When David and I were first together, we went on dates almost every single night. A typical date night included going to Red Robin for burgers, and then to the movie theater to watch whatever looked interesting. We would go to movies that we liked MULTIPLE times in the theater. Even though that now seems super frivolous and crazy, I don’t regret it, and I think back on that time and feel all warm and fuzzy.
A few months ago, we went to see a movie that David was really interested in. We hired a babysitter, went to Target for some things, out to dinner and to the movie. While I think my husband enjoyed it, I really struggled through the movie. We had to switch the movie to a later time because it took so long to get seated for dinner. The girls were with a new sitter for the first time and time just kept ticking by. I was that annoying mom who is constantly checking in-“Hey! How are the girls doing? I’m sooooo sorry we are running so late!” Our date night ended up being almost two hours longer than originally planned…which was a lot of extra money for us. In the car on the way home I said to David, “We have to figure out something different for date nights while our kids are so young. It just isn’t worth the money to go sit in a dark theater and not even talk.”
Since then we’ve been testing out some different ideas for date night, and here’s a list of my top 5 (so far! 🙂 )
- Escape Room
Have you been to an escape room yet? If not…boy are you missing out! I’ve been interested in escape rooms for YEARS. It was on an episode of the Bachelorette(?) a million years ago and as soon as I saw it I thought, “that looks like SO much fun!” The basic idea is that you are “locked” in a room for 60 minutes and have to solve different puzzles to find the way out. The first time we went to one we scheduled it VERY last minute and ended up crashing a booking with 6 other people who were all friends. While we were the odd ones out, it was still AWESOME. I could not stop talking/thinking about it for days. Since that first time, we’ve been to three more and they just keep getting better and better for me. While they can be pretty pricey, you can usually find discounts on Groupon!
2. A New Restaurant
We tend to fall into the trap of going to the same place, and ordering the same thing (see above mentioned Red Robin.) I decided that we needed to branch out and experience some of the awesome food Pittsburgh has to offer. We ended up at a tiny hole in the wall Italian restaurant with the BEST tiramisu I’ve ever had. We both tried things we’d never eaten before and it was so fun! I have a whole list of restaurants I’ve either had recommended to me by friends or I’ve just seen online that we can’t wait to try out!
3. Mini Golf
Mini golf is fun you guys. It’s fun if you’re good, it’s hilarious if you’re bad. We try to hit different mini golf courses so we aren’t repeating the same ones over and over, and it’s always so much fun. End the date with ice cream, and there you go-a perfect date night. 🙂
4. Go for a walk/hike
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t enjoy hiking. I’m from a flat place, and I’m ok with flat places. My Alaskan husband would love nothing more than to climb a mountain (for real) and hang out up there at the peak all day. That sounds like straight up torture to me. But! give me a nice wooded path with no people and I’m all over that. It’s great to get outside and spend some time just talking and being together.
5. Do Date Night at Home
This is the one that happens most often for us-we wait until the kids are in bed and then snuggle up and watch a movie. Sometimes we play a game, and other times we just talk for hours and hours. Dates don’t have to be expensive, or a huge elaborately planned ordeal. Just get in there and spend some time with the one you picked to love forever. It’s worth it. <3