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Children’s Learning Adventure, a national early childhood education company, is set to open its newest location within the next few months in Chanhassen. The center offers children dozens of different learning opportunities, including cooking classes, an art studio and a science lab.

Children’s Learning Adventure offers childcare from lead teachers (with degrees), transportation to and from local elementary schools and an assurance that children are engaging in activities that take advantage of their creative capacities, Daniel Petersen, vice president of development, says. “We go to great lengths to hire the best directors and the best instructors to ensure parents feel fulfilled with the educational opportunities we are providing,” Petersen says. “All of our instructors go through an industry-redefining, 60-hour training program before ever stepping foot in a Children’s Learning Adventure classroom.”

Preschool students are placed in a “homeroom setting,” where they explore various lessons. From there, they experience seven different learning environments, including an art studio, a television studio, a math and science lab and a cooking classroom with professional-grade equipment. Children in elementary school have an additional 10,000-square-foot wing on campus with bowling lanes, a ballet studio, a basketball court and a full dance floor that lights up for modern dance.

The Chanhassen center is Children’s Learning Adventure’s second location in Minnesota—the first opened in Maple Grove last fall. Petersen says that the Maple Grove opening attracted 1,400 people, and many of the classrooms filled up on the first day. Interested families can schedule a tour at the Maple Grove location before the opening of the Chanhassen location.