Where the Wild Things Play

We are a hands on, play based childcare center in Mariposa. We are open Monday-Friday 7:00am-5:30pm.

Where the Wild Things Play is a Child Care Center that specializes in the early care and education of young children ages 6 weeks - 12 years. We offer a play based hands on approach to learning where children guide the way through their interests and learn by doing. Our mission is to take advantage of the teachable moments that happen every day by fostering the intellectual, creative, social, emot

Operating as usual


Our school is growing so our staff needs to grow too! Join our team today.


Do you have a heart for teaching young children? We are rapidly growing and looking for 2 additional teachers to join our amazing team. We offer a generous compensation package for qualified candidates. Come learn and grow with us!


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If any people affected by the Oak Fire need water for themselves or their animals please come by our office 7 days a week from 8-5pm and get any water you need. We will have a hose bib by our office front door to fill any jugs you have. If you have questions you can call our office 209-966-4461


Hi friends, family and neighbors. I hope everyone is doing well and getting through as best you can right now. I know this is terrible timing for some but I need some help if you are able. We asked for emergency permission to open Bullion Street but the State WILL NOT grant me emergency permission to operate even under these circumstances, but they will come out next week for an inspection to try to get me operable. That's where you come in. If you are handy at all, can paint, do any type of metal work, wood work, plumbing, electrical, help us put together a playground, clean, build and move furniture, we could really use your help this week. Any time and skills you are willing to donate so I can get up and running to provide childcare again would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!!


Hi friends. I hope all of you are doing well. We love you and are thinking of all you every day. It is my understanding that the Triangle area was hit hard by fire but the school house still stands. It may be many weeks before we are allowed to go back in, if at all. We are working hard to get Bullion Street open so we can see you again. Stay safe.

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa 07/11/2022

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa

Positions available for Teachers and Teacher's Aides at Where the Wild Things Play for our new location on Bullion Street. Pay starts at $16.00 and varies based on education and experience. We offer a generous paid time off package and childcare discounts for staff. Signing bonus after probation period. www.wildthingspreschool.com

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa Where the Wild Things Play is a preschool in Mariposa, CA specializing in the quality care and education of children ages 2 – 6 years old.


Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, step dads and bonus dads out there that help make our world go round. We hope you have the best day yet!



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Thank you Mariposa for voting us the Best Preschool in Mariposa 2022! We are so thankful for all of you.


We are hiring! Do you have at least 6 ECE units and love working with children? We offer competitive pay, paid time off and a fun, family centered environment. Monday-Friday, no nights, weekends or holidays. Email Lori at [Email hidden], send a Facebook message or call 209-742-9453 to apply. Must be able to pass a background check with FBI and DOJ. No DUI's.

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa 05/31/2022

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa

Where the Wild Things Play is growing and hiring Teachers! We are currently seeking Fully Qualified Infant/Toddler and Preschool Teachers. A fully qualified teacher will have at least 12 units in ECE, Child Development or similar area of study. Please visit our website at www.wildthingspreschool.com to see who we are and what we do. DM for email to submit a resume. Pay starts at $16.00 and my be negotiated based on education and experience.

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa Where the Wild Things Play is a preschool in Mariposa, CA specializing in the quality care and education of children ages 2 – 6 years old.


There aren’t words to express how deeply saddened we are at the tragic loss of life today at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. No family should ever have to live through this kind of grief and despair. Tonight we send you our love, our prayers and the strength you will need to get through the coming days. AND when you stand up to fight for change, to ensure this tragedy doesn’t affect another family, another child, another teacher, we will stand with you.

Timeline photos 05/25/2022

Timeline photos

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa 04/07/2022

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa

We have exciting news! Today we signed a lease for a much larger location on Bullion St that will allow us to offer Infant care (age 0-2), expand the number of preschoolers (age 2-5) we can have daily AND offer before and after care for school-agers (up to age 12). We still have to license the space but hope to be operational in town by mid-summer.

