My husband and I love dates. Now that our children are teenagers we are able to spend time alone a little more often. Alone! That’s a word we didn’t hear for years. Fresh ideas are always welcome. Here are a few that are not overly gooey, romantic or unrealistic – just some plain ol’ fun thoughts.
1. Play a board game or video game together (a round of Wii tennis? Boxing?). My husband usually enjoys beating me in Scrabble. Follow up with an appetizer-like dinner then popcorn and an at-home movie.
2. Go on a photo date where you find beautiful landscapes or interesting objects to photograph. You can frame a nice shot of the two of you as a memory of your date, or even create a photo book. No need for fancy equipment – just bring your phone.
3. Coffee shop! Ice cream shop works, too (especially for me!). Grab a little something and enjoy the atmosphere chatting or reading a newspaper. If you have one nearby, why not walk or bike?
4. Go to a park and take turns pushing each other in the swings. Walk the fitness trail if they have one. Feed the ducks. Play Frisbee. Play fetch with your dog. Play fetch with someone else’s dog.
5. Bring good books and enjoy a sunset somewhere.
6. Spend time at your local library and pick out a book (or two or three!) for each other.
7. Massage. Need I say more? Even soaking each other’s feet in a warm basin and rubbing on lotion works!
8. Go to a book store (so many of my ideal dates involve books!). Grab a dessert while you’re there if it’s a fancy bookstore. (Wait! So many of my ideal dates involve dessert!)
9. Write a song or poem together – even a goofy one. If you’re musical, add a tune.
10. Reminisce over old photo albums or your wedding album. Have your children act as waiter and waitress and serve a nice dinner you prepared in advance, then tell them the story of how you fell in love. Or send the kids off to a friend’s or grandparent’s, or wait for them to go to bed, and serve yourselves!
Have any fun ideas to add? I’d love to hear them! What makes a date realistic for you?