Date night? 3 evening childcare services in Brooklyn

So you’re planning a romantic date night with your other half? Unfortunately, when you’ve got children, date night isn’t just about the two of you anymore, is it? Every great date night requires peace of mind knowing you’ve secured safe, reliable evening care for your little ones at an affordable price. And as a quick Google search will tell you, that’s no easy feet!

That’s why we’ve shortlisted 3 evening drop-off childcare services in Brooklyn, so you don’t have to miss out on your next date night.

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#1 The Parent-Free Pajama Party

Brooklyn Explorers Academy – Brooklyn Heights

brooklyn-explorers-academyEvery Friday evening, 6-9pm (excluding holidays), Brooklyn Explorers Academy host their parent-free pajama party, with dinner in the main room followed by a child-friendly film showing in the library upstairs. Caring for children ages 2+, Brooklyn Explorers Academy recommends advance registration to secure a spot.

$20 per child

$10 per additional sibling

 

#2 Kidville Park Slope Drop Off Pajama Party

Project Play Date – Park Slope

pj_party_product_7_1024x1024Similar to BEA’s parent-free pajama party, Project Play Date offers a three-hour kids-only party, every third Friday of the month. From 6.30pm-9.30pm they’ll enjoy an evening of activities including dinner, arts and crafts, story time, dance time and movie time!

While the extra activities do come with a slightly higher price tag, you can RSVP via the website for a $20 trial deal.

$60 per child

$40 per sibling

 

#3 Kid’s Night Out (a.k.a. Parent’s Night Out)

Ms. J’s Gymnastics and Dance – Williamsburg

ms-jsSaturday evenings never sounded more fun! Kid’s Night Out at Ms. J’s, for children ages 3+, includes pizza dinner, play time on the big trampoline, learning tumbles across the floor and a range of balance, flexibility and social exercises. It’s safe to say the kids will probably be ready for bed time by the time you come back to collect them!

$40 per child (members)

$5 discount for siblings

Top 4 Ideas for Fun Stay-cations In Brooklyn

#1 Girl’s Night

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Try out some new cosmetics like these face paints that are actually facial masks from  memeboxMemebox. Flex your artistic muscles painting masterpieces on your friends’ faces and nourish your skin in the process. The sets are customizeable so you can choose the exact treatments that you think you and your ladies will need.

Also, you can keep everyone’s glasses full and conversation flowing with a wine delivery from Minibar.

#2 Family Fun

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Try organizing a scavenger hunt to keep the kids occupied and working together for hours. You can set up the hunt in your home or somewhere else like the Brooklyn Children’s Museum to bring some new excitement to a place that you might have already visited.

You can also try planning an indoor camping trip. Children have such vivid imaginations that simply sleeping somewhere besides their own beds can transport them to a different world. Eat s’mores, sing campfire songs, stay up a little past your bedtime and create memories that will last them a lifetime!

#3 Date Night

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enl150Lock the doors, set your phones to silent and plan some quality time with your other half. Heat things up with some sexy board games that are sure to elicit some giggles.

You may not be able to visit another country but you can try their food! If you do decide to venture out into the cold, try something a little more exotic than your usual pizza spot. Take a look at this epic list from Thrillist of the best places to find every cuisine in NYC.

#4 Singles’ Paradise

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Nothing beats curling up in your PJs and watching your favorite shows when you’re flying mestizohotchocolate_10ozsolo for the weekend. Netflix is releasing a bunch of new original series like White Rabbit Project and Chasing Cameron in December to fuel your next binge watching session. You can check out the line-up here. If movies are more your thing, Hulu has a whole list of great films being released in December.

Of course you need the proper refreshments to enhance your viewing experience. Marie Belle offers same day deliveries of their gourmet hot chocolate all over New York!

Romantic Restaurants for Date Night

Check out the best of Brooklyn when it comes to a delicious date night.

 

160210 - barbocinoThe pizza in pizzazz

Did you know Barboncino is named after owner Ron Brown’s toy poodle? Dough the right thing at Crown Heights’ first Neapolitan pizzeria by trying their eclectic offering which includes pies topped with cherrystone clams, artichoke, and pancetta, or eggplant and zucchini. Your appetite for appetizers won’t go to waste either with their burrata-stuffed roast peppers and bibb salad satisfying even the most cagey of critics.

Comparing tomatoes with tomatoes, Barboncino holds its own against local competitors Roberta’s and Franny’s.

The brainchild of indie filmmaker Brown and Paulie Gee’s vet Jon Greenberg is just blocks away from the Franklin Avenue subway stop. While Barboncino’s brick-and-wood interior, Edison lighting, and relaxed modern design resemble a true Aermcian job, the pizza is nothing short of Italian.

As one Yelp review put it, “We had the arugula pizza w/prosciutto & four cheese pizza w/pepperoni. Can we please have a moment of silence for the four cheese pizza w/pepperoni please?” The same review also shares that the restaurant uses the app Nowait so you can track where you sit in line for a table on busy nights.

 

160210 - brookvinA win-wine situation

With a dimly lit narrow interior and a lush patio, Brookvin’s intimate space and fine wine whispers romance in shades of red, white and sparkling. Yelp reviews herald it as a date night go-to and compulsory cravings to satisfy include wine on tap, mac & cheese and $5 happy hour specials.

A who’s who of red and whites headline Brookvin’s offering and shining stars the likes of a 2007 Shooting Star Aligoté, full of almond, grass and white peach notes; and the enjoyably leatheey 2005 Château de Caladroy “Les Schistes”; have received rave reviews from critics and locals alike.

 

160210 - astereAustere’ity Measures

Heavy on European flavors yet light on the wallet, diners have fallen for Saint Austere in Williamsburg since 2011 and the love affair is set to continue. Friendly fare is the spirit of the restaurant as the Pirolo siblings and Chef Robert Escalante set out to offer diners a vacation of flavors focused on European staples, fresh ingredients, clean sharp tastes and rustic accents to be shared with the community.

From the Big Fat Greek Wedding to Everybody Loves Raymond, there’s also been an en masse appreciation for Europeans, their food and their families. Saint Austere’s Red Sauce Sundays brings it home with their famous rich tomato sauce mixed in with offerings of stewed meats and hearty pasta – a nod to the traditional Sundays at mom’s.

There could be a romantic riot when it comes to Saint Austere’s wine list as the featured family owned estates include wineries that embrace subtlety and restraint and also those who are brash and bold in their flavors. Which path will you take on this European road trip for taste buds?

 

160210 - wolfHowling good

Convenience meets character at Woolf and Deer. Its location by Barclays Center makes it an easy reach while the ambience and menu has the potential to satisfy couples if all stripes.

Penny punches to insatiable indulges will enjoy Wolf and Deer’s seasonal cocktails, beer on tap, an extensive wine list and Mediterranean inspired snacks.

A romantic night out during happy hour can turn into a date deal with special priced house cocktails, $12 cheese and meat board and $1 oysters!