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Empow Named ‘Boston BESTIES’ 2016 Finalist

A trip to Mexico among the prizes in the ‘Mommy Poppins’ online survey

Boston, MA – October 31, 2016
In the old days, favorite spots were the ‘talk of the town’ or passed along by ‘word of mouth.’ Today, thanks to social media, parents are only a click away from showing their support for an organization. And, in some cases, you can win prizes for registering your opinions. That’s the case with the new ‘Mommy Poppins’ online survey, as it aims to identify the best family spots in the Boston Metro area through its ‘Boston Besties’ program.

“The ‘Boston Besties’ is an awards program where Mommy Poppins readers vote on a slate of businesses in 24 Categories,” says Laura Esposito of Mommy Poppins. “The businesses with the most votes at the end of the period win and are featured in our ‘Boston Besties Guide’ on MommyPoppins.com.”

Empow Studios is listed as a finalist in the ‘Best Boston Kids STEM Program’ category. “Empow Studios has been on our radar for years and was nominated by our local Boston editors,” adds Esposito. “We are impressed with the wide variety of STEM and STEAM class and camp offerings for kids and tweens. We love how Empow brings technology alive for kids in a fun, yet educational, way.”

Minecraft Campers at Empow Studios practice their modding, electrical engineering, and command block skills.

Minecraft Campers at Empow Studios practice their modding, electrical engineering, and command block skills.

Voting continues through November 20, 2016, and those who vote put themselves in the running for prizes, including a family getaway to Great Wolf Lodge New England and a luxury family vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. “Finalists are selected by our editorial team after a reader nomination period,” says Esposito. “Every nominee has an equal chance of making the cut, there is no pay to play and we don’t give extra credit to our business partners or advertisers.”

Spotlighting Local Businesses
“Mommy Poppins loves local businesses, especially the ones that help make Boston a better place to raise families,” says Esposito. “ We began this contest to share the love.”

Mommy Poppins Founder Anna Fader understands the challenges of running a small business.
“As a small business owner myself, I know the passion and dedication that goes into creating something new,” says Fader. “And when you are working that hard it’s easy to forget to step back and celebrate that achievement. The Mommy Poppins Besties Awards are our way of celebrating all that these local businesses are doing to help families and make their lives more fun and enriching. It’s what we do on MommyPoppins.com every day by sharing the best of the best for families.”

About Mommy Poppins
“Mommy Poppins has a simple goal: To help families get the best out of life with kids,” says Esposito. “On MommyPoppins.com parents can find the most enriching things to do as a family and the best activities for kids. Our website also includes a comprehensive business directory of camps, classes, indoor activities and other businesses parents need and a family events calendar stuffed with things to do every day in Boston. We even have tons of travel ideas for day and weekend trips and vacations further afield. Our free weekly newsletters send the best activity ideas to our readers’ inboxes, effortlessly answering the
question: ‘What should we do this weekend?’”

Founded in 2007 in New York City, Mommy Poppins serves Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, New Jersey and Connecticut, and is used by millions to find family friendly activities and resources. “The site is updated daily,” adds Esposito. “Our Boston site covers the city and surrounding suburbs.”

Kristin spent more than a dozen years producing television news and documentaries and now writes for various Boston area publications on topics ranging from medicine and science to general news and education. She is also the mother of two young girls who are extremely active in STEAM events.

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