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!


RedRover 3.0, now live in Atlanta!

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

RedRover 3.0

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.


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 by May 19, 11:59pm EST and you’re entered.

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


RedRover Activity Pick: Exploring the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Brooklyn Botanic Garden



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.


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.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden


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:

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


Summerstage Calendar for 2013


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.


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 


Best Places to Learn to Swim in NYC



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 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: 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: 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: 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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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.


weeSpring: Honest Social Media Platform For Parents, By Parents

Wee Spring

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.

Wee Spring

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.


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:

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.


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.

Red Hook Recreation Center

Free Saturdays at Red Hook Recreation Center
Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Red Hook Recreation Center in Red Hook Recreation Area
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.


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.

Paper Flower Crafts

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.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife

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.


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.

Prospect Park carousel

Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park
Every day from 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Carousel (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
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.

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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.


Earth Day Events for Kids

Earth Day Events

While we believe that celebrating and taking care of the Earth is a part of an everyday process, Earth Day (April 22nd) is also a great way to introduce children to the educational aspect through a variety of activities that are held throughout the city. Starting this weekend there are a lot of fun Earth Day events focusing on recycling, music, arts and crafts, and educational activities to learn more about the environmental issues and how we can all make changes. Here are a few events that we are excited to check out:



National Grid Earth Day Celebration at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 3pm ($7.00)
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) commemorates Earth Day with their annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration, which will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 3pm. This interactive family event will take place on the plaza outside Brooklyn College’s Walt Whitman Theatre immediately following the 2pm presentation of Tales of Anansi, a storytelling concert by the environmental performance group Bash the Trash.

Now in its sixth year, the National Grid Earth Day Celebration is designed to educate families on how they can play a role in caring for the Earth and creating a more sustainable future. Interactive family activities, educational materials, and give-away items will highlight the need for conserving energy, recycling in the home, and having a heightened awareness of the environmental global issues that we face today. For more information, please visit:

Hip Tot

Hip Tot Music Festival
April 14th at 12pm ($12 adults; $10 kids)
Celebrate Earth Day with the popular Brooklyn-based band, Rolie Polie Guacamole who will get kids to ‘rock out’ and celebrate the earth. This will also include a demo from Jete Dance Center, a reading from author Melanie Hope Greenberg, face painting, glitter tattoos, and arts and crafts.


Family Volunteer Day at East Meadow in Central Park
Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10:00 am–12:00 pm (FREE)
Celebrate Earth Day with the family as you help make clean-up Central Park.

Earth Day Activities at Grand Central (Vanderbilt Hall)
April 20 – 22, 2013 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (FREE)
This fun-filled weekend leading up to Earth Day includes incredible activities that are held right inside Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. This includes live performances, activities, discussions, and educational displays.

Earth Day Activities in Union Square
April 21, 2013 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (FREE)
Enjoy some pre-Earth Day celebrations outdoors in Union Square with musical performances, a green runway and exhibition, and exhibits. There will also be displays from local and national organizations so that you can learn more ways on how you can get involved.

What are you doing with your family for Earth Day?


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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.


Spring Fun at the American Museum of Natural History

Visits to the American Museum of Natural History are magical. Growing up in Brooklyn I remember the thrill of going their with my mom or exploring with my friends on a class trip. There was always something new to be learned, and even more adventurous sights to see. Now that I am a mom I love sharing this experience with my own daughters who at 5 and 21 months are thrilled at the mention of their favorite dinosaur museum.

Whales at AMNH

During spring break we enjoyed a day the museum to explore the new Whales: Giants of the Deep exhibit, and whatever else we may encounter. We loved exploring this exhibit as we learned the latest research, evolution, diversity and conservation of whales. My five-year-old loved looking at the massive whale bones as well as having the chance to crawl through a replica of the heart of a blue whale. Personally, I loved learning about the role of whales throughout so many cultures where I could see whale skulls, fossils, artifacts, cultural objects and more! On display until next year, this is one exhibit you don’t want to miss.

American Museum of Natural History

Another section that we loved exploring is the Discovery Room. Designed for kids 5-12, this interactive room is filled with activities so kids can learn and explore featuring an “array of artifacts and specimens, puzzles, and scientific challenges.” There are also activities for older visitors on the upper level. My daughter loved this hands-on room where she could dig for dinosaur bones, create her own mask, and discover various animals on a tree.


We also loved loved exploring the dinosaurs, and what I recently learned is the location of the “greatest fossil collections in the world.” When they get a little older, I really want  to check out the Dino Tour (they offer several tours, learn more here) where they can learn more in-depth about the dinosaurs. Other highlights from our visit included the Hall of North American Mammals and the Butterfly Conservatory with plans to explore even more the next time around.


With tons of educational programs, The American Musuem of Natural History is your go-to spot for events this spring and summer. Here are some highlights for families:

Island Life (Part of the Milstein Science Series)
Sunday, April 14
The event will include live animals and lots of activities for kids, plus free screenings of a new film by two of our scientists called Reefs Illuminated.

Identification Day
May 11, 2013
Bring your shells, rocks, insects, feathers, bones, and artifacts to the annual Identification Day.

May 19, 2013
The oceans are home to about 80 species of whales. But what is the plight of these unique creatures? Go inside a 45-foot, life-size replica of a humpback whale; explore hands-on activities; meet scientists, and more, in this family program.

To learn more about the exciting programs at the American Museum of Natural History, please visit:

Become a fan of the Museum on Facebook: and follow them on Twitter at


Also, you can follow publishers just like the American Museum of Natural History right on your phone. You can discover events right in your neighborhood as well as activities throughout NYC to explore.

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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.