6 Date Night Ideas for Busy Parents


Date nights are very important in keeping a happy and successful relationship.  But every parent knows the struggle of scheduling one when you already have kids.  Between all the responsibilities and things to do, not to mention living on a tight budget, date nights usually come last in your list of priorities.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Survey shows that couples who experience high levels of couple time are less likely prone to divorce.  When you nurture your relationship, your love continues to grow and strengthen… and date nights are one of the many ways on how you can do this.

To get you inspired, here are 6 creative and inexpensive date night ideas that are very to sneak in to your busy schedule.

1.Play a Q & A.

At the end of the day when the kids are already asleep, grab a bottle of wine and sit down with your partner for a fun Q & A.

The Couples Table Topics cube game has a bunch of thought-provoking conversations that will surely challenge, entertain and make you learn more about each other.  It’s a fun exercise to strengthen your communication as a couple which is very important in every relationship.

2. Have a backyard bonfire.

Now that the weather’s warming up, you can now have a bonfire in your back yard and snuggle up while making s’mores and watching the stars.  Don’t forget to take the baby monitor with you!

3. Turn your home into a spa.

Have your own spa night at home and take turns giving each other relaxing massages.  Light up some scented candles, pour some inexpensive champagne and soak inside your own bath tub.  See, you don’t have to spend a chunk of money and time to get pampered.

4. Make DIY home projects together.

Turn house improvement tasks into some couple’s quality time.  Planning and doing projects to improve your home is pretty exciting and an activity that both of you should be involved in.  Turn the “chore” into a date and have fun out of it.

5. Have an At-Home Restaurant date.

If you don’t have time to go out and have a dinner at a fancy restaurant, why not just take it at home instead?  Have one of you get the kids ready for bed while the other prepares the “at-home restaurant meal.”  Zero cooking skills?  Order a take-out or get one of those meal subscriptions like Blue Apron then set up your table complete with candles, nice plating and some romantic tunes in the background.

6. Turn your workout into a date night.

Whether you’re working at the gym or at home, do partner exercises that you can take advantage of to get you and your partner closer and fitter.  It’s like hitting two birds in one stone.  Who doesn’t want that?

Keep in mind that it’s all about the effort that you and your significant other put in your relationship.  If there’s a will, there’s a way.  And remember, date nights are a lot cheaper than divorce!

“Date Nights in a Box” for Busy Couples

About Toni Marie

Toni is a regular contributing author on GuestRelationshipsBlog. She also likes to write about relationships, money, and health.
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