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5 Stay at Home Date Ideas for When the Kids Are Asleep

The toys are away, the dinner table has been hosed down, stories have been read and the kids are finally asleep. Time for a date! Here are 5 stay at home date ideas to make it a fun night.

Having kids can make dates with your spouse harder to come by. Not that you begrudge your time with the little goobers, you just want time with your husband or wife as well. So why limit yourselves to dates that require a babysitter? Get creative and plan stay-at-home dates for after the kids fall asleep.

Need a few ideas to get you started? Here are five simple, fun, customizable date ideas:

  1. Break Out the Games

Have a game night just for two. Enjoy the chance to play your favorite games without worrying about little ones swallowing pieces or big kids throwing temper tantrums if the game doesn’t go their way. Hopefully these aren’t areas of concern for your spouse.

There are no right or wrong games to play. Go straight for your favorites, draw ideas out of a hat or try a new recommendation.

Try a romantic get-to-know you game or challenge yourselves to see how well you do at a Newlywed style game. Duke it out on your favorite gaming console. Bring out quick favorites like checkers or rummy, or tackle a more complex board game like Small World, Ticket to Ride, Arkham Horror or 7 Wonders.

  1. Tickle Your Taste Buds

Kids are not known for their sophisticated palates. Not to mention they’re too young for wine tastings. Take advantage of their early bedtimes and treat yourselves to the indulgences of your choice.

What gets your mouth watering and taste buds singing? Wine? Cheese? Chocolate? Beer? Choose your pleasure and create your own tasting night. Pick an array of new or decadent choices you’ve been dying to try and sample to your heart’s content. Want to make it a learning experience? Get tasting advice from professionals to learn more about what you like and why.

For those who love to cook, join your spouse in the kitchen and work together to make something new. Invent your own dish, try a new recipe or dip your toes in the water of international cuisine.

  1. Movie Nights to the Max

Do you love musicals? Have a soft spot for silent films? Understand every word spoken in Middle Earth without help from subtitles? Know every “Star Wars” character so well you could pick out their favorite car, frozen yogurt or tea?

Skip the simple, run-of-the-mill movie night and go all in on a themed movie night. Coordinate everything from dinner to drinks to the movies. Play a double feature of “The Italian Job” and “Under the Tuscan Sun” and pair it with fresh pasta and perfectly aged wine. Have a “Lord of the Rings” marathon combined with your favorite beer and perfect potatoes: “lovely big golden chips with a nice piece of fried fish.” Just be wary of your flavor choices when snacking on Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans during your “Harry Potter” marathon.

  1. Stroll Down Memory Lane

Romantic, nostalgic, surprising or embarrassing: Match your trip down memory lane to your mood.

Break out your wedding video and photos. Look back on your Instagram favorites or Facebook albums. Dig out childhood and family photos. As you enjoy each glimpse of the past, share something that comes to mind. Recall how you felt when you said “I do,” why you’re crying in your childhood Christmas photo, which Instagram is your all-time favorite.

Use your photos and memories as a way to get to know each other even better. Not sure how to jump from looking at photos to sharing your deepest feelings? A list of 100 date night questions should be enough to get anyone talking.

  1. Cuddle Under the Stars

Grab a cozy blanket, a hot drink and a stargazing app and you’re ready for a romantic evening under the stars.

This simple date takes next to no planning and can be enjoyed year-round. If you time it right, you can enjoy holiday fireworks, lights or other seasonal treats.

Make the most of the moments you and your spouse have to yourselves. Come up with a list of simple, stay-at-home dates that are tailored to your tastes. Next time the kids are out and you have the night free, pick the perfect idea to make the night a special treat.


Jennifer Landis is a 27-year-old healthy living blogger and mom to one rambunctious toddler. She loves all things related to fitness, food, and keeping her family healthy! Find more from Jennifer at her blog, Mindfulness Mama, or follow her on Twitter @jenniferelandis.


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