An indoor play area for kids with a fire station, theater, castle, pirate ship and rock wall, plus a cafe where parents can relax and get a great cup of coffee and lunch: it's no wonder that Kid Ventures is regularly voted the best indoor play arena in San Diego. It all began in 1996, when Debbie Solomon decided to use her training in gymnastics and children's education to transform a school bus into a mini gymnastics studio.
By 2008, it had expanded into a children's gymnastics and fitness center. Kid Ventures now has three locations and a range of enrichment, play and fun activities. Founder Darren Solomon says that there are opportunities for structured and unstructured play: "We offer child enrichment programs and classes as well as the daily enrichment we offer through our edutainers. Every 30 minutes we do activities to stimulate learning, socializing, physical and emotional development in a safe, clean and fun environment."
The play areas are carefully planned to give children hours of safe play and fun activities while teaching them important life skills. The fire station helps them develop physical confidence and coordination, while the theater opens up the gates of creativity with musical and dramatic play.
The School House uses building blocks, wooden puzzles, and containers to introduce math concepts in a fun way, while sorting and activity boards promote eye-hand coordination and fine-motor development. The castle, pirate ship and rock wall fulfill every kids' dream of excitement, adventure and physical challenge.
Daily Child Enrichment activities include physical games, arts and crafts projects, interactive sing-alongs, story time and more. Seasonal events and hands-on workshops give children and parents precious time together to build scarecrows, create a harvest center piece, bake ginger bread houses or decorate Easter eggs.
All of this means that Kid Ventures is also a wonderful venue for a birthday party. Brining the party here takes the burden off parents, leaving them free to enjoy themselves along with kids and guests, says Solomon.
"We offer exclusive and private birthday party packages that are very special and hassle free. Because our spaces are designed for both children and adults, everyone has a great time and we can customize any of our packages to the clients needs. We have been voted the #1 party place for San Diego families for many years now."
Safety is a major consideration and regular cleaning of the facility ensures a healthy environment. Parents or caregivers are required to watch their charges, and there has to be at least one grown up for every three kids. Kid Ventures gives back to the community by donating time and resources to charities like the National Arthritis Foundation, Rady Children's Hospital, The Rivers of Hope Foundation, Promises2Kids (formerly Child Abuse Prevention Foundation), Angels Foster Family Network as well as local schools, churches, and youth organizations.