We all know how difficult it is to find alone time with your partner once kids enter the mix, yet we are constantly bombarded with messages telling us how important it is for marriage to take time for yourselves as a couple.
My husband and I are fortunate that we have a bounty of babysitters are our disposal. We live close to grandparents, we have a few neighbourhood teenagers who are trying to earn money and we have good friends who are always willing to have our kids for a few hours.
We don’t often find ourselves without a childcare option. However, I started to tire of our go-to date night of dinner and a movie. Don’t get me wrong, we both love a good movie and trying out new local eateries, but there has got to be more to date nights than dinner and a movie. Right?
If you get creative, you'll find that there are actually so many date night activities available. Enough so that there's no reason to get stuck in the dinner and movie rut.
Here are 9 date night ideas for you and your partner next time you have some kid-free time:
Take Part in a Paint Night - My husband is very artistically talented. I am not. The good news is that you don’t need to have an artistic flair to enjoy a night of painting as a couple. There's something really relaxing and romantic about painting. Look for your local 'cocktails and canvas' type of event (most cities have them) and enjoy exploring your creativity together.
Enjoy a Bike Wine Tour or Craft Brewery Tour - Biking through the vineyards on your own schedule is the greatest way to do a wine tour. No buses or following someone else’s path. Just the two of you taking your time, learning about the vineyards and enjoying the samples. If wine isn’t your thing, craft breweries also offer afternoon tours where you can sample the goods, learn how the beer is made and enjoy a nice lunch.
Take a Hike- I’ve recently discovered the All Trails app which highlights hiking trails in your area. It also details the level of difficulty, terrain type and maps of the area. Pack some snacks and water and hit the trails together!
Go Rollerskating - Good old fashioned rollerskating is the best! There are still a few roller rinks around. Most will allow you to bring roller blades, if that’s your thing. The music, the lighting, the snack bar will all remind you of your childhood as you go rollerskating, hand-in-hand.
Go Karting - Instead of spending an afternoon chauffeuring your kid from one activity to the next, spend an afternoon racing each other. Go Karts aren’t just for kids.
Go Axe Throwing - Had a rough week? Work stressing you both out? Release some of that tension together by spending an evening axe throwing. Just don't choose this activity if you're feeling angry towards each other....
Paint Your Own Pottery - Pop into your local ceramic studio and find a quiet table in the corner where you can chat while painting your own mug, plate or garden gnome. It's a satisfying activity and it will really give you a chance to talk and reconnect.
Take a Cooking Class - Many grocery stores are now offering cooking classes, so they're more accessible than ever before. Check your store's schedule online and sign up for a class. Learn a new recipe for a delicious meal and then enjoy it together.
Join an Organized Sports League - Want to have a regular standing weekly date night? Find a local baseball league, soccer league or even a bowling league and join a team together. It's a great way to ensure you spend quality time together every single week.
The good thing is you don’t have to wait until night time to enjoy many of these activities. That's really helpful for us parents who are exhausted by 8 pm and more often than not, end up falling asleep with our kids. It also means that there is more flexibility when it comes to childcare. So, next time you're thinking of a date with your partner, think outside box. You might be pleasantly surprised with how much you enjoy experiencing something different together!