15 Summer Date Night Destinations in Toledo!!

Date Night!! The two words every couple looks forward to, especially those with kids. It means a night away from the kiddos, to reconnect with your spouse, to remember why you fell in love in the first place. It is easy to get caught up in the responsibilities of adulthood & parenthood. That is why it is so important that you step away from it all for a few hours and have some fun, remember fun, that thing you did before you had a job, mortgage, kids, you know, before you had major responsibilities!?

Here are some FUN Date Night destinations you and your significant other are certain to enjoy:

1. Escape Game Experience  (Fallen Timbers, Maumee) and/or Trapped Toledo (Toledo)- Locked in a room with a group of friends or strangers; you must use your wits and the group’s collective knowledge to find hidden clues, solve daunting puzzles and overcome challenges to escape before time runs out. ​Are you ready?

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2. Murder Mystery Dinner Train–  (technically not in Toledo but nearby) Fine dining with a murder mystery featuring their acting troupe and a rotating schedule of shows throughout the year. Be prepared to be part of the show in this intimate setting and WATCH OUT! You might even be the unfortunate soul who gets to be the VICTIM of their devious plot! (Rated PG-13 of course).

3.  Sky Zone– Indoor Trampoline Park! Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. You and your spouse will experience the pure joy that comes with flying. They also have a basketball trampoline, dodge ball trampoline court, and more!!

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4.  Sandpiper–   The Sandpiper is a 100 Passenger cruise vessel located on the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio and offers fun events throughout the summer and fall. Here are a few fun date night events they offer but be certain to check out their website for more!

Musical Dinner Cruise What could be better than a relaxing cruise up the Maumee River enjoying traditional Hungarian fare from Tony Packo`s and the music of Kerry Patrick Clark.

Sunset & City Lights Cruise This is a breathtaking experience! Cruise up the Maumee River and view stately homes, yacht clubs and wildlife. Catch a sunset around Walbridge Park & return to downtown after dark and experience the city lights shimmering on the water. Snacks included.

Cigar Cruises on the Sandpiper Check out the new developments along the riverfront and enjoy a 2 hour smoke on the river. Bring your own cigars! If you wish bring your own picnic or order a Marco’s Pizza delivered to the boat and bring your own beverages too!

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5.  It’s Friday at Toledo Museum of Art– Each evening offers an ever-changing combination of events for adults and families including free tours, activities, live music, glassblowing demonstrations, wine tastings, and more. Click here to view the calendar.

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6. Art Loop– The Art Loop is presented in partnership with the arts and cultural institutions, organizations, and businesses of greater downtown Toledo and connects and highlight our city’s creative community and the unique culture of our downtown neighborhoods. 

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7.  Jazz in the Garden at Toledo Botanical Gardens– Bring a blanket or chair and relax to smooth jazz nestled in the beauty of the Garden. A barbeque vendor will be on grounds for food purchase, bakery goods for sale on grounds, & guests may bring food, wine and beer. Cost: $10 general admission & $5 for Metropark Members. Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm. 

8. FREE Concerts on Saturday Evenings–FREE concerts at Ottawa Park Amphitheatre. Unwind on a warm Saturday evening as you enjoy great music performed by various local artists.  Each show features a fun musical theme…blues, British invasion, classic rock, etc. and admission is FREE!

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9. Black Cloister Brewing Company (Trivia on Thursdays)- They do things a little bit differently, in a good way! You can get your beer here and order up some delicious food from surrounding restaurants and or food trucks.  Call ahead for a complementary tour!! Click here for more info.

10.  War Zone Paint Games– Paintball & Lazar tag fun!! Click here for more info 

11. Attend a Festival/Event- Black Swamp Festival

12.Cleland’s-Archery range, Pistol range, lots of various events going on, be sure to check out the website for more info.

13. Ritter Planetarium– Located on the main campus of the University of Toledo, the Ritter Planetarium is your gateway to the Universe.  Outfitted with a state-of-the-art digital projector and 5.1 surround sound, the Ritter Planetarium is capable of transporting you though space and time to view the wonders of the Universe.   Click here for more info.

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14. Mud Hens Game– Why not enjoy a good old fashioned game of baseball? Let’s Go HENS!! Click here for schedule and ticket info

15. Sundance Kid Drive-in Theatre-Spend an evening under the stars at The Sundance Kid Drive-In. The nostalgic 50’s style drive-in, located across from Pearson Park in Oregon, features Digital Cinema projection and FM Stereo sound. Two movies play on two screens April through October. Their concession stand has all your favorite treats prepared fresh daily. Lucky ticket gift winners drawn nightly! For times and showings click here

 

Here are a few suggestions to make your date night more economical:

  • Whenever possible have family or friends watch your kiddos, perhaps even consider starting or being part of a babysitting co-op. 
  • Save up! Set aside a decided amount of money each week, say, $10 dollars, and at the end of the month you have $40 for your date night. Date Night can happen no matter what your budget is, it may mean sacrificing your lattés or convenience store purchases, but it is worth it!
  • If you go out to eat beforehand don’t order drinks and consider splitting a dish…..you can go REALLY fancy if you order water to drink and split a meal (note that there may be a splitting fee but it is often cheaper than ordering an additional meal). Added bonus when you split a meal, you don’t feel as guilty ordering dessert!
  • Inquire about possible coupons, deals; some places have deals on certain days.

