I am a planner. I know about all of the fun events in this city of ours before they happen and I know all of the hot spots… for toddlers. I can plan the best kid’s night out in a heartbeat but one for parents? Well, this required some research. I used to be in the know but then… kids. In an effort to explore all Cincinnati has to offer us parents, I excitedly accepted this mission to find the best places for a parents’ night out in Cincinnati. (And started calling babysitters!)
As parents, when you finally get a night (or an afternoon!) out, you’ll probably be in the mood for something specific. So, I’ve broken it down for you, depending on what you and your significant other feel like doing. (My last date night with my husband involved buying sheets at Bed, Bath & Beyond, but don’t worry — I didn’t include that in the list!) Hopefully this list inspires you to try something new and get out for some much needed — and deserved — adult only time. Enjoy a parents’ night out in Cincinnati!
If you’re feeling adventurous…
Perhaps you’d like to feel your heart racing for a reason other than a ruined shirt thanks to spilled grape juice. If so, sign up for a zip-lining course at Camp Kern, located just north of Cincinnati. They do it year round, weather permitting, and it’s a great way to take your mind off of the stresses of parenthood!
If you’re feeling outdoorsy…
Since our son was born three and a half years ago, my husband and I have talked about a day date of canoeing. It hasn’t happened yet, but there’s still time this year! Morgan’s Canoe Rental still has runs in September and October, just call ahead. It’s peaceful, quiet and will give you plenty of time to talk about your kids!
If you’re feeling artistic…
If you haven’t tried the phenomenon that is painting + drinks + socializing, plan a visit to Cheers to Art for your next night out. Check their website ahead of time to reserve your spots; they have several great paintings coming up that are perfect for couples. Don’t worry if you aren’t artistic — they will walk you through it! It’s a fun atmosphere at both the original Madeira and OTR locations.
If you’re feeling hungry…
This is a tough one and can be overwhelming! Since most parents have limited days/nights out, I came up with a solution! A day of eating in Cincinnati! If you don’t have an entire day, just pick one or two to try! Here we go… First, stop at Holtman’s Donut Shop for a fresh donut. Nearby (in OTR) Coffee Emporium has your caffeine fix; just expect lines at both places. If you prefer a sit down breakfast, have a waffle at Taste of Belgium. If you’re already in OTR, head over to Findlay Market for a bit. If you’re in Loveland, walk off that donut on the Loveland Bike Trail.
For lunch with a view, drive west to the Incline Public House. I highly recommend the Short Rib Poutine. Don’t forget to get a selfie of your rare “parent’s day out,” with the Cincy skyline as the backdrop. Next up, head back to OTR for dinner at Salazar. When I asked for recommendations on a new dinner spot, this was the overwhelming winner. For a little romance, check out Sotto for dessert. You may be in a food coma, but it’ll be worth it. End your day with a drink at the Cocktail Terrace at 21C. You can take in the view of our city and start planning your next date night.
If you’re feeling lazy…
It’s a rare treat as a parent to enjoy a movie from start to finish! The new Cobb Theatre in Liberty Township will spoil you with the reclining seats and delicious food. And you won’t even need to see a “G-rated” movie!
If you’re feeling competitive…
Last but not least… a break from Candyland and Go Fish! The Rook in OTR is filled with games that you are free to enjoy. Just make sure you order some food and a beverage and spend your day or night out keeping tally of who builds more houses in Monopoly.
No matter what you decide to do on your day or night out, it’s nice to know that our city is filled with options.
Now go call Grandma and plan away!
A native Cincinnatian, Andrea has experienced life in all four corners of this city. After growing up on the west side, she headed north to attend Miami University, then moved east to Hyde Park and now lives in Northern Kentucky with her family.
When she’s not playing trains and doing the “hot dog dance” as a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers, Andrea is busy writing for Cincinnati publications and sites. With a newfound passion for fitness and overall health, she spends a lot of time at her family gym and loves to play outside.
Andrea worked in education for several years and has a special love for children’s literature. She loves showing her children all our city has to offer and enjoys sharing her finds with other parents. Her favorite spots include the Cincinnati Zoo (although she steers clear of the bird house), her local library and any playground.