Once upon a time...
In the year 1992, two best friends, Andy Sherrard and Danny Stevens, embarked on a one year journey around the world in search of adventure and excitement...and the meaning of life! During their travels, across oceans and continents, the pair discovered that even at the ripe old age of 25 they were living everyday “learning through play.” The concept sparked in each of them a deep interest in education...and their personal answer to the ultimate question. They were excited to return home to the swamps of Gainesville, Florida to begin planning the ultimate learning environment for kids.
The simple goal of this "new learning playground" was to help children find undiscovered passions, develop important life-skills, make new friends, and experience daily laughter on their way to becoming responsible, respectful citizens of our world! No ordinary environment would do. An education “SuperCenter” would be needed - combining a magical play village for unscripted funanigans together with an organized calendar of daily classes - from the arts & sciences to fitness & fun - for specific skill development.
In 1995, the two dreamers teamed up with Bob Singleton and Zoe Haraden, and together this new team of "four kids" saw their vision realized with the August 1998 opening of the very first 33,000 square-foot O2B Kids SuperCenter. It was a grand celebration with over 1,000 O2B Kids members discovering the original concept of “learning through play.”
With the help of generous investors and a dedicated staff, O2B Kids grew...and grew...and grew. Today, there are six O2B Kids locations. And, we aren’t done yet! We look forward to putting an ever-growing number of children and communities on the path to their very own "…happily ever after."
Welcome to the new learning playground!