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What kind of couple are you? Does Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 get you going? Or is your happy place found in a great burger and a cold beer? Maybe you have a passion for fine art and dream of visiting the Louvre. Or maybe you love baseball and consider Wrigley Field your mecca. Whatever your style, Dallas has the perfect destination for your next night out. No excuses allowed, even if the baby sitter is busy. There are numerous options for a kids’ night out too, guaranteeing a great night for you and your children.
 

For Dallas Duos:
The Classic Couple

You probably had the big church wedding, and your home décor can be described as traditional with a touch of elegance. You typically have a single glass of wine after dinner while taking in the evening news. You are the classic couple, and chances are you’re itching for an opportunity to pull out your favorite LBD and sport coat. You’re in luck, because Dallas offers some of the best dining experiences around.
 
Pick a Saturday and drop the kids off at Mockingbird Swim before heading out on the town. Parents’ Night Out starts at 5pm every Saturday and is sure to be a blast for kids 6 months old and up. Kids will enjoy snacks, a swim lesson and age-appropriate activities until 10pm.
 
After the kids are situated and you’ve said your goodbyes, head over to Neighborhood Services. Be sure you call ahead to get added to the waitlist, because this intimate restaurant with a speakeasy vibe is a popular date-night destination. The rotating menu complete with East and West Coast comfort foods caters to all palates. Try the caramelized sea scallops paired with the highly recommended Three Jack and Mac Casserole. This is a dinner to linger over, so don’t be surprised if you look up and hours have passed. Just be sure not to forgo the chocolate Texas sheet cake. It can always be boxed up and taken home to share with the kids. Of course, that’s if they don’t fall asleep on the way.
 
Mockingbird Swim
$40 for the first child, $20 for siblings
Dallas, 214/841-1020
mockingbirdswim.com
 
Neighborhood Services
Dallas, 214/350-5027
neighborhoodservicesdallas.com
 

The Low-key Couple
One of your favorite things to do is curl up on the couch in sweats and watch a good movie.  Five-star cuisine doesn’t impress you much, and although you love a good date night, it doesn’t have to be a fancy affair. So hit the deck at Urban Crust in Plano or Stackhouse in Deep Ellum for a relaxed atmosphere and plain good food. 
 
While you’re chowing down in Plano, your kids will be eating pizza and taking full advantage of the supervised open gym at Precision Gymnastics in Richardson. Drop the kids off any Friday at 7:30pm before chillaxing at Urban Crust for a few hours while they wear themselves out. Order a specialty wood-fired pizza or create your own from their fresh toppings. Make sure to visit the third-floor bar for cold drinks and cool fall breezes before picking up the kids at 10:30pm.
 
If you’re heading for downtown on a Saturday, drop your kids by ASI Gymnastics in Lake Highlands at 7pm for a themed night of games and tumbling, with dinner and drinks provided. Then hit Stackhouse for some of the juiciest burgers around. Stackhouse also serves sandwiches, but we suggest you go for the patty – prepared however you like. Toppings are extra, as are sides, but the sweet potato fries and thin-cut onion rings easily serve two. Order a local beer to nurse while you lounge on the patio overlooking the Dallas skyline. Kick back – the kids are well looked after until 11pm.

Urban Crust
Plano, 972/509-1400
urbancrust.com
 
Precision Gymnastics
$13 for non-members
Richardson, 972/907-2248
firstgymnastics.com
 
Stackhouse
Dallas, 214/828-1330
stackhouseburgers.com
 
ASI Gymnastics
$20 for pre-registration
Lake Highlands, 972/671-5510
asigymnastics.com
 
If you're in the northwest suburbs, try Old Downtown Carollton for a casual evening with old-fashioned food and treats. 

While you’re kicking back in Old Downtown, the kids will be bouncing off the walls at BounceU, just 4.5 miles north. Drop them off at 6:30pm on the second or fourth Friday of the month for games, pizza, and, of course, lots of inflatables. Then head to Babe’s Chicken Dinner House for down home cooking and a few choruses of the Hokey Pokey. The restaurant’s rustic charm and simple cuisine draw a crowd, but are worth the wait, as you’ll see when you sit down to the bounty. Choose your entrée (chicken is an easy choice, but the fried catfish is also superb) and eat your fill of unlimited sides.
 
