Back to School & Fall Family Activities
We have exciting plans for this 2021/2022 school year. We’ve recently welcomed new students for this school year. We’re so happy you’re here, welcome! Plus, we’ve transitioned our students to a new grade level. We’re so proud of you!
This year, we’re excited about new learning opportunities and to get to know our families even better! Check out our recommended fall family activities below.
Back to School at Memories & Milestones Academy 2021
To kick things off this year, we held an employee training. We’re excited to introduce new employees to our families.
Here are 4 of our New Prague employees during a training in September.
And, we’ve already started our learning plans. The skills learned by our infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and Pre-K students set a strong foundation for each student’s future. Since it’s the beginning of the school year, we’re focused on figuring our classroom rules and our daily routine to keep everything running all school year smoothly.
We love learning; check out that smile! Plus, we’re enjoying playing out in this lovely fall weather.
Speaking of fall. We have a couple of recommendations for fall activities for families.
Fall Family Activities in Belle Plaine & New Prague
Fall activities are in abundance in our community. We’d love to hear about your favorite fall activities, too. Just let us know of any activities you recommend when you see us. Our favorites include:
Belle Plaine – Emma Krumbee’s Apple Orchard & Barn
Emma Krumbee’s Apple Orchard and Barn is so much fun for families. Open daily (call ahead to verify hours), Emma Krumbee’s has a handful of items you can pick yourself. Pumpkins anyone? Get out there and enjoy choosing your own Minnesota Mums, raspberries, and so much more.
New Prague – Barten Pumpkins
Barten Pumpkins in New Prague is the perfect place to take your little ones to choose their own pumpkins. Plus, you can get a free pony ride if the pony is working when you are there. This family-owned business is open seven days a week with daylight hours. Pick pumpkins ranging in price from $2 – $10.
Now that you have your pumpkins, you can make jack-o-lanterns. Here’s a video that we found to be very helpful. In 90 seconds, you can learn how to safely “carve” a jack-o-lantern with your little one. Plus, here’s an easy recipe for Pumpkin Cupcakes. You can make a pumpkin puree from “the insides” of your jack-o-lantern.
Don’t forget to save the seeds so you can roast them. To make roasted pumpkin seeds follow these steps:
- Clean the seeds by rinsing them with water in a strainer.
- Bring 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of salt to a boil.
- Add the seeds and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Warm the over to 400 degrees F.
- Spread the boiled seeds on a sheet pan. No seeds should be touching.
- Add salt evenly to the seeds.
- Roast seeds for 5 – 20 minutes until they start to turn golden brown. Smaller seeds require less roasting time. Larger seeds require more time.
- Take the seeds out of the oven, and then cool completely before eating.
Pumpkin seeds are an extremely healthy snack. They are high in fiber and contain essential nutrients like magnesium and vitamin K.
About Memories & Milestones Academy
At Memories & Milestones Academy, we’re happy to answer all questions and provide a complimentary walk-thru tour of our programs. Contact us to schedule your personal tour of our daycare center in New Prague or Belle Plaine.
We’re proud to be the top daycare provider in Belle Plaine and New Prague. Our enrolled families regularly recommend us to family and friends. Our employees enjoy working here and help to recruit additional teachers.