As a senior at Salisbury High School, Gabriella is planning on pursuing a degree in Bioengineering. She participates in field hockey, track and various school clubs and organizations. She is an Ambassador Assistant at Imagi Nation and loves working with children of all ages.
In 2008 Tim and Wendy Pitts saw an opportunity to expand the retail and wholesale ice cream business they’d owned for almost 20 years. What began as small holiday events focused on preschool literacy, quickly turned into a demand for more education-based events including one-of-a-kind field trips and birthday parties, all concluding with a Make Your Own Sundae experience.
As the activity increased, space became an issue for the small retail shop and the addition of an adjoining space allowed a hands-on, educational ice cream lab to become a reality. The lab became a well-known, magical place where America's favorite frozen dessert was combined with its rich history resulting in engaging family fun.
Since those early days, they've delighted thousands of children and their families with birthday parties, family events and field trips designed and facilitated by a passionate team of educators. As a corporate trainer with 20 years of experience developing and facilitating leadership curriculum for adults, Wendy ensures that critical social skills are incorporated into every Imagi Nation activity. This mission, along with standards of excellence, exceptional customer service and a heart for children, has resulted in the need for yet another expansion.
Building on their elements of success, Wendy and her team are now able to offer families even more - a complete city for children to explore called Imagi Nation! The name for the city comes partly from the definition of nation - “larger groups or collectives of people with common characteristics attributed to them”. We interpret this definition to be parents and educators who understand the importance of experiential play in a child’s development and social well-being. Collectively, we advocate for a world of imagination that inspires and captivates them.
Katie is currently a senior at Salisbury High School. She intends to major in Business Management with a focus on non-profit organizations. Katie's favorite part of being an Imagi Nation Ambassador Assistant is hosting birthday parties and watching children learn while having the time of their lives.
Taste Tester, Flavor Scientist
All guests will have an opportunity to exercise their gustatory cells (taste buds) and learn about the rich history of ice cream in Doc Scoopendorf’s Flavor Lab. You are invited to take our ice cream taste test (included with admission), or create your very own ice cream flavor (additional charge). Become a Flavor Scientist and experiment with a variety of special formulas to create and package an ice cream that’s uniquely yours!
After receiving her degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education as well as Classroom Technology, Christy has had the experience of working with a variety of ages over the past twenty years. From teaching fourth and fifth grade to preschool and pre-K students, she brings a passion for working with children. Christy is excited to share her education experience and technology background to further enhance the programming, field trips and communications at Imagi Nation.
Helping children understand how money works in the world is a fundamental element of Imagi Nation. Here they will learn what it takes to earn money, make decisions about where to spend it, and at the conclusion of their experience, decide how much to save/invest or donate to a charity of their choice.
Along with their admission, children are awarded 20 Biznis Bucks, the currency of Imagi Nation. For each job performed, they will earn an additional 10 Biznis Bucks and when they reach a total of 50, they are able to open their very own interest-bearing savings account. For every 10 Biznis Bucks invested, they will receive 1 Biznis Buck for use on their next visit. Of course there are plenty of opportunities within Imagi Nation to spend those hard-earned bucks as well – shopping in the Market, taste-testing new flavors at Scoopendorf's Flavor Lab, or getting a check-up at the Health & Dental Center.
Because giving back to our community is a founding principle of Imagi Nation, children can also decide to donate some or all of their Biznis Bucks to causes that are near and dear to our hearts. For every 20 Biznis Bucks donated, Imagi Nation will donate $.10 to the Lehigh Valley Chapter - American Red Cross, Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, or St. Luke's Hospice Children's Bereavement Program.
Rebecca is currently a senior Early Childhood Education major at Elizabethtown College where she participates in the Education Organization, Council for Exceptional Children, and Kappa Delta Pi. She has experience working in a variety of educational settings, including suburban and urban schools, summer camps, preschools, and special education programs. Rebecca has a passion for children's literacy and hands-on learning, both of which drew her to Imagi Nation. She loves meeting families and showing field trip groups all the possibilities and fun they can have in our city.
