Grandma and grandpa watched the kids last Friday night and your favorite babysitter is already booked. With Valentine’s Day coming up, a date night still sounds like a marvelous idea and now, it’s totally possible all thanks to the bevy of drop-off childcare options around San Diego. Here are seven munchkin-approved places worth trying next Friday or Saturday night.

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Photo: Stephen Kruso via Flickr

Kidsville
Itinerary: If you’re going out for dinner and a movie, your moppet will say ditto at pick up. Their two-course meal consists of graham crackers and goldfish and cheese pizza with apple juice. They’ll ask if you got 30 minutes on a ‘roller coaster’ like they did and they’ll recount the enticing plot of the G-rated film that was played for them. Be sure to make room on the fridge for a coloring page they did just for you and mark in the date of Kidsville’s next night out.

Schedule: Hosted two Sat.’s a month, Kidsville welcomes ages 18 months-7 years. Non-members pay $39/child, members $27/child and there’s a $5 sibling discount. This particular night out needs a minimum of three enrollees for the event to proceed, so register early enough in advance to ensure the event will occur. This one goes 6-10 p.m.

Kidsville
2375 Marron Rd.
Carlsbad, Ca
760-730-9022
Online: kidsvilleplaygym.com

Flip Force
Itinerary: 
Flip Force offers what a competitive gym should for a night out- access to Olympic bed trampolines, tumble track, rod floor, foam pit and more. A wide variety of activities are planned in advance and a kid approved dinner of pizza and juice will be served. And depending on the number of flippers, a night out might include a special event like the laser tag that was played at the last one. Don’t be surprised if they ask you to reserve them a spot at the next hosted night out.

Schedule: This event is ran on select dates between now and Dec. ’17, so check online for a date that vibes with your schedule. It’s $25/members and $30/non-members. You may reserve a spot in-person or by phone for their 6:30-10 p.m. time slot. Open to all ages.

Flip Force
9282 Miramar Rd.
San Diego, Ca
858-578-3547
Online: flipforcesandiego.com

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Photo: Darren Soloman

Kid Ventures
Itinerary: A night out at Kid Ventures is like any other time they’ve been here with you, but they’ll dine with new friends and be entertained by supervised crafts and games that are conducted throughout the night. Sitting still will just not be tolerated here. The indoor play center has a new theme for each monthly event and very special guests have been known to make an appearance.

Schedule: Fri. nights are when it goes down at Liberty Station’s Kid Ventures. From 5-9 p.m., kiddos that are potty trained to 8 years are invited for a night in. This is hosted once a month, but the date often changes, so check the website for accurate dates.

Kid Ventures
2865 Sims Rd.
San Diego, Ca
619-573-9625
Online: indoorplaysandiego.com/liberty-station/

Urban Jungle
Itinerary: They’ll jump for joy when you tell them they get to spend three hours at this Santee fun park. A reservation at Urban Jungle’s night out is worth its weight in gold, since many weekend visiting families are familiar with needing to arrive at least 15 min. before it opens to ensure they’ll be let in before the facility reaches its capacity. No bribes are needed to get your older kiddos to come here; they’ll gladly bid you good evening at the front doors.

Schedule: Taking place the last Fri. of each month, Urban Jungle jumpers and climbers use the fun park from 6-9 p.m. This one is for ages 7 & up and it will cost you an affordable $25/child and $20/siblings.

8711 Magnolia Ave. #300
Santee, Ca
619-334-6107
Online: urbanjunglefunpark.com
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Photo: Recreational Music Center

Recreational Music Center
Itinerary:
This is a great option if you’d like to have a date night at Liberty Station. You can get a meal at the Public Market while they eat pizza and you can leisurely walk the halls while your younger counterparts partake in musical activities. They’ll even get to watch a show before the clock strikes 8 p.m.

Schedule: Open to ages 3-12 from 5-8 p.m. the second Sat. of each month. It’s $25/child and $10/per each additional child for three hours of activity. Walk-ins are not permitted at this venue, so be sure to pre-register by phone or online to ensure their musical experience.

Recreational Music Center
2590 Truxton Rd.
San Diego, Ca
619-225-9597
Online: rmcsandiego.org 

Photo: Rancho YMCA

YMCA
Itinerary: The Rancho YMCA offers a weekly Kids Night Out, so you may pencil in a Sat. night out any weekend of any month. You’ll have to feed them before drop off, but they may bring a snack to nosh on throughout the evening. They’ll have many activities to participate in including sports, games and Lego building time. They’ll even get to watch a G-rated movie before their night is over.

Tip: Other YMCA’s may offer this program, so be sure to check the one near you. 

Schedule: This one is for ages 3-11 and it takes place every Sat. night from 6-10 p.m. It’s $17/members and $22/non-members.

Rancho Family YMCA
9410 Fairgrove Ln.
San Diego, Ca
858-484-8788
Online: ymca.org/rancho

G3 Kids
Itinerary:
If Pacific Beach is your neighborhood of choice for date night, then consider G3 Kids for drop off. They can practice perfecting their newly learned gymnast skills before breaking for pizza. Instructed games is another option on the program and a movie will be shown on a big screen before the night wraps up. There’s even a dedicated space for littles who would like to snuggle with an item of comfort.

Schedule: Tumblers ages 2 & up can be registered online for the Friday Night Off events. In Feb. the event takes place from 6-10 p.m. every Fri. and beginning in Mar. the event will occur the first Fri. of each month.

G3 Kids
929 Garnet Ave.
San Diego, Ca
858-333-9009
Online: g3kids.com 

What are your favorite spots for date night drop off?! Let us know in the comments.

—Jeannette Swanson