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Parents' Night Out! Alternatives to Babysitting Around Seattle and the Eastside

You get a date night, your kids have a blast. Deal?

Published on: January 23, 2014

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Whether it's “date night” or just “getting away from the kids for a few hours” — call it whatever you'd like! — sometimes you just need an evening to yourselves.

These days, parents have lots of alternatives to hiring a sitter in their home. For a stress-free date and a fun time for the kids, try taking your brood to a parents’ night out (PNO), where they’ll be highly entertained, fed and worn right out while you sneak off to a restaurant that doesn’t stock high chairs. And you might even save a few bucks. Find our South Sound Parents Night Out list here. Click here for more creative alternatives to hiring a sitter.

Parents' Night Out in Seattle

The Pacific Science Center hosts themed PNOs once per month for grades K–5. Kids enjoy private, after-hours fun including exploration of exhibit halls, IMAX films, planetarium presentations and laser light shows. Includes a healthy snack. New day out options are also available. Check the website for specific themes and details.

  • Price: $45/non-members, $35/members
  • Flexible drop-off time: between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.; pick-up time is between 10 and 11 p.m.

Woodland Park Zoo hosts a monthly PNO where kids ages 4–11 will enjoy an educational evening under the supervision of zoo staff inside the Zoomazium. Supervised activities include games, movie, and a live animal encounter. A pizza dinner is included.

  • Price: $30/child, $22/additional sibling.
  • Time: 5:30–10 p.m., monthly

Price: $45/child, 10 percent sibling discount

The Moonpaper Tent, drama studio in Maple Leaf, North Seattle, appeal to kids’ creativity with drama, dress-up and crafts for ages 4 and older. 206-708-6741

  • Time: 5:30–9:30 p.m. most Fridays

Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio (North Seattle) has a "Kids' Night Out" twice a month for potty-trained kids ages 3–8. Parents provide dinner, and Roaring Mouse Studio provides kids with creative exploration acitivities including art, drama, music, movement and more.

  • Price: $30/child, $25/siblings
  • Time: 4–8 p.m., select Saturdays

Seattle’s Littlest Perfomers (University District) gives kids ages 4–10 years the opportunity to explore musical theater and enjoy a pizza dinner at their monthly themed events. 206-473-9580

  • Seattle's Littlest Performers Parents Night Out
    Seattle's Littlest Performers

    Price: $40/child. (early bird special of $35 for signing up before the 1st of each month)

  • Time: 4:30–8:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month.

The Little Gym (Multiple locations) offers “Parents’ Survival Night” on selected Friday and Saturday nights for ages 3–12. Games, music and themed activities make for a fun-filled evening.

  • Price: Prices vary by location, but are usually in the range of $20-$40, with member and sibling discounts. At the North Seattle and Interbay locations, prices are $30/members and $35/non-members. 
  • Time/dates: Find your closest location and call for details.

Seattle Gymnastics Academy (Ballard, Lake City, and Columbia City) offer PNOs and include pizza, games and a late-night movie. For ages 5–12.

  • Price: $35/child (buy five in advance and get one free, ten and get three free)
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  • Time: 6–10 p.m. Ballard: First and third Saturdays, Lake City: Second and fourth Saturdays, Columbia City: First and third Fridays.

Penny Pumpernickel Pants Playcare (Northgate) hosts a three-hour PNO once a month for ages 2.5–4.5, which includes dinner, snack and a movie. Check website for more details.

  • Price: $35/child
  • Time: 6–9 p.m. 

Kids Discovery Museum, a.k.a. KiDiMu, (Bainbridge Island) offers a Sensory Kids' Night, which is held quarterly for children, ages 3.5–12, with autism or other sensory or processing challenges. Generally held from 4:30–6:30 p.m., these fun-filled, therapist-led evenings include playtime, crafts and pizza. Participating kids need to be potty-trained. For info and registration, call 206-855-4650.

  • Price: $20/child for members; $25 for non-members; $5 discount for siblings.
  • Time: 4:30–6:30 p.m.

ball girl A handful of Seattle community centers put a regular PNO on their schedules, but other locations occasionally offer them for special occasions. Here are a few, but if you don't see your local center listed, give them a call. To see a list of upcoming PNOs, check the online database by clicking here, selecting "Field Trips, Special Events & Overnights" on the left-side menu, then clicking on "show courses" under Parents' Night Out.

Alki Community Center (West Seattle) hosts a PNO on a Friday of each month. Kids ages 4–9 can enjoy a movie, and roller skating. Dinner is included. 206-684-7430.

  • Price: $25/child. Register one week in advance.
  • Time: usually fourth Fridays, 6–9 p.m.

