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Early Education

Kid Ventures Enrichment Center, Preschool, and Camps Are About Far More Than Play

In 2008, Debbie Solomon wanted to translate her background in gymnastics and children’s education into a unique enterprise. She started by purchasing a school bus and turning it into a mini, mobile gymnastics studio, allowing her to bring her love of fitness to families across San Diego. The next step was creative design of a facility that is trusted, safe, clean, and highly engaging, sparking the imagination of young children and satisfying the needs of today’s parent in an appealing and adult-friendly space. Together with her husband and business partner, Darren Solomon, they opened their first gym, and Kid Ventures was born. “Kid Ventures has a mission of being a positive space for families just starting out,” said CEO Darren, “where they can make new friends, meet up with old friends, learn, grow, laugh, and celebrate those precious few years of early childhood.”

mp_kidventures2As parents themselves, Debbie and Darren saw the need for an environment where kids could freely flex their imaginations in a safe setting, and give parents the opportunity to remain nearby yet be able to unwind and partake in a café setting, mingling with friends. The result was Kid Ventures, an 8,000-square-foot open play area that is a boutique-style enrichment center/indoor play area combined with parent café, providing a one-of-a-kind family experience. “Children are encouraged by a staff of talented and certified ‘edutainers’ to explore in kid-friendly locales such as a pirate ship, castle, or creating masterpieces in the art studio,” Darren explained. “Parents are invited to grab coffee and relax, catch up on emails in the lounge, even catch a yoga class!” Seeing kids developing skills and learning important values while at play is the ultimate gift the Solomons hope to impart.

Open Monday through Saturday, Kid Ventures offers enrichment classes, open creative playtime, preschool classes, and Kids Night Out events. Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday, Kid Ventures closes for private birthday parties, which have been voted #1 by San Diego families for multiple years in a row. Kid Ventures also recently launched a preschool, which is focused on one-on-one attention and learning. A big goal one day is to have a Kid Ventures inside every children’s hospital around the country as a nonprofit – being a part of the healing process for children with life-threatening illnesses. “This is the core behind everything that is Kid Ventures,” Darren affirmed, “to make a difference in the lives of families everywhere.”

This summer, Kid Ventures is expanding horizons with a series of exciting, fun-filled summer camps. Each week focuses on a new theme, from Dinosaur Digs and Emoji Madness to Super Sports Week and Mermaids & Dragons. Choose single-day or full-week options to best fit your family’s schedule, and discover more at



Name of School: Kid Ventures Enrichment Center and Preschool
Owners: Darren and Debbie Solomon
Years in Position: 11
Year of Establishment: 2008
Address: 10760 Thornmint Rd., San Diego, CA 92127
Phone: 858-663-1639
Description of Business: Kid Ventures is a best-in-class enrichment and learning hub for families during the precious early years (ages 1-5) of their development and growth. It’s a place where parents can feel really good about where their children are, what they are doing, and how they (the parents) can be part of the experience while also satisfying their social and work needs.