Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer in the 'Nati

I love summer in Cincinnati! And if you're looking for a way to plot out your plans, I'm here to help.

Hi, it's Sheila.
The Cincinnati Reds are in town, but if you want to say a little money on great baseball, you should also check out the Florence Freedom. We went with our friends the Koeppes' Friday night. Here is a picture of our boys, Eric and Matthew with Freedom, the team mascot. Fridays are Fox 19 fireworks nights, so don't miss a chance to get up close with the players and see phenomenal Rozzi fireworks.

And here's another hookup for summer. A Cincinnati mother named Evie Estes recently started up a local Hulafrog website. Two moms who quit their jobs in New York City and moved out to the suburbs of New Jersey created the family fun website for selfish reasons: they wanted ideas for things to do with their kids. Evie is in the first wave of new market expansions, and she's got the eastern part of Cincinnati in her sites. As a parent coach, Evie says she is asked by clients all of the time about recommendations for classes, camps, birthday party venues, and even pediatricians, so she jumped at the opportunity to become a Hulafrog publisher. She had to go through a pretty rigorous interview process.

Hulafrog is a directory chock full of class and camp providers, birthday party venues, kid-friendly destinations and restaurants, schools as well as pediatricians, kids' dentists and much more. Evie also sends out very short newsletters and weekend guides with can't miss weekly events in the Cincinnati Eastside area. I told Evie I need this service for Northern Kentucky, and she told me another mom will have that area covered soon.

Evie is the mother three children, as well as the operator of a small parent coaching business, Parent 4R Future.
Check out her activity suggestions and planning calendar, and if you want, sign up for Hulafrog emails here:

I have run across some other great family friendly websites since I had my son Eric, and you may recognize Marie Rossiter's because she's on the Fox 19 Morning News every other Friday. Her Macaroni Kid sites are chock full of fun things to do, and she always has some great goodies to give away too! For Metro Cincinnati click here:

I also love Family Friendly Cincinnati, where you can also find everything from music lessons to summer camps, and ways to spend a couple of hours with your kids.

Now go out there and have fun!

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