JUNE 2022
Greetings!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
Wishing all the dads and special men a very happy Father’s Day!! Friday, June 17 there will be a special happy hour treat waiting for you when you pick up!! 
CENTER HAPPENINGS
REV SPORTS
We will be offering a soccer class through REV Sports for our preschool and PreK children. Classes will be held on Tuesday afternoons starting the week of June 21. Registration materials have been sent out via email. The class is $75 for 8 sessions. This is a parent paid class.
PARENT REMINDERS
SUMMER REMINDERS
Although flip flops are fun to wear, they are not very safe and will not be allowed at the center. We ask that your child wears tennis shoes or sandals with covered toes and a firm strap around the heel.
 
Please make sure to keep a bottle of non-aerosol sunscreen, labeled with your child’s name, at school. We apply sunscreen before going outside both in the mornings and afternoons. Feel free to bring in sunhats or caps for your child to wear outside!!
IN THE COMMUNITY
COON RAPIDS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Thursday Nights June 9-August 11 for 2022
All concerts begin at 7 p.m.
The Summer Concert Series is held at the performance pavilion of the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, located at 9750 Egret Blvd.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. Anoka County Parks is a partner for this event and waives the park entrance fee for the evening. Concessions available for purchase. 
 
June 9 - The Castaways

June 16 - Sawyer's Dream

June 23 Rockie Lynne

July 7 - Raquel & the Wildflowers

July 14 - Erik Christenson and His Support Group

July 21 - Dirty Shorts Band

July 28 - Chmielewski Fun Time Band

August 4 - Ecuador Manta

August 11 - The Revolution 5
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
DIGGING DEEPER WITH “WHY” QUESTIONS
By Alli Zomer
One of the most frequently heard words in our house is “why.” I can hear it echoing in my head even as I write this. And it doesn’t stop with just one…the “whys” usually come in a waterfall, one after another. I strive to answer my children truthfully and directly, in an age-appropriate way. So, when they ask, “why can’t a brother and a sister get married?” I turn on the logical side of my brain and try to explain biodiversity in the gene pool. I compare families to herds of animals. I want to leave them with a clear and final solution. I want to stop the waterfall of “why.”
 
But then last week, a book came in the mail from a mystery sender. (We ultimately realized the sender was Grandpa, who hasn’t yet mastered the Amazon gift receipt). The book argues that young children are natural philosophers, and that if adults could embrace the “why,” we could “all become better thinkers, and recapture some of the wonder that kids have at the world.” The author offers stories of his own two sons and the complex and deep questions they began asking from a young age.
 
Some questions are direct and have a clear answer. Those are the ones I like. But so many questions have answers that are more complicated, less certain, or perhaps don’t have an answer at all. Those are the ones that can help minds (young and old!) stretch and expand. In order to explore those questions, I realized I have an opportunity adjust my response to my own kids. Instead of providing an answer, what if I asked them “why”? What if I dug deeper into the question? What if together we explored the question to its core?
 
By doing this, the author argues that kids will ultimately examine deep and thought-provoking issues – like, do you have the right to stop your brother from taking your stuffed animal, or does the number 6 really exist? As adults we are often so caught up in day-to-day living, that we don’t take time to explore these questions. We focus on the practical rather than the philosophical. At least I know I do. But what would happen if I took a little more time for the “why”? I think I would learn a lot, think more deeply, and help my children learn to do the same.
 
Disclaimer: The book I am reading is called Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with My Kids by Scott Hershovitz. I am still reading it, so I can’t give a full review or endorsement since there may be surprises ahead! And the book contains some colorful language and possibly controversial topics/views, so let the reader beware.     
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

6/3-6/5 Edina Art Fair, 50th&France, Edina
6/5 Open Streets Lyndale, Minneapolis
Now-6/5 Farm Babies, MN Zoo
Now-6/18 Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Musical, Children’s Theatre, Mpls  
6/15 Movies on the Hill: Encanto, Hyland Hills, Bloomington
6/18 Grand Day Parade, Saint Louis Park
6/18 Midsommar Celebration, American Swedish Institute
6/18-6/19 Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Minneapolis
6/24-8/7 Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr., Stages Theatre, Hopkins
6/25-6/26 Chalk Walk Festival, New Brighton

All Summer - Music and Movies in the Park - Various Minneapolis Parks         

Center Director
Lisa Ward
8885 Evergreen Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
(763) 784-0901
LAST CALL FOR SUMMER
T-SHIRT ORDERS!
 
If you would like to order a summer t-shirt for your child, please do so by the end of today, June 1. T-shirt ordering is optional. Order here.  
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