Enrichment Classes

Happy Feet Dance Program

Happy Feet Dance Company LogoChildren’s Discovery is proud to offer dance lessons to its students from September through April!  Happy Feet Dance Company brings its upbeat and popular program to us once a week during your child’s free time.  This high-energy program is designed to give your child professional dance lessons without the hassle of nights and weekends spent away from home and driving back and forth from a dance studio.  Dance classes are offered to all students that are 2 to 6 years of age.  The program includes tap, jazz, ballet, rhythm and movement instruction.  We will work on coordination, balance, beginning dance technique and so much more!

Classes are focused on boosting self-esteem and having tons of fun!  There are 2 exciting recitals: one during the holidays in December, and the year-end in May with our Annual Spring Recital.  This exciting show features dazzling costumes and props, and it is the highlight of the dance year!

Happy Feet Dance Company Owner and Instructor, Jenny Hansell, has been with Children’s Discovery for many years.  Jenny also has 12 years of teaching experience and 20 years of dance training.  She teaches classes across the north metro at various child care centers, elementary schools, and is the Dance Director for the cities of Vadnais Heights and St. Anthony.   Register your child for Happy Feet Dance HERE for the Little Canada location and HERE for the Vadnais Heights Location.  Please feel free to contact Jenny with questions or for more information about the dance program at 763-784-4151.  You can also email her with questions here: missjenny@happyfeetdancecompany.com

Play Tap and Go

playtapandgoc37b-a03dt03a-zKyle Witherow teaches Play Tap and Go at CDA, year-round.  Play Tap and Go is a modern and engaging approach to teaching music to preschool children.  Play Tap and Go music education program prepares children to move confidently into piano lessons if desired, with a technically sound foundation.  And that’s not all.  With Play Tap and Go, children have so many learning opportunities – all in the name of fun!  Here’s a sampling of what children will learn:
  • Rhythm and movement exercises that develop small and large motor skills
  • Recognition of notes and note values
  • Counting exercises to help recognize numbers and develop math skills
  • Memory skill building through repeated music terminology
  • Introduction to the music staff and piano keyboard
  • Creative development through improvisation, composition and keyboard exploration
  • Development of verbal skills through group interaction
  • Improved hand-eye coordination through hands-on experience with rhythm instruments and the keyboard.
  • Reinforcement of listening skills by discerning high and low, loud, and soft sounds.
  • Recognition of the music alphabet, colors, and shapes with worksheet activities
  • Music story time focusing on composers, music terminology, and character development.
  • Weekly life lessons incorporating positive emotional and social skills to build self-worth.
For more information, please contact Kyle Witherow directly by email: kyle@playtapgo.com or by phone: 651-357-3793.
Register your child for Play Tap Go at www.PlayTapGo.com


Soccer Shots

It’s more than soccer!

Soccer Shots is the national leader in youth soccer development for children ages 2 through 8. Our program has been created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, MLS® and USL® professional soccer players, and experienced and licensed soccer coaches. Our innovative lesson plans are developmentally appropriate and tailored specifically to the three distinct age groups we teach. Using these creative and age-appropriate curricula and infusing each lesson plan with enthusiasm and structured activity, Soccer Shots aims to leave a lasting, positive impact on every child we serve.


By enrolling your child in Soccer Shots, you can expect the following:

•Increased psychomotor development through fun fitness activities

•Introduction to team dynamics

•Character formation through life lessons such as honesty, sharing, respect, and positive attitudes

•Development of active lifestyle habits

•Individual skill development

•Coordination, balance, and agility development

No gear needed! All soccer equipment is provided to program participants.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.soccershots.org

Tumble Fun Bus

It’s a full sized school bus that has been renovated into a children’s gymnastics center that comes right to Children’s Discovery Academy. Some of the many items included in the bus are: bars, rings, mini springboard, parachute, vault, trampoline, beam, ball pit, zip line, monkey bars, climbing mountain, and MUCH MORE!
Gymnastics has been proven to not only improve children’s health but also help  develop such areas as balance, strength, weight control, confidence, mental health and motor skills.
For more information, please contact Shannon Shepard by phone 763-229-0599 or email shannonshepard@comcast.net

Summer Swimming Lessons

Children’s Discovery Academy is proud to partner with Goldfish Swim School to offer summer swimming lessons to children enrolled in preschool and Pre-K.  Students are bused to Goldfish Swim School in Oakdale with CDA staff supervising the entire duration of the lesson.  All Goldfish Swim School instructors are lifeguard certified and are committed to helping your child become comfortable and safe in the water. With an emphasis on fun, education, and water safety, their instructors are experts at making sure each participant is reaching his or her full potential.


From Goldfish Swim School:

You may be curious to learn more about the basic elements included in our swim curriculum. Look no further. We have broken down all the essential components below.

  1. The Science of SwimPlay®: This is the core philosophy of Goldfish Swim School. It’s based on the idea that children learn best through play.
  2. Safe Environment: The school provides a safe environment with highly-trained lifeguards on deck at all times.
  3. Guided Play: We keep the pool well-stocked with toys, play interactive songs, and ensure that every swimmer is enjoying their time with games and activities.
  4. Focus on Water Safety: A big priority in the Goldfish model is water safety. These are the first skills we teach and are an essential foundation for all further development.
  5. Fun-Loving Instructors: Curriculum is only as good as those who teach it. At Goldfish, we hire people who have proven that they love teaching, playing, and getting to know their students.
  6. Building Essential Life Skills: One of the goals of Goldfish Swim School isn’t just to instill water safety principles or good form while swimming. We want provide a platform for kids to build essential life skills like self-confidence, social play, and intrinsic motivation.
  7. Overcoming Fears: One of the most rewarding things about teaching swimming is helping swimmers to transition from anxiety about swimming into enjoying every minute in the water.
  8. Celebrating Achievements: At Goldfish, we believe every milestone and turning point toward growth should be recognized, celebrated, and rewarded. Continual celebration adds up to big self-esteem.
  9. Parent-Friendly: Our curriculum was created by parents for parents.
  10. Continuous Growth: Our swimming classes aren’t about checking of a list of items, but about forward movement and growth. We want your child to be challenged at whatever stage they are at to ensure they keep progressing in their swimming journey.
Registration for swimming lessons opens during the first week in May.  Space for this program is limited.