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A New Spin on Date Night: Child Care During the Show

Remember those days before kids when you spent your nights of freedom at concerts or movies? When an outing at the theater didn’t mean Sesame Street Live or Disney on Ice? Once you become a parent, a night out can be as a rare as a full night’s sleep. Finding a babysitter is hard enough – paying said babysitter can be traumatic on your ever-shrinking wallet.

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Drop & Shop at Art Unleashed

Need some time to shop or just some time for yourself? Drop off your kids at Art Unleashed in Chesterfield for Drop & Shop. They'll unleash their creativity while you finish (or start) your holiday shopping.

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Why Moms are Flocking to The Nest

A new gathering place for moms, kids and families has “hatched” in the St. Louis area, much to the delight of local parents – and particularly local moms.
 
The Nest, a self-described “stay and play creative café designed to function as a modern day community center, restaurant and membership club for women and families,” officially opened its doors in Frontenac last week. With an indoor play forest, drop-in childcare, classes for women and children and unique and healthy dining options, The Nest fills a niche that has been long overlooked in the St. Louis region.
 
According to Co-Founder Christina McHugh, the idea for The Nest was born from what she describes as “a HUGE deficit in the current market.”
 
“For me,” says McHugh, “what was lacking was a space that caters to children AND offers variety to adults. That was really missing in our area. We try to create an environment that supports families – where mom feels comfortable breastfeeding, where the kids are going to have a good time and not want to leave, where parents will always have that helping hand.”
 
“We’re the ones,” she continues, “who will hold the baby while you pay your check or put on your coat.”

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Want Some Kid-Free Shopping on Black Friday? Try These Unique Child Care Options

If you plan to take on the holiday shopping crowds this Friday and are looking for fun child care options for your kids, several St.

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Taking the Drama Out of Daycare Drop-Off

Every morning, my 3-year-old and I live our own personal Lifetime mini-series. It’s called The One She Left Behind, and it’s particularly heart wrenching.
 

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Living in Space
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Space adventures await at this free, out-of-this world workshop! Kids will complete an important space mission and build a model space station. 

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Science Storytime with Ready Readers
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Little ones can enjoy an interactive reading of a science-themed story followed by a related hands-on activity. A different book is featured each week.

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Water Waddlers Indoor Drop-In Swim
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Stop in and have some fun in the indoor pool at the Lodge of Des Peres with your little one at this drop-in swim time for kids up to age 6. No pre-registration is needed; Water Waddlers is open to residents and non-residents of Des Peres.

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