Enjoy your time out, put your phones away, give each other your undivided attention, and most important, HAVE FUN!!

10 Tips to Keep the Romance Alive While Raising Kids (Bonus: 20 Date Night Destinations in Toledo)

Uninterrupted dinners for two, energy to stay out past 2am, shaving above the knee, wearing high heels & lipstick, allowing intimacy to present itself anytime & anywhere in the house, those were the days! Fast forward a few kids later and you haven’t had a hot meal in years, your energy is zapped before 2pm, shaving has become a past luxury, flats & yoga pants are where it is at, and intimacy, what’s that!? Our obligations & responsibilities have increased exponential since kids entered the picture and it is so hard to find the time and energy to make any magic happen, ANY!! So here are 10 quick, minimal energy, effort, or time, tips to help you rekindle that romance while raising kids!

 

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10 Tips to Keep the Romance Alive While Raising Kids

  1. Do something nice for your spouse first thing in the morning! Nothing huge, just something that say you are the first thing on my mind when I wake up….perhaps bring them coffee, let them use the bathroom first, if they are working out of town send them a good morning text, write “I love you” in the condensation on the bathroom mirror, put a clean towel out for them, etc.
  2. Text. Everyone is busy, busy at work, busy with the kids, busy, busy, busy! So sometimes a phone conversation is out of the question. Instead text, text something small, a simple, “thinking of you, I love you” text, just something that says you’re on my mind.
  3. A Picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes we just have those days when we can’t form words, let alone sentences….don’t worry it happens to everyone with kids on one day or another! Instead send a pic! Take a photo on your phone of something cute, funny, a picture of yourself, etc. a pic that doesn’t get posted to social media, one just for the two of you.
  4. Post-it-Notes. These are so simple and so fun!! Place post-it-notes in locations where your spouse will frequent the next day…say a briefcase, the silverware drawer, their car steering wheel. Don’t know what to write? Here are some ideas….CLICK HERE & HERE
  5. Give the yoga pants the night off (or the equivalent for men, sweatpants) & shave!! Look good for each other. Fight it all you want but there is a mind body connection. So on occasion give the yoga pants a break, shave your legs, and spritz a bit of perfume….when you are rocking shaved legs, cute pants/skirt, and smell good you will not only feel, but will exude sexy!!
  6. Take out the papers & the trash! Do something for your spouse without being asked. If you see that the trash is full take it upon yourself to take it out, if you notice that your hubby is running low on underwear get a load in before he asks, it really is the little things in life….no huge romantic gestures, it is the small acts of kindness that say I love you.
  7. Save the Date: Date Nights are a MUST! But we often make excuses…it is too expensive, it is way too much work packing up the kids, dropping them off just to go back 3 hours later to pick them up, there is nothing to do, etc. NO MORE EXCUSES!! Set a date; make it simple on yourselves, say, every 3rd Saturday will be date night.  Then call the sitter, have her place those on her calendar…then call the backup sitter and have them block out those 3 hours every 3rd Saturday for the rest of the year, and your date nights are saved!!!
  8. Do something new together!! The novelty of that newness at the beginning of a relationship need not wear off…keep doing new things together! Learn to cook together, go to the shooting range, take a trapeze class together, learn to dance, paint, the possibilities are endless…think outside the box…do something together that you never envisioned doing…something a bit outside your comfort zone.

BONUS: 20 Fun Date Night Destinations in Toledo (click on each to be redirected to website)

Bird’s Eye View Circus   (Circus class)

Cleland’s Outdoor World (Shooting Range/Archery)

Ritter Planetarium (Romance under the Stars)

Dance Class

The Art Supply Depot (Paint Pottery)

Uncork the Artist (Paint Canvases together & sip on some wine, romantic!!)

Fox Meadow Farm (Horseback Riding Lessons…every Knight in shining Armor should know how to ride a horse)

The Adventure Park (Zip lining….seasonal, starts in the Spring, book it now!)

Planet Rock (Rock Climbing)

Valentine Theater Silver screen Theatre Classic Movies

Go on a Gallery Hunt & enjoy lunch/dinner at the TMA café

War Zone Paint Games

Veritas Cork & Craft (Wine Tasting)

Q-Zar (Laser Tag)

Sky Zone (Trampoline Park)

577 Foundation (Learn how to cook Lebanese’s, Indian food, etc.)

Beauty Bar Couples Massages

Alexis Go-Carts & Bumper Cars

Go on a Scavenger Hunt in the Park

 

9. Take ten! At the end of every day take ten minutes of undivided attention, turn off phones, television, etc. and give each other 10 quality minutes to listen to your spouse and share your happenings of the day too…honestly, it only takes 10 minutes if it is undivided attention!!! Remember it’s not the quantity but quality of time that you give one another that say, I love you.

10. Keep all screens charged & get a lock for your bedroom door….I am thinking this one might be self-explanatory. After all that rekindling, connecting, shaving your legs, and spritzing on a bit of perfume there is a good chance “the magic” will strike and this is an entirely appropriate time to allow kids to have screen time!!

Any tips that your already do? Any you would suggest adding to the list?