Parents with kids: "Undesirable" at happy hour?
Last week, DCist scribe Kriston Capps riled up the stroller set with a diatribe about a long-running baby happy hour at the Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights. The place, he lamented, was "overrun with undesirables: mothers. Mothers, with children."
The result: Capps was unable to enjoy his pilsner in peace and quiet. During happy hour. At a bar. (And who among us does not equate "peace and quiet" with "happy hour" and "bar?")
Anyway, in his rant, he cited a five-year-old New York Times story lamenting how little tikes had stormed coffee shops. Needless to say, his post attracted more impassioned comments than a thread about getting into private school on DC Urban Moms and Dads. And it got me wondering about other situations where the needs and desires of the childless and the child-rearing collide.
I hadn't heard the coffee shop example before, perhaps because at this point nearly every Starbies stocks organic chocolate milk. Even independent outfits such as Tryst in Adams Morgan keep a pile of battered toys on hand to keep the little ones occupied long enough for mom and dad wolf to down a waffle.
Given the vitriol around Capps' post, Wonderland can't be the only place this tension exists. I would love to hear about other examples of places where parents and kids butt heads with non-parents--parks, shops, workplaces, museums? And do folks without kids change their minds after they have kids? Any reformed resenters-of-kids-in-public places out there? Anyone out there still agree with Capps even after having kids? I want to hear from all of you. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe we'll go get a beer.
| April 9, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
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