Maker Camp from Make Magazine and Google+

We’re pleaseMaker Camp with MAKE Magazine and Google +d to be partnering with MAKE magazine to spread the word about their free virtual summer Maker Camp hosted on Google+. The program is designed for  teens, but younger children can participate with a parent or friend who’s old enough to have a Google+ account.

Head over the Maker Camp orientation.

From the official press release:

MAKE Launches First Maker Camp for Teens on Google+

Program Features 30 Projects in 30 Days with Online Hangouts, Camp Counselors

MAKE magazine wants the experience of summer camp to be available to every teen, no matter where they live or their financial circumstances. On July 16, MAKE will launch Maker Camp on Google+, the first of its kind. This free virtual camp offers teens 13-18 years old 30 projects in 30 days through Google+ Hangouts.

“Making is a wonderful way for kids to explore and experiment. Our goal this summer is to encourage everyone to make something and share it with family and friends,” said Dale Dougherty, founder and publisher of MAKE magazine, a division of O’Reilly Media. “A maker-themed camp is a great way to accomplish this, especially for teens who are avid users of social media. They can make amazing projects and also meet new friends by sharing their Google+ circle of friends with others through Maker Camp.”

Maker Camp adapts many of the best experiences of summer camp and organizes them online with Google+ so that an unlimited number of teens can participate. In addition, the days of the week are themed to ensure there are projects that appeal to every camper’s interests: Maker Monday; Tinkering Tuesday; Weird Science Wednesday; Theoretical Thursday; and, Field Trip Friday.

On Mondays through Thursdays, new projects are introduced every morning by an expert camp counselor who walks teens through the steps to making the project, offering tips and advice. In the afternoon, the camp counselor hosts a Google+ Hangout On Air to offer campers a chance to ask questions, and share their projects with photos and videos.  On Fridays, the camp director hosts a virtual field trip to epic destinations via the Hangout On Air feature of Google+.

Some of the projects featured during Maker Camp on Google+ are popular ones from MAKE’s 3D “School’s Out” special issue, such as compressed air rockets, a pinhole panoramic camera, and a mason jar biosphere. Materials lists for each project are posted ahead of time so campers can gather supplies for upcoming projects. Most materials and tools are common household items such as duct tape, pliers, and glue. Other items are easily and inexpensively obtained at grocery or hardware stores.

Maker Camp on Google+ is free and open to kids 13 years or older. To join, teens simply need to create a Google+ profile and follow MAKE on G+. Click to learn more about For more information about Maker Camp on Google+.

Posted July 10th, 2012 by admin and filed in clients

Dot and Ziggy at Chicago Children’s Theatre: Blogger Event and Discount Codes

Chicago-area MomImpact members are invited to the premiere of Dot & Ziggy, Chicago’s first Baby and Toddler Theatre production!

A tradition in Europe and Australia, this type of interactive theater for children as 6 months to 4 years is just taking hold in the US. In keeping with their goal to make theatre accessible to Chicago youth and their families, Chicago Children’s Theatre is pleased to present this co-production with Seattle Children’s Theatre.

In this engaging story about a ladybug and a skunk, two very different creatures realize they actually have quite a bit in common. Young audience members and their parents are encouraged to sit together on the floor while two actors, a musician and puppets lead the audience on a stimulating interactive journey exploring color, size and distance. And of course, given the nature of the audience, sitting is optional.

After the show, parents and tots are welcome to stay for story time, which boasts a delightful oversized book that reinforces the Dot & Ziggy experience.

Join us at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, conveniently located in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood
Friday, May 13 at 10:00 or Noon
Sunday, May 15 at 10:00 or Noon

Click to complete the form and reserve your free spots for up to four members of your family! You’ll also receive a special blogger swag bag filled with freebies from Lifeway Kefir, Candlewick Press, Plum Organics, OXO Tot, Ruckus Mobile Media and more!

Tickets to Dot & Ziggy are normally $16 weekdays; $18 weekends.
If you can’t make it to the blogger events, be sure to use these discount codes for your tickets (and feel free to share these with your friends and readers)

  • MOMOPEN: 50% off of tickets through May 15th
  • MOMDZ: $2 off tickets throughout the run

Founded in 2005, Chicago Children’s Theatre already has valuable experience reaching out to a different yet similarly under-served youth audience – children on the autism spectrum – through the creation and continued success of its Red Kite Project. Much like Red Kite,Dot & Ziggy reinvents the use of non-traditional theatrical techniques to create a fully immersive storytelling experience for a brand new audience – babies and toddlers.

Posted May 4th, 2011 by admin and filed in Uncategorized

Mrs. Prindable’s Fall Apple Tour

Mrs. Prindable's applesWe’re pleased to once again work with Mrs. Prindable’s, purveyor of fine handmade confections. We’re seeking bloggers to review Mrs. Prindable’s gourmet caramel apples. They are as humongous as they are delicious.

MomImpact members, thanks for your interest in the product review tour. It has been filled.

Posted October 5th, 2010 by admin and filed in clients

Future Food and Flavor Tripping with Planet Green

MomImpact party with Future Food and mberryI’m always on the lookout for exciting new items and experiences to share with MomImpact members. Last month I found a great one one when I was invited to Chicago’s MOTO restaurant for the premiere of Future Food.

A meal at MOTO is a delight for all the senses where what you see is not always what you get- an edible menu, “packing peanuts” that taste like buttered popcorn, and other surprises. It’s like Martha Stewart meets MythBusters.

MomImpact members can get a taste of this on April 13 with an exclusive opportunity to “flavor trip” with the mad scientists of food during a special live Twitter party hosted by MomImpact and Planet Green. (See the April 7, special issue of MomImpact Memos for full details.)

*the opportunity to receive mberry has ended, but the Twitter party on 4/13 at 10 EST is open to all (#FutureFood).

Posted April 6th, 2010 by admin and filed in Uncategorized

Mombloggers Head to Galena, IL with MomImpact

MomImpact is adding new clients even as we’re days from a real-life blogger tour of Mrs. Prindable’s factory, as well as a virtual blog review tour of their delicious gourmet jumbo caramel apples.

In mid-April, MomImpact is heading west to Galena, IL with ten fabulous Chicago-area mombloggers. Working with SotaVenture and the Galena Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, we’re going to show the bloggers some of the great family fun to be had in Galena, as well dining and lodging options.

Main Street, Galena, IL

Main Street, Galena, Illinois

Kim’s family headed to Galena last summer to research an article for and she’s looking forward to sharing her family’s finds with the group. See three days of her Galena family fun at Hormone-colored Days.

Posted March 29th, 2010 by admin and filed in Uncategorized