Families can embrace the benefits of reading together during Simon Kidgits Club’s fun, educational event!

Simon malls are encouraging children across the country to develop a love for literature and learning with books. On Sunday, February 17, Simon Kidgits Club at Livingston Mall is hosting its free annual Book Blast! event and inviting families to participate and be inspired to read together at home and beyond.

Simon Kidgits Club’s Book Blast! is offering an assortment of fun book-based activities to ultimately help kids reap the many benefits of reading. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education, children who are read to at home enjoy substantial advantages over children who are not. 1

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Book Blast! event offerings include a read-aloud session presented by exciting local children’s entertainer Polka Dot (a.k.a. Ron Albanese), set to take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Center Court. He will be reading books by Eric Carle, including the classic tale of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Children also will have a chance to do a fun caterpillar craft, design their own library tote bag, play games, jump around inside a bounce house, and more.  

“Simon Kidgits Club continuously aims to provide children enjoyable, easily accessible educational opportunities that incorporate some fun. Book Blast! does just that,” said Elizabeth DiDuca, director of marketing and business development for Livingston Mall. “Events will motivate families to read, learn and be entertained in a familiar environment that’s close to home.”

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8. Since 2003, the Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games.

Kidgits Club members receive a variety of goodies, including a Kidgits Club T-shirt, membership card, birthday card and gift, discounts and scheduled activities. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit www.simon.com/kidgits.

Livingston Mall is located at the intersection of Eisenhower Parkway and South Orange Avenues in Livingston, New Jersey, and managed by Simon Property Group, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.  A two-level, super-regional shopping center, Livingston Mall is anchored by Lord & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Macy’s and Sears and has more than 103 specialty stores as well as a new food court.  Additional Simon Property Group information is available at www.simon.com. Visit www.shoplivingstonmall.com for the latest mall events and retailer updates. Livingston Mall is on Facebook; check out www.facebook.com/LivingstonMall. Follow the mall on Twitter: @ShopLivington.

About Simon Property Group

Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG) is an S&P 100 company and the largest real estate company in the world.  The Company currently owns or has an interest in 329 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising 243 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at www.simon.com.