January Date Night – With or Without Kids

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It is tempting to hibernate in January, but if you need to get out, we have some ideas for a little couple time. We understand that sometimes you need to bring the kids and sometimes you need to leave them behind. Either way, we offer some January date night ideas from around town – with or without the third (fourth, fifth…) wheel.


January Date Night Ideas – With or Without the Kids

1/26/19: Three Exhibit Openings @ American Swedish Institute  | $12/Adults; $6/Children | Three new exhibits open at ASI: Imagine: Surreal Photography by Erik Johansson; Facing the Climate, work by five Swedish cartoonists and Witness: Stuart Klipper, photographs of the post-Chernobyl Sápmi landscapes. While the subject matter of these exhibits is probably geared toward adults, you can bring the kids if you want. Take a break in the Family Gallery if it gets to be too much.

1/4/19-2/28/19: Omnifest @ Science Museum of Minnesota  | $9.95/Adults; $8.95/Children; Free with membership (one per day) | Omnifest is a great way to kick off that gift membership you got for Christmas. Bring the kids or leave them home. Combine it with a museum visit or not. Whatever way you do it, the Science Museum offers five films for your date night consideration.

This year’s options include:

Ring of Fire
Get a front row seat for the spectacular eruptions of Mount St. Helens and Sakurajima in Japan. See the birth of a new volcano in southern Chile, and meet people who live within the shadows of some of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Journey to Space
See giant-screen views of Earth and footage of remarkable operations in space. For instance, the deployment and repair of the famous Hubble Space Telescope, the launching of the Shuttle and assembly of the International Space Station. Also, get a sweeping overview of past space accomplishments, current activities, and future plans.

National Parks Adventure
Go on a breathtaking journey to 30 spectacular landscapes. Included are Yellowstone’s famous geysers, the soaring Devil’s Tower, the raging rivers of Denali National Park and the teeming wildlife of the Everglades. 

The Greatest Places
Ride along on a journey to seven of the world’s most dynamic landscapes. These include, Tibet’s Chang Tang Plateau, South America’s Iguazu Falls and Amazon River, and the enormous icebergs of Greenland. Also, forays to the world’s tallest sand dunes in the Namib Desert, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and the island nation of Madagascar.

Tornado Alley
Join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, an ambitious project that seeks to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes. On this science adventure, the filmmakers take on the “severe weather capital of the world,” armed with a 70mm camera, a fleet of customized vehicles designed to withstand gale force winds, torrential rains and unrelenting hail, and an arsenal of the most advanced weather measurement instruments ever created.

January Date Night Ideas – Leave the Kids at Home

1/7/19: (Not So) Young Adult Book Club @ Red Balloon Bookshop | 6:30pm | Free, RSVP Appreciated | This book club is for adults who love to read Young Adult books. However, you could always share the book with your teen later. January’s book is The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding.

1/31/19: History Happy Hour – Sherlock Holmes, the First Fandom @ Alexander Ramsey House, 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul, MN 55102 | 8:30-10:30pm | $26/pp | Are you Sherlock fans? Then, take a night out to learn about the first generation of “Holmies”. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation and time to mingle in the mansion. 21+.

Thursdays: Adult Night @ Courageous heARTs,  2235 E. 38th St., ​Minneapolis, MN 55407 | 6pm-9pm | $10/pp | Drop in to the art studio to make some kid-free art. Supplies and materials provided.

January Date Night Ideas – Childcare Provided

Sundays In January: Lattes & Lego @ Snapology Discovery Center, 2649 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis | 9am-11 | $8 per child | Enjoy 1 delicious beverage from Bob’s Java Hut (next door to Snapology) while your kiddo plays at Snapology for a reduced price! Either bring your drink over to the Discovery Center to build with your child, or if they are 5+, leave them at Snapology while you enjoy your coffee or tea over at Bob’s. Limited Space Register to Save Your Spot!


LEGO: Saturday Morning Coffee by Amanda Payton


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