Unconventional Date Nights

All long-term couples settle into a routine after a while of being together. You know which restaurants you love and which ones will give you food poisoning. The movie theater closest to the mall is always packed, but the local one down the road plays three-dollar classics on Thursdays. You’ve both got date night down to a science…but the trouble is, you do the same things over and over again. Mix it up and do something different together. You will make new memories and you might find a new hobby that you enjoy as a couple!

Dinner Theaters

You might think that only drama enthusiasts visit dinner theaters, but that’s an incorrect assumption. Florida dinner theaters are a fun, out-of-the-box way for you and your partner to enjoy a meal while being part of a show at the same time. It’s a classic twist on the “dinner and a movie” schtick and you will have a good time while there!

Ghost Tours

Do you and your partner have an interest in the paranormal? If so, check online for local ghost tours of your city! There are many different varieties, from simple walking tours and ghost stories from local guides to actual ghost hunting adventures! Whether you believe or not, it’s a fun experience that will leave you shaking in your boots while learning about the history of the city.

Cook a Meal Together

Instead of spending money at an expensive restaurant, try your hand at preparing dinner together in the comfort of your own home. Pick a recipe and go shopping for ingredients together, and spend the evening chopping and sauteeing. A home-cooked meal always tastes the best, and sharing the experience with your loved one makes it even more special.

Take a Class

Expanding one’s knowledge is never a waste of time. There are plenty of classes that are offered locally and for not much money, so choose one together and enroll! It can be something adventurous (like rock climbing), something practical (dog training) or just for fun and picking up a new skill (pottery or art lessons). Whatever you choose to do, make sure that you are both onboard to get you excited about your new endeavor.

Relationships are a neverending juggling act, and nights out together are one of those balls in the air. Instead of settling into the monotony of “same-old, same-old,” mix things up and do something offbeat for date night.

Ideas for “Frozen” Valentine’s Dates

While none of us probably wants to think that this awful polar vortex could still be felt as far in the future as mid-February, it is possible. That means those making Valentine’s Day plans have to plan for the snow and ice.

Here are a few Valentine’s Day date ideas, inside and outside, perfect for this polar winter.

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas


Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you and your sweetheart are stuck indoors. Try some of these outdoor date ideas if it’s safe to go outside where you’ll be:

  • Is there a local ice rink or safe-for-skating pond nearby? Rent some skates and glide arm in arm over the ice with your sweetie. If you trip and fall over each other, that’s adorable too. Either way, share some hot chocolate afterward.
  • Take advantage of the snow and make an igloo! You certainly have enough snow, so construct an igloo in your backyard using ice cream tubs or large Tupperware to shape snow blocks. Then have picnic of hot soup and other warming food inside the igloo (Eskimo kisses encouraged).
  • Or, if you and your date are creative, why not try your hand at snow sculptures? Sculpt animals, sculpt each other, play snow-sculpture Pictionary. Bonus points if you take pictures or if there are professional ice sculptures to view afterward.
  • This Valentine’s Day is a full moon, so take some soup or hot chocolate, your honey, some tarps, and go stargazing together under the moonlight. Don’t forget a pile of blankets to sit in on top of the tarp to keep warm!
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Great Date Night Ideas for Parents

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Once you’ve got a house full of tots (or even just one) it can be difficult to find time to spend with your significant other. But you don’t want to let go of the loving relationship that brought your kids into the picture in the first place. And this means you need to devote some time and attention to each other if you want to fan the flame of passion. A great way to do this is with a dedicated dated night. Of course, it’s not going to be as easy as it was before you had children, what with arranging for a babysitter and working on a smaller budget (no doubt about it: kids are expensive). But that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to keep the romance alive by planning some truly spectacular date nights for you and your honey. Here are a few ideas you might want to try.

  1. Carpet picnic. Sometimes you will find it impossible to get out of the house for a date. Your kids might fall ill or your sitter may be unavailable. You simply might not have the extra cash on hand to pay for dinner, a movie, and childcare. But don’t give up on the prospect of spending a little alone time with the one you love. Just put the kids to bed and have a romantic carpet picnic. Light up the fireplace or get the candles going, arrange some salami, cheese, crackers, and fruit on a plate and pop open a bottle of champagne, then shove aside the coffee table and settle on the carpet for some nosh and a bit of bubbly. You might end up having some of your most memorable dates at home.

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