by Leslie P and Jill P

We all need a break once in awhile. What better idea than to gather a group of friends for a Mom’s Night Out! We asked our readers a few months ago for their suggestions and also added some of our own.

Check out our guide below – you deserve it!

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Art Bayou

3306 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo, 49008 | (269) 375-2600

Calling all “Divas!” Join Art Bayou at their next “Diva Night” where you and your girlfriends can join other ladies to paint pottery. Bring your own beverage and your creativity. Click here or checkout their Facebook page for more information. Advanced registration is required.

Happy Our Art in Kalamazoo

Oakwood Plaza,1924 Whites Road, Kalamazoo | (269) 343-5670

Bring your friends, bring snacks and beverages (adult beverages are allowed) and everyone in the class paints a painting. The instructor gives you step-by-step very basic instructions. It’s a great opportunity to do something creative and watch as everyone creates a work of art! Check out their calendar to see what paintings will be created at each class. You can also book private parties if you have a large enough group.

My Art on Canvas

(269) 303-3510

Hosted at a variety of area organizations and restaurants, My Art on Canvas gives you step by step instructions to create a beautiful painting. They provide everything you need and even clean up for you. Check out their calendar to find your masterpiece.

Wine and Canvas

(269) 303-6408

Wine and Canvas operates much like Happy Our Art, only they have snacks and beverages available for purchase at the studio. All of the paintings for the month are posted on the calendar on their website.

2016 KIA Arts Fair

Grab a girlfriend and head over to the KIA Arts Fair on June 3 from 3:00-8:00 pm or
June 4 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Friday features music on the Rotary stage, food trucks on South Street, and a beer garden at the KIA, 4:00-10:00 pm. Saturday features children’s activities 10:00 am-4:00 pm – including the popular Art Detectives scavenger hunt — and music performances on two stages.





Celebration Cinema – Crossroads

6600 Ring Rd, Portage, MI 49002 | (269) 324-7469

Celebration Cinema has a new Sunday Radio Discount Movie. Every Sunday a new movie plays for only $5 a ticket. Click here to see what is playing at Celebration Cinema Crossroads in Portage.

Henderson Castle – Murder Mystery Dinner

100 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, 49006 | (269) 344-1827

Who did it!? Enjoy an evening of figuring out the answer to that question during a Murder Mystery Dinner at Henderson Castle. 1920’s and 1930’s dress is encouraged.


Lawton Ridge Winery

8456 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo, 49009 | (269) 372-9463

Pizza and wine or crepes and wine? Can’t go wrong with either. On alternating Wednesdays, Lawton Ridge Winery hosts Crepes by the Lake and Camzies Pizza for wine events. Enjoy delicious food, split a bottle of wine or enjoy a glass. Click here to view their calendar or check out their Facebook page.

Tempo Vino Winery

260 E. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo | (269) 342-WINE

At Tempo Vino Winery, customers are welcome to stop in any time and sample wines. The cost is $5 for the tasting, but free with a wine purchase. Tempo Vino Winery is also available for private wine tasting functions. If you have a group and want your own wine tasting event, the cost if $15/per person/ per hour (with a minimum charge for 10 people).



Barn Theatre

13351 West M-96, Augusta, 49012 | (269) 731-4121

Upcoming shows this summer include Guys & Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rocky Horror Show and more.

The Civic

329 South Park Street, Kalamazoo, 49007 | (269) 343-1313


Farmers Alley Theatre

221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo, 49007 | (269) 343-2727

Catch a play at the Downtown Kalamazoo Farmers Alley Theatre. Click here for upcoming shows.

Kalamazoo State Theatre

404 South Burdick, Kalamazoo, 49007 | (269) 345-6500

Rock out to a concert or laugh with a comedian at the Kalamazoo State Theater. Upcoming shows in May include Breaking Benjamin and Lewis Black.

Wings Event Center

3600 Vanrick Drive, Kalamazoo, 49001 | (269) 345-1125

Home to Kalamazoo Wings Hockey, The Wings Event Center features a variety of concerts, expos, trade shows and events. On May 26th you can catch “I Love the 90’s” with performances from Coolio, Salt-n-Pepa, Color me Badd and others.


Blush Salon Spa – Girls Night Out

100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo | 269-567-7675

Enjoy pedi-tinis and maybe a cocktail! Click here for more information or to book a party.

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Want to have a good dinner out with friends? See our Date Night Restaurants options. While not a “date” with your significant other, these restaurant options are a good bet and endorsed by our Readers.

BOLD Restaurant and Catering

6915 West Q Avenue, Kalamazoo, 49009 | (269) 375-8551

BOLD Restaurant, located in Texas Corners, has great weekly promotions. On Mondays, you and your friends can take 40% off their small plates (perfect for sharing), or on Wednesdays, you can enjoy half-off bottles of select wines.

Chef’s Table at Zazios

100 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-384-2650

A fun and interactive dinner prepared by Chef Joe Pearson. Open reservations are available on Thursdays at 6:30 pm and Fridays & Saturdays at 5:30 pm & 8:30 pm. Visit their website to check out the featured monthly menu.


Wine Loft

The Wine Loft has great weekly promotions, perfect for a Mom’s Night Out, including half-off bottles of wine on Tuesdays and $5 martinis and cocktails on Wednesdays. Check out the Wine Loft Facebook page for other wine events and dinners.

Do you have a favorite place for a Mom’s Night Out? Let us know!








By | 2017-09-05T13:53:33+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Parent resources|Comments Off on Mom’s Night Out Ideas for Spring 2016

About the Author:

Leslie is passionate about promoting everything the Kalamazoo area has to offer. A mother of two, she enjoys reading mystery novels, trying out new recipes and browsing Pinterest for new ideas.