More Summer Math for Palo Alto Kids!

Summer has come to an end for students in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and other local schools. Here are some summer themed problems to commemorate for your Palo Alto, Menlo Park student!

Palo Alto vacation math help

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  1. You’re going to spend 3 weeks in Europe! You want to visit one city per week, which means that you get to visit 3 cities. Your choices are Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Munich, and Athens. How many different combinations of cities can you visit? (Hint: the order doesn’t matter!)
  2. You’re flying to Australia! Your flight leaves at 10:30 am in the morning (Palo Alto time), and lasts for 11 hours and 20 minutes. In Australia, your watch is set 19 hours FORWARD. What time is it in Australia when you arrive?
  3. You’re eating dim sum in Hong Kong and buy $50.25 worth of food. You pay a tax of 5.2%, and then you pay a tip of 15% (15% of the food and tax combined). How much money did you spend for lunch?
  4. Plane tickets to Argentina cost $1,620 and your family buys 12 tickets (for your grandparents and cousins too!) How much did they spend on plane tickets?

These summer math problems will keep you entertained for a little bit! Be sure to keep practicing your summer math skills, and to take advantage of this summer for some math tutoring and learning! For more information and recommendations for math practice, check out the Mathnasium of Palo Alto – Menlo Park’s website.


Hike Near Palo Alto

A great place to hike that is right near Palo Alto is Windy Hill, located in Portola Valley. Windy Hill is only a mere 9 miles from Palo Alto. It is the perfect place to take your family on a sunny afternoon for some fresh air and family fun. You can bring your dog on a leash, fly kites over the preserve or even bring a nice picnic. Your family may even run into a few horses on the hike up!

The Windy Hill Preserve was first recognized in 1980, and is now 1,335 acres. There are plenty of hikes of all different lengths, so you can go for a quick walk, or spend the whole day exploring what the preserve has to offer!

The views of the rolling hills are spectacular, but while you are hiking, feel free to ask your children these questions in order to add some math to the hike.

1) If the length of the hike is 8 miles, and you have already hiked 6 miles, what fraction of the hike do you have left?

2) If you walk at a pace of 4mph, how long will it take to complete the 8-mile hike?

3) When you get to the top of the hill, it is 3pm, if you have 4 more miles to hike and are walking at 2 mph, what time will you make it back down the hill?

Windy Hill is a nice outing for the whole family, and a great place to test your child on their math skills! For more information about Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park and other unique word problems, visit our website.

Amusement Park Near Menlo Park

A popular amusement park here in the Bay Area is California’s Great America. Opened in 1976, Great America is only 14 miles from Menlo Park! It has been the site of many films and has lots of fun rides.

One of the most popular rides is Flight Deck, which was opened in 1993 and performs several loops upside down! Another favorite ride at the park is the Centrifuge, which, just like the actual machine, spins people around in a circle and plasters them to the wall. Be careful, you might get dizzy!

Great America also has plenty of games to play and an entire water park to go to when it gets too hot for the rides!

Lets say you take your child to Great America, ask them these questions while at the park to include some math in your trip!

1) Each ticket to Great America costs $33 dollars. If you buy 2 tickets, how much change will you get if you pay with a one hundred dollar bill?

2) At the Panda Express in the park, a bowl of orange chicken and fried rice costs $5.99 and lemonade costs $1.29. If you buy two bowls and one lemonade, how much will it cost?

3) If you have 6 hours and 25 minutes to spend at the park, and you arrive at 10:30am, what time do you have to leave?

As you can see, Great America is an easy day trip from Menlo Park, and a great place to incorporate some math into your child’s day while they are having fun! For more information about Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park and other unique word problems, visit our website.