For more than 25 years, Kiddie Kollege has fostered a love of learning in kids age 6 weeks–12 years, offering safe, nurturing day-care programs led by a caring and experienced staff. Staff members develop individual schedules for each child age 6 weeks–18 months, curious kids 18 months–3 years develop their motor coordination and confidence with structured activities, and preschool kids, age 3–5, participate in a storybook-based curriculum that introduces literacy, language, math, and science. Staff members assess each child twice a year to identify developing skills and needs. Kids age 5–12 build friendships and academic skills with book readings, games, and field trips, along with supervised science experiments where they'll learn how to transmogrify homework about physics into homework about fudgsicles. The staff-to-child ratio is four to one for infants, five to one for toddlers, eight to one for preschoolers, and ten to one for school-aged children.
With a room full of toys and no time constraints, Toddle Town & More is designed to give kids an outlet for their energy and creativity. Visitors aged 6 and younger explore age-appropriate playgrounds and don dress-up clothes in an open, safe environment, while parents observe with the help of numerous mirrors. The space is open Monday–Friday for unlimited drop-in play, ensuring sessions can fit into the busiest of schedules. A calendar of supervised programs, such as preschool, play groups, and music classes, offer little ones additional chances to learn social skills and introductory guitar solos. Toddle Town & More caters to the allergy-sensitive, and parents are asked to refrain from packing peanut products in their child's lunch bags.
In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their children's development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.
Signature service: Drop in child care
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: We pride ourselves on offering the best service and program in the industry.
Wise Adventures is different things to different people. For parents, it's a place to safely leave kids and shop in the mall or go off on a date night, checking in occasionally via Wise Adventures' video-over-the-internet feature. For kids, though, Wise Adventures becomes a zone of discovery. Thousands of loose lego blocks sit ready to become helicopters, spaceships, used vacuum cleaner stores, or anything else out of the wildest imagination. Wise Adventures' instructors teach older kids computer skills in more structured sessions, including keyboarding and Microsoft Office. They also help kids with school work during private or group tutoring programs.
Wise Adventures doesn't exclude adults from its fantastic confines, however. They can attend birthday parties, which take on more than a dozen themes, including "Princess Tea Party" and "Hands on with Animals," which expands the guest list to include a corn snake and leopard geckos. Pottery painting, meanwhile, welcomes both kids and adults, and "social artworking" events let grown-ups chat and eat while they paint works of art.