Make sure to save a little room for sweets and bottled sodas from Bloom’s Candy and Soda Pop Shop just down the street. Go classic with Nehi or adventurous with Rocket Fizz Green Apple Jalapeño. As you sip your sodas of choice, meander around the historic square, chat in the gazebo, or relax on a bench before returning to BounceU at 10pm.

Babe’s Chicken Dinner House
Carrollton, 972/245-7773
babeschicken.com
 
Bloom’s Candy and Soda Pop Shop
Carrollton, 972/416-5230
candycarrollton.com
 
BounceU
Carrollton, 972/939-5000
bounceu.com

The Off-the-Wall Couple
You met while working as circus performers and said “I do” to the musical stylings of a mariachi band. OK, maybe that’s a little extreme, but you’re anything but ordinary and are always looking to try something new. If the typical dinner and a movie just won’t do, opt for an off-the-wall meal at Dallas’ Velvet Taco or Richardson’s Sushi Sake.
 
Deposit the kiddos at the Jewish Community Center at 7pm for the monthly Parents’ Night Out before heading south to the Velvet Taco on Henderson Avenue. While the kids have snacks and play hard you can ponder over whose taco is tastiest. Try the Texas burger taco if traditional beef isn’t your style.
 
If a hamburger-filled taco isn’t adventurous enough for you, head north to Sushi Sake in Richardson. First, drop the kids at Quiggly’s Clayhouse, where they’ll make clay sculptures and experiment with a pottery wheel. You can do your own experimenting (think fresh eel or octopus) while the kids find their inner Michelangelo.
 
Velvet Taco
Dallas, 214/823-8358
velvettaco.com
 
Sushi Sake
Richardson, 972/470-0722
sushi-sake.com
 
Jewish Community Center
$28 per child
Dallas, 214/239-7189
jccdallas.org
 
Quiggly’s Clayhouse
$35 per child
Richardson, 972/234-2644
quigglys.com
 
 
The Cultured Couple
The only time your radio dial moves from Classical 101 is when you need a dose of world news from NPR. You dream of traveling the world and made a pact to get to Strasbourg for your silver anniversary. You know what a sommelier is. You’re the cultured couple, and you need a break from Radio Disney. So cater to your cultured tastes with a performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
 
Pick a performance on the third Friday of the month to coincide with Parents’ Night Out at the YMCA at White Rock. Drop your kids off by 6:30pm for a night of fun and games (and snacks) before driving south to the Arts District. Most performances begin at 8pm, so you have just enough time to grab a bite from one of the Meyerson’s two in-house restaurants. Chef Semenuk of Opus contrives a new menu weekly to complement the performance, while Allegro offers a global smorgasbord.
 
After preparing your palette, take your seats inside the McDermott Concert Hall, one of the world’s elite performance venues. The architectural and acoustical prowess of designers I.M. Pei and Russell Johnson allows the music to resonate with every audience member. Enjoy classical selections conducted by music director Jaap van Sweden, perhaps with a renowned guest musician; this season’s offerings include Beethoven’s Fifth and Mahler’s Sixth. When the concert concludes, linger in the lobby for wine and cocktails before retrieving the kids at 11pm.
 
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson
Dallas, 214/692-0203
dallassymphony.com
 
YMCA at White Rock
$24 per child
Dallas, 214/328-3849
ymcadallas.org
 
 
The Creative Couple
If your ideal date night involves Pinterest, then you obviously have an addiction to crafting beautiful things. You thrive on creativity, and your space reflects it. So grab your berets and brushes for an artsy evening at Painting with a Twist.
 
Your kids may be a smidge jealous that you get to spend the evening playing with paints until you drop them off at The Little Gym for Parents’ Survival Night Out. Beginning at 6:30pm on the first and third Fridays of the month, your kids can stretch their legs and their imaginations as they tumble the night away. Dinner is provided for them, but you may want to pack a picnic supper and a bottle of wine to share while you paint.
 
Art class starts at 7pm, and you should arrive 20 minutes early – so don’t dawdle on the way. Reserve your seats online to see which famous painting will serve as the inspiration for your own masterpiece. Don’t worry if you’re not a Monet; these classes are designed for any skill level. Let the wine and creative juices flow until 10pm, when class ends for you and Parents’ Survival Night Out winds to a close.
 
