This weekend was full of fun adventures!
I shared a surprise (early) birthday celebration earlier this morning, and our weekend powered on with new things to do and see throughout Sunday.
With the end of the NBA season came a return of my husband! I joke, but really, it’s so nice to have him around at night and on the weekends throughout the off-season. His availability and free time is like night and day!
To celebrate, Scott and I kicked off many date days/nights to come on Saturday.
Wanting to explore even more of our new state and city of Detroit, we deemed our series of outings #DetroitDateNight and started the bi-weekly to monthly tradition over the weekend. One of us is in charge of going to a new activity followed by a new-to-us lunch or dinner location, and I was up first!
Detroit Science Center & IMAX Dome
Many people don’t know this about him, but Scott is a huge animal fanatic. He actually has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology! Fun fact, right?
I heard a friend of ours talking about seeing the latest marine life movie at the IMAX Dome, and knew we had to go while it was still playing. It featured and followed the lives of the gentle giants, humpback whales!
I don’t know if y’all have ever seen a movie in an IMAX Dome before, but the screen completely surrounds you. It’s freaking awesome. We weren’t allowed to take pictures, or I would have totally snapped a photo to share!
We sat right in the middle of the theatre, and it felt like we were really there in person following the journey. It was a great show!
The tickets cost $20 a person, which I thought was a bit expensive for a movie under an hour, but I didn’t realize it also included admission into the Detroit Science Center.
Upon our exit out of the show, we made our way into the main entrance, and I flashed right back to elementary and middle school. I loved visiting the Orlando Science Center on field trips!
We started our exploring in Moneyville. Here, we learned how to play the stock market, and I even created my own form of currency! Fancy, huh?
We could have spent hours exploring the different rooms and floors, but our rumbling bellies hurried us along at a relatively quick pace.
There was so much to play with and test out!
I was very pleased to see an entire section dedicated to health education. Here, interactive games and displays explained the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet as well as exercising on a regular basis. There were several fitness assessments and games, too!
It was fun to test our flexibility, balance, reactive abilities, and more. Kudos going out to whoever designed this part of the building, with a focus on health and fitness for our younger generations!
We spent a little more than an hour stopping by each exhibit before we realized we needed to get moving. We didn’t have a reservation to get too, but our appetites were raging and we had an expected wait time ahead of us.
We will revisit the Science Center soon enough!
Green Dot Stables
Part of our date night included taking Scott to a new-to-him restaurant. I had been to Green Dot Stables one time before, and knew he would love to check out what all the fuss is about.
On my last visit in, I heard that it was opened by a former horseracing jockey, and the location even has traces to old mafia stories. You can read more about that here if you’re interested.
Green Dot Stables is a very casual spot I would recommend for lunch or after a sporting event like a Tigers or Red Wings game. While the dishes aren’t huge, you still get decent portions for your money with a wide variety of slider options.
Being a very popular place to unwind, there is almost always a wait and ours ended up being over an hour. It sounded crazy for a table for two, but our waiting time went by in a flash thanks to their outside patio and $2- $3 drinks.
So, we grabbed a menu and had plenty of time to look it over as we took in the sunny environment on the covered patio. They are best known for their variety of (20) sliders, which all cost around $3 each.
We knew what we wanted to order as soon as we sat inside. Both of us started out with a soup (I got the Chicken Tortilla while Scott picked the Mushroom Barley) and split a side of the venison chili cheese fries.
We ordered three sliders each (I told you… we were hungry!) and shared everything.
Scott’s favorite was the Corned Beef Slider (dead center in the middle photo), while mine was surprisingly the Peanut Butter & Jelly with Bacon (bottom left). The BBQ Bacon Slider with Sweet Potato Mash (bottom right) was a close second though. Everything was really good!
We skipped dessert, took a few home with us to-go (I got an extra BCT by mistake!), and rolled out of Green Dot with a tab just over $30. Talk about bang for your buck!
Scott is more critical of restaurants than I am, so I have to include some of his negative notes. He thought the service was okay, and the sliders were also okay, but that Green Dot would be a good place to come after a Tigers game. I agree!
I would say the first of many date nights in the D this summer was a success!
Today flew by with an afternoon of driving Scott around before a couple of hours working at the gym. I better get going since it’s almost time to meet a friend for dinner before we both drive over to Bible study. Anddd now we’re all caught up!
Have a great rest of your Monday!
» Linking up my Weekend Snapshots with Katie and Erin.
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever visited a big city’s Science Center? (And if so, have you revisited as an adult?)
• What was one of your favorite highlights from the weekend?
Woah,…venison chili cheese fries?! And PB&J and bacon slider?! Um, can you ship those to me from states away?…Haha. Because those sound AMAZING. I’ve been thinking about implementing once or twice a month mandatory date nights for my fiance and I when we move in together this Summer. I think it’d definitely be fun since we are moving to a new city as well.
Haha, yes! They seem like some crazy ideas, but all were delicious! We’ve been talking about doing “mandatory” date nights all year, and it’s been really fun trying to plan them out ahead of time and surprise each other. Date nights are so important! <3
PBJ SLIDER!??!! DANG I want that! That food looks insanely delicious! I love the date idea- my boyfriend and I always try to plan fun dates too!
YES! And our waiter suggested we also add bacon, so who am I to turn him down? It was so good!
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
How fun! And so many yummy eats! Thanks for linking up!
Thank you for hosting, Erin. Have a great week! xo
Wow a bachelor’s in Zoology? That always sounds like the coolest job ever. I love the Science center in Los Angeles, and if I am ever in the Detroit area, I am putting this on my list. I don’t like science whatsoever (english major here), but there is just something about those museums that really does it for me. I love them!
He actually double majored and has another degree in Psychology. Basically… his dream job is to work with animals, specifically marine. He didn’t quite get there, but Sports Entertainment seems to keep him pretty happy. So funny!
I can’t even tell you how many Saturdays I spent in the Detroit Science Center as a kid! My dad often took me and my brothers there to get us out of our mom’s hair, and I loved it there. Is it the same one though? I thought I read that they closed it, did they build a new one or has the one you went to been there for a long time?
I love science centres! My boyfriend is a geologist so we always seem to end up spending a lot of time in the rocks and minerals section 😉 Your weekend looked like a lot of fun. Happy early birthday!
What a cool place! It looks like someplace my hubby and I would love to visit. We love exploring local venues and attractions. Looks like y’all had a blast!
That’s crazy that Scott has a bachelors in zoology! How did he get into the entertainment world?
Looks like a fun date night! IMAX is amazing. We have a similar science museum nearby and we saw one on Monarch butterflies last summer. So cool! Have a great day!