Once you have kids, date nights tend to get fewer and farther apart. Whether it’s because you can’t find a babysitter or you don’t have the time, these chances to get away with your spouse seem to become a distant memory. Attention parents — you deserve a little romance and a chance to reconnect with the one you love, even if it means dragging your littles along for the ride.
Lucky for you, Wichita, Kansas, offers tons of great date night ideas for parents. So, we’ve got two lists of date ideas — one if you’re footloose and child-free and another that’s suitable for the whole family.
Date Ideas When You’re Going Childless
There are just some things that are harder to enjoy when you’ve got kids in tow. If you’ve got the grandparents or a sitter at home with your little ones, the dating possibilities in Wichita are endless. Here are just a couple of our favorite date night ideas.
Enjoy a Night at the Theatre
There’s something magical about watching a story come to life on the stage. However, your kids probably don’t have the attention span to appreciate the theatre like you and your spouse. Now that you’re taking some time off from your little guys, you can plan a night of ballet, Broadway-caliber musical theater, or becoming a part of the show yourself with a dinner theater performance at Mosely Street Melodrama.
Dance the Night Away
Once you’ve got kiddos, it’s harder to hold the one you love close and sway to the rhythm of your favorite songs. Don’t wait until you’re invited to a wedding to dance with your spouse. Bring some romance into your relationship as you salsa, cha-cha, or swing dance the night away. Take a class or join the Friday night dance party at Sway Ballroom & Latin.
Date Ideas That Are Child Friendly
We know it’s not always possible to find a babysitter. If you’ve got no one to watch your kiddos, that’s no reason to cancel your plans. Here are some date ideas where it’s okay if your little ones tag along. After all, the most important thing is to get out, have fun, and rekindle some excitement in your relationship.
Attend a Special Event at the Sedgwick County Zoo
Once you step inside Wichita’s local zoo, you’ll see why it’s one of the most popular attractions in the area. There are tons of cute, furry animals in immersive exhibits that transport you all over the world. Throughout the year, the zoo hosts lots of fun events for almost every occasion, from an Easter Extravaganza to “Boo at the Zoo” during Halloween. These unique experiences often involve yummy food, music, games, and entertainment for young and old alike.
Introduce the Kids to Some Gaming Nostalgia
Some could argue that gaming doesn’t get better than Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and good old Mario. If your kids think Fortnite is the be-all and end-all of video games, then it’s time to journey back to where it all got started. At The Arcade, you can introduce your kids to your favorite video games from the ’80s and ’90s. Every old-school arcade game is on free play — just pay a small fee at the door and go wild.
Get Out and Into Nature
If you find that you and your little ones spend way too much time in front of a screen, then unplug your electronics and escape into the great outdoors. From Chisholm Creek to Pawnee Prairie Park, you and your family will experience the wonder and beauty of the Great Plains together. There are trails for every kind of hiker, whether you’re looking for a quick stroll or a vigorous adventure. You and your spouse can hold hands while the kids run free. As an added bonus, with all that burnt energy, you’ll be in for a quiet night at home.
End Your Date on a High Note at Chisholm’s
After all that romance and revelry, you’re bound to be hungry. Chisholm’s Beef & Ale House is the perfect way to cap your perfect date night. Whether you’re dining as a family or you’re looking for a romantic table for two, Chisholm’s is one of the best date night restaurants in Wichita, KS.
If you’re looking for kid-friendly cuisine, our farm-to-table menu features lots of delicious, hearty dishes that will ensure your children are well-fed and ready for bed. If it’s some one-on-one romance you’re after, warm yourselves by our double-sided fireplace and pair your delectable dish with a craft beer or a fine vintage from our temperature-controlled glass wine wall.
Whatever kind of date night experience you’re looking for, Chisholm’s has something for everyone. So, make your reservation online or give us a call at 316-945-1966.