You have children to care for, a mortgage that keeps you working like a dog, activities to shuttle your children to and from, housework, a yard to maintain and aging parents that require more attention – it’s hard to find time for a date night, let alone find babysitting so you can have a date night.
Luckily, there are options that can help you take a well-deserved date night with your sweetie. For the times you can’t find childcare, local businesses provide drop-in “Parents’ Night Out” evenings. A perfect arrangement for you and your spouse, perfect fun for your children, and perfect bliss to not have to find a babysitter. And best of all, there are options all over Metro Vancouver.
Date Night Childcare Drop-Ins
Cartwheels Inc. in Richmond provides Kids Nite Out every second Friday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Includes four hours of gymnastics, games, crafts and a big screen movie for children ages four and up. Pizza, drink and snack is provided. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $25 per child, $15 for each additional sibling.
Club Aviva in Coquitlam provides Parents’ Night Out for children ages five and up. Includes one to three hours of games and activities. Fridays from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for ages nine to 15. Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for ages five to 12. Pre-registration not required. Cost: (non-member) $10 for one hour, $16 for two hours, $24 for three hours.
Jump Gymnastics in Downtown Vancouver provides Date Nights on two Fridays and/or Saturdays every month with Date Nights announced last minute. Includes three hours of gymnastics, games, and crafts for children age two and half to eight years old. You pack a picnic dinner for them to eat. Fridays: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $24 per child – third child in family is free.
The Little Gym
The Little Gym in Langley provides Parents’ Survival Nights™ every other Friday evening for children age three to 12 years from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Includes a cheese pizza dinner, crafts and games in the gym, finished with an age-appropriate movie and popcorn. Pre-registration required. Cost: (non-member) $28 per child (member) $25 per child.
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center in Maple Ridge provides Parents’ Night Out on select Fridays or Saturdays for children age two and half (or potty trained) to 10 years. Includes three hours of crafts, games, relays, gymnastics and dinner. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $30 (non-member), $25 (member) and $15 for each additional sibling.
Splitz Gymnastics in Cloverdale provides Fun Nights for children ages four and up from 7:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. on a select Saturday once a month. Includes themed games, activities, gymnastics and a snack. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $20 per child.
The Pod Art Studio
The Pod Art Studio in Vancouver provides Friday Night Date Nights for children ages four and up from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday. Includes a new arts and crafts project each week as well as an age-appropriate movie, complete with juice and popcorn. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $15 per child.
UBC Gymnastics in Vancouver provides Parents’ Night Out for children ages four and up. Includes two and a half hours of gymnastics, games a healthy snack and drink. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $25 per child, or $20 per child for families with two or more children.
Kristy Hill, of TwellMedia, is a freelance graphic designer and communications specialist who works out of her home office in Surrey B.C. with a happy, enthusiastic little boy by her side.