I can't remember the last time my husband and I have had an evening alone. It's definitely rare.

I've read articles and been told that as a couple with children, date nights are essential. They give a couple the opportunity to reconnect with each other on a level that they may not get to with their kids around. It also gives the couple the opportunity to not be mom and dad for a few hours and just let loose and have fun.

My husband and I both have family that lives nearby. However, they have lives, too -- and that doesn't include watching my child every Friday or Saturday night so I can have a date night with my husband.

Many people don't have this option, so they have to find other alternatives.

If you're looking for child care options so you and the spouse can have some alone time, here are a few inexpensive options here in Lubbock.

[via Lubbock for Kids and Maranatha Church of God Facebook page]

The Lone Star Mommy is Jessica Paggett, who works behind-the-scenes on KFYO's Morning Show, Lubbock's First News with Tom Collins and Laura Mac.

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    Kids Night Out Pool Party at Premier Sportsplex

    9000 Memphis Drive Lubbock, TX 79423
    • Cost: $20/child + $10 for each additional sibling (includes dinner)
    • Ages 2 - 12 (potty trained)
    • June 19th @ 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and July 24th @ 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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    Raider Xtreme Fun Friday

    3801 154th Street Lubbock, TX 79423
    • Cost: $20/child (includes snack)
    • Ages 4 -12
    • Every Friday night from  6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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    Ready Set Go Fun Fridays

    5828 50th Street #C Lubbock, TX 79424
    • Cost: $15/child
    • Ages 4 - 12
    • Every Friday night from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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    Mom's Night Off at Maranatha Church of God

    7505 Ave U. Lubbock, TX 79423
    • Cost: Free (dinner provided)
    • All ages welcome
    • Every Wednesday night from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.