By Micaela Williamson
For parents in the greater DC metro area, there is no better place than Our-Kids to discover daily kids’ events. Our-Kids keeps local parents in the know by offering a database of over 800 family-friendly activities each week. The woman behind the website is bright and talented Arlington mom of two, Amy Miller. Find out more about what Our-Kids has to offer and read my interview with Amy below:
1) Please share the history behind the Our-Kids website.
Our-Kids.com was founded in 1999 and has been a constant provider of family fun in the greater DC metro area for almost 14 years. It started out as a simple Yahoo ListServ and has grown into a full-service website to help parents navigate the area.
2) How can someone sign up to become an Our-Kids member and what perks are offered?
It’s easy! Simply visit www.our-kids.com and click the large image on the homepage. From there you’ll get to the checkout process and voila you’re a member. Membership is $26/year – that is 50 cents a week. By becoming a member, you will receive a weekly newsletter with a calendar of events of things to do with your kids, online access to a database of over 800 events per week that you can sort by age, price, city, state and event type plus giveaways and discounts just for Our Kids members.
3) Your site boasts over 800 family-friendly activities in the member database. That is incredible! What sort of activities and events do you list?
We list just about everything from the local elementary-school family fun fair to high-end concerts and productions like Disney on Ice. We have library and bookstore storytimes, nature center programs, museum events, sporting events, arts & crafts, concerts, exhibits and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Again you can sort your results by date range, age, price, city, state and event type. What’s great is that you can customize the search to exactly what you’re looking for. Bonus: coming soon are some really nice site upgrades just for Our Kids members!
4) Do you have any favorite customer testimonials?
Yes, there are actually many and I sincerely appreciate when people take the time to write and let me know how they are using Our-Kids.com. Here are a few recent comments:
“Our Kids has provided me and my daughter with resources and activities that I would have not been able to find otherwise. As a single mom I think it’s important to find fun, affordable and educational activities and with Our Kids by our side we have been doing that since 2010.” –Erica T.
“I subscribed to Our Kids when I decided to become a stay-at-home mom after nearly 20 years in the workforce. I wanted to get involved in the community, but it was so overwhelming checking individual websites and following up on ideas from friends and family for fun activities. The Our Kids weekly emails help me plan my activities and take advantage of discounts and promotions. Having four children ranging in ages from 9 to 2 months, Our Kids is the way to go to find local happenings that work for our family!” –Kirstin H.
“As a very recent Our Kids member, that I kick myself for not doing it sooner. I only have one problem- now I can’t find enough time in my week to do all of the awesome things you send us. I seriously don’t know why everyone hasn’t joined!” –Aline A.
5) What has been your favorite part of running the area’s favorite family website?
My favorite part by and far is being able to share all the wonderful resources that are in this area with families. I love being a convenient one-stop shop so that parents don’t have to dig for the information. It is all right there at their fingertips.
** Perk for readers of Northern Virginia Magazine: use promo code NM1 during checkout and take $2 off your membership! Expires March 31, 2013. **
Micaela Williamson is a co-author of local travel guide, Kid Trips Northern Virginia, an extraordinary resource that provides descriptions, useful information and insider tips for hundreds of local destinations. Micaela is also an award winning blogger who enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.