My holiday shopping is right on track, but I’m seriously considering using one of the many “Drop-N-Shop” dates at various venues around town just for some time alone — I mean, they can’t make me shop while my kids are there, right?

If you haven’t heard of this new trend yet, check out the Magic House (members only, kids must be potty trained,  Dec. 7 and 14) the South County or the Chesterfield Bounce U (Nov. 24, Dec. 23 and 24 ) or  the JCC (ages 4 to 10, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, and 20) or Spirits Gym (kids must be potty trained, Nov. 27, Dec. 12, Dec. 23) … there are lots of them around town, typically ranging in price from $15 to $35 for the first child in a family (with sibling discounts), four or five hours in duration, usually with snacks included.