Are you a Minecraft enthusiast, or do you want to learn more about the game that has captured the attention of someone you love? Then come and join us for our Minecraft group on Thursday afternoons from 4:00-6:00pm! All players work cooperatively in our VENTANA World, and the more experienced players are always happy to help new players learn the ropes.

 

Margaret Rock from Modern Parent describes the appeal for those who have not yet experienced this activity: "Minecraft is an open-ended  'sandbox' that doesn’t come with instructions, so the gameplay is confusing - but that’s what makes it irresistible. Kids are forced to explore - first in the game, then out of it."

 

Minecraft is a great way to build creativity, improve problem solving, and by working together, players also have to develop their cooperation and communication skills. Plus, it is just a whole lot of fun!

 

 

 

The game of Pokemon has been capturing the hearts of fans since 1995, and attracts players of all ages. The game and subsequent movies and activities center around human trainers who collect and care for various pet-like creatures known as "pokemon." Trainers care for and coach their pokemon to prepare them for contests that require them to use advanced strategy and skill. But doing your personal best and having good sportsmanship is valued more than simply winning the contest. 

 

In our Pokemon group on Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm, we will have a variety of activities available that center around Pokemon play, from creative play and craft activities to the official Pokemon League Card Game. Participants are encouraged to bring their own cards and collectibles to join with others who share their love of all things Pokemon. Those who are new to the game are welcome to come and learn from those who have been long-time followers.

 

Pokemon is a game that encourages strategic thinking, as well as reading and math skills, in fun and engaging ways. Please join us for this very exciting and enjoyable group each week!

 

 

 

Laughing together is a fun and natural way we can manage daily stress, and improve our overall health and well-being. Yet as we get older and take on more responsibility in our lives, we often allow ourselves less and less time to laugh and have fun. Therefore, VENTANA has come together with three other organizations in Naples to offer a FREE Laughter Wellness class for all ages.

 

Bring your family and friends every fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:00pm to The House of Gaia (right next door to our center) to join VENTANA and Monarch Wellness for a very fun evening. Participants will learn ways to use laughter yoga and positive mindfulness to relax and cope with life's challenges.