Have you been to a restaurant with a 3 year old and 5 year old lately? It is pretty much torture! Every once in awhile, Mike and I get the crazy idea to go to a "real" restaurant for lunch or dinner. The kids get excited, we all get ready to go, we sit in some lobby for about 30 minutes, finally get to a table and then have a miserable time trying to order, wait for food and eat a delicious dinner with our two youngest children. They get up and down, crawl under the table, whine and complain, we are constantly telling them to "sit down, be quiet". It does not matter what we bring for them to do, books, crayons, small toys, it is always the same. Then we get the bill and I am sick. I always look at Mike and say, "We just spent $50 for an hour of misery. Why don't we learn?"
Well, I saw something on a news clip that is going to revolutionize my dining experiences. There is a new restaurant called 3rd Place Grill on 83rd and Bell that offers free childcare! Wait...what?! Yes, I said it, free childcare while I eat my dinner!!! Wowie! I cannot tell you how many times a waiter or waitress has come to my table after we have our food and asks, "Can I get you anything else?" And I honestly say, "a babysitter." I have told Mike a number of times how I wish there was a "real" restaurant with a playground or playplace, like McDonald's. Low and behold, someone finally thought of it and I am soooo happy!
3rd Place Grill offers two rooms for childcare, one for 0-5 year olds and one for elementary age kids. You sign your kids in and they get to go in and play with all sorts of toys and games, while you enjoy a great menu. The coolest thing about the Kids Place is that from your table, you can order your kids' meals and they are delivered to your kids and the workers in the Kids Place will help them eat if needed. I know my 5 year old boy, J, would much rather play video games with other kids than sit at a table with us. On our income, we certainly do not get to eat at restaurants very often, usually just once a month, but you can bet this month, we will be at 3rd Place Grill. We will actually enjoy our dinner and will not have to pay for a babysitter! Money saver for sure!
Check out this video to see how it all works!