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Breathe New Life Into Your Dates: Suggestions From Local Moms

date night joel and lynnetteLife as a parent can get hectic. If you’re anything like me, I usually feel like I’m struggling to keep my head above water most days, and by the time the weekend rolls around, I often dream about going to bed early with a good book instead of going out and hitting the town.

Sometimes on a Friday night, I’ll look across the room at my husband and think about what our weekends used to look like. When we met, he was a drummer in a band, so our weekends were filled with going to his gigs and dancing when the band took a break, and staying out until the wee hours of the morning. Our weekend days were spent hiking with our three dogs or skiing.

Needless to say, things have changed for us now that we have two kids.

It’s important to carve out time for you and your significant other to get out and just spend time together. But after 13 years of marriage, our ideas have become stale. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve spent an hour discussing what we could do just to end up staying home. Or doing the same date over and over.

That’s why I reached out to my network of Reno Moms, who provided the below suggestions for when you just can’t handle one more outing of dinner and a movie.

Game Night:

Bundox Bocce: Bundox Bocce, located in what was once the casino floor, is a 22,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor facility complete with seven indoor bocce courts, two regulation length outdoor bocce courts, nine skee-ball machines, a shuffleboard table, ping pong, dart boards and full bar with unique menu items and plenty of comfortable seating throughout. The space also includes eight big screen TVs, large format projection, outdoor patio seating. They also have really healthy and high quality food and a great drink selection. I highly recommend you reserve a court in advance! https://www.bundoxbocce.com/info/

Escape Games: Probably best if you can gather several couples, as you reserve a room in advance. Come with friends, family or co-workers for 60 minutes of brain teasing fun and challenges. You and your team will be locked in one of our four rooms and be given a mission. You have one hour to find your way through different levels of hints and attempt an ESCAPE!





Grand Sierra Resort: From the aqua range to laser tag, an arcade and bowling, you can relive your youth and play all night long. Bring a swimsuit and pay the local’s drop in fee for their newly remodeled pool. https://www.grandsierraresort.com

Mini-Golf: There’s nothing like a throw back to your youth with a game of mini-golf. Check out Magic Carpet Golf – you know you’ve driven by it on South Virginia street looking at its unique hole features! http://www.magiccarpetgolfreno.com/

Need 4 Speed: Finally determine who is the better driver in your family with some high speed indoor kart racing! https://www.need2speed.com/

Press Start: This is Reno’s “raddest bar & arcade servicing Midtown’s largest rotating selection of arcade games, craft beer and pinball.” http://pstart.net/

Wasting Arrows: Put a little Hunger Games flavor into your date night with some archery at Wasting Arrows! http://wastingarrows.com/

Anything VR: Did you even know we have a Virtual Reality arcade here in Reno?! Jump into the middle of the action, whether you are fighting for your life and freedom or exploring new words. https://anything-virtual.com/


Beach It: Pack a picnic and head up to Tahoe for a sunset dinner. You’ll never be left disappointed.

Base Camp: What could be more fun than climbing up the side of a building downtown?! http://whitneypeakhotel.com/climbing/

Go for a hike, take a picnic dinner: https://www.visitrenotahoe.com/things-to-do/outdoor-activities/hiking/


Go for a casino show: So much more entertaining and engaging than a movie. The Eldorado Showroom has a great variety of shows! https://www.eldoradoreno.com/entertainment/shows

Circus Circus Midway: Hit the midway and enjoy regular circus act performances. https://www.circuscircus.com/content/dam/MGM/circus-circus-las-vegas/entertainment/circus-circus-midway-act-schedule.pdf

Pioneer Underground: http://pioneercenter.com/


David Walley’s Resort: Get a day pass and then have dinner and hit the historic Genoa bar. http://www.davidwalleys-resort.com/

Steamboat Hot Springs: Get a massage and book a private hot tub room. http://steamboatsprings.org/

Book a spa day at a local spa! This might be a better idea if you can do it during the week, but book a treatment and stay for hours in luxurious relaxation! My favorite is the Atlantis spa, but remember the local’s discount is only Monday through Thursday! https://www.atlantiscasino.com/spa


Depending on the season and your interests, check out the Reno Aces, Bighorns or Reno 1868 FC. Regardless of the sports, the bars just outside the ballpark often have great bands playing on an outdoor stage. http://greaternevadafield.com/

Batting cages: Take a swing at some fun at the many local batting cage options!

Restaurants and bars: 

Bistro 7: Another great South Reno location, the food is centered on it’s wood oven, with fare like Miso Crusted Sea Bass, local free-range deviled eggs, steaks, seafood and wood-fired pizzas. http://bistro7reno.com/

Brasserie St. James: Brasserie Saint James is an old world style craft brewery and restaurant, opened in an historic Crystal Springs Ice and Water building in Reno, NV.  https://www.brasseriesaintjames.com/

Bricks: This is a traditional Reno restaurant with a new outdoor courtyard patio. http://www.bricksrestaurant.com/

Campo: This is a popular restaurant, so reservations are highly recommended. http://camporeno.com/

Centro: Get adventurous with some bone marrow, quail or octopus! http://www.centroreno.com/

FEAST Reno: Specializing in classic dishes with modern twists, you’ll always experience something new here. http://www.feastreno.com/#home

Great Full Gardens: If you like healthy and locally sourced food, check out the South Reno location! http://greatfullgardens.com/great-full-gardens-south

La Vecchia: Don’t miss their Ravioli Mondays! https://www.lavecchiareno.com/

La Fondue: Take a drive up the mountain to enjoy fondue in Incline Village. You could even hit the beach while you’re up there! http://www.tahoefondue.com/

Poncho and Willies: Inside Western Village, this is an upscale Mexican restaurant with a beautiful b ar offering dozens of imported tequilas and beers. https://www.westernvillagesparks.com/dining/pancho-and-willies

Louis Basque: This Basque restaurant is a Reno tradition, and with family style seating, you’re bound to meet some interesting new people. http://louisbasquecorner.com/

Lucky Beaver: It’s a sports bar with a twist, where they have exhibition kitchens. They’re known for high quality and world-famous food, so not your typical sports bar grub! http://www.luckybeaver.com/

South Creek Pizza: You want authentic Italian pizza? These owners brought in a pizza oven from Italy! It’s the closest to Naples style pizza you’ll get in Reno! https://www.southcreekpizza.com/

The Depot: Located in the former headquarters for the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway built in 1920, this establishment is full of charm with fabulous food and drink. Plus, in the summer they have an outdoor area with cornhole!

Twisted Fork: If you want to stay in South Reno, this is such a great spot. The food is amazing, and they have a lovely area for outdoor dining. http://twistedforkreno.com/

Wild River Grille: Every Monday, you can have dinner with your dog, and with their on-river location, you can enjoy a lovely walk along the river afterwards! https://www.wildrivergrille.com/


About Lynnette Bellin

Lynnette Bellin
Lynnette Bellin is the former owner and site manager of the Reno Moms Blog. She is a married mother of a teenage daughter and a highly energetic tween boy. Lynnette moved to Reno in 2001 after choosing to live in a place that she loved for its natural beauty. She has written four children's books, including The Kindness Ninja and a series of three books called Adeline’s Magical Moments Collection. She has been obsessed with blogging since 2002. Lynnette loves to experience outdoor adventures in our area, including skiing, hiking, camping, and open water swimming. She spends her days working from home for a NYC ad agency and shuttling kids to dance, lacrosse and basketball.

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