Painting with a Twist
McKinney, 972/542-1883
paintingwithatwist.com/mckinney
 
The Little Gym
$28 for non-members
McKinney, 214/592-0006
thelittlegym.com
 
 
The Sappy Couple
If you’ve seen The Notebook more than a handful of times and your first dance was to “The One That You Love” by Air Supply, you might be on the sappy side. Embrace the sap and enjoy a date night even Cinderella would envy, complete with a horse-drawn carriage.
 
Before scheduling your romantic evening, contact The Little Gym to reserve spots for the kiddos at the next Parents’ Survival Night Out. Drop them off at 6:30pm for food and structured playtime then drive just two miles to the flickering candles and soft piano music of St. Martin’s Wine Bistro. Opt for complimentary valet parking before claiming your reservations in this French hideaway. You must try the champagne Brie soup, and we recommend the filet medallions or the duck for your entrée. Order the chocolate soufflé to crown your sumptuous supper. During your meal, be sure to request that sentimental song you both love.
 
With the piano music still softening the air, drive a few miles south into the West End, where your very own horse-drawn carriage awaits. Arrange a ride with Northstar Carriages, and your driver will take you for a leisurely tour of the West End. Rides can last up to an hour, giving you plenty of time to whisper sweet nothings under the moonlight. You’ll be back in the car – but still in the clouds – in time to pick up the kids at 10pm.
 
St. Martin’s Wine Bistro
Dallas, 214/826-0940
stmartinswinebistro.com
 
Northstar Carriages
Dallas, 214/441-9996
dfwcarriages.com
 
The Little Gym
$28 for non-members
Dallas, 214/515-0800
thelittlegym.com

If you're north of downtown, head to historic downtown McKinney for your fairytale evening. Drop the kids off at the McKinney Family YMCA for Parents’ Night Out before driving five miles east to your reservations at Rick’s Chophouse, a rustic, romantic hideaway for cozy dining and rich Texas food. Try the chicken fried steak and the pecan pie for upscale comfort. Then step outside and into your carriage for a moonlit ride through downtown McKinney. Happy Trails Carriage Service will deposit you back on Rick’s doorstep in time to grab the kids at 10pm.

Rick's Chophouse
McKinney, 214/726-9251
rickschophouse.com

Happy Trails Carriage Service
McKinney, 214/662-6705
happytrailscarriage.com

McKinney Family YMCA
$35 for the first child, $26 for siblings
McKinney, 972/529-2559
ymcadallas.org

For Fort Worth Dates:
The Classic Couple

You probably had the big church wedding, and your home décor can be described as traditional with a touch of elegance. You typically have a single glass of wine after dinner while taking in the evening news. You are the classic couple, and chances are you’re itching for an opportunity to pull out your favorite LBD and sport coat. You’re in luck, because Fort Worth is home to Del Friscos Double Eagle Steak House – a traditional American steakhouse.
 
After you’ve finished getting all dolled up and have confirmed your 7:30pm reservation, head over to Texas Tumblers to drop the kids off for the Parent’s Night Out Program. Your kids’ jaws are sure to drop once they step into the fully equipped 18,000-square-foot gym. There won’t be a tear in sight as they rush off to run, jump and climb to exhaustion.
 
While your kids are working up a sweat, you’ll work up an appetite during the 15-minute drive to Del Friscos. Don’t worry about parking; the valet makes that downtown hassle a snap. Order a glass of wine after you get situated and take your time deciding on an appetizer – the kids are in good hands until 11pm.
 
The tuna tartare and the crab cake are favorite starters. For the entrée you can’t go wrong with a steak: Some call these slabs of meat “life-changing.” Whatever you do, be sure to give the jalapeno bacon mac ’n’ cheese a try. This is a dinner to linger over, so don’t be surprised if you look up and hours have passed. Just be sure not to forgo the crème brulee. It can always be boxed up and taken home to share with the kids. Of course, that’s if they don’t fall asleep on the way.
 
Del Friscos
Fort Worth, 817/877-3999
delfriscos.com
 
Texas Tumblers
$15 per child
Fort Worth, 817/498-8700
txtumblers.com
 

The Low-key Couple
One of your favorite things to do is curl up on the couch in sweats and watch a good movie. Five-star cuisine doesn’t impress you much, and you’re always up for a good time. You’re a low-key couple, and although you love a good date night, it doesn’t have to be a fancy affair.
 
