POSTED: WEDNESDAY, MAY 22ND 2013

Mommy Poppins now on the RedRover Platform!

As longtime fans of Mommy Poppins, we’re so thrilled to announce our new partnership that will bring the much-­loved and trusted content to the RedRover platform!

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The brain­child of New York mom­-of-­two Anna Fader, Mommy Poppins is written by moms for moms seeking out the best things to do for their kids, plus resources like campsclasses, and birthday party guides.

Adding to RedRover’s other amazing top­-tier New York City partners, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Children’s Museum of the Arts, the New-York Historical Society, Film Forum, and the Central Park Conservancy, lucky users will now also have access to Mommy Poppins’ picks right on their smart phone.

We are thrilled to add them to our diverse content, giving our users the opportunity to tap into recommendations from NYC’s favorite curators of fun.

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On RedRover’s platform, where you can follow event streams from your favorite places and curators, you now have Mommy Poppins. Whether you’re a current MommyPoppins.com reader or new to the website, we’re pleased to be able to bring their best ideas for what to do with your kids in New York City to you on the go.

Join RedRover today! Download the free RedRover app on iTunes or sign-up on our website.




POSTED: THURSDAY, MAY 16TH 2013

Celebrate Family Day at the Jewish Museum with RedRover!

NYC Rovers come out this Sunday and join RedRover‘s Founder/CEO Kathryn and her adorable daughter Lou Lou at The Jewish Museum to celebrate the kid-friendly awesome of their exhibition Jack Goldstein x 10,000. This daylong celebration will feature: two performances by Jukebox Radio, a huge drop-in art workshop, painting sessions, and family tours all inspired by the art of Jack Goldstein.

RedRover users will have access to exclusive offers all over the Museum including 25% off adult admission on Sunday, 5/19, free Noah’s Ark pens at the Shop (one per child with accompanying adult), and $5 off a $10 or more purchase at the café (limit one redemption per family) when they show the app to Museum staff.

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12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

DROP-IN ART WORKSHOP

Figures in Motion – Puppet making

Using shiny paper and wire, families can create iridescent puppet characters inspired by the shimmering moving figure in Jack Goldstein’s short film Jump.

Line Bursts – Giant Abstract Line Art

Children will collaborate on an large-scale abstract work of art using yarn and sparkly thread to form a constellation of dots, lines and bursts like a night sky.

Light Prints – Photogram Station

Families will be able to shine light across objects on photo-sensitive paper and then watch as silhouettes appear after the paper makes contact with water.

 

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12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

EXPRESSIVE PAINTING WORKSHOP

Families will delve into the work of Jack Goldstein through the use of expressive painting techniques inspired by music and the sounds of nature. Participants will use forks, sponges, droppers and other unexpected tools to create colorful abstract paintings.

1:30 pm and 3:00 pm

SPOTLIGHT TOURS

A Jewish Museum educator will lead a brief interactive tour spotlighting two works of art in the Jack Goldstein exhibition.

All day

SELF-GUIDED FAMILY EXHIBITION TOURS

Specialized printed family gallery hunts for Jack Goldstein x 10,000 will be available.

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12:30-2:30pm

PERFORMANCES: JUKEBOX RADIO

Children can dance and sing with Jukebox Radio in an entertaining show mixing music, puppets, and more into an imaginative performance for all ages.  This unique band fuses musical genres such as pop, folk, rocksteady, and jazz, and showcases playful tunes and shadow puppetry inspired by the art of Jack Goldstein.

Jukebox Radio is a vibrant group of young performers brought together by composer Mark Dzula.  The ensemble features Joe Ancowitz (trumpet), Geoff Countryman (baritone saxophone), Dan Dzula (drums), Mark Dzula (guitar and vocals), Devin Maxwell (vibraphone), David Steinberg (tenor saxophone), Chloe Walker (vocals), Kyle Younger (bass), Chris Rozzi (puppets), Tim Cavaretta (puppets and tech), and David Herman (tech).  Jukebox Radio has performed at the Knitting Factory, Galapagos Art Space, the DUMBO Art Festival, and other U.S. events and venues.

