No More Excuses: 42 Date Night Ideas for the Date Night Challenged

42 fun date night ideas for the date night challenged, or for those who just need fresh ideas. - Intentional By Grace
Over the past couple of days, we have been talking about date nights. Stacy shared with you why date nights shouldn’t end in marriage, and then, Anne shared a great idea for having a romantic date night-in! Mark and I benefited greatly from their thoughts and ideas. I hope you did too!

Furthermore, I hope you are seeing that date nights are an essential part of a surrendered marriage. As I surveyed women about their marriages, the one thing that was absolutely, without fail the most mentioned advice was keep the date nights! Yes, it is hard, but our priorities indicate that even with small children, busy schedules, and lack of ideas we should still make every effort to ensure that we are spending quality one-on-one time together.

To be transparent, Mark and I have always struggled with making date nights a priority. Our entire marriage has been made up of one transition after another. We’ve moved four times in less than four years of marriage (Update: we’ve moved yet again and are in the process of a SECOND move since writing this!). Mark has changed jobs three times and completed his masters degree. We’ve started a couple small businesses (you’re reading one of them). Birthed a baby. Housed a twenty year old. Served as community coordinators for an apartment complex. Lost a fish. Killed a few plants. And picked up photography.  Just to name a few things. ;) If you’re wondering … yes, we are crazy, weird, and very passionate. Shew!

The point is, in all of that craziness, date nights easily fall by the wayside. However, they shouldn’t. Recently, we’ve changed that. We have instituted a weekly date night – Thursday nights. We’re not in a position where we can go “out,” but we can stay in (our home is our favorite place to be anyway), and make each other a priority.

We close down the computers, the phones, and maybe even the lights. We make a nice dinner, put Sam to bed early, and just spend time together. We talk, we read, we play dodge ball in the living room, we pull out a board game, we sword fight, and we hide toothbrushes when it’s time for bed (note: we do not do all of those things in one evening!). We love being married, and on Thursdays, we intentionally spend time together without any other distractions!

To help us keep date nights a priority, I have put together a list of ideas for us to draw from each week. Maybe you’ll pick up a few tips, and share a few of yours in the comments?!

 

21 At Home Date Night Ideas

1. Have a picnic (either outside or inside).
2. Turn our dining room into a dining destination.
3. Watch a wholesome movie on Netflix. We actually enjoy documentaries.
4. Read a book together (or a book series).


5. Play dodge ball in the living room. You thought I was kidding up there …
6. Light candles around the room and sip wine together.
7. Get into an intense javelin fight on the Wii. Talk about getting your heart rate up.
8. Spa night.*
9. Sit around a bonfire outside with hot chocolate.
10. Lay under the stars and talk.
11. Loveopoly.*
12. Secret Agent Love Mission.*
13. Start a game tournament. One year, we had Yahtzee wars. We kept a running tally of wins, and had a play-off on New Year’s Eve. Right now, we’re playing lots of Sequence and Ratuki!


14. Watch a TV series together. We got so addicted to LOST last year, and this year we’re into 24.
15. Turn your outdoor patio into a dining destination (complete with table cloth and candles).*
16. Make homemade ice cream together.*
17. Play a little one-on-one in the driveway (basketball, I mean).
18. Take skiing lessons in the living room (complete with goggles and mittens). Or just go skiing!
19. Play the Newlywed Game.*
20. Play hide-and-seek…in the dark.
21. Play hop scotch in the driveway.*

Other times, we just want to go out. So, we find a babysitter, and we hit the town.

21 Date Night on the Town Ideas

1. Bookstore Challenge. By far one of our favorite date nights ever.
2. Frisbee Golf with a Twist.*

Source: www.thedatingdivas.com via Leigh Ann on Pinterest

3. Take a bike ride together.
4. Walk through a local  botanical garden while holding hands.
5. Swing on the swings at the park.
6. Go on the same date you had the night your man asked you to marry him.
7. Hit balls at the driving range.
8. Go to a drive-in movie.
9. Take a hike. Really. Take a hike and take turns taking pictures of what you see.


