Straight ahead through the lobby is the Orientation Hall. A large area divided into twelve stations. Each station has a unique name and purpose.
. Water Works - This station is all things water; how it flows, the currents, defying gravity, flooding, etc. This is self-guided learning at its best with the hopes the child will grasp working with others, taking on a challenge and communication.
. Grasshopper Grocery& Butterfly Bistro - this station is set up like a real life grocery store and cafe. The children can shop, prepare a meal, serve, work the cash register, and other similar activities. The goal is to help children with communication, critical thinking, and making connections.
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. Pet Hospital - Explore everything about medicine and how the body works at this station. Children get to examine their stuffed animals and view actual X-rays. This area encourages communication, critical thinking and making connections.
. Groundwork - Take matters into control; move the earth, dig, shovel, landscape; these are the types of activities one can do at this station. Learning how to take charge and seeing things from another's perspective are the key objections in this area.
. Building Bridgetown - Just as it sounds, this station focuses on building. Tear down, build up; children will work on motor skills and discover what it is like to build using various materials
. Theater - The children get to be the actors and present stories and plays.
. Twilight Trail - The kids can walk through the delightful forest and explore light and dark; shadows and color. They will learn how to take on challenges and communication.
. Vroom Room - This station has a large track laid out with cars, trucks, ambulance, bus, etc. and the kids get to "get behind the wheel" and try their skills at navigating. Key concepts are critical thinking, communication, seeing other perspectives and self control.
. Maker Studio - This studio allows a child to create something from recycled materials. Some of the life skills learned is self-directed learning, focus, self control, critical thinking and communications.
. Clay Studio- Does your child like to get their hands messy? The Clay Studio may be the place for them where they can squish and squeeze clay to make their own personal creation. If one wants to have their piece fired there is a small fee starting at $3. Glazing is also another option; fees also start at $3.
. Treehouse Adventure - Explore a cozy nook while you read a book. This is self-directed learning in a quiet environment.
. Field Station - Placed just before the Outdoor Adventure, this space acts as a transition to get kids ready to go out. Also incorporates many outdoor/nature items to explore.
. Outdoor Adventure - Outdoor spaces with over an acre of area to run, play, and explore. The kids will experience rocks, water, forts, insects, frogs, trees, meadows and much more.
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