Welcome to KidsOutAndAbout.com
KidsOutAndAbout.com is America's online network of local web sites that show parents the wealth of opportunities available for kids and families in local areas.
KidsOutAndAbout is not a blog (though we do have a great free weekly e-newsletter that provides scintillating wit and penetrating insight in addition to lists of things to do, and we do have a section for our weekly publisher's notes), we are not exactly a community calendar (we have too much event information to fit in a calendar program), and we are not one of those flashy commercial sites that are trying to push their advertisers in front of your nose. We do accept advertising to make a living, of course, but we do so in a way that enhances your reading experience rather than detracts from it, and we only accept advertising from those who provide valuable resources for parents. (You'll never see one of those hideous "local mom discovers teeth whitening secret!" ads on our site!)
In early 2001, when Madison was one-and-a-half and I was just about to have Ella, I (Debra Ross, founder and publisher) realized how helpful it would be if there were some web site that gathered all of this information in one place. So on my maternity leave, I created the Rochester site of KidsOutAndAbout.com, with the help of several great programmers, a graphic designer, and a terrific nanny who helped me gather information.
Over the course of time, as word about the site spread, others in the greater Rochester community began to donate articles, information, resources, and suggestions. In 2010, we started launching outside of Rochester, and our sites now reach to Albany, Buffalo, Fairfield County, CT, Hartford, Hudson Valley, Westchester, Salt Lake City, Houston, Ann Arbor - Detroit, Saint Louis, Nashville, Austin, and San Antonio.
How does KidsOutAndAbout work?
Any organization in a local region that provides kid- and family-friendly activities and resources can have a FREE listing on KidsOutAndAbout.com. We have three exclusive calendars: Events, classes, and summer camps, and it is absolutely FREE to post as many activities as an organization can, to any of these calendars. (Click here for more information about how to get a login, add an organization, and add activities.)
Parents can check out our local calendar located at the top of any KidsOutAndAbout.com page. In the seasonal boxes on the top left, they can find the most popular things to do that time of year. They can peruse our resources linked on the left, or search for any subject in our search box at the tope. They can (and should!) sign up for our free weekly newsletter in the upper right-hand section.
Each site has a local editor whose job it is to help organizations learn about how to post and be visible on our site. That local editor also compiles a weekly newsletter so that parents, grandparents, and caregivers in the area can learn what is going on "out and about" for their kids and families.
Help us provide this community resource!
Please let us know about events and organizations that we haven't yet listed on the site! Click on the name of the editor where you live to send over the information.
Meet the Publisher
Debra Ross is founder and publisher of KidsOutAndAbout.com. She is the author of Seasons and Reasons: A Parent's Guide to Raising Great Kids, which was released in March 2015. It is a compilation of short essays on parenting that recognizes that we fundamentally parent by the season: A family's rhythms are governed in large part by the weather, school schedules, and holidays.
Click here for information about local editors.
Join our Team: Open Positions
Who writes for KidsOutAndAbout.com?
Mostly, we do. But we have a number of community contributors, and we are always happy to consider articles for publication that would be of interest to parents in greater local areas. We do not pay for articles. Please email Katie Beltramo, our Strategic Content Editor, if you have questions or would like to suggest an article or review.
Spread the word!
Almost all of our growth has been due to word of mouth, so please tell your friends and colleagues about KidsOutAndAbout.com. Thank you very much, and we hope you enjoy using KidsOutAndAbout.com!