sKIDaddlers knows places to go!

When Renee Piersa of Bloomington and Erica Myking of Burnsville became parents they quickly discovered the vast array of family friendly activities available in the Twin Cities.

It didn’t take long before the longtime best friends — both Apple Valley natives, both moms to two girls, both working full-time — had a list of favorites they wanted to share with other parents.

And so sKIDaddlers.net was born.

Piersa said the site’s geo-mapping feature caters to families with younger kids, who might be tied to nap schedules and need something close to home (or need to plan road-trip napping into the trip). It’s also helpful, Piersa said, when trying to set a playdate “somewhere in between” houses.

Though neither mama had website-building experience, they’ve become quite handy with open-source coding, thanks to community education classes at Rosemount Middle School. 

Users can create a profile, save places to favorites and share recommendations. And the site is infinitely sortable with hundreds of categories for easy browsing, plus tabs for festivals, seasonal attractions, top picks and getaways, including suggested itineraries for long weekends.

Piersa said: “There are just so many things to do.”