06.18.2013 Newsday | Kidville and Bricks 4 Kidz opens on Long Island
By Beth Whitehouse
Two new kids' play franchises are opening their first bricks-and-mortar Long Island centers this month. Kidville, a gym and learning center, has a grand opening celebration in Roslyn Heights this weekend, and Bricks 4 Kidz, which offers Lego activities, opened in Syosset on Saturday.
Jamie Dardashtian, 35, of Woodbury, poked her head into Kidville recently, eager to know when the center would open so she could come in with her two sons, Max, 2, and Miles, 7 weeks. She recently moved to Long Island from Manhattan, and had been to a Kidville franchise there. "It becomes just an easy resource for moms," she says. "That's why moms really gravitate toward it."
As for Bricks 4 Kidz, owner Lisa Gallo finally opened a permanent venue for her business after three years of traveling from school to school. "We were kind of like the chess club -- kids would go once a week for six weeks or 10 weeks," Gallo says. Now, her Bricks 4 Kidz will have a home.