(Note: this post does discuss a new affiliation/brand ambassadorship into which I've recently entered. Since I rarely ever use this space for that type of post, I just wanted to let you know in advance, as I don't want you to feel "ambushed" into reading it. I am excited about this, though, and wanted to share it, so...well, here we are.)
As the weather gets nicer, I grow increasingly excited about All The Stuff We Shall Do As A Family On The Weekend. Since we’re Sabbath-observant, however, “the weekend” is really reduced to “Sunday,” and PANIC! had already begun to set in, in terms of, you know, finding age-appropriate stuff for us to do on the ONE DAY WE HAVE. I work full-time, and I’m admittedly terrible about being in the loop on events and fun activities to do in and around the city by the time the weekend actually rolls around. Ad a result, J and I had resolved to make a concerted effort to visit new places with the kids; we put in some research this past week, and our efforts paid off with a fantastic time together at a nearby nature preserve on Sunday (pictures here).
I love this kind of stuff, and I love checking out new places with the kids. It's just that I generally suck at figuring out what it is that we should do. As you might therefore imagine, I was over the moon when PBS recently got in touch with me and asked if I wanted to be a PBS Kids Blogger Ambassador for their newly-launched Kids Club Thirteen (the “Thirteen” being our local PBS station). Kids Club Thirteen Members get discounts to great places for kids in and around NYC, ideas for fun new places for kids, and get to attend free VIP events each month (where kids get to meet their favorite characters).
The first event is Sunday, May 9 at the Prospect Park Zoo (Fleece Weekend, which will involve sheep shearing, crafts, Ruff Ruffman, and giveaways); J, the kids and I will definitely be there.
We’re huge fans of PBS -- both for us and the kids -- and I’m thrilled about this new project. I’m excited to be working with a station whose programming that so positively impacted my childhood (and is now doing the same for my own kids), and I’m OVERJOYED that we’ll have a bunch of new places/fun events to check out with the kids on the weekends. Sign up here, if you're local, and, like me, are downright gleeful at the prospect of taking the guesswork out of entertaining your kids on the weekend, and doing so in a quality way.
I’ve received a free membership for the year (other than that, I’m receiving no compensation). Membership is $75, covers two adults, and up to three kids, and is ideal for ages 3-11. If you join before May 9, you get two years for the price of one (or $3 a month for two years). Plus, you're supporting public television (so...good deed, right there) and have fantastic events squared away for your kids each month. Kids Club Thirteen is also on Facebook (check out the programs under the "Events" tab), and Twitter.