No doubt grownups need to spend time in a kid-free zone every once in a while, and date nights were invented for just that reason. But sometimes it’s fun to skip the sitter and have the littles crash the party. Click through for family date night ideas that are fun for the whole gang, from crashing at a museum for the night to catching dinner and a show. Adult conversation is a snooze fest anyway, right?

Have a Ball at Dinner: Pinstripes

Bowling alleys have really upped their game over the years - and Pinstripes is no exception. Not only do they offer an opportunity to strike out for an afternoon of family fun, but their dinner options will have you wanting to make a night of it. Have a day off of school on a weekday? Try the Tots Playtime at each of their locations where kids bowl for $3 with a $3 shoe rental and adults bowl free of charge, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-noon.

435 E. Illinois St.
Streeterville
312-527-3010

7 Oakbrook Center Mall
Oakbrook
630-575-8700

150 Willow Rd.
Northbrook
847-844-9300

100 S. Higgins Rd.
South Barrington
847-844-9300
Online: pinstripes.com

photo: Pinstripes

What does your family like to do for date night? Let us know in the Comments!

— Maria Chambers