Date Night Ideas for Valentines' Day and Beyond

No one can really agree on the best way to keep your marriage alive; but there is one thing everyone seems to think is key: quality time together. In between wiping noses, shuttling the kids to and from their activities, working, and sleeping, we all need to have grown-up time. Here is a list of 5 At Home Date Night Ideas for those nights you can't (or don't want to) find a babysitter, and 5 Away from Home Date Night Ideas you can try (these even work during the day if you have time) on Valentines' Day and any other day.
5 At Home Date Night Ideas:
1. Grown-Up Dinner: Feed the kids, put them to bed, and cook a fancy adult dinner together. Make something your kids don't like, have some wine, relax at the dining room table instead of having to take care of everyone else during dinner. 2. Play A Game: Get out those old board games or video games. Use your competitive side to bond and feel like kids again. 3. Special Movie Night: Pick a movie and plan the night around it. Make dinner to follow the theme, maybe even play a game related to it. Talk during the movie! You aren't in a theater, pause it to connect. 4. Make Something Together: Pick a project for the house, the kids, yourselves, or just a fun craft and work on it together. Take turns choosing what kind of project. 5. Book Club: Choose a book and read it together, whether it is a young adult novel or a book about strengthening your marriage. Take turns reading it out loud and cuddling on the couch or in bed. Talk about what you read.
5 Away from Home Date Night Ideas:
So you got a babysitter, the kids are away at a friend's house, or you have time during the day together while the kids are at school. Here are a few date ideas you can try. 1. Dinner & a Movie: I know, this doesn't sound new or exciting, but it can be if you try one of these twists:
  • Go to an early movie first, then discuss it over dinner.
  • See a movie you never thought you would like, your opinion may change.
  • Eat movie theater food for dinner. Teenagers do it all the time, why not splurge and eat a little junk?
  • Decide the movie theme and eat a menu based on that.
2. Go to Target (or Walmart, etc): Don't go for the traditional things on your grocery list, wander the isles and point out things that remind you of memories you made together. Find the movie you first watched together, pick up first book you heard him read to your kids, grab that bottle of wine he ordered on your first date...you get the drift 3. Go Bowling: Play a couple rounds of bowling, maybe even visit the arcade! Relax and have fun. 4. Do Something Seasonal: Go ice skating, sledding, pick apples/strawberries/etc., kayak, swim 5. Take a Class Together: Visit a painting class (like Masterpiece Mixers), take a crafting class at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, sign up for a "do it yourself" class at Home Depot or Lowes, you choose. Want to spend a night in watching movies with your loved one? We have teamed up with a few other bloggers to give one lucky winner a $100 Netflix Gift Card. Rafflecopter Giveaway Giveaway Ends  2/12 at 11:59 p.m. ET

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