The Art Walk Date
Springfield’s First Friday Art Walk (downtown Springfield, ffaw.org) has been a fun date-night option for 417-land couples for more than 15 years. Grab your one and only and head to downtown Springfield to enjoy some fresh air, original art and complimentary snacks. First Friday Art Walk continually features more than 25 venues showing local, regional, national and even international art, so you’re sure to find a piece to take home with you or a little inspiration to start a new project of your own. After making the rounds, continue the fun with dinner at one of downtown Springfield’s hottest restaurants.
The Pottery-Painting Date
Couples are always welcome to come in and paint pottery at Firehouse Pottery and Art Studio (4150 S. Lone Pine, Springfield, 417-881-8381, firehousepottery.com), but the spot has a discounted date night every Wednesday evening. For this mid-week special, couples get half-off the Firehouse studio fee. Lovebirds are invited to bring in their own food and drinks to enjoy while they paint creations of their choice, from which there are hundreds to choose. Options include everything from coffee mugs to serving dishes. Set the mood by bringing a bottle of your favorite wine and a few cheeses, or even pack a meal and eat your dinner while you paint.
The Learn-to-Dance Date
Spend a date night learning how to bust a move at Step by Step Dance (1722 S. Glenstone Ave., Suite G, Springfield, 417-689-4141, dancestepbystep.com). Couples have the option of learning many different types of dance, including swing, country, ballroom and salsa. After a first-time free session, group classes are available for $10 per person, or couples can get private lessons for $60 per hour or a package of five classes for $250. Sycamore Creek Family Ranch (2657 Sunset Inn Rd., Branson, 417-593-9628, sycamorecreekfamilyranch.com) also offers Barn Dance Nights to get your feet movin’ and groovin’. They teach a bit of of everything: Texas two step, country waltzing, swing dancing and line dancing. If you work up a sweat and need to refill, they have BBQ sandwiches and a concession stand to get you back on your feet. After completing these classes at Step by Step and Sycamore Creek, you can go out and dance to your favorite cover band without worrying about who you may bump into. And just think of all the people you will wow the next time you dance at a wedding!