Compiled by Kim Heitzmann
It’s no secret that being a mom is a tough job: it’s 24/7/365 and the break time is minimal. While motherhood is absolutely amazing and the perks are well worth it, every mom needs time to relax, rejuvenate and refocus. After all, if you don’t take care of yourself, who will? That’s why it’s important for moms to get out of the house and have fun with their friends and significant others.
Whether you want to be a kid again, have fun with your best girlfriends, or enjoy a romantic date, we’ve rounded up some of the best places in the Valley to enjoy a Mom’s Night Out. So, book the babysitter and head out. You’ll be glad you did.
Adult Fans of LEGO® Night
There’s no place like LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona to embrace your inner child, and Tempe’s newest and hottest attraction will let you do exactly that when it hosts its monthly Adult Fans of LEGO® nights. Set for once a month at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona’s home at Arizona Mills mall, guests will enjoy uninterrupted access (translation: no kids) to the facility in its entirety, and an assortment of themed events offering opportunities for healthy competition, model-building and raffle prizes, among other draws. The Adult Fans of LEGO® Night promises fun for all. For more information, visit LEGOLANDdiscoveryCenter.com/Arizona.
Pinspiration is an ultimate date night destination for couples or for a fun girl’s night out. Pinspiration is a DIY art studio and bar to make a mess and socialize, whether you are artsy or a newbie crafter. Pinspiration’s hip studio offers both open-ended and tutorial-led art experiences in a supportive, playful venue. Customers have access to a variety of high-quality art supplies and tools. Customers can create their own idea on the spot or they can choose from an array of ever-changing monthly project menus. The venue includes a VIP party room, a full-service beer/wine bar, and a crafting/project room. For more information, visit pinspiration.com.
A Play Date for Adults
Looking for a scary good time? Get yourself to Play Date: Costumes and Cocktails, a night for grown-ups to run wild at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix! Costume contests, cash bars, food trucks, DJ and dancing, retro board games, giant Jenga, giant beer pong, three floors of interactive exhibits, and so much more! This event is offered four times a year and the next one will be on October 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. This event sells out quickly, so get your tickets today. For more information, visit http://childrensmuseumofphoenix.org/events/play-date-costumes-and-cocktails/ .
Science with a Twist
Put a twist on your Friday night and join Arizona Science Center for the newest adults’ only event, which happens monthly. The next one will be hosted on October 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. for a frightfully good time. The evening will include music, cash bar, live demos and much more! For specific dates, times, themes and to order tickets, visit azscience.org.
A Night of Culture
The Musical Instrument Museum’s (MIM) Fall 2016 Concert Series features more than thirty exciting new concerts, which is the perfect venue for a girl’s or couple’s night out. Enjoy music from around the world, from the internationally acclaimed Nigerian guitarist Bombino (October 1) to Bickram Ghosh’s Drums of India, presented by the Ravi Shankar Foundation (October 9). Hear different generations of jazz, including young guitar virtuoso Julian Lage and his trio (October 7) and jazz legends Chucho Valdés and Joe Lovano backed by some of Cuba’s hottest and most seasoned musicians (November 15). MIM will welcome thrilling new artists including actress, dancer and singer Rumer Willis (November 6) and favorites such as Marc Cohn (November 13). And that’s just the start! Join us at the MIM Music Theater this fall and revel in a world of music. To see a complete list of concerts and events, visit mim.org.
Food, Sports and Games!
Dave and Buster’s is the perfect date night for all couples! They create an exciting getaway for you and your significant other through the most innovative drinks, a huge menu, $1 million dollars’ worth of games, and an entire sports lounge dedicated to watch any sports game on epic screens. With so many options to choose from, there’s something for everyone. With convenient locations throughout the Valley, make your date night a fun one. For more information, visit daveandbusters.com.
The IDEA Museum, located in downtown Mesa, occasionally hosts date nights. Those over 21 years old are invited to enjoy cocktails and enjoy the ageless wonders offered at the museum. The next scheduled event is Bark After Dark on Jan. 13, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. For specific dates, times, and themes, visit ideamuseum.org.
Beer n’ Bones
Arizona’s very own AZ Museum of Natural History knows that it’s not just the kids who are fascinated with dinosaur and bug fossils. Activities include: Beer Tasting Trail, Meet the Brewers, Bug Tasting, Hops Smelling, food, craft beers and a raffle. Keep an eye out for Beer n’ Bones, a special night just for those over 21 featuring local craft beers and savory fares. For specific dates, times, and themes, visit arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org.
Rock It Up
This fall, enjoy free concerts as rocking, national bands like Buckcherry and The Shelters take The District Stage to perform their new and favorite album hits. Most Friday and Saturday nights there are live performance with up and coming local bands and artist from 7 to 10 p.m. You can grab a delicious bite to eat at one of the many restaurants located within Tempe Marketplace and top it off with great music. Visit their webpage for upcoming events at tempemarketplace.com.
Savor every minute of date night at The Melting Pot, where Arizona goes to celebrate romance! The private “Lovers’ Lane” curtain booths create the perfect setting for romance. Start the night out with roses or another retail celebration package waiting at the table upon your arrival. Continue the perfect date night with our extensive fine wine and drink menu, cheese fondue, salads and delectable entrees. Then end the evening with a decadent chocolate fondue. For specific locations, visit meltingpot.com.