Grown-Up Fun at Favorite Play Date Spots

Grown-Up Fun at Favorite Play Date Spots

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You know the places you love to take your kids for play dates? Well, have you ever thought about checking them out for an adult play date? Many museums and cultural centers around town offer ways to explore and enjoy that reach beyond your kids.

Think & Drink with the Extinct


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The Cleveland Museum of Natural History offers a monthly happy hour event with beer and wine, interactive demonstrations, and a chance to chat with Museum staff and researchers. A different science topic is highlighted each month.

Think & Drink happens from 5-9pm on the third Wednesday of each month from September through May. The event is included with general admission to the Museum, which is $8 after 5pm on Wednesdays. The next Think & Drink is on Wednesday, September 20 on the topic Creatures of Light: Bioluminescence and features libations from Butcher & the Brewer and Cleveland Whiskey.

Adult Swim

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After hours fun awaits at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium‘s Adult Swim. You can enjoy beer tastings, small bites, and the chance to mix and mingle among sharks, stingrays, and more.

Tickets are $40 for general admission and $30 for Aquarium members. Your ticket includes 20 tasting tickets for drinks, a souvenir glass, light hors d’oeuvres, and full Aquarium access. The next Adult Swim is on Friday, September 8 from 7-10pm and features 30 types of Autumn Brews, plus food from Brewnuts and Dank Diners.

MIX at CMA

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Get your fill of art and culture on the first Friday of every month at MIX at CMA. The Cleveland Museum of Art hosts a different themed event each month, focusing on special exhibitions and new art pieces at the Museum.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the night of the event, and free for CMA members. MIX: Interact happens Friday, September 8 from 6-10pm and celebrates the new interactive ARTLENS Gallery.

Cleveland Zoological Society Events

Enjoy the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and help benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society at one of their many adults-only events. Stay tuned next summer for Twilight at the Zoo, Date Night at the Zoovies, and Zoo Clues and Brews for unique ways to encounter animals and have a wild time!

Exploring a place you love to go with your kiddos as an adult gives you a fun new perspective on and appreciation for that location. Give one of these adult play dates a try and raise a glass to the fun around town!

From Cleveland that I love,

Jen

About the author

Jen is a born-and-raised Cleveland girl who is dedicated to experiencing and celebrating all the wonderful places in town, with her son Jeffrey, her husband Matthew, and a cavalcade of the best gal pals you could ever want. Jen owns her own consulting business; blogs for her own site, as well as Northeast Ohio Parent and Cleveland Plus; and holds board positions with Playhouse Square Partners and the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. She likes to say she wears many hats, all of them sparkly. Oh, and Jen is a big fan of all things sparkly, festive, and fun! Join her as she continues to find new and exciting things to do in the city we proudly call home!

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