Loyal Heights Community Center (Ballard) regularly hosts PNOs called "Wonderful Wednesdays" for potty trained kids ages 3–5. The Loyal Heights Preschool director keeps kids entertained with an activity around a selected theme. A meal is included. 206-684-4052

  • Price: $20/child, sibling $15
  • Time: usually first and third Wednesdays, 4:30–7:30 p.m.

Ballard Community Center (Ballard) hosts a PNO on the second Friday of the month for potty-trained kids ages 3–10. Childcare staff treat kids to games, dinner and movie. 206-684-4093.

  • Price: $20/child, sibling $15
  • Time: usually 2nd Fridays, 6–9 p.m.

Montlake Community Center (Montlake) hosts a PNO on select Fridays for kids ages 5–12. 

  • Price: $15/child, sibling $10
  • Time: Select Fridays, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Call 206-684-4736 for details.

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Many area YMCAs offer regular, low-cost PNOs that include play in the facility, themed fun and dinner or snacks. The events are open to the public, but most require that nonmembers pay a program membership fee.

West Seattle YMCA (West Seattle) hosts monthly PNOs for ages 3 months to 12 years. A new Parents' Afternoon Out is also offered on the third Saturday of each month from 1–5 p.m. 206-935-6000

  • Price: 3–23 months, $30/members and $40/nonmembers; ages 2–12, $20/members and $30/nonmembers.
  • Time: 5:30–10 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month.

University Family YMCA hosts a weekly PNO for ages 6 months–12 years. Register at 206-524-1400.

  • Price: $20/members, $35/nonmembers.
  • Time/Date: 4:30–9 p.m. every Saturday .

Blossoming Buds Preschool

Blossoming Buds Cottage (Wedgwood) has a four-hour Movie Night every Saturday for ages 2.5–8. 206-525-0795.

  • Price: $45/child, $20 for first sibling, third sibling free. Additional $4 for children who are not potty-trained.
  • Time: 4:30–8:30 p.m. every Saturday

Seattle Athletic Club (Northgate) offers several getaway events for parents. For kids 15 months and older, they have Parents' Night Out, which is usually held on the first Friday of each month. Kids will enjoy a yummy dinner, fun craft, playtime with friends, a movie and popcorn and swimming. For kids as young as 6 weeks, SAC Northgate also offers a Moms'/Dads' afternoon out on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30 p.m., and a Moms'/Dads' morning on first and third Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

  • Price: Parents' Night Out is $50/child for non-members (plus tax), $35/child for members, $25 siblings
  • Timecheck the calendar for the latest event details.

The Jungle Gym (Burien) hosts a themed Kids' Night Out twice a month with dinner, games and a movie. Kids ages 3–12 can look forward to climbing, tumbling and even riding a zipline while at the gym. Reservations are required as space is limited. Call us 206-248-3547 or reserve online.  

  • Price: $25/child
  • Time: 6–9 p.m., usually second and last Fridays

Parents Night Out at The Nest in Woodinville

Parents' Night Out on the Eastside

Northwest Aerials Kids Night Out
Kids Night Out at Northwest Aerials

At Northwest Aerials in Kirkland, kids ages 3 and older can do gymnastics and crafts, and nosh on pizza and a frozen treat. Kids must be potty-trained.

  • Price: $35/child (discount for early registration and a $5 discount for siblings). Nonmembers must have a registration card on file.
  • Times: 6–9:30 p.m. Typically second and fourth Fridays. Call to register: 425-823-2655.

Pump It Up (Kirkland) has a PNO on the second Friday of each month that includes fun on the inflatables, pizza, drinks and a snack for kids ages 4–12.

  • Price: $25/child, $15/siblings.
  • Time: 6:30–10:30 p.m. second Fridays each month
Kids jumping at Great Play of Redmond Parents Night Out
Parents Night Out at Great Play of Redmond

Great Play (Redmond) offers a fun-filled night on select Fridays for potty-trained kids ages 3.5–10. Themed activities, including a movie, dinner and craft, keep kids entertained. 425-885-3800.

  • Price: 3-hour session is $30/members, $40/non-members with a 25 percent discount for additional children. 
  • Time: 6–9 p.m., select Fridays

Museo Art Academy (Issaquah) has art themed "Pizza and Picasso" nights for kids age 6 and up. Kids learn about an artist over pizza then embark on a creative project inspired by the artist. 

  • Price: $29/child, buddy discount $10
  • Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m. on first and third Fridays each month.

swimming-girlSamena Swim & Recreation (Bellevue) hosts a monthly “kids' night out” for ages 5–12 with swimming, games, and a movie on the big screen. Held in conjunction with a "preschool pajama party" for kids ages 3–5 (the only difference is little ones don't swim). Light dinner and a snack is served. Bring a sleeping bag and pillow. 