Take a break from your kids (or give them a break from you) and drop them off at The Little Gym for Parents’ Survival Night, which takes place two weekend nights a month from 6:30–10:30pm.While you enjoy quality grown-up time, your children will soak up quality kid time by eating pizza, playing games and doing music-based activities.
 
After you get the kids settled in, head 20 minutes north to The Love Shack at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Conceived by renowned local chef Tim Love, The Love Shack is a classic, quintessentially low-key burger joint. Order one of the award-winning burgers (the Dirty Love is a favorite) and pair it with the shake of the day. Love Shack combos come in under $7, so no need to break the bank.
 
Once you’ve enjoyed the Love Shack experience, walk over to The White Elephant Saloon. Also owned by Love, the White Elephant has been voted one of the 100 Best Bars in America by Esquire and features pool tables, shuffleboard, a real wooden dance floor and live music. Dance your heart out until about 10pm when you head out to pick up the kids. You can argue about who had the most fun on the ride home.
 
The Little Gym
$28 per child for nonmembers
Fort Worth, 817/346-9655
thelittlegym.com
 
The Love Shack
Fort Worth, 817/740-8812
loveburgershack.com
 
The White Elephant Saloon
Fort Worth, 817/624-8273
whiteelephantsaloon.com
 

The Off-the-Wall Couple
You met while working as circus performers and said “I do” to the musical stylings of a mariachi band. OK, maybe that’s a little extreme, but you’re anything but ordinary and are always looking to try something new. If the typical dinner and a movie just won’t do, try Potager Café in Arlington for a one-of-a-kind date night. This café serves an ever-changing menu full of items prepared with ingredients from local organic famers and ranchers. It also adheres to an unusual “pay-what-you-want” policy. Patrons are encouraged to order only as much food as they can eat and anonymously pay what they deem fair for the food consumed. Potager Café is BYOB, so go ahead and bring a bottle from home.
 
Before you head to dinner, drop the kids off at ASI Gymnastics just five miles down the road. Parents’ Night Out starts at 7pm on the third Saturday of each month. Kids enjoy five hours of dinner, drinks and games based on a nightly theme. While the kids are playing, you can enjoy the quiet and relaxing atmosphere at Potager’s until closing time at 9pm. Head over to America’s Best Coffee once you finish up to play a game or complete a puzzle over a decaf. Saturday night is Open Mic Night – bring that poem you’ve been working on.
 
Potager Café
Arlington, 817/861-2292
potagercafe.com
 
ASI Gymnastics
$25 per child for walk-in
Arlington, 817/417-9998
asigymnastics.com
 
America’s Best Coffee
Arlington, 817/557-3375
americasbestcoffee.wordpress.com

If you're up north, make your reservations at the Texas Star Dinner Theater for a date night that to remember. The Texas Star Dinner Theater is home to Lone Star Murder Mysteries, a professional entertainment company specializing in Western whodunnits. Lone Star Murder Mysteries have won numerous entertainment awards and call themselves “side-splittingly funny.”
 
Drop the kids at Southlake Gymnastics at 7pm for Friday Night Out before heading to the theater. Kids will eat pizza and party the night away while you ponder the list of suspects just three miles down the road.
 
The doors open at 7pm and dinner is served at 7:30pm. When you order your tickets you’ll choose between four meal options: beef, chicken, fish or vegetarian. Alcoholic beverages and sodas are available for purchase at a cash bar. Get ready for some good fun; the show starts at 8pm. Shows last 90 minutes, including a 10-minute intermission, so you’ll find out who did it with just enough time to pick the kids up by 10. If you can, stick around after the show to have your photo taken with the cast.
 
Texas Star Dinner Theater
Grapevine, 817/310-5588
texasstardinnertheater.com
 
Southlake Gymnastics
$17 per child, $15 for siblings
Southlake, 817/912-1264
southlakegymnastics.com 
 

The Cultured Couple
The only time your radio dial moves from Classical 101 is when you need a dose of world news from NPR. You dream of traveling the world and made a pact to get to Strasbourg for your silver anniversary. You know what a sommelier is. You’re the cultured couple, and you need a break from Radio Disney. Luckily, Fort Worth is home to the third largest cultural district in the nation. Bass Performance Hall is the crowning gem, home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater and Fort Worth Opera. There is much culture to be had.
 
