Special Experiences for Children and Families
Special experiences
Periodically throughout the year, special experiences are offered to enhance children’s learning, and to invite parent and family participation at the center. Here are some of the special opportunities that have occurred during the past year.

Fall Festival: In late early Fall, the entire Center heads outside for our fun and festive Carnival held in our play yards that are decorated with streamers and balloons to support the joyful atmosphere. Children have the opportunity to play games such as duck drop, jump the frog, the amazing egg race, squirt the spider, owl babies, monster mash and many more where they earn prizes. They can scramble through an obstacle course, get their faces painted and bounce around in a fun inflatable. Parents are welcome to attend the festival with their children; others volunteer to run game booths.

The Children’s Garden: The Older Preschool class learns all about growing vegetables and flowers by planting, watering, weeding, cultivating and harvesting the organic Children’s Garden. Last year, the children enjoyed growing sunflowers, lettuce, tomatoes, beans and pumpkins, among other plants. In addition, preschoolers learn about ecology and composting through their gardening experience.

Week of the Young Child: During this special week in April, we join others nationwide in celebrating the wonder and joy of childhood, and in promoting the importance of valuing, supporting and caring for the children in our world. At the Family Development Center, our children enjoy special activities throughout the week, including guest storytellers or performers, a musical celebration including an all-school sing-along, Crazy Hat Day or Pajama Day, and more.

The Bike Rodeo: In the summer, campus Public Safety officers conduct a Bike Rodeo at the Family Development Center. Children are welcome to bring their tricycles and bicycles to school, where a simple obstacle course is set up for children to ride. Officers share information with children about bike safety and the importance of wearing a helmet.

Fire Safety Month: Since October is Fire Safety Month, we take this opportunity to have the Fire Department visit our Center in a fire truck. This creates a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about fire safety, meet the Firemen and see the workings of a fire truck up close.

Mud Day: Every summer, as the temperature goes up, our Center children and staff cool down with a very messy mud day. Children delight at the chance to play and stomp in the mud, create mud pies, cakes and other mud treats. This day is a special joy to observe as it is filled with gleeful smiles and squeals of pleasure from all who participate.

All-School Children’s Picnic: One summer afternoon, the children share an outdoor picnic lunch. Two to three class groups gather on a playground, allowing children to get to know others in the school and to enjoy informal games and play together.

Classroom Events: At least twice a year, parents are invited into the classroom for a special parent or family event with their child. Classroom events vary from year to year, and might include a literacy day, special parent-child science or cooking activities, a winter celebration, a gardening project, and more. These are wonderful opportunities to become involved and to show your child your interest in his or her school experience.