To me there is nothing better in life than watching a young child exploring, learning, and being creative-especially when they have a big smile on their face. I was lucky enough to experience all of that recently as my two young boys (3½ and 18 months) attended their first class at Magical Minds Studio on Harrison (

The studio just opened up on Harrison Street, and I think it is going to be a huge success. We all know that art programs are often the first thing to go as schools struggle to cut their budgets and meet mandatory test scores. I think we also know what a big mistake that is for our children. Luckily, Oak Parkers now have a great way to let their children experience art in a wonderful environment. All the activities and furniture are the perfect size for children and the instructors were great!

On top of the studio being a great experience for kids, I also got a lot of satisfaction knowing that I was supporting a new local business which is owned and run by Oak Park parents.

I hope all parents in the area check out the studio. It is a great place that I look forward to taking my kids to every week.

Matt Cote
Oak Park

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