Why do dates seem to stop when we get married? My husband and I have been trying to focus on getting back our date nights this year. So far we have gone out to eat, to the local community theatre, and to doctors appointments. (I had a series of yucky appointments in June that my husband came to. We tried to always grab a Starbucks or food and make them into mini-dates to keep our mind off of everything. Thankfully these appointments are over and I am healthy!)
So we were doing a babysitting exchange with our friends (great idea if you are a parent!) and we wanted to do something a little more exciting compared to our usual dinner and home. So we scoured the area and found Martinis and IMAX at Fernbank Museum.
If you live in the Atlanta Metro area I am sure you have heard of Fernbank Museum. This beautiful facility begins with huge dinosaur statues out front to great you and opens into many floors of rotating and permanent displays, kids exploring area, and the IMAX theatre. There are always great adventures and activities going on, and the night that my husband and I went was no exception.
During the summer the Martinis and IMAX event also features specialty beer flights (samplers) from local breweries (yes please!) and food trucks (double yes!). To make things even better on the third Friday of the month there are free salsa lessons! So I made sure to put on my dancing shoes…and my husband put on his sneakers. :-/
When we arrived we were a little overwhelmed! There were two Salsa-esque food trucks out front and then two lines with two different prices and a bunch of people milling around. We discovered that one line was for just the martinis and salsa dancing, while the other line let you purchase IMAX tickets. That solved it for us! We were really looking forward to seeing the IMAX movie Island of Lemurs: Madagascar mostly because it was narrated by Morgan Freeman. Who doesn’t love to listen to that man talk?!
After grabbing our tickets we headed back outside to the food trucks, On Tapa the World and Buen Provecho . We were starving! We decided to order 4 different empanadas from On Tapa the World and we were not disappointed! Even the cheeseburger one with ketchup, mustard, and pickles in it was great!
Once we stuffed our bellys we wanted to try the amazing cocktails. There were 3-4 full bars set up in the main area and then the Three Taverns Brewery bar was set up outside. Since we had just come in from eating outside we decided to cool down with something off the specialty drink list before heading outside. Insert Paradise! Bill had a jalapeño margarita and I had a spicy mojito. Is it weird that I try to get a mojito a lot of the time when we go out because I love the fresh mint in it and I hate doing that part myself?
We also decided to treat ourselves to looking at the Whale exhibit. The last time we were here was on Father’s Day 3 years ago and the exhibit was fantasy creatures. It was also Superhero Day and there were small people (including 2 of ours) running around everywher. Also, I was 7 months pregnant. I think it goes without saying that walking through the Whale exhibit holding hands was significantly more relaxing this time 🙂 Well, with the exception of the dolphin game! It was so this highly educational game about all sorts of dangers to the dolphins. I don’t know if there was a way to win!!
By this time it had cooled outside a little so we decided to check out the beer. We love beer. We decided that 1/2 of the beers were super tasty! Oh, and our bartender was also a little generous and *may* have overfilled our tastes a bit. We loved her!
It was so neat sitting out on the patio drinking surrounded by the woods. There was this foggy mist because it had rained earlier (which was obvious by the very wet chairs and tables!) which made it feel like I was in Jurassic Park! I almost expected a Raptor to come out the door. Maybe it was the beer talking…good thing it was almost time for the Lemurs!
We decided to take the long way around the museum to watch the salsa dancers! My husband isn’t much of a dancer so we were just in observation mode. It was really cool to watch so many people dancing under the dinosaur bones!
So Bill grabbed a glass of wine (drinks were allowed in the theatre!) and off we went. As nice as it was not to have children screaming, crying, and climbing all over the place while watching a movie, it may have been WORSE to have the drunk 20-somethings in front of us. Thankfully they didn’t stay for the entire show.
Finally it was time to head home. We had arrived right when the event started so we had gotten primo parking…apparently all of Atlanta had gotten there after us! There were cars parked all over the place. Up and down the driveway and road. And there were so many people just getting there and the event only went on for another hour.
Overall it was an awesome event and we can’t wait to go back in the fall. Thank you Fernbank for a perfect date night!!
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