My husband and I had our first date on Valentine’s weekend. We went go-kart racing, saw a movie AND had a lovely dinner, complete with a great bottle of wine and live music.
Ahhhhhh… Life before kids. Those magnificent days when you could decide you wanted to go out, brush your hair, throw on your favorite lipstick and walk out the door.
Just. Like. That.
Enter children. We all know that making time for our significant other is important. You would LOVE to enjoy an evening out with your spouse, but the thought of trying to find babysitters on the most commercially romantic weekend of the year is daunting.
They’re already booked with other families. Or perhaps they already have booked their own dinner reservations.
But stay with me here because you, my friend, have options. 🙂
Following is a list of organizations that are offering Parents’ Night Out events this weekend. Please call or email ahead to confirm details or to reserve a spot for your kids.
–Calvary Family Martial Arts & Fitness is hosting a Nerf war and Parents’ Night Out. Most ages. $40. It runs from 4-9 p.m. Pizza available for kids. 2361 Academy Blvd N. Pre-registration required. 719-237-0043 or [email protected] Web site: http://cfmaf.com/
–Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is holding a “Kids Only Zoo Valentine Starlight Safari.” Ages 5+. It runs from 6-9 p.m. $30.25 members/$35.25 non-members. Kids will listen to wolves howl as they walk the moonlit pathway to see what animals do at night. They’ll roast s’mores, tour zoo exhibits and meet an animal up close. 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road. Register online or for more info, email [email protected] or call 719-424-7827. Web site: http://www.cmzoo.org/
–Aerials Gymnastics North is hosting a Parents’ Night Out. Ages 5-12. $25 first child, $20 siblings. Food (usually pizza) available. 3536 Hartsel Dr. 719-260-1893. Web site: http://www.coloradoaerials.com/
–Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is hosting a “Kids Only Zoo Valentines WildNight.” Ages 5+. $50.25 members, $60.25 non-members. It is an overnight event, running from 6 p.m.-8 a.m. They will have a pizza party, make s’mores, feed the giraffe, visit animals at night, make an animal themed valentines craft, meet some animals up close and sleep next to some animals in the Loft. 719-424-7827 or [email protected] Web site: http://www.cmzoo.org/
–Fountain Valley YMCA. Ages 5-12. The Parents Night Out program runs from 5-8:30 p.m. $10 member, $15 non-member. 301 East Iowa Avenue, Fountain. 719-329-7282 or [email protected]. Web site: https://www.ppymca.org
–Garden Ranch YMCA. Ages 3-7. The Parents Night Out program runs from 4-9 p.m. $20 member, $30 non-member. This location also is holding a Tween Night for ages 8-12, $14 member, $16 non-member. 2380 Montebello Drive West. 719-494-8507 or [email protected]. Web site: https://www.ppymca.org
–Little Monkey Bizness is hosting a Parents’ Night Out. Potty-trained children up to 8 years old. $15 first child, $10 siblings, $3 for pizza and juice. It runs from 6-9 p.m. 1015 Kelly Johnson Blvd. 719-428-2888 or [email protected]. Web site: http://coloradosprings.monkeybizness.com/
–My Gym is hosting a Parents’ Night Out. Members: $20 for the first child, $10 for the second, $5 for additional children; Non Members: $30 for the first child, $20 for the second, $10 for additional children. It runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and includes dinner. 5773 N. Academy. 719-528-5437. Web site: http://www.mygym.com/coloradosprings/
–Tri-Lakes YMCA. Ages 3-10. Parents Night Out program runs from 4:30-9:30 p.m. $18 member, $28 non-member. 17250 Jackson Creek Parkway, Monument. 719-481-8728 or email [email protected] Web site: https://www.ppymca.org
–US Taekwondo Center is hosting a Kids Valentine’s Day Party from 5-9 p.m. Ages 4-14. $25 for first child $10 for siblings. Pizza, games and a movie provided. They have five locations around the Colorado Springs area. 719-488-4321. Web site: http://martialartscoloradosprings.com/
–Colorado Springs House of Bounce is hosting a Parents’ Night Out. $25 for the first child and $15 for siblings. Potty-trained children up to 12 years old. It runs from 5:30-10 p.m. 2360 Montebello Square Drive, Ste E. 719-445-0676 or [email protected] Web site: http://coloradospringshouseofbounce.com/
–Northview Church is hosting a FREE Parents’ Night Out. Ages babies-6th grade. It runs from 5-7:30 p.m.
Briargate YMCA, 4025 Family Place. Children will participate in activities, crafts, games and receive a brief history lesson on Saint Valentine. Please email the information below to [email protected]: Parent name, phone number and email address, children’s names, ages, allergies, medical conditions and other comments. Web site: www.northviewchurch.org
-The Little Gym is hosting a Parents’ Survival Night. $20 members, $30 non-members. Ages 3-12. It runs from 4-7 p.m. 9625 Prominent Point. 719-447-9153 or [email protected]. Web site: http://www.thelittlegym.com/ColoradoSpringsCO/
The above information is not exhaustive. Some of the venues may already be full by the time you call, but many have waiting lists. If you have any updates or corrections to the above information, I welcome your comments. If you have any other options for local parents this Valentine’s Day weekend, please share!
One final note… many of the above organizations offer Parents’ Night Out events regularly. You might print out this list and give them a buzz in the future.