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 other excuses 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:
All Things Kids in Georgetown and at the Domain holds Parents’ Nights Out on Fridays and Saturdays (in Georgetown, every Saturday and the first Friday, and at the Domain, on Saturdays) for potty trained children. Kids build and play with educational toys and construction kids and create arts and crafts projects.
Anderson Mill Limited District holds a Parent’s Night Out on the second Saturday of the month. Online registration and a sibling discount are both available.
Bricks 4 Kids Creativity Center hosts a Kidz Night Out once a month for kids ages 5-12 with LEGO® building fun. The venue provides pizza, games, projects, and of course, loads of LEGO® bricks. Register online.
Brushy Creek MUD offers a Parents Night Out once a month on a Friday. Children must be potty trained. Kids will enjoy sports, dinner, crafts, games, playground time and a snack. Advance registration is required. Members and residents receive a discount.
Cafe Monet has a monthly parents’ 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. Parents are encouraged to register in advance.
Capital Gymnastics hosts Kid’s Night at three locations on Friday evenings (Cedar Park, Pflugerville and Parmer). Pre-registration is required. Kid’s night is open to potty trained kids ages 3-9. There is a sibling discount. Activities vary, depending on location, but price includes dinner.
Champions Gymnastics & Cheer offers Parents’ Night Out every other Friday. 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.
Crenshaw Athletic Club has a Kid’s Night Out for ages 5-11 which includes a late evening snack and a drink. Kids have fun doing gymnastics, jumping on the trampoline, swimming, playing games and watching a full-length movie on a huge screen. Sibling discount.
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.
JCC Austin hosts Saturday Nights at the J for children in kindergarten through 5th grade every two weeks. 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. Siblings and members receive reduced rates. Registration is online.
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 can watch a movie in the Showtime Theater and enjoy fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies on Friday and Saturday nights.
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.
Olympia Hills Gymnastics has Friday Night Fun for children ages 5-12 every other week at their locations in Southpark Meadows and Buda. Activities include: gymnastics, games, pizza and more. A sibling discount is available.
Rolly Pollies also offers a Parents Night Out two Fridays a month. Kids can enjoy free gym play and a snack and a movie. Sibling discounts are available, and advance registration is not required.
Safari Champ offers playtime, pizza, movies and games for kids 3 and up every Friday evening. Sibling discounts are available and registration is by phone.
SoccerZone Lakeline offers an all-star sports program every Saturday night from 6-10pm for kids 5-12 years old. A sibling discount is available, food and snacks can be purchased and there is a discount if you sign up for the entire month.
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.
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?
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