11/15/16

Don't Give Presents, Give Experiences with Kidzxplor!


How many of you parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles out there have noticed just how many toys kids have these days? I can tell you that we have toys coming out of the woodwork at our house. I’ve had to start creating cubbies to “hide” toys in plain sight. Behind the glider, in the closets, in the dark and mysterious corners of the kids’ rooms… I’ve pretty much had it up to the proverbial “here” with the amount of toys that we have.

I know, I know, it’s my own fault. My kids didn’t get part time jobs to support their toy habit, it was all me. But come on, they’re just too cute to not surprise with all sorts of little goodies. Ugh, I'm creating brats, aren't I?

Anyway, the one thing I've been preaching to anyone that will listen, is that we should all think more about giving Experience "gifts." Meaning, a Zoo Membership, Botanical Garden Membership, or better yet, one thing that could offer a wide variety of options... Kidzxplor.


I got a chance to try out the program for an entire month for my two kiddos. If you've been under a rock and haven't seen my posts about the program so far, here it is in a nutshell: $99 per month gets you unlimited access to all sorts of exclusive classes around the city - Swimming lessons, gymnastics, Spanish classes, art workshops, story times, and soooooooo much more. This service/program is what I think a lot of Moms out there are looking for; a flat rate for loads of options. 

Kidzxplor really does take the grunt work out of figuring out what to do this weekend. I mean, it's all listed out in one place, and it's already paid for with your membership. Easy peasy.



If you're still on the fence about trying out Kidzxplor (even after I posted all of the fun pictures), make sure you read this next paragraph because I really wanted to get one BIG point across:

It's worth the money if you have the time. In the one month alone, we would have spent $135 on the classes we went to... that was 5 classes. We could have utilized it so much more too, if we just had the time. The hubs could have taken Alice to swimming lessons, if he could swim (okay, so this one wasn't a time issue). I could have taken Emma to gymnastics classes after work, if it weren't 45 minutes away. I could have done fitness classes for myself with Alice in the stroller if I didn't work full-time. If you have the time, Kidzxplor is a no-brainer. $99 for hundreds of dollars of fun.

With that said, here is a Promo Code to get 50% off of your first month of Kidzxplor, to see just how good it is: KIDZFRIEND

There is no catch and you can cancel at any time (online too, so you don't have to worry about sales people). That's $50 for soccer lessons, music classes, tennis lessons, dance classes, martial arts classes, cheerleading workshops, and my favorite... trampoline jumping open play. Again, a no-brainer.


If you're a Grandparent reading this, thinking that it would be perfect for your grandkid(s), you're right! And luckily Kidzxplor is launching their eGiftCard option on their site today, just in time for the Holidays. 


Who needs hundreds of dollars of more toys when they could get out and let loose?!?

If you want to see what some other families did with their Kidzxplor membership, check them out here:

STL Motherhood  |  Play St. Louis  |  And Hattie Makes Three



I have one last thing for you before I go into the nitty-gritty details... a Raffle for a 3 Month membership to Kidzxplor! Enter to win using this link:

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I received a one month membership to Kidzxplor for both of my children, for my honest opinion and review. I was not swayed in any way, and all thoughts are my own.

PROS:
- There are many, MANY classes to choose from.
- They add new classes/venues all the time.
- There are early morning and early evening classes.
- There are classes that adults can play in too.
- There are classes here and there and all over the STL area.
- It is a one time per month fee and you don't have to hassle with paying when arriving.
-The website is easy to navigate; you can filter by child, location, etc.

CONS:
- Most of the classes are during the day which makes it harder for working parents.
- There are not many locations in St. Charles County or North County. *Most are West and South.
- Some classes have a limit per month (most popular classes). *However, this is to ensure that it's not always the same people attending... share the wealth.
- It is a steep $99, so you want to make sure to get your classes in to get your money's worth.
- Usually children under 2 are a discounted rate or free to some places, but it's the same price for all kids regardless of age.

Kidzxplor is growing rapidly. During my month though, there were not any classes I was interested in within a 20 mile radius of me. Everything was a far drive. However, they have since then added at least 15 more locations, some of which might be a little closer.

It would also be helpful if there were more pictures on each class page. Some of the ones available we did not attend because I wasn't sure if my girls would be interested or not. Some pictures showing the classroom fun would be helpful to decide.

I am most likely going to continue my membership with Kidzxplor, simply because it's awesome. It takes the headaches out of figuring out what to do. And while it's just a baby now (just 3 months old), it will only continue to grow and get even better.



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