Where the Wild Things Play

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

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Contact us today to join our team!


This morning our hearts break as we stand with our community to mourn the loss of a bright young man who was taken from this earth too soon. Our prayers and love are with his family as they navigate this unimaginable loss. Please hug your babies, big or small, a little tighter today and know we are here for you, whatever you need in this heartbreaking time.


A strong imagination is a stepping stone to innovation.

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa 05/03/2023

Where the Wild Things Play - Mariposa

We are growing and looking for experienced teachers to join our team. Competitive pay, tuition discounts, paid time off and 401(k). Call 209*742*9453 or email [email protected] today for more information.

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.


We are hiring! Are you interested in working with School-age children through the summer? Contact us today to schedule an interview. 209*742*9453


As a woman owned and operated business, we are proud to support and celebrate all women. Happy International Women’s Day from all of us at Where the Wild Things Play.

Photos from Where the Wild Things Play's post 03/09/2023

Today we celebrated Holi (pronounced who-lee) which is a celebration of love, light, rebirth, new beginnings and happiness. We celebrate with color and bringing light and joy to the world. We will celebrate with our version of a color run outside when the rain clears!!


Due to the state of emergency proclamation signed yesterday by Sheriff Briese and the current road conditions and safety hazards that still exist for staff and students, we will be closed the balance of the week. Be safe and we’ll see everyone on Monday.


In the interest of safety for staff and students, we’re closed until Thursday, March 2. Be safe everyone!❄️❄️❄️


We will be closed Monday, February 27th due to the impending storm. Please check your email for additional information. We will reassess tomorrow afternoon to determine when we can safely reopen. Please stay safe and warm. We hope to see everyone back very soon.


Where the Wild Things Play will be closed tomorrow, February 23rd due to the impending storm. We will post another update tomorrow once we've had an opportunity to evaluate the storm conditions. Stay safe and we'll see you all soon.


Transportation now available from MES and the Bus Loop. We are also HIRING EDUCATORS....apply today.


Now providing transportation from MES and the Bus Loop.



Merry Christmas from our Wild Things to yours.


Hello Everyone! Mariposa is doing a Coat Drive! Beginning DECEMBER 1st and ending DECEMBER 15th please drop off any CLEAN gentley used or NEW coat at any of these locations. Mariposa Gazette, Mountain Fitness Mariposa, CA Pony Expresso Coffee House Fosters Ace Hardware Twiss Realty Jeff Shaw - Farmers Insurance Mariposa, CA Mariposa Safe Families Mariposa County Health & Human Services Little Shop of Ramen The Local Grape The Grove House Where the Wild Things Play

Please reach out Xav Dubois or Jenni Kiser for more info!


Yearly PSA ☺️❄️ if you see a child going from a warm car into a warm building without a coat, it is fine. The parent is probably educated in car seat safety and knows that their child should not wear a winter coat in a car seat. They probably also know that it would quite literally take more time to get the child out of the car seat, and fight to get them into a winter coat then it would to just run into the warm building. The parent probably also has a blanket for the child to help keep nice and cozy in the car, maybe even wraps them in it to get into their destination. 🥶 🧥 🤫

The parent probably also understands how illnesses work and knows that cold air does not make you sick. 🦠

Wearing a coat in a car seat is dangerous. Please help us keep little ones safe this winter by educating yourself on car seat safety. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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!


Can anyone relate?

Join the Stitch Lovers group! 💙


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.

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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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