Toddlers learn through play, exploration
Kidville is a membership-based indoor play space offering classes and programs for almost any age child. The facility is run by “The Mayor,” Melissa Weiner, who started out as an assistant teacher and worked her way up through the company to now owner of one of its franchises. Her zest and passion for what she does are apparent in her everyday interactions with the residents of her Kidville.
At Kidville University, a playful environment is created for toddlers to explore their emerging language and social skills. While in the care of Kidville University, each child is nurtured to achieve their highest potential through relationships that are built on trust, respect and secure attachment. Its teachers who not only love what they do, but are also affectionate, caring and playful in their interactions with the children, ensuring that each child walks away with an enjoyable experience.
“Melissa’s expertise in the classroom coupled with her authentic passion and enthusiasm for the Kidville brand will only continue to grow the Kidville business in Las Vegas. She is truly a star and we could not think of a better face for the Kidville Brand in a city as exciting as Las Vegas,” said Jennifer Mingucci, vice president of sales at the Kidville corporate office.
Kidville University is built upon three key principles, which are reflective teaching, empathetic guidance and emergent curriculum. With reflective teaching, the children are given objective feedback about their play, exploration or behavior. As children are building their self-worth and confidence at this young age, they won’t be labeled or judged based on their behavior. So for the parent who is worried that their child is the “loud kid,” Kidville University does not label any child.
The Kidville University offers a “graduate” program for 3- to 4-year-olds, called Kidville University Grad School where the kids learn pre-reading skills and basic French. Both programs currently run three days a week with an anticipated expanded program running five days a week by fall 2014.
“Their classes, over one to two years, have changed my kids’ lives by being instrumental in instilling this amazing love for learning and, more importantly, educating me on what activities to do with my kids at home to continue what they are learning in the classroom over the rest of the week,” said Shelley Sherk, a mom of two Kidville residents.
Aside from providing growth and educational programs to the youth of the Valley, Kidville also gives back to the community by partnering with several local charities including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Pregnancy Foundation, Baby’s Bounty and Goodie Two Shoes.
Whether it is art, music, dance or camp that interests the child, Kidville offers something for every little one. Kidville Playspaces offer kids the chance to run, climb, tumble, and slide. There is also a boutique offering toys, clothes and salon. Kidville is also there to celebrate the milestones in a child’s life—from their first haircut to their next birthday party.
Kidville also plans to expand their age group up to 9-year-old and planning to include such interests as pottery, karate and oil painting classes.
To learn more about Kidville’s classes, programs and memberships, visit kidville.com/tivolivillage or call 702.233.9253. Kidville is located at Tivoli Village 420 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 130.