Thanks to fellow Stir Crazy Mom Abby for this telling about this fabulous new program at one of our favorite spots, the Museum of Life and Science!
What it is: Museum of Life and Science in Durham is offering Parents' Morning Out! It is a new program that started in January 2012 on Tuesday mornings from 9-11:45. Children as young as 3.5 and up to 6 years old have the perfect place for fun while experiencing hands on learning at the museum. I signed up my shy 3 and 3/4 year old and he loved it! It gives all moms (and dads) time to do something solo or in my case, some special one-on-one time with his little brother. Worth every penny!
They spend time visiting the exhibits and enjoying science activities that foster their curiosity and imagination. Each month has a different focus. February is Science of Art. The website contains additional information regarding the monthly themes.
What we liked: Everything! Seriously. For those of you that spend time at the Life and Science museum, you already know how fantastic it is. For those new to it- I highly recommend checking it out! Very organized program (coming from a type-A teacher:) and friendly, knowledgeable staff. I felt comfortable dropping him off...his first time for such an extended time with new people/classroom.
I appreciated the email I received the night before with reminders/tips and upon arrival he had his own "cubby" with his name on it. They got right to work-happily. He enjoyed his time so much that he didn't run to see me at the door when I returned for pick-up. I wasn't there with him, but according to him they had indoor class time as well as outside time. The even got up close to bugs from the Butterfly house! When I spied in the classroom window I saw him in a small group working cooperatively with about a 4:1 ratio.
What we would change: It was our first visit and I was happy with what I witnessed. I would just
mention that if you buy per session you are not going to get the discount of buying a month at a time. If you are a member, the cost is $85 for a month of classes (every Tuesday morning). What a deal! Becoming a member is worth it because it is a great place to visit at least once a week!
http://www.ncmls.org/ - go to Camps and Classes link for PMO information