10 Ways to Have Kid Centric Date in Asheville

If you are anything like me, no matter how old you get, you still feel like a kid inside. Now, how can we let that kid spirit free? With kid-centric dates of course! Whether you are ready to take your own kids on a date or are having an adults-only night, we’ve got 10 ways to explore date night like a kid in Asheville right now. 

Fox n Otter Adventure Escapes

Are you ready to find your way out of a mystery escape room with brain-twisting puzzles? Bring a movie to life as you and friend get into the compelling backstories that drive you to your escape at Fox and Otter. You and your crew will have 60 minutes to connect clues, solve riddles, discover patterns and get creative to find your way out. 

Climbmax Climbing Gym

Did you know the longest-running climbing gym in the Southeast is in downtown Asheville? Head to Climbmax’s downtown location and boulder their 40’ climbing wall. Looking for something more? They will take you out on real boulders here in WNC. This is taking the rock wall from the carnival to a whole new level! 

The only downtown climbing gym in Asheville! Photo credit via Instagram: @climbmaxnc

Sky Zone

Trampolines are not just for kids. That is right! Sky Zone not only offers freestyle bouncing, but they also have special events including Glow Night. Expect black lights, lasers and dance music. It gets better. For your safety during GLOW, all jumpers must wear white or fluorescent shirts. Sign us up!

Soar to the Sky Zone! Photo credit via Instagram: @skyzone

Sky Lanes Bowling

Whether you put up the bumpers and try to knock down some strikes or head to Cosmic Bowling that starts at 11 PM, bring friends and roll those balls down the lane at Sky Lanes Bowling. They have drinks, local brews and bites right in house too so, you can truly spend some serious time here.

Asheville Museum of Science

Science Museums are fun! SO fun that AMOS has an adult-specific program. Yes, of course, you can just visit the museum anytime. Or you could join this once a month adult-only event where Asheville Science Pub combines the best of Asheville under one roof. They invite a scientist to present on their expertise to a crowd of interested Ashevillians. Beverages and light bites are provided for all to enjoy. Check out their calendar for each month’s topic. 

Date nights can be nerdy too! Photo credit via Instagram: @asheville_science

Western North Carolina Nature Center

Everyone loves animals, not just kids! Whether you go for Bears and Brews or just visit the wildlife any day of the week, you are sure to feel the giddy excitement of childhood when you see the wolves and beers. The WNC Nature Center brings the wild woods directly to you all in one fabulous location.

Make new friends on your WNC Nature Center date night. Photo credit via Instagram: @wncnaturecenter Verified

Fun Depot

If you have kids, you have likely been to Fun Depot. They have many attractions including outdoor and indoor go-carts, 18-hole indoor mini-golf course, laser tag, virtual reality, bumper cars, a climbing wall, playgrounds and inflatables, mini-bowling, X-rider 4D Theater, arcade games and so much more. Phew, you get winded just sharing that! Go here to really get all your kid energy flowing. You’ll sleep great after a visit to Fun Depot. 

Go-cart fun at Asheville’s Fun Depot, of course! Photo credit via Instagram: @ashevillesfundepot


Have you exhausted all your Netflix options? Instead of Netflix and Chill, grab $10 and spend the day playing over 5000 video games, pinball machines, billiards, skeeball,  and foosball all while listening to retro music. Retrocade is open til 2am and has plenty of drink choices to keep you hydrated! Head here to really travel back in time. 

Fuel your arcade nights at Asheville Retrocade. Photo credit via Instagram: @ashevilleretrocade

Well-Played Board Game Café

Cafe eats, draft beer & wine, plus a wide range of board games are the draw at this upbeat hangout. Roll up your sleeves and bring your competitive A-game to Well-Played Board Game Café. Uniquely located on Wall Street downtown, it’s the perfect way to begin or end your Friday night game date night. 

Game nights are well-played at Well-Played Board Game Café.

Asheville Pinball Museum

Imagine playing over 80 pinball and classic arcade video games without tokens or quarters. When was the last time you sat down for Ms. Pacman or Centipede? Well, game on baby! The Asheville Pinball Museum will let you play till the tendonitis sets in. For $15, adults can play as many games as possible. Need to break for a beer? Look no further than the snack bar where you can also down a local beer.

Pinball for days… Photo credit via Instagram: @bunchygram

So, what are you waiting for? Channel your inner child and start planning your next kid-centric date night. Add another twist, make it a surprise for your sweetheart. Don’t let them know where you’re going. Just go! We think this adds a bit more excitement and mystery to date night.

Are you interested in a scavenger hunt date night? Our team can provide you with your very own city-themed scavenger hunt. We love adding another level to the fun and exploration! For more information about a scavenger hunt date night, email Jenn Gordon at [email protected].

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