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At the Museum - Dec 10th

Happy December! It's always a great day at the Museum! Join us for lots of fun winter activities and gift making.

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Inspired learning for the whole child!

Preschool & Kindergarten Enrichment Program

2017-2018 Preschool Open House
SAVE THE DATE! January 26, 5:30-7pm

Join us to learn more about the Museum's award-winning preschool and meet our teachers. Registration for the 2017-2018 school year begins February 1, 2017 for new preschool families!

Join Our Award-Winning Early Learning Program

Our play-centered, whole-child program gives your child a preschool environment where they will create, explore and discover. Our facility has specially designed, dedicated preschool classrooms in a unique museum setting.

Inspired Learning for the Whole Child

At Hands On, we focus on the healthy development of the whole child: emotional, physical, intellectual and social.

We offer programs for ages 3-5. Class sessions for preschool are 3 hours long and meet 3 or 4 days per week. These sessions provide your child with ample time to delve deeply into projects, master new skills and engage in imaginative play.

Our theme-based curriculum is designed to support early learning and improve school readiness. The Museum relies on its own research and regularly consults with early learning and elementary professionals to ensure that our program exemplifies the best practices in education for your child.

Click Here for Preschool 2016-17

Benefits of Hands On Preschool

  • Small class sizes and low student-teacher ratios with highly qualified early learning professionals. Click here to read more about our teachers.
  • Open-ended activities and engaging art and science activities that enhance critical thinking skills by encouraging your child to observe, explore and ask questions.
  • Abundant opportunities for language development by connecting themes to children's literature and encouraging group socialization, which build literacy skills.
  • Parent conferences, developmental checklists and open, regular communication with teachers.
  • Seasonal field trips, special guests and unique museum learning opportunities.

Imaginative Learning = Success in School

Creative, unstructured play is essential for early brain development. In fact, research now shows that child-led imaginative play builds an essential cognitive skill called executive function. Well-developed executive function helps children resist impulsivity and exercise self-control--key skills they need to succeed in school. In fact, executive function is a better indicator of success in school than IQ. Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills Morning Edition, NPR News (Tacoma, WA: KPLU, Feb. 21, 2008).

Have older children at home who love to learn? Check out our camps that continue the learning while school is out!

Click here to read an article about Hands On Preschool Teachers Miss Susan and Miss Betsy.