If you place a child in a new environment with no expectations, no structured curriculum, and no shiny technology to distract them, they will most likely do two things. The first is touch. The second, ask questions. Basically, they’ll want to explore for themselves and then learn from others. In fact, most adults would do the same exact things! Fortunately, Santa Clarita Valley is home to a couple who are all about fostering the desire to explore, learn, and create. Meet Erica Larsen-Dockray and Jeremiah Dockray. Together, they have founded Santa Clarita Valley Adventure Play, or SCV Adventure Play for short.

A Closer Look at Santa Clarita Valley Adventure Play

Their mission is to “provide free, unstructured, and self-directed play for ‘kids’ of all ages.” Whether through pop-up playgrounds or their long-term Eureka Villa adventure playground project, their dedication to instilling creativity into the Santa Clarita community is inspiring!

Luckily, there’s a chance to hear from them directly. Erica and Jeremiah are helping kick-off ARTree Community Arts Center’s 2017 Guest Speaker Series. On Thursday, January 26th, at 7:00 PM, they’ll be speaking about their journey, motivation and mission. This free event goes hand-in-hand with ARTree’s own quest to building “community by providing opportunities to nurture creative thinking and expression through the unique power of the arts.”

So whether you’re an aspiring community organizer, an artist looking for inspiration, or a parent seeking new ways to nurture your child’s creativity, come grab a seat on the 26th, and be prepared to learn, create and explore.

This year’s ARTree Guest Speaker Series will be held at the Repertory East Playhouse, which is located at 24266 Main Street, Newhall, California 91321. For more information on Santa Clarita Valley Adventure Play, take a look at Erica and Jeremiah’s website.  To learn more about ARTree and their guest speaker series, visit their web page or call 661-673-7500.