Date night in Downtown PKB!

Date night in downtown Parkersburg was something that I had never considered as a full family event until recently.

Of course I've gone on date nights in downtown....dinner at Mangos, drinks at the Blenny, or catching a summer concert at the Point but it has always (well, for the last 4 years anyway) required me to secure a baby sitter for the littlest person in our family. 

Last Saturday night, with the help of the Market Street YMCA's first Parents Night Out,  planning for a date night got a whole lot easier! 

The Market Street YMCA hosted its first Parents Night Out Saturday February 11th, open to children 6 weeks to 12 years. Parents night Out, which runs from 6pm-9pm, consists of a movie, a craft and a snack. February's Parents Night Out was a small group but received a lot of positive response from kids and parents alike, according to the coordinator of the Market Street YMCA, Missy Wigal. The cost of the program is $20 per child, $15 for siblings. 

We dropped off our favorite girl to play with her friends and then headed out on foot {we parked once, in front of the Y with no issues--there is not a parking issue in downtown!} for our date night. Planning a head a bit and since it was the unofficial Valentine's Day date night, we made a reservation at Mangos Latin Bistro. Our first stop though, was right across the street from the Market Street YMCA, the Parkersburg Brewing Co. There we worked on checking off sampling another WV craft beer on our list. I was happy to see many large groups enjoying the newest brewery atmosphere that is perfect for any celebration. 

I am proud of the transformation Downtown PKB is making. Family friendly, fun atmosphere and unique eats is what awaits you on your next trip downtown.
— Kristin Meeks, entrepreneur

Then we were on to our reservation at Mangos. Due to Parents Night Out and the Valentine's Day weekend, they chose to open their doors on a Saturday night when they are typically closed. The food was amazing and there was many couples and families there enjoying dinner. Since it was a unseasonably warm evening, we decided for a walk after dinner. We ended up at Spats at the Blennerhassett Hotel for drinks where we ran into another set of parents enjoying their night out!    

We walked up past Classics Plastics and just missed them, as I was hoping to challenge my husband to a old school arcade duel--though I made a mental note to get there before 8pm next month. We were short on time and temps were dropping, so we decided on desert at our last stop back to the Parkersburg Brewing Co. I may have missed out on the apple strudel at the Point Park Market Place during their Valentine's Day Dinner, but for a Nutella lover, "the Deb" at the Brewing Co. hit the spot.

I am proud of the transformation Downtown PKB is making. Family friendly, fun atmosphere and unique eats is what awaits you on your next trip downtown.

Kristin Meeks is a small business owner and a ongoing cheerleader for economic development in the Mid Ohio Valley. Kristin currently serves on the board of directors for Downtown PKB and is the Communications Chair.