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June 10, 2011

Dad’s Eye View “There’s an App for that!”

Filed under: Arts, Authors, Travel — Alison Aten @ 2:46 pm

Dad\'s Eye ViewFor many Twin Cities school-age students, summer vacation has arrived! Sunny skies and beautiful weather are some of the many perks of the season. But now that school is out and kids are at home, what is a caregiver to do? Well not to worry, the MHS Press has answered the call and delivered a fun book with a refreshing digital twist.

Dad’s Eye View: 52 Family Adventures in the Twin Cities by Michael Hartford compiles a wide assortnent of exciting activities for the entire family to enjoy right here in the Twin Cities. Minneapolis/St. Paul residents as well as visitors to the area will discover the most affordable, educational, and yes, fun things to do and see throughout the 52 weeks of the year. The book is a one-stop-shop for family fun in the Twin Cities and immediately connects users to locations, prices and descriptions of places that make Minneapolis and St. Paul great places in which to live and visit.

Sample venues include the city libraries, museums such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Science Museum of Minnesota, and lesser known gems such as the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum and Pavek Museum of Broadcasting; celebrations such as Holidazzle and the May Day Parade; outdoor activities such as sledding at Minnehaha Creek and visits to regional parks.

In addition to profiling each of the venues in the book, Hartford includes info about quick trips, restroom accommodations, and family discussion questions to truly engage kid’s minds, making these adventures  both a learning and entertaining experience.


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We are also pleased to share the content of the book via our free mobile application, available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch! The Dad’s Eye View interactive application enables users to search and select activities by criteria such as season, price, or weather (indoor/outdoor) in order to find activities that meet the requirements of the day. Users can contact any location with the touch of a finger and get directions and find the location on a map. The social media interface allows users to rate and share their experiences at each venue  by connecting to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Check out Hartford’s Dad’s Eye View Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @Dads_Eye_View

Makes a great Father’s Day gift!

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(This post written with the assistance of MHS Press intern, Carlos Reyes)

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