POSTED: SATURDAY, MAY 25TH 2013

San Francisco parents: Come see us at the Hullabuzoo and win an iPad Mini!

We’re thrilled to be sponsoring the San Francisco Zoo’s annual Hullabuzoo celebration all weekend long with all sorts of cool activities and special deals and a huge giveaway just for RedRover users!

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From 11am to 4pm today, Sunday, and Monday, you can enjoy a performing circus group, an inflatable obstacle course and a climbing wall challenge at your favorite Zoo. And in between visits to their collection of endangered and rescued animals, stop into the Pachyderm Building to blow off a little steam in the free inflatable playhouse, where kids can climb, play and shoot baskets. Then gather your strength with a picnic on the Patas Lawn as you watch the performing circus group before you test your skills on the climbing wall ($3). Every time someone rings the bell at the top of the wall, the Zoo will donate $1 to animal conservation programs.

Come meet our CEO and Founder Kathryn Tucker and learn about RedRover at our Recharge Station right by the Rock Wall on the Patas Lawn, where you’ll also find clowns, puppets and free face painting (plus special treats) for all kids.

Special deal for RedRover Users: Zoo visitors who download the free RedRover app and sign up between May 25 through May 27 will receive a FREE waffle cone with the purchase of one waffle cone.  All ou have to do is show the RedRover app on your phone at Terrace Cafe (or present the coupon)

iPad Mini Giveaway: Any San Francisco user who signs up through the free RedRover app or online at RedRover.co between May 25th and 31st is entered to win an iPad Mini and a SF Zoo Family Membership. Awesome!

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend, San Francisco!




POSTED: FRIDAY, MAY 24TH 2013

Before Midnight and RedRover: The perfect date night!

In honor of our RedRover 3.0 launch in NYC, we celebrated with our first Date Night with RedRover, which included a private, sneak preview of Before Midnight with Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, and Director Richard Linklater. Lucky us!

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After the red carpet, our guests were treated to an exclusive Q&A with Ethan, Julie, and Richard before the exclusive screening of their new movie, which opens in theaters today, May 24.

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And huge congrats to Sasadi, a RedRover user who won tickets to our event just for using our app. Cool, right?

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You can see all the photos from the event on our Date Night with RedRover Flickr set as well as on our Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us on our exciting launch.

Stay tuned for more Date Nights with RedRover! And make sure you’re a user (download the free app or sign-up on the website) so you don’t miss opportunities like this. Before Midnight opens in NYC, LA, and Austin today, with more cities coming soon.

{All photos by Chae Kihn}




POSTED: THURSDAY, MAY 23RD 2013

RedRover Atlanta Launch Party

As part of our exciting RedRover 3.0 Atlanta launch just a few weeks ago, we celebrated at Whole Foods Market Buckhead with our wonderful partners and blogging friends.

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A huge thanks to our founding Atlanta partners: Atlanta Braves, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta Rocks!, Brina Beads, Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival, Callaway Gardens, Dunwoody Nature Center, Fernback Museum, Georgia Aquarium, Little House of Art, Stone Mountain Park, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, The Music Class, and Whole Foods Market Buckhead, who kindly hosted our party.

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All the guests were also treated to tech manicures, as well as giveaways and goody bags courtesy of: GoSwype, Mabel’s Labels, Gyft, Tig’s Closet, Benbini, Squatchi, Atlanta Rocks!, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Brina Beads, Star 94, Buckhead Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, Spa Sydell, Night & Day Studios, Cygnett, Kelly Moore, and GoCodes.

Huge thanks to Kelly Dyar from Amerine Photography who, as you can see, captured our celebration so beautifully. Her boutique photography studio helps families, children, newborns, expecting mothers, couples and seniors in Gwinnett and Greater Atlanta area capture memories that they will treasure.

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To see more photographs from our event, take a peek at our RedRover Atlanta Launch Party Flickr set. Thanks again to everyone who attended and helped make our Atlanta launch so amazing.

Join us! You can download the free RedRover app on iTunes or sign-up on our website

 




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.

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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