Play-Well Ventura, our newest activity learning center, is now up and running! The center is offering many fun classes, summer camps, and mini-sessions to the families and schools of Ventura County and beyond. The Play-Well Ventura center began as a vision of Ben Pfister, the Ventura/Santa Barbara Area Manager. He wanted to create a space where children could build, explore, and create while also working on their own individual interests and inspirations. As Ben said, “I want to make it a space where everyone can find something they are drawn to. I imagine a space with sick catapults and crazy machines mixed with beautiful paintings and delicate sculptures out of clay and wire.” His desire to combine and welcome children’s diverse interests and creative directions plays a major role in what makes Play-Well Ventura unique. Here at Play-Well Venture, instructors don’t think that work and fun have to be mutually exclusive. They want to inspire children to partake in a hybrid of the two, “learning in disguise, work that doesnt feel like work.” This vision came to life with the “Thinking Creatively: Mind-Mapping” class currently being run at Play-Well Ventura.
This amazing class asks students to use a powerful idea-generating process called “mind-mapping” to explore different angles of a central theme chosen for the group. Students can choose from science, art, history, personal observations and many other tracks as a means to creatively consider and approach the groups theme. Then the class “harvests” their ideas and uses them as inspiration to create a piece of art, assemble an informational piece or narrate a story which explores the student’s unique perspective of the class theme. This is just one of the many amazing and exciting classes being offered at Play-Well Ventura. From a Leonardo Da Vinci summer workshop to Robotics classes to a Comic Strip Story-Telling with LEGO® camp, Play-Well Ventura has something to offer for every child. So, come by and visit our center and prepare to be creative, to think outside of the box, and to explore. You may find something you never thought possible.