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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 Toddler Program

A place for growing curious, happy and confident toddlers

Our space is built for active and inquisitive toddlers with environments made up of well-planned learning centers that allow for physical activity, child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching. There are reading nooks, sensory tables, great books, pretend play areas, baskets filled with dress-up and exploratory materials, musical instruments, and places to explore.

Learning experiences are planned to promote each toddler’s growing independence, to enhance social skills, and to build the confidence needed to reach their individual potential.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Thank you so much for all that you do for the children, families and staff. Bright Horizons has been a second home for our three daughters, and our family, for nearly 10 years now! The teachers have contributed tremendously to our daughters' growth and development, and the feeling of leaving your children with people they adore is incredibly comforting."

Our Curriculum Components

Engaging opportunities for play and discovery.

  • Language Works Reading, singing, and engaging in conversation.
  • Math Counts Counting, sorting, and pattern identification.
  • Science Rocks Nature walks, gardening, and exploring sand, water, and other sensory tables.
  • ArtSmart Dramatic play, painting with hands and feet, manipulation of other materials and textiles.
  • Our World Diverse interactions with the center community.
  • Well Aware Movement activities as well as hand washing and other self-help skills.

Learning at Home

Play Dough Recipe

You Will Need:

1 cup salt 
1 cup flour 
2 cups water with food coloring 
2 tablespoons oil 
Optional: add 2 teaspoons cream of tartar to make dough last longer
Large saucepan
Cookie cutters 
Rolling pin 
Tray 
Airtight container for storage

Directions:

Have your child measure and mix dry ingredients in a saucepan and stir well. Slowly add water and stir well. Then, you can cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly. When it has formed a lump, put it on the tray to cool. After it is cool, invite your child to play with it while you are cooking dinner.

Tip:

Let your child choose the color of the food coloring. You may need to help your child measure ingredients. While mixing them, talk about the changes you see. While your child is playing with the dough, ask him what he is making. Store the dough in the refrigerator.


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