Dressing Up Fun For Keiki
Valzey Freitas, owner and manager of Oogles n Googles, is helping to create a lifetime of memories for children while also saving parents time and energy.
Oogles n Googles is a children’s education and entertainment franchise catering to ages 2 to 9 that specializes in themed music and imagination programs for preschoolers, and dress-up, themed birthday parties for older keiki.
“My daughter loved dressing up when she was young, so we booked a princess party for her and her preschool friends, and they had so much fun,” Freitas recalls. “In the following years, we looked for something similar for my son, but there weren’t really any options available at the time. I was finishing up my master’s degree and knew I could either return to the workplace as employee or I could take my chances as an entrepreneur. I chose the latter and am very happy with my decision.”
Today, Freitas says, the business runs with very little effort, although when she started it back in 2005, she admits it was time-consuming, to say the least.
“I learned all about the challenges of business startup, financing, advertising and bookkeeping. Then one by one I had to masterfully deliver each of the 15 themed parties and 12 preschool enrichment programs,” she says.
Freitas currently runs the part-time business from her Kaneohe home and provides all on-site services - leaving parents stress-free.
“The parents simply select the theme their children would enjoy, the package that fits their needs and reserve the date and time over the phone. On the day of the party, we bring the dress-up costumes, games and activities,” Freitas explains. Parties are priced from $250 to $450.
“The kids love getting dressed up in the costumes, and the facilitated games and activities that accentuate the theme they selected. For an hour or two they are totally immersed in their role as a princess or super-hero,” Freitas says, noting that the most popular themes for girls are the fairy-tale princess and tea party, while the boys gravitate toward the dinosaur, pirate and super-hero themes.
Music and imagination programs also are performed monthly at preschools, malls and libraries.
Freitas says life is ever busy and fulfilling at the moment. In addition to Oogles n Googles, this wife and mother of two works for a nonprofit organization coordinating the Parental Information and Resource Center’s program that aims to improve students’academic achievement through family engagement in education.
“I am just a parent fueled by love for children, family and my community.”
For more information on Oogles n Googles, visit ooglesngoogles.com or call 239-7067.
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