6 Boston Area Play Date Ideas for Grown-Ups

Play dates are not just for kids! Even as adults, play is necessary for a healthy life and relationships – it takes us out of our present concerns, is a source of relaxation, and it helps us connect and relate better to one another. After all, the couple who plays together stays together! Play is an essential part of our lives as adults, but it’s something we all too often do not make enough time for in our busy, grown-up schedules.

You can’t have a fun life without some play time, so make a point to make it more of a priority in your life and relationships again. Check out this list of fun, easy, and playful Boston area play date ideas to inspire you to book your next coupled play time.

1. Lawn Party

The Lawn on D
The Lawn on D is a unique free public park space in the city that definitely offers lots of fun opportunities to get your game on! Challenge your date to a game of bocce, ping-pong, cornhole or Jenga. The signature draw in this play space is the interactive combination of art and play with Swing Time. Swing Time is a distinctive set of swings on the Lawn that have solar powered LED lights which can change color when swung on at different speeds and lights. The interactive display inspires a joyful, fun experience swinging on the large circular swings and offers a great photo op for you and your date to capture your distinctive play date memory!

There are lots of bands and entertainment offered throughout the warm weather season so getting your dance on the lawn is a must as well. Concessions are available as well as adult beverages so get your swing on, dance, and play the afternoon or night away at the Lawn on D. Check out their current lawn hours, menus, events and more here.

420 D Street, South Boston
877-393-3393; signatureboston.com

Photo Credit: Lawn on D

2. Game

Look to this place to inspire your retro arcade fun night out of play at this boozy video game playground. The “secret” entrance to A4Cade is through Roxy’s and styled in what looks like a freezer door which only adds to the cool throwback vibe with the feel you are going back to a more playful time! Challenge your date to a classic night of beer, pinball, foosball and loaded grilled cheese sandwiches from foodie favorite Roxy’s Grilled Cheese. You will find many of your classic arcade hits here from back in the day and be inspired to let the kid in you both come out to play!

292 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
617-714-3960; areafour.com

Photo Credit: A4cade

3. Bowl

Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Bowling is a classic play date night choice and this place takes that tradition and elevates it some more! Eat, drink, bowl and dance the night away at this fun and inventive bowling alley right outside the home of the New England Patriots. The food here is upscale and the adult beverages are flowing. You can have a sit down dinner experience then bowl or enjoy wait service while in your lane and dine in between strings. After a little healthy competition getting your bowl on, you can get your groove on dancing the night away at Howl at the Moon located right inside Splitsville. Performed on weekend nights, this unique show is a live band on pianos, drums and guitars with these singers covering all your favorite dance hits.

220 Patriot Place, Foxboro
508-698-2695; howlsplitsville.com


4. Golf

Granite Links Golf Club & 19th Golf and Grill 
Whether just learning or perfecting your swing – golf is a great date activity and a way to get out to enjoy some play together! It is also an activity that you can build on together and become a shared sport if all goes well to continue your coupled commitment to play!  The Granite Links Golf Club is an amazing course open to the public and their driving range with the adjacent Crossing 9’s Patio and Bar is a perfect date night outing. Hit a bucket of balls and then enjoy some delicious food and drink all while taking in some spectacular views of the Boston skyline.  The driving range here is one of the few lighted ranges in the area and is particularly beautiful at sunset.  They also have live music on the patio Thursday through Sunday making this a perfect ending to your golf day date.  Check out their website for their schedule and full menu and bar options.

There is also no need to slow down your golf date game during the winter months.  Try a new spin on this favorite and visit the 19th Golf and Grill where you can tee up and practice on some amazing indoor virtual courses.  Weather is not an issue here and the menu and drinks are available while you play on your simulated course or before/after in the bar lounge area.  They also have a pro shop with a large selection of golf apparel and merchandise so you can gear up for your next outing! Reserve tee times and check out their menu here.

Granite Links Golf Club
100  Quarry Hills Drive, Quincy MA
617-689-1900; granitelinksgolfclub.com

19th Golf and Grill
50 East Main Street, Milford, MA
508-381-3027; 19thgolfandgrill.com

Boston Area Play Date
Photo Credit: Granite Links Golf Club

5. Yoga

Springdale Barrel Room
What better way to have fun, let go and relax then to incorporate yoga into your play date? Even better when you can combine yoga and a beer tasting which is an offering you can find at the Barrel Room of Springdale Beer an experimental extension of Jack’s Abbey Brewery. An all level yoga class which includes a pint of beer after your practice may be the perfect way to relax, unwind and connect with your partner in a unique and playful setting. Namaste. Check out their calendar of events for more unique offerings and information.

102 Clinton Street, Framingham
774-777-5430; springdalebeer.com

Image credit: Springdale Barrel Room

6. Trivia

Boston and surrounding areas
Trivia nights are the ultimate intellectual play date and chance to impress with your esoteric knowledge in arcane facts. What country has the capital of Timbuktu anyone? It is also a great way to get out and explore and try new bars, restaurants and venues that you have been meaning to get to sometime. There are so many great local venues that regularly host trivia nights that it is hard to pick just one. So when the mood strikes and the mind is sharp check out stumptrivia.com to find a venue nearby that inspires your next trivia date night out.

Boston Area Play Date
Photo Credit: Stump Trivia

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