The Thielen's favorite "places" in Minnesota

Adam and I don’t get too many opportunities to have a date night just the two of us…especially during football season. A lot of times we are having our date night’s on nights we have charity events or group activities through the team, etc (which are fun too)! Our favorite nights would have to be hanging out as a family and then after Asher goes to bed, Adam and I snuggling up and watching our shows or a good movie! But it’s definitely important to get out and do things just the two of us and we always have the best time when we do! Below I share a few of our favorite date night restaurants and fun activities we like to do together! I also share some of Asher and I’s favorite things to do below that(some kid friendly ideas for you all)!

 Date Night ideas: 

Fav dinner spots- Redstone, Crave, Murray’s, The Tavern Grill, Capital Grille, Benihana, Good Earth (our fav breakfast spot...The Ten Grain Hotcakes with cacoa nibs are amazing & the Go green drink is our go to drink), Yangs—best Chinese I’ve ever had!!

Any sporting event  - We pretty much love anything sports related. Wild, Timberwolves, and Twins games are all super fun..even Saints games are fun!

Concerts- We don't go to too many concerts but we like to especially if theres a good country singer in town..or JT:)

Random date ideas—

Bowling (I usually beat Adam;)…but seriously! We like to go to Pinz in Oakdale!

Going to a movie (Alamo in Woodbury is unreal)!

The Orpheum Theatre- They have amazing productions here! We have been to Oz and the Lion King and they have both been fantastic! Plus there are many great restaurants right by the theatre so you could start your date night at one of those before the show:)

Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, - We love their musicals and love the fact that you can have a nice romantic dinner right at your table before the show! Check it out if you haven’t yet!!

Comedy Sportz, - It’s kind of like Whose Line is it anyways if you’ve ever seen that show. We haven’t been in a while but used to go a lot on date nights before we had Asher! It’s super funny!

Winter tubing/ skiing/ snowboarding

Ice Skating (Rice Park is our fav) We’ve been going for years and it’s where Adam proposed to me:)

Kid Friendly spots

Ash man loves going to playgrounds and running around. Indoor playgrounds come in clutch especially in MN during the Winter months. My 3 favorite playgrounds are below...

Madison’s Place Playground - Amazing playground and also handicap accessible. They have a awesome splash pad during the Summer too!

Good Times Park in Eagan (indoor park)- Asher's fav spot! It is so awesome and there are so many different things kids of all ages would love. 

Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground in Woodbury- We love this one because it is close to us. Asher gets scared of the tunnel mazes part but he loves the little slide. There is also a library upstairs which is fun to go to and play/ read all kinds of books. 

Some other random things I like to do with Asher are below…

R.H. Stafford Library - We like to go read books and play in the kid area.

Afton Apple Orchard - Great for Fall. It has a huge playground that is awesome..Asher loved it, and we’ve already gone twice this year!

Teddy Bear Park- We actually haven’t been yet but have heard great things! It’s on the list of places to go next Summer.

MN Zoo

Como Zoo- I think I actually like this zoo better than the MN zoo just because its’s free and smaller to walk around!

Toddler Tuesdays at MOA - They have different activities every Tuesday morning for toddlers!

Science Museum

Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium

Asher does Swim lessons once a week at Foss Swim school

Asher does Amazing Athletes sports tots class every Wednesday for half an hour. It’s through the Woodbury Community Ed program and he’s loving it!

We also did Music Together in the Valley - It’s a community music class. They have classes throughout the city and you can sign up online. Last session Asher got a little antsy and didn’t seem to like it as much.. he just wanted to go to the park outside the building (lol music must not be his thing). But I started taking him to this at about 6 months old and it was great to get him (and me) out of the house and to be around other kids/ mom’s! (Forgot to mention but they have these classes throughout the Twin Cities not just Woodbury)

Sky Zone (toddler time ages 5 and under)- 9:30am-11am- Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays - I haven’t taken Asher here yet either but plan to sometime this Winter. He’d probably love it!

I hope this was helpful for some of you and you got some new date ideas to try around Minny with your special someone. Or for you mom’s out there I hope I gave you a couple new kid friendly spots you can try out with your little ones:) Have a great rest of your week everyone!