Maybe you’re on your maiden journey into diaper changing and sleep loss, or perhaps you’re a second- or third-time pro when it comes to potty training your walking, talking “I can do it!” toddler. Regardless, we all need a little support. Whether you need last-minute drop-in child care to finish those errands tantrum free, or some much-needed comic relief and insight from your favorite mama blogger, here are some of your top picks.
Winner: The Nest
Looking to finish your weekly grocery trip in record time? Or maybe there’s a “mom only” pedicure appointment that’s calling your name. Whatever reason you may have behind needing a short break, Woodinville’s The Nest has got you covered. With the option of participating in daily structured activities or cruising through each activity station on their own, kids get the opportunity to have a whole lot of hands-on fun while mom slips away for some weekday “me” time. Desperately need a date night? The Nest even offers a Saturday Parents' Night Out. Drop off your kids, ages 2-9, for art projects, G-rated movies, games, Wii and snacks while you and your partner in crime rekindle your romance.
With two Seattle locations (on Mercer Street in South Lake Union and another next to University Village), Whirlwinds is a great place to breeze in and drop off your kids with its “friendly staff” and “good price.”
Another Seattle favorite, Blossoming Buds Cottage in Wedgwood is praised by parents for its caring staff and clean space (it also offers twice-a-month date nights).
Adventure Kids Playcare in Issaquah also gets plenty of nominations, with one voter saying, “I can drop my kids off and know they will have a great time — and it is so affordable!” And here’s a bonus: They’re open for late nights and on weekends.
Seattle’s Trettin Drop In Preschool in Seattle’s University District offers a structured environment where kids can play freely when parents are in need of a short break. Available for ages 2 through 5, Trettin allows tots to stay for up to four hours throughout the day. As one voter puts it, “My child loves it, they have great teachers, and it's super convenient!”
Dizzy’s Bus Stop, located in Bellevue, features a Drop & Go program where kids ages 2 through 6 can “tumble, jump, imagine, and learn” while Mom takes the afternoon off. Voters love Dizzy’s for its easy services, and, most importantly, because it’s “great fun” for the kids.
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