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7 Reasons to Give a Gift Membership

7 Reasons to Give a Gift Membership

7 Reasons to Give a Gift Membership  Looking for that perfect gift for a special family in your life? Give the gift of play! A membership to Minnesota Children’s Museum is a gift that keeps on giving all year long. There are so many reasons to give a museum...

Be Their Person: Build Resilience

Be Their Person: Build Resilience

I’ve spent tens of thousands of hours taking care of kids of every age, with a diversity of needs, developmental stages, experiences and disabilities. I’ve also spent hundreds of hours just observing children and their caregivers. Over time, all of these children have taught me a ton, and as a result, I have grown as a caregiver.

Parents As Brain Builders

Parents As Brain Builders

New Horizon Academy CEO Chad Dunkley recently attended an early childhood conference in Baltimore. At the conference, a professor from Georgetown University spoke about recent research on brain development. She spoke to the importance of serve and return.

Prescription for Happy and Healthy Kids? Play!

Prescription for Happy and Healthy Kids? Play!

It’s all natural, easy to find, fun to take and totally addictive in a good way. It’s called “real play” and your family doctor may soon remind you to make sure your children get a healthy dose of it every day. In a new clinical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics confirms that play is a powerful teacher.

Hearing “I’m Bored”? Don’t Fear the B-Word.

Hearing “I’m Bored”? Don’t Fear the B-Word.

When kids tell me that they are bored, I usually ask them to wait until I can find a chair so I can sit down while they tell me all about it. I want them to know how interested I am in their boredom, considering they are in a classroom full of friends and activities. They usually do not hang around long enough to tell me their woes because the underlying message is clear: their boredom is their responsibility.

School’s Out, Fun’s In

School’s Out, Fun’s In

Kids Power the Play at the Museum this Summer   Summer break is the perfect time to reclaim playtime and let kids be kids. Through unstructured, kid-powered play, children not only have fun, they also build cognitive and social skills that set them up for future...

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