How to Make Date Night A Priority + A Year of Date Ideas

Making date night a priority with kids is hard, especially with little ones. But we are giving you some great tips and a year of date ideas so that you can go on more dates with your spouse! 

Making date night a priority with kids is hard, especially with little ones. But we are giving you some great tips and a year of date ideas so that you can go on more dates with your spouse! 

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Making time for date night can be difficult, especially with small children. It is hard to find a babysitter. Then, you have to prep the home to go out. And then on top of that, you have to get all dressed up when all you really want to do is hang out in comfy clothes all night!

But do you wanna know a secret about Date Night?

 

Date night is not just a good idea, it is essential for you and your spouse! There was a time in my life that I used to think that date night was just a break from the kids! Boy was I wrong! Date night is actually an investment in your marriage. At that point, I began to take date night more seriously made it a priority.

 

Making date night a priority with kids is hard, especially with little ones. But we are giving you some great tips and a year of date ideas so that you can go on more dates with your spouse! 

Here are some ideas for making date night happen, because let’s be honest, it’s much cheaper than divorce! And a whole lot more fun!

Schedule Date Night

 

Put date night on the calendar. When something pops up on date night be sure to tell them you already have plans. Perhaps pick the same day to have date night. Fridays work great for some people, but others not so much!  I can’t do Fridays because that’s football night! So we pick another day that works for us and our babysitter. 

 

Making date night a priority with kids is hard, especially with little ones. But we are giving you some great tips and a year of date ideas so that you can go on more dates with your spouse! 

 

And yes, the dreaded finding a babysitter…if you aren’t able to find one one week put the kids to bed and have date night at home!

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help

 

Making date night a priority with kids is hard, especially with little ones. But we are giving you some great tips and a year of date ideas so that you can go on more dates with your spouse! 

 

Ask family members to help with babysitting. Maybe Grandma and Grandpa would be willing to come over once a week to allow you and your husband some time alone together.

 

Perhaps a babysitting swap can work for you! Find four families to swap with. Each couple then takes a turn babysitting all the kids once a month. This allows for 3 Date Nights a month! The best part is your kids are at someone else’s home for date night! This allows you to have a cooking night at home or other great at home date ideas

 

Don’t Let Date Night Become a Chore

 

It is so important to make date night fun! Plan activities that are exciting to both you and your husband.

 

Making date night a priority with kids is hard, especially with little ones. But we are giving you some great tips and a year of date ideas so that you can go on more dates with your spouse! 

 

My husband and I often find ourselves in a rut. We’ll go out to eat at a restaurant and then stop at the grocery store on the way home. I can’t even count how many times that was our date night. We only recently decided to spend more time finding better ways to spend our date nights and that has made a huge difference!

 

Making date night a priority with kids is hard, especially with little ones. But we are giving you some great tips and a year of date ideas so that you can go on more dates with your spouse! 

 

My husband LOVES going to the movies… Me? Not so much… I sit there and think about all the things that I could be doing to be productive rather than sitting there watching a movie! But, I still go. Just like he hates shopping! But, I do love window shopping on date night and he happily (for the most part) goes with me! We compromise. We do things we both like. Things one of us likes more than the other and vice-versa! 

 

Making date night a priority with kids is hard, especially with little ones. But we are giving you some great tips and a year of date ideas so that you can go on more dates with your spouse! 

Find small and simple ways to make your husband feel special, during the week.

 

Here are some ideas to let your spouse know you are thinking about them:

 

  • Send texts randomly telling him you love him or that you are thinking of him.
  • Bake or by him his favorite treat.
  • Keep the kids distracted so he can have a few minutes of peace.
  • Create an “I love you because…” board so you can both take turns letting each other know why you love and appreciate each other.
  • Stop what you are doing when he first gets home from work, to welcome him home.
  • Leave him love notes in places (his wallet, car, planner, etc) where he will find them.
  • Find out what his love language is to help you find ways to show him how much you love him.

 

Remember the Importance of What You Are Doing

 

Date nights don’t have to be overly romantic every single time. Date nights are about spending time together and reconnecting. So make sure you’re doing that! This time together can keep the spark alive in your marriage and it keeps you liking each other!

 

Enjoy Each Other!

 

Making date night a priority with kids is hard, especially with little ones. But we are giving you some great tips and a year of date ideas so that you can go on more dates with your spouse! 

 

While on date night enjoy each other! Put the phones away! Sit further away from the TVs at the restaurant. Really sit there and listen to what your spouse is saying! Laugh with one another! Make sure your body language shows how much you love them!

 

After a while, finding new date night ideas is hard! So we have compiled a list of a Year’s Worth of Dates to Get You Started! Some for at home and others for going out! Check them out below!

