Watch out, Yelp! Thrively is a new marketplace website designed to inspire children in fulfilling their dreams, passions and goals and help parents find the right places for them to do so. Thrively allows parents to search and find local activities for their kids but customizes searches while combining social networking as well! Thrively allows parents to share ideas and thoughts about local activities, classes, etc. that other Thrively users have experienced.

How does Thrively work?

Parents can create both a family login and profile of their child’s interests. Thrively will then provide resources that match your child’s interests. For example, let’s say your 8-year-old daughter is interested in furthering her ballet skills. You’re able to browse different schools, teachers, and programs that might match your daughter’s ballet abilities/interests that are located within a specific distance from you. Thrively also allows additional children to be added to the family’s login account. So, if your other daughter prefers martial arts, soccer, and musical theatre, Thrively will provide a list of activities that could include all of the above.

The dashboard on Thrively has a lovely user interface with different subsections and quick descriptions for every activity or video that make it easy and accessible to search for what I want.Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 3.01.19 PM

What really makes Thrively stand out?

Thrively’s Strength Assessment is the first and only online assessment designed specifically for children. They worked with California’s leading pediatric neuropsychologists to use kid-friendly questions that identify your child’s strengths! It’s interactive and simple-to-use (they recommend that children under 9 have your help).

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Thrively will then give your child a profile on his/her strengths and activities that they might be interested in. Super easy and personalized!Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 3.39.33 PM
My Experience

My daughter is nearly 3, and we live in California’s Central Valley. I was interested in swimming, ballet, hiking (we’re 2 hours from Yosemite, not to make you drool), piano, and tennis for her. I was happy to discover a list of swim lessons and summer outdoor camps available within 50 miles of our city. Although some results for the lists of activities for ballet and tennis were from the Bay Area or the Greater Los Angeles Area, there was a good selection from the neighboring areas. If I expanded my Thrively friend base, I might be able to explore more options, provide feedback, receive feedback, and read about tips for local events. I suppose that’s the beauty of the website; the more you network, the more you receive!

Aside from a list of activities near you, Thrively also inspires children by suggesting videos on youtube, for example. Ever heard of Sophia Lucia? I hadn’t, until I saw a youtube clip in which she performed 54 pirouettes! And, this child was 10! If I was an 8-year-old aspiring dancer, I imagine I’d be pretty inspired at that video. Also, Thrively included lists of age-appropriate apps for tablets and smart phones. I don’t know about you, but I sure appreciate a list of age-appropriate apps so I don’t have to find them myself.

So think of Thrively as a combination of Yelp, Google, and Facebook. If you’re looking for fun, local activities designed to inspire your child, and want to review or read reviews about each interest, all while befriending other parents like you, then you’ve found yourself a gold mine!