Moms Just Want to Have Fun
When was the last time you had a true moms night out (or afternoon out) with your mom friends?
If you have to think long and hard on when the last MNO was, well – it sounds like a little ‘me time’ is in order.
Being a mom is one of the best things that life offers, but let’s face it, when those rare opportunities arise to escape, make sure to take advantage of it. You’ll come back refreshed and a ready to tackle parenting with gusto. Take a break from the regular mom routine and grab your friends (or even a little alone time) then head out for some fun.
We’ve listed new, unique and fun ideas that’ll get you reconnecting and bonding with your girls in no time.
35+ Ideas for an Unforgettable Mom’s Night Out
We’ve rounded up our favorite gal-pal ideas around Kalamazoo to make it the perfect Mom’s Night Out.
Catch A Performance
Enjoy a concert at the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.
Head out to the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre to catch a performance of a musical, comedy or drama.
Rock out to a concert or laugh with a comedian at the Kalamazoo State Theater.
Take in a play at the Downtown Kalamazoo Farmers Alley Theatre.
Spend an evening at Miller Auditorium where you can see touring productions straight from Broadway, live concerts and comedy events.
Crafting & Creating
Art Bayou is a paint your own pottery studio, and they also offer mosaics and glass fusing classes. No appointment is necessary most of the time to paint pottery, but occasionally classes change their drop-in schedule.
Head out to an art studio and enjoy an evening of painting at Happy Our Art in Kalamazoo or Painting with a Twist in Portage. Or, Paint with Wine and Canvas at a local restaurant. Paints and supplies are provided and an instructor will give you step-by-step instructions so that you can create your own masterpiece. Advanced registration is required.
Create a project to hang in your home at Make Studio Kalamazoo. All supplies are provided and the instructor will teach the process to create your piece, so no worries if you don’t feel artsy or creative. Advanced registration is required.
Walk in anytime during store hours and you can craft your own unique scented candle at Kalamazoo Candle Company. No reservations needed, but be sure to check their website to make sure there are no private parties scheduled. Have a group of eight or more moms? You can schedule your own private group candle making session.
Try Something New
Learn about the making of craft beer in Kalamazoo and take a brewery tour at Arcadia Ales or Bell’s Brewery.
Food Dance offers tasting classes – tequila, gin, and rum, to name a few. These casual classes allow you to enjoy spirits samples and small bites the chef has created to pair with each. Advanced reservations required.
Enhance your culinary skills. There are several opportunities around Kalamazoo for you to learn to cook or bake something new. Our list of cooking classes will show you what’s on the menu.
See if you have what it takes to make your “escape” from one of the local escape rooms, like Escapeology at Airway Fun Center or The Final Clue.
Exercise your mind at a local Trivia Night. One Well Brewing and Wings West are two places in the Kalamazoo area to offer Team Trivia nights.
Celebration Cinema in Portage has Sunday Radio Discount Movies when a new movie plays for only $6 a ticket every Sunday.
Relax and Unwind
Visit a yoga studio and enjoy Savasana; everyone’s favorite yoga pose. Health is Wealth Yoga is one of many yoga studios in the Kalamazoo area that offer private group yoga sessions for a small fee.
Schedule a manicure and pedicure party at a local salon. Triangle Nails in Portage has a VIP room that can be reserved for groups.
Take a break and relax in the hot tubs at The Oasis.
Take a trip on the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail for wine tasting. Or, stay closer to home and try wine tasting at Tempo Vino Winery or Lawton Ridge Winery.
Rent a pontoon boat and spend some time on the lake relaxing with friends. Gull Lake Marine rents boats on Gull Lake in Richland.
Give rock climbing a try at Climb Kalamazoo.
Grab your kayak or canoe and join Kanoe the Kazoo on a guided paddle trip. Or, rent kayaks from one of the many rental options in the area and explore a lake or river with your friends.
Try a new sport. Head out to a local golf course. Discover Kalamazoo has a great list of golf courses in the area.
Hit the trails for a walk, run or bike ride. Explore the best biking and hiking trails Southwest Michigan has to offer.
Get your bowl on at Revel and Roll or Airway Fun Center. Both places have Thursday bowling specials.
Explore downtown Kalamazoo with a scavenger hunt from Operation City Quest or ScavengerHunt.com.
Frugal MNO Options
Gather together at a library, coffee shop or a friend’s house for a book club.
Host a clothes swap with friends and trade clothes you don’t wear or want and come away with new items to add to your wardrobe.
Choose your favorite chick-flick movie and pop popcorn for an at-home movie night.
Meal prep together and stock your freezer with dinners to help on busy days or when you just don’t feel like meal planning.
Take a look in your game closet and pick out a favorite for a game night with the girls.
Local Restaurants With MNO Opportunities
Want to have a good dinner out with friends? See our Date Night Restaurants options. While not a “date” with your significant other, the list of restaurant options are a good bet for an entertaining gal-pal evening.
BOLD, located in Texas Corners, and The Wine Loft, downtown Kalamazoo, offer great weekly promotions, perfect for a relaxing night out.
Enjoy a fun and interactive dinner at the Chef’s Table at Zazio’s, where they offer different food themes every month.
Do you have a favorite place for a Mom’s Night Out? Make sure to let us know.
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