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April 2017 E-Blast

 

The First Rights of Spring & Narrowing of
the Window of Opportunity

Spring and Summer Activity GuideAs we've talked about before, we are all in the midst of the busiest time of the year for The KD as well as for the majority of our advertisers: All of us looking to keep our businesses busy through the spring and summer and into the fall. What The KD offers up to the mix is the Grand Daddy of our special sections; the Spring and Summer Activity Guide (SSAG) long known as the Gold Standard relied upon by Houston families for over 25 years. It will run through the month of June. It has become the place to go for Houston families looking to find a huge variety of summer schools, camp programs of all sorts, vacation notions and enrollment opportunities for the upcoming fall. It is the resource guide you need to keep the family busy as spring rolls into summer and then into fall.

The second big thing we do over the next few months is sponsor and promote a huge number of family events (we had 13 scheduled through April--some of those have already come and gone--more on the way for May and June). The scheduled events are listed below and some offer the opportunity for our advertisers to join the festivities and meet all sorts of prospective new customers.

The consequence of all this activity is that the demand for The Kid's Directories skyrockets. We respond by overprinting The Kid's Directories...like crazy...which has given rise to our 'chant' that this...this is The Big Bang for Your Buck Time of Year. Your advertising dollar just goes a lot further for the next few months.


A word of caution: your time to capitalize
on all this goodness is running out


time running outFamilies begin their spring and summer planning in November and December. Often most plans have been laid by March. We are now rolling through March and into April so for those of you who have not begun a marketing program for the upcoming Spring and Summer...you better get a move on. We call it the funnel effect where every month beyond say February finds fewer families in the market for a summer school or summer camp or likely whatever it is that you want to market. So, don't daudle or dally...give us a call or email and we will get you taken care of.


running out of spaceYour're not just running out of time,
you're running out of space as well


Available advertising space in our publications is getting tight and our Kamp Kids special advertising section has been completely full for the past 2 months. So for the next couple of months, space of any sort in The Kid's Directory is going to be just a bit tough to get ahold of. Yet another reason to get motivated.


easter bunnyAn Easter Special

In honor of that fluffly little fellow, and in order for us to accommodate the ever increasing demand for advertising space, The KD has decided to conduct our own little Easter Egg hunt. Over the next couple of months, we will randomly select advertisers in the Kamp Kids special advertising section and give them (that's right...its free) a display ad in one of our publications (as space allows). Just think of it as our way of saying thanks!


And here are the sponsored events that are on the books for April

  • The McDonald's Houston Children's Festival, benefiting Child Advocates:
    April 1st and 2nd...This event is the Big Kahoona of family events now on record as the nation's largest family event. This will be the event's 29th year of operation and The Kid's Directory has been part and parcel of it for at least 27 of those years. We have grown along with the event to become a prime sponsor with our own stage, audience area, as well as some interactive booth spaces.

    And what an event it is: Held in Downtown Houston encompassing some 8 square blocks in the heart of the city, the festival draws families from all over Houston and surrounding cities (attendance approaches 75,000 folks!)

    It's a blast!! Lots of interactive activities for kids and families. There will be clowns, rock climbing, a variety of stages, a mini circus, the world's largest potato, moonwalks, face painting, music, and a huge variety of food & entertainment.

    Should you want to join in, you can contact Beth Craig 713-553-6900 or bethcraig4@att.net for information about booth space. As an advertiser with The Kid's Directory, you also
    have the option of joining us at The Family Fun Zone. We need lots of volunteers to
    help out at our booths and talent for our stage. Think of it as free marketing and a
    grand way to interact with thousands of prospective customers. To sign up visit
    www.kids-houston.com/childrensfestival.html
    .

  • Grand Kid's Festival: Galveston
    April 1, 2017...15,000 expected attendance in the historic downtown district. Designed to develop an arena for participation, the festival offers something for children of all ages and cultures.

  • March of Dimes/March for Babies:
    April 1, 2017...10,000 expected attendance at The Woodlands Church Fellowship Campus. This walk promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies.

  • Pasadena I.S.D. Health Fair:
    April 4, 2017...no notion as to how many will attend at South Shaver Elementary School. An effort to promote health and wellness to kids and their families.

  • The Nurture Nature Festival:
    April 8, 2017...2,500 expected attendance at the Baytown Nature Center. Exciting children's games, informational exhibits, live animals and a variety of food keep visitors coming back year after year for this popular event.

  • March of Dimes/March for Babies:
    April 23, 2017...40,000 expected attendance at The University of Houston. This walk promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies.

  • Easter Seals of Greater Houston:
    April 29, 2017...5,000 expected attendance at the Houston Zoo. Walk With Me is a 5K or shorter Family Fun Walk that helps raise awareness and resources for programs of Easter Seals, which help children and adults living with all types of disabilities.

  • March of Dimes/March for Babies:
    April 29, 2017...40,000 expected attendance at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.
    This walk promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies.

  • Conroe Kidzfest:
    April 29, 2017...15,000 expected attendance in downtown Conroe. KidzFest offers an assortment of diverse activities, interactive villages, stage acts and hands-on fun to
    pique the interest of each member of the family. Our advertusers are invited to help
    out at our booth to help with our tattoo parlor and science experiements, and hand out
    the KD goodie bags. Again, consider this as a free marketing opportunity. To sign up go to www.kids-houston.com/conroekidzfest_signup.html.

Last Call for Recess and Play Time
This is a last reminder that there are only 2 more scheduled events where our advertisers are welcomed to join us in our booth. Don't miss out!

THE FREEBIES
These freebies are intended for our advertisers and those prospective advertiser's families and friends. And remember, they are given out on a first come first serve basis.

  • Improv Family Comedy and Magic Show: Check www.improv.com for performance dates.
  • Schlitterbahn: Galveston Summer Passes & New Braunfels Summer Passes
  • Arabia Shrine Circus:Great family fun!! The last of the 3 ring circuses ; We have tickets for April 21st, 22nd and 23rd.
  • Paloma Trails: Vouchers for a free Private Lesson for ages 2 years to 15 years in Brookshire. Vouchers Expire May 2017.
  • Disney On Ice - Follow Your Dreams: NRG Stadium. April 4-9. We have vouchers to exchange for tickets.

As always, I want to reach out to thank our huge family of advertisers, friends and readers for their continued support. We are always here to help in any way we can!

 

 

 


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