Date night, with kids in tow
Our Weekend section recently did a fun package on 5 playful date night ideas , beyond the ho-hum dinner and a movie. You had your horse-back riding sporty date, your hanging out at the beach date, your music lovers date. But for moms, the idea of a date night with kids probably seems like an oxymoron.
Still, I liked where writer Stephanie Hayes went with this: fun, light and easy:
You’re all set to go. You’re wearing your little black dress, your pressed slacks, your bedroom eyes. The cab is waiting outside, and you’re ready to tipple, baby! Then the phone rings. The sitter. Cough cough cough. Now what? There’s no reason to cancel a perfectly good date night when there are so many options for the tykes to tag along. Just change into jeans, throw them in the car and head out to these handy locations for some family bonding that’s not totally lame.
Bounce off the walls: Wear yourself out at Airheads Trampoline Arena (5072 W Linebaugh Ave.), a huge building filled with wall-to-wall bright blue and green trampolines. Jump in the air, hurl yourself at a wall, do tricks, play dodgeball or just kind of hang out and bounce. There are also 30 arcade games, seating areas to chill out and the Air Cafe with meals and snacks. Open jumping is $12 an hour and includes safety gear for the kids. It’s $10 per hour after that. If you’re hardcore, you can buy a five-hour block for $50. During the summer, Airheads opens at 10 a.m. and stays open until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday, midnight Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday. See airheadsusa.com.
Calm down, then eat: By now, you’re starving. If you didn’t eat at Airheads, try Burger 21, an upscale burger joint down the street in Westchase (9664 W Linebaugh Ave.) The place is popular for its inventive burger varieties like beef, chicken, turkey and shrimp. You can trick your kids into eating anything if it’s in a patty! On the 21st of each month, Burger 21 donates some proceeds to a charity. This month, it’s Citrus Park Elementary. They’re open until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday. See burger21.com.
Healthy finish: End with a tangy treat and send the kids to bed. Check out Tanya & Matt’s Froyo Fresh (12211 W Linebaugh Ave.), an endeavor by popular local ice cream shop owners Tanya Rubin and Matt Walsh. Go on, let the kids dump mounds of gummy bears on their dessert. It’s date night! They’re open until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. every other night.
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