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

Cream of the Co-Ops

Do you want to know where your fruits and vegetables come from and how they’re grown? Be involved in a dynamic organization? Make new friends? Save some green on your greens? Then it’s time to check out food cooperatives, aka food distribution outlets operated by consumers. In Brooklyn, there are a number of co-ops that provide healthy food, promote economic and cultural diversity, and strengthen community bonds.

 

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If only food was always this fresh, fair and fun! The Flatbush Food Co-op is committed to selling wholesome, organic goods, produced in fair and ethical working environments, with a focus on local foods, vegan and gluten-free products. Anyone can shop here, or join, with member-ownership $200 and no work requirement. Member-owners are involved in democratic participation and have access to monthly specials, discounted events, classes and more. The work environment strives to involve and empower employees and create a positive, respectful shopping environment, staffed with helpful and knowledgeable community members.
1415 Cortelyou Road. Monday to Sunday, 6am-midnight.


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Members only! The Park Slope Food Coop may be a little more exclusive than others, but with over 16,500 members and 15,000+ carefully selected products, we think you’ll want to get involved! Membership is open to all, with a joining fee of $25, and members work once every four weeks in exchange for a 20-40% savings on groceries. The co-op was founded in 1973 by a group of committed neighbors who wanted to make healthy, affordable food available to everyone who wanted it. Working members receive good food at low prices, and have a say in the decision-making process and planning of the organization’s future.
782 Union Street. Monday to Friday, 8am-10pm. Saturday, 6am-10pm. Sunday, 6am-7:30pm.

 

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New kids on the block, the Bushwick Food Coop has been serving the community locally sourced and organic foods since 2012. Everyone in the community is welcome to shop at the member-owned coop grocery store, but members get the best deal – a 24% mark-up on wholesale pricing, versus 75% for non-members. Members pay a $50 membership fee and contribute four monthly hours. The co-op is democratically operated, and socially and environmentally responsible, striving to work with farms and businesses that are local, sustainable, fair-trade, organic and ethical. Grocery shopping never felt so good!
2 Porter Ave (The Loom). Monday to Sunday, 10am–8pm.


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You will struggle to find a group of more dedicated members! The Greene Hill Co-Op in Clinton Hill is 100% member-owned-and-operated, only one of three such food co-ops in the ENTIRE country. This work model claims to keep prices low and food quality high. The co-op provides affordable, locally grown, organic food to members throughout the Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights neighborhoods. The 1,300 member-owners invest $175 and contribute at least two and a half hours of work every four weeks. Sign up tomorrow at the Co-op’s open house and save $25 when you register!
18 Putnam Avenue. Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 3pm-9pm. Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm.

Make it to Market

One of our favorite things about Spring is the super fresh and delicious, seasonal produce, and luckily for us there are dozens of farmers markets in Brooklyn to choose from. The below are open right now, so do some research on the seasonal specialties, grab a tote and head to market!

 

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Greenpoint never disappoints, with farmers markets held on Saturdays year-round in McCarren Park. These much-loved markets are enjoyed by the vibrant, growing Williamsburg community and the longtime Greenpoint Polish community. Shoppers mingle with friends and neighbors, bring their dogs to run around at McCarren Park and enjoy live music by local artists and cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Since 1997 this market has stayed true to its loyal customers who are encouraged to learn about featured produce and take home recipes.
North 12th St & Union Ave, Brooklyn. Saturdays, 8am-3pm (Year-Round).

 

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On Sundays the Down to Earth Farmers Markets land in Park Slope. This is how we to like to start our Sunday mornings! Founded in 2004 the markets include dozens of vendors who sell plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables, eggs, dairy, honey, baked goods, meat, poultry and more. In the market for the freshest of fresh produce? Check the website to see what’s in season. Right now we’re sea’ing seafood and ciders! This weekend (5/15) there will be a textile recycling program from 10am-5pm. The Market is now also open on Wednesdays if you’re planning a mid-week grocery shop!
5th Ave between 3rd and 4th St, Park Slope. Sundays, 10am-5pm (4/24 – 12/18); Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm (5/11 – 11/16).