Through realistic, interactive role play, children can experience over 40 different careers all while developing critical social skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork, problem solving and decision making.
Customer, Cashier, Inventory Manager, Stock Person, Merchandiser, Recycling Engineer
Grab your grocery list and head to one of the busiest enterprises in Imagi Nation. Be a customer or cashier, arrange an attractive display or stop by the recycling center to sort the day's trash. Shoppers can even compete in a "Budget Buster" competition using coupons!
Race Car Driver, Flagger, Mechanic, Engineer, Pit Crew
Experience what it's like inside an actual NASCAR race car once driven by a famous driver! Train to be the flagger who communicates what's happening on the track or be part of the Pit Crew challenged to change tires and beat the clock to put their team on the top of the Leader Board. You can even make over 14 different repairs to two interactive engine models or test your skills at building your very own race car at our engineering workbench!
Be the postal worker who receives, sorts and delivers all the mail in Imagi Nation.
You’ll need to weigh letters and packages, determine the proper postage, select the correct stamp, and plan the shortest delivery route to get the job done quickly.
Customer, Cashier, Vault Supervisor
You’re in charge of your own money at Imagi Nation! Children will learn how to earn Biznis Bucks, the currency of Imagi Nation, and then make decisions about where to spend, save or donate it. They can even open their very own interest-bearing savings account!
Customer, Call Center Operator, Shift Supervisor, Production/Assembly Worker, Stock Person, Quality Control Inspector, Order Picker, Packager, Shipper, Engineer, Mason
The Manufacturing Center is the “hub” of Imagi Nation teamwork. Be part of a busy production line that needs to get products from order to customer while learning how to deal with change and handle conflict. If engineering is more your interest, head over to the partially constructed frame in the center of the courtyard to complete a wall, configure plumbing pipes or even design your own vehicle.
Receptionist, Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Nutritionist, Pediatric Nurse, Doctor, Patient
Be part of a first-class medical team and administer first aid to injured patients as a doctor or learn how to take care of infants in the baby nursery. You can also teach others about nutrition, be challenged to make wise food choices, and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques on our model.
After receiving a degree in Early Childhood Education, Nicky began what would become a 10-year career as a director for a local child care center. In addition to her duties as the center’s director, she also held the positions of Preschool Advisor and Child Care Case Worker. In 2012, she became an Events Coordinator at The Ice Cream Lab before transitioning to her role as Brand Manager at Imagi Nation. Nicky enjoys working at Imagi Nation because she loves meeting and interacting with new people. She says that the best part of her job is watching and helping children to learn in an interactive environment.
Amanda Wechsler joined the Imagi Nation team as an Ambassador Assistant in September of 2017 and has been in love with her job ever since. She is currently a student at Aracadia University as a Pre K-4/Special Education Pre K-8 major. At Arcadia she is in the choir and the Society for Castle Restoration.
Host, Waiter/Waitress, Customer, Chef, Cashier, Shift Manager
Greet hungry customers, take their reservation and show them to a seat where they'll be served with a smile by a friendly wait staff. The chef can whip up the daily special and the cashier will take care of your bill. Be sure to leave a nice tip for the exceptional service you receive at the Imagi Nation Diner.
Kalista is also a senior at Salisbury High School. She is a member of the Twirling Team and enjoys participating in other school clubs and organizations as well. She is planning on attending college to become a pediatric physical therapist. Kalista's favorite thing about working at Imagi Nation is the requirement to play! She also enjoys the welcoming and loving environment the city provides.
Dispatcher, Fire Fighter, Police Officer, Detective
Children can experience the thrill and excitement of being a fire fighter in an authentic, restored 1982 Mack Fire Truck. They can also search throughout Imagi Nation for evidence that is missing or arrest an adult they don't see playing!
One of the things that make Imagi Nation so uniquely different is the team of talented educators we employ. Each thoroughly screened Manager, Ambassador and Assistant brings a genuine passion for children into an environment rich in entertaining education. Our staff contributes their years of knowledge with preschoolers, elementary, special needs children and adult learners to every guest experience.
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