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Snapology inspires kids to build, learn and create while having fun

Apr 17, 2018 10:42AM

By Mary Flenner

Snapology in Beachwood offers children age 2 to 14 a hands-on experience to learn and create though LEGO®-themed programs, robotics, engineering, animation and more.

“It’s a maker's space, inspiring minds to create and innovate,” says owner and operator, Gina Cuffari.

Snapology features thousands of LEGO®, K’Nex, Bionicle and mosaics with space to roam, explore, build and create,” says Cuffari. 

Cuffari was inspired to open a Snapology franchise in 2014 and her brick and mortar location opened its doors in Beachwood in February 2018.

“For the last three and a half years, I have run a mobile program.  During the week I go into schools, it’s very convenient for them.  The real value is the convenience of having something enriching when the day ends—especially for working parents,” says Cuffari.

Snapology after-school programs are offered at many area schools as an option that parents can pay to have their child take part in.

“As a parent, you’re always looking for opportunities that you can feel good about your kids being involved in.  Not only the fun they’re having, but that they’re learning. Learning through play is natural; it’s how kids learn.  If you can make learning fun and help improve critical thinking, build confidence and help kids learn to create, it’s a win-win.  They’re learning basic engineering concepts, coding, programming… and doing it with LEGO® bricks seems to be a perfect medium to learn through play.”

Cuffari says she discovered Snapology after spending almost 20 years in higher education.

“My kids were 2 and 6 at the time. I decided I wanted to do something a bit more entrepreneurial and find more of that family balance.  I met with Laura and Lisa Coe, who started the company in Pittsburgh back in 2011.  It was a company I believed in and was passionate about. I helped review their curriculum.  I fell in love with the brand, that’s why I began,” Cuffari continues. 

Cuffari says she selected Beachwood for its convenience.  It’s located close to Interstate 271 and is easily accessible. “It’s a beautiful, big space.  We’re trying to expand to the west side more and more.”  Kent is the nearest location after Beachwood.

“The new space is very open.  It has high ceilings, lots of space for kids to explore, lots of space for parents to be comfortable as well. The new space is great, but it’s really about the engagement.  The curriculum is really what it’s all about. Parents always say, ‘I can’t believe how engaged they are, how focused they are,'” Cuffari says.

Snapology also offers classes, indoor play, birthday parties and summer camps.
To learn more, visit Cleveland.Snapology.com or call them at (216) 990-8988.

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