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The Gaviidae center is located in downtown Minneapolis in the Gaviidae Commons on the corner of 6th St and Nicollet Mall. Once inside Gaviidae you will find a hallway just to the right of Bruegger's Bagels. We are the first door on the right (Suite 135). You can park in the Gaviidae parking ramp. The entrance is on 6th St., just past the skyway and Bruegger's Bagels, on the right. There are two reserved spots for Bright Horizons along the right wall by the elevators. If those are full we can validate 30 minutes of parking in the lot.

Bright Horizons Minneapolis at Gaviidae

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Our School-Age Program

Guiding children to experience their world and pursue their interests

We provide school-age child care for school holidays, school closing days, summer day camp or when there is a need for back-up or emergency care. In our school-age program, we provide children with the opportunity to live, learn and socialize in a relaxed setting outside of school.

We offer a wealth of enrichment activities that engage the interests of school-age children. You may find school-age children creating a magazine or a video, playing chess or shooting hoops, tutoring each other or forming a club. Teachers are there alongside, facilitating, guiding and understanding that learning does not have to take on the tone and texture of a school day but rather be filled with fun.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"We are so grateful for the wonderful care and education our daughter receives from all of the amazing teachers at Bright Horizons! She wakes up so excited to come to school each day and talks about all of her teachers when she comes home. Thank you for making her feel so loved."

Our Curriculum Components

Engaging opportunities for play and discovery.

  • Language Works Tackling homework assignments, reading chapter books, engaging in long conversations with teachers and peers.
  • Math Counts Measuring weight, length, and volume, using math to solve problems.
  • Science Rocks Investigating forces of nature, developing hypotheses and conclusions, using computers, magazines, and books to explore the world.
  • ArtSmart Studying great artists, individual exploration of performance arts including dance, singing, musical instruments, and drama.
  • Our World Exploring diverse cultures, showing interest in finding solutions to issues of discrimination and injustice, becoming involved in service projects.
  • Well Aware Taking responsibility for a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and healthy eating, participating in extracurricular activities including team sports and dance.

Teacher Spotlight

Just a few of our gold stars of the day.


Name: Cheryl

I Teach: School Age and Infants

Teaching Since: 1993

I love teaching children because: I learn so much every day because children are a bottomless well of wonder and possibility.

Favorite Children's Book: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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Learning at Home

Thank You Cards

You Will Need:

Paper or cards, pens, paper or old magazines to make collages, etc.

Directions:

Explain to your child why thank you cards are important and have him participate as much as possible in making and sending them. He can glue paper on the front of the card, draw a picture, or make a few scribbles. It's the thought and the effort that are important Say things like, “We need to send Grandma a card to thank her for your birthday present”; “What do you want to tell her about it?”; “What do you enjoy/like about the present?”; “Can you draw a picture of yourself playing with the present?”; “How did you feel when you opened the package?”; “What can you say that will make her feel happy?” If your child is older, he may want to make his own cards, either on the computer or with construction paper.

Tip:

Model behavior you want to see from your child -- let him see you writing thank you cards, too..


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