  • Price: $25/member; $35/nonmember
  • Time: 6:30–10 p.m.; select Fridays once a month. Check online for dates.

Kids Night Out at Bellevue Pro Sports Club

Pro Sports Club (Bellevue) hosts “Kids' Night Out”, usually on second Saturdays each month. Children ages 5–12 have the chance to swim, eat a healthy dinner and participate in crafts. 

  • Price: $50/member children, $55/nonmember child of member, $60/non-members.
  • Time/dates: 4–8:30 p.m. on second Saturdays. Call to confirm. 425-885-5566.

My Gym (Bellevue) offers PNOs that include games, relays, dancing and pizza for children ages 2.5 years and older (child must be potty-trained).

  • Price: $35/child and $30/sibling.
  • Time/dates: 5:30–9:30 p.m. two Fridays per month. Check website for specific dates. 425-451-1393.

The Bellevue Family YMCA hosts a monthly PNO for ages 8 months–12 years and offers an unusual flat rate for multiple siblings in a family. Dinner is included. 

  • Price: $25/child or $40/family for facility members; nonmember prices are $30/child and $50/family.
  • Time/Dates: 5:30–9:30 p.m. third Saturday of each month. Check website or call. 425-746-9900.

Seattle Jewish Community CenterStroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) in Mercer Island hosts a PNO for kids age 5 years–5th grade. Activities include games, swimming, dinner, dessert, and a movie or other program. Younger kids, ages 9 months–4 years, can participate using the drop-in babysitting program.

  • Price: For ages 5 and older: member price, $40/first child and $20/siblings; nonmembers, $45/first child, $25/siblings. For younger kids: $50/child for members, $60/child for nonmembers.
  • Time: 5–10 p.m.

KidsQuest Children's Museum in Bellevue now offers a Parents’ Night Out event once a month for kids ages 4–10 on a Wednesday night, with pizza, science and museum playtime. Each month's night features a different themed activity. 

  • Price: $30/member ($20 each additional sibling) $35/nonmember ($25 each additional sibling). Preregistration required. 
  • Time: 6–9 p.m.

The Little Gym offers “Parents’ Survival Night” on selected Friday and Saturday nights for ages 3–12. Currently there are two Eastside locations, in Bellevue and Issaquah. Games, music and themed activities make for a fun-filled evening.

  • Price: Prices vary by location, but range between $15–$25/members, $25–$35/non-members. Member and sibling discounts may apply. 
  • Time/Dates: Fridays and Saturdays. Find your closest location and call or check the website for details.

The Coal Creek YMCA (Newcastle) hosts PNOs with dinner monthly for ages 3–11. 425-282-1500.

  • Price: $30/facility members, $45/community members.
  • Time: 5–9 p.m. usually on second Saturday of each month. Call for specific details.

kids laughingSammamish Family YMCA (Sammamish/Klahanie/Issaquah) hosts PNOs with fun themed activities, pizza and a movie for ages 4–11. 

  • Price: $20/facility members, $25/community members.
  • Time: 6:30–10:30 p.m. second Friday of each month. Register online or call 425-391-4840.

Snoqualmie Valley Family YMCA (Snoqualmie) also hosts PNOs with fun themed activities one Saturday a month for ages 3–12. 

  • Price: $20/facility members, $35/community members.
  • Time: 6–10 p.m. select Saturdays, check the website for upcoming dates and registration.

Adventure Kids Playcare (Bellevue and Issaquah) is a drop-off playcare center that is open late most nights (Mon-Thurs until 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat until midnight), making it a great option for last-minute date night coverage. Theme nights are planned on Friday and Saturday evenings, and infants as young as 6 weeks can join the fun.

  • Price: $12.75/hour for infants under 18 months; $10.75/hour for kids over 18 months; $6.75/hour for siblings. Dinners can be brought in or purchased. There is an annual family registration fee of $40.
  • Time: Theme nights start at 6:30 p.m. 

Parents' Night Out North of Seattle

parents night out at leading edge gymnastics academy north seattle
Leading Edge Gymnastics Academy

The Dale Turner YMCA (Shoreline) hosts a monthly PNO, dinner included, for ages 4–13.

  • Price: $30/facility members, $40/community members. Visit the website to register. Sibling discount available.
  • Time/Date: 5–9:30 p.m second Saturday of the month.

The Northshore YMCA (Bothell) hosts a monthly PNO for ages 1–10. Dinner is included.

