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June 21, 2017

Doodle Bugs! Prepares to Open Second Florida Location

Just a couple weeks ago we opened Doodle Bugs! Mars— our second location in the Pittsburgh-area. It’s been a pleasure to welcome new families into our Doodle Community!

Now we are getting excited to open our second Florida location and bring the Doodle Difference to even more families! Our latest Florida center is located in Lakewood Ranch, a master planned community in southeastern Manatee County.

Construction has begun on the 11,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility and 15,000 square foot outdoor play space. The center’s playgrounds will feature poured-in-place rubber surfacing for safety and large awnings to provide shaded space for the children.  The outdoor area also includes a spacious courtyard and an inground pool!

Long time Doodle Bug! team member, Marissa Lee, and her family are moving south and Marissa will take on the role of Center Director at Lakewood Ranch!

Marissa graduated from SUNY Brockport with a Degree in Elementary Education. Prior to her tenure at Doodle Bugs! she was a Kindergarten teacher for several years– some of which in Florida! At Doodle Bugs!, she spent five years as Director of our Penfield location before being promoted to Rochester (NY) Regional Manager. Now, Marissa and her family are excited to move to Florida. We are grateful to have Marissa bring her expertise to Lakewood Ranch.

An opening date in late 2017 is projected. In the meantime, we look forward to sharing more details with you as the project progresses.

Here’s a video of our Mars Center – which is very simmilar to what we have to look forward to in Lakewood Ranch!