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

Get information on why parents should make time for each other and get the latest details on what's happening in our area for local couples.

Need to get some one-on-one time with your sweetheart? There are tons of fun events coming to Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor that you and your partner will love.

Here, you’ll find a list of events coming to Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw county. Plus, find some tips on why date nights are so important and get some ideas for at-home dates, too.

Check them out and start planning your next date night.

Not finding an event that fits your and your partner’s interests? Check out our online calendar for more date night events and things to do with your family. 

Local events

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Looking for something fun to do with your sweetheart this month? Here are some fun upcoming events in southeast Michigan to try.

Ghosts on the Balcony

Oct. 1-30, 2022

The theatre will not be showing movies during the month of October and will be completely transformed back to Victorian era times for this immersive haunted theatre attraction. The bloodcurdling haunt will transform 11 different chilling areas of the theatre, including many spaces in this old historic building never before seen by the public. 

Van Gogh in America

Oct. 2, 2022-Jan. 22, 2023

The exhibition will display 68 works by Van Gogh, illustrating the efforts made by early promoters of his art – including the artist’s family – in America. This exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints, and one illustrated letter by Van Gogh from museums and private collections around the world.

Comedian Nate Craig and Dougie Almeida with Robyn Gilleran

Oct. 27-29, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their friends or spouse to see comedian, Nate Craig at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.

Candlelight Día De Los Muertos: Celebrating the Day of the Dead

Nov. 3, 2022

Enjoy a candlelight concert to celebrate Día De Los Muertos in the Masonic Temple’s Crystal Ballroom.

Comedian John Heffron with Ryan Goodcase and Marv Barnett

Nov. 3-5, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their friends or spouse to see comedian, John Heffron at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.

Immersive King Tut

Nov. 4, 2022-Jan. 2, 2023 

Immersive King Tut uses stunning visuals to tell the story of the Amduat that was depicted on the tombs of pharaohs.


Nov. 16, 2022 

Lewberger is Keith Habersberger, Alex Lewis, and Hughie Stone Fish. See them at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.

Dan Soder

Nov. 17-19, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle to see comedian and actor, Dan Soder.

Magic of Lights

Nov. 18-Dec. 31, 2022 

Drive thru this holiday themed light display with different characters and themes using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Purchase passes online.

The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle

Nov. 19-Dec. 31, 2022 

Enjoy this immersive event about the most beloved family holiday tale, The Nutcracker. You’ll see immersive projections and special effects, meet a life-sized Nutcracker, have photo ops and more.

The Satin Doll Revue

Nov. 21, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out to see “The Satin Doll Revue” at Aretha’s Jazz Cafe. It will feature songs from the late jazz greats.

ELF The Musical

Nov. 22-27, 2022 

At this show, Buddy the human who hid in Santa’s bag and lived his life as an elf heads to the Big Apple to find his real dad.

Bill Bushart’s Night Before Thanksgiving Comedy Show

Nov. 23, 2022 

Parents can come out to Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle to see Detroit area’s brightest stand-up talent the night before Thanksgiving. The lineup includes Tyler Nissen, Amanda Dalka, Jack Reeves, Ella Horwedel, Zach Martina, Camila Ballario and Cam Rowe.

Holiday Stroll

Nov. 23-Dec. 23, 2022 

  • Address: Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion
  • Cost: $14.99/person, $5/parking, free/children under 2, military and veterans

Stroll through the quaint village that is glowing with almost a million festive lights, enjoy a 7-minute amazing light show choreographed to classic holiday songs, hear the sounds of professional carolers and see live Christmas performances. 

A Christmas Story

Nov. 25-Dec. 18, 2022 

Check out the musical, A Christmas Story, based on the 1983 classic. It’s directed by Dan Cooney and at The Encore.

Winter Wonder Lights

Nov. 25-Dec. 30, 2022 

Check out Meadow Brook’s Winter Wonder Lights and see an interactive light experience. Visitors can explore the National Historic Landmark at its most festive time. There will be seasonal beverages, bonfires, selfie stations and more.

Holly Dickens Festival & Parade

Nov. 26-Dec. 11, 2022 (Saturdays-Sundays)

Enjoy costumed characters, entertainment, vendors, the feel of a “Charles Dickens town” and shops open downtown. The Dickens Parade will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 26.

Downtown Winter Wonderland 2022

Dec. 2-3, 2022 

Enjoy a weekend of music, caroling, cute animals, a campfire and more at this event in downtown Saline.

The Nutcracker Ballet with Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra

Dec. 3-4, 2022 

The Nutcracker returns to the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. The entire family is sure to enjoy this timeless Yuletide fantasy, which features the accompaniment of the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra.

NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet

Dec. 11, 2022 

The show is celebrating its 30th Anniversary tour. Re-live your fondest childhood dreams, overflowing with larger-than-life puppets, breath-taking acrobatics and dazzling costumes.

Home Alone in Concert

Dec. 14, 2022 

Enjoy a screening of the holiday classic accompanied by music performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

“‘Twas the Night Before…” by Cirque du Soleil

Dec. 15-26, 2022 

Cirque du Soleil puts their spin on the beloved Christmas classic. Join a curious little girl named Isabella as she is taken to an upside-down, inside-out world.

Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume

Through Jan. 1, 2023 

  • Address: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: Free/members and children under 4, $20.25-$27/non-members

This exhibit will incorporate more than 70 original pieces, including ball gowns, military uniforms, sorcerers’ capes, tiaras and glass slippers. 

Date night tips

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Carving out time as a couple is an important way to keep your relationship healthy. Read these posts to learn how you can make time for your sweetie. Plus, find at-home date night ideas and cheap things to try.

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