Pre-Enrollment starts now. You can pre-register using the link below or contact Lori for more information at 209-742-9453. Visit our website at www.wildthingspreschool.com

Updated pricing for Infants and School-age coming soon. We accept all government subsidy programs. Contact ICES if you need financial assistance.

Pre-register here: https://register.runsandbox.com/?form=e6932c47-f757-4a53-8e81-727ae457cdc2&_ga=2.11000759.267853619.1649304964-103283666.1611782391

No fees are due to pre-register.

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa Where the Wild Things Play is a preschool in Mariposa, CA specializing in the quality care and education of children ages 2 – 6 years old.

Photos from Reggio & Co.'s post 04/05/2022

Photos from Reggio & Co.'s post


This is our dragon. It blows fire and water. He flies and protects people. He’s a good dragon.

Photos from Where the Wild Things Play's post 03/29/2022

Last week we talked about friendship and kindness, along with Spring. This is such an amazing time of year as everything begins to bloom and new life is all around us. One of the ways we celebrated as a class this year was by participating in a Holi celebration. (pronounced Who-lee). Holi is traditionally an Indian celebration that celebrates Spring, peace and kindness AND most of the celebration is done with lots of color. We had our own version of a Holi celebration last Friday and boy did we have fun!!! We brightened the world (and each other) by throwing color EVERYWHERE to spread joy.

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa 03/24/2022

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa

Are you looking for preschool for the Fall? We are now enrolling children age 2+for our upcoming year. Spaces are limited so contact us now at [email protected] or visit our website at www.wildthingspreschool.com for more information. Your child must be at least 2 years old at the time of entry.

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa Where the Wild Things Play is a preschool in Mariposa, CA specializing in the quality care and education of children ages 2 – 6 years old.


Happy Birthday Ms Mackenzie! Our Wild Things are so lucky to have you. Enjoy your day.

Timeline photos 03/20/2022

Timeline photos


Your words matter!

Your words matter and are very powerful. Please always think before you speak 💜. You never know who is listening.

Photos from Where the Wild Things Play's post 03/15/2022

Today our Wild Things celebrated our 1 year anniversary with a living art installation titled “Every Child is an Artist”. Special thanks to Ms Zia for offering her body as a canvas.


We should always be looking for the root cause and helping little people navigate big emotions. 💜

Love this poster by ☀️ Kids are not born angry! So if they’re displaying anger, dig deeper! Anger in children is often masking other emotions that kids aren’t quite sure how to express 💡


The language of kids

Very important information to ponder about Childrens brain development. Setting up a safe foundation and providing safe environments are paramount for young children development.

Timeline photos 02/24/2022

Timeline photos


Mark your calendars! 📆 In partnership with the amazing officers from CHP - Mariposa & surrounding areas- we are happy to announce it's time for the MSF Annual Car Seat Safety Check! This year it will be held in the MSF parking lot- 4983 8th St, Mariposa (corner of 8th & Jones Streets) on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2022 from 10:00am-2:00pm.

➡️ To reserve your time slot- please call our office at 209-966-2211. Walk up's will be helped on first come, first serve basis.
✔️ You MUST have with you: 1️⃣ The primary vehicle the child rides in, 2️⃣ Your child(ren) using car seats 3️⃣ Your current car seat(s). These 3 components are vital in order for our officers to ensure a proper installation & fit for your child(ren) in their car seat(s).

Contact us at MSF with any questions regarding this important event! 209-966-2211 or [email protected]

Photos from Jurassic Empire's post 01/22/2022

So much fun and definitely worth the drive.


Wild Things will be closed the rest of the week. We regretfully have too many staff under the weather. Stay warm, cozy and healthy. We'll see you in 2022!


School will be closed on Tuesday 12/28. Enrolled families have an email in the portal and a post in the app with explanation. Stay wild and be well. Be safe if you venture out.


Merry Christmas 🎅 🎄 from all of the Wild Things!




5114 Bullion Street
Mariposa, CA

Opening Hours

Monday 7am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 7am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 7am - 5:30pm
Thursday 7am - 5:30pm
Friday 7am - 5:30pm

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