It’s already tricky enough to clear out your schedules and find a babysitter; coming up with a date night plan beyond just a movie and dinner can seem daunting, especially during the cold and rainy winter. Let these ideas inspire you to try something new with your significant other. From adults-only museum nights to indoor skydiving to escape rooms, find a different way to enjoy time with your special date. You’ll have something new to bond over after you head back home.

California Academy of Sciences NightLife

While you likely have taken the kids to the California Academy of Sciences, it's a totally different experience when you head there at night and you have time to appreciate the museum yourself. On Thursday evenings, the California Academy of Sciences NightLife program brings you music, creatures and even cocktails with a new theme each week. To attain the ultimate in Very Important Parent status, grab a VIP ticket that includes early express entrance, behind-the-scenes tours, two complimentary drinks plus light bites and a reserved pass for the Planetarium show. Pro tip: make sure to make the rounds to all the different bar areas as each features its own seasonal cocktail.

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA
Dates: Thursdays, 6-10 p.m.
Tickets: $12/member, $15/non-member.
Onlinecalacademy.org

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Exploratorium After Dark

Thursday is also the night for the Exploratorium's After Dark program, which brings hands-on discovery to an 18 and older crowd. The theme changes each week, from crafting to outer space to photography. You can listen to guest speakers, participate in hands-on activities and watch specialty films. You also have access to the whole Exploratorium and its 650 exhibits—and now you don't have to fight off all the kids to try out all the cool gadgets and experiments. Grab a drink at the bar and open your mind.

The Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA
Dates: Thursdays, 6-10 p.m.
Tickets: $14.95/daytime member, $19.95/non-member. Additional $10/person to visit the Tactile Dome.
Onlineexploratorium.edu

San Francisco Beer Week

For beer aficionados, SF Beer Week is one of the most anticipated times of the year. From February 1-10, 2019, breweries, bars and restaurants all around the Greater Bay Area all come together to celebrate the art of craft beer with various events, from tastings to dinners to parties. Check the website calendar for the full lineup and to find the perfect outing for you and your date. How about the chocolate making and beer pairing, or the paella and beer dinner with live flamenco?

SF Beer Week
Various locations around the Bay Area
Dates: Feb 1-10, 2019
Online: sfbeerweek.org

Avital Date Night

If you’re looking for a nice dinner out but haven’t had the time to keep up with the latest hotspots or—oops—make a reservation early enough, Avital Date Night has a unique solution. Avital, known for her creative food tours in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, uses her knowledge to craft a perfect evening for you. Fill out the questionnaire with your preferences and they do everything else, from making reservations to planning out a mini itinerary around the restaurant. Bonus surprises like cocktails made at your table are thrown in to make your night special. All you do is show up! It's a great way to take the planning pressure off and just enjoy yourself. You can sign up on the website for one date or have dates scheduled monthly or quarterly. Now there's no excuse to not go out have a great night.

Avital Date Night
Dates planned around restaurants in San Francisco
Online: avitaldatenight.com

KitTea Cat Cafe

If you’re a cat person, KitTea Cat Café will seem like heaven to you. This unique café serves food and tea, and is also home to about 20 cats that lounge around and wait for humans to come adore them. $20 gets you an hour to play with the kitties; for date night check out the special events calendar. We’re partial to the fondue dinner (a four-course meal and then kitty time) or mewvie nights (movie and then kitty time).

KitTea Cat Cafe
96 Gough St
San Francisco, CA
Tickets: Recommended if you visit Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, $20/hour for the lounge, price varies for special events.
Online: www.kitteasf.com

Emporium SF

If you want to relive your arcade and foosball days without having to share your tokens with the tikes, Emporium SF should be on your night out list. This arcade bar, located in the 100-year-old Harding Theater on Divisadero Street, houses all your favorite old-school games like pinball, foosball, skeeball and even shuffleboard. Plus, Emporium has a full bar focusing on local and regional craft beers. Expect to find DJs spinning your favorite jams, loads of awesome art on the walls and giant movie screens.

Emporium SF
616 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA
Onlineemporiumsf.com

PanIQ Escape Rooms

There’s nothing like a bit of adrenaline to bring people closer together. If you haven’t done an escape room before, you might learn something about your partner while frantically trying to decipher clues and solve puzzles to break out of the room before time runs out. PanIQ Room in San Jose offers several themed rooms from Wild West to murder mystery. You have an hour to figure out how to escape—don’t be surprised if you get addicted and go back for the other rooms.

PanIQ Room
2270 Quimby Road
San Jose, CA
Tickets: From $129-$189 per session
Online: paniqescaperoom.com

iFly Indoor Skydiving

If you thought having kids meant an end to daredevil adventures, think again. iFLY offers the thrill of skydiving in a safe, indoor environment. There’s no parachute and no jumping; you actually fly inside a giant see-though wind tunnel with a certified flight instructor by your side the entire time. And you’ll quickly find out that half the fun is watching as your partner tries it out. All packages include a training session, at least two flights per person and a flight certificate you can show off to your kids!

iFly
31310 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA
Tickets: From $60/person
Online: www.iflyworld.com/sfbay

Trapeze Arts

If life at home feels like it’s turning into a circus, try running away and joining the actual circus. Trapeze Arts is a circus school that will teach you to fly through the air with the greatest of ease. This 10,000 sq. ft. gym in Oakland is filled with a flying trapeze, trampolines, ropes, unicycles and all sorts of other acrobatic equipment. No experience is required; just show up ready to practice hanging in the air and even try being caught by a catcher. If you want to stay a little closer to the ground, they also have trampoline and tumbling classes.

Trapeze Arts
1822 9th Street
Oakland, CA
Tickets: $45/per person for flying trapeze class
Online: trapezearts.com

—Anita Chu