Ultimate List Of What To Do In Springfield MO For Date Night

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As a Springfield MO maternity, newborn, and family photographer I often hear many couples say they want to go on a fun date but they don’t know what to do in Springfield MO for date night.  With a growing family, it can be hard to not only take the time away from kids to get some alone time with your partner but also know what to do!

My husband and I always get stuck in the same rut of the same 2 or 3 ideas when we crave adventure, something different, something fun, and a way to see each other in a whole new way.

I took both as challenge to find new things to do for date night in the Springfield MO area and created this ultimate list for us all to spice up our date night with nice ideas.

The Ultimate List of What To Do In Springfield MO For Date Night:

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1. Ax throwing

Are you and your partner ready for a little friendly competition? If you haven’t seen it yet, Axe throwing is like darts with points but with axes!  (How cool is that?!) There are two locations to this in Springfield, MO. Craft Axe Throwing- Springfield or Tommy Hawks Axe House.

2. Picnic At The Park

 My husband and I love doing this.  We typically bring a picnic basket (or take out… usually take out), lay out a blanket, eat our food, talk, and watch the sunset together.  You can also connect with your inner kid heart and play on the swings together or go on a walk together around the park.  It is so relaxing and fun.  Here is a list of the top parks in Springfield, MO, that are all PERFECT for picnics.

3. Walking or Hiking

We love getting outside and spending time getting some fresh air together. Here are the 6 Best Walking trails in Springfield, MO, or if you are looking to travel a little bit, I have gathered a list of our favorite family-friendly hiking trails in Branson, MO, that are relatively easy.

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4. Dinner

Would it even be a date night list without mentioning going to dinner? We love going to dinner!  A few of our favorites are Jim’s Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse, Fuji, or Picalo’s in Nixa.

5. Painting With A Twist

Painting with A Twist offers in-studio events where you and your partner can experience a laid-back, fun, artsy date night.  They provide painting supplies, step-by-step instructions, and a fun atmosphere for you and your partner to enjoy.  Feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks too!  They also offer at-home paint kits so you and your partner can still have a fun night without leaving your home.

6. Springfield Escape Room

Springfield Escape Room challenges you and your partner as you solve puzzles, crack codes, and find clues before you run out of time.  This is perfect for double dates as well!

7. 1984 Arcade

1984 brings you back to the “retro” arcades with 70-80 arcade video games and 15+ pinball machines popular in the 1970-1990s.

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8. Blue Room Comedy Club

Blue Room Comedy Club offers open mic night and tickets to your favorite local comedians. 

9. Bingo Emporium

Bingo Emporium is such a fun way to get a little competitive with your partner, relax and have fun playing the game!

10. Dance classes Step By Step Dance

Dance classes step by step dance offers group and private dance classes to learn swing, ballroom, country, salsa lindy hop, and argentine tango.  Whether you have two left feet or on your way to steal the show, Step by Step Dance offers a fun and enjoyable experience to spend time with your partner.

11. Couples Massage

Having a couples massage is a relaxing and comfortable experience for you and your partner. 

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12. Sunset Drive-in Theatre (Aurora)

Sunset Drive-in Theatre in Aurora offers old-fashioned drive-in movies showing double features since 1951! You and your partner can load up blankets and pillows, snacks, and your favorite drink while you cuddle up to a movie in a unique way.

13. Black Sheep and Take A Drive

Last night, Evan grabbed a burger, and I got a milkshake and took a drive as we were dropping kids off to and from places.  We watched the sunset, and the scenery and talked about all of our hopes and dreams for what’s to come in our lives.  It was so much fun!  Our favorite place to drive is the roads between Springfield and Branson to see the rolling hills of the Ozarks.

14. Zenith Climbing Center

 Zenith Climbing Center is equipped with Walltopia rock climbing walls and a yoga studio. There are walls for various difficulties so you and your partner can work out together and practice your climbing skills. They also have equipment rentals for you to rent as you enjoy the sport.

