Grown-Ups-Only Ideas for a Great Date Night

Parents love their children, but sometimes it’s nice to have a kid-free date night. If you’re seeking an adults-only evening, look no further than the nine options below. Some are family venues with specific events for adults, and some are always restricted to those over 21.  

Indiana State Museum Adult Summer Camp  

Date night turns into camp night on July 12 at the Indiana State Museum. Explore the museum’s exhibits after hours and sample s’mores-inspired snacks and drinks. The July 12 event features stargazing, campfire storytelling and an obstacle course to relive fun camp memories. 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis | 

Conner Prairie Adventure Camp “Throwback Camp”  

Instead of a date night, consider a date day on July 13 with a summer camp that isn’t for kids. Learn archery, ziplining and crafts at Conner Prairie for a full day of fun activities tailor-made for grown-ups. Lunch and dinner are provided, with beer and wine available for an additional fee. After a day of camp, consider staying for Symphony on the Prairie. 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers | 

Adult Night at Freedom Springs  

Listen to a live performance or DJ at Greenwood’s Freedom Springs Water Park for their monthly adults-only nights on July 19 and August 9 at 7 p.m. Race down the water slide or cruise along the lazy river, or perhaps reserve a cabana and enjoy time with friends. Reservations required. 850 W. Stop 18 Rd., Greenwood | 

Adult Nights at Freedom Springs

Monon Mixer  

The Waterpark at the Monon Community  Center kicks the kids out of the pool for its designated Monon Mixer evenings. Each night has a different theme, such as Swiftie Night on August 2. Visitors can bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages, with a bar and limited concessions available on site. Make the evening even more special by renting a cabana for the evening. Registration is required, and tickets include access to all water park amenities such as the lazy river, surf simulator and plunge slides. 1195 Central Park Dr W, Carmel | 

The Children’s Museum – Halloween After Dark 

Most people don’t think of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as an adult-only location. But a few times a year, the popular destination limits its visitors to those who can partake in a cash bar. On October 19, the children-free museum allows grown-ups to walk through all of the exhibits at leisure for a special Halloween celebration. Visitors can enjoy food, beverages, and the annual haunted house, as well as a chance to sit on a mock jury and determine the fate of misplaced spirits. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis | 

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16-Bit Bar+Arcade 

Unleash your inner middle schooler and battle for the top score on more than 50 arcade games and pinball machines at 16-Bit Bar+Arcade. Those who prefer social time to screen time can sample the craft cocktails, beer and wine. Slush Puppies and mocktails are also on the menu. Play any of the games for free with a purchase from the bar. Light snacks are available or bring your own food. 110 E. New York St., Indianapolis |  

Fowling Warehouse 

A cross between bowling and football, Fowling seems simple at first: throw a football at opponents’ pins until they’ve all fallen. But with balls from other lanes also occasionally attacking, the game can become a hysterical descent into chaos. There are no rules regulating how to throw, so even novices can easily participate. While Fowling Warehouse is open to families all day on Sundays, no children are allowed after 8 p.m. the other nights of the week.  1125 E. Brookside Ave., Indianapolis | 

The Jazz Kitchen  

Whether it’s learning to salsa at the Thursday night Latin Dance Party or listening to the Monday evening Jazz Jam session, The Jazz Kitchen has fun date night options for any interest. Enjoy live music other nights of the week while sampling a full menu of Cajun-inspired dishes. 5377 N. College Ave., Indianapolis | 


Though Tappers is known for a range of arcade games and pinball machines, they also offer Nintendo 64 and Genesis. Arcade games are free to play with any purchase from the bar. Guests can sample the rotating selection of draft beer or craft cocktails. While Tappers doesn’t serve food, patrons may bring their own or have it delivered. 501 Virginia St., Indianapolis | 

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