We love Doodlebugs. It’s a weekly preschool drop-off program developed and hosted at Silverwood Park–a Three Rivers Park. Our son loves this program. They learn about an aspect of nature–an animal or plant or even the moon. They offer choice time, story time, art time, and outdoor time. Last year in the never-ending winter, they went outside every single day excluding one.
Dash couldn’t get enough of it. Doodlebugs was on Tuesdays, and every Wednesday morning, he would ask if it was Doodlebugs day. The weeks couldn’t go by fast enough. This from my little guy who didn’t want to go the first day because he was nervous.
With the end of summer upon us, it’s time to think about registering your kids for the fall programs. Here in our house, we are working on swimming applications, scheduling piano lessons, and signing up for Doodlebugs. So it’s a busy time. But if these types of programs are important to your family, you will want to carve out time in your day to do that since they have limited space.
There are lots of programs in the Twin Cities to choose from.
- Dodge Nature Center Woolly Bears
- Tamarack Nature Center Tamarack Tykes orFrogs and Polliwogs
- Springbrook Nature Center Playful Polliwogs
- Silverwood Park Doodlebugs and Green Beans
- Richardson Nature Center Preschool Drop Off Kits & Cubs and My Preschooler & Me
- Carl Kroening Interpretive Cente Me, My Baby, & the Mississippi and My Preschooler and Me
- Lowry Nature Center Preschool Drop Off Kits & Cubs and My Preschooler & Me
- Eastman Nature Center Preschool Drop-off Kits & Cubs, My Preschooler and Me
- French Regional Park Preschool Drop-off Outdoor Kids Club
- Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center Acorn Adventures
- Harriet Alexander Nature Center Sprouts
- Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Peapods for Preschoolers
Also don’t forget about the plethora of storytimes around the Twin Cities. If you go to our Storytime page, you will find a list of all the onestorytimes we know about.
There are other weekly/bi-weekly preschool activities as well:
- Toddler Tuesday at the Mall of America: A themed activity or performance as well as arts and crafts. Also, many restaurants offer parent/child deals on Toddler Tuesday.
- Playdates at the Science Museum: Check out the exhibits, participate in special make and take activities and listen to a story. Those of you who have a Children’s Museum membership, get in for the playdates only free!
- Arty Pants at Walker Art Center: With museum admission, 3-5 years get to join in the joy of art-making. Each month has a different theme and art project as well as other activities specific for your family.
- Wee Wednesdays at the Midtown Global Market: Usually there is a performance, a puppet show, the ability to cook something in a kitchen and/or live animals. Plus, child/parent meal discounts!
- Tots & Trains at Jackson Street Roundhouse: All about trains with a story, craft, and lots of playtime: Large and fine motor.
Last by not least, we can’t forget some of our favorite things to do like kiddywampus’s Open Studio and Choo Choo Bob’s. You can also visit Peapods on Como Ave in St. Paul. They are an all-natural children’s store that I think is absolutely fabulous. One of the suppliers of cloth diapers in the Twin Cities plus many other things like toys, clothes, crafts, books, and more.
Join in the Preschool fun around the Twin Cities one way or another.