It really is the best solution. You and your parents are unlikely to enjoy the same theatre, music and cinema, but food is a good bet. Maybe, if you’re lucky, they’ll also pay. Plus, being in a public space provides great opportunities to spring on them that new business venture you’re about to embark on that’s looking for a couple of key investors, or to introduce your polypartners, or mention that illegitimate daughter you just found out about. Your hair-trigger father is less likely to blow a gasket in front of people and your hyperventilating mother can go ahead and order a bottle of wine. For herself.
First runner up: Walking on the waterfront
Second runner up: Shopping