Some parents get far too few nights out away from their kids, and when they do, they need to make the most of it. Time is precious when you’re paying a babysitter by the hour!Here are some great ways to get the most out of your babysitting dollar in Los Angeles:

Dinner And A Movie

This being the movie capital of the world, there are several theaters around town with restaurants so close by, you can be sure not to miss even the previews. The Westside Tavern is right outside the entrance to the Land Mark Theatre in West L.A., making it a convenient and fashionable place to spend time on a date. Plus the Landmark lets you pick your seat, so no need to rush in and skip dessert!

The Arclight Hollywood’s Café Bar is conveniently located for a meal right before or after your movie. Plus on weekends they hold their 21-plus Screenings where you may purchase alcoholic beverages on site and bring them in the theater with you.

L.A. Live, Los Angeles’ newest entertainment hub, is currently offering a great deal — dinner at one of the four participating restaurants and a movie at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live for $30, good through October 10, 2010. A bargain and good use of your time!

And the big daddy of all cinema/dining experiences is Gold Class Cinemas in Pasadena, where you can literally eat dinner in their luxurious recliner seats while the movie is playing. Talk about multitasking!

Westside Tavern
10850 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90064
(310) 470-1539
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The Landmark Theater
10850 West Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 470-0492
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Arclight Hollywood
6360 West Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 464-4226
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LA Live
800 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Gold Class Cinemas
42 Miller Alley
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 639-2260
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Classical Music and Theater

If a live theatrical experience is more to your liking, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the LA Philharmonic, offers two wonderful dining options for your evening of classical music: Patina, one of only a handful of LA’s restaurants with a Michelin Star, or the less formal Concert Hall Café.

Nearby, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, an evening of theater at the Mark Taper Forum the Ahmanson may be just the perfect thing to do with your special someone. Luckily, there are three dining options within the Pavilion: Kendall’s Brasserie, the Spotlight Café and Tina’s Tacos.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, 90012
(323) 850-2000
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Patina and Concert Hall Café
141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-3331
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Dorothy Chandler Pavilion/Music Center/Mark Taper Forum/Ahmanson Theater
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7211
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Kendall’s Brasserie
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7322
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Spotlight Café and Tina’s Tacos
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7525
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Casual Outdoor Date

If you’re the picnicking type, both the Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theatre allow you to dine alfresco while listening to the music of your choice. The Bowl lets you bring in your own food if you like (making it potentially a budget date as well), or you can purchase food from one of the Patina Group restaurants on site. The Greek doesn’t allow outside food, but instead offers selections for pre-order that will be waiting for you when you arrive.

The Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000
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Patina Restaurant Group at the Bowl
2301 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068
(323) 850-1885
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The Greek Theater
2700 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-5857
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Dinner And A Show

For a more unique date night experience that packs all the elements into one location, there are several very cool options here in L.A. At El Cid you can have dinner and see a flamenco show; Dar Maghreb offers up dinner with belly dancing on the side; Vibrato Grill Jazz serves up smooth jazz along with your entrée; at Casa Sanchez you’ll find Mariachis table-side; and at Mama Juana’s there’s Salsa Dancing, so you can work off your dinner right after you have it! And finally, for those select few members (or friends of members) of the Magic Castle, dinner and a magic show is the ultimate double-duty date!

El Cid
4212 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 668-0318
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Dar Maghreb
7651 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 876-7651
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Vibrato Grill Jazz
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Bel Air, CA 90077
(310) 474-9400
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Casa Sanchez
4500 South Centinela Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 397-9999
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Mama Juana’s
3707 Cahuenga Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 505-8636
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The Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 851-3313
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Sarah Auerswald is the blogger behind Mar Vista Mom and Sarah’s Blog.