About The Clubhouse
Learning Without Walls
A Play Adventures Community School begins at the Play Adventures Clubhouse.
Our school is a family and community oriented home child care facility offering an outdoor experiential, early childhood education based on the most recent research supporting social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development
The Clubhouse started as a dream of our director, Naomi Sukenik, a passionate, tenacious play advocate with a background in special education. Her dream was to create a series of programs and opportunities for self directed play and exploration for children in the Central Valley.
When COVID-19 struck, Naomi saw a new opportunity: one for a community school grounded in the latest research on childhood development and education. From this seed, our school grew into a supportive, non-judgmental, outdoor learning environment.
We build and support a strong community of families which are critically involved in the school operation. We provide a high-quality learning experience based in the most recent research about effective education methods, supporting the whole child and their social-emotional development as well as their academic learning. Through this school, we are excited to grow together.
Meet The Team
Our non-judgmental, supportive staff recognize that young people’s capacity for positive development will be enhanced if given access to the broadest range of environments and play opportunities. It is our intention to train playworkers who analyze play experiences, interpret play cues, reflect on personal behaviors, and change environments to help create self-directed and free play opportunities for all children.
I am a passionate, tenacious play-advocate with a background in special education and outdoor informal learning using high ropes. I am a mom to three wonderful children who continuously remind me the importance of choice, independence and appreciation. I strive to reinforce the importance of a enriching childhood and specifically self-directed play.
The philosophy behind play adventures resonates deeply with me and just makes sense. As a child I grew up climbing trees, sloshing around in mud and bringing home random animals. I know that the way I was raised has made me into the person I have become and I am so thankful I had the chance to learn and play independently in the ways I wanted. I believe every child should have a chance to learn, play and grow in their own way. Watching kids play, problem solve, make connections and engineer their own creations has been an amazing and fulfilling experience for me.
I am a mother of two children with a background in Waldorf education. I believe that children need ample time to explore the outdoors, play and socialize. I believe that allowing our children to make mistakes and take risks are crucial for their learning and development. An atmosphere that is conducive to learning does not include tables and worksheets but a child's personal interests and motivation.
Volunteer with us
We are in need of some dedicated, responsible volunteers. We will give a mini training session on playwork, adventure playgrounds and play.
Come support kids play by being you!
We have multiple community events during the year and camps.
Want to join our Play Team?