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Okabaloo Long Island City, NY 11006 | 

Early Development Center
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Okabaloo - LIC, NY. We believe in the power and the impact that young families and children have, in shaping the society we all live in. 

Positive recreational and extracurricular activities outside of school and work environment can build a stronger and happier society, generation after generation. These beliefs are what drives our passion to influence through the love for art and healthy living and to be a vital part of this power and irreplaceable impact. OUR MISSION is to bring to our community and beyond, a place where everyone feels inspired to do better, be better and pass it along.

Who says that you can't learn and have fun at the same time? Certainly not Olta and Bora, two passionate and talented sisters who have recently opened Okabaloo, a beautifully designed place of wonders, creativity and celebrations.

When you enter the premises, you will feel as though you've been transported into the world of children's book author, Dr. Seuss and the Cat In The Hat. The rainbow of colors and caricatures of animals, blue skies and whimsical objects literally pop off the walls.
 
One of the most beloved quotes from Dr.Seuss goes something like this..."The more that you read, the more things that you'll know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go."
 
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Those words sum up the philosophy behind Okabaloo. Olta and Bora were raised in a family of artists and independent thinkers.
 
A professional artist whose focus is on visual and decorative arts, Olta has a wealth of experience in teaching arts and crafts as well as planning exhibitions, festivities and art fairs.
 
Her sister, Bora started studying music and playing the violin when she was only five years old. As a singer and musician, Bora enjoyed a successful career in Europe where she toured with a well-known pop band. A talented songwriter, Bora loves to explore various musical genres.
Kids love taking classes with Bora, whether they have professional aspirations, one day, or simply enjoy singing or playing an instrument as a hobby.
 
As young mothers, Olta and Bora both enjoy introducing their own children to the arts. They feel that the diverse and culturally rich neighborhood of Astoria and Long Island City is the perfect setting for Okabaloo.  
 
As you wander around the studio here, you can't help but smile. There's a lot of positive energy within these walls.
  
So many wonderful and magical events and classes are taking place within the welcoming environs of Okabaloo, we know that you won't want to miss out on a thing!
     
And, now, you won't have to, thanks to the very special offers that founders Olta and Bora are making available just for Apelz.com readers. Get ready to be captivated and taken on a magical carpet ride filled with color, creativity, music and learning.
 
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No matter what kind of activities you and your child are interested in, the Okabaloo Fun Art Faktory has something special in mind for you.
 
If your child has a birthday coming up or you just want to celebrate a milestone or specific accomplishment in their life, then you will love the fact that the Okabaloo team is giving you 15% off your first birthday party or private event of any kind at their space. 
 
Okabaloo contains several spaces where you can host the party of your dreams. Olta has always been fascinated by letters, colors, shapes and patterns ever since she was a little girl. It's no wonder that, prior to opening up Okabaloo, Olta enjoyed a successful career as an artist. Some of the studio's walls are adorned with Olta's artwork.
 
For certain, you will be known as the cool mom at your child's school, when you hold his or her birthday bash here.
The only limit is your imagination. They offer a variety of themes in three main packages and also DIY and other personalized party options.
 
Start planning now, because the popularity and buzz surrounding this fabulously fantastic fun art faktory is off the charts and spots are filling up fast. Offer expires on 12/21/2018.
 
While kids will always be a priority at Okabaloo (just as they are with all of you moms and dads out there), there is plenty going on to interest adults and "children of all ages", as well.
 
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The faktory's event schedule includes book clubs and discussions for parents, Adult Paint and Sip nights, baking as well as self-defense workshops for girls and women.
 
The word special can be somewhat overused when it comes to describing what a particular business has to offer. But that's not the case at Okabaloo. This space is destined to become your child's go-to spot on weekdays after school and on the weekend.
 
Child-oriented events range from open play for children, puppet shows, story-telling and art to stage performances encompassing acting and music.
 
With so much to choose from, you'll be delighted to know that Olta and Bora now have a discount that will give you an unheard of 50% off your first event attendance at Okabaloo.
 
That just about solves the perennial question that all parents face on the weekend from their kids; "What are we going to do today ?"
 
At Okabaloo your kiddies will make new friends and you will too! If 15% off Birthday parties and 50% discount for events wasn't enough to float your boat, the Okabaloo team has a word that might interest you... free! That's right. Your first class here is absolutely free. And that means ANY class of your choice.
 
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As with the other discounts, this offer expires December 21st, 2018. Olta and Bora are proud to announce that Okabaloo will host their first-ever Queens-Made Market on  Saturday and Sunday, May 5th and 6th from 12 until 5 PM. Come one, come all! 
 
This exciting market is being presented in conjunction with Astoria Craft Mamas. As we all know, Astoria is home to some of the most talented and creative chefs, bakers, artists, designers and craft-makers, not just in Queens but the entire city. Be ready to rock your Queens pride at this event where you will be introduced to some very talented artisans.
 
Olta and Bora's mission is to establish a community-supported arts and crafts market that presents consumers with an eclectic alternative to the same old, bland and boring retail shopping experience. The best and the brightest artisans that our neighborhood ( and beyond) has to offer will be here for a cool show and sell event that takes place in a friendly and nurturing environment for all.
 
When you visit the studio, be sure to check out their whimsical and inviting shop, Boutiqueloo. Here you will find jewelry, paintings and other items for sale that are truly one of a kind.
 
Okabaloo... a safe haven for the heart, soul and mind where if you're not already a kid, you can feel like one again. At least for a little while.
 
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WHERE
Address: 3552 32nd Street
Borough: Queens
City: New York
State: NY
Zip: 11006
Phone: 718-274-2200

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