Artenia Beast's Academy of Play and Whimsy is located at 5265 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. 

We lease our space from The Table, a progressive Methodist congregation.

Our school opened October of 2014 with two classrooms.  We expanded to 4 classroom serving 40 children in 2015.  The outdoor play space is a natural playground where children explore, create, and grow close to the natural world. 

Artenia Beast is directed by the same creative team behind Art Beast Children's Studio in midtown Sacramento. Artenia Beast herself is of course advising our efforts from far flung corners of adventure and mischief.

We offer full and part time (M/W/F or T/TH) care for children between 2 and 5 years old. We do not offer half-day schedules.

 Our hours are 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Artenia Beast's Academy of Play and Whimsy is a licensed child development center operating with license 343620093.

 Our employer identification number (EIN) is 47-1487750

To learn more or to be added to our list of interested families:

Call: Blithe Raines 916-601-2586


Director Biography: While Artenia undertakes a 26 month trek to the furthest flung corners of The Republic of Nauru, the academy and directorship has been entrusted to Blithe Raines. Blithe is co-founder of Waking the Village.  In that role, Blithe has directed Tubman House and Art Beast Children’s Studio. Tubman House is a community for young parents and their children overcoming homelessness. In addition to supporting staff and providing direct service to resident parents, children, and staff at Tubman House, Blithe co-created and supported an onsite child development program for infants and toddlers. In 2009, Blithe co-founded Art Beast Children’s Studio to offer Sacramento’s families a place for dynamic art exploration and a play space for ages 0-7. Art Beast also generates funding for Tubman House. Prior to founding Waking the Village, Blithe taught for five years at Mustard Seed School at Loaves and Fishes where she designed project based curriculum for a multi-age classroom and worked intensively with children experiencing homelessness. Blithe received her Bachelor of Science Degree at U.C. Davis in Applied Behavioral Science with an education, race, and ethnicity emphasis.  In 1999, Blithe teamed with Bridget Alexander to lead 17 youth experiencing crisis on a 2,300 mile bike trip across America. To date this is still one of her proudest memories.  Blithe is the mother of three children. She profoundly believes that early childhood should be steeped in play and she is devoted to creating and maintaining environments that allow children to grow and community to blossom.