Drop-Off Childcare Signals the Return of Date Night

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Uh-Oh. Did your babysitter really just tell you that she has plans of her own? The nerve! As much as you love your little rugrats, a night away with your significant other is a must. No sweat, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve–like these great date-night drop-off spots where your kids can play so mom and dad can have a little one-on-one time. Most places require a reservation so get your name on the list, pronto!

The Realm Creative Academy 
If you want a sure thing every Saturday night, then Santa Monica’s Outside the Box is the perfect place. This wonderful play center offers a variety of crafts, scheduled games as well as just straight up playtime, whether kids want to pound on the piano, read books or run and climb. Each weekend offers something different and it’s usually a small group of children. While walk-ins are welcome, reservations are encouraged, and if you have kiddos under the age of 3, call ahead to make sure they have ample hands.

Bonus: The OtB folks are willing to extend hours if parents request it–just ask!

When: Saturdays, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost: $12 per hour, $8 per sibling

The Realm Creative Academy
400 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, Ca

Golden State Gymnastics
For special occasions, or when you can plan your schedule far enough ahead, Golden State Gymnastics offers a semi-monthly parent’s night out. The two upcoming events are themed for Valentine’s Day and Spring Fling, respectively. The party with gymnastic activities, games, dinner and more. They’ll even send your little tumblers home with a goody bag to commemorate their evening. Keep Golden State Gym in mind and check out their website–you may be able to take advantage of the next Parents Night Out extravaganza. Minimum age is 4 years old.

When: Saturday, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, check website for dates
Cost: $35 early bird enrollment, $30 for siblings, $40 at the door

Golden State Gymnastics 
1828 N. Keystone Street
Burbank, Ca

Pamper & Play
One of the few spots on this list that is open 7 days a week, Pamper & Play is super clean and safe and well-staffed. They host drop-off play sessions once a week, so you can always count on them to offer you a few hours of uninterrupted “me” time. Perfect for ages 2-12, your kiddos will have access to free playtime, crafts, and activities. Their schedule of Parents Night Out changes weekly, so be sure to check out their calendar to find out when their next event is happening.

When: Weekly, see calendar for dates
Cost: $20 for the first hour, $ for each additional hour (up to 4 hours), $5 for each additional sibling

Pamper & Play
2279 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, Ca

Three hours of fun and fitness will ensure your babes will come home and crash. At Gymnastikids in Pasadena, the kids ages 3 and up can jump on trampolines, play games in the foam pit, build forts, scale rock walls and so much more. And best of all, no experience is necessary, so it’s a great way to discover a new skill. Reservations required.

When: Saturdays, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, see website for dates
$35 for the first three hours, $10 for an additional hour (until 9:30 pm)

2237 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, Ca

The Awesome Playground
Winner of Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Award for Best Indoor Playspace, The Awesome Playground promises a fun-filled evening for your kiddos while you enjoy a well-deserved break. While you’re out and about, your kids will be busy with fun games, activities, and crafts. They’ll even feed your kids too; pizza, snacks, and drinks are included. Reservations highly recommended, as space fills up quickly, call 323-256-2467.

When: Select Friday nights, see website for dates
Cost: $10 per child/hour, additional siblings $8 per child/hour, 2 hour minimum reservation.

The Awesome Playground
5158 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, C

Fit Kids Gym
This Redondo Beach gym only offers two date nights a year; one around Halloween and one around Valentine’s Day. They’re hosting their Valentine’s Day drop-off event this Saturday, giving you the perfect chance to plan a special night with your squeeze while your little tumbler learns to swing and somersault about.

When: Saturday, February 9, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost: $39 per child, $31 for each additional sibling

Fit Kids Gymnastics Center
2641 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Redondo Beach, Ca

Where is your go-to spot when you need to escape the kids for a few hours to yourself? Share your drop-off spots in a comment below. 

— Lara Burnap

photo credit: The Realm Creative Academy website, Golden State Gymnastics facebook page, Pamper & Play facebook page, Gymnastikids facebook page, The Awesome Playground facebook page, & msburrows via flickr