Remember when you first got married and you were border-line rigid about your Friday night date nights? After a while you started skipping them here and there in leu of other activities (the game, the party, etc.). It was still comforting to know that you could suggest a night out and you’re only thought was which restaurant to hit.
Then came the children…
And the grocery bill, the diaper stash, the school supplies. It added up and now instead of calculating how many drinks you should have, you’re calculating the cost of a baby sitter, the cost of dinner, the price of gas also went up again. You end up saying no, maybe some other time, like when our children go to college.
Good news! Except for the baby sitter, which can be easily resolved if grandma lives nearby, I have compiled the ultimate list of actually fun date ideas that won’t break the bank. Pick one and rekindle the romance!
1.) The all-time classic candlelit dinner at home. Spit shine the dining room table, toss a linen and a couple of candlesticks on there. Serve the food (even if it’s take out) on fancy plates and remember the best part is enjoying each other’s company.
2.) Watch a movie on Netflix at home. This can be risky if you opt for a series instead, beware of the urge to binge. Focus on hand-holding and commentary that can turn into your own special inside jokes.
3.) Go on a picnic, and do it right. Park, blanket, basket. Bring a frisbee because a little physical activity with your honey is always a plus.
4.) Go for a hike together. This might be my personal favorite especially long distance trails if you are looking for a weekend getaway. The air, the woods, the sun (don’t forget the sunscreen!), the views. Amazing.
5.) Go to an art gallery or museum. If your husband rolls his eyes at this one, give up. My husband personally enjoys a quick once-through at the local museum, and also thoroughly enjoys indulging my love for museums.
6.) The ever faithful movie in the park is a trusty Summer activity. Check your local area’s events and you’re sure to find a decent movie in the park. You won’t find a showing of Fast and the Furious, usually they show old classics for an even more romantic feel.
7.) Wii/Xbox Kinect or other interactive video game that allows you to get up off your feet and virtually dance, bowl or go water rafting. For the lazier types there is always a good thumb exercise waiting for you at the end of any war game.
8.) If you’re more of a go out and play couple, go fishing together! Amazing conversations can be had at the end of a dock. No need to rent a boat, but do make sure you have your fishing license!
9.) At the risk of alienating my anti-NRA readers, one really fabulous option is to hit the target range. I have always wanted to be a femme-fatal ninja spy with impeccable aim. Let your imagination come alive as you woo your husband with the suggestion and get your first bull’s eye.
10.) Literally free, except for gas, open houses are a blast especially during Parade of Homes season is always a win. Get inspired and imagine living in the million-dollar homes with a Jacuzzi in the basement.
You’re not getting any younger! So, call grandma to come and hang out with the kids while you two get out there and make some memories. Try to do something with your man at least once a month, because after all when the kids are gone he’ll be your only company. Build your friendship by doing lots of activities *sans kids now.