If you’re tired of staying in for family movie night and wishing for a real night on the town, these parent’s night out could be just what you’re looking for. Unlike most weekend childcare programs that only accept older kids, these are happy to take your littlest ones, diapers and all.

PNO

Churches
A church-sponsored Parents’ Night Out could be one of the best deals in town. Since churches offer PNO as a service to the community, they can set their prices low—and they’re especially affordable for large families since they set a max price per family. However, many of the caretakers are volunteers, so talk to the director and do your own screening to make sure you’re comfortable with the environment.

Northminster Presbyterian Church 
Address: 2400 Alabama Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: 770-998-1482
Ages: 10 and younger
Cost: $10/child, max $20/family
When: 3rd Saturday of the month, 4 to 9 pm

Holt Road Baptist Church
Address: 675 Holt Road NE, Marietta, GA 30068
Phone: 770-971-3052
Ages: infant through fifth grade
Cost: $5/child, max $15/family
When: 3rd Friday of the month, 6:30 to 10 pm

Community Centers and Schools 
Community centers and schools are another affordable date night option. They often include educational activities with certified teachers, so your kids will benefit from your time away.

The Chastain School
Address: 4967 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: 404-851-0001
Ages: 6 weeks – 12 years
Cost: $35/child, $50/2 siblings, $60/3 siblings
When: 2 Saturdays per month (see website for dates), 6:15 to 10:15 pm

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YMCA
Multiple locations all over Atlanta. Not all locations offer PNO.
Ages: Varies by location; usually 1 – 12 years or 2 – 12 years
Cost: Varies by location; approximately $7/hour
When: Varies by location

Play Centers
Most kids’ gyms and bounce houses only offer drop-in for older kids, but a few will take your diapered tot off your hands for a couple of hours. These are a great bet for your separation-anxious kid, since the entertainment of an indoor playground is a lot more extensive than you’ll find in a daycare or school.

Play 2 Grow
Address: 857 Collier Road, Suite 22, Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone: 404-350-9363
Ages: 20 months to 6 years
Cost: $11/hour/child for families who take classes at Play 2 Grow; $13/hour/child for other families
When: 2nd Saturday of the month, 6 – 9:30 PM

Play Activity Center
Address: 10930 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA 30075
Ages: 18 months and up
Cost: $25/child; $20/sibling
When: Every Saturday, 6 – 10 pm (make a reservation by Friday evening)

Tumbletots
Address: 6375 Spalding Drive, Suite D, Norcross, GA 30092
Phone: 770-729-9660
Ages: 2 – 7
Cost: $8/hour, with sibling discounts
When: Every Saturday, 6 – 10 pm

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Where’s your favorite place to drop off your kids for an evening out? Tell us below!

—Lisa Baker

Photos courtesy of The Chastain School via Facebook, Tumbletots, and Creative Commons via Flickr