Date Night Ideas for Parents

Date Night Ideas for Parents

If you’re like me and have kids, you probably spend much time at home. Finding time to go out and do something fun with your partner can be difficult, but it’s not impossible! Here are some ideas for date night when you have kids:

Cook a meal for each other.

Cooking is a great way to connect. It’s a good way to spend time together, and you can make something special for each other. If you don’t have the time or energy to cook a whole meal, consider making one dish and then ordering pizza or ordering some takeout from your favorite restaurant. You can also do this on a budget – if you need ideas for inexpensive meals, check out our post about cheap date night recipes!

Have an art night at home.

Have an art night at home. Invite friends over to share the experience, or enjoy it with your kids. Ask them to help you make something together—they can be as involved or as hands-off as they like. You could even try painting, drawing, or making a sculpture together! If you're feeling ambitious, try cooking together while listening to music (or reading out loud).

Go on a walk together and talk about your day.

Have you ever had that moment where you need to talk to your spouse, but there's not enough time in the day? You're both too busy, so you don't dedicate enough time to each other.

This can lead to resentment and hurt feelings. It might even lead to divorce if not kept in check!

Talking with your spouse is one of the best ways to stay connected and happy. Talking builds a foundation of trust between partners, which makes it easier for them to communicate their needs without fear of rejection or judgment from their partner. It also encourages them both to enter into discussions on an equal level - even when they disagree on something; they still feel like they've been heard by each other at all times because they've spoken openly about their thoughts on whatever subject matter being discussed at hand without fear of being judged negatively by either party involved in said discussion process happening within any given time.

Sign up for a dance class.

  • Dancing with your partner is a great way to reconnect, and the best part is that you don't have to be an expert (or even close) at dancing to enjoy it.

  • Dance classes are a fun way to get fit while having fun with your partner or friends and meeting new people. They're also great because they help build confidence, which will translate into other areas of life (e.g., parenting).

Have a daily door dance.

Dancing is a great way to exercise while having fun and connecting with your partner.

  • Put on your favorite song and dance for 30 seconds, following the beat of the music. When that song is over, pick another one you both like and do it again!

  • Make things more interesting by adding some flair to your moves: spin around once or twice before returning to your original position; hop up as high as you can; turn away from each other for a few seconds before coming back together (like in an “embrace”). You could even decide that every time a certain lyric comes up in the song, you will point at each other or tap each other on the shoulder. The possibilities are endless!

Play cards.

  • Cards are a great way to spend time together as a family and can help you learn more about each other. Before playing games like Uno or Skip-Bo with your kids, practice with your partner so that you're all on the same page regarding rules and strategies.

  • Play board games with your kids.

  • Board games are another great option for date night. Many of them are designed for families, so you won't feel like you're playing something inappropriate for their age group (which is especially important if one or both parents have worked late). You can even use board games as an excuse to turn off electronics in favor of spending time together!

Play charades.

Charades is a fun game with friends, family, and kids of all ages. It’s a great way to get the whole family involved in a game night. Teams can be created based on age or ability level. For example, if you have one child much older than another, put them in different groups to compete against each other and the other team(s). Charades are also great because they can be played competitively or for fun!

If you’re hosting a night out with your spouse and want to make sure it doesn't end up being too dull (ahem), consider adding charades! Charades bring out everyone's creativity while also allowing people to show off their acting skills—and it makes things interesting by making everyone guess what words someone else has chosen beforehand rather than coming up with ideas themselves beforehand (as other board games might require). If you are interested in learning more about how this works within homeschooling circles, check out our article: How To Play Charades With Kids In School!

Have a coffee date in the morning or after bedtime.

If you're a parent, chances are that you and your partner are both busy trying to wrangle the kids before school or work. One of the most important things about maintaining a healthy relationship is making date nights happen, but with all the demands on your time, it can be hard to find time for each other. One way this can be achieved is by having "coffee dates" during different parts of the day. These simple activities can help connect and create a stronger bond as parents and partners, whether at home in the morning or after bedtime.

You might not be able to go out for coffee because of your schedules, so staying in requires creativity! Try making new drinks together: cappuccinos (cold brew), lattes (lattes,) and frappucinos (hot chocolate). Or if you're feeling more traditional, stick with what works best for both of you: americanos/espresso shots?

Send each other letters and pick them up from the mailbox when they arrive.

If you’re looking for a way to reconnect with each other without being too tired, try sending letters and picking them up from your mailbox. You could even make it a surprise by putting the envelope in an unusual place, like the inside of a book or magazine. If you don’t know how to write well, try using fancy fonts!

Try these ideas to keep the flame alive in your relationship

Keeping the flame alive in your relationship is essential, especially when you have kids. This can be hard to do when you're busy with work, school, and other responsibilities. If you want to make it a priority to spend time together, consider trying one of these date night ideas:

  • Try something different each time. If you always go out to dinner at restaurants that are close by, try something new. Plan a picnic on the beach or go hiking in the woods instead of eating at home with your family (or stay home and cook dinner together). The point is not what place you choose, but that it's something different than usual—and fun!

  • Make sure it's fun for both of you. When planning an activity for your date night, try not to make anything stressful or too complex for either parent—especially if there are children involved who may help with babysitting duties later that evening! Making sure everyone has fun is crucial in keeping the flames burning bright between partners; laughter is contagious!

  • Try doing things together as a couple that requires teamwork—such as playing games (Scrabble) or puzzles (Jigsaw Puzzle). Being near each other while working on such activities will improve communication and trust between partners because they'll learn how much each person contributes toward successfully completing tasks."


You both have busy lives, but that doesn’t mean you can’t steal some time for yourselves. The trick is to make sure the time you spend together isn’t just fun—it also strengthens your relationship. So go ahead and try one of these date ideas tonight!

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