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The scramble to find a sitter any time of the day is also eliminated. You can go on the parent P-L-A-Y website, parentplay.com, for a map of restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn; once you choose a place to eat, you call parent P-L-A-Y and they arrange the sitter. The sitter arrives before you and sets up the play space; when you bring your child, everything is ready for him.
Drop + Dine also lets parents try restaurants that are not necessarily "family-friendly" — you don't have to check if there's a children's menu or booster seat available. But the chefs who are part of the program will cook up a plate of pasta for your child if you don't want to bring his food. Drop + Dine is also nice for two couples who want to double date while their kids play nearby or for stay-at-home parents who need some down time.
Drop + Dine costs $18 an hour for one child, and $25 for two or three kids, plus the cost of the parent's meal. parent P-L-A-Y is offering a family's third Drop + Dine for free and for each three families referred, they receive their tenth Drop + Dine Babysitting Experience for free. And every Drop + Dine ends, like a parent P-L-A-Y event, with a gift bag.
More info: www.parentplay.com.