POSTED: MONDAY, APR 23RD 2012

New York Rovers, get it Done. (Giveaway!)

If you’re like us, you have to-do lists and checklists galore (and possibly to-do lists for the to-do lists). We know that there’s nothing more satisfying than crossing things off of said lists, but that’s easier said than done.  Life is busy and these things get put off.

Enter Done., a virtual marketplace recently launched in the New York area (other cities coming later this year) that just might connect you with a highly-skilled pastry chef for your wedding or an organization-savvy neighbor to help you photograph and upload the contents of your closet (and color-code the non-digital version thereafter).

 

 

The brainchild of three former MIT roommates, the website is built around the idea of strengthening local community in a city of anonymity.  Done. requires Doers to be background-checked and vetted through their Facebook account, so it’s kind of like a much friendlier Craigslist. Broadening the global village theme, for every task that gets done on Done., the founders will make a donation through UNICEF for a task to be done for a child in need—like a polio vaccination or purifying 250 liters of drinking water.

Sound pretty great? Well, why don’t you try it with this awesome special exclusively for New York Rovers?

The first 500 RedRover users can take $25 off their first task on Done, with gift code “RedRover1″

Some ideas for you:

Have Steven teach your child guitar, bass, flute, oboe, piano, saxophone, or clarinet www.done.com/StevenL

Get the neighborhood kids together with Hannah for a make-your-own-cupcake party www.done.com/Hannah-Kirshner

Want a babysitter who is an experienced childcare expert and runs a reading center for kids? Hire Daisy www.done.com/dairodm

There’s even a clown for your next birthday party www.done.com/glenheroy

There are tons of other folks who can help out with kids, cooking, cleaning, and more. Click this link for more ideas: Help With My Family on Done.

All the Doers are background checked, endorsed and reviewed, and they’ve met the Done. team in person. Pretty great, right? Get out your pen and to-do list because you’re armed to take care of business. And now you can do more fun things with your family with your newly found free time.

Done. is doing good in NYC and across the globe.  Now it’s your turn.  What can Done. help you get done?




POSTED: WEDNESDAY, APR 4TH 2012

Our Designer’s Dub Song Goes Viral

Sometimes we can’t believe we even know her.

RedRover’s visual designer Jessica Findley aka Iris Ation (who is much cooler than the rest of us by a landslide) made this seriously awesome song and video. The song has gone viral with 105,300 plays and counting!

She just waltzes in to work today and is like, oh, by the way, I made this video and I guess it’s going viral. We all just sat here and were, like, of course you did. Of course you never mentioned this and now it’s viral. Anyway, we love her to pieces and the 3-D animation on the animals is simply delightful.

 

Iris Ation feat. Tropical Fantasy – “Hello Operator” from PORCUAPA on Vimeo.

 

Jessica teamed up with Rahtid Sound for this reworking of the classic Sleng Teng riddim. Jessica’s dreamy, minimalist vocals play wonderfully against the bass, kicks, claps and high-hats. The track also features dancehall singer Tropical Fantasy making his debut with the Rahtid Sound Producers.

‘Hello Operator’ is available for FREE download. Check it!

 

 




POSTED: SATURDAY, MAR 31ST 2012

Peter Pan Soars to Atlanta (Giveaway!)

This is Titania Jordan, guest blogging from sunny, pollen-filled Atlanta.  We are so excited for my little man’s first Peter Pan puppet show.  Pirates are huge in his world right now and who better to bring that experience to life than Peter Pan! The young and young-at-heart will delight in the Center for Puppetry Arts adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan as amateur inventor Wendy Darling and her brothers, John and Michael, travel to Neverland with the impetuous Peter and his fairy companion, Tinkerbell.

Adventures abound as the children romp with the Lost Boys, swim with mermaids, rescue the resourceful Princess Tigerlily and battle the nefarious Captain Hook.  Celebrating the carefree spirit of childhood and the value of following your dreams?  Yes please.

Director Michael Haverty’s adaptation utilizes blacklight puppetry, projected animations and filmed shadow puppetry to create a magical effect on stage. This vibrant, colorful world invites audiences on an imaginative voyage across London, to Neverland and back. Charming puppets, designed by Jason von Hinezmeyer and built in the Center’s Puppet Shop, capture the youthful energy of the much-loved characters. An original score by Jeffrey Bützer complements the vivid designs, featuring an array of musical instruments including accordion, toy piano, saxophone, cello, flute, guitar, glockenspiel and more.

To keep the high-flying tale grounded, Center for Puppetry Arts brings an air of authenticity to its version of Peter Pan: Princess Tigerlily, the daughter of the chief of the Neverland tribe, speaks Cherokee. The Center for Puppetry Arts was pleased to work with the Cherokee Nation Education Services and the Translation Department of Education Services to translate Tigerlily’s dialogue into this beautiful language for the show.

Peter Pan is presented in Main stage Theater April 5 through May 27. Show times are as follows:

·         Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

·         Saturday: 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

·         Sunday*: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

*The Center is closed Sunday, April 8 for the Easter holiday.

