I’m going to go out on a limb here and say something pretty controversial: parenting is very…time-consuming.
There I said it.
From what I can tell – and I’m not a parent, though I frequently play one on TV – parents are in constant motion: from the moment the alarm goes off until they collapse into bed at night, it’s a series of car trips, soccer practices, violin lessons, and who knows what else.
And in the process – another crazy theory here – I surmise that over-worked parents sometimes miss out on really neat opportunities or activities for their kids. For starters, they’re simply too busy. But more importantly, there never seems to be a single, one-stop location where they can easily and quickly access all the cool activities in their area.
Eventz4kidz is a site the lists kids’ activities such as classes, camps, sports, and much more based on your town. It’s easy to use, very intuitive, and supports a local charity. What’s not to love? On the home page, you can click on a sample city – Boston, Chicago, San Diego, for example – and browse activities, or Subscribe to receive information about events in your city. But first things first: I signed up.
I entered my basic information, and was prompted to select my city and surrounding metropolitan area. You can enter whatever city you live in and subsequently edit the event at any time. Having lived in Washington, DC, I chose the nearby suburb of Arlington, VA. Next, I had the opportunity to add an event. I could choose from a pre-selected set of categories – arts and leisure, dance, music, etc. – add an event name and a URL.
Next, I could enter the age range for the event as well as the type of event (e.g. prenatal, child care, indoors, or outdoors.) Add the event date, cost, and opt for a Featured Listing (at a $10 cost – with $1 being donated to charity), and you’re all set.
Of course, adding events is just part of the fun. The other part is checking out events for your kids in your area. Let’s take the Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beach area, for example. What you’ll see is essentially a kids’ calendar; simply click on an Event Category or Event Type box on the left, and the page will automatically load to show related activities. I also like the other options on the left, which let you adjust your preferences on a sliding scale – for some strange reasons it reminds me of Bing’s Travel tools. Very intuitive, very easy.
Regarding the charitable donations, Eventz4kids will donate $1 for every featured event sold on their website to a local children´s charity; for the year 2011, Eventz4Kids selected the Make-A-Wish foundation as its featured charity. Very cool.
All in all, Eventz4Kids fills a void in the market that has been suspiciously un-filled (if that’s a word) for a long time. I mean, think about it: we use the Internet for everything. And while kids’ activities aren’t analogous to, say, buying airplane tickets, there are still platforms out there that support entertainment options. Sites like Fandango come to mind – a site where you can purchase tickets to an event.
But when it comes to a comprehensive list of kids’ events focused on your home town, the options are surprisingly limited. And Eventz4Kids neatly addresses this demand, efficiently, simply, and effectively. It’s also a great marketing platform for teachers, artists, musicians, and any other individual who offers kids’ activities in their communities. A win-win!
It’s almost like this site could only have been created by…a parent. And when you read about how the site came to be, everything neatly falls into place. The founder, Rachel Cohen, wanted to build a site to “concentrate events on a calendar to find activities quickly for the busy family.”
Well, according to this non-parent – who frequently plays one on TV – she succeeded!