I wanted to share a wonderful resource with all of you with children in your lives. Kids Out and About, is a website run by Debra Ross and sponsored by Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield. You can find all sorts of information regarding activities involving children in the Rochester area. The beautiful thing about this site is not only that it is free for you to read it, it is also free for organizations, profit and non-profit, to post their activities. This allows the reader to learn about activities they may otherwise have never heard of. They also offer a free newsletter that is sent out once a week,typically on Fridays, and has lots of information for the upcoming week. There is also much more than just activities listed on the website. You will also find local giveaways (often tickets to shows or gift certificates to local merchants), a listing of kid-friendly restaurants and a list of area restaurants that offer specials on kids meals (kids eat free, pay what they weigh, etc), articles on raising healthy kids, and "everyday" places to bring the kids that are not necessarily tied into an activity or event, such as the zoo or playgrounds. Debra Ross is also a homeschooler and offers several homeschool resources on the website.
I have personally, used this website for the past several years and received the newsletter for just as long. We have been blessed to have won a few of the giveaways and have always received the prizes. I have been introduced to several wonderful events and businesses that I had no idea existed in this area. If you have anything to do with children in the Rochester area, I highly recommend that you check out Kids Out and About.