Do you want to go to out on a date, hang out with friends, or just take a night off, but your sitter is not available? No sitter, no problem. We have a list of the most amazing drop-off locations where your kids can play, make art, get into nature or sports while you have dinner or just enjoy the evening without kids. Here’s our list of places around the Bay Area open after hours for drop-off play!

photo: Little Artistas Facebook page

San Francisco

Little Artistas
Little Artistas has two beautiful locations, Noe Valley and Glen Park, and they offer art classes infused with Spanish language and culture. They offer date night drop-offs every Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. where the kids ages 4-10 will play, watch an animated movie and use it as inspiration to create an art piece. A pizza dinner is also included in the price! $50/child.

667 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA

1513 Church Street, San Francisco, CA

Play Haven
Play Haven offers activities that promote early childhood learning, social and emotional development, and fine motor skills. Here you will find everything from art and sensory activities, to imaginative games and dramatic play areas, and even a rock climbing wall. They offer date night drop offs many weekends from 5 to 8 p.m. for kids aged 2-5 and also serve pizza and fruit for dinner after the little ones let their creative juices flow.

254 Laguna Honda Blvd.
San Francisco, CA

photo: EFBA Facebook page

Education Française Bay Area
“Kids’ night out” is a French evening activity time taking place one Friday night per quarter in San Francisco. What, exactly, goes on at “Kids’ night out?” Fun, laughter, dreaming while discovering different facets of the different French-speaking countries’ cultures. While your children experience the joys of an evening party full of games and discoveries in the language of Molière, you, the parents, can enjoy an evening to yourselves.

640 Davis Street #26, San Francisco, CA

Tree Frog Treks
At Tree Frog Treks, every Saturday night is Kids Play Night! From 5:30-9 p.m., kids will get to meet lizards, frogs, snakes and tortoises like Tiki the Bearded Dragon and Stickum the White’s Tree Frog. They will also get pizza and a movie, so your dinner plans are all you will have to worry about. This is your new best excuse to check out the latest dining hotspot in NOPA or Sunset. For kids four years and up, it’s $35/first child; $25/each additional sibling. Last-minute drop in is available, but register online to secure your child’s spot.

2112 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

Destination Art
Destination Art’s movie nights are wildly popular for a good reason. On the second and fourth Friday of each month from 6:30-9 p.m., Destination Art shows age-appropriate films for even the youngest child. If kids would rather express their inner creativity they can work on art projects or play games during the movie. There is no minimum age—if you are comfortable leaving them, they are comfortable having them! Drop-off or register by phone, this night-care is $20/child; $25/family of siblings.

900 Filbert St.
San Francisco, CA

photo: Acrosports Facebook page

Plan for a long relaxing date night after dropping your kid off at AcroSports. From 6:30-10 p.m., AcroSports coaches will keep your kiddos (ages 6-12) occupied with an abundance of entertainment from games, ziplining, Bungee rides and a yummy pizza dinner! Acro Fun Night is on the second Saturday of each month and is $35/child. Advance registration is recommended as there is a maximum of 25 spots.

639 Frederick St.
San Francisco, CA

SF Gymnastics
For kiddos ages six and over, SF Gymnastics is the perfect place to help them burn off all that extra energy. While you relax on your date, your kid will be twirling through the air (under professional coach supervision, of course) and enjoying a pizza feast. Parents Night Out occurs every third Saturday of the month, 5-9 p.m.. For non-members it’s $55/child; $45/members. Secure a spot by calling in.

1405 Fillmore Street (in the Fillmore Center)
San Francisco, CA

photo: HABITOT

East Bay

HABITOT Children’s Museum
In Berkeley, Habitot Museum opens their play space after hours for a Parents Night Out on the fourth Friday of the month (plus a bonus night for Valentine’s Day). From 5:30-9:30p.m., kids can play on an imaginary play rocket ship, experiment with face painting station, a grocery store, a wind tunnel and much more! Obviously, kids should come in play clothes. It’s $42/kids ages 2-7 years old; $32/each additional sibling, and a pizza dinner is included. Advanced registration is strongly recommended so that the museum staff can prepare for a good kids to supervisor ratio.

2065 Kittredge St.
Berkeley, CA

Head Over Heels Athletics
Take Friday nights back with Head Over Heels Athletic’s Parents Night Out. Let HOH provide your tiny gymnast with a pizza dinner, supervised playtime and a movie before you pick them up. Perfect for kids age four and up, PNO happens every Friday from 6-10:30 p.m. and is $40/child or $35/child for two or more children. Don’t forget to sign up in advance or you’ll suffer an extra $5 charge after noon on Fridays!

4701 Doyle St. Bldg. F
Emeryville, CA

photo: Color Me Mine Facebook page

Color Me Mine
No parents are allowed at the thematic kid’s nights at Color Me Mine. Each kids’ night out features a special theme—and a game of BINGO. Kids ages 5 and up will get to make friends, crafts, and watch a movie while enjoying an ice-cream treat (dinner not provided). Drop off your kid between 5:45—6:15 p.m. and pick them up at 9 p.m. Cost is $25/child.

2205 South Shore Center
Alameda, CA

photo: Sonia Gandiaga

South Bay/Peninsula

Planet Granite
Parents won’t have to worry about dinner or excess energy when their spider monkey is having a blast at Planet Granite. While your kid Climbs N Dines from 6-8:30 p.m., you can finally wine and dine with your partner. Located in Belmont and Sunnyvale (or if you’re planning to head north for a date: San Francisco), Planet Granite is the perfect place for older kids (6-13 years) to climb their way to happiness. It’s $40/child on the second and fourth Friday night of the month, and reservations are required. Note: kids must weight at least 40 pounds.

Planet Granite Belmont
100 El Camino Real
Belmont, CA

Planet Granite Sunnyvale
815 Stewart Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA

Planet Granite SF
924 Old Mason Street
San Francisco, CA

The Art Beat
On the third Saturday of the month, The Art Beat is all for the kids! Drop them off at 5 p.m. for some pizza and painting. The group will work on a canvas painting with the direction of an instructor. Spend your time until 7:30 p.m. dining at one of Campbell’s restaurants. $40/child.

The Art Beat
68 E. Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA

We Rock the Spectrum
This brand-new kids’ gym just kicked off their Parent’s Night Program to the thrill of South Bay parents. From 5-8 p.m. kids of all abilities can check out the swings, sensory-based toys, trampoline and indoor play structure while parents enjoy a night on the town. February 10 is their next event, check out their website or Facebook page for future dates. $40/first child, $30/sibling.

1341 Blossom Hill Road
San Jose, CA

North Bay/Marin

The Planet
Looking for a “day date” option in Mill Valley? Look no further? The Planet offers drop-in classes throughout the year—during they school year they are offered after school hours on weekdays as well as Saturdays from noon-5 p.m. During school breaks they are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. There’s no reservations needed, just drop off the kids for as much time as you need. They will enjoy the flexibility to participate in hands-on activities like woodworking, LEGO building and sewing, or they can simply do nothing! $14/hour, ages 6 and up.

The Planet
220 Redwood Highway
Mill Valley, CA

Marin YMCA
Just about every other month the Marin YMCA offers a kids’ night out program from 6-9:30 p.m. Here they enjoy dinner provided by the Y, swimming, group games in the gym and a movie at the end of the night. $35/member, $40/non-member. Ages kindergarten through 5th grade.

Marin YMCA
1500 Los Gamos Drive
San Rafael, CA

Where’s your go-to drop-off spot? Share the love in the comments section below. 

—Sonia Gandiaga, Christal Yuen, Laure Latham & Erin Feher