February is a month that leaves many couples scrambling to find that perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This year, we’ve got you covered with a list of great date night ideas in Indianapolis. Having a tough time finding a sitter? No worries. Our kid tips offer advice on enjoying a special night out with the kids in tow.
10 Great Date Ideas in Indianapolis:
Grab a bite to eat
Ironworks, located at the corner of 86th Street and Keystone Avenue, is chock-full of restaurant options housed in an eye-catching work of architecture. At Sangiovese Ristorante, enjoy a romantic evening featuring authentic Italian cuisine and fine wine. For a true culinary treat, head to Ruth’s Chris Steak House for one of their signature sizzling steaks (they really do sizzle!) If you are looking for something a bit lighter, but are still wanting an elegant surrounding, The Bar at Ruth’s Chris fits the bill. Here you can pair items from their seasonally changing small plates menu with a selection of handcrafted cocktails, wines by the glass and local craft beers.
Kid tip: B Spot offers gourmet burgers and shakes the whole family will love. Their selection of kids meals range from grilled cheese to a pint-sized burger, and there are several healthy side options from which to choose. Best of all, they offer call ahead seating to minimize the wait time with hungry little ones.
Enjoy dinner and a movie
Flix Brewhouse in Carmel takes the age-old concept of dinner and a movie to a whole new level. Enjoy handcrafted beers brewed on site and choose from their selection of delectable meals for a movie experience that can’t be beat. To top it off, each theater is comfortably outfitted with leather reclining chairs and a state-of-the-art sound system.
Kid tip: It may have brewhouse in the name, but kids are more than welcome here. Discounted kids tickets are available for G and PG-rated films.
Spend a night at the theater
There is nothing quite like reconnecting with your spouse by spending a night at the theater, and the Indiana Repertory Theatre in downtown Indy is the quintessential spot to do just that. The IRT offers nine plays each season that are crafted with Indiana audiences in mind. Productions cover a variety of subject matters and theatrical styles, but all promise to entertain and provoke discussion (about something other than the kids!) On stage now through February 24 is The Diary of Anne Frank.
Kid tip: If your kids will be joining you, refer to the IRT’s education page (irtlive.com/learn-and-engage) for suggested age ranges for each production. Or head to the kid-friendly production of Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” with script and lyrics written by best-selling author Mo Willems, on stage February 23 through March 24.
Climb to new heights
If you’re up for a little adventure, head to Climb Time Indy on the city’s northside. Climbers of all ability levels will enjoy pushing themselves to new heights on the ever-changing routes at this indoor rock climbing facility. Every Friday night is Date Night at Climb Time from 5-10 pm, and couples receive free shoe rental (a savings of $3 per person).
Kid tip: The motto at Climb Time is “If you can walk you can climb.” Check out Kids Club on Wednesday nights from 5:15-6:30 pm. It is just $12 per session and kids receive free coaching on their rock climbing skills. Parents get free harness rental, and also some kid-free time to work on their own climbing skills!
Cheer on the Pacers
Ok, maybe attending a basketball game doesn’t scream “date night,” but between the thrill of the game, the in-arena entertainment and the roar of the crowd, a night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indy will leave you and your spouse feeling like teenagers again. Even if you aren’t the biggest hoops fan, there is plenty to enjoy – from Boomer’s antics to the toe-tapping beats of the High Octane Drumline, a Pacers game is full of non-stop action. If you are lucky, you might even get caught on the kiss (or karaoke!) cam.
Kid tip: A Pacers game can be fun for all ages, and Lucas Oil Family Nights offer a budget-friendly way to treat the whole family to a night out. Starting at $20 each, your family can get a ticket to a designated Family Night game plus a unique Pacers hat and a meal (hot dog, chips and a drink). Upcoming dates are February 19 and March 30.
You and your spouse can channel your inner artists during one of the Date Night events at the Nickel Plate Arts Campus in Noblesville. These art-inspired evenings include artist-led projects and live performances. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. The cost is a reasonable $10 for a single activity for two or the special discounted package: $50 for 6 activities for two. Date Night will be held February 14, 15 and 16 from 6-9 pm.
Kid tip: Nickel Plate Arts will hold their Family Valentine’s Day event on February 9 from 10 am-5 pm. Crafts are $5 each and are inspired by the Date Night activities, which include painting, mixed-media, picture frames and more.
Head to the Butler campus for a romantic evening of stargazing at the Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium. Out There – The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds is showing on February 15, 22, 23 and March 1 with doors opening at 7 pm and the planetarium show beginning at 7:30 pm. Don’t worry, the fun doesn’t stop there. There is plenty more to see during the telescope viewing from 8:30-9:30 pm (weather permitting).The cost is just $5 for children and students under 18 and $7 for adults. Tickets can be purchased in the lobby after the doors open.
Kid tip: If you plan to arrive when the doors open at 7, be sure to bring a little something to keep your kiddos occupied for the 30 minutes prior to showtime.
Race the night away
Ladies and gentleman, start your engines. At Speedway Indoor Karting, you and your spouse can let your competitive juices flow as you race around their two-level road course and a mini superspeedway. Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am-11 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am-11 pm. Check out their website for pricing. Make a night of it and grab dinner at the two-story 1911 Grill where you can watch the karts speed by while you enjoy their refined American cuisine and full-service bar.
Kid tip: If you have a little Ricky Bobby who wants to go fast and get in on the racing fun, they offer Junior Karts with adjustable pedals and a 4-point safety harness with roll bar for children ages 8-13. All participants must be at least 8 years of age and 48 inches tall.
Get the ball rolling
Go for the strike at Action & Atomic Duckpin Bowling in Fountain Square. This is not your typical bowling alley. Located in the historic Fountain Square Theatre Building, you and your Valentine will feel like you’ve stepped back in time at this duckpin alley furnished with authentic 1950’s and 60’s equipment and restored as an original 1930’s era alley. While walk-ins are fine, it is always best to make a reservation. The lanes are rented by the hour with reservations made in half hour increments. The cost is 40$ per lane and bowling shoes are provided for FREE. Open bowling hours are: Monday 11 am-6 pm; Tuesday through Thursday 11 am-10 pm; Friday and Saturday 11 am-12 am and Sunday 11 am-8 pm.
Kid tip: Because duckpin bowling uses smaller balls and pins and allows bowlers three balls per frame – this is the perfect place for kids to go for the spare. Or even better – the STRIKE! And because one lane can accommodate up to six people, the cost remains the same for families (with four or less children) as it would if it were just you and your spouse bowling. And that is good news, indeed.
Aim for the bullseye
With four special purpose ranges, Strawtown Koteewi Park Koteewi Range and Archery Center, is bound to hit the date night bullseye. Whether you are new to archery or an old pro – Koteewi welcomes all ages and experience levels. Feel free to bring your own equipment, or rent theirs for just 5$. The range is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 am-7 pm. They will be closed Feb 21-24 for the Deer and Turkey Expo. The cost for one hour on the target range is $10 with $2 added for each additional hour. The 3D trail is $12.
Kid tip: Range One is a child’s archery dream come true. Aim for the bullseye in what is commonly referred to as the “Family Fun Zone” where you will see everything from dinosaurs, zombies, giant snakes and frog, 3D animals and more.
So grab your calendar and block out a special date night this month. Whether it’s with just your special someone or with the kids in tow, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in Indy!