Dating your husband is so important! I know it can be hard sometimes. Busy schedules, getting a sitter for the kid(s), and cost can all make it harder. Well, I can’t clear your calendar for you or babysit your kids (sorry), but I can help with the cost by giving you some date ideas that are totally free!
I talked about cheap date nights in this post, but these ideas won’t cost you a dime! So get the kids to bed early tonight and try out one of these ideas!
Disclaimer: I don’t assume everyone reading the blog is married, and most of these can be used by anyone. Some of these ideas, however, are made with married people in mind.
- Write Your Own Script. Put a movie on mute or in another language and you make up the dialogue (or if you have seen it 5,732 times like we have with Princess Bride, see if you can quote it. “Anybody Want a peanut?”).
- Give Each Other Massages. It’s a great way to unwind and it just might end up leading to a bonus date night activity (wink). For a more PG version, you can stick with neck or foot massages.
- Play Strip Games. You can add some grown up married fun to just about any game. You can play Monopoly without money, go fish, or any quick game. And if you never end up finishing the game (*ahem*), so much the better.
- Take a Walk Down Memory Lane. Make a memory box by gathering the little trinkets you’ve acquired from your time together together. If you’re super crafty, you can make a shadow box for the living room. If you’re super classy like me, you can just chuck things in a cardboard box as you go along. I had done this for our dating, engagement, and marriage and we went through it together for our seven year anniversary. There was a shocking number of chopsticks wrappers (we like the sushi) and movie tickets, but there were also a number of very special things like love notes and sweet little gifts we had gotten each other. If you have a wedding album or some other scrapbook, go through that together.
- Laugh. Laughter is a bonding experience and a good release from pressure. I’ve created a Youtube Comedy Club for just this purpose. You’ll find several different themes of clean comedy to enjoy. Go ahead and bookmark the page because I’ll be adding to it as I find good clean hilarity.
- Game Night. Break out the board games and have fun without the kids. If you get a bit too competitive (not that I know what that’s like…) and it isn’t fun anymore, try a cooperative game like Pandemic or Forbidden Island/Desert.
- Cook. Let whoever usually cooks take the night off while the other spouse does the cooking, or cook together for a fun evening- then eat your creation.
Out & About
- Go Stargazing. Unless you live in the country, you’re probably going to have to get out for this. Grab a blanket and some hot coco or coffee and get away from the city lights for a while.
- Hit the Books. Go to the library and have each of you check out your favorite book from when you were a kid. Then swap and read each other’s childhood books. Hubby and I learned a lot about each other this way and we both loved each other’s books.
- Go on a Picnic. It’s a classic for a reason. Grab whatever you were going to eat anyway and head out to the nearest park (or even your own yard) for some dining al fresco. This can even be a family date.
- Volunteer. Helping others can be a great way to be grateful for what you have, have fun, and make someone else’s life better. Win-win-win!
- Take a Hike. Go for a walk, hike, or bike ride for a little exercise. Hubby and I have the best talks while we’re walking. Something about moving your body makes it easy for the words to flow, too.
- Go to a National Park. There are two ways to do this for free. You can go to a free park (Go to the park index & search by state. Many parks are free.) or go to a park that charges, on a free day (if you found on that you’d love to see that charges, you can go on one of the dozen free admission days).
- Go to a Museum. For this you’ll have to do a little homework. Check out which local museums offer free and spend time learning something new together.
- Go Window Shopping. One of our most treasured dates was the time Hubby & I went to Ikea and talked about our dream house. It was so much fun to look at all the furniture, take pictures in the fake offices and kitchens, and talk over what we liked and disliked. The date in question was years ago and we still talk about it. Plus, it didn’t cost a thing.
- Use a gift card. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that you’ve got a random gift card or two laying around. Go out to dinner or catch a movie without spending cash. If you don’t have any gift cards, this is the perfect time to let friends and family know that this year for Christmas you’d like to go out on a date and would love restaurant or movie (or some other activity) gift cards).
Do you have any favorite ways to do date night for free? Let me know!