The Discovery Center

The Discovery Center This page will be used to keep parents updated on upcoming events and also for parents to communicate with each other on play dates etc., and much more!
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The Discovery Center is a place for families with Children ages 0-5 to come play and learn together. Our hope is to build community with one another by providing a FUN and safe place for children and parents. Some of the things we have are a Super market, puppet theatre, brand new books for ages 0-5+, climbing structures and we still have more to come. We will also have seasonal activities and programs that we will keep you updated on. Donations are encouraged as it costs money to keep this awesome program up and running (Art supplies, utilities, coffee, etc.) Also if you are interested in volunteering (sweeping, mopping, sanitizing toys, etc.) please let us know. Please come check it out and meet other families in the community!

Mission: To provide a fun place for young families, encourage healthy parenting, social skills and overall community engagement.

Here are some healthy snack ideas to keep your kids' hunger at bay...at least for a little while!
05/07/2020

Here are some healthy snack ideas to keep your kids' hunger at bay...at least for a little while!

Are you coloring eggs this week? If so, give this experiment a try! This activity requires minimal supplies and a little...
04/08/2020

Are you coloring eggs this week? If so, give this experiment a try! This activity requires minimal supplies and a little bit of patience.

Supplies:
16- ounce mason jar with lid and ring
white vinegar
fresh egg

Instructions:
Gently place the egg into the mason jar.

Fill with vinegar leaving 1/2" space at the top. ***It is important to leave room at the top of the jar or it might burst from the carbon dioxide gas produced by the reaction.***

Loosely cover the jar with the lid and ring. ***Again, make sure it is not too tight so that the gas can escape the jar.***

Let sit for about two days. Remove from jar and rinse off in water. Enjoy your shell-less egg!

Try this variation: Add food coloring to the vinegar and see how that affects the egg!

Here is another fun outdoor activity and craft project to try with your kiddos!Here’s what you’ll need:Various flowers, ...
04/01/2020

Here is another fun outdoor activity and craft project to try with your kiddos!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Various flowers, leaves, and petals
Contact Paper
Hole Punch
Twigs
String
Bag to put nature “treasures”

What to do:

1. Head out on a hunt to find beautiful treasures in nature.

2. Gather your items in your bag.

3. Collect two sticks around a foot long.

4. Dump all your treasures onto a table.

5. Cut some contact paper out. Make it double the length (or width) so that you can just fold it on top of itself when you are done placing your flowers or other treasures.

6. Trim the edges of the contact paper.

7. Use a hole punch to punch a hole in each corner of the contact paper.

8. Tie the contact paper onto the twigs using string.

9. Trim the excess string.

10. Hang and enjoy!

Idea from: https://www.icanteachmychild.com/spring-suncatcher

Do the kids in your life seem to have a sweet tooth lately? Satisfy those cravings with a donut! An apple donut, that is...
03/26/2020

Do the kids in your life seem to have a sweet tooth lately? Satisfy those cravings with a donut! An apple donut, that is. Easy recipe, fun result! Missing some ingredients? Substitute the cream cheese for yogurt. Skip the food coloring if you wish. Swap the sprinkles for raisins!

recipe from: https://www.hellowonderful.co/…/EASY-APPLE-FRUIT-DONUTS--…/…

Here at OSL, we want to support the families in our community in any small way we can! The Discovery Center is closed fo...
03/25/2020

Here at OSL, we want to support the families in our community in any small way we can! The Discovery Center is closed for the time being, so we have been coming up with some activities for you to try with your children at home. We will be posting activities and healthy snack ideas on this page weekly, so stay tuned for more!

NATURE WALK
Today's activity is all about reconnecting with nature, in whatever way you can. You can venture as far as the backyard, or head to a nearby park or wooded area if it is safe to do so. Get your muck boots and rain jackets ready, even if it’s raining some fresh air will feel good.

ART AND SCIENCE ACTIVITY
1. Take a walk outside and collect “specimens”, like leaves, pinecones, flowers, or even small rocks. Have your child collect them in any sort of bag or container. 2. Take the collection inside and arrange them on a table or on a tray. 3. Picking one specimen at a time, kids draw what they see using their observational skills. Work on labeling the drawings. Be as vague or detailed as you wish depending on your child's interest level or age.

SUPPLIES
~ Pencils
~ Colored pencils
~ Markers
~ Crayons
~ Paper

This simple activity requires minimal supplies but provides many opportunities for learning! If your child takes an interest in a specific object, explore it more in depth together. Study each detail. For younger kids, use this as an opportunity to enhance vocabulary. For older kids, have them do some research on the object. Have them find the scientific classification of the object or compare and contrast to other similar objects.

This idea came from:
https://www.artbarblog.com/art-and-play-activity-guide-for-kids-in-quarantine/

Check it out for more ideas!

Keep an eye out for more at-home learning activities and snack ideas coming soon!

Old School Lives
03/24/2020

Old School Lives

Joining Live in 20 min on Facebook, yoga with Nancy!! Comment and let us know where you are joining from!

03/17/2020

ATTENTION:
We have decided with the health of our community as our priority and in accordance with the recommended guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health we are closing ALL shops, activities, and fitness activities starting Tuesday, March 17th until March 31st at which point we will reevaluate the situation.

