Wondering what to do or where to go to keep your kids entertained? There’s a website for that.
Everybody knows that there are plenty of things to do on the Central Coast, however, finding out what is going on can be a hassle at times, and if you add kids into the equation, it makes the problem even more difficult. Fortunately, there is a website that strives to be the informational hub of kid-centered activities in San Luis Obispo County – kiddosagogo.com
Heather Young, CEO and mother, combs through the information, gathering it piecemeal, and posts the information to Kiddos A Go-Go, making it a one-stop shop for parents and guardians to find things to do with their little and no-so- little ones.
Young purchased the business in March of last year from Christy Byham who began the site in 2011. Young was drawn to the idea because being a mother, she was well aware of how difficult it can be to find something to do with kids.
“I liked the idea because I know there are so many parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles that are looking to do things with kids in the area,” said Young.
Young also works part-time at the United Methodist Church in Atascadero where she plans events and is also a freelance writer. She said that her background as a writer has helped her gather and search for events to share. However, there are only so many hours in the day and she says it is a great help when people let her know what is going on in the county. There is a green button provided under the “Events Calendar” page entitled “Submit Event” that provides a place where those wanting to share an event can help spread the word.
“Pretty much everything gets approved,” said Young, “if it’s an event for families and children within San Luis County and the Santa Maria area.”
Young admits that the business is more of a labor of love than a moneymaker. She considers the website to be a community service.
“It’s more of a hobby than a job for me,” said Young, “there is not as much going into it as I would like because I have to do other work.” She went on to say, “I’m not a salesperson, I’m a writer, but I do it because I think it’s important for people to know what’s going on, and it helps other events and non-profits to get the word out about what they are doing.”
Kiddos covers the entire county from the Paso Robles Children’s Museum to an indoor play structure in Templeton (that only cost $5 per child with a $10 max for families!) all the way to the Exploration Station in Grover Beach and beyond. Young has gathered information and locations on all the farmer’s markets, movie theaters, parks, and libraries throughout the county. There is even a list of “U-Pick” farms in the area, where kids grab a bucket and gather their own fruit and vegetables. She also does her best to provide an exhaustive record of all the concerts and special events that the area has in spades.
“I can’t believe how many concerts and events there are, as soon as I think I have it complete, I find another event,” said Young. “There is definitely a lot to do for families and children in our county.”
The website lists 16 family-friendly wineries that have things that kids can do while mom and dad sample some wine. According to the website, the beautiful hilltop location at Four Sisters Ranch includes lots of room to run and play, bocce ball courts, a horseshoe pit, lawn bowling, ring toss, and lots of snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for sale.
Young writes a blog for the site that features things to do and upcoming events and holidays to help families plan. Easter is right around the corner and with it spring break. Stay at home parents who are still reeling from a long winter break can peruse the sight and find something for the kids to do and, in some cases, get them out of their hair. To help the working mom and dads, Young’s most recent blog also gives a link to search the CAPSLO referral system to aid in the search for daycare.
One of the events that Young looks forward to every year is the Atascadero Colony Days where Sunken Gardens is transformed into a tent city where residents dress in late 1800s garb and celebrate and instruct visitors about the days of yore.
For more information, visit Kiddosagogo.com
This story originally appeared on SLOCOuntyBusinessMatters.com.
By Mark A. Diaz