 

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Founded in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza market is appropriately named, and is the grandest and largest Brooklyn market in the Greenmarket program. On Saturdays year-round these markets treat market-goers to a huge array of farm-fresh produce. A mix of shoppers, runners, dog walkers, families, foodies and more from Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights and beyond come together to enjoy the numerous stalls. If you’re checking these markets out, why not make a day of it and explore the nearby beautiful Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn Public Library or Brooklyn Museum.
Prospect Park West & Flatbush Avenue, Northwest corner of Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Saturdays, 8am-4pm (Year-Round).

 

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We’re sold on the Cortelyou Greenmarket, located on lively Courtelyou Road in Flatbush on Sundays. Since 2003 market-goers have filled their bags and baskets with specialty Mexican produce and herbs, eggs, chicken, fresh pasta, orchard fruit and juices, seafood, mushrooms, grass-fed beef, goat cheese and locally-grown vegetables. Is your mouth watering yet? Cooking demonstrations, seasonal celebrations, family-friendly activities like singalongs and the open adjacent schoolyard ensures a festive atmosphere, located among a thriving shopping strip in the heart of South Brooklyn.
Cortelyou Road between Argyle & Rugby, Flatbush. Sundays, 8am-3pm (Year-Round).

 

 

Let’s Talk About Mex, Baby

Enchiladas, micheladas, empanadas, tostadas…  These are a few of our favorite Mexican things! Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, commemorating the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. The occasion has since expanded into a celebration of Mexican cuisine, culture and music. Here’s where you’ll find the party in Brooklyn. Salud!

 

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A familia-friendly affair, Brooklyn Recreation will host a celebration of Mexican culture in the Brooklyn community at Sunset Park Recreation Center from 4-7pm. Music, dance, food, arts and crafts and more will be on hand, and the event is completely free! That’s what we’re tacoing about!

 

 


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Go slow on the mezcal and keep it classy, literally, at The Brooklyn Kitchen’s Cinco de Mayo cooking party! The industrial-chic cooking store in Williamsburg is celebrating the culinary delights of Mexico with a cooking class from 6:30-8:30pm, featuring tacos, traditional pozole, a tortilla-making station and margaritas. Jalapa Jar will run a hands-on salsa-making workshop. The class is $75 and attendees will receive a 10% discount on everything in the store.

 

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Gourmet guacamole and good times guaranteed at Mexican restaurant Fonda in Park Slope. Open from 3pm, you’ll want to sit in the sun in the outdoor back patio and sip special “Su Casa” drinks with your amigos until it’s time to siesta. Happy hour is from 3-6pm, and from 7-8pm Mariachi Guadalajara will spice things up with live music. Reservations recommended!

 

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From Sunday to Thursday Burrito Bar & Kitchen is celebrating Cinco de Mayo! The lively Tex-Mex spot in Prospect Heights will have nightly margarita specials, free raffles and giveaways. Take a creative pic wearing a colorful sombrero and share it to be in the running for a surprise giveaway. $10 admission on Thursday includes a complimentary Avion margarita. You’re encouraged to fiesta like there’s no manana!

Second-Hand, First Choice!

We’re all about reusing, reclaiming and recycling and could get lost for hours in Brooklyn’s many amazing vintage stores. Here are a few of our faves!

 

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Fourth generation Brooklyn brothers Ed and Rob founded Brooklyn Reclamation in Williamsburg after realizing the stuff their father used to collect wasn’t just junk after all! The store is full of reclaimed, neoclassical, primitive and industrial furnishings – everything from sleek, mid-century desk chairs to vintage model sailboats and old commercial signs. Happy hunting!
676 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg. Monday-Sunday, 11am-7pm.

 

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The high-cost of living means it makes a lot of cents to buy second-hand! A Brooklyn-based, female-founded company, Beacon’s Closet embraces sustainability and ethical business practices. They have a vast vintage offering including upscale designer pieces, as well as modern fashion at bargain prices. Stock is based on people who bring in their used clothing to sell, which may or may not look something like this.
74 Guernsey St, Greenpoint. Monday-Sunday, 11am-8pm.
92 5th Ave, Park Slope. Monday-Sunday, 11am-8pm.
23 Bogart St, Bushwick. Monday-Sunday, 11am-8pm.

