Bismarck, N.D. - You've probably noticed, the weather outside is getting more frightful.
So finding something fun for the little ones to do indoors is especially delightful as winter approaches.
Stephanie Schick, a guide at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, agrees. "You need a place to go where your children can get out and explore, and I really like a setting like this where they can come into the museum," says Schick.
Every Monday morning, Schick teaches dozens of toddlers and pre-schoolers. "It's really really fun," she says.
The classes, part of a learning series called "Little Kids, Big World", vary widely in topic. This week the kids learned about pottery by making their own pots and plates.
Schick is a big advocate for the hands-on approach. "It might take a lot longer for your to practice making pottery and learning those steps and how to do it than it would for you to read the sign that we have in the gallery," Schick says, "But you're not necessarily going to remember the sign. You probably will remember if you took the time to learn those steps and how to get it right."
Schick's classes give kids a chance to get their hands dirty.
Stacy Loegering of Bismarck says her daughter loved the class. "Lily really enjoyed it. She was able to be proud of the creation she was making, and seemed to enjoy it a lot," says Loegering.
But it's not just for the kids, Schick says she wants mom and dad to come away from her classes with new memories, too.
"Parents enjoy when their kids are having fun. I don't know what it is about being a parent, but when you see your kids having fun, you're pretty much having fun," Schick says, "So I think it is good for both kids and their parents."
Stephanie Schick, sharing history and spreading smiles, is someone you should know.
The "Little Kids, Big World" learning series runs for a few more weeks at the State Heritage Center.
On November 6th: "Out of this World Art", a class on the Hubble Telescope
On November 13th "House and Home", a class on a new home-inspired exhibit.
Classes run from 10:30 to 11:00 AM Monday mornings at the ND Heritage Center.
Learn more by calling 701-328-2792.