From indoor playgrounds to learning centers, here’s where to drop your kids off for a stress-free night off.
Going out with your children is definitely fun, but sometimes you just need a break. Thanks to these businesses in Northern Virginia, every parent can take a few hours on select weekends for a nice dinner, a night out with friends or maybe even a nap. Whatever you choose to do, here’s who to call.
Kids’ Night at Stem and Flower
Saturdays, 5-9 p.m.
This summer, take advantage of the weekends and let your kids have some fun on their own at Stem and Flower. The skilled supervisors will engage your children in four hours of entertainment, including arts and crafts sessions, science projects and this Friday, June 15, don’t miss a kids’ cupcake bake night. Food will also be provided for all the little ones. // Stem and Flower: 14740 Flint Lee Road, Suite A, Chantilly; available for children ages 3-12; $20
Parents’ Night Out at nZone
First Saturday and third Friday of each month; 5-9 p.m. Saturdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays
Twice a month, your family can experience a win-win with help from the energetic staff at nZone. The extensive facilities give your children the opportunity to play basketball on the courts, run on the indoor turf or even watch a movie, depending on the night’s theme. // The nZone: 14550 Lee Road, Chantilly; available for children 6 weeks to 14 years old; prices vary
Short-term childcare at Wishing Tree
Any day, times vary
Need to run some errands without any distractions? No problem! The Wishing Tree in Ashburn is happy to take care of your kids any day for up to three hours. Just come in 15 minutes early to register (if you’re not already a member), and let your kids participate in arts and crafts, a variety of games, playful activities, reading time and more. During weekdays, the program is offered until 9 p.m., and on weekends, kids can stay until midnight. // The Wishing Tree: 43930 Farmwell Hunt Plaza, Suite 126, Ashburn; available for children ages 3-12; prices vary
Parent’s Night Out at The Women’s Club
Select Fridays: July 12 & Aug. 9, 6-9 p.m.
Friday night has never sounded so good, thanks to The Women’s Club. On select Fridays throughout the summer, your little ones can enjoy curated special events, delicious pizza, a family-friendly movie and so much more at the fitness center’s kid’s club. No matter what you have planned, this qualified team of supervisors has you covered. // The Women’s Club: 14175 Sullyfield Circle, Chantilly; available for children 3 months to 12 years old; prices vary
Parents’ Survival Night at The Little Gym of Fairfax
Select Friday and Saturday evenings (including June 21), 6-9 p.m.
At The Little Gym of Fairfax, the kids get their exercise and have fun with it too, as the dedicated staff designs unique themes every time this event is offered. This month’s theme? A volcano voyage through the mountains of Hawaii. Plus, they even have an exclusive childhood development center that uses LEGO-based activities to entertain your juniors all night long. // The Little Gym of Fairfax: 3903 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite A-1, Fairfax; available for children ages 3-12; $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers
Parent’s Night Out at MoBu Kids
Twice a month on select Fridays and Saturdays, times vary
MoBu kids offers a safe environment that your kid will be begging to come back to. From arts and crafts to staff-led playful activities, there is plenty of fun to go around. By the time you pick up your kids after a night out, they’ll be fed, tired and, most importantly, happy. // MoBu Kids: 127 S. Washington St., Falls Church; available for children ages 3-12; $30 for first child, $25 for each additional sibling
Parents’ Night Out at MedStar Capitals Iceplex
Select Friday nights, 5-9 p.m.
Show your kids what it’s like to skate like a Capitals player on select Friday nights at the MedStar Iceplex. For four hours, your children will participate in crafts, have a delicious dinner in the party room, skate and eventually wind down with a family-friendly movie. // MedStar Capitals Iceplex: 627 N. Glebe Road, Suite 800, Arlington; available for children ages 3-12; $30 for first child, $15 for each additional sibling
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