Affordable apps make a Chicago parent’s life easier

The key to happy parenting? Knowing when to outsource. Here are a few inexpensive—or free!—services perfect for busy parents.

1 If you’re like most techy parents, you have a boatload of cute video clips of the kids just sitting on your iPhone or other device taking up space with nobody enjoying them. Send them off to Yourkidvid and get a mini-film back—edited by actual Los Angeles film editors—for just $29, that can be shared with friends and family on social media.

2 Summer is coming and the Playground Pointers app makes entertaining the kids so much easier. For just $1.99, the app contains a database of more than 700 Chicago playgrounds, with an overview, maps, photos and insider tips.

3 No more dragging kids aimlessly around the mall trying to find the store or merchandise you need. Head to Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie with the free Westfield Shopping App 2.0, which helps shoppers find stores and specific items. The app also features a voice-activated “Concierge” who can answer questions and provide information on sales. Go to and click on APP.

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