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.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Michigan Theater

Jan. 31, 2019

Ann Arbor Folk Festival at Hill Auditorium

Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020

2020 Academy Award Nominated Short Films: Animation and Live Action at the Detroit Institute of Arts

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Feb. 1-2, 5, 7-9 and 12-16, 2020

  • Address: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave.
  • Time: Times vary
  • Admission: $9.50/general $7.50/seniors, students and members
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Birmingham Restaurant Week

Feb. 3-7, 2020

Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekend at Campus Martius Park

Feb. 7-9, 2020 

  • Address: 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
  • Admission: Free; $15-$25/park
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Date Night at Painting with a Twist 

Feb. 9, 2020

A Bowie Celebration at the Royal Oak Music Theatre

March 20, 2020

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)