10. Go to dinner at your favorite restaurant, then play cards at the park.
11. Pick berries at your local farm.
12. Take an art class together.


13. Go canoeing together.
14. Ice Skating in your town square.*
15. Order gargantuan size ice creams and eat it all.
16. Get really dressed up (maybe even formal attire) and go to a local coffee shop. Act like you just came back from a very important event.*
17. Take a ride on a bicycle … built for two.*
18. Go to the dollar store and each pick out a gift for the other.
19. Garage sale date.* Kind of like a scavenger hunt.
20. Take a dinner cruise.
21. Go to a jazz club.

*want to try this

Now, it’s your turn. What is your favorite date night activity? Feel free to share your links in the comment section below (if you’re a blogger).

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Comments

  1. says

    Two years ago my husband and I planned 2 date nights (one for our boys/one for our girls). We took the boys to see a Harlem Globetrotters game – I had always wanted to see them “live” ever since I can remember. We too the girls to see “Wicked” — LOVED, LOVED, LOVED going to that – the show was good and was surprised by the story. (We had never before or since purchased event/show tickets to anything for our children/family – so it was a big deal — even tho’ the children were with us, it still felt like a date – but even better because we shared the memory with our children.) —
    Date Night #6 reminded me that – We took our girls out to dinner at the place where we had our first date, got engaged and celebrated after our wedding reception… (yes, the SAME place for all 3 events) — it was sort of a mistake because the place is now a run-down, dumpy place. We were so very excited to share the place with our girls – telling them cute stories of our romance – instead we were all grossed out, haha

  2. Jeri Lynn says

    SOUNDS FABULOUS! My husband and I started in 2010… 10 things to do in 2010, 11 things to do in 2011, and now 12 things to do in 2012. Some of the things my husband listed to do, so simple, and I would have never guessed on my own. I like your ideas. Really it’s not always what you do or how much you spend to do it, what matters most is that you are doing something together. enjoying each other=priceless!

  3. says

    We’ve tried a lot of at-home, cheap creative dates (that’s how our blog got started), but keep coming back to this one as our favorite:
    http://domestichurch.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/lets-go-bonkers/. It’s a great way to reconnect! Wish we could get the Bonkers board game back in print (it’s a lot of fun even when played “normally”), but we *have* been able to find used copies to give away to friends–with our special cards ;).

    Blessings!

  4. says

    Awesome post! I’ll definitely try some of those the next time we setup a date night. The last date night we had was something simple. What we miss the most since having a kid and getting too wrapped up with the other parts of our lives is the time to just sit together and watch the world go by. We do this next to the pier or at the park or even at the restaurant window. I know it sounds boring but there is nothing like just sitting with your partner and being with each other. No talking just being alone with each other in a sea of people.
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  5. says

    Great list! My husband and I need to schedule more regular date nights. One of my favorite dates is to just be outside somewhere. We went to a beach town about 45 minutes away a couple of times over the summer. We aren’t really the type to swim or lay on the beach for hours but I love being close to the water and just walking around town. The sunsets are gorgeous too!

  6. Trish says

    Thank you so much for this. My husband and I plan to schedule regular date nights but with 4 children, I really appreciate the at home ideas! We have been separated and are getting back together, stronger and more in love than ever before thanks to the grace of our amazing God! I am so excited to do some of these great ideas.

  7. Mary Beth McKay says

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these ideas!! My husband and I went from newlyweds to parents of 3 in 4 years (no multiples) so Date Night went out the window very quickly and neither one of us is very creative in the romance department so I love these ideas! I can’t wait to try the spy mission scavenger hunt, we are both in the Army and I think it will be a totally fun way to have him hunt his birthday presents next week!! I am so excited to try all of these!! Thanks for all your fantastic posts you really have made my day and quite often my week with your tips and topics on not just going through the moment! Thank You

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