libraries, recreation centers and the zoo.

Summer learning loss is a phenomenon where student’s educational retention regresses during the summer months when school isn’t in session. According to the National Summer Learning Association, research conducted over the span of 100 years shows that students tend to score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than at the beginning of summer. The effects of summer learning loss are growing and can affect students year after year.

El Paso Museum of History - 510 Santa Fe Street
Family Days: Many Cultures of El Paso, Free
7/9/2014, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
El Paso is made up of people from all over the world. Pin on a map where your family comes from and explore the many cultures of El Paso through crafts, stories, music and food. Cultures such as Indian, Korean, Mexican, Native American, African-American. For more information, call Jaime Knoedler at (915) 212-3136.

Veteran's Recreation Center - 5301 Salem Dr.
Dinosaur Week: Learn about Dinosaurs, Ages 2 to 5
7/11/2016, Call for dates and times
Dinosaur Week: Children will learn about dinosaur tracs, sizes, eating habits & how they lived long ago (science). Activities include: Dino dig, Dino tracs, Dino Puppets, Dino Sponge Paintings, & Dino Stories. For more information, call Lisa Perez at (915) 822-8859.  Other programs available for older children ages 6 to 12 as part of Club Rec.

Galatzan Recreation Center - 650 Wallenber
Learn to play sports, Ages 2 to 5
7/11/2016, Call for dates and times
Learning subjects: Sports: basketball, soccer, golf, volleyball, ring toss and races. For more information, call Veronica Paredes at (915) 842-8754.  Other programs available for children ages 6 to 12 as part of Club Rec.  Call for more information.

Richard Burges Library - 9600 Dyer Suite C
How to make a balloon car, Free
7/14/2016, 3:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Make Race car with ballons and recyclable items. For more information, call Erika Fibela at (915) 212-0317.

Richard Burges Library - 9600 Dyer Suite C
Teen Science Program, Free
7/14/2016, 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Make a wire figure that dances on an A battery with a magnet. For more information, call Erika Fibela at (915) 212-0317.

El Paso Zoo - 4001 E. Paisano
Summer Learning Day Celebration, Free with Paid Zoo admission
7/14/2016, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Zoo will be giving out free books to kids while they last. There will also be a Zoo Trek scavenger hunt. For more information, call Chayenne Garcia at (915) 212-0966.

Westside Library - 125 Belvidere
Summer Learning Day Celebration, Free
7/14/2016, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Enjoy fun learning activities and experiments for kids. For more information, call Norma Martinez at (915) 581-2024.

Irving Schwartz Library - 1865 Dean Martin
Dinosaur Week: Cookie Excavation, Free
7/14/2016, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Children will conduct a cookie excavation as well as learn about dinosaurs. For more information, call Eduardo Vazquez Jr. at (915) 212-0315.

Library Bookmobile - All stops under Route 1 - Thursday.
Summer Learning Day, Free
7/14/2016, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Go to see the Bookmobile and get a free book. For more information, call Norma Orozco at (915) 212-3212 or visit www.elpasolibrary.org for a bookmobile schedule.

Esperanza Acosta Moreno Library - 12480 Pebble Hills
Ceiba A Musical Journey thru Latin America, Free
7/14/2016, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Learn about Latin America through music. For more information, call Debi Lopez at (915) 921-7001.

Armijo Library - 620 E. Seventh Ave
Play Minute to Win It, Free
7/14/2016, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Have fun learning about physics and science while playing games done in a minute! For more information, call Juanita Kamalipour at (915) 533-1333.

Memorial Park Library - 3200 Copper
Summer Learning Day Celebration, Free
7/14/2016, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Design your favorite summer accessory and enjoy a magic show. Children and Teens 0-18years of age. For more information, call Rosalva Martinez at (915) 566-1034.

Judge Edward S. Marquez Library - 610 N Yarbrough
Capoiera: Brazilian Martial Arts, Free
7/14/2016, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Learn about the Brazilian martial art that combines dance, music and acrobatics. For more information, call Aimee Camp at (915) 591-3391.

Armijo Library - 620 E. Seventh Ave, El Paso, TX 79901
Baseball Hall of Fame Program, Free
7/14/2016, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Baseball Stars of El Paso attend with caps, baseball, and ticket giveaways to encourage reading. For more information, call Juanita Kamalipour at (915) 533-1333.

Sergio Troncoso Library - 9321 Alameda
Learn How To Play Chess With The Power Of Books, Free
7/14/2016, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Learn how to play chess. For more information, call Matthew Ramirez at (915) 858-0905.

José Cisneros Cielo Vista Library - 1300 Hawkins Blvd.
Marshmallow Engineering, Free
7/15/2016, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Kids are challenged to build structures out of marshmallows and toothpicks. For more information, call Jennifer Montes at (915) 594-7680

For information on events call the El Paso Public Library at (915) 212-3201 or click on the Summer Learning Initiative banner at elpasolibrary.org