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Meeting National Geographic Kids at #BlogHer12

One of the highlights of my trip to BlogHer in NYC was the “Inside the Yellow Border” – National Geographic Kids BlogHer Party at Sarabeth’s Central Park South. I have been reading National Geographic since I was a child. Even as a teen I paid for my own subscription to National Geographic and their Traveler Magazine. Geography was my favourite subject in school and I loved filling my head with random facts and trivia. I still do actually and kick butt in that category in a game of Trivial Pursuit!

When I arrived at the party I was able to meet and mingle with the members of the National Geographic Kids and tell them about my site as well as learn more about what they do. I recognized a few bloggers who were also in attendance included Mickey at A Helicopter Mom, Jeannette at The Adventures of J-Man & MillerBug, Angela at About A Mom, Linette at The Kid’s Fun Review and Meagan at Sunshine and Sippy Cups. We all sat together at a table to listen to the presentation about the latest happenings at National Geographic.

Photo Credit: The Adventures of J-Man & MillerBug

I discovered just how passionate National Geographic Kids is about what they do. I could really feel their excitement as they were telling us all about the different categories in NG Kids, the world records they have broken and their new apps and books.  I remember one of their staff saying that their mission is to bring the world out to kids and I can really see that now and how successful they are at doing just that.

They told us a few Weird, But True facts and then had us all say in our group one weird, but true fact about ourselves. I couldn’t think of anything that interesting on the spot so mine was that I had never been bowling. Some of the other people’s facts were more interesting than mine though and it was fun to learn more about my bloggy buds and laugh at the same time.

They had a bunch of fun draws and a few people one some pretty sweet prizes! I wasn’t a winner but they did give me a very generous swag bag before we left. It was full of books, magazines and other goodies. I can’t wait to show Bridget and Olivia when they return from their summer vacation at Grandma & Poppa’s house.

Here’s a few things that are new with National Geographic Kids!

International Photography Contest 2012 for Kids

National Geographic Kids is currently running a fun photography contest for kids ages 6 to 14 where one lucky child will win a trip to Washington D.C. that includes a special tour of National Geographic Headquarters! Other prizes include cameras & books like National Geographic Kids Almanac 2013, Weird But True 4, Everything Dogs, and Ultimate Weird But True.

National Geographic Apps

Look & Learn: Animals Vol. 1 

This app is geared towards preschool kids to help them learn their ABC’s and prepare kids for reading. It includes three animal games: Animal Bounce, Animal Match and Animal Words. The app is based on National Geographic’s early learning book series, Look & Learn. Buy Look & Learn: Animals Vol. 1 for $2.99 from iTunes for the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

 

Weird but True! 

Based on National Geographic Kids bestselling book, this app is full of wacky and fun facts that kids love. My youngest is 7 and I think she will really get a kick out of this one. It’s available for $1.99 for either the iPad or iPhone.

Run for the Planet

In October, National Geographic Kids will try to break TWO Guinness World Records while keeping fit and helping the environment. You can help!

The two records they want to break are:

  • Most people running 100 meters in 24 hours (or walk it if you like)
  • Longest chain of shoes (which will be recycled into athletic surfaces)

Visit National Geographic Kids for full details on how you can participate and be a part of something really special.

Connect with National Geographic Kids on Facebook & Twitter

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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