Saving The (Game) Day

It was a sad turn of events when your head-to-toe-purple-wearin’, dusk-to-dawn-tailgatin’, Husky fan days came to an end.

When the little ones came along,  Saturday football games suddenly got tough to maneuver. Sitters were pricey and carting baby gear into the stadium was a chore.

But now you’re ready to get back in action. While you still love your Dawgs, we predict that soon your fan loyalty will belong to Blossoming Buds Cottagepreschool 1 010— a drop-in daycare in Wedgwood that watches the kids while you watch the game.

A sister school to Blossoming Buds Preschool, started in 2004 by Tristan Christophilis, the 3,000 square foot Cottage was created this year as a remedy for busy families who need last-minute child care.  Kids ages 2.5 to 5 years old can attend sessions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m, Monday to Friday.

This fall, the Cottage is open on Saturdays for Husky afternoon home games. Doors are open one hour before kickoff and four hours after. (It’s not open for night games.) Kids eat pizza, do art projects and play.  There are just 25 spots so reservations are recommended. If you go that route, there’s a non-refundable $20 deposit that goes towards your total fee. The cost is $40 for the first child, $20 for the second and free for the third.  (If football isn’t your thing, you can still use the service, even if your afternoon plans just include a trip to Home Depot.)

The Cottage is also starting Movie Nights on occasional Saturdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Enjoy a date night while the kids eat pizza and watch a show.

It’s got all the makings of a winning season.

Blossoming Buds Cottage

—Kavita Varma-White