The Kids Clubhouse in La Quinta offers young children a place to run around and learn | Wender Mind Kids

The Kids Clubhouse in La Quinta offers young children a place to run around and learn

Three-year-old Jade Lua walked through the front doors of The Kids Clubhouse in La Quinta with her mother and younger sister, took a quick right, and ran as fast as her tiny legs would take her to the playroom, where she kicked off her shoes and left to the slides.

Within her first 10 minutes at The Kids Clubhouse, Jade had slid down slides, including one that spins in spirals and drops riders into a ball pit, climbed various platforms, ridden on a Thomas the Tank Engine mini self-propelled roller coaster, on and jumped on a mini trampoline with energy left to burn.

The Kids Clubhouse is the creation of Aileen Lin, who realized the Coachella Valley lacked indoor play areas for young children while raising her two children, who are now 17 and 16 years old.

Originally from Los Angeles, Lin moved to the Valley more than 20 years ago.

When her children were about 2 and 3 years old, she was often invited to LA to attend birthday parties for her sister’s children.

“In Los Angeles, there are things like that on literally every corner,” Lin said.

Jade Lua, 3, slides down a slide at The Kids Clubhouse in La Quinta on June 17, 2022.

When she came home she wondered why there was nothing similar in the valley. She wanted to start something like The Kids Clubhouse at the time, but her husband discouraged her, saying she would invest time in starting a new business that would separate her from her family.

“The dream never died for me,” Lin said, although she agreed with her husband to put it off until their children were older.