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15. Visit A Fitness Center

Whether you want to work out together, play ball, racketball, walk or swim, there is so much to do together!  Don’t have a babysitter?  No problem!  Here are the six most recommended fitness centers in Springfield, MO, with childcare.

16. Splatter Paint Studio

 Splat Paint Studio is a non-profit art studio that offers open painting classes and classes and workshops for you to learn different artistic skills. Enjoy a night of painting, drawing, or learning something new together with your partner.  You can check out their events schedule on their website.

17. Backwoods Golf

Backwoods Golf is a fun way for you and your partner to enjoy golfing in a tee box while getting food and drinks.  I’ve heard their food is amazing and their staff is so friendly and accommodating.

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18. Firehouse Pottery

Firehouse Pottery is a unique type of studio!  They have already made pottery that you and your partner can paint together! A few days later, you can come back and pick back your beautiful art piece as a keepsake.

19. Friends Karaoke Pub

Friend’s Karaoke Pub is a fun place for you and your partner to grab a drink and some good food and sing your hearts out! 

20. Springfield Cardinals Game at Hammons Field

I’m not a big baseball fan (I don’t think I can even follow what’s going on in the game) but we LOVE going to Springfield’s Cardinal’s games.  It is such a fun atmosphere to watch the game, listen to the announcers, eat snacks and watch all of the activities and games that happen throughout the game.

21. Bawi Korean BBQ

Bawi Korean BBQ offers a different experience because customers cook their food with grills built into every table. Servers help guide guests through the experience to ensure food is cooked and seasoned.

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22. B+B Boulangerie

B+B Boulangerie offers baking and cooking classes as well as special date night events.  The events have couples learn to cook a meal together and then enjoy dinner by candlelight at the end of the class.

23. Tea Bar and Bites

Tea Bar and Bites offers a special theme dinner night!  “Our theme dinners are a special 5-course meal created and prepared by Chef Marty Almaraz, taking a theme and adding to it a Tea Bar twist. Theme Dinners are a wonderful night for a special date… with live entertainment and a unique atmosphere.  Patio dining is available in the outdoor Spanish courtyard, weather permitting.  Enjoy live music or entertainment (most dinners) by a local artist. Our seating is limited, and reservations fill up fast.”

24. First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk is held the first Friday of every month in downtown Springfield MO from 6-10 pm.  It’s a fun experience visiting different businesses, viewing local artist work, and spending time walking through downtown Springfield.

25. Springfield Skateland

Springfield Skateland is a fun date night idea to rollerblade, enjoy the music, and take back to the good old days of roller skating as a kid.

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26. Jordan Valley Ice Park

Jordan Valley Ice Park offers open skates for you and your partner to enjoy a night on the ice.  Whether you want to race, practice your figure skating or go around the rink talking, it can be such a fun night.  They also offer skate rentals for you to enjoy the sport without bringing your gear.

27. Canoe Or Kayak Lake Springfield

Lake Springfield Park and Boathouse offer canoe or kayak rentals for you and your partner to enjoy a night on the water.  Grab some drinks, pack snacks, and enjoy a peaceful night together.

28. Swimming Date

 Grab your swimsuit, maybe a picnic, and enjoy a night swimming together.  Here are the top 11 places to swim in Springfield MO and surrounding areas or top 5 swimming holes in Springfield MO. 

29. Dog Park

Grab your favorite babies and take them along on your date.  There is a great dog park in Springfield, MO where you can play together leash-free, play fetch, run around with your partner, and have fun. 

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30. Book a couples photography session

I bet you and your partner have gone through a lot in the time you have been together.  Having a couple’s photography sessions can be a fun way to have an intimate and romantic evening, taking photos representing everything you have gone through together that you will cherish forever.  

I help with everything from finding the perfect location, outfits, planning, preparation, and more while creating a relaxing experience for you to laugh together, play together and have fun.  I have so many couples that leave saying things like, “this was the best date I’ve ever been on,” “That was fun,” said the husband, and so many other great reviews of couples enjoying their time together. For more information, click here Springfield MO Couples and Family Photography Session.

With this list, I hope it helps you know what to do in Springfield, MO, for date night.

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