For further information regarding family programs, the public may visit the Museum’s website or call 212.423.3200. The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City.




POSTED: THURSDAY, MAY 9TH 2013

Win a Date Night with RedRover. And Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy!

Need a date night? Well, we’ve got a sweet chance for you to win one. And even better, it just so happens to be with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, stars of the upcoming movie Before Midnight.

Win tickets to Date Night with RedRover

You and your date could be walking the red carpet with the stars, curling up in comfy seats at the Tribeca Grand in NYC, and then enjoying a private, sneak preview screening of Before Midnight on Thursday, May 16 from 6:30-9:30pm.

To enter, just share your idea of a favorite date night on our contest entry page (you’ll see it when you sign up!) by 11:59pm on May 14. Make sure to click the “JOIN” button to see the contest entries (like below). You must be a RedRover user to enter (it’s free to download the app or sign up on our website) and you must be signed in to leave an entry. We’ll pick two winners (2 tickets each) at random! Transportation/Travel not included, void where prohibited.

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And have fun with it!




POSTED: THURSDAY, MAY 9TH 2013

RedRover 3.0, now live in Atlanta!

Exciting news! We’re thrilled to launch RedRover 3.0 for Atlanta parents today.

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Atlanta families now have access to kid-friendly events, activities, and places at over 15 top-tier Atlanta cultural partners, including The Atlanta Braves, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta Rocks!, Brina Beads, Callaway Gardens, Dunwoody Nature Center, the Fernbank Museum, Georgia Aquarium, Little House of Art, Stone Mountain Park, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, The Music Class and Whole Foods Market – Buckhead, with new partners joining daily.

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To celebrate, we’re giving away an amazing $500 prize pack to a lucky Atlanta user, including a gorgeous Timi and Leslie bag and an iPad Mini.  All you need to download the free RedRover app on iTunes (and sign-in) or sign-up on RedRover.co by May 19, 11:59pm EST and you’re entered.

Now go enjoy the best day ever with your kids, Atlanta!




POSTED: TUESDAY, APR 30TH 2013

RedRover Activity Pick: Exploring the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

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I have so many fond memories of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and after a visit to this 52-acre park you will also be enraptured by its beauty and serene backdrop that also happens to be right in the heart of Brooklyn. Featuring events throughout the year, my favorite time to explore the BBG is right now when the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom. Located around the park, my favorite place to soak in this beauty is in the Cherry Esplanade, a flourishing field that is filled with hundreds of cherry blossoms. Here you will also discover people lounging, children running around, eating lunch or picture taking at every turn. A short walk will lead you to the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (one of the “oldest and most visited Japanese-inspired gardens outside Japan” – according to the BBG website) where you will see a mix of more cherry blossoms and Band a collection of  ’Kanzan’ as well as an interesting architecture like a wooden bridge and a viewing pavilion where you can take it all in.

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Another fun area is the Discovery Garden where kids can explore as they walk around amongst a collection of flowers, plants, and check out different habitats. Our favorite is the dig station where kids can unearth worms and plants in dirt. They also offer fantastic workshops for families where you and your kids can learn all about the nature around us through interactive activities.

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Nearby, families can also check out the Children’s Garden, a place that has been growing flowers, herbs and vegetables since 1914. This also includes a focuses on education for kids ages 2-17 where they can learn all about community conservation and growing through actually participating in the gardening process.

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The simplicity of walking around this vast garden is also an incredible way to spend the day where you can stop and learn about various trees and flowers with some of my favorite spots being the Lily Pool Terrace, the Magnolia Plaza, the Herb Garden and the Fragrance Garden (to name a few). The BBG is also an incredible location for a wedding or a special occasion thanks to its natural and comforting backdrop.

The one downside is the food is pretty pricey, but they do use high-quality and organic produce as well as use 100 percent compostable, reusable, or recyclable utensils, plates, and containers that is backed by the gardens’s sustainable practices.

If you make it there on a Tuesday or on Saturday (before noon), you and your family can also enjoy a FREE visit to the BBG – offering you and your kids an incredible connection to nature and education in the heart of Brooklyn.

