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Playgroup in Fort Greene gives parents a break

February 21, 2011

Der Schwarze Kölner in Fort Greene

Last winter my mommy friends and I were desperately seeking a place to take the little ones where they could have a little fun and we could do some socializing.  The word around Fort Greene was that Der Schwarze Kölner was a really kid friendly spot that we should check out.  So, slightly dubious, our playgroup headed over and Babies and Beer began!  The get together was a huge success and word quickly spread around the parent set.

This year Der Schwarze Kölner has really stepped it up and started an amazing playgroup called Stutengarten Brooklyn which meets Monday -Thursday 2.30-5pm.  All they ask is for a minimum purchase of $5 – or a donation.  If you are wondering what you can purchase there to satisfy this amount (besides beer, duh!) the kids love the chicken sausage (it’s very mild) and Cameron was always a fan of the pretzel as well as the cheese.

I asked Randi, one of the owners, and mom to Sophie, to send me some pictures of Stutengarten Brooklyn since sadly I’m in DC and can’t attend.  I was blown away at how baby friendly they’ve made the space – with playmats, toys, and lots of open space.  Fort Greene and Clinton Hill have always desperately needed a playspace, and while this isn’t exactly that, it certainly is a good option on a cold or rainy day.  So if the winter is stretching on endlessly – check out Stutengarten Brooklyn Monday -Thursday 2.30-5pm.  Have a beer, or not, and meet some neighborhood parents.

To learn more about Stutengarten Brooklyn check out their facebook page.  You can also learn more about Der Schwarze Kölner at their facebook page, or on their website.

Der Schwarze Kölner
710 Fulton St. at South Oxford / Hanson Place in Fort Greene
You can get there by taking the C to Lafayette, the G to Fulton, or its just a short walk from the Atlantic Center.

Besty Good is a first time mom to a boy.  Before becoming a full time mom, she worked in Online Marketing and as a SEO Consultant.  She is into all things internet – and is addicted to Twitter, Facebook, and mostly her iPhone. Though having lived in Fort Greene since 2001, she really got to know people there by spending time in the local parks and playgrounds after her son was born. She started her blog, Mommy For the Win, to share with moms what she has learned on her journey into parenthood.  Follow Betsy on Twitter: http://twitter.com/mrsbetsygood