Date nights are considered vital for a relationship. What’s even more vital? Finding evening childcare so that you’re free to gaze into your significant other’s eyes – or a movie screen, or a stiff drink and a meal someone else prepared. Parents deserve a night out more than anyone. Which is why we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite baby-sitting spots to keep the night-light burning while you enjoy the night life!

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photo: Project Playdate 

Multiple Locations

Project Playdate

What’s Special? Project Playdate holds pajama parties at various venues around the city including Kidville, City Treehouse and Citibabes and promises an evening of “social, intellectual, emotional and physical learning opportunities.” (Wow — do you even provide that?) Adult to child ration is 1:4 and caregivers are from services such as Urban Sitter and College Nannies. Projetc Playdate also offers daytime excursions to museums, age-appropriate theater, etc., and will work special events such as weddings or holiday parties  so parents can hit the dance floor!

Ages: 2+

Days/Times Available: Fridays and Saturdays for open play-dates; customized dates available

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Reservations Required? At least 24 hours in advance, with payment.

Online: projectplaydate.org

NY Kids Club

What’s Special: It’s all pajama parties all the time here, with lots of activities like gymnastics, art, stories and every kid’s favorite – disco dancing! Every party has a different theme, ranging from “Emerald City” to “Wild West” to “Space Kids,” “Explore Egypt” and “Adventures in Antarctica.”

Ages: 2.5-8

Days/Times Available: Fridays 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. but there are exceptions based on location.

Reservations Required? Yes

Online: nykidsclub.com

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Manhattan

The Crafty Kids

What’s Special?: Two crafts, plus a movement activity, plus a group activity plus an individual activity means there should be something to satisfy even the pickiest child. Oh, and there’s food, too! (Dinner and snack; again, good for the picky eater who likes to decide what and when they’ll deign to dine.) If you have a bunch of friends with kids who want to go out together on a night not part of the standard schedule, The Crafty Kids will host a Parent Night On Demand for you.

Ages: 3-9

Days/Times Available: Fridays 6-8 p.m. with an add-on hour available for an extra charge

Reservations Required: Yes

The Crafty Kids
165 William St.
Lower Manhattan
212-732-5182
Online: thecraftykids.com

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Karma Kids Yoga

What’s Special?: Keep an eye on the Karma Kids Yoga special events page for fun drop-off events. (Glow in the Dark Yoga is a regular favorite.) Up next: Star Wars Yoga on April 15 from 6 – 8 p.m. The night includes a light saber craft, pizza, milk and cookies and a Clone Wars screening. Tickets are $50; register in advance to reserve your space!

Ages: 4-8

Days/Times Available: Dates vary; check website for individual events

Reservations Required: Yes

Karma Kids Yoga
25 W. 23rd St.
646-638-1444
Flatiron
Online: karmakidsyoga.com
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photo: Curiosity on Court

Brooklyn

Curiosity on Court

What’s Special? Climbing equipment, slides, tunnels, an NYC-themed décor and even a designated mock-subway area (because NYC kids don’t spend nearly enough time on the subway.) Plus – this is a big one! – discounts for siblings.

Ages: 2-10 with limited spots for babies

Days/Times Available: Fridays and Saturdays 6-9 p.m.

Reservations Required? Yes, along with payment in advance

Curiosity on Court
278 Court St.
Carroll Gardens
347-294-0160
Online: curiosityoncourt.com

Recess DUMBO

Recess

What’s Special?
This DUMBO play space offers “Recess for Parents” on intermittent Fridays from 5:30 – 8: 30 p.m. Kids are entertained with a themed activity or movie; upcoming RCPs include “Game night” on April 4 and “Recess on Broadway” on April 15.

