Tinkering, experimenting, and discovering is what preschoolers do best. And luckily there's a wonderful variety of classes around San Francisco designed just for curious little minds, where they can get a start in everything from science to art to language and culture. Who knows where getting up close and personal with painting, bugs, or world culture might take you?
Break out of "crayons and stickers mode" and give your budding Thiebaud or Matisse a chance to go crazy with a wonderful variety of artistic techniques and materials at Artifact art studio (Greenwich and Baker). The popular "Art Exploration" series for kids aged 3 to 5 will get your child's creative juices flowing and is a perfect on-ramp for re-invigorating your own at-home art projects too.
Could the next Jacques Cousteau be in your midst? San Francisco Zoo's Little Learners series, for kids 3 to 5, is a great way to give kids the chance to experience the incredible diversity of nature with different amazing animal visitors each week and naturalist-guided zoo walks. You can sign up for a series or by the class and your class entry includes access to the zoo for more animal discoveries, too.
A great resource for inspiring a lifelong a love of science and nature is Tree Frog Treks. Their engaging indoor and outdoor programs take place all over the city and include summer camps and after-school classes for wee naturalists as young as four. Your kids will have the chance to practice critical thinking skills while they discover the world around them. You can also gather your gang for one of their Family Adventures or try out their Saturday "kids play nights" at Frog Hall, Tree Frog Trek's homebase in Western Addition.
It's never too early to experience the world and explore other cultures and the place to go for language-specific play groups and activities is Seesaw in Hayes Valley. You can sign up for a series of classes or drop in for songs, music, games and play in Korean, French, Mandarin, Japanese and Spanish.
Stacie Dong and Simran Singh are San Francisco moms with a passion for cooking, eating and exploring the world through food. On their blog, A Little Yumminess, they share recipes from around the world, favorite foodie destinations and ideas for bringing up adventurous eaters. In addition they teach kids' classes and camps throughout the year and are also available for private workshops and events. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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