If you need a date night or some me-time, but your babysitter’s booked, don’t cancel those plans! We’ve found a bunch of super fun drop-off childcare spots where your kids can jump on trampolines, do gymnastics and meet zoo animals, all while you enjoy a romantic dinner, a day date, or catch up with your besties at a hip wine bar. Scroll down to see our top picks.
Itinerary: Drop off your little one and shop to your heart's content! Whether you're in Pacific Beach or near UTC La Jolla you can drop off your kiddos. Then, you have up to two hours of free time to workout, dine or shop. This gymnastics fun space will have your half-pint engaged in climbing, jumping, bouncing and crafts.
Schedule: Reserve a spot online for kiddos two and up. Drop them off for up to two hours. Further, the cost is $30 for one hour and $50 for two hours. If you join it's $15 for one hour and $25 for two hours. The hours are Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
929 Garnet Ave.
San Diego, Ca
4313 La Jolla Village Dr.
La Jolla, CA
HomeRoom Hourly Drop-Off
Itinerary: Little ones have so much fun here they may not want to leave. From a small indoor field and sandbox to a climbing structure, books and arts and crafts there's plenty to keep them going. Even more, the staff is super friendly and there are animals to look at like a little chinchilla. Your half-pint will love coming here and you will love the break.
Schedule: If you have more than one kiddo, you'll get a great discount. The first child (ages two and up) is $14/hour, the second child is $7/hour. Hours are Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri., 7:30-11 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Even more, they serve a morning and evening snack.
1820 Marron Rd.
Kids' Wild Night Out
Itinerary: Parents let out a roar of approval for this kids' night out at the San Diego Zoo. Littles will (of course) meet amazing animals, create cool Zoo crafts, play fun games and munch down a snack. The zoo recommends feeding your child dinner before drop-off. Your little zookeepers will leave with a souvenir gift they are sure to treasure.
Schedule: Reserve a spot for your tyke from kindergarten through fifth grade on selected Saturdays throughout the year (about one-per-month). The cost is $37/child and the time is from 6-10 p.m. Drop off and pick up at the Dickinson Family Center for Lifelong Learning (formerly the Otto Center). Kiddos wear comfy shoes and bring a jacket.
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Dr.
San Diego, CA
La Jolla Rec Center
Itinerary: Your little warrior can play and eat with their friends. While you and your hubby go out on the town! From organized outdoor games to arts and crafts, the rec club keeps kids entertained and fed too! You can grab a nice dinner in La Jolla or take a romantic stroll on the beach. All in all, everyone comes home happy.
Schedule: Parent's Night Out happens the second Fri. of each month from 5-8:45 p.m. It costs just $10 per kiddo ages five to eleven. Dinner is served too. Register online.
La Jolla Recreation Center
615 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA
Itinerary: Rekindle your date night while your kiddo has unbelievable fun. Grab three hours of couple time (or just you time!) while your half-pint runs, jumps, snacks and watches a movie. All under supervision of other grown-ups (not you!). Funbelievable hosts this event on Friday evenings. So, hurry and get your spot!
Schedule: Drop off your kids for $25 for three hours of structured playtime and add in an extra five dollars for dinner. Date nights fill up fast, so act quickly. The time is from 5-8 p.m. on Friday nights.
11655 Riverside Dr.
Itinerary: If you’re going out for dinner and a movie, your moppet will say ditto at pick up. They'll gobble up their meal of pizza and juice and they'll also enjoy a snack. 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.
2375 Marron Rd.
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. Don’t be surprised if they ask you to reserve them a spot at the next hosted night out.
Schedule: Parent's Night Out runs on select dates, so check their website 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.
9282 Miramar Rd.
San Diego, CA
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-old are invited for a night in. This is hosted once a month, but the date often changes, so check the website for accurate dates.
2865 Sims Rd.
San Diego, CA
Toby Wells YMCA
Itinerary: The Toby Wells YMCA offers a gymnastics date night, so you may pencil in a Saturday early evening night out one weekend a month (every third Saturday of the month). You’ll have to feed them before drop off, but they may bring a snack to nosh on throughout the evening. They can tumble, jump and play the night away.
Tip: Other YMCA’s may offer this program, so be sure to check the one near you.
Schedule: This one is for ages 3-12 and it takes place certain Saturdays from 3-6 p.m. It’s $25/members and $33/non-members.
Toby Wells Family YMCA
5105 Overland Ave.
San Diego, CA
-–Jeannette Swanson & Nikki Walsh
featured photo: Homeroom Hourly Childcare via Yelp