August 18, 2009 |

Science Center offering alternative to Saturday night babysitter

Parents can relieve themselves of the stress of finding a reliable babysitter and provide their kids a safe, fun, and educational outing on Saturday evenings starting this September at Parents' Night Out, a new program at Carnegie Science Center.

On select Saturday evenings, parents can drop their kids off at the Science Center at 5 p.m., spend the evening as they please, then return at 10 or 11 p.m. to pick up their kids.

During the summer camp-like program, kids enjoy dinner, an Omnimax film, a laser show, a science activity, and time to explore the exhibits. While their children play at the Science Center, parents have the chance to see a musical, try their luck at the newly-opened Rivers Casino, have dinner on Mount Washington, or simply spend the evening however they choose. Normal pick-up time is 10 p.m., and those who wish to make the most of their evening can pick up their kids at 11 p.m. for an additional $10.

Parents' Night Out will be offered on September 12, October 10, November 14, November 28, and December 5.

"There are so many great events happening in the city every weekend for adults, and we understand the challenge of finding reliable, reasonably-priced childcare," said Marie King, coordinator of Carnegie Science Center Camps, Classes, and Sleepovers. "For families, this is the best of both worlds. Parents have that rare date-night opportunity while knowing their children are safe and entertained, and the kids get a special night at the Science Center."

Parents' Night Out programming is designed for children ages 6–12. Cost per child is $35 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members and $40 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Parents should call 412-237-1637 to register.

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