Uh-Oh. Did your babysitter really just tell you that she has plans of her own? The nerve! As much as you love your little rugrats, a night away with your significant other is a must. No sweat, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve–like these great date-night drop-off spots where the kids can play so mom and dad can have a little one-on-one time. Most places require a reservation so get your name on the list, pronto!

Froggy’s Arts and Crafts occasionally offers young Rembrandts a busy evening of pizza, painting and plenty of play under the watchful eye of Froggy’s staff while Mom and Dad do their own thing. Check the website for upcoming dates (Dates vary, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Valley Village, $25 per child, $15 sibling, Ages 3-10).

If you want a sure thing every Saturday night, then Santa Monica’s Outside the Box (pictured) is the perfect place. This wonderful play center offers a variety of crafts, scheduled games as well as just straight up playtime, whether kids want to pound on the piano, read books or run and climb. Each weekend offers something different and it’s usually a small group of children. If you have kiddos under the age of 3, call ahead to make sure they have ample hands. Bonus: The OtB folks are willing to extend hours if parents request it–just ask! (Every Saturday night, 5:00 – 10:00 pm, Santa Monica, $12 per hour, $8 per sibling).

Valley parents should check out Kidz Playland in Glendale, which offers parents a night out and kids a night of fun. For a mere ten bucks an hour, your wee ones are served up dinner, games, and plenty of arts and crafts while you do dinner and a movie. The only catch is your little love bugs need to be over 3 and potty trained (Call or check Kidz Playland website for dates and details, Glendale, $10 per hour).

Fit Kids Gym has locations in Torrance and Redondo Beach both of which offer Kid’s Night Out. This is the perfect outlet for your little tumbler to learn to swing and somersault while you and your honey tumble about town. (Call or check Fit Kids Gym website for dates and details, Torrance and Redondo Beach, $35).

For special occasions, be sure to check out Burbank’s Golden State Gym. Back in February, they offered a Valentines Day parents night out party with gymnastic activities, games, dinner and more. (Older kids even got to turn it into a sleepover, complete with breakfast!) Keep Golden State Gym in mind and check out their website–you may be able to take advantage of the next Parents Night Out extravaganza. (Burbank)

Three hours of fun and fitness will ensure your babes will come home and crash. At Gymnastikids in Pasadena, the kids ages 3 and up can jump on trampolines, play games in the foam pit, build forts, scale rock walls and so much more. And best of all, no experience is necessary, so it’s a great way to discover a new skill. Reservations required. (May 21, June 18, July 16, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Pasadena, call or email for price, $10 additional hour to 9:30 pm)

Got a budding chef in the household? Then send the kiddo off to Katie’s Cooking School for the evening. Aimed for older children, the evening’s entertainment includes a cooking class followed by dinner, an evening of games, a movie, and sometimes a craft project. (Saturdays: May 14, May 28, June 18, and Friday: June 3, 6:30 pm -10:30 pm, Encino, $45, $30 per sibling).

—Lara Burnap