10 Date Night Ideas for Parents

Going out for “us time” is vital to any relationship. Here are some date ideas to get you and your partner out of the house.

With all of the busyness of everyday life, planning a night out with your significant other can feel like another chore. It doesn’t have to be! Pick any one of these ideas for a random and spontaneous date to help the two of you keep the spark alive.


Rent a paddleboat and chat on one of Michigan’s beautiful lakes

Have a fancy treat

Maybe you don’t have time, energy, or money for a full dinner. That’s okay, you can still get dressed up and go out to a fancy restaurant (or two!) for a decadent treat.

Go to the DIA

Truly a gem in Detroit and totally free for tri-county residents, the Detroit Institute of Arts is open year round and perfect for dates.

Go shopping

Pick a random secondhand store and spend a little time buying something nice for each other.

See a movie

Go back in time and see a movie at the drive in theater. Pack blankets and treats to snuggle up for an intimate night out.

Stroll around Campus Martius

Regardless of the time of year, there is always something to see and do downtown.


Visit a planetarium and gaze at the night sky together.

Get a massage

Either find a nice massage parlor by you, or go online and find a good massage tutorial to try out on each other.

Try samples at the Eastern Market

You might be surprised at all of the wonders you can find at this amazing farmers market.

Have a bake-off

Each of you find one recipe to try your hand at. See who makes the best treat.

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