For even information about the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, please visit: http://www.bbg.org/

Looking for more kid-friendly local activities? Download RedRover for free in the App Store or sign up at RedRover.co.

Written by our Brooklyn Community Manager, Serena Norr. Follow her on Twitter at RedRoverBKLYN. Serena lives in Brooklyn with her family and can also be found at Seriously Soupy and at MamaGoesNatural.




POSTED: FRIDAY, APR 26TH 2013

Best Restaurants for Kids in NYC

It is almost impossible for me go on an outing with my kids without hearing, “I’m hungry.” As two growing kids, they are also munching or slurping on a snack (or two!) and since we are often out-and-about exploring all that NYC has to offer I also make sure that I have the nearby restaurants mapped out. The Red Rover app is not only a great place to discover amazing activities, but it can also connect you to nearby restaurants. Since you can literally find everything from all over the world, we complied a short list of some of our favorites for our kids.

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The Farm on Adderly, Brooklyn. This is not only one of my favorite restaurants it is also one of my favorites for my kids where my daughter know asks to go to this upscale Farm-to-Table eatery on a regular basis. My daughter’s favorite is the Buttered Egg Noodles with Broccoli and Parmesan, but they also have a sophisticated menu that also includes Crispy Tofu, Grilled Cheese, and an Organic Beef Hot Dogs that are all healthier and kid-pleasers.

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Alice’s Teacup, Manhattan. Offering a selection of sandwiches, salads and themed tea selections like the The Nibble, The Mad Hatter and the Jabberwocky, you and your kids are sure to enjoy a magical time at this classic NYC eatery.

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Veselka, Manhattan. We love this East Village eatery that has been serving up classic Ukrainian grub like bigos, stuffed cabbage, waffles, soups, blintzes, pierogis, and rice pudding for over 80 years. Our favorites are the vegetarian platters were you and your kids can sample a little bit of everything including stuffed cabbage, pierogis, and kasha.

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S’mac, Manhattan: I can’t through most weeks without serving mac and cheese to my kids, and it’s easy to see why. This gooey blend of pasta and cheese is the ultimate comfort, and only in NYC do you get such a diverse selection than at S’Mac. Here your child will be there own macaroni and cheese paradise where you can find selections such as the Mediterranean with goat cheese, sauteed spinach, kalamata olives, and roasted garlic or their four cheese delight with cheddar, muenster, gruyere and a touch of pecorino. They also offer Vegan and reduced Lactose options for those that want to go easy on the cheese.

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Foundation, Brooklyn: A local favorite, Brooklyn Farmacy is situated in a restored 1920s pharmacy where your kids can enjoy all the classics of yesteryear like egg creams and ice cream floats with a modern twist featuring favorites like their tasty seasonal milk shakes and sparkling sodas. They also offer delicious lunch and brunch options like meatloaf, grilled cheese, latkes, granola and more.

Looking for more kid-friendly local activities? Download RedRover for free in the App Store or sign up at RedRover.co.

Written by our Brooklyn Community Manager, Serena Norr. Follow her on Twitter at RedRoverBKLYN. Serena lives in Brooklyn with her family and can also be found at Seriously Soupy and at MamaGoesNatural.




POSTED: THURSDAY, APR 25TH 2013

Summerstage Calendar for 2013

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We are so excited for Summerstage, a free concert and event series that is held in Central Park and throughout NYC. For kids this includes amazing programming like Little Red Riding Hood, a DJ set for Hip Hop Week, Movement for the Urban Village, Shine and The Moonbeams (Caribbean Dance Theater), and much more! For more detailed event information, check out their calendar here.

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Another fun part of the Summerstage experience is the chance to spend the day in Central Park and explore fun attractions like Belvedere Castle, the  Alice in Wonderland monument,  a visit to one of the many playgrounds, or a simple picnic on the Great Lawn.

