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. 

From Camelot to Kent State: Pop Art, 1960-1975 at the DIA

Now-Aug. 25, 2019

  • Address: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Admission: Free/Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, $6-$14/others
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Now-Sept. 2, 2019

Wild Summer Nights at the Detroit Zoo

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July 24 and 31, 2019

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free with zoo admission: $15-$18/person, $8/park
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Rally on the Ridge at Preservation Park

July 27, 2019

  • Address: 500 N. Ridge Road, Canton
  • Time: 5:30-9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free/admission, fees/items on sale
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

German Park Picnic at German Park

July 27, 2019

Thursday Night Market at Eastern Market

Aug. 15, Sept. 19, 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)