Nov 09, 2017
25 Acts of Kindness for Kids (and Parents, too!) - CertifiKID Kindness Challenge
The world can be a scary place for kids. With so much tragedy and division, its easy for people to lose faith in humanity and feel afraid and helpless. We've put together a list of 25 acts of kindness for kids to help families have fun and make the world just a little more kind. I think one thing we can all agree on is that the world is in desperate need of more kindness. You ...
Oct 11, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: Grow Your College Savings with Virginia529!
Paying for college is one of the most stressful issues parents face as their children grow. One minute, you're helping them learn to tie their shoes; the next, they're in high school and you're only a couple of years away from writing that first tuition check. As a parent of a high school sophomore, I know this all too well. College costs are soaring. According to the ...
Sep 15, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: Lucky Strike Bethesda
Planning a group outing that appeals equally to kids and adults can sometimes feel like an exercise in futility. When we came across Lucky Strike Bethesda, we knew it was the perfect venue for our next Team CertifiKID family event. Conveniently located on the first level of Westfield Montgomery Mall, Lucky Strike Bethesda is part upscale sports bar, part swanky bowling venue. ...
Aug 30, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: Greenlight® - The Debit Card for Kids
This is a photo of my son's shorts about to go in the washer, an all too familiar weekly scene in our laundry room. I don't even want to know how much cash he's lost around town (**insert facepalm here**). Despite all our teaching about financial responsibility and money management (yes, he owns a wallet!), we needed some help. When I heard about Greenlight, I was excited to ...
Aug 22, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: LePort Montessori Schools
As soon as you walk on to the campus of LePort Montessori School in Reston, you can tell this is a special place. Your eyes are immediately drawn to their large, open natural playground built right into the landscape of the school, nestled within the shade of mature trees of all different species. While I don't suggest judging a school merely by its playground, in this case, it ...
Aug 08, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: Ibotta - Easy Couponing for Busy Families
We are big fans of businesses that save our CertifiKID families either time or money. When we come across a product or service that claims to do BOTH of these things, we get pretty darn excited. Enter Ibotta. Ibotta is a free mobile coupon app that allows shoppers to earn cash rebates on select products from hundreds of popular retailers like Target, Walmart, Amazon, Kohl's, and ...
Jun 26, 2017 | Just For Fun
Top 10 Summer Boredom Busters [That are Totally #OnTrend]
School is out and the lazy days of summer are in full swing. Doesn't it feel amazing to sleep in until 9 a.m. every day and relax with cup of coffee in hand while the kids entertain themselves for hours? On the off chance that's not quite how your summer is going, we've put together a list of super cool activities to keep the kiddos busy this summer and that dreaded ...
Jun 08, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: Music & Arts
Thinking about music lessons for your child, but unsure about adding yet another activity to your already hectic schedule? Whether you think you have the next Beethoven or Hendrix on your hands, or simply want to introduce your child to music, there are many benefits of music lessons that go well beyond learning how to play an instrument. Research has found that music instruction improves ...
Jun 05, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: We Tried Wee Blessing and We're Hooked!
Wee Blessing is a company that acts as a children's personal shopper to save you time and money. If you're familiar with Stitch Fix for women, Wee Blessing works the same way, but for kids brand name fashions. You start by filling out a style profile with your child's clothing preferences - sizes, colors, brand names, style, hobbies, etc. - and your preferred budget per ...
Apr 28, 2017
We have a WINNER!
Congratulations to Instagrammer @sewlovele17 for winning our 2017 Spring Break Photo Contest with this amazing photo snapped at Adventure Park USA. You really captured the THRILL of the moment! How about those facial expressions? Priceless. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos. There were so many great ones, it was hard for our team to pick just one winner! Here are ...
Apr 05, 2017 | DC/MD/VA | Just For Fun
Share your Spring Break Photos and WIN FREE FUN!
Share photos of your family using your CertifiKID voucher over Spring Break on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the tag #CertifiKIDSpringBreak. If we pick your photo as our favorite, you will win CertifiKID credit equal to the amount you paid for your voucher! Whether you're enjoying some of our local family fun, getting away from it all with one of our awesome getaway deals, or ...
Dec 27, 2016
17 Ways to Ring in 2017 with Kids!
Whether this is your first year as a parent, or you’re praised among your friends as a true vet, us moms and dads know the startling truth – holidays with kids are just different, especially on New Year's Eve. If your kids aren't passed out by 10:30 p.m., then they're probably ringing in the New Year with major meltdowns, having all of your kid-free friends mentally scratching ...
Oct 26, 2016
And Then There Were Two: Groupon & CertifiKID - The Last Remaining Daily Deal Sites
Our CEO and Founder, Jamie Ratner, reacts to Groupon's pending acquisition of LivingSocial and what that means for CertifiKID: Yesterday’s big news really hit home. Groupon acquired LivingSocial, its major competitor in the daily deal space. When I launched CertifiKID more than six years ago, there were scores of daily deal sites popping up every day, all pushing to be ...
Oct 22, 2016
CertifiKid Field Report: ABCmouse.com
The brain of a little one is an amazing thing. Think about it--in the first five years they go from not being able to hold up their heads to walking, talking, and having pretty strong opinions. Any parent who’s tried to get a three year old to eat something they don’t want to, knows this all too well. Taking full advantage of those brain-forming years is so important. One of our team ...
Aug 05, 2016
CertifiKID Field Report: Educational Play with Square Panda
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." ~ Fred (Mr.) Rogers Here at CertifiKID we subscribe to the Mr. Rogers philosophy. Whether it's outdoors in nature, exploring at a museum or helping history come to life by getting out and seeing where its happened, play is ...
Jul 15, 2016
Fun Places to Find Pokémon
Gotta catch 'em all, do ya? I get it. The whole Pokémon Go thing is sweeping the globe and while there have a few scary stories surrounding the phenomenon, seeing kids - families even - getting outside, exploring, being active and having fun is pretty darn cool. Heck, my kids and I were out in the park until almost dark yesterday evening and we met three families we'd never ...
Jul 08, 2016 | Just For Fun
5 Great Ways to Enjoy Watermelon!
The laid back pace and sunny days of summer are great but if we're being honest one of the best things has got to be, watermelon! What's better than a cool, juicy slice of this sweet treat when the day has been long an hot? Not much. Then again... just when you thought watermelon couldn't get any better we go out and find these amazing, creative and tasty ways to enjoy ...
Jun 30, 2016
Expert Tips for Building Your Summer First Aid Kit
If you’ve ever had to go on a frantic search for Band-Aids while a tearful kiddo is hyperventilating, sure that scrape on their knee will cause them to lose a limb, you know how important having a First Aid Kit is. But did you know that a change in seasons means you should be changing things up in your kit? We’ve sought some expert advice on what you should have in the family First Aid ...
Jun 20, 2016
CertifiKID Field Report: The Fun Side of Parenting... Parties with Oriental Trading Company!
Sure, this whole parenting thing can be tough. What with the crazy schedules and endless obligations. The thing is, it also can be lots of fun -- especially when we get to throw parties for our kiddos! We love Oriental Trading Company because the variety of products they offer helps make the celebrating and creating a snap. They're our party 'partner' and go-to ...
Jun 16, 2016 | Just For Fun
Road Trip Sanity Savers
Since even before the days of Griswold, the family road trip has been a right of passage. Whether it's over the river and through the woods at the holidays or down to the shore for summer, the biggest challenge in any road trip is saving your sanity. After all you can only hear, "are we there yet?!" so many times before you go loopy. And honesty, keeping the kids engaged and ...
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