When was the last time you went out on a real, live date with your partner? Thought so. 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 out while you sneak off to a movie or a restaurant that doesn’t stock high chairs. And you might even save a few bucks. (Note: If you know of a great South Sound Parents Night Out and want to share it with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents' Night Out options in the South Sound and environs
The Little Gym offers “Parents’ Survival Night” on select Friday and Saturday nights for ages 3–12. Games, music and themed activities make for a fun-filled evening. Current locations south of Seattle include Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley and Puyallup.
Price: Prices vary by location, but typically, it's $35–$40 per child. Member and sibling discounts available.
Time/dates: 5:30–9 p.m. on select Fridays and Saturdays. Find your closest location and call or check the website for details.
Price: $35 per child; discount for members and siblings.
Time/dates: Typically held two Saturdays of each month from 6–9 p.m. for children ages 3 years and older (limited space available for non-potty trained kids). Call 253-630-8880 to reserve a spot.
Editor's note: This article was originally written in 2015 and updated for 2017.
WiggleWorks Kids, an indoor play center in Puyallup for kids 48 inches in height or under, offers a monthly parents' night out, called Takeover, for kids at least 1 year of age (and under 48 inches). It includes play, dinner and a movie.
Price: $32 per child; discount fo rsiblings; book online or reserve a spot by calling 253-445-6551
Time/dates: Typically the third Friday from 5–9 p.m.; check the online calendar.
The Auburn Valley YMCA hosts parents' nights out for potty trained children ages 3–11 years.
Price: $40 per child; discount for Y members. Includes a meal. Call 253-833-2770 to register.
Time/dates: 5–10 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month.
Black Hills Gymnastics in Lacey hosts an open gym/parents' night out once a month for youth ages 6–17. Kids eat pizza and play games while parents enjoy the evening to themselves. Call 360-413-9855 for details.
Price: $35 per child; discount for early registration (by Wednesday prior to the event)
Time/dates: 5:30–10 p.m., typically the last Saturday of each month
The Children's Museum of Tacoma hosts a parents' night out for potty-trained children ages 3–10 years twice a month. Kids enjoy the museum, participate in crafts and get pizza and treats.
Price: $30 per child; discounts for members and siblings.
Time/dates: Twice a month from 6–9 p.m. See website for specific dates.
Pump It Up in Tacoma has a parents' night out virtually every Friday. Kids can enjoy the inflatables and are treated to pizza and a drink.
Price: $20 per child; preregister
Time/dates: 6:30−9 p.m. every Friday
Hands On Children's Museum in Olympia hosts a quarterly parents' night out for potty-trained children ages 4–10.
Price: $30 per child; discounts for members and siblings. Day of registration, if space is available, is $35 per child.
Time/dates: 6–9 p.m. on a select date each quarter.
Matt Griffin YMCA in SeaTac hosts a monthly parents' night out for children ages 3–10. Dinner is included.
Price: Call for price and schedule.
Time/dates: 5:30–10 p.m. typically the third Saturday of each month.