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?

Paint-Your-Own Pottery: Color Me Mine

Pick up a brush and go to town on a ceramic masterpiece. It doesn't matter if your family has the artistic gene -- Color Me Mine makes it easy to create something you'll love. During open studio time, you can pick from an entire wall of pre-fired unpainted pieces (anything from plates to animal statues to jewelry boxes) and embellish it until you're happy with the colorful result. Take your time -- the studio charges by the project, not the hour -- and have a ton of fun, in the process.

There are seven Chicago-area locations; to find the one closest to you, go online to

photo: Color Me Mine

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

— Maria Chambers