Twenty minutes away is the Fort Worth Ryan YMCA, which offers Parents’ Night Out one Friday a month. Drop the kids off at 6pm to eat pizza, watch movies and play games before heading downtown for a quick bite at one of the nearby restaurants. Make a reservation at Café Modern at the Modern Art Museum for Modern Friday Nights or at Ellerbe Fine Foods. Ellerbe’s menu features items prepared with locally grown products and offers a selection of boutique wines. Savor every bite but don’t dawdle over dinner –the show starts at 7:30pm. Performances vary by date, but expect to hear classics such as Mahler’s Fifth and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Performances typically last two hours, giving you time to pick the kids up by 10pm and have everyone in bed before Leno.
 
Bass Performance Hall
Fort Worth, 817/212-4325
basshall.com
 
Ryan YMCA
$25 per child for nonmembers, $6 for siblings
Fort Worth, 817/346-8855
ymcafw.org
 
Café Modern
Fort Worth, 817/738-9215
themodern.org
 
Ellerbe Fine Foods
Fort Worth, 817/926-3663
ellerbefinefoods.com
 

The Creative Couple
If you make all of your kid’s birthday invitations by hand and painstakingly create a new wreath for every holiday, you’re probably on the creative side. Mix your hobby with pleasure on your next date night by creating a one-of-kind painting at A Piece of Work.
 
Your kids may be a smidge jealous that you get to spend the evening playing with paints, at least until you drop them off at the nearby Genesis United Methodist Church for Parents’ Night Out. They will enjoy an evening complete with games, snacks and crafts of their own. Parents’ Night Out begins at 6pm, giving you plenty of time to make it to the Fort Worth Food Park for a quick dinner. With a wide variety of food trucks on daily rotation, you’re sure to find something tasty.
 
Art class starts at 8pm, and you want to arrive about 15 minutes early. Projects vary but expect to create something like an instrument, an animal or a floral arrangement. Don’t worry if you’re not a Monet; these classes are fit for any skill level. A Piece of Work also allows you to bring in outside snacks and beverages. Perhaps a shared bottle of wine will help you find you inner artist. The kids are safe and sound until 11pm, so after your two-hour class feel free to take a stroll through the arts district.
 
A Piece of Work
Fort Worth, 817/737-7700

 
Genesis United Methodist Church
$25 per child
Fort Worth, 817/292-4551
genesisumc.com
 
Fort Worth Food Park
Fort Worth, 817/862-7289
fwfoodpark.com
 
 
The Sappy Couple
If you’ve seen The Notebook more than a handful of times and your first dance was to “The One That You Love” by Air Supply, you might be on the sappy side. Embrace the sap and enjoy a date night even Cinderella would envy, complete with a horse-drawn carriage.
 
It’s Kids’ Night Out one Friday a month at University Baptist Church. Drop the kiddos off at 6pm for food and fun before heading five miles north to Grace, a restaurant serving modern American classics in a romantic atmosphere. Have a glass of wine from their temperature-controlled wine cellar while you wait for your 6:30pm reservation.
 
Start with foie gras or the market sashimi followed by Grace’s Maine lobster risotto. Savor every bite, but be sure to ask for the check and order a helping of their red velvet cake around 8pm, because your very own horse-drawn carriage is waiting. Just call Classic Carriages to arrange for a carriage to arrive at the restaurant’s doorstep and take you for a 30-minute spin around Sundance Square. Your ride will come to a stop at the same steps you started from, giving you plenty of time to pick the kids up by 9:30pm and make it home with time to spare for a bedtime story.
 
University Baptist Church
$10 per child
Fort Worth, 817/926-3318
ubcfortworth.com
 
Grace
Fort Worth, 817/877-3388
gracefortworth.com
 
Classic Carriages
Fort Worth, 817/336-0400
classiccarriages.net

For North Texas Nights:
The Classic Couple

You probably had the big church wedding, and your home décor can be described as traditional with a touch of elegance. You typically have a single glass of wine after dinner while taking in the evening news. You are the classic couple, and chances are you’re itching for an opportunity to pull out your favorite LBD and sport coat. If you’re that classic couple, then the town is Grapevine, and your night includes elegant dining at the Gaylord Texan and an upscale movie experience.
 
