POSTED: THURSDAY, JUN 7TH 2012

Aeolian Ride blows up on Governor’s Island

Looking for an exciting adventure with the kids this weekend, but don’t want to travel far from the city? Venture out to Governor’s Island on June 9th and 10th and join RedRover’s very own Jessica Findley for a fun-filled bike ride with a twist. Kids will be transformed into cats, bubbles, and more by Aeolian Ride inflatable bike costumes as they cruise around Governor’s Island.

The event includes Kiddie Loops starting at 2pm and a Mini Parade to conclude the day where riders will have the chance to display their inflatable costumes and riding skills for all to see.

Schedule for Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th is as follows:

2-4:00 pm
Kiddie Loops
We will set up in an area where kids can wear a costume and ride in a loop as long as they wish.

4:00 pm
Suit up for Mini Parade
Don a costume for a follow the leader ride around the island.

4:30-5pm
Mini Parade

This event requires sign-up (bikes and costumes are limited), so make your reservation at www.aeolian-ride.info. Bike and Roll will be loaning out free bikes for those that sign up online. Children also have the option to bring their own bikes to the island. Children that do not reserve costumes may still participate in the Mini Parade.

This event is part of the annual Figment Weekend that celebrates participatory art and culture. Over 200 artists will have their interactive art featured, and there will be plenty of other activities for you and your child to enjoy throughout the weekend. Governor’s Island is only a short, free ferry ride away from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, so make your way out for what is sure to be a blow out.

Requirements to wear an Aeolian Ride inflatable costume:
- Riders must wear a helmet (the costumes don’t work without them)
- Do not wear large bags (these make the suits difficult to inflate)
- Please print, sign, and bring the waiver (if you don’t have a printer we will have some waivers, but bringing them signed helps signing in go much faster)




POSTED: MONDAY, MAY 14TH 2012

Celebrating Mothers with a Mama Mio Giveaway!

As a mother of three children, sometimes I find that the hardest thing for me to actually accomplish in a day is merely taking a shower.  I daydream of getaways to the spa for treaments to nourish my weathering, undercared for skin in hopes of rescuing it from the damage of gravity, toxins and… Life.

The reality of my life as a busy parent and the lives of most of the mothers I know is there is rarely time for a spa trip, let alone a decent night’s sleep.  For Mother’s Day this past weekend, we asked our community online via twitter what they most wanted for their special day and the majority of you said you wanted to be pampered-well, pampered and SLEEP.

Well, we listened!

We can’t help with the sleep part, but we want to celebrate all of you, so we’re giving away a set of essentials for a little home facial courtesy of our friends at Mama Mio.

Mama Mio is a skincare company started and run by four women in London that are dedicated to caring for women’s skin thorough the many stages of life, including pregnancy. Their formulas are comprised of the best ingredients at their highest potency, to make sure skin is FIT, toned, nourished and glowing.  Mama Mio is effective, while employing a strict NO NASTIES policy. Every Mama Mio product is safe to use at any time from pregnancy stage to pensionable age. It is Paraben Free, Petrolatum Free, Sodium Laureth and Sodium Laurel Sulphate Free, Xenoestrogen and Phtalates Free, Colourant and Synthetic Fragrance Free.

We’re thrilled to team up with such an amazing brand to give away a set of full size face care essentials, valued at $119:

Clean Slate

Eye Know

Mighty Moisture

To Enter:

Leave a comment telling us how you pamper yourself.

Extra Entries:

“Like” RedRover on Facebook
“Like” Mama Mio on Facebook
Follow RedRover on Twitter
Follow Mama Mio on Twitter
Leave a comment for each entry telling us you did or already to!

Final Entry:

Tweet the following: I’ve entered to win a face essentials gift set from @MamaMio via @RedRover here:”http://rovr.me/Kh2C2I” and leave a comment telling us you did!

Sweepstakes will run from today, May 13th until next Sunday, May 20th at midnight. Best of luck to you and I hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

***Update! Winner Chosen***

Congratulations to Nicole Toscano! You’ve won the Mama Mio skincare set! Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who entered!




