Skylight Logo

The Best Family Calendar App for Busy Families

Busy mom scheduling time location and notes on a mobile phone

Utilizing a calendar app to organize your family has several advantages over paper calendars and other traditional methods. It is easy to share information between all members of the family. You can also set reminders, schedule events, create agendas, send messages, etc. Some apps even allow parents to monitor their children’s internet usage. And they are very convenient because you no longer need to carry papers that may get lost or misplaced.

Our Pick for the Best Family Calendar App: Cozi

Cozi is probably the most popular family calendar app, and for a good reason. It allows you to manage your entire family calendar from anywhere via a web browser, as long as you have an Internet connection.

Your family members can also access their calendars, so you don’t have to worry about sharing anything. You can add notes, photos, videos, and more to individual entries. You can even share items with other users.

If you want to see how busy your friends are, you can check their calendars, too. Other cool things include customizable color themes, an agenda view, and Google Chrome integration.

For those who prefer a mobile app, Cozi Lite is available for free, and Cozi Gold requires a monthly or annual subscription.

Why We Love Cozi 

Functionality

Cozi includes lots of valuable features. You can add photos, videos, comments, calendar items, and more to your entries. You can create custom views based on time (like “today”), location, category, tag, or member. You can also customize the look and feel of your calendar, including colors, fonts, and layouts.

You can easily share information with other members of your family. You can invite people to meetings, events, or appointments directly from within the app. 

Easily Track Schedules

With Cozi, you can quickly scan through your whole day, week, month, or year. If you click on the date, you can see all of the scheduled things for that particular day. Clicking on an entry opens up the details page, where you can see the exact times, dates, locations, contacts, etc.

Calendar Sharing

One of the best things about Cozi is that you can share your calendar with others. This means that anyone with the link can view your calendar online. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Share your calendar with others by emailing them a link to the calendar.
  2. Invite others to join your private group.

Once someone joins your group, they can view your calendar without needing a link.

This is great because it helps eliminate any confusion regarding which person’s schedule you were referring to when you sent the invitation.

You can also choose to make your calendar public, meaning everyone can view it, or you can restrict access by creating different groups and only allowing certain people access.

Add, Edit & Sync

In addition to being able to view and edit your calendar, you can add new events, change existing ones, send reminders, and delete events.

Keep Track of Chores 

Cozi lets you keep track of what needs doing around the house. You can set goals for yourself, such as “clean the kitchen countertops every Saturday night before bedtime.” Then you can enter these tasks into Cozi and get alerts if you haven’t completed them yet.

Cozi is super easy to set up and use and offers tons of helpful features. It’s perfect for families with busy schedules!

Menu Planning & Shopping Lists 

If you want to save money on groceries, Cozi may be just what you need. With Cozi’s Meal Planner, you can plan meals for the next seven days. You can pick recipes from the web or type in ingredients yourself. You can even search grocery stores near you to find deals.

Shopping lists are automatically created for you based on what you have selected for dinner. You can then print off your weekly meal planner, so you don’t forget anything.

Integration With Skylight

Cozi works seamlessly with Skylight Calendar. While Cozi is great for organizing family plans via the app and website, Skylight takes that organization further by displaying all of your Cozi events in one place for the whole family to see.

Skylight also allows you to sync multiple calendars, so in addition to your family calendar created with Cozi, you can also sync and display your personal and work calendars. Updates made to your Cozi calendar will automatically update on the Skylight Calendar, so you won’t need to change anything you’re already doing.

Instead of needing to constantly answer “when’s practice” or “what’s for dinner,” parents can direct their kids to this easy-to-use touchscreen calendar where it’s all displayed.   

Our Final Thoughts

We love Cozi because it makes planning our family life more accessible than ever. It’s simple, intuitive, and extremely user-friendly.

If you’re looking for a way to stay organized and efficient, we highly recommend checking out Cozi.