It is so important for parents to have time together. Let’s face it, though, the cost of a babysitter can cost more than the date itself. Asking family or friends to watch over your little ones isn’t always an option.
The good news is that Central Florida offers a lot of affordable Parents Night Out and Kids Night Out programs that make date night a breeze. And if you want to bring the kids along, there are dozens of places that are kid AND date night-friendly. We’ve put together a complete list so you can plan your next night out, with or without the kiddos.
Parents Night Out Programs Around Orlando
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista
This is a creative way to enjoy a date night without the kids. Treat yourself to dinner or a spa session and receive up to 2 hours of free childcare at Camp Dolphin. Simply present your receipt as proof of purchase when you arrive to pick up your child. Advance reservations are required for Camp Dolphin and can be made up to 180 days prior to arrival. Walk-ins will be accepted based on availability. For more information on Camp Dolphin, call (407) 934-4241.
Select Friday night throughout the year
1261 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Winter Garden
This kids night out is a little pricey compared to some of the other deals out there, but it is one of the most unique offerings you’ll find. Kids get to make their own movie! Recommended for ages 7-13, it runs from 5:15 – 9:15pm and pizza is included. The cost is $45 per child.
2nd Friday of the month, 6-9pm
721 W New England Ave, Winter Park
This program is one of Central Florida’s best kept secrets. On the second Friday of every month, during the school year, kids (grades K-5 only) can enjoy some fun at the Winter Park Community Center. The cost is only–wait for it–$5 in advance OR $8 day of. Food is included.
Suggestion for date night: Forgo the popular Park Ave for the quiet charm of Hannibal Square, which is home to a handful of eateries, bars, and shops.
Select Saturdays, once a month
11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando
While you’re enjoying a stress-free night out together, the kids will be busy hanging out with new friends and child care staff for an evening of gym and board games, themed crafts, and dinner before changing into their pj’s for a movie and popcorn. The Saturday Night Out Program is available on select Saturday evenings for children ages 18 months-13 years old. The cost is $35 for the first child, $25 for the second, and free for the third
Suggestion for date night: Check out our post about the Rosen JCC Saturday Night Out program for tons of ideas.
Every Third Friday of the month
Orlando Game Space (421 East Robinson Street, Orlando)
Enjoy a night out while your child learns game development skills and socializes with other students. A mix of game design, art, programming, and YouTube lessons are introduced that teach real-world skills while showing how games like Fortnight, Minecraft, Pokemon, and Mario are made. Once the learning is done, kids get to play the video games they just learned about. Students must be between the ages of 7-13 to participate. The cost is $50. Food is not provided, but a microwave and refrigerator are available for use.
Suggestion for date night: Stroll around Lake Eola and stop for an early dinner before heading to the 7:30 show at SAK Comedy Lab.
2009 Lake Margaret Drive, Orlando
Select Fridays, usually the third Friday of the month, 7-10pm
Parents Night Out in this downtown Orlando recreation center offers kids (kindergarten through fifth grade) a night full of games, crafts and movies. Pre-registration is required by the Monday prior to the event. Registration must be done in person. Offered on select Fridays, cost is $10 per child.
Suggestion for date night: Reconnect over wine and a cheeseboard at nearby Swirlery Wine Bar.
Parents Night Out Programs in Seminole County
Select Friday nights, once a month or every other month, 6:30-10pm
3755 W Seminole Blvd, Sanford
Let your little one enjoy a special visit to the Central Florida Zoo at night while you enjoy date night! While you're reconnecting, your kiddo will be busy enjoying special visits with animals and a flashlight tour of the zoo. Kids Night out is available for children aged 5-12 and also includes games, crafts, and a snack. The cost is $25/child for zoo annual passholders, and $30/child for non-pass holders. Advance reservations required, about two weeks in advance.
Suggestion for date night: Head to Sanford for a stroll along the Sanford Riverwalk paired with dinner and drinks. Our current favorite progressive itinerary: dinner at The Old Jailhouse, ice cream from Wondermade, and a cocktail at The Suffering Bastard.
Select Friday and Saturday nights, options vary by location
Orlando locations offering PNO include Maitland, Lake Mary, and Waterford Lakes
Select My Gym locations offer four hours of fun for children ages 3 to 12. Activities include gymnastics and other activities with pizza, snacks, and juice included. Check with your local My Gym for full details.
Suggestion for date night: Do dinner and a movie at Enzian Theater, or enjoy an adult program at Art & History Museums Maitland.