 

A Year of Date Night Ideas

  1. Watch an old movie together.

  2. Take a bike ride together. Pick up dinner and take it to the park on your bikes.

  3. Do some sort of service project. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or nursing home, or pick up trash at a local park.

  4. Go to a thrift store and give each other a spending limit. Buy each other a gift or choose an outfit for your spouse to wear under that spending limit.

  5. Visit your local zoo. (without your kids)

  6. Go to the bookstore and just hang out. Read magazines together or separate, while sitting next to each other.

  7. Look through old photo albums and tell stories from your childhood. Or reminisce your times together.

  8. Go to the local water park.

  9. Karaoke

  10. Go ice skating.

  11. Go roller skating.

  12. Rent a boat and go out on the lake or river.

  13. Play Pokemon Go downtown or in your own neighborhood.

  14. Play mini golf.

  15. Visit a touristy place in your own city.

  16. Play video games together.

  17. Have Root Beer Floats and Play Board Games.

  18. Play at an arcade.

  19. Visit a local museum or gallery.

  20. Go bowling.

  21. Play strip poker.

  22. Bake something together and then eat it.

  23. Go for a walk in the woods, set up a hammock and watch the sunset together.

  24. Visit an escape room.

  25. Go rock wall climbing.

  26. Put together a time capsule.

  27. Visit a haunted house or corn maze.

  28. Go to a comedy club.

  29. Stargaze.

  30. Cook dinner together.

  31. Ride a city bus or metro around town.

  32. Visit a pet store or animal shelter.

  33. Go to a local sports game for a high school or college in your city.

  34. Go to an amusement park.

  35. Workout together.

  36. Go fishing.

  37. Visit your husband at work for lunch.

  38. Take a cooking class

  39. Go to a band concert.

  40. Do a project together, a craft or household project.

  41. Try a new restaurant.

  42. Play croquet or another outdoor game.

  43. Go on a hike or long walk.

  44. Have a movie marathon. Watch all the Harry Potter or Back to the Future movies, or another series.

  45. Go horseback riding.

  46. Have appetizers at one restaurant, go to another for dinner, then another for dessert.

  47. Go to a pottery making store.

  48. Watch a high school or college theater production.

  49. Spend the evening in bed.

  50. Sit in a public place and people watch.

  51. Read a book together, taking turns reading out loud.

  52. Go to batting cages.

What other fun ideas do you have?

 

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Making date night a priority with kids is hard, especially with little ones. But we are giving you some great tips and a year of date ideas so that you can go on more dates with your spouse! 

 

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    February 3, 2019 at 12:20 am Reply
  • Tiarra Taggart

    I agree, dating your spouse is so important! My husband loves going out to eat, but I prefer exploring, so we’ll mix it up! We always look for a way to eat something wherever we go. I love the pictures on this post! The affiliate links don’t seem to work though. Thanks for all the great ideas!

    January 21, 2019 at 10:11 am Reply
    • Michele

      Thanks Tiarra! It can be so hard to make dating our spouse a priority in our busy lives, especially when we add demanding jobs and children to the picture. I like how you and your husband have identified what you enjoy and try to incorporate both things. That is such a wonderful idea with figuring out date ideas with your spouse. Also, thanks for the heads up on the affiliate links. 🙂 I was able to fix them!

      January 21, 2019 at 1:36 pm Reply
  • Amanda

    These are great ideas to help my husband and I get back to dating. We had kids, both in school, and a career change made our lives a bit hectic. We share a calendar and I have scheduled in date nights over the next 4 months that way he can say…sorry already have plans. Look forward for using some of these suggestions.

    January 18, 2019 at 4:12 pm Reply
  • EJ

    Great post. My husband and I did a paint nite together once. It was pretty fun and we got to take home something we both created and can look at to remember that night.

    January 18, 2019 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Michele

      That date night with your husband sounds so fun! I would love to go and do a paint night. It sounds so much fun, and the fun art you got to take home to be reminded of that enjoyable time together is perfect!

      January 18, 2019 at 1:48 pm Reply
      • EJ

        Yes, it was a really fun experience. They even have couples paintings. You each paint half of a picture, then when you put it together it creates a whole picture. I haven’t tried that one yet. We also, went to a Ramen shop once because it was something we both wanted to try. Authentic Japanese Ramen! But the most important thing is that you get out and do something together.

        January 18, 2019 at 1:52 pm Reply
        • Michele

          Mmmm…that sound delicious! It sounds like you and your husband have great date ideas. I love that! You’re totally right, the most important this is getting out and spending time with one another (even if “getting out” is having an at home date with the kiddos in bed, right?).

          January 18, 2019 at 1:54 pm Reply
          • EJ

            Lol, yes. We have a lot of those home dates. But it’s good to get out when you can.

            January 18, 2019 at 2:02 pm

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