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Family Date Night (or Day)

1/20/2019 - Denise Bernacki

Family-Friendly, Foodie
Upscale Family-friendly dining in Kenosha WI
Upscale Family-friendly dining in Kenosha WI
Upscale Family-friendly dining in Kenosha WI

Nothing is better than a date night out with my husband, except for a date night out with my husband and my other man, our four-year old son, Dominic.  Taking a four-year old out for dinner can be challenging especially if they are impatient, like Dom is. And picky with what they will eat, like Dom is. So if your family is anything like mine, it’s nice to have kid-friendly food options other than fast-food, buffets and pizza.  We recently took Dominic to Tuscany Bistro Bar & Grill.  It was a terrific change of pace and it was a tremendous experience.  But before I tell you about that, I have some kid-friendly itinerary ideas that will team up well for your family day/night out, depending on if you choose to visit Tuscany for lunch or dinner!

Dinner & Owl Prowl - Saturday, January 26

7:00pm- Tuscany Bistro is open for dinner starting at 4pm so if you plan to have dinner there at about 7pm, that would give you plenty of time to drive to the Owl Prowl. It is about a 20 minute drive. (We’ll discuss menu choices in a few!)

8:30 - 10pm - The Owl Prowl is at the Richard Bong State Recreation Area located at 26313 Burlington Road in Kansasville.  With full bellies, prowl and discover why the owl is a perfect night hunter.  Go outside and search for these predators.  Dress for the weather and meet at the Visitor Center but be prepared to drive.  A vehicle admission sticker is required: $8 per day for vehicles with Wisconsin plates (seniors $3 / $11 for vehicles with out-of-state plates.  Annual state park admission stickers are also available.

Friday Nights in February Supper & FREE Stargazing - February 8, 15, and 22

6:00pm - Dinner at Tuscany Bistro.  It is about a 20 minute drive to the Kemper Center.

7:30 - 9:30pm - The Carthage College Society of Physics Students and the Tremper High School Astronomical Society will make available to the public Carthage’s 11-inch telescope on select Fridays at the Griffin Observatory on the Kemper Center campus.  Guests are encouraged to dress warmly and some stair climbing is required. The Observatory allows adventurers to see the universe from a historic setting, using modern technology. Following a four-year renovation, the 19th century astronomy laboratory has taken a new life as a stargazing, teaching and recreation facility.

Snow Daze Festival & Early Dinner Date - Saturday, February 9

12 - 3pm - Go to the sixth annual Snow Daze Festival at Veterans Memorial Park located at 625 52nd Street in Kenosha.  Celebrate winter and see amazing ice carving demonstrations. Enjoy FREE ice skating and skate rentals at the city ice rink.  And of course plenty of children’s activities!

3 - 3:30pm - Grab a donut or two at Mike’s Chicken and Donut Bar. Who says you can’t have dessert before dinner?

4pm - Early dinner at Tuscany Bistro.  

If none of these itineraries work with your schedule, you can always make your own itinerary!  Tuscany Bistro Bar & Grill is open for dinner from 4pm to close Tuesday through Sunday and they are open for lunch too from 11am to 2pm Tuesday through Friday.  Plus there’s plenty of things to do in Kenosha with kids at the Actor’s Craft 7th Avenue Theater & Acting Studio, the Pringle Nature Center, the Anderson Arts Center and at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum.

Now, let’s talk food.  Tuscany Bistro Bar & Grill is located at 7410 118th Avenue in Kenosha.  My husband, son and I went there one evening for dinner and we give Tuscany a TEN out of TEN!  The waitress was so attentive and cute with Dominic and they have a booth option for seating which is essential when you have kids.  They have an adorable kid’s menu for children ages 10 and under with choices of spaghetti and meatballs, chicken tenders and fries (Dom’s favorite), cheese or pepperoni pizza, meat or cheese ravioli and pasta alfredo where you can add chicken or shrimp for an extra charge.

As our appetizer, we chose Calamari Fritti.  It comes lightly breaded, fried and served with marinara, and let me tell you…it would be my choice every time.  Dinner entrees are pasta, meat and pizza.  Entrees come with a house salad but you can substitute a Caesar or Greek salad for an extra charge.  My husband and I chose the house salad…scrumptious!  Fresh baked rolls accompany your meal with their famous olive oil dip.  

It did not take long for entrees to come out.  If your child is anything like Dom, they want their food our the moment after they order it. Luckily his kid’s menu came equipped with tic-tac-toe, a word search and crayons to color with - always a huge help. He hardly got through his activities when his chicken tenders and fries came out.  The waitress made sure to bring his out first which I thought was a nice touch.  Dom approved!

My husband’s entree choice was Linguine and Meatballs in a marinara sauce…luscious!  I ordered my favorite stand-by, Fettuccine Alfredo in a creamy parmesan sauce.  I added chicken for an extra charge but you can also choose to get shrimp…fit for a queen!

Needless to say we did not have room for dessert but we decided to treat ourselves to some hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows…heavenly!  

So whether you choose to visit Tuscany Bistro Bar & Grill for lunch or dinner accompanied with one of the itineraries above or not, you will find whatever you choose both tasteful and delightful and your kids will find it yummy in their tummy too! There are a lot of great restaurants in the Kenosha Area that are kid-friendly, too. Check out the dining section of VisitKenosha.com for details on restaurants that offer children’s menus to plan your next family dinner out. 

Community Blog Team 2018

Denise Bernacki

Community Blogger

Brand new Kenosha resident – just relocated here Fall 2017 from NW Indiana. Touring Kenosha for the first time along with my husband and 3-year-old son.

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