As working parents, rising mercury is not the only concern for many of us. How to keep our cute little bundle of a hyperactive toddler (who will turn the house upside down when bored) busy when the schools are closed, is priority number one. ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ and ‘Jungle book’ will keep them busy just for a couple of days. That expensive summer camp may provide relief for another week or so. Of course, grandparents visit will probably add another week. And yet, after few tickets booking, last minute calling and few thousand rupees later, we are still looking, at least, a month to fill up. If only our offices were closed along with schools.
Well, worry not, the Startup (justice) league to rescue. A number of old and new start-ups are offering engaging and fun ways to keep your kids busy this summer. Here is a quick snapshot of it and mind it – it’s just a representative list. Keep reading.
Mom Bloggers Aggregators
As we all know from Bollywood, nothing in the world can beat mom-power. And start-ups are learning to harness this power by means of community content sharing. MyCity4Kids and Parentree are two such portals full of engaging content, tips & tricks, DIY activities and more. Many parents are benefitting immensely from the guidance and tips they are getting on these portals. Thanks to active moms you can now find a wide range of activities to do at home or visit in your area through these forums. My favorite is kids activities blog on MyCity4Kids which has everything from recipes to hobbies after school and is a frequent rescuer when I am clueless about what next.
Though you cannot take time off from office, for whatever time you are at home, you can spend it with your kids doing a number of activities. There are many start-ups that will ship engagement kits to your doorstep. Flinto Box and Magic Crate are at the forefront of this. They have subscription based model. Once subscribed you get an activity kit delivered to your house every month. These kits are made for kids age range from 2 years to 8 years. They keep kids busy for hours with well thought educational activities. If you are not a regular subscriber, some offer a facility to try single box which can be tried during summer vacation month.
Summer camps definitely are fun and educational at the same time and keep the kids engaged for good part of the day. Apart from summer camps, there are also many other activities specifically for kids ranging for a couple of hours to weeks. The nature of these activities could by hobby workshop, story reading, nature watching and suchlike. Established start-ups such as BookMyShow and few newcomers such as EventsHigh are great sources to scout such activities around your areas.
This is up and coming area. A number of sharing economy start-ups are coming up with various ways to provide toys and accessories to the kids at a fraction of a cost. There are a number of offline and even online toy libraries such as ToysOnRent that work on subscription based model. Just like a book library, you can take toys, use and return for monthly charges. There is another more flexible model pioneered by start-ups such as RentSher where you can book toys, costumes, kids accessories such as strollers and even medical equipment such as nebulizers for any time period you want. The variety and range of products are huge. Depending on your requirement you can rent a single toy, or complete birthday party play area or even set up entire carnivals including bouncy castles, candy and popcorn stalls, balloon and tattoo artists and more.
So if one does their research, plan ahead and set aside some time, thanks to all these start-ups, the summer vacation won’t be a daunting task but rather a source of great memories for you and your kids for years to come.
[About The Author: Abhijit, Co-Founder Of RentSher is Product & Strategy person by nature and supporter and promoter of Sharing Economy. He likes to write about design, technology, strategy and ecommerce.]