DARIEN — It was the next best thing to a play date when a group of local kids got to enjoy Kids Night Out at the Darien YMCA Friday night.

“It’s a great opportunity for the parents to just go out and not worry,” said preschool teacher Jessica Loubier, who helped supervise the event.

Along with a pizza dinner, kids of all ages split their time between the gymnasium and a classroom for crafts and games, ending the night with a movie.

“This program has been going on for a long time,” Loubier said. “And everyone loves coming to the YMCA.”