Places to Take Your Preschool Kids
As the summer days draw to a close, you probably have exhausted places to take your preschool kids. Parents have identified the following fun activities to pursue with your children this fall:
- Inclusive Parks: Several parks have created Magical Bridge Playground areas that are inclusive for children with varying developmental needs. These areas typically include ramps with climbing structures, swings, and slides. Magical Bridge Playgrounds provide a lifetime of kindness and compassion through truly inclusive play. Details can be found at magicalbridge.org.
- Water Activities: Many parks now provide a water play area with water tables and water channels to promote exploration when playing with water and “cooking” with sludge. Children can learn the basic science concepts of sink and float, and observe the velocity of objects floating through the channels. As an added bonus, children must learn how to take turns with the various activities. Typically, children, who bring their own toys, must share as they watch their toys gush through the channels of water.
- Animal Observations: Preschoolers love animals. Taking your children to zoos and parks that promote proper animal care teaches our children how to care for pets and the environment in a sensitive and humane manner. Sanctuaries and rescue centers help children understand how humans can nurture sick animals to health and return them to their natural environment.
- Gyms: Many communities have indoor activity centers and gyms for children in a controlled environment that may include ball cages, giant slides, climbing structures, tube mazes, and trampolines. Children learn how to play with others and take turns when sharing ball play or running through the tube mazes. These activity centers can be located through an internet search and may be found in local science museums, discovery parks, and gyms.
- Drop-in Preschools: Drop-in preschools for families often include small group music and art activities, an indoor gym, situational play activities, building materials, areas for reading and building puzzles, and a lunchroom. Parents and children from many different ages and backgrounds meet and share their customs. These experiences can prepare your children for a future, full-time preschool program. The drop-in preschools also serve as a cultural learning center for families who are temporarily living in America or visiting a community for a short amount of time.
Enjoy these beautiful fall days as you transition into the new school year with your preschooler!
Joyce, Early Parenting
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Joyce Iwasaki has over thirty years of educational experience working with diverse students in grades from preschool through high school. Joyce’s extensive background includes teaching elementary school, serving on early childhood advisory boards, and advocating for educational initiatives as a legislative aide. During her tenure as a legislative aide, she helped create legislation that allowed incarcerated mothers to keep their newborn babies with them while in prison. Additional legislation was enacted to allow incarcerated pregnant mothers to remain unshackled during labor and delivery. Ms. Iwasaki established and served as the president of an educational scholarship foundation for fifteen years. Her foundation awarded college scholarships to emerging student leaders who provided service to their schools and communities. Joyce is active in performing arts and cultural organizations. She also provides ongoing support to her daughter and family by raising her grandson in her home.