Ok. It’s not exactly a picnic, but after three years of preschool and plenty of year-end picnics at park pavilions this year the parents in my daughter’s preschool class decided to do something that the parents would enjoy as much as the kids. We held our annual end-of-year celebration on the patio at Freddie’s restaurant in Bel Air. Instead of packing sandwiches and a treat to share and lugging it to a park, we all sat under umbrellas and ordered off the menu. The kids kept themselves busy in the restaurant’s wooden pirate ship play area while the parents ate, drank and chatted. With the Caribbean music playing in the background, it felt a little like a day at a resort. Sure, it was more expensive than a picnic. But our server made settling up easy by making separate checks for every parent. He also ran back and forth supplying the kids with cups of water, which we moms appreciated greatly. The restaurant wasn’t crowded on this Thursday afternoon and they were able to accommodate us easily when we gave them a general head count ahead of time. So much better than nibbling on kids’ leftover PBJs and chasing them around a park.