The Weather Outside is Frightful, but Date Night is Still Delightful
Planning date nights in the summer is a breeze. For me, it primarily involves finding a restaurant with patio seating near the lake. That’s about it. Enjoy a kid-free meal, take a little stroll by the lake, and maybe sneak in an ice cream stop on the way home.
When winter comes along, planning fun dates can get tricky. Dinner and then…a movie? Grocery shopping? Am I really that old already?!
We thought up some date night ideas that are perfect for a chilly Michigan winter. Some of them don’t even require a babysitter (just being intentional about spending time with your spouse after you tuck the kids in bed).
Even though it’s freezing outside, you can still be active! Ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle or one of the local indoor sports complexes is a classic winter date. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could try your hand at rock climbing or bouldering at GR’s new Terra Firma Bouldering Co.
Not your thing? How about watching other people play sports instead! Winter means the GR Drive basketball team and the GR Griffins hockey team are both in season. Tickets are inexpensive and it’s fun to revisit the glory days of your youth with a hot dog and an adult beverage…even if you don’t care much about sports.
Getting cozy with a cup of coffee is one of my favorite ways to unwind. Think outside the box and have a date morning! BIGGBY is a great spot to get cozy, try a new latte, and catch up on life with your spouse.
After the coffee is gone, head to one of these cozy fireplaces around Grand Rapids (or stay put at your local Biggby, several of which have charming fireplaces) with a book or a magazine to keep date day going. Maybe even grab the laptop and plan your next grown-up getaway!
More excited about coffee than fireplaces? Grand Rapids is loaded with cute coffee shops these days–head to a few new ones, share a cup of coffee, and rank them on an arbitrary point system to declare a winner.
Find Some Culture
Grand Rapids is a great place to indulge in the arts. With places like Civic Theatre and the Grand Rapids Ballet—a good show isn’t hard to find! If comedy is more your scene, Pop Scholars improv team puts on monthly shows at Wealthy Street Theatre that are sure to make you laugh.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum is open late (until 9:00 PM) on Thursdays making a perfect post-dinner stop. Frederik Meijer Gardens is open late on Tuesdays. Visiting without your kids along is a whole new experience–and it’s still lovely all winter long, especially a snowy walk outdoors among the sculptures.
Cooking classes have been on my radar for awhile now–they say the way to the heart is through the stomach, right? The Local Epicurean consistently offers a wide variety of classes from pasta making to gelato. San Chez frequently offers fun cooking and cocktail classes too.
Sometimes it’s hard to get a babysitter and get out of the house–I totally get it! What’s important is that you’re investing intentional time with your spouse. We have a few ideas that are perfect for those hectic weeks:
- Dust off your board games! I’ve been known to get strangely competitive over games of Connect Four. If your board game selection is lacking, teach yourselves a new card game instead!
- Have a movie marathon or double feature. Pick a whole series, an original and a sequel, some classics you’ve never seen, or each pick your favorite movie on a decided theme. Don’t forget the popcorn!
- Make a grown-up dinner after your kids are in bed! Maybe something your kids would never touch or maybe make a meal out of your favorite appetizers.
- Build your own six-pack at a local grocery store (Fresh Thyme, Bridge Street Market, Horrocks, Siciliano’s Market, Martha’s Vineyard, and World Market all offer a variation of this) and do your own flight tastings from the comfort of your kitchen table.
What did we miss? What are your favorite winter date ideas? Let us know in the comments!