Drop-Off Childcare: Your Date Night Lifesaver
Attention all date-night deprived mamas! No longer will your Friday nights be relegated to watching Finding Nemo for the ump-teenth time while you sit on the couch wishing for a night out. But, you say, babysitters are expensive and hard to book last minute. That’s why we’ve dug up 3 spots in Southern California that offer Parents Night Out all year round, meaning you drop off the kids for a few hours for fun supervised activities, and you and your hubby can re-discover what it means to dine at a restaurant without meses, spills, and tantrums. So get out there and enjoy your night, you can thank us later.
Playmates: A Wee Care Club
Not many drop-off childcare spots can boast a several thousand square-foot facility complete with various arts and crafts projects, toy-filled play areas, fitness fun, teacher-directed group activities, and the latest in video and electronic games…but Playmates can. Their flexible hourly rate makes it super easy for parents to plan childcare on short notice, and their caring, well-trained staff is sure to put you and your kiddo at ease.
Ages: 2 and up
Cost: $9/hour for first child, $5.50/hour for second sibling
Date & Time: Mon.-Thur. 8:30 am – 9:00 pm, Fri. & Sat. 8:30 am – 11:00 pm
27231 La Paz Road, Suite C
Both Kid Ventures Eastlake and Pacific Beach locations hold Parent’s Night Out once a month. Kids will enjoy structured play including group games, crafts and dinner. Depending on the number of kids attending, they will be broken down into groups according to age. The evenings are themed based on holidays, such as Valentine’s Day. Check their online schedule for dates.
Ages: 3 – 8 years old
Cost: $40 first child/$20 siblings for members
$45 first child/$25 siblings for non-members
Date and time: From 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm on various dates
Kid Ventures – Eastlake
851 Showroom Place
Chula Vista, Ca
Kid Ventures – Pacific Beach
5066 Santa Fe Street
San Diego, Ca
Just drop your kids off and they’ll be baking before you even walk next door! For dinner, kids can build their own pizzas using wood-fired pizza grilling kits. Then for dessert, kids decorate organic cupcakes and watch a G-rated movie. Sounds like a pretty sweet night out for everyone. Parents Night Out takes place on the third Friday of each month at Cups in La Jolla. While the kids are enjoying their night, you and your date will be over at Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar enjoying their exclusive prix fixe menu specially created for this deal.
Ages: 4 and up
Cost: $120 per couple & first child, $20 for every additional child (ages 4+)
Date and time: Select Saturdays each month from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
7857 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, Ca 92037
What’s your go-to spot when you need to drop the littles off for a night out?