We have exciting news from our Macaroni Kid world!
Macaroni Kid, which includes a community of more than 500 local publishers throughout the United States and Canada — including this edition! — has joined forces with CertifiKID, a nationally recognized website that offers discounts on kids activities and family experiences.
We're excited to say that Macaroni Kid's acquisition by CertifiKID makes it one of the largest and most extensive family-focused digital platforms nationwide.
CertifiKID Founder and CEO Jamie Ratner is a Washington, D.C.-area mom of two and a self-professed “Expert Deal Finder." She launched CertifiKID with her husband, Brian, in 2010.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Macaroni Kid and their nationwide team of publishers to the CertifiKID family and look forward to helping even more parents find fun and affordable things to do with kids in their communities," Jamie says.
Hundreds of thousands of parents nationwide use CertifiKID to purchase deals that save them up to 50 percent on everything from indoor play places to family getaways.
You may have seen the CertifiKID founders making a deal with Kevin "Mr. Wonderful" O'Leary on ABC's Shark Tank last year, one of his largest deals during his 12 seasons on the show:
What Will Happen to Macaroni Kid?
Combining the two companies will mean you'll find the best deals on family-friendly attractions, events, and experiences, as well as kids' classes and activities. That is great news for our Macaroni Kid readers!
CertifiKID intends to keep the Macaroni Kid team and platform in place. That means that now — during a time when more resources are needed to support moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers than ever before — families throughout the country will have at their fingertips the best in digital parenting lifestyle content and a comprehensive resource for helping them on a budget. In other words, this is a chance for us to help you find even MORE family fun!
Stay tuned in the coming months as plans unfold to leverage the best of both brands. In the meantime, be sure to check out CertifiKID to find exclusive deals every day on kids’ camps and classes, products, family activities, restaurants, entertainment, birthday party activities, special needs offers, and much more!
Angeline Sheridan is the publisher of the Macaroni Kid Northeast Bergen, N.J.