Glen Cove business focuses on families

September 30, 2012 by  

Not far from the village of Glen Cove, a former Russian community center has been transformed into a new business focused on fun and kids.

Mimi Grabovenko, an experienced day care provider and owner of Mimi’s Creative Play Kids in Lynnbrook, teamed-up with two family members for this newest venture, Kiddie City USA. All three have children, history in the area, and enthusiasm for their project that came from one of the principals with a background in event planning.

The idea is actually quite simple: Create a safe, attractive, engaging space where parents can feel comfortable bringing their children for a few hours of play.

“This area was lacking a place like my daycare operation in Lynbrook.”

said Grabovenko, 39.

A large, play area with a cityscape design around walls and five themed alcoves set-up to replicate a child-sized grocery store, a construction zone, a house, a boutique and a school, with a green-carpeted park in the center. Ms Grabvenko added:

“The idea is to provide them (the children) with a safe place to listen to music and hang out as an alternative to people’s homes and parental supervision.”

Child-centered businesses are not only a boon to local families, they also provide business. From the local toy supplier to the supplier of kid-friendly poster printing for the walls, endeavors like Kiddie City are a welcome development in any community.

What do parents think? After bringing her two-year old, Stacey Karathanasis of Glen Cove had this to say:

“My son is very, very active. It’s not easy. Leaving him there, I can sit down.”

Mimi Grabovenko is hopeful that sentiment will be shared by lots of other parents.