 


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We love scavenging for special one-in-a-million pieces that no one else will have. At Antoinette, you will find an eclectic blend of worn-in vintage perfection and modern items. Operating since May 2011 in South Williamsburg, owner Lexi Oliveri named the store after her mother. She incorporated pieces from her mother’s and other family members’ closets, and aims to make pieces affordable to those who have shopped vintage long before it was trendy to do so.
119 Grand Street, Williamsburg. Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm-7pm; Sunday, 12pm–6pm.

 


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A finely sourced emporium of well-organized and conveniently color-coded vintage wares, 10ft Single by Stella Dallas is a true star. Located in sprawling warehouse, you’ll find one of Brooklyn’s most extensive collections of ‘70s and ‘80s fashion, including vintage rock n roll tees and red-lined Levi’s. Next door, Stella Dallas Living aka textile heaven, has a superb selection of homewares and antiques including wool blankets, fabrics and antique Indian rugs.
281 and 285 North 6th St, Williamsburg. Monday-Friday, 12:30pm-7pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12:30pm–8pm.

Spread the Christmas Voluncheer

Whether you have a way with meals or understanding how others feel, your time is a much needed resource to Brooklyn charities this Christmas.

So rally up your own Brooklyn brigade and check out local volunteering opportunities to experience the gift that comes with giving back.

 
CHiPS (Park Slope)

151210 - chipsCHIPS provides over 200 hot, nutritious meals each day and also offers seasonal clothing, emergency pantry items, and shelter for young mothers and their children. Too many cooks only improve the broth at CHiPS as volunteers are needed in the soup kitchen to prepare and portion meals; set up and clean up for meal services; and pack pantry bags for clients to take with them.

Help plant the seeds as a mother’s nature grows at the Frances Residence, above CHiPS. This space offers nine women and their children a safe live and make strides towards independence – learning new job skills and receiving assistance locating permanent housing. Volunteering opportunities are suited for those who can provide assistance with maternal and child health care; career planning; budgeting; nutrition; and overnight supervision (in case of emergencies).

CHiPS volunteer orientations are held twice per month at its 4th Ave site – the second Thursday of each month at 9am and last Thursday of each month at 6pm.

Volunteers are needed 9am to 3pm Monday through Saturday in the soup kitchen; the office; and around the clock at the Frances Residence.

 

Neighbors Together (Brownsville)

151210 - neighborsFounded in the community for the community in 1982, Neighbors Together initially served those in Ocean Hill, Brownsville and Bedford-Stuyvesant who faced and continue to the increasing challenge of limited access to living wage jobs; affordable housing and health care; and a rise in drugs and drug-related violence.

Neighbors Together could not have grown from 50 soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City to more than 1,200 – serving 1.4 million people a year – without the support from volunteers.

Their contemporary cafe-style space in Brownsville is a beautiful place that connects the dots – allowing clients to eat, connect, and be introduced to other services that help them stabilize their lives. 400 meals are prepared here each day, feeding 10,000 people annually.

Volunteers from all backgrounds can add a pop of color to Neighbors Together by offering assistance with housing, benefits, job training, legal services, health care, and counseling.

Even still, the landscape in New York City is far from picture perfect and volunteers who are part of the Community Action Program will help members advocate for policies that will improve their lives and the lives of their neighbors.

 
Bread and Life (Bedford-Stuyvesant)

151210 - st johnsKeeping to the beat of boroughly love, St. John’s Bread & Life alleviates hunger in Brooklyn and Queens to the tune of 2,500 meals each day.

The basic needs of good food and nutrition are met with medical (Care for the Homeless), legal (Urban Justice) and employment support to create a harmony of services aimed at helping clients achieve self-sufficiency.

Volunteers are needed year ’round in the Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry, Resource Center and Mobile Soup Kitchen.