When was the last time you went on a date with your husband? How often should parents have date night, anyway?
A huge commercial holiday is coming up where date nights are expected and candy will be exchanged. Are you ready?
Well, I know that as a parent, I’m not. Not that I’ve been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day specifically – I think we should make the effort to show our love and try to spend time with our spouse regularly, not because of a holiday. But sometimes you take what you can get, right?
And with kids? Making date night happen is not easy! But it’s important to find how to have a date night without a babysitter! I have listed and rounded up ideas for a fun date night with your spouse. You can use these ideas for the upcoming holiday, or any time of year!
Making time for Date Night
Set up an “us” time when the kids are asleep. Especially if your children have early bedtimes, you can really take advantage of that quiet time together on the weekends. You can really come up with a great list of ideas for an at-home date night ideas for parents. Provided your children sleep well, of course.
You should always have a list of fun and cheap date night ideas for parents you can pick from on any evening your kids are already sleeping or otherwise cared for.
Do you both have a day off work but daycare is still open? Send that toddler to daycare and have a movie day! The husband and I did that over the holidays and saw a double feature. It was so amazing to have some kid-free time.
Trade babysitting with a friend or neighbor. Maybe you have alternating weekends where you have a play date while the other couple gets some quality time together.
Otherwise, it might be a good idea to get a babysitter that you can call on to watch your kids so you can go out.
And if you’re separated by many miles, consider sending a long distance date.
Then start a list of fun and easy date night ideas for tired parents.
Date Night Ideas for Parents
Now comes the fun part – this is where we find some date night ideas for parents.
There’s always the simple idea of rent a movie and snuggle on the couch. Sometimes a movie date night at home is my favorite.
Go to the drive-in movies if you have one near you. Or a regular movie theater will do.
Or get all dressed up and go see a play at the fancy theater in town.
Cook for each other, together. Bonus points if it is a brand new recipe for you. A fun DIY date night!
Do a scavenger hunt around your town based on the season or a specific topic.
Go to a museum.
Go for a walk around your neighborhood. Maybe talk about what you like about each neighbor’s yard. See if their Christmas decorations are still up!
Play some board games. Seriously game nights are fun and there are plenty of two-person player games.
Go to the park and walk a trail. Don’t forget to pack a picnic!
Go to a local festival. My area is always doing one festival or another, it is awesome!
If you’re in a splurge mood, get a couples massage!
Go to a local coffee shop, bonus points if it’s a small mom and pop rather than a chain.
Here are some more amazing date night ideas from lovely bloggers I follow:
- My Koala Pouch shares date ideas for when you’re stuck at home with kids.
- 20 date night ideas that don’t require going out. by Gen Pink
- Try DateBox (review by She’s the Honest Mom)
- 17 Inexpensive date night ideas from the Girl Outnumbered
- 25 fun date ideas that don’t break the bank and how to make date night happen after kids from Confessions of Parenting
- 10 at home date nights for parents on Valentine’s day from This Mama Needs Chocolate
- 20 fun stay at home date night ideas from Easy Mommy Life
- Practical and easy Valentine’s day ideas for busy parents from Love Life Laugh Motherhood
- Creative date night ideas after having kids, from Professional Momma
>>Check out my Date Night Pinterest board for more ideas!
What date nights do you have planned?