Date night. Remember that? You know, those rare occasions when you have a chance to converse with your significant other without being interrupted 100 times. When you can go out to eat dinner at a place with “real” napkins. When you can escape the dishes and the laundry and come home feeling a little more centered and ready to take on whatever life throws at you.
Chances are, you don’t get out as a couple nearly enough. The cost. The hassle of finding a sitter. Insert your own favorite excuse here.
In the hopes this makes it a little easier to go have a date night, here is a list of Parents Night Out programs in and around Austin, updated for 2015:
All Things Kids in Georgetown and at the Domain holds Parents’ Nights Out every Saturday from 6-10pm for potty trained children. Trained, bonded, licensed professional baby sitters engage your child in games, arts, crafts and playtime. There is no age limit, but only 12 children are hosted at a time, and you can reserve your children’s spot online. $5/child per hour.
Domain location: 3220 Feathergrass Ct. Suite 132 Austin 78758
Georgetown location: 703 S. Main Street Georgetown 78626
Anderson Mill Limited District holds a Parent’s Night Out on the third Saturday of the month for children ages 4-12. Online registration is available. Minimum of 6 participants needed. $15 for the first child, $10 for each additional child (same family). Send your child with snacks, a water bottle and closed toed shoes. Check-in begins at 6pm, and pick-up time is no later than 10pm.
11500 El Salido Parkway Austin 78750
Brushy Creek MUD offers a Parents Night Out once a month on a Friday from 5:30-10pm. Children must be potty trained. Kids will enjoy sports, dinner, crafts, games, playground time and a snack. Advance registration is required and space is limited. Members and residents receive a discount. Contact Customer Service at (512) 255-7871 or register in person at the Community Center.
16318 Great Oaks Dr. Round Rock 78681
Cafe Monet has a monthly Kid’s Night Out program on the first Friday of each month at all 3 locations: Westgate, the Triangle and San Marcos. Kid’s Night Out is for kids 6+ during which we do a project (for example a mosaic or painting a piece of pottery) and the kids get to have pizza for dinner. The event costs $25, and runs from 6-8:30pm. RSVP is required by phone at the desired studio.
Westgate Location: 4477 South Lamar Blvd., #560 Austin 78745; (512) 892-3200
Triangle Location: 4700 W. Guadalupe St., #11 Austin 78751; (512) 906-2200
San Marcos Location: 145 East Hopkins St., San Marcos 78666; (512) 805-2800
Capital Gymnastics hosts Kid’s Night at three locations on two Friday evenings a month (Cedar Park, Pflugerville and Parmer). Pre-registration is required. Kid’s night is open to potty trained kids ages 3-9. Early registration is $25, and siblings are $20. Activities vary, depending on location, but price includes dinner. Register over the phone with a credit card.
McNeil/Parmer Location: 6001 W. Parmer Ln. #430 Austin 78727; (512) 219-9930
Avery Ranch Location: 504 Denali Pass Cedar Park 78613; (512) 259-9995
Highland Park Location: 419 Kingston Lacy Rd. Pflugerville 78660; (512) 251-2439
Champions Gymnastics & Cheer offers Parents’ Night Out one Saturday a month from 5:30-9pm. At Parents’ Night out, kids can play on a full spring floor, trampoline, balance beams, bars, obstacle courses and more. Children who are walking up until 10 years old can participate, and 6th-8th graders can choose to be a Junior Helper. You can send your child with food or order food. $18 per child plus annual $35 Special Events fee. Optional pizza dinner with a healthy side is $5 extra/child. Optional late stay until 10:30pm is $7 extra/child. Children under 3 and not potty trained are an additional $10 charge. Register online.
1314 Exposition Austin 78703
Clubhouse for Kids is a state-licensed drop-in hourly childcare center with FBI background checked employees who have CPR and First Aid training. Children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years can be dropped off during operating hours. Mondays through Thursdays, the center is open until 10pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, Clubhouse closes at midnight. On Sundays, the center closes at 8pm. View rates here. No reservations required.
3601 W. William Cannon Dr., Suite 600 Austin 78749; (512) 892-CLUB
Creative Brick Builders hosts a Parents Night Out twice a month for children ages 5-13. Kids stay to play, parents get some time away. New themes each month. Pizza, games, crafts and of course, loads of LEGO bricks provided for creativity and building fun. Kids also get juice, fruit and a frozen treat for dinner. $25 per child from 6:30-9:30pm. Register online.
220 Sundance Pkwy., Suite 300 Round Rock 78681
Crenshaw Athletic Club has a Kid’s Night Out once a month for ages 5-11 which includes a late evening snack and a drink. Kids have fun from 6:30-11pm doing gymnastics, jumping on the trampoline, swimming, playing games and watching a full-length movie on a huge screen. Sibling discount. Bring a bathing suit and towel. Limited availability. $30 per child. Registration starts two weeks before the date of the night. Printable application available online.
5000 Fairview Dr. Austin 78731; (512) 453-5551
Hoppin’ House in Lakeway invites potty trained kids 11 and under to bounce, have a snack and watch a movie one Friday a month. Call or email to sign up.
