Sometimes it seems like summer just whizzes by with swim lessons, play dates and camps for the kids. But what about time for the grown-ups? We could all use a few hours to enjoy a night on the town with the Sig-O or just the girls. No sitter? No problem! Take a look at some of these great Kids’ Night Out offers from local kids’ clubs and hangouts. Your kids will have so much fun, they won’t care if you’re out ‘til the cows come home…or at least by 9 or 10.
The UCSF Rec Centers are not only kicking with kid activities, now they’re sitting your kids! Every third or fourth Friday your kids can come by for Pajama Party Madness and hang out with other littles in their pjs. Kids do art projects, play games, have some eats, and watch a movie while you hit the town. First or second Fri. @ Parnassus, third or fourth Fri. @ Mission Bay, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., San Francisco, children 5 – 14, registration required. Read more.
Destination Art leads your kids in art projects before a “just like the theater” movie screening, complete with popcorn intermission. By the time you pick them up, they’ll be all funned out. First and third Fri., 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., San Francisco, children 3 and up. Read more.
Many of the local YMCAs host a Parents Night Out where kids can play games, watch movies, and eat popcorn. Nights and prices vary so check in at your local Y to find out what’s going on. Fri., check websites for schedule, Bay Area. Read more.
Planet Granite holds Climb and Dine where your little one can, literally, climb the walls. Once they get their fill of the highest heights, dinner is served! The Planet provides a kid-friendly meal to replenish their stores and have them all ready for bed. Second and fourth Fri., 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., various locations, children 6 – 13. Read more.
Both AcroSports and SF Gymnastics have a kids’ night out that will have your child swinging from the rafters. AcroSports offers pizza, games, and rides on the zipline and bungee cord, while SF Gymnastics keeps the troops entertained with obstacle courses, pizza, movies, and a bouncy house (not to mention spins on the gymnastic equipment). With all this fun, the kids won’t even blink eye when you leave. SF Gymnastics: check website for schedule, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., San Francisco, children 4 ½ and up. Read more. AcroSports: first Sat., 6:30 – 10:00 p.m., San Francisco. Read more.
Your kids can get wild with Tree Frog Treks and have a night with the party animals. TFT has snakes, lizards, and turtles to introduce your kids to, before offering science and art projects, then storytime and a movie. Eats will be available as well. Bring your kids by for a taste of adventure while you have an adventure of your own. PS: Summer rates were just dropped! Sat., 5:30 – 9:00 p.m., San Francisco, children 4 and up. Read more.
In Marin, check out these options: Kids can get crafty (in adddition to pizza, stories and games) at Doodlebug Art Studio in San Anselmo at their Friday Pajama Party. Fridays/ once a month. 6-9pm, potty-trained children welcome. Read More. Also in San Anselmo, kids can bounce off the walls every Friday night at Jump N Bounce. Just $10/hour with a 3-hour minimum, Play Date Night is where it’s at! Fri, 5:00 – 10:00 pm. Read More.
Cubes and Crayons takes care of your little littles while you take care of you. Bring your tot in his/her pjs with their favorite blanket and plushie for art projects, pizza, and a story. By the time you get back from disco land, your little might be in dream land. Fourth Fri., 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (add’l hrs. available), Mountain View, children 6 weeks – 7, RSVP. Read more.
Have artistically inclined littles? Color Me Mine takes future Picassos and puts them to work on their masterpieces. At Kids’ Night Out, kids can paint ceramics, snack up some ice cream, and watch a movie while you’re out and about. Your child will come home with smiles and works of art! Select Sat., 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Alameda. Read more.
Habitot, one of the Bay’s best playspaces, jumps into the Kids’ Night Out fray with options for the younger set. Enjoy a Friday eve out while your the kiddos enjoy the Wiggle Wall and make change the Little Town Grocery. There’s also the waterworks and art studio station to keep them busy. When they’re ready for a break, Habitot has pizza on hand for a cheesy finish to a fantastic evening. Select Fri., 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Berkeley, children 2 – 7. Read more.
If your kid is head over heels for gymnastics, then Head Over Heels Gym is perfect for them. Kids start off with dinner, then get full access to gym equipment before a moment to chill and watch a flick before you pick them up. It’s a win-win situation. Fri., 6:00 – 10:30 p.m., Emeryville, children 4 and up. Read more.