Parents night out ideas to start the new year

A parents night out is a fun way to unwind and enjoy relationships with your friends or spouse/partner. Here are some ideas to get your new year started right.

parents night out, Arizona, Arizona Coyotes
Sports lovers will enjoy watching the Arizona Coyotes march toward the playoffs.

Arizona Coyotes Hockey (times and dates vary). Sit rinkside and watch the Coyotes try to march their way to the playoffs. $21 & up. Gila River Arena, Glendale. 480-563-7825 or

Arizona Fine Arts Expo (Fri Jan 22-Sun April 3). Peruse the art of more than 150 renowned and emerging artists in a 44,000-square-foot space. Talk and interact with the artists. $10. Arizona Fine Art Expo, 26540 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-837-7163 or

parents night out, vegetarian food, Scottsdale
Lots of yummy samples will be on hand at the Vegetarian Food Festival.

Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival (Sat-Sun Jan 9-10). Enjoy good food that supports a healthy lifestyle with this weekend of vegetarian eats, entertainment and vendors. $20. Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, 3939 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale. 480-874-4615 or

Art After Work (Wed Jan 20). Interested in some down time with an artistic flair? Enjoy a painting experience with Laura Kuhill as she guides you in painting the work titled “Cherry Blossom Kimino.” $35. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe. 480-350-2822 or

parents night out, harp music, Scottsdale, ASU musicians
Enjoy beautiful harp music at a performance by ASU musicians at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

ASU Center for the Arts (Mon Jan 25). Listen to ASU’s renowned musicians perform chamber music with harp—a great way to relax after a long day at the office. $10. ASU Center for the Arts, 7380 E Second St, Scottsdale. 480-499-8587 or

Barrett-Jackson (Sat Jan 23-Sun Jan 31). View classic cars at the Barrett-Jackson auction. $17. Barrett-Jackson, 3020 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-306-8210 or

Chocolate and Wine Experience at the MIM (Fri Jan 22). Who can resist chocolate and wine? Feast on treats by 10 different chocolatiers and wineries at the MIM. Indulge in a chocolate fountain, local chocolate beers and more during this unique and delicious event. $60 in advance or $70 at the door. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix. 480-478-6000 or

Films at the Phoenix Museum. Take a walk through the museum to admire art—then spend your evening watching a film about artists and their work. Discussion usually follows. General admission plus $10 for film. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave. 602-257-1880 or

parents night out, splatter paint, Pinspiration, Phoenix
For a different art experience, try splatter paint nights at Pinspiration in Phoenix.

Pinspiration. Channel your artistic side at Pinspiration as you make a painting together and indulge in wine. If painting isn’t your cup of tea, try other artistic options, like jewelry making and décor projects—or don protective clothing and go wild with splatter paint. Prices vary depending on art project. 5410 E High St #105, Phoenix. 480-636-8010 or

Sorso Wine Room. Experience wine tasting at your own pace in this new Scottsdale bar. Try more than 150 wines from around the world by pushing a button that allows you to either sip, taste or pour. Prices vary. 15323 N Scottsdale Rd #150, Scottsdale. 480-951-4344 or

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