Do you have a regular date night? I wish we did! It’s one of those things that we talk about, and mean to do. But going out regularly to dinner and movie can be pricey (especially if you factor in a babysitter!). And when we do have something planned, it seems like someone gets sick, or the kids were up all night the night before or we’re simply too tired.
But this doesn’t mean that we just give up on the idea of time together. Sure, we love spending time with our boys, and we do a lot of fun family activities. Sometimes, though, it is nice to have time just the two of us. And because date nights seem to be hard to schedule right now, we have to find ideas that work for our current rhythm. These ideas are by necessity fairly short and inexpensive (and fun!).
So, what do we do? Our simple date night ideas:
When we were in college, my husband surprised me by picking me up with 2 cups of hot chocolate and bringing me to watch the first snowfall of the season coming down over the local gorges. We still model some of our “date nights” around that idea. We bring a hot drink and go to a local park or lake, and hang out together, walking around and admiring the view.
Game Night Out
Another very inexpensive, but very fun, date idea happened on a trip Starbucks together. We were just going to run in and get something to drink before heading somewhere else. Then we saw that they were selling one of those little games, and decided to give it a try. We spent over an hour laughing together and playing the silly game.
We have 2 versions of car dates we do:
One mild fall day, both kids fell asleep in the car. We decided to stop by a local coffee shop. I parked and my husband ran in and grabbed some pastries. We sat on a bench in front of the car (which had the windows down) for about an hour, until the kids woke up.
We’ve also been known to call in an order to a favorite restaurant at the kids’ bedtime. Then we load the kids in the car, they fall asleep on the drive. One of us runs out to pick up dinner, we eat together in the car, and return home. Ok, it’s not the most romantic thing in the world, but it is kind of getting to eat “out!”
Use Stroller Time
It’s not just sleeping in the car we take advantage of. When we are in New York City with our double stroller, we’ll frequently walk until the boys fell asleep, and sit on a park bench or just meander around the streets together. We actually did this for bedtime out of desperation when the boys wouldn’t sleep during a vacation in another city. I will say that it was fun walking around together at night pushing the stroller.
Make the Most of Kids Movie Night
We have also settled the kids in for a kids movie or TV show, and then created our own date night, eating our meal and drinking wine together while the kids are happily entertained.
I’m always looking for additions to this list – do you have any simple date night ideas to share?
For more ways to carve out special time with your husband, check out ideas from these other busy mamas:
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