5 Girls' night out ideas for moms

Sep 17, 2010 at 12:57 a.m. ET

Motherhood is a full-time job. And, even though it’s rewarding and fantastic, it’s also exhausting. That’s why it’s important to give yourself a break every now and then and let loose with your gal pals. Be sure to plan far enough in advance so everyone has enough time to schedule babysitters, then, let the fun begin! Count on these girls’ night out ideas for an unforgettable night with your mommy friends.

Women friends drinking wine

1Dish over fondue

What's better than melted cheese, gooey dark chocolate, martinis, girlfriends, and gossip? Not much! Plan your next moms' night out at a fondue restaurant for an interactive dining experience. You won't have to worry about being rushed by your waiter since eating fondue is a process. Savor delicious flavors and sauces while catching up on your busy lives. Check your local Melting Pot restaurant; some locations offer a special "Girls' Night Out" four course meal once a month for $30 per person.

2Wine 'n dine

You don't have to live near a vineyard to experience wine tasting. Local wine bars are growing in numbers across the country, offering unique wines, scrumptious small plates, and artisan cheeses. Many wine bars offer flights of about five wines from a certain region to satisfy your thirst and help you learn what you like. This is a great way for wine novices to learn the basics. There's nothing a glass (or two!) of wine, cheese, and good friends can't cure!

3Martinis and manicures

When is the last time you had a manicure? If you can't easily answer that question, it's time you take your next moms' night out to a place like Beauty Bar, where you can enjoy a manicure while sipping on a martini and gabbing with your best friends. With locations across the country (from San Diego to Las Vegas to Brooklyn), Beauty Bar is a great option for a two-in-one evening with the girls. After beautifying your nails, dance the night away to retro tunes. Call ahead for reservations for groups of six or more.

4Be a groupie

Whatever your musical genre of choice, a concert with your closest pals can be a magical experience. If you score tickets to see your favorite country cutie perform (hello, Jake Owen!) plan a shopping day with the girls to pick out proper western attire, from fringed boots to short denim mini-shirts. Don't forget your cowgirl hat! If rock 'n roll is more your style, pick out your sexiest mini-skirt and pair it with a black leather jacket, add metal bracelets, and you're ready to rock the night away!

If you want to go all out, arrange for a limo to transport your group to and from the event. You'll arrive in VIP style in preparation for a stress free night full of singing, dancing, and laughing with your gals—what could be better?

5Game on!

What's your game of choice? Whether it's blackjack, Texas hold 'em, or craps, you and your girls are guaranteed a night of friendly competition and fun by heading to a local casino. Take the opportunity to get glammed-up for the occasion. Pair sexy stilettos with your new minidress, and a cocktail ring. Cheer on your gal pal while she's on a hot streak at the roulette table, then celebrate your winnings with a round of cocktails at the bar.

More girls' night ideas