 

For more Information Follow Summerstage on  Twitter  & like them on Facebook 




POSTED: MONDAY, APR 22ND 2013

Best Places to Learn to Swim in NYC

 

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With the weather getting warmer we are so excited for long weekends on the beach as well as enjoying one of our many city pools. While splashing around in the water is nice, swimming is also an incredible skill for children that can help with them with confidence as well as a fun and challenging workout. With so many classes and offerings in NYC it is easy to discover the right program for your child. Here are just a few of the best places in NYC:

NYC Parks (All 5 Boroughs): The NYC Parks Department offers a variety of FREE swimming programs for all levels and ages. The program is year-round and meets at all five boroughs. For kids they offer saturday classes for toddlers (1½-5) and children (6-17) as well weekday afterschool classes for kids. Since the programs are free there is a lottery to be placed in a class. To register, visit http://www.nycgovparks.org/registration/aquatics to register for the next session (late June).

Camp Olympia (Brooklyn):  Held in John Jay High School in Brooklyn, Camp Olympia is a fun swimming programs that offers a variety of classes for babies, kids and adults. Offered on weekdays and weekends, the sessions take place over 8 weeks that are broken up my age. For babies this includes interactive classes like Water Angels (6-19 months) where they enjoy songs as they get comfortable in the water; Angel Fish (3-5 years old) where kids learn basic swimming skills and water adjustment and Blue Marlin (6-14 years old) where kids will learn the perfect the front crawl technique, rotary breathing and to swim in deep water. Visit: http://campolympiany.com/ to register for the next session.

YMCA (All 5 Boroughs): New York City has an incredible YMCA program where you can discover anything from arts and crafts to educational discussions. The swim program also offers vast options throughout NYC that focus on water safety, water games, personal growth, and stroke development. This includes a fun collection of classes for babies and kids including Perch (18-36 months), Pike (3-5 years old) and Polliwog (6-12 years old). Visit: http://www.ymcanyc.org/association/programs/swim-at-the-y to register.

Asphalt Green (Manhattan): Located on 91st street (with a location in Battery Park opening in June), you will discover tons of interactive swim classes for your kids. For babies they offer the water babies program where they will learn about floating, submersions and freestyle. They also have a preschool program (3-5 years old) where they learn proper freestyle and backstroke technique as well as beginning, intermediate and competitive swimming courses as children get older.

They are also hosting the Big Swim next weekend (April 27th) to support their learn-to-swim program, Waterproofing. Through this event kids ages 6-12 years old will get to meet Olympic swimmers and participate in fun swim games. Visit: http://www.asphaltgreen.org/c-1960-p-Youth-Swim.aspx to register.

Take Me to the Water (Manhattan, New Jersey, Queens and Brooklyn): With over 20 locations, Take Me to the Water is a fun place to learn lessons, host a birthday party, be on a swim team or enjoy water aerobics.  Some of their offerings include Baby and Me, Semi-Private and Private Lessons that all focus on fun, safety, and skills to help your child feel confident in the water.

 

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Looking for more kid-friendly local activities? Download RedRover for free in the App Store or sign up at RedRover.co.

Written by our Brooklyn Community Manager, Serena Norr. Follow her on Twitter at RedRoverBKLYN. Serena lives in Brooklyn with her family and can also be found at Seriously Soupy and at MamaGoesNatural.




POSTED: FRIDAY, APR 19TH 2013

weeSpring: Honest Social Media Platform For Parents, By Parents

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I’ll never forget how awful the experience was to create my first baby registry. Of course I was so excited about having my first baby, but having never really bought a baby product before I was clueless when it came to brands as well as what I actually needed (hello, useless bottle warmer!) I’ve wised up through the years thanks to my fair share of experience with useless and unnecessary products.  As a result of experience my second registry was a whole lot smaller, but this around it was filled with useful items! This was also because I researched reviews online and asked moms in my community about what worked and what didn’t. The notion of research and finding the right answers for what I needed didn’t stop with my registry. A new way that is helping parents bridge the gap information gap in the baby sector is through social media. This incredible platform can connect you with other parents from around the world – all seeking advice, communication and a way to stay connected.

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A new social shopping network called weeSpring is another way new and expecting parents can stay connected to useful information through this detailed resource platform where they can learn all about what baby gear their friends love, regret, have, or want.

How this works is simple – weeSpring uses a Facebook-integrated platform that empowers new parents to share advice with their friends about the baby products they couldn’t live without—and what they wish they’d never bought.

