30+ Ideas to Spice Up Your Mom’s Night Out in Kalamazoo


Moms Just Want to Have Fun –  Time for a Mom’s Night Out!

When was the last time you had a true mom’s 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 to escape arise, make sure to take advantage of it. You’ll come back refreshed and ready to tackle parenting with gusto. Take a break from the regular mom routine and grab your friends and head out for some fun.

Here are some new, unique and fun ideas that’ll get you reconnecting and bonding with your girls in no time.

Mom’s Night Out, Social Distancing Style

Are you still practicing social distancing? Me too. Despite the pandemic, my friends and I have still gotten in a couple of mom’s night out hangouts, social distancing style. They’ve not only been fun, but SO helpful, and I dare say, necessary!

Tending to our mental health and well being is so important- and even more so during this time full of uncertainties. Getting together with your friends to vent, laugh, and talk about the elephants in the room can be so therapeutic. Here are some fun ideas to make it happen.



5 Pandemic-Proof MNO Ideas

01 | Have a bonfire: Everyone brings their own drinks, snacks, and chair to sit 6 feet apart around the fire. There’s something about a fire that sets the tone for the night.

02 |  Take a walk/hike: Grab coffee near your walking location and prepare for a great time of nature and connection.

03 | Go kayaking: or canoeing. This is a perfect way to stay socially distanced together and chat at the same time.

04 | Go mini-golfing: A round on these holes isn’t just for kids; this can be a really fun, chill time with the girls.

05 | Plan a picnic: Eat together in one of the parks around town. Three local favorites: Kalamazoo Nature Center after a hike through the trails, Ramona Park by the water, or Kindleberger Park on the big hill.


30+ Ideas for an Unforgettable Mom’s Night Out

I look forward to mom’s night out so much! We all need laughter, real talk and real fun- and our connections with other moms provide a nice recharge to return home.

This list is super helpful in making a great choice for the mood of the night. Find the perfect choice of gal-pal ideas and places to go around Kalamazoo for your group.


Catch a Performance

1| Enjoy a concert at the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

2 |Rock out to a concert or laugh with a comedian at the Kalamazoo State Theater.

3 | Take in a play at the Downtown Kalamazoo Farmers Alley Theatre.

4 | Spend an evening at Miller Auditorium where you can see touring productions straight from Broadway, live concerts and comedy events.

5 | Head out to the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre to catch a performance of a musical, comedy or drama.

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Crafting & Creating

6 | Drop-in at Art Bayou to paint your own pottery. If working with glass is more your style, sign up for mosaics or glass fusing classes.

7 | 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.

8 | Create a masterpiece 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. 

9 | Craft your own scented candle at Kalamazoo Candle Company. Have a group of eight or more moms? You can schedule your own private group candle making session.

Try Something New

10 | Learn about the making of craft beer in Kalamazoo and take a brewery tour at Bell’s Brewery.

11| 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.

12 | 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.

13 | See if you have what it takes to make your “escape” from one of Escapeology‘s seven escape rooms.

14 | Exercise your mind at a local Trivia Night. One Well Brewing and Wings West are two options in Kalamazoo for Team Trivia nights.

Be Active

15 | Give rock climbing a try at Climb Kalamazoo.

16 | Try golfing. Discover Kalamazoo has a great list of golf courses in the area.

17 | Hit the trails for a walk, run or bike ride. Explore the best bike and hiking trails Southwest Michigan has to offer.

18 | Get your bowl on at Revel and Roll or Airway Fun Center.

19 | Explore downtown Kalamazoo with a scavenger hunt from Operation City Quest or ScavengerHunt.com.

20 | Rent kayaks from one of the many rental options in the area and explore a lake or river with your friends.


Relax & Unwind

21 | Enjoy Savasana (everyone’s favorite yoga pose) at Down Dog Yoga or Sanctuary. Both studios offer private group yoga sessions for a small fee.

22 | Schedule a manicure and pedicure party at a local salon. Triangle Nails in Portage has a VIP room that can be reserved for groups.

23 | Take a break and relax in the hot tubs at The Oasis.

24 | Take a trip on the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail for wine tasting. If staying closer to Kalamazoo, try wine tasting at Tempo Vino Winery or Lawton Ridge Winery.

25 | Take in the refreshing vibes and sit by the water on West Lake for a dinner at Cove Lakeside Bistro.


Frugal/FREE Mom’s Night Out Options

26 | Gather together at a library, coffee shop or a friend’s house for a book club.

27 | 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.

28 | Choose your favorite chick-flick movie and pop popcorn for an at-home movie night.

29 | Meal prep together and stock your freezer with dinners to help on busy days or when you just don’t feel like meal planning.

30 | Take a look in your game closet and pick out a favorite for a game night with the girls.


Local Restaurants With MNO Opportunities

31 | Want to have a good dinner out with friends? See our Date Night Restaurant options. While not a “date” with your significant other, the list of restaurant options is a good bet for an entertaining gal-pal evening.

32 | BOLD, located in Texas Corners, and The Wine Loft, downtown Kalamazoo, offer great weekly promotions, perfect for a relaxing night out.

33 | Enjoy a fun and interactive dinner at the Chef’s Table at Zazio’s, where they offer different food themes every month.

34| Dine outside. Texas Corners Brewing Company is one favorite that offers a great patio for catching up with friends.