Parents’ night out options for tweens and teens
Why let the elementary-age kids have all the fun? Nights out for the tween-and-older set might be more about them having time away from their parents, but you can’t beat the opportunities for socializing and knowing your teen is safely occupied.
Seattle Parks & Rec Teen Late Night (multiple Seattle locations)
Seattle Parks and Recreation hosts weekly late night events for teens at three Teen Life Centers — Meadowbrook, Garfield and Southwest — and also at select community centers. Community Centers offering teen nights include Bitter Lake, Rainier Beach, South Park and Van Asselt. Attendees have access to tutoring help, intercultural and sports activities, and a safe environment in which to socialize. Teens should call ahead to the location of their choice to ensure the program is happening before showing up.
Time: Generally Friday or Saturday evenings; some locations offer both nights, others just Friday or Saturday. Check schedule online.
High Trek Adventures (Everett)
This thrilling night out includes opportunities to try out laser tag, mini golf, camp activities and, of course, the ropes course and zip line. A sweet snack is provided, but pack a water bottle and dinner to prevent a sugar crash.
Price: $65 per participant
Time: Fridays, 5–9 p.m.
You heard it straight from R.E.M.: nightswimming deserves a quiet night … for parents! This program is only for Edmonds School District middle schoolers, but it’s a good one. Send them to the Lynnwood Recreation Center for an evening of swimming, snacks and time with friends while you enjoy a quiet evening. Register in advance and make sure your students bring their school ID.
Ages: Middle schoolers enrolled in Edmonds School District
Price: $5 per participant
Time: One Saturday per quarter, 7:30–10 p.m.