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ActivityHero Parent Power
An interview series from the ActivityHero team featuring experts in kid's out of school activities, child development, and current parenting topics.
Nov 23, 2021
New Trends in Childcare feat. UrbanSitter
Parents all across America are struggling to find a balance between working productively and managing the safety, socialization, and education of their children. Lynn Perkins is CEO and co-founder of UrbanSitter, an app, and website that’s making it easier than ever for parents to find, book and pay trusted childcare, from last-minute babysitting to full-time care. Lynn has turned her vision of an “OpenTable for babysitting” into a service with more than a million users in 50 cities and has facilitated millions of babysitting jobs. Lynn is a thought leader and frequent speaker on the topics of finding trusted child care, parenting, and caregiving trends, ensuring women get a seat at the table, marketplaces, and the sharing economy. She has been featured in/on CBS This Morning, USA Today, WSJ, The New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, and more. Lynn is a mother of three and a graduate of Stanford University.
Sep 28, 2021
The Importance of Art Education
In this podcast, we’re talking about why art is important for kids, how it sparks innovative problem solving, and what a future of creative design thinking beholds. About our guest: Ginhee Rancourt is the CEO and Founder of Young Art. Young Art is a virtual children’s art studio and invention factory, activating an experiential center at home. Our present focus is to inspire the next generation of young inventors, designers, and entrepreneurs to be bold innovators by providing creative and enriching experiences through hands-on learning.
Aug 10, 2021
4 Strategies to Help Kids Stay Focused feat. Nir Eyal
Do you struggle with striking the right balance between screen time, homework, family time, chores, work, and free play? In this episode, we discuss what it means to be indistractable and the strategies you can practice to help you and your kids stay focused. This is the first in a 2-part series featuring acclaimed writer Nir Eyal, the author of Indistracable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, a best-selling business book that is also on the top 10 list on Amazon’s School Age Parenting list. *For more parent resources and the best classes, camps, and activities for your family, visit **ActivityHero.com*
Aug 10, 2021
Scheduling Free Play & Giving Kids Autonomy feat. Nir Eyal
In this episode, Nir shares his approach for scheduling free play and the benefits of giving kids autonomy, without giving kids unlimited access to screen devices. This is the second in a 2-part series featuring acclaimed writer Nir Eyal, the author of Indistracable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, a best-selling business book that is also on the top 10 list on Amazon’s School Age Parenting list. *For more parent resources and the best classes, camps, and hobby-focused activities for your family, visit **ActivityHero.com*
Jun 1, 2021
Bridging the Summer and Pandemic Learning Gap
This past year has been unlike no other, especially for school-aged kids. Whether they attended school in-person or online, the school year was met with many challenges. The digital disparity is now evermore apparent. So as parents, how can we bridge the gap between everything that's happened? In this episode, we're talking with The Teacher Marketplace, (TTM) an online platform connecting teachers and tutors with students and families for remote and in-person tutoring sessions nationwide. TTM has thousands of teachers on its site including tutors with 10+ years of formal classroom experience, background-checked teachers, and vaccinated-verified for safe, in-person instruction. The Teacher Marketplace wants to make sure no child is left behind and every child who needs a tutor can access one. Some of our tutors cost as little as $10/hour. TTM supports all teachers, donating 10% of profits to non-profit Educators For Excellence. *Discover classes, camps, and activities for your child at **ActivityHero.com** *
Apr 23, 2021
Fostering a Lifetime of Curiosity Through Astronomy
In this episode, we will talk about the most appealing science of astronomy and how exploring astronomy helps set your child up for a lifetime of curiosity and learning. Joining us today is Kevin Manning, award-winning astronomer and founder of Look Up to the Stars, a provider of astronomy camps and classes for kids of all ages. We love Look Up at The Stars on ActivityHero because Kevin’s mission is to generate interest and foster scientific literacy in students nationwide through the delivery of awe-inspiring, educational, and entertaining astronomy programs. Children of all ages can be inspired to think big, dream big, and foster curiosity about an enormous universe in which the boundaries appear unlimited. *Find the best kids camps and activities including the awesome array of astronomy classes from Look Up to the stars on **ActivityHero.com** *
Apr 6, 2021
The Benefits of Science Camp
In this episode, we will talk about science camps, from a variety of STEM topics to the terrific skill set that your kids can learn from attending a science camp. Joining the episode is Nina Conway from Destination Science, a leading STEM camp provider for elementary school kids. We love Destination Science on ActivityHero because they believe “Science is a Way of Thinking!” When we know how to “do” science, we know how to be creative, critical, and organized thinkers and problem solvers. Parents love that Destination Science’s fun-filled programs make positive, powerful differences in their children! Their programs are meticulously designed to use fun science as a tool to grow terrific skills for everyday life, including: PERSISTENCE, COOPERATION, CREATIVITY AND ESPECIALLY…CURIOSITY! You can check out Destination Science’s current summer camp offerings on Activityhero.com.
Mar 3, 2021
First-Time Campers 101: What to consider when planning your child's first camp experience
There are so many things to consider when thinking about your child's first camp experience. To help us navigate all the options our guest for this interview is Courtney Cimoli. She is the chief operating officer of Camp Edmo, a leading camp provider in the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Sacramento regions of California with a multitude of school year programs and 32 on-site summer camp locations. Discover the right summer camp for your child at ActivityHero.com. For more information about the ActivityHero Scholarship Fund, click here >