Date Night at the Theatre with Free Childcare

When you have children, getting out of the house can feel like a monumental task. Getting out of the house without the kids can feel next to impossible. You may miss your evenings out on the town, seeing movies or attending the theatre. However, trouble with finding and paying for childcare can make those evenings a thing of the past. There are businesses that offer innovative options, however, so that parents can enjoy a date night while their kids are off having fun of their own. One example is the free childcare that Canadian Stage is offering at select performances during their 2013/2014 season.

Free Childcare for Your Next Date Night

Canadian Stage is teaming up with Improv Care to provide on-site child-play for kids aged three to twelve. While you enjoy your show, your kids will participate in art-based activities. Improve Care has been providing professional on-site childcare throughout Toronto since 2002, so they are absolutely up to the task of keeping your little ones engaged and happy. Childcare will be in the Ernest Balmer Lounge for shows at the Bluma Appel Theatre, and in the Boardroom at 26 Berkeley Street for shows at the Berkeley Street Theatre. To prepare for the kids the spaces will be cleaned and outfitted with furniture and toys. Water and light snacks will also be available. And the best part? It’s free with your ticket.

To take advantage of this date night option, you must register in advance. At the moment it’s really more of a date afternoon, since the performances that offer childcare are currently all matinees. So far there have been two events, but there are five dates left this season. The next one is the matinee performance of Winners and Losers on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Berkeley Street Theatre. To take advantage of childcare you must register by November 13, 2013.

To find out more about free childcare at Canadian Stage, and to plan your next date night (or date day) visit

What are your favourite date night options that offer built-in childcare? Leave a reply and let your fellow Toronto moms know!

Amber Strocel

Amber Strocel is the Managing Editor of City Mom Now, the parent network of Toronto Mom Now. She is a writer, podcaster, ardent crafter and green mom, who believes strongly in the power of the Internet to connect and empower. You can follow her on her personal blog at

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