Snapology inspires kids to build, learn and create while having fun
By Mary Flenner
Snapology in Beachwood offers children ages 4 to 12 a hands-on experience to learn and create through LEGO®-themed programs, robotics, engineering, animation and more.
“It’s a makerspace that inspires minds to create and innovate,” says owner and operator, Gina Cuffari.
Snapology features countless LEGO bricks and other building toys 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 2018. In 2020, Snapology of Cleveland moved to 23645 Mercantile Road. “For almost four years, I ran a mobile program. The last three years, we have been able to offer programs in schools, community centers, and at our discovery center. The pandemic was tough but we are thrilled to see our students in person again! The value is the combination of STEAM education and fun,” 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. We make learning fun and help improve critical thinking, problem solving, and team skills. We teach basic engineering concepts, coding, programming… and doing it with LEGO bricks seems to be a perfect way.”
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,” Cuffari says.
Cuffari says she selected Beachwood for its convenience. It’s located close to Interstate 271 and is easily accessible. “It’s a big, open space and is perfect for summer camps and birthday parties, too. We’re also trying to expand to the westside more and more. We were pleased to partner with GradePower Learning this past summer and offer Snapology camps in Fairview Park."
“At our Discovery Center space at 23645 Mercantile, we are focused on engagement. 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.