Date Night Round Up

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I like to think of myself as the Queen of date night. I’m big on the idea that dating my spouse is incredibly important because otherwise, it’s way too easy to just see him as another capable adult that is there to help make sure our tiny humans stay alive. But when we take the time to go out and spend some quality time together, we tend to remember that we actually really like each other too. If you aren’t currently making time for date night in your life, I highly recommend giving it a try.

When I was a teenager growing up in Dayton, I believed there was NOTHING to do here. In all fairness to 16-year-old me, this area has grown leaps and bounds since the early 2000s. Nevertheless, there is no excuse these days to say there isn’t anything to do in Dayton. If you truly believe that, you just aren’t looking hard enough.

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Are you looking for some real action on your next date night?

Settle down, friends. It’s not as risqué as the headline alludes. But, it’s time to ditch your devices, grab your date, and hit play on your next date night adventure with The Human Race Theatre Company. Join us for Peerless!, a darkly comedic take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth about the ultra-ambitious and the cut-throat world of high school during college admissions.

The Human Race Theatre Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Parents.

Listen. We get it. Many of their professional performers and staffers are parents. They know how difficult it is to break free sometimes. For their special Parents’ Day Out Performances, you watch the show, and they’ll entertain the kids (ages 5-12) with a world-class theatre workshop (a $100+ value) that is free with the purchase of your tickets.

This is theatre. This is real life, magnified.

Every night is different because you are here. Grab your date and rediscover the magic of live storytelling at The Human Race Theatre Company.

Here are some great local ideas for date night (and nearby destinations worth the drive!):

Adventure Seekers

Animal Lovers

Art Aficionados


Comedy Connoisseurs

Club Hoppers

Enjoy drinks and live music at Dayton’s favorite clubs & Venues:


  • Part 3D printing lab, part electronic maker space, and part café – you & your date can create (and enjoy drinks!) at Proto Build Bar
  • Get a sitter, some cold drinks, and tackle a DIY home project you’ve been putting off (maybe paint your master bedroom or stain the deck?)
  • Take an upholstery class and give your old furniture a fresh look
  • Attend a free DIY workshop at Lowe’s
  • Plan, shop, and prepare your own date night meal from Dorothy Lane Market

Double Daters


History Buffs

Hopeless Romantics

  • Take a mini-vacation without leaving town at the Mills Park Hotel and enjoy a weekend exploring Yellow Springs
  • Take a private ballroom dancing class together at Arthur Murray
  • Rent a limo for a night and tour the city
  • Re-create your first date (and take photos this time!)
  • Draft a joint “Bucket List” to tackle as a couple

Kids at Heart

  • Play games and act like kids at Scene 75
  • Enjoy an adult beverage and a board game at D20
  • Attend a game night
  • Shoot your date in a game of Laser Tag
  • Get high at Sky Zone and bounce your way to fun
  • Bundle up & go ice skating at Riverscape
  • Ruin your dinner with candy and chocolate from one of our fabulous local chocolate shops like Winans, Bellbrook Chocolates, or Esther Price

Movie Fanatics

  • Grab a drink & see an indie film at The Neon downtown or The Little Art Theater in Yellow Springs
    • Don’t miss the “Dinner and a Show” events
  • Enjoy dinner and a movie all at the same time at the Cinepolis Dayton
  • Enjoy a double or triple feature at the Dixie Twin Drive-In
  • Have a movie marathon at home (80s comedies, childhood faves, films based on your favorite books, etc.)

Nature Lovers 

Wine and Beer Lovers

Penny Pinchers

  • Take a stroll along Riverscape and pack a picnic
  • Pick up coffee at Boston Stoker and go for a walk or relax for a great conversation in one of their comfy chairs
  • Head out to a free (or almost free) concert at Courthouse Square, Fraze, or Stubbs Park Amphitheater
  • Bust out the board games
  • Pitch a tent for a backyard campout or make s’mores in the fireplace
  • Walk around outside at Austin Landing and enjoy free music on the first Friday of the month, all summer long (and maybe splurge on a cupcake from Ele Cake Company)

Sports Nuts

Sugar Addicts

Skip dinner and go out for dessert! Here are our top picks for the following:

Theatre Enthusiasts

Attend a local professional production offered by one of these fantastic organizations:

And if the idea of planning an ellaborate date night seems overwhelming or impossible to you, check out one local mama’s suggestion for a simple Driveway Date Night!