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Old 05-17-2009, 07:36 AM
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Hello everyone...

I lived in Bloomington about 10 yrs ago- as a (unruly) college kid, not as a mother of a 18 month old- but am lucky enough to be moving back to this awesome town. We will soon be back in Bloomington and are looking to make sure we can have the most fun possible. If you have information/suggestions/experiences for any of the following, let us know...

1. toddler swim classes- location, cost, etc.

2. toddler gymnastic/movement classes- location, cost, etc

3. raising a bi lingual baby- playgroups, preschool, etc

4. favorite park for kids

5. experiences with preschools (our lil man will be 1 1/2 yrs old)

6. information on any must do activities with kids

It took months to find and arrange all of these activites where we currently live, and I would REALLY appreciate any help so I dont have to spend another lifetime searching on the internet.

thank you....
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Old 05-17-2009, 08:22 AM
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I don't have any current knowledge of Bloomington activities for young kids. You might start checking with the "Y" for the physical activities and utilize the mom networking/expertise that I suspect you will find there.
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:02 PM
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I am an early childhood major here at IU and have worked/volunteered with many toddler/early childhood programs in town. I really think that the BDLC is the best daycare/preschool program in town...they are culturally diverse and foster all of their children's individual needs. They teach sign language in the mobile infant rooms (and the children really respond to it..its amazing!) Check out their website www.bdlc.org It is quite pricey though...and if that doesnt fit into your budget, try Campus View Childcare on campus...I'm not sure if they tend to toddlers, but look into it. It's a good program too....Campus Children's Center is near campus by the mall...thats a good one as well but again Im not sure if they tend to toddlers. University Elementary has a preschool program that's really good too...I taught first grade there for field experience and really enjoyed the staff and curriculum. I noticed they had a preschool room so look into that as well. I'll warn you about St. Charles...they are trying to get a national accredidation but the director is no good and it's not very clean...there's another church downtown that is REALLY good that tends to infant/toddler/preschool. The director is amazing...i cant remember what it's called but I think it's located on the corner or 4th and Washington, they just got a national accredidation too.

Having a bilingual child in Bloomington is no big deal..because of IU every class I have been in has had atleast 1/3 of children as bilingual.

As far as toddler programs go, I would start at the YMCA. They have a preschool/daycare program there and I tried to get in there to volunteer but they weren't very responsive but you may still want to check it out. Home

Also, the Monroe County Public Library has a lot of activities for children. Their children's section is AMAZING...I heard it was one of the best in the state. Not only do they have books, but games/activities, and a parent resource room. Children's Services You can even put as many books as you want on 'hold' online and they will send you an email when they are ready to be picked up.

Bryan Park is on the south end of town. It's a huge park and all the time I drive by there, it's full of people. It's very pet friendly..I always see people walking their dogs, playing frissbee or having soccer practice..it's very family friendly.

that's all i can think of right now...any more questions, let me know!
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:55 PM
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I would look into the Monroe County Department of Recreation.
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:44 AM
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thanks for the reply. we are currently on the wait list for BDLC, but I was considering keeping him at home until they have an opening; it sounds like it might be worth it to wait.... and I will look into the YMCA.
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:46 AM
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I forgot to mention that the public library has a programs specifically for two year olds..it includes dance, music, fingerplays, ect. I believe it's on Monday mornings at 10am, free of cost. Their website has tons of information about programs available. ...one of my favorite things is their 'read to a dog' program. When your son gets older, maybe he can benefit from it..but they bring in dogs from the humane society for the children to read to! it's a really fun time for all of us!! (the volunteers, the children, and the dogs!)
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