Dinner reservations? Check. Movie tickets? Check. Sitter for the munchkins? Never fear, Seattle parents. We have your date night options covered. These places will happily take your brood while you enjoy some well-deserved, kid-free time. And the best part? Your kids will have a blast and will be returned to you completely tuckered out and ready for bed.

Pacific Science Center offers Parents' Night Out events all year round. Spend a night out (or in!) while your child enjoys private, after-hours exploration of our exhibits, hands-on activities, and a live science, planetarium or laser light show. Your child will enjoy a light snack upon arrival and a science-themed treat later in the evening. Participants will be supervised in age groups by our outstanding and experienced staff all evening. When you come back for pick-up, be prepared for enthusiastic stories about the evening's activities. Mystery at the Museum - October 18 It's been over 50 years since the 1962 World's Fair at Pacific Science Center, and a major discovery has just taken place. A message was hidden among the exhibits, and we need your help to uncover the mystery. Spend the evening hunting for clues in our exhibits and analyzing your findings back in the lab. Search for secrets among the stars in the planetarium and reveal invisible signs to crack the code. As a reward for closing the case, enjoy a scoop of liquid nitrogren ice cream!

photo: Pacific Science Center

Seattle

Blossoming Buds Cottage
It’s time for the movies. Blossoming Buds Cottage, a flexible child care facility, hosts a Kids’ Movie Night (aka Date Night for moms and dads) every Saturday. You get four hours of freedom while your kids play, eat pizza and watch a G-rated movie. Feel free to call ahead to find out the weekly movie selection.

7501 35th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98115
206-525-0795
Online: blossomingbudscottage.com

When: Every Saturday from 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $45/child; $20/second sibling; third sibling Free ($6/child not potty-trained)
Ages: 2.5-5

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The Moonpaper Tent
Creativity rules at The Moonpaper Tent. On most Fridays, kids ages four and older will be transported to a world of make-believe, including arts and crafts, stories, dress up and creative drama. Psst… each month features a new theme.

Good to Know: Pack a dinner and water bottle for your child. Dinner is not provided.

8503 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98125
206-708-6741
Online: moonpapertent.org

When: Most Fridays from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $45/child; siblings receive a 10% discount
Age: 4 & up

The Moonpaper Tent

photo: The Moonpaper Tent

Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio
This fave art studio in North Seattle has a Kids’ Night Out program that both kids and parents rave about. Parents provide dinner and Roaring Mouse Studio provides tons of creative exploration activities including art, drama, music, movement and more. Psst… these nights fill up fast, so book your spot now!

Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio
7526 20th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98115
206-522-1187
Online: roaringmouse.org

When: Select Saturdays from 4 p.m.-8 p.m; register online
Cost: $30/first kid; $25/siblings
Ages: 3-8 (must be potty trained)

Pacific Science Center
Sprouting scientists can enjoy a night at Pacific Science Center during their monthly Parents’ Night Out events. After-hours access to exhibits, a live science, planetarium or laser light show and hands-on activities like designing a terrarium or building a model volcano will keep your crew engaged and entertained.

Good to Know: A light snack and a science-themed treat will be provided (liquid nitrogen ice cream, anyone?).

200 2nd Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
206-443-2001
Online: pacificsciencecenter.org

When: Once per month from 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m; check their online calendar.
Cost: $35/member; $45/non-member
Ages: Grades K-5

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photo: Pacific Science Center

Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC)
This popular spot on Mercer Island hosts a variety of programs for families and at the top of that list is Parents Night Out. While you enjoy a night out on the town or a quiet night in, kids (ages 3 through 5th grade) will enjoy games and swimming, followed by dinner, dessert and a movie.

3801 E. Mercer Way
Mercer Island Wa 98040
Online: sjcc.org

When: One Saturday per month from 5 p.m.-10 p.m; check their online calendar.
Cost: $40/SJCC member (for the first child); $20/SJCC member siblings; $45/guest for the first child; $25/guest siblings
Ages: 3 through Grade 5 (kids must be potty trained)

Seattle Gymnastics Academy
Let your kids bounce off someone else’s walls while you enjoy a quiet night out. Gymnastics, pizza, games, crafts and a late night movie are sure to wear out the most active little ones. And worn out children = happy moms and dads! View upcoming movies and crafts for each location online. Just click on the “events” tab.

1415 N.W. 52nd St.
Seattle, Wa 98107
206-362-7447
Online: seattlegymnastics.com

When: First and third Saturday of every month from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $35/child (save money by purchasing a punch card in advance)
Ages: 5-12

Seattle Gymnastics Academy photo

photo: Seattle Gymnastics Academy

Woodland Park Zoo
Send your wild animals to the zoo for an educational night of fun inside Zoomazium while you enjoy a night out on the town. Supervised activities include games, puppet shows, a pizza dinner, movie and the most popular part of the whole night—a live animal encounter!

