Valentine’s Day is right around the corner (February 14) and some of us are dreading it, not all for the same reasons. The holiday itself is a day of love. A chance for couples to celebrate their relationships but if you have a little one, taking time to celebrate can be difficult. Additionally, if you have been with your partner for many years, chocolates and dinner may feel a bit ordinary.
A proper and thoughtful date can satisfy any of the 5 love languages. We’ve put together a few unconventional date night ideas to give you some inspiration. Some of these are perfect if you want to stay home and involve the kids as much, or as little, as you like. However, some of these may be more appropriate for an “Adult Night Out.” Either way, have fun with your significant other.
Unconventional Home Date Night Ideas
1.Unplug at Home, Completely
Pack away your cellphone and don’t turn on any of your other devices, including the lights. Make it romantic and play cards or board games by candle light. You can wait till the kids fall asleep or let them join in on the fun. Might we suggest an adults only game of Twister to see what kind of knots you can get into.
2. At Home Foodie Night
This is an easy one to go super fancy, adventurous or both. Go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of fruit, meats, and cheeses that you have never had before. Then, create your own indoor (or outdoor) picnic. You can film each other’s reactions for a laugh later. If you want to take a safer route, get items you know but pair them with wine to elevate the experience.
3. Backyard Bonfire
Spending time in the backyard around a fire pit can bring out the most primitive urges in all of us. The fire pit is usually reserved for parties or guest but make the night special for you. Bring a nice bottle of wine or a fancy mocktail and enjoy the mild weather we’ve been having. You can roast marshmallows or, if you are feeling particularly adventurous, cook dinner over the open fire.
4. Replicate Something You Saw On YouTube
YouTube is full of interesting DIY videos from food to science experiments. Find a few and see if you can create a perfect dinner date, or safely blow up the kitchen. Whether the experiment fails or succeeds, you will both have fun making a mess together.
5. Movie Marathon Night
Take “Netflix and Chill” to the next level. Have an at home movie night with a theme. You can watch all the movies you can find on a particular topic like horse racing or movies involving dogs. Or, you can make a marathon of watching movies filmed in your city — Atlanta has been very popular in recent years.
Sometimes you need a night out away from the kids. As nice as a fancy dinner date can be, this Valentine’s Day, think outside the box with the following suggestions.
Unconventional Adult Night Out Dates
1.Go to A VR Cafė
It might sound a little different, but ultimately, this amounts to a night of playing fun games in an exciting atmosphere that’s perfect for sharing a great experience with your significant other. There are several options that will fit the bill perfectly — and it can be a much better time than some prix fixe menu at a local restaurant. So take a look, and see what’s there for a great date and a great story for all of your friends.
2. Role Play (Not like that)
Pretend to be super rich and attend an open house for property you have no intention of buying. If that’s not really your style, you can always test drive an expensive vehicle. It can be a lot of fun keeping each other on their toes with unknown backstories that you have to make up on the spot. See who can pull it off the best!
3. Be a Home-Town-Tourist
Playing a tourist in your home town can be exciting and out of the ordinary. This is a great way to learn more about your city and you’ll get to travel around to spots you may not have thought of visiting before. If you are in Atlanta, think about all the interesting history available to explore.
4. See A Show
Atlanta always has a live show going on. Whether it’s The Fox, The Tabernacle, The Village Theatre, The Shakespeare’s Tavern, or one of the many other venues, live shows are going on everywhere! You could plan this with the kids, or get a sitter and make it an amazing time out with your special someone. There are a lot of great shows going on this Valentine’s Day, so if that’s your cup of tea, make sure to get your tickets and have a great time.
5. Craft Brew Tasting
Experiences are the best way to drive a deeper connection. So why not make it a tasting experience? Search your city and try something new. Start with a flight for yourself, then choose one for your significant other. Make it a game, and see what the other has prepared for you and vice versa. The possibilities are endless, and you’re pretty much guaranteed an amazing night!
Whatever You Do, Make It Memorable!
There are definitely those moments where you need to just do the easiest thing, but Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be one of those times. It also doesn’t have to be super expensive and complicated to create new memories with the person you love that will last a lifetime.
So take a second and think about what you want to do. If you want to head out for the night, but are concerned about who will take care of your kids, use USIT and book one of our certified sitters today! With us, you can rest easy knowing that your children are in the care of vetted, proven professionals who absolutely love taking care of children.
Regardless of whether you celebrate your love with the kids around or not, make sure to make it special!