Creative Kids Academy Opens in Orono June 1 at the Old James Hill Schoolhouse

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Creative Kids Academy is opening a new location in Orono at the Old James Hill Schoolhouse. Visitors are welcome to visit the school for open houses on June 7, 14 and 21.

Creative Kids Academy, a leading Minnesota childcare provider focused on Early Childhood Education, is opening their seventh Twin Cities location at the James J. Hill Schoolhouse in Orono. The school site has a rich history, dating back 120 years to when it was built by James J. Hill. Creative Kids Academy owners Rajiv Garg and Sangeeta Jain were inspired by the peaceful prairie setting, friendly neighborhood community and the building’s inherent charm and beauty. After sitting vacant for two years, the former school and the former site of next door’s Minnetonka Center for the Arts is now bustling with activity in anticipation of welcoming children once again into “The Old Hill School.”

Extensive care has been taken in renovating and upgrading the school, with an eye toward preserving the building’s unique historical charm. By restoring the original wood floors, the foyer staircase, library, ballroom, and the building’s trademark bell tower, Creative Kids Academy has shown that they take pride in preserving the identity of one of the Orono area’s most well-known landmarks. Contributions from local artists include hand painted murals and a stylish hand crafted entry way mirror. New kitchen, air conditioning, granite countertop, and numerous other upgrades bring the building up-to-date as a facility designed to exceed the expectations of the area’s children and families. Walking into Creative Kids Academy brings a smile to one’s face as they step simultaneously into both the building’s past and the community’s future. Now Enrolling. Stop by for a fun tour. The building is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Grand Opening House is from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 14 and 21. There is also a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 14. There is a Great Grand Opening Saturday, June 14 from 1-4 p.m. Creative Kids Academy is located at 2180 North Shore Drive, Orono, MN 55391. Call them at (952)473-1225 with questions.

About the company:
Creative Kids Academy has been providing quality, nurturing and affordable child care for over 10 years. Their primary focus is to provide the best care possible for children with creative learning in mind. They serve infants six weeks to six years old. Their “creative curriculum” of preschool lesson plans and activities engage children in fundamental learning. They provide children’s yoga, Spanish and music enrichment classes, which are included in tuition. They have served the Twin Cities, North Metro area since 1997 and have proudly expanded to four locations serving communities surrounding Anoka, Blain, Ramsey, Coon Rapids, Lino Lakes, Hugo, Centerville, Lexington, Circle Pass, Shoreview, Arden Hills, North Oaks, White Bear, New Brighton, Fridley and Mounds View, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Osseo, Champlin. All meals are included with tuition and children will have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful backyard, playgrounds, and Kid’s Garden Area. For more information please visit,

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