Wonderful preschool programs for ages 2 and up. I took a me two class and met new people. The teacher was energetic and caring. Then my child took a threes class and loved it. They do arts and circle time, free time and gross muscle time. The teachers are very caring and are well trained . They have great programs in the summer for older kids too which include field trips to various places in the twin cities. It helps to keep the kids from being bored and the classes are very reasonable.
They have a beautiful man made lake that is disinfected and chlorinated. It is a gradual slope for those kids who are uneasy in the water. They have umbrellas out to protect from the sun. Across the parking lot from the lake is a huge playground with multiple slides and areas to play in. Perfect place for birthday parties and get togethers. It is $5 a day per car or $25 a year which is a deal compared to some waterparks.
Great place for kids to go in the winter to run, play and climb. They have two areas, one for babies and toddlers and one for preschoolers and elementary students. They have punch cards you can buy for a discounted rate or you could pay a daily fee. They have seating outside the play areas for adults. The area can be pretty well seen by the adults in the chairs. Can get warm in the afternoon with the sun coming through the windows. Remember the socks, shoes are not allowed.
This park brings you back to when it was a functioning fort. They have many players that you can watch such as a doctor, soldier, and lawyers. You can watch a soldier go on trial. The doctor is very frank (and a little gory) about what was used for different aliments back then. The characters are very true to their history and interesting to elementary and up. You can also learn about the history of some plants and how people made a living then. Great place for history and entertainment.
The hygenists are warm and friendly. They make sure you get your teeth perfectly clean and that they are healthy. They encourage young children to come with and watch so they will not be afraid. They also started my child at 3 and she does not mind going to the dentist even after having a cavity filled with no anethesia. The dentists make sure they are doing things correctly and not hurting the patients.
You can smell this place a block away. The bread is terrific and they let you sample. They have regular wheat bread and all different kinds like apple cinnamon. They usually have a daily special and you can save the slips inside the bread bag for a free loaf. The cost is more than one at the grocery store, but it is homemade and fresh so it is worth the extra money. Great bread toasted and great place to watch them make the bread.
Low student to teacher ratio--usually 4 to 1 or lower. They have qualified teachers who teach the kids specific skills in a fun way. They have classes from babies (with an adult) to older kids who are trying to competitively swim. The teachers teach songs and games to keep the kids engaged. The price is higher than the community ed swimming classes, but for a anxious child, this is the way to go.
Buy used books at a fraction of the price you would buy new. Some of the used books look brand new. They also accept your used books and give money or store credit for them. A great place to find books you might not find at a big chain. They also have cds and some other toys for kids. Great place for kids books because the price is right and it doesn't matter if they get torn a little.
I needed a piano moved from one house to another. Manny's was professional and covered the piano. They asked on the phone where it was to be moved from and where it would be moved to (in the houses). They were reasonably priced and I got estimates from several different places. I called a couple of days before I needed it to be moved and they had no problem scheduling it. They were courteous and very quick. The move went very smoothly.
Beautiful garden store for outside plants and inside. In the summer they have shrubs, trees and plants for outside and in the winter they have christmas trees, wreaths and other decorations. They also have indoor plants and flowers all year round. Beautiful store with helpful staff and return policy if your plants have a hard time. They also can help you figure out what plants you should plant.