Laureen, Queen's Square | January 5, 2018
Why is play important?
There has been an abundance of research around play and its positive effects on early childhood learning and development. In general, research shows strong links between creative play and language, physical, cognitive, and social development. Play is a healthy, essential part of childhood. Infants explore their world through their senses while adults in their world foster their development and learning through playing games with them. Toddlers engage in pretend play when they imitate actions and events they have experienced in their family life. As they grow into four and five year olds, young children engage more and more in play activities that expand their knowledge of the world around them, develop their motor skills, and focus on their peers.
Our Children’s programs may be finished for the season but we are not finished offering awesome things to do!
Stay and Play, December 4-15, 10:00am - 12:00pm, all locations
Feeling the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Do you want to join in on all the fun at Idea Exchange but can’t commit to a specific time? We’ve got Stay and Play Activities!!! New activity stations set up each day so that you can play! No need to register – no specific time – come in when you want!
STEM Week, January 2-5, 10:00am – 4:00pm, all locations
Each day of the week will feature different STEM activity stations– Tuesday-Science, Wednesday-Technology, Thursday-Engineering, Friday-Math. Begin the New Year by inspiring curiosity and wonder with us! All day so come and play!
We hope you love to stay and play this holiday season!