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 you can find plenty of Parents Night Out and Kids Night Out programs around Orlando. So many of these options 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.
Updated April 2022
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 let your kiddos have a blast at Camp Dolphin. Rates are relatively affordable ranging from $50 per child for 4 hours in the morning, to $65 for four hours in the evening. There is also a full day option of 7 hours for $85. 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.
Children must be 5-12 years old to participate.
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Select Friday nights 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 $50 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.
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 a $15 suggested donation. Food is not provided, but a microwave and refrigerator are available for use.
Parking is included at no extra charge during the night of your Parent’s Night Out. Simply leave your car at the Orlando Game Space and enjoy scenic Lake Eola and the comforts of Downtown Orlando.
Suggestion for date night: Stroll around Lake Eola or explore our Downtown Orlando Date Ideas Under $30
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 is a rare find for parents of toddlers. There are two Parents Night Out options, one is from 6:30-11:00 for ages 5-12 and the 2nd is from 6:30-9:00 for ages 3&4 (must be potty trained). for $25 (members) or $30 (non-members). There is a different theme each month with games and fun focused around the theme. Pizza, drinks and ice cream are served.
One Friday per month, 6:30-9:30pm
1495 Evans St, Oviedo
Temporarily Unavailable. Please continue to check back with A Kids Gym on this offering, as of April 2022, the program was discontinued in 2020.
Select nights only, please check website for details
Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd, Oviedo
Science class, activities, and movie time! For ages 4-12. Must be potty trained. Bring your own Nut-Free Dinner/Snack. Masks required.
Pre-Register Online: $25/Child
Suggestion for date night: Oviedo Brewing Company is a few doors down!
1963 Genova Drive, Oviedo
Select Fridays, usually the third Friday of the month
Activities include: barn chores, spending time with the animals, a craft, a nature walk, dinner together, possibly a campfire, Hide-and-seek game and/or dance party. 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, $35 first kid in family, $25 for additional siblings, Dinner is provided for a $0 – $5 donation, feel free to pack your child’s food if preferred.
Suggestion for date night: Do a mini food crawl through Oviedo on the Park or scope out nearby indoor date ideas.
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 6 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. Note that Parents Night Out is not offered at all O2B Kids locations.
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 County
2510 S Hwy 27, Clermont
Every Friday, 7pm – 10pm
Your kids will literally bounce off the walls. This energetic night includes two slices of pizza and a soft drink for only $23.Parents Night Out is for ages 6-15 and parents must be present at check-in.
1203 West Highway 50, Ste. E, Clermont
One Friday per month, 6pm – 8pm
Let your little one express their artistic side with a few hours at Plaster Cottage of Clermont. The price per child of $15 includes painting, pizza and drink. The Plaster Cottage of Clermont usually updates their events page with the latest KIds Night date. Highway 50 location only.
Suggestion for date night: Have a lovely Date Night on Montrose Street
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. Let's start off with Kid-Friendly Restaurants with Playgrounds and Play Spaces. Plus, you can enjoy some brews at these Kid Friendly Breweries.
- 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.
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, including budget-friendly ideas.
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.
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.
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 afterward.
Feature image credit: Rosen JCC