  • Price: $30/facility members, $40/community members
  • Time: 5:30–10:30 p.m., usually 2nd Saturdays

Leading Edge Gymnastics (Everett) offers a parent night out two Saturdays each month. Play, have fun and enjoy a movie. Kids should eat dinner beforehand and come with a pillow, blanket and a healthy snack to share. There are no official age restrictions but kids must be potty trained. For information call 425-407-1480.

  • Price: Pre-registration price: $25/child for members, $30/child for nonmembers. Day-of price: $40. $10/sibling or bring a friend for $15.
  • Time: 6–10 p.m.

The Little Gym offers “Parents’ Survival Night” on selected Friday and Saturday 
nights for ages 3–12. Currently there are locations in Everett and Alderwood/Lynnwood. Games, music and themed activities make for a fun-filled evening.

  • Price: Prices vary by location, but range between $15–$25/members, $25–$35/non-members. Member and sibling discounts may apply.

YMCA Mill Creek has two PNOs, each once a month. "Date Night" is for children ages 6 weeks to 10 years, while "Kids Night Out" is for the potty-trained 4 and older crowd. Both include themed games and fun. Kids Night Out includes dinner and kids are encouraged to dress up.

  • Price: Date Night $20/child for members and $30/child for nonmembers with a sibling discount of $15/child. Kids Night Out is $30/child for members and $35/child for nonmembers.
  • Time: Date Night is first Fridays, 6–9 p.m., Kids Night Out is third Saturdays from 5:30–10:30 p.m.

parents night out at elevated sportz kids having fun bothell north seattleElevated Sportz (Bothell) hosts a Parents' Date Night on selected Fridays for children ages 5–13. Kids enjoy the indoor trampoline park, games, face painting and a healthy dinner. 425-949-4488.

  • Price: $29/child, $19/siblings
  • Time: Typically second Fridays, 6–9:45 p.m.

Pump It Up (Lynnwood) has a PNO on the second friday of each month that includes fun on the inflatables, pizza, drinks and a snack for kids ages 4–12.

  • Price: $25/child, $15/siblings.
  • Time: 6:30–10:30 p.m. second Fridays each month

Time4Kidz (Lynnwood) is a drop-in child care facility near the Regal Cinemas next to the Alderwood Mall. Kids 2.5 to 10 years of age are welcome to stay for up to 4 hours, and because Time4Kidz is open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, it is a great option for a movie date. Every Friday and Saturday is "Kids Night" with pizza served from 6–7 p.m.

  • Price: $9/hr and $5.50/hr for siblings. On Kids' Night, drop your kids off for 3-hour package deal of $23/child and $12.50/sibling. There is a one-time family registration fee of $20
  • Time: Kids' Night deal is available on Friday and Saturday nights from 4–10 p.m.

Teen programs

The Seattle Art Museum hosts Teen Night Out, a free event equipped with DJs, teen art tours and drop-in art activities led by Seattle’s hottest contemporary artists. Teens pay no admission to see works in the SAM's permanent collection and special exhibition galleries. For upcoming dates visit the website.

Late Night for Teenagers at Seattle Community Centers (currently at ten centers throughout Seattle) hosts a free Late Night Teen night on weekends. Find the center closest to you and call for details. Program features often include different arts, crafts, cooking, and Wii tournaments. A meal is also typically included. For ages 13–19 with student ID.

  • Price: Free
  • Time/Dates: 7 p.m.–midnight. Fridays and/or Saturdays, varying with location. 

Teens laughing with friends

Elevated Sportz (Bothell), hosts a monthly Lazer Club Night for kids 13–18, a safe party environment at the indoor trampoline park that includes pizza, soda, a live DJ, door prizes and a dodge ball tournament. Call 425-949-4488 for details.

  • Price: $16/person
  • Time/Dates: typically first Fridays, 9–11:30 p.m. 

The Lynnwood Recreation Center hosts a quarterly event called "Night Waves" for 7th and 8th graders. Tweens and teens can dance to a DJ, swim in the pool, watch movies, eat tasty snacks, and hang out with friends. A dress code is enforced. Call 425-670-5386 for more info.

  • Price: $5 with current student ID.
  • Time/Dates: Held quarterly as announced. Call or check the website for the next date.

Museo Art Academy (Redmond and Issaquah) has Manga Nights once a month for kids and teens ages 9 and up. Each event focuses on different aspects/techniques of Manga art, such as character or creature design, action illustration and layout.

  • Price: $29/kid, with a buddy discount of $10
  • Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month.

Parents' Night Out Tips

Be sure to register well ahead of time, as popular programs fill up fast.
Most locations only take kids who are potty-trained — be sure to ask!
• If your child balks at new situations, consider bringing a friend for support.
Many locations offer dinner, but some do not — ask at registration.

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