These days it seems married couples are busier than ever. Juggling careers, children, church activities, individual hobbies and interests, and extended family seem to consume all of our free time. During this season of intentionality we hope that you will find time to date one another again! We don’t want planning a date night to be just another thing on your already jam-packed to-do list. We hope to show you through these suggestions that dates don’t have to be expensive, stressful or difficult to plan. As you are trying to be more intentional about your marital relationship, no matter what age or life stage you are in, we hope these suggestions are helpful. We would love to see some of your date ideas and photos. Over the next few weeks feel free to use one of these date ideas or come up with something on your own. Don’t forget to post a picture to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram along with #standathome. We look forward to seeing what date night looks like for you!
1. Have a water gun fight or nerf gun war in the backyard (after the kids go to bed).
2. Pop some popcorn and watch an old romantic movie (Casablanca, Somewhere in Time, An Affair to Remember, etc.)
3. Have a take out Chinese food picnic at a park. Chopsticks are mandatory and don’t forget to swing on the swings together!
4. Spend a date looking through old photo albums or your wedding album together.
5. Go to an amusement park together and ride all the rides, no kids allowed!
6. Go camping together.
7. Have a walk after dinner around the neighborhood. Talk about your favorite house on the block and what you love about it.
8. Play a board/card game together after the kids are in bed.
9. Build a fire together and make S’mores then spend time star gazing together.
10. Make a playlist of your ten all time favorite songs and share them with one another on a road trip. Gas is cheap right now!
11. Learn a new skill together in a community class (cooking, painting, dancing, etc.)
12. Go to a smoothie shop or coffee shop and let your spouse order for you.
13. Carve pumpkins together one night after the kids are in bed. Then have a competition for “best pumpkin” the next day and let your children be the judges!
14. Give each other twenty dollars in cash and have fun finding treasures at a local flea market, antique store, yard sale, or Canton!