Finding Inspiration in Every Child
Play Adventures' vision is to cultivate a community prioritizing children's play and supporting families. Our school is a family and community oriented home child care facility offering an outdoor, play-based, experiential, early childhood education. We foster direct and constant contact and communication with the families to best offer our knowledge and commitment. Our outdoor space is set up to inspire curiosity, exploration and problem solving. Exposing our children to academic concepts is a natural part of the environment, no worksheets needed!
How did we come to be? Naomi founded Play Adventures with the idea that every child deserves a safe place to play and to lead their play without instruction. We showed up at parks, and kids found us playing with weird, found and recycled items and their imaginations ran wild when they began to create. Covid hit our community and we turned into a Large home child care, while community events dwindled. This past year alone we ran a Forest Preschool, an Afterschool, a 'my grownup and me' program for toddlers and young children, and held workshops for our families. Now that we are more safe against Covid, we are excited to begin community outreach, Pop Up Play Days and other wonderful events to look forward to!
What do we do?
Programming: Preschool, Afterschool, MGM
Workshops on multiple topics
Parent resource and support
Gimme a Break Nights
Pop Up Play Days or Series
much much more...
Why we do what we do?
We believe there should be a space and time in a child's play dedicated to outdoor, self- directed play, Where the adults are mostly out of sight and out of mind. The four tenets that guide Play Adventures Clubhouse Programs are:
‘I am Capable’ meaning we believe in a child's full potential. They are capable of problem solving, assessing and taking risks, and resolving their own conflicts!
‘I am part of an environment’ - connecting to nature and our changing seasons, caring for our environment as we discuss concepts like: sustainability, conservation, reusing, and recycling.
‘I am part of a culture’- Most of us have a sense of belonging to a culture. By learning about multiple cultures, traditions and religions from around the world, we become more open minded and are more readily able to accept others. Knowledge and understanding of others is crucial accepting those different from us. Being kind no matter how our thoughts, opinions and beliefs differ.
I am curious'- This means we let them investigate the things they are curious about without judgement (using an object in a different way then what is normally allowed (i.e dumping paint on a painting), exploring their environment (ie. digging a deep hole in the backyard) in a way that interests them (destroying a box). These show the different types of Play that are possible without being judged, criticized, or stopped.