Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Friday, April 27, 2018

kids night out caritas web mar16Children work on a craft before watching a movie during “Kids’ Night Out” on Jan. 8 at the Caritas Christi Center. From left are Adriana, Amedeo and Amanda Giachino; and Trinity Sanford. Working with them are Sacred Heart Academy student Ashley Amarante and Sister Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the center director. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

HAMDEN – Weary parents, take note.

Caritas Christi Center is offering “Kids’ Night Out” on two Friday evenings a month to give parents a chance to enjoy an evening out.

“Just drop the kids off [to] enjoy a safe evening that includes a snack, craft and movie,” said Sister Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and director of Caritas Christi Center.

“It’s an opportunity for us to offer something for both parents and families,” she said.

“Kids’ Night Out” is offered twice a month from 6-9 on Friday evenings for children ages 4-12 for a donation of only $10 per child or $25 for families of three or more children. Movies have included “Danger in the Manger,” “The King is Born,” “The Miracle Maker” and “Frozen.”

“Parents tell us they are thrilled with the program because it gives them time for each other,” said Sister Jeanne Marie.

“Couples tell us they actually went out on a date or used the time to go shopping,” she noted, “while others tell us, ‘We just sit and talk,’ or just ‘enjoy the time to be together.’

“One husband last year kept asking us, ‘Are you sure you can’t do this every week?’” she said with a laugh.

The next “Kids’ Night Out” sessions are scheduled for March 4 and 18.

For information call 203-281-2569.