Deposit your kids at The Coppell Family YMCA at 5pm with a sack dinner in hand, and they’ll be running wild ’til 10. In the meantime, you’ve got five hours without the kids, so no need to rush to your reservations at the Old Hickory Steakhouse. When you arrive, relax at the wine bar before descending the spiral staircase into Old-World charm and romantic ambient lighting. For your meal, bookend a classic Texas steak with lobster bisque and the not-to-be-missed vanilla crème brûlée.
 
Take your time at Old Hickory before driving north to Grapevine Mills for your movie reservation at AMC’s Cinema Suites. Though you’ll probably be too full to order a second supper, enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine as you recline in luxury in this adults-only theater. No kids, no crowds: The night is all yours – until you pick up the kiddos at movie’s end.
 
Old Hickory Steakhouse
Grapevine, 817/778-2215
gaylordhotels.com
 
AMC Grapevine Mills 30
Grapevine, 972/539-5909
amctheatres.com
 
The Coppell Family YMCA
$15 per child for nonmembers, $10 for siblings
Coppell, 972/393-5121
ymcadallas.org
 
 
The Low-key Couple
One of your favorite things to do is curl up on the couch in sweats and watch a good movie.  Five-star cuisine doesn’t impress you much, and although you love a good date night, it doesn’t have to be a fancy affair. So head to Denton for a casual evening of old-fashioned food and treats. Plan your date for the second Saturday of the month so your kids can also have a night out nearby. Drop them off for Parents’ Night out at Achievers Gymnastics at 6:30pm for pizza, games and tumbling.
 
Then drive five miles north to Rooster’s Roadhouse, a self-proclaimed “red neck, white trash, blue collar” joint on Industrial Street in downtown Denton. Expect a clean but casual atmosphere, rummage-sale décor and some of the best grub in town. For an appetizer, try the Red Neck Sushi (no fish in this dish), or sign the waiver and bite into the Hell Burger, a slider with sauce that’s straight from you-know-where. To cool your tongue, order a frozen Cockeyed Lemonade to accompany your entrée, be it a burger, a sandwich or their famous barbecue.
 
When you’ve had your fill, wander around The Square. Stop by Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream parlor for a homemade waffle cone or an ice cream soda. Add a touch of class to your evening (but not too much) at Wine Squared, a laidback wine bar where you’ll never feel underdressed. Or kick off your shoes and lounge on the courthouse lawn – just don’t forget to pick up the kids at 10:30pm.
 
Rooster’s Roadhouse
Denton, 940/382-4227
roosters-roadhouse.com
 
Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Denton, 940/384-1818
bethmaries.com
 
Wine Squared
Denton, 940/384-9463
winetimeswine.com
 
Achievers Gymnastics
$28 for walk-in, $10 for siblings
Denton, 940/484-4900
achieversgymnastics.com
 
 
The Off-the-Wall Couple
You met while working as circus performers and said “I do” to the musical stylings of a mariachi band. OK, maybe that’s a little extreme, but you’re anything but ordinary and are always looking to try something new. If the typical dinner and a movie just won’t do, try the Texas Star Dinner Theater for a one-of-a-kind date night. The Texas Star Dinner Theater is home to Lone Star Murder Mysteries, a professional entertainment company specializing in Western whodunnits. Lone Star Murder Mysteries have won numerous entertainment awards and call themselves “side-splittingly funny.”
 
Drop the kids at Southlake Gymnastics at 7pm for Friday Night Out before heading to the theater. Kids will eat pizza and party the night away while you ponder the list of suspects just three miles down the road.
 
The doors open at 7pm and dinner is served at 7:30pm. When you order your tickets you’ll choose between four meal options: beef, chicken, fish or vegetarian. Alcoholic beverages and sodas are available for purchase at a cash bar. Get ready for some good fun; the show starts at 8pm. Shows last 90 minutes, including a 10-minute intermission, so you’ll find out who did it with just enough time to pick the kids up by 10. If you can, stick around after the show to have your photo taken with the cast.
 
