Redwood City Summer Math Camp

What’s a better way for your child to spend their morning than going to a delicious cafe and then to Mathnasium’s summer math camp? Absolutely nothing.

Going to Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery is a great way to spend a summer morning. They have a delicious assortment of food to order and their location is fabulous. For breakfast, some options include getting oatmeal, a breakfast sandwich, quiche, ciabatta with whipped cream cheese or peanut butter, croissants and other baked goods, scones, coffee cake, muffins, fruit and yogurt, and more!


Specialty’s Cafe is in Redwood City so it is a 20 minute drive away from Menlo Park Mathnasium. This drive makes for the perfect opportunity to quiz your child on their math skills. Here are some questions you can ask your child during the drive:

  1. You order a 3 cheese mini quiche ($2.49) and a wild blueberry cream cheese croissant. Your child orders steel cut oatmeal ($4.29) and a sticky bun ($2.79). How much did the order cost all together? How much is tax (assume tax is 9.5%)? How much is the order including tax?
  2. If Specialty’s Cafe is 11.9 miles away from Mathnasium’s summer math camp, how long will it take you to get there if you drive at a constant rate of 45 mph? 30 mph?
  3. Mathnasium’s summer math camp is 11.9 miles away from Specialty’s Cafe. If you drive 30 mph for the first 3.6 miles, 60 mph for the next 6 miles, and 35 mph for the next 2.3 miles, how long does it take you to get to Mathnasium from Specialty’s Cafe?

For more information about Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery check out their website! Going to Specialty’s will not only make for a fun and delicious time with your child, but also as a preparation for the fun day of learning your child will have at Mathnasium’s summer math camp.

We hope to see your child this summer at Mathnasium’s summer math camp. For more information about Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park and other unique word problems, visit our website at

Menlo Park Students Apply Math Skills in Le Boulanger

Le Boulanger, Menlo Park

If you love visiting the shops, cafe’s and restaurants along Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park as much as I do, you have probably heard of Le Boulanger. Bakeries such as Le Boulanger are great places to go enjoy a delicious meal and encourage your children to apply their mathematical knowledge. Practice probability and proportions with the exercise ideas below.

by Mathin’ Catherin, March 25, 2013

Soups, Sandwiches, and Probability

MenuI visited Le Boulanger the other day and came up with some great math problems your math-crazed kid can do to apply their knowledge to the real world. Le Boulanger has great sandwiches, soups, and salads. Look at the menu and see what proportion of the salads have chicken in them. Alternatively, if you get a sandwich, cut it into quarters and ask your child how much is left after you have each had a quarter.  Speaking of sandwiches, look at the menu and see how many sandwiches have cheese in them, and how many different types of cheeses does Le Boulanger offer in their sandwiches. Ask your child what the probability of randomly choosing a sandwich with cheese in it. Follow that idea even further and explore what the probability of randomly choosing a sandwich with jack cheese. The possibilities are endless!

Time for Dessert

If you love dessert, you will love these problem ideas. If one chocolate croissant costs $2.65, how much would two cost? Or, if I wanted 1 bear claw ($2.65 each) and 2 chocolate croissants, how much, to the nearest dollar, would it cost. When you are looking in the display of pastries, getting ready to order, count how many pastries have fruit in them, how many have chocolate? Take those numbers and create a proportion of pastries with chocolate, and the proportion of pastries that have fruit in them. Make sure to taste all the pastries you are calculating the proportions for — yummy!SAMSUNG