750 N. 50th St.
Seattle, Wa 98103
206-548-2424
Online: zoo.org

When: Once Friday or Saturday per month from 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; check their online calendar.
Cost: $30/child;$22/sibling
Ages: 4-11 (kids must be fully potty trained)

Woodland Park Zoo

photo: Woodland Park Zoo

Eastside

Great Play of Redmond
Send your kids to one of our area’s biggest Pajama Parties while you hit the town or spend the evening relaxing at home. The friendly staff at Great Play will serve your kids pizza and keep them busy with storytelling, games and lots of gym time. With all of these activities, your kids are guaranteed to leave with full bellies and empty tanks.

16510 Cleveland St., Suite N
Redmond, Wa 98052
425-885-3800
Online: greatplay.com/redmond

When: Occasional Fridays from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; check their online calendar.
Cost: $30/member child; $40/non-member child; discounts for siblings
Ages: 3.5-8

Great Play of Redmond PNO

photo: Great Play of Redmond 

Northshore Gymnastics
Flip, twirl, and bounce your way to Northshore Gymnastic’s Parents’ Night Out. Your tykes will be treated to a pizza dinner, craft, movie, games, snacks and most importantly, lots of open gym time to burn off their vast amounts of kid energy!

19460 144th Ave. N.E.
Woodinville, Wa 98072
425-402-6602
Online: northshoregymnastics.com

When: Once per month from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; check their online calendar.
Cost: $30/child; $25/additional child; $35/child registering day of event
Ages: 4-12 (kids must be fully potty trained)

Northwest Aerials
Calling all acrobats! Kirkland’s Northwest Aerials opens up their gym for a night of tumbling, swinging and bouncing on the trampoline, so parents can enjoy a night to themselves. Energy-burnin’ fun and activities for kids ages three and older are included, complete with a delicious pizza dinner and frozen treat.

Good to Know: Free extended care is available from 9:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

12440 128th Lane N.E.
Kirkland, Wa 98034
425-823-2665
Online: nwaerials.com

When: One Friday and one Saturday per month from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; check their calendar.
Cost: $28/child; $53/two kids; $76/three kids
Age: 3 & up (must be potty trained)

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Museo Art Academy
Mini Monets can get their creative fix at Museo Art Academy’s Pizza and Picasso Night. Hosted at its location in Issaquah, each night features a different artist or school of art, a pizza dinner and artist discussion, plus the opportunity for some imaginative expression. Drawing, painting, and sculpting are available, depending on the night’s focus.

300 N.E. Gilman Blvd., Suite 100
Issaquah, Wa 98027
425-391-0244
Online: museoart.com

When: First and third Friday of each month from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. View the schedule online.
Cost: $29/child; $10 buddy discount with referral of a new student
Ages: Ages 6 & up

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 photo: Museo Art Academy

Multiple Locations

Adventure Kids Playcare
Adventure Kids Playcare drop-in center is open ’til midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, making it a great place to send the kids while you hit the town. Activities, games and theme-based arts and crafts will keep your kids having fun.

Good to Know: Reservations are highly recommended for infants ages 30 mos. and under.

1100 Bellevue Way N.E., Suite 1
Bellevue, Wa 98004
425-453-4444

775 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite C-3
Issaquah, Wa 98027
425-391-5358

Online: adventurekidsplaycare.com

When: Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 p.m.-midnight
Cost: Varies at each location. Starts at $11.50/hr per child; $40 annual membership fee per family.
Ages: 6 weeks-12

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photo: Adventure Kids Playcare

The Little Gym
The Little Gym knows that moms and dads need a break from their little gymnasts every once in a while. Locations around Puget Sound including Alderwood, Covington, Everett, Kent, Bellevue, Federal Way, Interbay and Seattle host Parents’ Survival Nights and offer a structured night of games, physical activities, music and fun, all designed to develop kids’ confidence and imagination.

Online: thelittlegym.com

When: Select Friday and Saturday nights each month; check the online calendar of the location nearest you and click on “more fun.”
Cost: $30/member; $35/non-member
Ages: 3-12 (must be potty trained)

The Little Gym

photo: The Little Gym

Community Centers and YMCAs
Seattle community centers and YMCAs all over the greater Seattle area offer Parent’s Night Out options on weekend nights. Check the individual locations’ program guides or websites for details. Activities vary by center and costs range between $15 and $35 per child and may require membership.

Where is your favorite place to send your kids for Parents’ Night Out? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Abbey McGee & Kristina Moy