Ages: 2.5 – 6

Days/Times Available: Fridays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; check web site for upcoming dates

Reservations required?: Yes, register online

Recess DUMBO
81 Washington St.
DUMBO
347-987-3509
Online: recessdumbo.com

 

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photo: via The Tiny Scientist Facebook page

The Tiny Scientist

What’s Special?  It’s a Saturday Night Science Pajama Party at The Tiny Scientist! Non-stop science experiments, games and songs, plus pizza — and a wind-down with some Bill Nye, Planet Earth and others. Every party has a special theme, and pajamas are welcome!

Ages: 4 and up

Days/Times Available: Saturdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; check web site for upcoming dates

Reservations required?: Yes, register online

1624 8th Ave.
Windsor Terrace
718-832-8400
Online: thetinyscientist.com

For a Night with a Cohesive Theme: Brooklyn Explorers Academy

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Brooklyn Explorers Academy

What’s Special? Why should you be the only one who gets dinner and a movie? Here, your kids get one too, in a space that serves as a preschool the rest of the time, so it’s already kid-friendly and baby-proofed. Plus, at $15 per child for three hours, it’s one of the best deals in town.

Ages: 0-14

Days/Times Available: Every Friday night (except holidays) 6-9 p.m.

Reservations Required? No, but strongly suggested

Brooklyn Explorers Academy
110 Schermerhorn St.
Boerum Hill
855-687-6923 ex. 3
Online: brooklynexplorersacademy.com

Monkey Do Yoga

What’s Special? If your kids flip out when you leave them to steal a moment for yourself, the teachers here will just adjust them into the correct yoga pose and keep going. Creative movement and art classes are also available. Plus, when your kid participates in an evening event, you get discounts to local restaurants (or bars).

Ages: 7+

Days/Times Available: Some Friday and Saturday evenings; check website for schedule

Reservations Required: Yes

Monkey do Yoga
279 3rd Ave.
Gowanus
347-987-3797
Online: monkeydoyoga.com

Juguemos a Cantar

What’s Special? Pizza, arts & crafts, and a movie at this language school come surrounded with signs and directions en Espanol, which means double the enrichment.This night also starts and ends earlier than most, making it optimal for younger children who can’t stay up till 9, but parents who still want the same number of kid-free hours.

Ages: Children must be potty-trained

Days/Times Available: First Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m.

Reservations Required: Yes, no refunds for cancellations.

Juguemos a Cantar
463 6th Ave.
South Slope
917-453-1187
Online: juguemos.org

For A Little Bit of Everything in Woodside: Sabrina's Play Studio
photo: via Sabrina’s Play Studio  Facebook page

Queens

Sabrina’s Play Studio

What’s Special? The play area here is divided into sections based on age, so you can drop off two kids and not have to hear later about how it was either too baby-ish, or only for big kids. Plus a mini-roller-coaster, a mini-bounce-house, mini-dress-up-clothes and a mini-kitchen all add up to mini-mal hassle for you. In the past, Sabrina’s Play Space has also offered entertainment for adults, like a musical comedy duo who bill themselves as The Mommy Show, while the kids played.

Ages: Children must be toilet-trained

Days/Times Available: One Friday a month, depending on availability

Reservations Required: No, just drop in

Sabrina’s Play Studio
52-07 Queens Blvd.
Woodside
929-522-0104
Online: facebook.com/pages/Sabrinas-Play-Studio

Staten Island

Bricks 4 Kidz

What’s Special? Unlike all the above, this LEGO-location bills themselves as a Kids Night Out (do you really care as long as you get to leave?). Kids get a taste of after-school and camp programming available at the location, plus free robotic play, a movie, pizza and soft drinks.

Ages: 8-12

Days/Times Available: Select Friday nights, 6-9 pm

Reservations Required: Yes

Creativity Center
72 Sharrott Ave.
Richmond County
718-984-KIDZ
Online: Bricks4Kidz.com

So what are you waiting for? Go make that restaurant reservation now! (Or just go home and sleep… as always, no judgments….)

Is there a Parent’s Night Out we missed? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

— Alina Adams