Take a break from booking a babysitter (and save a little money while you’re at it!) by checking out local Parents’ Night Out programs. Many Central Florida businesses, from gyms to art studios to educational hubs, offer evenings where you can drop off your children for a few hours of fun. Kids will have a blast socializing, eating dinner, and playing while parents can enjoy a few hours child-free. Hello, date night!
With a giant foam pit, trampoline, bounce house, and other gym fun, this monthly themed PNO in Longwood is perfect for active kiddos aged five to twelve.
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Spend an evening alongside some zoo pals! The kids-only adventure (ages 5-12) begins with up-close animal encounters followed by a flashlight tour of the Central Florida Zoo. Next up, crafts, snacks, and games.
This Oviedo ranch infuses farm fun into Fridays. Every month their Kids’ Night Out invites children to enjoy the fresh air and partake in activities like taking care of the barnyard animals, going on a nature walk, playing hide and seek, and campfire fun.
Known for their playful approach to teaching kids how to code, Code Ninjas also offers a stimulating and engaging parent’s night out program. All the local branches (Waterford Lakes, Windermere, Lake Nona, and Lake Mary) host them throughout the year. Not only are these theme events like Mission Impossible and Star Wars, but kids will also enjoy building robotics, solving puzzles, and playing games.
Dance 360 Orlando
Each month, the Baldwin Park dance studio hosts a Parent Night Out — and little dancers will love how they always have a fun theme! Take one of their recent ones, where the evening was dedicated to all things Taylor Swift. Cue the Shake It Off dance moves.
Florida Film Academy
Florida Film Academy’s Winter Garden Campus hosts Kids Night Out on select Fridays. Each one has a different cinematic theme, ranging from wands and wizards to space adventure to storybook characters. The coolest part: Wearing a costume is highly encouraged! Children seven to eleven will spend the evening enjoying moviemaking fun, games, pizza, and more.
With plenty of free gym play and pizza, children will love spending four and a half hours of their Friday night at this Winter Garden gymnastics studio.
This local children’s gym keeps kiddos on their toes for an action-packed three hours. Offering to watch children as young as three (must be potty-trained) up to 11 years, My Gym serves up their signature mix of energizing fitness games, music, fun, and pizza at all four of their Central Florida locations – Maitland, Winter Garden, Lake Mary, and Waterford Lakes.
Orlando Metro Gymnastics
With locations in Baldwin Park, Lake Mary, Avalon Park, and LB McLeod, this gymnastics studio regularly hosts themed PNOs for kids four and up. They’ll enjoy three hours of open gym play, games, bounce houses, pizza, and more.
Orlando Science Center
Kids’ Night at the Museum is as fun as it sounds (and there’s a reason it won our Family Favorite Award for Best Kids Night Out!). For four and a half hours, five- to twelve-year-olds will be split up into age-appropriate groups to explore all the science center has to offer in addition to hands-on activities, a live show or film, and a yummy pizza dinner.
Their Altamonte Springs and Oviedo locations host a handful of Parent Nights throughout the year for kids aged six to thirteen. The four-hour event features themed activities, dinner, and a snack.
Palette Art Studio
Mini artists will make a one-of-a-kind masterpiece inspired by the theme of the night. Besides getting their creative juices flowing, they’ll also chow down on pizza and a special treat at this Winter Spring’s studio.
Kids will enjoy a night full of physical activity at this indoor trampoline arena with activities like dodgeball, Ninja Warrior course, foam pit, climbing walls, virtual reality, organized games, and more—all supervised by counselors. The evening concludes with a card game or story time recounting their night of enjoyment. Whether it’s a date night or a personal break, Rebounderz has got your babysitting covered, ensuring your kids have a fantastic time!
The Little Gym
Lake Nona parents take note: The Little Gym offers periodic Parents’ Survival Nights. Drop littles off for three hours of themed fun while you can hit the town for a much-needed reprieve.
The Rosen JCC
Open to both JCC members and non-members, this popular Saturday Night Out event is sure to please parents and kids alike. Going until 11 p.m., it’s one of the latest parent’s night out events in town, so kids are asked to bring pajamas, a bedroll, and water. Games, arts & crafts, sensory activities, playground time, dinner, and a movie will all be taken care of. Plus, it’s open for children as young as twelve months up to sixth grade.
Winter Park Community Center
The Friday Night Out program for grades kindergarten through ninth is the best way to kick off your child’s weekend. These monthly get-togethers are jam-packed with activities, play, crafts, music, and more.
Drop children aged five to twelve off to be supervised by trained team members. Fourteen of the YMCA’s local branches regularly schedule a PNO program filled with educational games and activities.
Be on the lookout for when Mad Science’s Ocoee Lab opens its doors to young scientists for an educational yet engaging PNO. Kids will experiment while learning about all the amazing things they can do through science.
University Performing Arts Centre
From 5 to 10 p.m. on select evenings, kids can gather at Oviedo’s University Performing Arts Centre for a movie watch, dance party, games, and food.