2105 Ranch Rd. 620, Suite 201 Lakeway 78734; (512) 263-0060
JCC Austin hosts Saturday Nights at the J for children in kindergarten through 5th grade once a month. Kids get to play, eat pizza, participate in games, enjoy the gym and work on art projects. Different themes include: flashlight tag, baking, games, classic movies, costumes, and mystery night. Nonmembers are $36, members are $27, and siblings receive a 50% discount if attending the same night. Registration is online, although you must register through the Youth & Teen Department to receive sibling discounts by calling (512) 735-8036.
7300 Hart Ln. Austin 78731; (512) 735-8000
Journey Martial Arts hosts a Parents’ Night Out periodically for children ages 6-11. Certified instructors and staff will supervise children as they play games, watch movies, eat and have martial arts fun. You don’t have to be a member of Journey Martial Arts to register your children. Cost is $22 per child. Register online.
7032 Wood Hollow Dr., Suite 105 Austin 78731; (512) 670-9716
With locations in Avery Ranch and Circle C, KidSpa offers drop-in daycare for children ages 18 months to 12 years. At 8pm every night, kids 2 and up can watch a movie in the Showtime Theater and enjoy fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies on Friday and Saturday nights. You can use Remote Check-In to reserve your child’s spot. Check the Avery Ranch or Circle C websites for rates.
Avery Ranch Location: 10526 W. Parmer Ln., Suite 501 Austin 78717; (512) 828-5772
Circle C Location: 5700 W. Slaughter Ln., Suite 380 Austin 78749; (512) 301-5772
Life Ki-Do hosts monthly Parent’s Night Out Programs for kids ages 5-7 (and possibly slightly older siblings, such as 3rd-4th graders). Kids will be able to participate in activities, martial arts, movies and more from 5:30-8pm. Each child should bring a water bottle. Two slices of cheese pizza is included in the price. Existing students pay $25, with $20 per additional sibling. Non-students pay $30, with each additional non-student sibling paying $25. Register online.
3636 Bee Caves Rd. #212 Austin 78746 (512) 327-2900
The Little Gym at Lakeline hosts Parents’ Survival Nights for children 3-12 years old. Children get quality “kid time” with trained instructors who lead them through music, games and fun LEGO DUPLO and LEGO Juniors building activities. Parents’ Survival Nights are scheduled for select Friday and Saturday evenings. Spots fill quickly and you can book by calling (512) 918-9876.
14010 N. US Hwy 183, Suite 440 Austin 78717
The Little Gym Round Rock hosts Parents’ Survival Nights for children 3-12 years old. Kids enjoy an evening of physical activities, music, and fun led by a team of professional instructors. You can relax and enjoy your evening while your child has a blast with their friends or invited pals at The Little Gym. Parents’ Survival Nights are scheduled for select Friday and Saturday evenings. Spots fill quickly and you can book by calling (512) 687-4141.
3203 S. IH-35, Suite 590
Mu Sool Won of South Austin hosts a periodic Kids’ Night Out with martial arts training, Nerf battles, dodge ball, pizza and a movie. Ages 5 and up are welcome. The first child is $20, and additional family members are $15. Space is limited. You can sign up at the school or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
1901 W. William Cannon Dr., Suite 121 Austin 78745; (512) 299-1873
My Gym Austin (Hwy 290) offers a Parents’ Night out once a month, on a Friday. Children ages 2-9 can enjoy dinner and playtime at My Gym. Online reservations are required. Members receive a discount, and siblings are also discounted. Pizza is served for dinner.
5307 W. Highway 290 Austin 78735; (512) 444-6496
Olympia Hills Gymnastics has Friday Night Fun for children ages 5-12 the second and fourth Friday of each month at their location in Buda. Activities include: gymnastics, games, pizza and more. Friday Night Fun runs from 7-11pm and costs $15 (with a $5 sibling discount). Guardians must sign a waiver for a child to participate.
2122 Green Meadows Ln. Buda 78610; (512) 295-3073
Rolly Pollies also offers a Parents Night Out one Friday a month for potty trained children ages 3-8. Kids can enjoy free gym play and a snack and a movie from 6:30-9:30pm. The cost is $25 and $15 for each additional sibling. Cash or checks only. Call to register.
Shops at the Galleria (across from Lowe’s and next to Pier One)
12700 Shops Pkwy., Suite 450 Bee Cave; (512) 263-3777
Safari Champ offers Mom & Pop Night Out every Friday evening from 6-10pm or 6pm-midnight. The evening includes playtime, pizza, movies and games for kids 3 and up. Advance registration required, and the cost is $30. Register by phone.
1400 East Old Settlers Blvd. #200 Round Rock 78665; (512) 828-0000
Tree Tops Learning Center is a drop-in daycare center for children 18 months to 12 years old. The Center is open Mondays through Thursdays until 11pm and Fridays and Saturdays until 12:30am. You can complete a Drop-In Reservation request and the Center will call to confirm and arrange payment.
1700 W. 32nd St. Austin 78703; (512) 467-8500
Wanna Play Playcare is a drop-in daycare with two locations: one near Lakeline Mall and the other near Dell Diamond. Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years can stay at Wanna Play. Check the website for rates.
Lakeline Location: 14010 N. Hwy. 183, Suite 535 Austin 78717; (512) 258-7529
Round Rock Location: 4500 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Suite 100 Round Rock 78665; (512) 341-7529
Of course, keep in mind that your place of worship, your gym or the nearest rec center might also offer a Parents’ Night Out.
What other places are we missing? What is your family’s favorite?