Ignorance develops out of a lack of insight into other cultures, which is why the most open-minded people study microbial petri dishes and eat a healthy supply of yogurt. Cultivate your child's international appreciation with today's Groupon: for $79, you get a four-hour Mini Summerama premium package (a $160 value) at Panorama Kids Studio. Class meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the summer, with specific dates according to demand.
Unified by the theme of fire trucks and fairy tales, Panorama's curriculum draws on multiple cultures and disciplines to nurture the natural, borderless curiosity of children ages 5–12. Throughout a four-hour session, experienced multitongued instructors speak in French, Spanish, and English, exposing children to basic greetings and traditional songs, from "bonjour" and "buenos dias" to "hey, I'm walkin' here!" After an exploration of international art, kids draw from a variety of media to create their own piece to take home, along with a photo album culled from lessons in digital photography and HD video. A cooking seminar teaches kids about cuisine and culinary traditions from beyond their borders, bequeathing Panorama aprons, shirts, or Food Network contracts to the young chefs as they whip up firehouse sandwiches and butterfly-apple salad. As each session is limited to a small number of participants, children receive individual instruction within a collaborative atmosphere.