Parents Night Out gives moms and dads a break

Girls plays with toys on floor

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Parents got a well-deserved break at our first Parents Night Out in November at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Naples. Nearly a dozen children snacked and played with our vetted volunteers while moms and dads got time to themselves to run errands, have fun or just take a breath. We have more Parents Nights Out coming up this month in Fort Myers, Bradenton and Jacksonville. And another in Palm Harbor in early January.

The monthly events offer parents access to a couple of hours of no-cost care for children, from infants to age 17.

“As a mother, I know that everyday tasks can become challenging when balancing work, life and hectic schedules. Yet, it’s important to dedicate some time to enjoy together as adults or to simply get things done that have been on the backburner,” said Megan Rose, CEO of Better Together. “Parents Night Out provides a couple hours for parents to go on a date night, take some time alone, run errands or do some holiday shopping while their children are under the supervision of background-checked volunteers. It’s a time to do whatever helps you. We’ll entertain the kids.”

We have three Parents Night Out events in December and another in January:

  • Bradenton: Friday, December 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at First Baptist Bradenton, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
  • Fort Myers: Saturday, December 11 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Mission Community Church, located at 2633 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in downtown Fort Myers.
  • Jacksonville: Friday, December 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Normandy Park Baptist Church, 7050 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville.
  • Palm Harbor: Friday, January 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at New Hope Church Palm Harbor, 455 Riviere Road, Palm Harbor.

To register for Parents Night Out, visit or call 239-470-2733.

Posted December 7, 2021 | Pamela Hayford

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