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Family-Friendly Water Holes in SW Washington

Where your kids can splash around on the perfect summer day!

Summer is blossoming in Clark County and it’s a great time for a family excursion to take a dip in some of Vancouver’s best watering holes. Here we have listed our favorite urban spot for cooling off, as well as a couple spots a bit farther east for some fun-filled outdoor adventures.

kids playing in fountainFountain at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver

Located right in city center, this fountain is a favorite urban spot for taking the kids for a quick afternoon splash. Completely reclaimed from its transient past, Esther Short Park is now a vibrant beacon for community revival.

Your preschooler will love getting to dip their toes in the cool running water of this lively urban oasis. Just keep in mind: this cute little spot is popular. Bring a towel and keep an eye out as you would at any swimming pool, and let your kid splash away! 

How KIDSPACE Engages Your Child’s Body and Brain

astronautAt KIDSPACE, we hold the fundamental belief that when it comes to early childhood education, cultivating a healthy body and a healthy brain are two sides of the same coin. With America’s obesity epidemic on the rise, it has never been more important for children to get regular physical exercise, in addition to having their minds stimulated on a daily basis.

Five Classic Books to Read to Your 3-5-Year-Old Tonight

mother-and-child-readingIt’s bedtime. Or that time just after dinner when you and your child snuggle up on the couch and pick out a book to read. Or that time when you sit in the doctor’s office waiting room while you wait for the nurse to call your name. Anytime can be reading time, especially when you have the right book to stimulate your child’s mind and heart.

We’re always amazed by the wide variety of excellent books available to children and parents. The following list includes a few of our favorite classics, books you and your 3-5-year-old can curl up with and enjoy, again and again.

Fitness Tips for Kids

A nice kid playing in the playgroundYou teach your children to properly brush their teeth, get the right amount of sleep, and reach for fruit or other healthy option when they’re hungry. But what about movement? Granted, you don’t want your little one joining you for boot camp workout classes, but modeling positive fitness practices and providing your children with options is a great way to set the foundation for a lifetime of excellent health habits.

Young children are often naturally active. However, if your child could use more structured exercise, it might be time to make changes to the way you approach playtime. The National Association of Sports and Physical Education has developed some parameters for young children, including the amount of exercise that best meets their needs.

Is your child getting too much exercise, too little or just enough?

How to Keep Your Kids Healthy This Year

girl-eating-appleNew Year’s Resolutions are often motivated by the states of being and people we hold nearest and dearest, including our health and our families. As 2015 gains steam, you may be working on adapting choices that you made on January 1 to your real life, trying to balance idealistic principles with the rigors of each day.

If maintaining the health and well-being of your family is important to you, the following the tips can help you strike a healthy balance in terms of food, fitness, and rest.

Strategies to Help Parents and Day Care Teams Work Together

parent-teacher-meetingKidspace Child Enrichment Center is so much more than just a child care center. We actively work toward promoting the growth and success of children and their families. One of the most effective ways to ensure that the services we provide are working for each family is to engage in strong, ongoing communication with parents and caretakers.

With this in mind, we feel that it is our responsibility to communicate our process for increasing family/ staff engagement with you, in the hope that you will let us know how we’re doing. Our goal is always to improve our offerings, and we appreciate the valuable feedback we receive from parents and caretakers on a daily basis.

How to Teach Your Kids About Diversity

girl-with-globeChildren living in today’s United States are exposed to a wide variety of racial and cultural diversity, creating the potential for well-rounded perspectives and an appreciation of all that we both share and have to learn from others.

Whether or not your child is asking questions about different cultures depends largely on the diversity of your family, local community, and the types of messages shared with him or her at daycare or school. While toddlers can observe and take part in cultural activities that enrich their experience and broaden their horizons from an early age, grade-school children can put cultural and racial differences into perspective.

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

kids-trick-or-treatingHalloween is an exciting holiday, intended to thrill and inspire kids of all ages. Parents are often amazed at the creativity unleashed in their children as they dream up costumes and even voices for the characters they wish to portray. There are many ways to encourage creativity in your kids, including allowing them to help make their own costumes and Halloween decorations.

Unfortunately, Halloween is also a time of year when parents must be extra aware of their children’s safety. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.” In addition, the candy children consume may be contaminated and must be thoroughly examined before being consumed. Consider the following tips for safety at this fun and fanciful time of year: