Everywhere I look there are Kids, Kids, Kids…
Preschooler to dad: What’s a date night?
Dad to Kid: It’s what happens when you go to bed. LOL!
Planning a date night may be the last thing you feel like doing right now but the reward of connecting with another adult is so worth it. The kids will take every single minute you give them so here’s your permission slip to carve out a little bit of couple time. Your sanity deserves this.
To help you out, we’ve curated a list of options to help make your next at home date fun, entertaining, and maybe even productive?
(We’re not judging your date choices – as long as they follow social distancing protocols…)
Let’s Start With Date Night in Your Minivan
If you want a change of scenery, consider moving date night out to your vehicle for a quiet, kid-free evening.
Ingredients to consider adding your minivan date night:
- Timing: Pick a time that works best for your family and literally put this time on your calendar.
- Cozy up the van with blankets and pillows ahead of time.
- Bring a candle along for mood lighting.
- Restaurant food. Find a local restaurant open for takeout and send one of you after it while the other does the kid-wrangling. Or, opt for restaurant delivery where available.
- A movie. If your van doesn’t have video capabilities, perhaps your wifi will reach your vehicle so you can stream from Amazon Prime, Netflix, or another movie service.
- Your favorite beverage and maybe fancy glassware? (Keep this on your own property and refrain from driving.)
- Cards or another two-person game.
- Romantic music.
Local mom Sarah Grove shares,
I first thought of this idea because we were missing date night and quiet time together.
We have four children ages 13, 12, 7, and 6 and with them home all day long now my husband and I hardly get a chance to talk. My husband is considered an essential worker and goes into the office two days a week and then works from home the other three.
I started brainstorming thinking of quarantine date night ideas and my husband mentioned he wanted to have a movie night soon, so I put the two together and made a “drive-in” movie at home. We included our favorite adult drinks and snacks and watched our favorite movie, Top Gun. We watched it in our mini van on the DVD player that was parked in the driveway, how fun!
Timing- what worked for us was after we put the little ones to bed, which was 8pm. Our oldest daughter listened in case they woke up, but if you have little ones you could always bring the baby monitor out to the mini van!
Food-Related “Let’s Stay In” Date Night Ideas
01) Set up a Wine & Cheese or Chocolate tasting night.
02) Get take out from one of the local restaurants offering delivery or curbside pickup. Saddleback BBQ is offering this and bonus: they’ve made a great list of restaurants doing the same. Another fan fav is LBC’s to-go menu and I personally love it because of all of their GF options.
03) Cook a nice dinner together. Choose from a favorite recipe, an online cooking class, or make your own version of Chopped.
04) Try your bartending skills with one of American Fifth Spirits Tasting Room’s cocktail Carry-Outs.
05) Have a romantic dessert night. The dessert case at Chapelure EL is a nice option. Or, break out that fondue pot you got as a wedding gift and haven’t used yet.
Games & Such “Let’s Stay In” Date Night Ideas
06) Have an old Wii or Nintendo Switch? Dust it off and throw down a bowling, duck hunt, or Just Dance Challenge. If you don’t have a game system, YouTube has Just Dance challenges that are just as fun to dance along with.
07) Cribbage: get a board and learn how to play this classic card game. True confession: I own a board – trust me it’s fun.
08) Raid your board game collection. The old “I don’t have time to play Monopoly” excuse is out of commission for awhile. Maybe play inside of a fort…
09) Ask one of the 36 Questions That Lead to Love… it’s not a game exactly, but you might end up winning.
10) Do a puzzle together. Add wine or beer or snacks. And maybe a fire in the fireplace…
11) Set up an indoor (or outdoor) mini-golf course and play through your house.
Active Date Night Ideas
12) If the kids are old enough to stay home alone, go for a long walk or bike ride through your neighborhood or on a nearby trail.
13) Try making a Tik Tok video.
15) Workout together. The YMCA of Lansing has video workouts on their YouTube chanel.
16) Do a project together. Home improvement projects together = great bonding time. Hang that picture you’ve been meaning to hang, put up or take down that baby gate that’s been sitting there for months. Do some caulking, patch some holes, or come up with new decorating ideas now that you have time.
17) Take online dance lessons…
Even More Date Night Ideas
18) The Classic – Netflix (and chill?)
19) Take advantage of the BroadwayHD 7-Day free trial. You can watch a Broadway show as one of your dates for free!
20) Watch a virtual concert with this list from WKAR.
21) Have a bonfire. Roast marshmallows. Look up at the stars.
22) Flip through old photos and remember what life was like before kids.
23) Shoulder, foot, or backrubs by candlelight…
Have more date night ideas for at home? Drop a comment below -we’d love to hear them!