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Preschool Fun for Everyone

New Preschool—At The Children's Museum of Indianapolis!

August 01, 2010
August is here, which means it is back-to-school time. With all the big kids heading off to classes, you may be wondering how to keep your little ones occupied. Look no further than The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, which offers two Preschool options for your child: a brand-new Preschool program or stand-alone preschool classes.

The Children's Museum Preschool

The Children's Museum Preschool offers a program tied to children's curiosity and guided by licensed, caring teachers using a curriculum backed by Indiana's early-learning guidelines. Children take an active role in the learning process, making discoveries together in small groups in specially designed classrooms and exploring the museum's 11 interactive galleries.

The program starts Aug. 31 and runs until Dec. 11 (with Thanksgiving week off). There are three attendance options for parents to choose from, including three-, two-, or one-day-a-week sessions. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The three-day-a-week session is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; the two-a-day-week session is on Tuesdays and Thursdays; or a single day session is on Wednesdays or Fridays.

Tuition for the semester is discounted for museum members, so this is a good time to renew or purchase a year-long membership, which provides additional museum discounts and benefits.

Stand-Alone Preschool Classes

If individual classes are a better option for your child instead of a longer preschool program, The Children's Museum offers stand-alone classes for children ages 2 to 5. For the 2-year-olds there are Playscape Toddlers classes and for children 3 to 5 there are Playscape Preschool classes.

The Playscape Toddlers classes offer activities such as learning how autumn leaves change colors, how to make jack-o-lanterns, and how to decorate holiday cookies. These classes are specifically designed with your 2-year-old in mind, and offer a way for your little one to explore, play and learn. These classes start in September and run through December.

The Playscape Preschool classes are designed for children who are ready to learn with other classmates in group settings. These classes promote discussions among the children and are centered around developmentally appropriate activities. Kids discover the creatures that live in ponds, learn about the different techniques artists through the centuries have used, and make holiday gifts for their loved ones.

Playscape Toddlers classes and Playscape Preschool classes are $12 for youth members and $15 for youth nonmembers. Some of the single-day classes are offered more than once, while others are offered only one time. Preregistration is required for all classes.

To register your child or for more information on The Children's Museum Preschool, Playscape Toddlers, or Playscape Preschool classes, please visit www.childrensmuseum.org or call (317) 334-4000.

Christina Morse is a Public Relations Intern for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

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Tags: Education, Enrichment, Parenting, Preschool

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