As the old saying goes, "It takes a village to raise a child, but it only takes two people, some alone time, a bottle of wine, and a turkey sandwich to make one." Today's Groupon opens up a prime chunk of baby-making or baby-avoiding time: for $30, you get three hours of childcare from WeVillage. Because WeVillage's customary membership fee is included, this Groupon has a total value of $79. Located in the heart of the Pearl District, WeVillage is a community-oriented drop-'n'-go childcare center where rugrats from 3 to 12 can mingle and network over games of tag, frenetic dancing, and naptime. Because of WeVillage's abiding distrust of shoes, please bring socks and a blanket for your child.
Besides having a deep love of children, WeVillage's creator and owner Karen Beninati has spent years managing and multi-tasking for big-budget Hollywood film productions. Those years of wrangling the beautiful, spoiled children that regularly star in movies makes Karen more than capable of managing a roomful of far less amphibious real children. She's also pursuing a child psychology degree, so she'll understand your children far better than that nanny who kept shouting, "What is wrong with your kids? Why are their hands so small?" Karen and her staff will keep your child happy, healthy, and playing nicely with others for the three hours you are gone.
With three precious hours to yourself, you will be free to go shopping without constantly having to say, "Don't touch!" Chill out at a spa, grieve openly for the cat you took to live on a farm upstate, or alphabetize your turkey-sandwich photos in chronological order.
Most of the parents of WeVillage's kids are enjoying their child-free moments in the tub with a fancy box of bonbons and can't write reviews, but a mute Nickelodeon Parents Connect user and MomHub user each give it five stars, as do two more verbal Yelpers:
- We Village is a dream come true...With a daughter who is going through a pretty severe bout of separation anxiety, we feel welcomed and comforted every time we take her to "school"....She talks about [her caretakers] when she is home! – Kasie F., Yelp
When Karen Beninati's son was young, she had a hard time finding a childcare facility with which she felt comfortable. So she decided to create WeVillage—a drop-and-go playcare, preschool, and summer camp that parents would feel comfortable leaving their kids at and a place where kids would actually want to go.
To put parents at ease, Beninati hired professionals with degrees in early childhood education and certifications in first aid and CPR. She also ensured they went through a thorough background check. To make WeVillage a place kids wanted to go to, she decided to offer activities.
All the activities at WeVillage are aimed at helping children improve their mental and physical skills while building the social skills necessary to succeed in school and make meaningful connections with their peers. Kids at WeVillage are also exposed to international culture via yoga classes, world music, and global cuisine.
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