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Through a simple, straightforward rating system, new and expecting parents can compare products within a single category (go, eat, sleep, clean, and play) where you can see at what your friends think of various products that are currently on the market. Parents can then classify the products as love, regret, have or want.   Parents can also browse a trusted friend’s favorites– a feature designed to help parents-to-be who are often overwhelmed by the hundreds of choices they’ll have to make.

For parents, by parents, weeSpring was developed by Jack and Allyson Downey shortly after the birth of their first child. Ally went to Babies R Us where she found herself overwhelmed by the amount of options. When she went home she started emailing her friends where she realized that since so many of her friends already knew what worked and didn’t. She decided to create weeSpring to facilitate that exchange and provide a centralized resource for new and  expecting parents (and a platform for the more experienced parents to share what they’ve learned with their friends).

“We wanted new and expecting parents to have a simple, accessible resource where they can find out what helped their friends survive the early months, and then pass on their own tried-and-true advice,”  Ally Downey stated.

This is going to be huge for parents since the average new family spends more than $3,000 on baby gear, and they register for 75+ products. And this audience is already looking to social media for trusted advice: studies show that new mothers spend twice as much time on Facebook as the general population.

In the ever-expanding baby market, weeSpring has created a streamlined platform where new and expectant parents can collect, organize, and act on this advice – making the process as smooth as possible.

For more information, please visit: http://weespring.com/

weeSpring is also on Twitter and Facebbok

Written by our Brooklyn Community Manager, Serena Norr. Follow her on Twitter at RedRoverBKLYN. Serena lives in Brooklyn with her family and can also be found at Seriously Soupy and at MamaGoesNatural.




POSTED: TUESDAY, APR 16TH 2013

Connecting to Nature in NYC with Local Parks

While we know that NYC is one of the most expensive cities to live in, it can also be one that is offers many FREE  to low cost activities. One of my favorite low cost activities is exploring our local parks where I not only have the chance to connect with other parents and have an instant play-date, but also for the connection with nature where my kids can enjoy vast adventures in Central Park to a the simplicity being pushed on the swings.  From carousel rides to nature walks to catch and release fishing, here are some of our favorites activities to kick-off the weekend.

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Free Saturdays at Red Hook Recreation Center
Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
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This Saturday you and your family can enjoy a day of fitness activities and fun games like board games, and billiards. This event will also be held on April 27th if you can’t make it this weekend.

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Catch & Release Fishing
Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
Enjoy a gorgeous day at Harlem Meer where you and your kids can learn more about the types of fish that live in these waters. You can also borrow poles for catching and then releasing. Note: Groups with more than 5 people will have to reserve 2 weeks in advance.

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Family Workshop: Paper Flowers
Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park), Manhattan
A fun ode to Spring, this event will allow you and your family the chance to get crafty and create colorful flowers from tissue paper. Advanced registration is required for this event by calling 212) 923-8008.

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Earth Day Beach Cleanup
Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (in Jamaica Bay Park), Queens
Another fun Earth Day event (check out our complete Earth Day events recap here) this one will allow your kids to clean up marine debris and preserve our precious beaches. It is suggested that you dress for weather and to bring work clothes.

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History In Your Hands: Spring Sprouts
Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
It is planting season at the incredible Lefferts Historic House you and your family can enjoy a day of gardening where you “rotate and sift the compost, then spread it in the plots to enrich the soil.” This will also include making a small pot out of newspaper to take home so that you can grow your own plants.

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Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park
Every day from 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
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The beautiful Carousel is a staple in Prospect Park that is the perfect destination before or after a visit to the Prospect Park Zoo or as a visit on its own. Featuring 51 carved animals, the carousel was designed in 1912 and restored in 1990 that kids of all ages will love. There is a fee to ride the carousel, but for $2.00 it is well worth it.

Locate more free and low-cost activities by visiting http://www.nycgovparks.org/

Looking for more kid-friendly local activities? Download RedRover for free in the App Store or sign up at RedRover.co.

Written by our Brooklyn Community Manager, Serena Norr. Follow her on Twitter at RedRoverBKLYN. Serena lives in Brooklyn with her family and can also be found at Seriously Soupy and at MamaGoesNatural.