Need a night out but don’t have anyone to watch the kids? We recently discovered KidsPark and our kids had a blast! Find out what makes it such a great childcare option.
Before we moved to Florida, we had built in babysitters…grandma and grandpa. Now we enjoy a date night when they come to visit but other than that, we don’t get out much. One reason is that it’s not always easy to find a babysitter who is both trustworthy and dependable. Then when you do find a good one, you have to book them way in advance or you’re out of luck. Last minute date nights are nearly impossible.
That’s why when I heard about KidsPark, I couldn’t wait to try it out. It’s a childcare center with 17 locations and growing, taking care of kids ages 2-12. The more I read about it, the more I knew that this was the kind of place my hubby and I could really use!
Why is KidsPark such a great childcare option?
KidsPark teachers all have a background in Early Childhood Education, which means that they’ve passed the background checks as well. It’s hard leaving your kids with new people for the first time but this made me feel much more confident.
You can drop your kid off at 8am on your way to work or at 6pm to go grab a quiet bite to eat with the hubby. I’ve been stood up by babysitters before and it’s nice to know that KidsPark will be there when I need them. You can walk in anytime with no reservations needed and they’re even open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
While prices vary depending on location, the one we visited was less than what we would pay hourly for a babysitter.
Every day there are featured activities to entertain the kids. It could be cooking, science or even arts and crafts. My girls couldn’t wait to show me the octopuses they’d made when we came to pick them up.
KidsParks offers a preschool curriculum that includes math concepts, science and the arts. The location we went to even accepts VPK vouchers.
Some locations will even host private parties. Hostesses will take care of all the work while the parents get to sit back and relax!
Because You Need It!
Life gets hectic when you’re a busy mom (or dad). Even though we all love our kids, sometimes we just need some “me” time. Drop off the kids and go get a manicure or see a non-animated movie for once…you deserve it!
Because we needed it, we decided to drop off the girls so that we could have a date night. It was a Thursday evening and Little Keira, my 5 year old who is also quite the social butterfly, couldn’t wait to go in and make some new friends. Ashling was also looking forward to checking the place out. At 9, she was older than the rest of the children but didn’t seem to mind. She and Keira made themselves right at home and immediately started exploring.
KidsPark has lots of options for keeping the kids entertained! Keira loved playing in the kitchen…
…and Ashling was beyond excited to see that there was an air hockey table. They were playing it when we left AND when we came back to pick them up, though they swear they did other stuff in between!
There’s a small play area out back with tricycles, scooters and other outside toys so kids can get a little fresh air.
My girls love arts and crafts so they had fun making octopuses from paper plates and crepe paper. There’s a large area set aside for crafting, with markers, crafting materials and painting supplies.
The crafting area is also where the kids eat their meals. You can choose to bring food for your child or pay a few extra dollars and KidsPark will provide a meal for them. Macaroni and Cheese was on the menu the night we were there.
Hubby and I had a nice dinner, then returned about 2 hours later. The first thing Keira asked when we picked her up was if she could come back the next day (a question she has repeated several times since then)! I also wondered if Ashling would feel too “big” but she said she’d had fun and would go back again too. When the kids want to go back, that pretty much says it all!
Need a date night of your own? Click here to see if there’s a KidsPark location near you.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.