Finding a place that's safe with a vibrant learning environment for youngsters can be disconcerting to parents entrusting someone with the care of their children. Bear..y Cherry Tree Children's Daycare (3117 Lake Villa, Metairie, 455-1950; www.bearycherrytree.com) can make the process less traumatic, because the school has a track record of almost three decades of success -- and a fully renovated facility.
Bear..y Cherry Tree reopened this week after repairing damage it sustained during Hurricane Katrina. Everything in the 10,000-square-foot building, including toys and furniture, is new. The facility also has three play yards and schedules frequent field trips and outings for the children, who range in age from 6 weeks to 12 years old. Older children are enrolled in an after-care program in which students are bused from local schools to the center after classes. They can also attend summer camp at Bear..y Cherry Tree during the summer. The daycare center provides breakfast, a hot lunch, dinner and snacks, and is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Owner Paula Polito says parents are drawn to the low student-to-teacher ratio, the fact that three generations of her family have operated the center for 30 years, and that many on her staff have worked there for a decade. Bear..y Cherry Tree also has high standards; it currently is working on an accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a distinction it will share with only one other facility in Metairie.
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New Orleans (828 S. Peters St., 528-8282) opened recently to offer live music, special events and private parties. The lounge has cabaret-style seating, and you can reserve a table where you can buy bottles of wine, champagne or liquor from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Night owls will enjoy programs with parties featuring pop, rock and hip-hop DJs, fashion shows and more that begin at 11:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Regular programming includes music by John "Papa" Gros every Thursday and Kevin O'Day and Walter "Wolfman" Washington on Friday, with sets both nights beginning at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday evenings are the domain of Anais Patterson and her lounge and cabaret acts.
- The classroom for 2-year-olds, like the rest of Bear..y Cherry Tree daycare center, has been completely renovated.