Single show tickets include museum admission as well as the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, where kids can make their own Cranky Crocodile Hand Puppet.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $9.25 (MEMBERS) AND $16.50 (NONMEMBERS) AND CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE AT WWW.PUPPET.ORG OR BY CALLING THE TICKET SALES OFFICE AT 404-873-3391.

Now for more excitement:  we are giving away tickets to one lucky family thanks to Center for Puppetry Arts. 

Like the post on our Facebook page for your chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to see Peter Pan Saturday 4/14 at 12 p.m. 

For some extra good luck fairy dust, feel free to follow us here:

@RedRover

@RedRoverATL

@CtrPuppetryArts

Center for Puppetry Arts on Facebook

Winner chosen 4/4.




POSTED: WEDNESDAY, MAR 14TH 2012

Mothers of Invention: A NYPL Event

At RedRover we’re all about recognizing successful and inspirational women (the majority of our office is women) so we’re very pleased to let you know about this not-to-be-missed event. Mark your calendar for Monday, March 19, from 2:30 – 4 p.m at the Science, Industry and Business Library in association with The British Library’s Business & IP Centre.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, a month celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future, Mothers of Invention brings together a panel of truly inspirational women from the U.K. who have all founded their own successful businesses.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hear real world tales of triumph, ask advice, and put some of your questions to a group of achieving women. If you are unable to attend, follow the hashtag #Mothers2012 to take part in the Twitter conversation.

The participants:

Moderator

Emma Jones

Emma launched her first business at age 27 and successfully sold the company 2 years later. Enterprise Nation was launched in 2006 as a website to help anyone start and grow a business from home. The company has since expanded to offer online services, publications, events, and finance to small businesses across the UK.

Speakers

Kamal Basran

Kamal set up her own food business The Authentic Food Company in 1985, supplying local catering establishments with hand-made samosas and other Indian snack food. Today, the company has over 240 employees and has a turnover of over £31 million the company are supplying many of the UK’s top hotels, pub chains, restaurants, and retail outlets with the range of quality international cuisine.

Sophie Cornish

As co-founder of acclaimed shopping website notonthehighstreet.com, Sophie has won many prestigious awards including the ECMOD Direct Commerce Award and the Online Retail Award Prix D’or 2010. Sophie is also Stylist magazines business ambassador and a journalist and author with experience in product development and advertising for No.7, L’Oreal and Monsoon.

Tatty Devine

Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine are the founders of Tatty Devine whose distinctive fashion designs have made them brand leaders. In 2011, they had a boom year, with a £1 million turnover and kick started 2012 with opening a Selfridges pop up shop which launched their new silver label. The two London Tatty Devine boutiques are located in Brick Lane and Covent Garden and run independently. Their custom-made jewelry has been worn by everyone from Claudia Schiffer to Jessie J.

Christina Richardson

Christina is founder of The Nurture Network the UK’s first on-demand marketing department for start-ups and entrepreneurial growth businesses. Christina has spent much of her career managing and growing FMCG brands worth in excess of £100 million. Now she and her blue-chip trained team, work flexibly across multiple businesses – being their marketing expertise, part time or for specific project.

So head on over the Science, Industry and Business Library on the 19th for some well-deserved inspiration (you deserve it!) from some mothers of invention.




POSTED: WEDNESDAY, MAR 14TH 2012

I am the Lorax (Giveaway!)

Have you been to see the super duper hit film The Lorax yet? My kids and I just loved it…I may have even shed a tear amongst all the laughter.

We grew up reading Dr. Seuss books and now that we’re all grown up we love sharing the fun and whimsical stories of that master of storytelling and rhyme with our kids. We’re grateful that Dr. Seuss books are still as popular and beloved as they were when we were children!

The Lorax holds a special place in our hearts because we completely stand behind the message. We try to do our part in helping the environment.

So…in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the launch of the hit film, we’re especially excited about our giveaway for this week!

To keep the Dr. Seuss tradition alive and make sure the next generation understands the importance of being green we are giving away the following:

• $25 Fandango Gift Card

• Truffula Tree Pencils

• The Lorax Book


The contest is simple: we want you to speak for the trees. Like and comment on The Lorax post on our Facebook Page and share one tip on how to be green.

Contest runs from today, March 14th until Friday at midnight, PST. Winner will be chosen randomly. Good luck!




POSTED: FRIDAY, MAR 9TH 2012

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things (Giveaway)!

As a parent,  I constantly search for new and interesting things to introduce my children to. Magic is one of those things that they’ve really gotten excited about lately, and I can’t wait to take them to an actual magic show.

At RedRover, we’re all about finding fun, engaging and unique things to do with our kids. So, when we heard about the Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things show we had to share with our fabulous fans. Bursting with striking visual magic, laugh-out-loud comedy, amazing juggling, and loads of audience participation, this magic show is truly magical.

The 50-minute solo show by performer Max Darwin is playing the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center Theater near Lincoln Center. The Amazing Max chooses members of the audience to participate in several tricks which is amusing for kids and parents alike.

