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Kiddie Academy of Springfield Welcomes Curious George to its September 30th Storytime LIVE event

The bananas went fast as Curious George handed them out at the Kiddie Academy of Springfield’s Storytime LIVE event on September 30th at Echo Lake Park Credits: Robert Kopacz
l to r: Kathleen Sharon, director of Pre-K; Curious George (aka co-owner Jigar Shukla in costume); Nancy Kovacs, director; Mihir Desai, co-owner; co-owner Mihir Desai; and Aanal Parikh co-owner Credits: Robert Kopacz
Kiddie Academy of Springfield Director Nancy Kovacs with some of the treats and information available to participants and the Storytime LIVE event in Echo Lake Park on September 30th Credits: Robert Kopacz
It was nothing but high fives all around when Curious George himself arrived at the Kiddie Academy of Springfield’s Storytime LIVE event on September 30th at Echo Lake Park Credits: Robert Kopacz
Kathleen Sharon, director of Pre-K at Kiddie Academy of Springfield, reading to young visitors to at their Storytime LIVE event on September 30th in Echo Lake Park Credits: Robert Kopacz

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - It’s always a big deal when Curious George comes to town, which is exactly what he did this past Saturday, September 30th, at the special invitation of Kiddie Academy of Springfield, NJ.

The event, which started at 10 a.m. on September 30th at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, included not only an appearance by Curious George (who came ready with lots of bananas to hand out), but also a lot of information about Kiddie Academy, and lots of good story time.

“We’re just so thrilled that everybody came out!” exclaimed Nancy Kovacs, director of Kiddie Academy of Springfield.

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According to its website, Kiddie Academy was founded in 1981 by co-founder Pauline Miller in Baltimore County, Maryland in an effort to provide better child care options. It obtained approval to franchise its system in 1991. There are now Kiddie Academies in 24 states.

The opening for Springfield Kiddie Academy has been delayed from its original September 1 planned opening. Kovacs did not specify the reason for the delay, except to note that the delays were due to factors “beyond our control,” but that they were “keeping on everybody, and making progress.” She declined to give a specific date in October, noting the need for building inspections yet to be scheduled. “But we’re secure in saying October, and look forward to being an awesome service to the community of Springfield and surrounding communities as well.”

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