Need a night out without the kids? A romantic dinner with your honey? We all love our kids but sometimes a parent needs to get away. Fortunately, there are places around Boston that will let you drop off your kids (and they’ll entertain them to boot!) while you get some much needed—and much deserved—R&R. Some places will also watch your kids during the day so you can run errands, go grocery shopping, or attend an appointment without interruptions.
Just keep in mind that most places require that you make reservations in advance. So please call ahead. Next
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center offers a Parents’ Night Out the second Friday of every month at all three of its locations in Boston, Newton, and Medfield. Kids enjoy games, rides, pizza, and a movie. Staff will even get kids in their pajamas before they go home.
“It is a very popular event,” said Katie Koert, owner. “We constantly have parents coming in saying ‘Wow what is that? Parents’ Night Out? I need to take advantage of that!’”
Second Friday of the month, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For kids age 2 to 8. Members: $40 one child, $20 two children, three children free; Non-members: $45 one child, $25 two children; three children free. My Gym Boston, Boston, Newton, Medfield. www.mygymboston.com Next
Imagine That in Lawrence hosts a Date Night event for kids every Friday and Saturday night. Kids enjoy free play time, an arts & crafts activity, and a movement activity while parents are gone, said Warie Maldonado, director of operations. Kids are also offered a pizza dinner with juice.
“It’s a very popular drop off service we have here. It books up very quickly,” said Maldonado, who added, “The kids never want to leave! They would sleep over if they could.”
Fridays and Saturdays, Choose a two-hour time slot between 5 and 8 p.m. For more than 2 hours, pay an additional $8 per hour. $16.95 per child, 10 percent off additional children. For kids who are walking up to age 9. Staff will change diapers. Imagine That, 354 Merrimack St., Building 1, Entrance A, 2nd floor, Lawrence. www.imaginethat.com. Next
BB Kidz Klub in Westford hosts a Parent’s Date Night the first Saturday of every month. Kids must be age 4 to 10 and potty trained. The children enjoy play time, snacks, drinks, and a movie. Pack a pillow and blanket so they can settle in. Reserve your spot because space is limited.
Exxcel Gymnastics and Climbing hosts a Parents’ Night Out one night every month. Kids enjoy the gymnastics equipment, games, contests, a zip line, climbing, crafts, pizza, popcorn, and more.
Drop off your kids any day of the week at Mamas Move Fitness Center. The program is called Explorazone Drop and Go and your child can stay for up to three hours per visit during business hours. Families may drop off kids up to six times a month. Kids enjoy games, ride-on toys, books, coloring, and more.
Daily. $10 per hour for members and $12 per hour for non-members. $5 per hour for each additional sibling, third child or more free. For kids age 6 and under. Mamas Move Fitness Center, 45 Pond St., Norwell. www.mamasmove.com. Next
Parents can drop kids off at the Inside Playground in Watertown seven days a week for up to four hours a day (but not more than four hours in one week). While you run your errands, children can play on inflatables, in a ball pool, on riding toys, and with gym equipment, books, puzzles, Legos, miniature furniture, dolls, dress up clothes, computers, games, and more.
Jump On In in Lowell offers a Parents’ Night Out every Friday night (unless the facility is booked for a private party). Children play on the giant inflatable equipment, slides, obstacle courses, and more. They are fed pizza and popcorn and watch a movie. And then they jump some more.
“At the end of the night there’s a lot of tired kids with red faces,” said Kevin Lynch, owner of the Lowell location, with a laugh. “Once we started offering it on a somewhat more regular basis, we started to get a lot of regular parents dropping off their kids. They are going to movies, going out to dinner, they are just getting some free time away while the kids are having some fun.”
Fridays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For kids age 5 to 12. $20 first child, 20 percent off additional children. Jump On In, 100 Phoenix Ave., Lowell. (The Boston location offers a Parents’ Night Out but less frequently so please call for up-to-date information).www.jumponinfun.com. Next
The YMCA of Greater Boston offers a Parents’ Night Out at its Reading, Needham, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Woburn, Brighton, Waltham, and West Roxbury locations. Kids play games, swim, use the gym, and more. Preregistration is required. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance. Please call the location nearest you because dates and times vary.
Saturdays, $25 for non-members, free for members. Ages 4 to 12. YMCA, various locations and times. www.ymcaboston.org. (Photo: Andrew Furlong and Molly McLeod in the pool at the Charles River YMCA in Needham. Photo not taken during a Parents’ Night Out). Next
The Children’s Workshop offers a Parents’ Night Out twice a year for free at its 19 locations across Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The nights are typically during December (so parents can holiday shop) and February (so parents can enjoy a Valentine’s Day date night), said Jamie Dufresne, marketing coordinator. Kids enjoy crafts, movies, and games. The nights have not yet been scheduled for 2013 and 2014 so keep an eye on the website for updated information.
December and February. Free. Kids age 6 weeks to 12 years old. The Children’s Workshop, various locations, www.childrensworkshop.com. (Photo: Children doing crafts during a Parents’ Night Out in Bourne)
Perhaps you need a sitter to come to you instead? If you are visiting Boston with the kids and need a sitter, Parents in a Pinch will send one straight to your hotel and that person will even take your kids on a tour of Boston for $15 an hour plus a referral fee. Or the company can send a sitter to your home if you live locally.
Another company offering parents “a day off, a night out, or a weekend away” is Mother’s Helpers. The company offers babysitting, mother’s helpers, and overnight care in your home. If you hire a mother’s helper, she will even help you with your housekeeping (for $15 an hour)! Overnight care costs $175 for a 24-hour period. Back to the beginning
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