Fitness Members & Pickleball: We are closing the fitness center, pickleball and all fitness classes and activities. We will extend your fitness memberships after re-opening. We will also be attempting some free live yoga classes on our Facebeook page, so keep watching!

Please watch for updates as we prepare to provide lunches through takeout and delivery options on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 11am-1pm.

We will also try to share other resources and lives throughout the next couple weeks! We will be checking our phone messages and email daily and will get back to you. If you are in need of any emergency services please do not hesitate to contact us.
We hope you welcome this message with grace. We do not live in a spirit of fear but one of love and wisdom, making healthy communities our number one priority.

Blessings to you all!

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

Real ConversationsSaturday, February 22nd at 10am Parents are welcome to join us in having real conversations about the ...
02/17/2020

Real Conversations
Saturday, February 22nd at 10am
Parents are welcome to join us in having real conversations about the realities of guilt, shame, and anxiety in parenthood. We want to join you in this very real journey no matter what you are struggling with or if you just want to learn, you're welcome to come. This will be a video and discussion with some delicious treats! Child care provided.

02/07/2020
Old School Lives

Old School Lives

Mama meet-up scheduled for Saturday will be postponed to a later date, due to discovery center updates!!

02/03/2020

The discovery center will be closed through February 7th for updates!!!!

Old School Lives
01/09/2020

Old School Lives

Join us next Tuesday for a Mama Meet-up in the Discovery Center at 10:30am! Kids are welcome!

Join us next Tuesday at 10am in the Children's Discovery Center for our first Mama Meet-up. Just a chance to get togethe...
09/28/2019

Join us next Tuesday at 10am in the Children's Discovery Center for our first Mama Meet-up. Just a chance to get together with other mamas in the area and let the kids play. Also there will be a discount at the Whiteface Coffee Counter that day for any mama who attends!

08/01/2019

The discovery center will be closed today (Aug. 1st) due to hallway maintenance!

For anyone who missed the Usborne storytime today but would still like to check out the books and new releases, follow t...
04/10/2019
Usborne Books & More

For anyone who missed the Usborne storytime today but would still like to check out the books and new releases, follow the link below! If you are interested in placing an order with our party please do so by Friday morning! https://e0699.myubam.com/

Wednesday, April 10th Becky with Usborne books will be in the Discovery Center for a story and craft time at 11:00am! Ho...
04/09/2019

Wednesday, April 10th Becky with Usborne books will be in the Discovery Center for a story and craft time at 11:00am! Hope you can join us!

This week are we are celebrating young children at Old School Lives! Our Junkaroo raffles are still going until Saturday...
04/08/2019

This week are we are celebrating young children at Old School Lives! Our Junkaroo raffles are still going until Saturday the 13th and we have some fun activities going on!

Children’s Discovery Center will be closed on Monday!
03/25/2019

Children’s Discovery Center will be closed on Monday!

Looking for some new books or a little gift for the kiddos on Valentines Day? Check out this February Book List from Jor...
02/01/2019
February Book Picks

Looking for some new books or a little gift for the kiddos on Valentines Day? Check out this February Book List from Jordan and Co. https://jordanandcoblog.com/2019/01/17/february-book-picks/

Ok, fellow book hoarders…here it is: February Book Picks! I tried to keep the list short, but I mean, come on– books about love are the best kind, aren’t they? Here are a few of m…

Old School Lives
01/30/2019

Old School Lives

Old School Lives Shops and Lunches will be closed due to weather. The building and fitness center will be open for anyone needing those resources.

Today is a great day to come play in the discovery center or the gym (after Pickleball) and grab lunch while you are her...
01/21/2019

Today is a great day to come play in the discovery center or the gym (after Pickleball) and grab lunch while you are here! We also have some plans in the works for 2019! We are applying for a grant to make more improvements and exhibits in the Discovery Center!!

01/07/2019

The Discovery Center will be closed Monday January 7th-Wednesdays January 9th due to special events.

01/03/2019

The Childrens Discovery Center will be closed Friday Jan. 4th - Wed. Jan 9th due to private events.

Looking for something to do as a family this weekend?! Come to the Old School Lives Junkaroo & Mocha Too event! The Zoom...
04/16/2018

Looking for something to do as a family this weekend?! Come to the Old School Lives Junkaroo & Mocha Too event! The Zoomobile will be there on Saturday from 11am-12pm as well as more kid friendly activities!

05/08/2017
Old School Lives

Goodbye Butterflies! We will miss you!

We released our butterflies today! What a fun experiment!
#ChildrensDiscoveryCenter #OldSchoolLives #science #observation #butterflies #learn #play #explore #imagine #discover #grow

05/02/2017
Our butterflies have emerged! Bring the kiddos in To check them out!!
05/02/2017

Our butterflies have emerged! Bring the kiddos in To check them out!!

The Discovery Center's cover photo
04/20/2017

The Discovery Center's cover photo

Untitled Album
04/20/2017

Untitled Album

The Discovery Center
04/20/2017

The Discovery Center

Come on out to our Holiday Open House today at Osl! Special discovery center event!!!
11/26/2016

Come on out to our Holiday Open House today at Osl! Special discovery center event!!!

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Cotton, MN
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