Fourth Friday of each month, 6:30-11pm
400 Gold Medal Court, Longwood
This two part night begins with Open Gym from 6:30 – 8:30pm for $10 and then it turns into Parents Night Out until 11pm for $15 more. There is a different theme each month with games and fun focused around the theme. Pizza, drinks and ice cream are served once Open Gym concludes.
One Friday per month, 6:30-9:30pm
1495 Evans St, Oviedo
Let your kiddo or kiddos enjoy some active fun with pizza and snacks. For only $25 you’ll enjoy three hours of kid-free time. Payment the Thursday before is required.
Every Friday night, currently scheduled through June 7, 7-10pm
Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd, Oviedo
Science can be fun, and a little messy. Mad Science is a great venue and Kids Night Out at Mad Science is a perfect opportunity for kids ages 5-12 to explore and learn in a fun way while you and your honey have some time to yourselves. The cost is $20 per child and dinner is not offered.
Suggestion for date night: Stroll to the other side of the mall to check out the newly-opened Oviedo Brewing Company. Sip craft beers paired perfectly with the menu of inventive pizzas and wings.
First Friday of every month
Oviedo (1175 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Space 1005) and Altamonte Springs (995 North State Road 434, Suite 601)
This Parents Night Out is open to kids from kindergarten age to 13 years old. Group games, individual activities, and pizza are included. The cost is $25 per child for non-members and $15 for members.
Suggestion for date night: If dropping off in Oviedo, follow one of our Oviedo itineraries listed above. From Altamonte, make the 10 minute drive to Wekiva Island, which is open until 11pm on Friday nights. There's also free live music!
More options in Oviedo:
- Oviedo YMCA Family Center Parents Night Out: This is one of the more unique Parents Night Out programs in the area, offered one Friday per month. The evening includes swimming, pool games, arts & crafts, a movie, and a pizza dinner for kids ages 5 -12. $35 for non-members, $25 for members. Day of registration is $10 extra per family.
- University Performing Arts Center Mom and Dad’s Night Out: This “Mom and Dad’s Night Out” doubles as a fundraising program for the UPAC Competitive Companies. Drop off is at 5pm with pickup at 10pm. The night includes pizza, movies, games, and dancing for children of all ages. The price is $15 per child.
Parents Night Out Programs in Lake and Sumter County
One Friday each month, 6:30-9:30pm
2400 S Hwy 27 Suite B201, Clermont
Central Florida Dreamplex offers a wide variety of classes and programs for children with special needs and disabilities; a great resource for those that live in the area. Their Parents Night Out is a wonderful opportunity for parents to have time together knowing their child is having a great time. This program is open to children with disabilities as well as their siblings (with all abilities). The cost is free for members of Dreamplex and $5 for non-members.
Every Friday, 6-8pm
1203 West Highway 50, Ste. E, Clermont
This is one of Central Florida’s only Parents Night Out programs that is offered on a weekly basis. Every Friday, school age kids can enjoy plaster painting and a pizza dinner. Each child may choose two plaster pieces to paint. Bonus: the cost is just $12 per child.
Suggestion for date night: Both of the above options are within minutes of the heart of Historic Downtown Clermont. A few of our favorite spots include Sun Creek Brewery (which also has food options including Michael's Ali Coal Fired Pizza and MAC'd Out), Lilly's on the Lake and Waterfront Park.
Kid-Friendly Date Night Ideas
Would you rather include your kiddos in the date night fun? Check out one of these events, activities and eateries that are equally kid and date night-friendly.
- Cranes Roost Sunset Cinema: Occurring on select Saturdays throughout the summer, Cranes Roost Sunset Cinema is a free outdoor movie event held in Altamonte Springs. Bring along blankets and chairs for the whole family. Movies are screened on the lawn in front of the Plaza tower.
- Popcorn Flicks in the Park: This family-friendly movie night is presented on the second Thursday of each month in partnership with Enzian Theater. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the lovely setting of Park Avenue and Central Park. Movies are at 7 or 8pm depending on the season.
- Old Town Kissimmee Family Movie Night: Watch new and old family-friendly favorites every Sunday night, June – August. Movies are screened in the South Entertainment Area.
Art and Music in the Park at Lake Concord Park
Casselberry's monthly Art & Music in the Park event is one of Central Florida’s best monthly events. On the second Friday of each month, food trucks, live music, art, and local vendors all convene in a beautiful lakeside park. Families can bring chairs and blankets, finding a spot of the lakeside lawn as live music is performed and local vendors offer art, crafts, jewelry and more. A large selection of food trucks offer a variety of food. Beer and wine are usually available for purchase, and you can bring your own too.
Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
The WDPAC offers great live performances with traditional shows that appeal to adults as well as youth and repertory productions that are fun for the family. Treat your kids to a night or afternoon at the live theater that will inspire them to love the arts. The Repertory Juniors Production are offered once to twice a month and are generally well-known stories including beloved fairy tales and Disney stories. Being in historic downtown Sanford offers a great opportunity to explore local restaurants and shops as well, like Wondermade marshmallows and ice cream, or Rose Lee Tea Company.
Mennello Museum of American Art Free Family Fun Day
Every second Sunday of the month families can enjoy free admission to the museum, a free miniature fine art project and free docent touring. Each Free Family Funday has a different theme based on the current exhibition in the museum. Miniature fine art project and museum tours are available from 12-2:30 p.m. The museum galleries stay open until 4:30pm for all guests.
Orlando Repertory Theater
The Orlando Rep specializes in productions that are family friendly. This is a popular spot for field trips and family gatherings. The theater has won numerous awards over the years for the quality of their productions and their inclusive program, including sensory-friendly productions and American Sign Language interpreters at every performance. Introduce your kids to the joy of live theater in one of Orlando’s best theatrical experiences.
Painting with a Twist Family Paint Night
Painting with a Twist has multiple locations throughout Central Florida and a wide variety of projects to choose from. Be sure to explore their locations and calendar to find the class that is perfect for your family. Family classes feature art that is specially designed for all ages and skill levels.
Active and Outdoorsy Adventures
RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
You might be a Florida family, but that doesn’t mean you can’t handle yourself on the ice. Kids age 3 and older are welcome on the ice rink during public skating time. These sessions are offered on certain times every day of the week, with Fridays and Saturdays offering the most time. Skates are available for rent. Admission for regular skate sessions is $12.50 including skate rental and tax. Admission for Friday and Saturday night (7:00-9:45 pm) skate sessions is $15.50 including skate rental and tax. Pricing is the same for children and adults.
Bonus: RDV Sportsplex also offers a monthly Kids Night Out Program.
Your family will surely make some unique memories at Putting Edge mini golf. Step inside a glowing, imaginative world in this indoor, glow-in-the-dark mini golf course. There aren’t any scary elements here but you may want to consider your child’s comfort level if he or she is afraid of the dark.
St. Johns Rivership Co.
Become a tourist in your own town with a trip aboard the lovely Barbara Lee riverboat. Cruise the historic waters of the St. Johns River as you enjoy lunch or dinner at a reserved table. You’ll be free to stroll about the ship as well. Live entertainment adds to the charm of this narrated tour of Florida’s natural and historic beauty.
This is the perfect choice for families that like the great outdoors. Wekiva Island sits on the Wekiva River and is a beloved spot for those paddling along the river as a delightful respite, as well as locals driving in to enjoy some riverside relaxation. A great beer and wine selection is offered at their covered outdoor bar as well as their open air wine bar, Tooting Otter. Without a Paddle Cafe provides creative casual fare. Rent a canoe or kayak, or just splash around in the water that is nestled by Wekiva Island’s boardwalk, lined with adirondack chairs. Play some beach volleyball or cornhole together. Whatever you chose to do you’ll have a relaxing time together, Old Florida style.
À La Cart Orlando
Enjoy the fun of a food truck night with indoor/outdoor seating plus a full craft beer bar. À La Cart hosts long-term and rotating mobile food vendors in their permanent food truck park in The Milk District. A variety of tastes will please everyone in the family. You can also sip on beer, cider, wine, and cold brewed coffee. Events like free Monday Movie Nights are offered throughout the month. There are also fun yard games for kids and adults alike.
Family Food Truck Night
Held every fourth Wednesday of the month in Windermere, this is a great setting for a family night out. The event is held on the brick main street in front of Town Hall located in the heart of Downtown Windermere. Trucks are open for business from 5-9:30pm. Bring a blanket or chairs. Tip: have each family member pick out a different truck so you can try different foods together.
With 40 different restaurants, attractions, and shops, there is something for everyone at ICON Park on International Drive. The main attraction is the ICON Wheel, the observation wheel that offers breathtaking views of Central Florida. Kids will also love the Sea Life Aquarium. Dining packages combine attraction tickets and meals at select ICON Park restaurants. Or, dine at one of the restaurants and let the kiddos run around the open green lawn afterwards.
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Feature image credit: Rosen JCC