POSTED: THURSDAY, MAY 10TH 2012

Mom 2.012 – The Highlights

A few of us from RedRover had the pleasure of attending the Mom 2.0 Summit at the Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne, Florida this past weekend.  Kathryn Tucker, our Founder and CEO spoke during the 12×7 keynote (that’s 12 speakers at 7 minutes each) on Friday as well as lent her expertise to a panel of four on Saturday.  Jessica Shyba, our National Community Manager and founder of Momma’s Gone City moderated a panel featuring Gabrielle Blair of DesignMom, Nicole Feliciano of Momtrends and Karen Wolrond of Chookooloonks. Titania Jordan, our Atlanta Community Manager and founder of Atlanta Green Mom was also with us as we absorbed all we could via the great minds and vibrant personalities of parent-focused social media today.

It was three days of mind-expanding, soul inspiring, nearly record breaking moments that won’t soon be forgotten.

The venue wasn’t bad either.

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

 Titania, Jessica and, most importantly…Beau!

We joined the ranks of some of the most influential bloggers, authors and entrepreneurs around and saturated the social media community with precious nuggets of wisdom.

And it was fun.

(This is fun.)

White parties and dinners with favorite power moms.

Panels.

Personal stories of success and triumph.  There may have been a few tears…

And even the Versace Mansion.

Which began elegantly enough…

…and ended with fun and a tribute to MCA.

Some of our favorite Mom2Summit tweets and takeaways:

@lizlange Totally gets it: Customer Service + Relatability + Style = Great Business

“Keeping it simple doesn’t mean it’s wrong. You have a niche and people will come back for that.” – @glassybaby

“What do you do when you reach your astronaut ballerina dream?” – @lmayes

“My vision was bigger than my fear.” Yes! @JessWeiner

“Most people will have a story that will break your heart. Most people will have a story that will bring you to your knees.” – @brenebrown

@helenjane “Protect your neck, Make a Jealousy Map, Imagine the internet is Tiny Scientists.” #brilliant

@LOD: All the great ideas are NOT taken. Idle thoughts can become BIG movements.

@justicefergie “I am Multi-Passionate.” Yes. This.

@Mom101 “A blog comment is greater than a tweet. What you’re leaving is a legacy.”

@kathryntucker: “Every day we say to our children: this is what I find important. this is what is possible. #inspired

 

We even received the amazing news that RedRover was yet again featured in the app store through Mother’s Day. Good stuff happens in clusters, it seems.

We couldn’t have been more thrilled to have been there to not only learn, be inspired and network, but also to give a sneak peek of the brand-spanking-new version of RedRover that is going to hit this summer! Stay tuned to read Kathryn Tucker’s speech — it will be published here and elsewhere in the next few weeks.

Mom 2.0 Summit was the perfect place for us to share our little-BIG-secret. Our app is all about networking, supporting families and parenting communities everywhere and even empowering women and mothers. Especially working mothers–something all three of us know a little about.

 

 




POSTED: WEDNESDAY, APR 25TH 2012

Fernbank Presents: “To The Arctic” (Giveaway!)

Narrated by Meryl Streep?  Check.

Music by Sir Paul McCartney?  Check.

Tug at your heartstrings storyline?  Check.

Breathtaking scenery that you will probably never see in person in your lifetime?  Check.

“To The Arctic” was a beautiful and thought-provoking IMAX movie we had the pleasure of enjoying this past weekend at the always awesome Fernbank Museum of Natural History.  Not only that, but professional nature and wildlife photographer Florian Schulz was on site to answer questions and sign his book from the expedition.  He spent many cold months on the sea ice searching for the perfect polar bear shots.  I’d say he had a very successful journey.

His video:

According to the film, by 2050 there will be no more summertime ice for the polar bears. Not only does this cause them to have to swim for DAYS at a time to find food, but the food and life that permeate the water may no longer be there as the ice serves as a reflective shield for the sun’s warm rays. Think about that next time you jump in your gas guzzler. (Which, by the way, I am totally guilty of owning at one time or another.)

As a mother, there were a few scenes in the movie that really tugged at the heartstrings (I know, I said that already, but it fits) and cut deep to the core of the mama bear mentality. I asked Florian how it feels to witness potentially dangerous situations and how does one decide when to intervene and when to let nature take its sometimes painful course. You have to hear his story about finding a freezing baby caribou:

Now it’s your turn to experience the remote landscape and diverse wildlife of the Arctic (almost) firsthand.

Leave a comment on our Facebook Page to win a Family Four Pack (4 general admission Museum tickets and 4 IMAX tickets for “To The Arctic”) to Fernbank Museum of Natural History, one of our favorite places in Atlanta to explore and have fun!  Winner chosen 4/27.




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!