Texas Star Dinner Theater
Grapevine, 817/310-5588
texasstardinnertheater.com
 
Southlake Gymnastics
$17 per child, $15 for siblings
Southlake, 817/912-1264
southlakegymnastics.com 
 

The Cultured Couple
The only time your radio dial moves from Classical 101 is when you need a dose of world news from NPR. You dream of traveling the world and made a pact to get to Strasbourg for your silver anniversary. You know what a sommelier is. You’re the cultured couple, and you need a break from Radio Disney. So cater to your cultured tastes with a performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
 
Pick a performance on the third Friday of the month to coincide with Parents’ Night Out at the YMCA at White Rock. Drop your kids off by 6:30pm for a night of fun and games (and snacks) before driving south to the Arts District. Most performances begin at 8pm, so you have just enough time to grab a bite from one of the Meyerson’s two in-house restaurants. Chef Semenuk of Opus contrives a new menu weekly to complement the performance, while Allegro offers a global smorgasbord.
 
After preparing your palette, take your seats inside the McDermott Concert Hall, one of the world’s elite performance venues. The architectural and acoustical prowess of designers I.M. Pei and Russell Johnson allows the music to resonate with every audience member. Enjoy classical selections conducted by music director Jaap van Sweden, perhaps with a renowned guest musician; this season’s offerings include Beethoven’s Fifth and Mahler’s Sixth. When the concert concludes, linger in the lobby for wine and cocktails before retrieving the kids at 11pm.
 
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson
Dallas, 214/692-0203
dallassymphony.com
 
YMCA at White Rock
$24 per child for nonmembers
Dallas, 214/328-3849
ymcadallas.org
 
 
The Creative Couple
If your ideal date night involves Pinterest, then you obviously have an addiction to crafting beautiful things. You thrive on creativity, and your space reflects it. So grab your berets and brushes for an artsy evening at Painting with a Twist.
 
Your kids may be a smidge jealous that you get to spend the evening playing with paints until you drop them off at the nearby Best Gymnastics for Best Night Out. Beginning at 6pm on the second Saturday of each month, kids can enjoy a themed party with games, contests, gymnastics and other fun activities. Dinner is provided for them, but you may want to pack a picnic supper and a bottle of wine to share while you paint.
 
Art class starts at 7pm, and you should arrive 20 minutes early – so don’t dawdle on the way. Reserve your seats online to see which famous painting will serve as the inspiration for your own masterpiece. Don’t worry if you’re not a Monet; these classes are designed for any skill level. Let the wine and creative juices flow until 10pm, when class ends for you and Best Night Out winds to a close.
 
Painting with a Twist
Flower Mound, 972/691-8386
paintingwithatwist.com/flowermound
 
Best Gymnastics
$25 per child, $20 for siblings
Flower Mound, 972/874-8800
bestgymnastics.net
 
 
The Sappy Couple
You’re a couple of hopeless romantics – and proud of it. You’d like nothing better than to whisper sweet nothings and snuggle by moonlight … preferably on the veranda of a Tuscan villa. Well, Romeo and Juliet, Italy may be out of reach on a typical Saturday, but a gondola ride through the Mandalay Canals will bring all the romance of Italy to your date night.
 
But first, an elegant meal. Reserve a table at Trevi’s in the Omni Mandalay, and reserve a place for your kids at Irving Gymnastics, just four miles away. Drop them off at 6pm for a night of tumbling, crafts and pizza before arriving in Las Colinas for your Modern Italian Steakhouse experience. Specialties include the scallop appetizer and the prosciutto wrapped sea bass entrée. If you’re dreaming of that Italian veranda, choose an outdoor table for sunset views over the water.
 
Relax at Trevi’s until 8:15pm, when your personal gondolier will arrive to whisk you away on a moonlit cruise. Reserve your gondola online through Gondola Adventures, Inc. to customize the evening with dessert, sparkling cider and romantic serenades from your gondolier. Once your voyage is underway, remember to share a kiss under every bridge. Whether you choose a one-hour cruise or a longer tour, you’ll be back on shore – but still in the clouds – in time to fetch your kids at 10.
 
Trevi’s in the Omni Mandalay
Irving, 972/556-0800
omnihotels.com
 
The Gondolas at Irving
Irving, 866/646-2064
gondola.com
 
Irving Gymnastics
$20 per child, $5 discount for each additional sibling
Irving, 972/721-2344
irvinggymnastics.net