In ten years, The Amazing Max has become one of the most sought-after magicians in the children’s magic world.  And now it’s your turn, RedRover is giving away four tickets to see The Amazing Max in his brand new show live!

The contest is simple: like the Amazing Max post on our Facebook Page and four tickets might appear out of thin air!

Contest runs from today, March 8th until Monday at midnight, PST. Winner will be chosen randomly. Good luck!

 

 

 

 




POSTED: WEDNESDAY, FEB 22ND 2012

Vote RedRover for the Cribsies…Pretty Please :)

Could we be more proud to announce that RedRover is a finalist for the 2012 Cribsie Awards? Nope!

What are the Cribsie Awards, you say? Well, The Cribsie Awards are simply the definitive awards for the parenting industry. Hosted by top parenting sites StrollerTraffic and A-List Mom, the annual Cribsie Awards create a secure forum for opinionated moms to elect their favorite brands and services from a curated list of best-of-the-best finalists, across six categories. Their mission is to recognize the best brands, products, services, and websites for babies, tots, and the parents who adore them.

For what category did the fabulous people over at the Cribsies nominate us? Nothing less than COOLEST APP for NEW PARENTS. We’re so pleased it’s almost embarrassing.

This year the Cribsie Awards have partnered with The Honest Company, Jessica Alba’s new eco-friendly baby products company.  For every vote registered, The Honest Company will donate a diaper to a family in need. As of right now, the Cribsies have tallied 16,000 votes on the very first day. That’s a lotta diapers!

We would love it if between now and March 16th you would head on over to cribsieawards.com and vote for us, and at the same time donate to a needy family.

Keep an eye out for upcoming giveaways on our Facebook page and our TWITTER PARTY, which is set for Thursday, March 1st! Details are coming soon… And once again, thank you for all your support and love of RedRover. We’re so happy to be recognized for our efforts and can’t wait to do even more for our Rovers in 2012.

 

 

 




POSTED: WEDNESDAY, FEB 8TH 2012

Weekly Round Up of Top Events

With two young children at the house, I’m always looking for fun things to do out in the city with them. Now that it’s gotten colder, we look for indoor activities mostly, or even arrange a weekly play date.   The issue we tend to run into over and over is *where* we should go and what that particular venue has going on that day.

RedRover has the fantastic feature of highlighting top events in your area right in your timeline.  Open the app, pick an event, invite friends and voila! Your day is made (you can thank us later!).

This week, we have some very exciting events on tap that were curated by our very own RedRover Community Managers based in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles. We highlighted the top events that are definitely worth checking out. To hear about more great events in your city, check your timeline in RedRover both on our website and in the app.

Los Angeles

Creative Italian

 

Chicago

Game Night

 

San Francisco

Valentine Making Party

 

Atlanta

Space!

 

New York

Painting Studio

Remember, if you don’t have the app yet, head on over to the iTunes store or Android Market (links to the right) to purchase. It’s FREE!

 




POSTED: TUESDAY, JAN 10TH 2012

Don’t Miss Winterfest Family Fun Day

Mark your calendars: Your favorite app and ours RedRover is thrilled to be a sponsor of Big City Moms and Scooter Magazine‘s Winterfest Family Fun Day, a not-to-be-missed kids ice skating event at Wollman Skating Rink on January 29th. Kids can bring their friends and meet new ones, while skating and enjoying the beautiful park views. Tickets cost $20, which includes ice skating, skate rentals, a full buffet lunch in a heated tent, a concert by Rockin Railroad, gift bags and some surprises!

A portion of the proceeds will benefit K.I.D.S. Kids In Distressed Situations, a charity who provides brand new clothing, shoes, toys, books, baby products and more to 67 million children in need throughout the United States and overseas. With 26 years of service, K.I.D.S. has been able to effectively deliver essential merchandise to communities prone to chronic poverty, families suffering from life-altering and debilitating circumstances, and communities hit by natural disasters.

 

So join us on January 29th for an afternoon of fun, friends and ice skating while supporting a great cause. RedRover Founder Kathryn Tucker and National Community Manager Jessica Shyba will both be there, skating with their families and hoping to see you!




POSTED: MONDAY, DEC 12TH 2011

RedRover & Bowery Babes Played at Citibabes

Over the weekend, RedRover and Bowery Babes co-hosted a playdate at one of our favorite places, Citibabes. Bowery Babes, a top Manhattan moms group, did a fantastic job getting the word out with 45 families in attendance. The kids at the playdate had a blast playing with friends on the indoor jungle gym and creating holiday themed arts and crafts.

The event was a big success. Aside from the large turnout and happy kids, we really enjoyed sitting down with the parents and talking to them about RedRover. We love spreading the word about RedRover and getting feedback from current users. A special thanks to Spindrift, for generously providing a bevy of their fresh fruit, sparkling sodas. It was a huge hit with both the parents and kids.

Also, a big thanks to Citibabes for hosting our playdate, we had a great time and look forward working together on upcoming events!

For those of you who weren’t able to attend the event, stay tuned to the RedRover blog and Facebook page to hear about events in your city.