Since there are social media sites that will help you adopt a pet, find a nanny, or locate a good restaurant, why isn't there a site that will help parents find really good, worthwhile activities in their area that come recommended by other parents? Actually, there is- it's call Yuggler. Yuggler is a free app that provides valuable information (including photos and reviews) about places to go and things to do with your children, based on recommendations from people just like you.
Yuggler is an app that was introduced in February 2014 and recently updated with enhanced connectivity through Facebook. The name Yuggler was created by combining the words "juggle" and "youngster," and that pretty much sums up what being a parent today entails.
Have a look:
Yuggler requires that all site visitors establish an account, including either an email address or a Facebook account. There are five main ways to search for information using Yuggler:
- Near me- Uses your location to identify activities in your vicinity
- Top Rated- See the most viewed and highest rated entries, shown on the map
- Search- Find specific types of activities by identifying specific criteria (for preschoolers, for summertime, for <2 hours, for example)
- Notifications- See listings for new activities, or updated information about current listings
One of the primary sources of information for Yuggler is user-generated content, that is, word of mouth feedback from other parents in the community. Some examples of the listings in Yuggler include: "Hands-On Art Projects" at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art in Washington D. C.," Learn to Make a Mummy" at the Manitoba Museum, "Teach Your Kids to Reach for the Stars" at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA, and "Go Ape Treetop Adventure" at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, IN. As you can see, there is great diversity in the postings, and truly something for everyone. Family oriented business owners are also able to market their locations on the site, along with relevant information to attract new customers.
Due to the public nature of the site, there is always the possibility of inappropriate content being added, but the developer has put safeguards into place that recognize, identify, and delete any posting that does not adhere to its content guidelines. Site monitors also check each submission before it is posted.
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Yuggler is a work in progress. Most of its information is geared to certain geographical areas, namely the northeastern region of the US, Eastern Canada, and parts of Europe, but the developers are working to expand its offerings to other areas as well.
There's some room for improvement in the user interface of Yuggler, especially with the Search tool, which is not as user-friendly as the rest of the app. The pages look great on my iPhone because of the scrolling capability, but on the iPad, they look more cluttered.
The Nielsen Company, which devotes itself to understanding consumer habits and trends, reported in their Global Trust in Advertising Report (2012) that while 70% of their survey sample were somewhat likely or very likely to trust consumer opinions and online reviews, only 47% of the same group were somewhat likely or very likely to trust ads that come from the company itself. The developers of Yuggler understand the enormous untapped potential of online reviews for family oriented activities. As they continue to expand their network of reviews, they will wield a powerful voice in this area.
Yuggler is available for download vie the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - Free
At the time of the review, this app does not accept ads. It has links to social media, it tracks your location, and it collects some personal information.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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