Date Night Ideas: Fun Things for Parents to Do in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Get a sitter and head out on the town just the two of you! Here are some date night ideas in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and beyond.

Ah, date night. When you were actually dating, date night ideas came easy – because you could pick up and go with no problem. Now that you’re parents, date nights require a bit more planning – sitter, schedule coordination, etc. That’s where we come in.

We’ve rounded up some of the best date ideas in southeast Michigan – with loads of fun things for couples to do – so you don’t have to worry about where you should go for your next date night – or even a date day with your loved one.

Interested in adding some date night ideas to this roundup – or to our events calendar? Just email us all the details to or submit the event on our calendar page. Just a word of advice: Some of these date night ideas may require pre-registration.

Hard Cider Bus Tour in Royal Oak

Nov. 16, 2019

  • Address: Starts at the Lafayette Parking Garage, 514 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak
  • Time: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $65
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Wayne County Lightfest

Nov. 21-Dec. 31, 2019

  • Address: 7651 Merriman Road, Westland
  • Time: 7-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Admission: $5/vehicle
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony at Campus Martius Park

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Nov. 22, 2019

The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays at the Fox Theatre 

Nov. 29-30, 2019

  • Address: 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Admission: $35-plus/ticket
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Classic Cartoon Festival at the Redford Theatre

Nov. 30, 2019

The Nutcracker at the Detroit Opera House

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 3019

  • Address: 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Time: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Admission: $29-$99
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Detroit Lions Watch Party at Beacon Park

Dec. 8, 2019

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Little Caesars Arena

Dec. 28, 2019

Bowling at Punch Bowl Social


  • Address: 1331 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Time: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 a.m. Sunday
  • Admission: $10/hour 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $12/hour 5 p.m.-close
  • Contact and details: See the Punch Bowl Social website

Board Game Night at Rustic Leaf Brewing Company

Ongoing (every Tuesday)

Friday Night Live at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Ongoing (every Friday)