How to Pull Off Date Night in a Minivan, plus 23 other At-Home Date Night Ideas for Parents

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Everywhere I look there are Kids, Kids, Kids…

Planning a date night may be the last thing you feel like doing right now but the reward of connecting with another adult is so worth it. The kids will take every single minute you give them so here’s your permission slip to carve out a little bit of couple time. Your sanity deserves this.

To help you out, we’ve curated a list of options to help make your next at-home date fun, entertaining, and maybe even productive?

(We’re not judging your date choices – as long as they follow social distancing protocols…)

Let’s Start With Date Night in Your Minivan

If you want a change of scenery, consider moving date night out to your vehicle for a quiet, kid-free evening.

Ingredients to consider adding your minivan date night:

  • Timing: Pick a time that works best for your family and literally put this time on your calendar.
  • Cozy up the van with blankets and pillows ahead of time.
  • Bring a candle along for mood lighting.
  • Restaurant food. Find a local restaurant open for takeout and send one of you after it while the other does the kid-wrangling. Or, opt for restaurant delivery where available.
  • A movie. If your van doesn’t have video capabilities, perhaps your wifi will reach your vehicle so you can stream from Amazon Prime, Netflix, or another movie service.
  • Your favorite beverage and maybe fancy glassware? (Keep this on your own property and refrain from driving.)
  • Cards or another two-person game.
  • Romantic music.

Local mom Sarah Grove shares,

I first thought of this idea because we were missing date night and quiet time together.

We have four children ages 13, 12, 7, and 6 and with them home all day long now my husband and I hardly get a chance to talk. My husband is considered an essential worker and goes into the office two days a week and then works from home the other three.

I started brainstorming thinking of quarantine date night ideas and my husband mentioned he wanted to have a movie night soon, so I put the two together and made a “drive-in” movie at home. We included our favorite adult drinks and snacks and watched our favorite movie, Top Gun. We watched it in our mini van on the DVD player that was parked in the driveway, how fun!

Timing- what worked for us was after we put the little ones to bed, which was 8pm. Our oldest daughter listened in case they woke up, but if you have little ones you could always bring the baby monitor out to the mini van!

More At-Home Date Night Options

Food-Related “Let’s Stay In” Date Night Ideas

01) Set up a Wine & Cheese or Chocolate tasting night.

02) Get take out from one of the local restaurants offering delivery or curbside pickup. Max’s South Seas Hideaway is doing a ‘Takeout Tiki Party‘ that sounds like fun!

03) Cook a nice dinner together. Choose from a favorite recipe, an online cooking class, or make your own version of Chopped.

04) Try your bartending skills with one of Eastern Kille’s take home cocktail kits.

05) Have a romantic dessert night. The dessert case at Forest Hills Foods is a nice option. Or, break out that fondue pot you got as a wedding gift and haven’t used yet.

Games & Such “Let’s Stay In” Date Night Ideas

06) Have an old Wii? Dust it off and throw down a bowling, duck hunt, or Just Dance Challenge.

07) Cribbage: get a board and learn how to play this classic card game.

08) Raid your board game collection. The old “I don’t have time to play Monopoly” excuse is out of commision for awhile. Maybe play inside of a fort…

09) Ask one of the 36 Questions That Lead to Love… it’s not a game exactly, but you might end up winning.

10) Do a puzzle together. Add wine or beer or snacks. And maybe a fire in the fireplace…

11) Set up an indoor (or outdoor) mini golf course and play through your house.

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Active Date Night Ideas

12) If the kids are old enough to stay home alone, go for a long walk or bike ride through your neighborhood or on a nearby trail.

13) Try making a Tik Tok video.

14) Take a yoga class together. AM Yoga is doing Facebook live yoga classes.

15) Workout together. Impact Fitness & Wellness is doing free Facebook live workouts every day.

16) Do a project together. Home improvement projects together = great bonding time. Hang that picture you’ve been meaning to hang, put up or take down that baby gate that’s been sitting there for months. Do some caulking, patch some holes, or come up with new decorating ideas now that you have time.

17) Take online dance lessons

Even More Date Night Ideas

18) The Classic – Netflix (and chill?)

19) Take advantage of the BroadwayHD 7-Day free trial. You can watch a Broadway show as one of your dates for free!

20) Watch a virtual local concert.

21) Have a bonfire. Roast marshmallows. Look up at the stars.

22) Flip through old photos and remember what life was like before kids.

23) Shoulder, foot, or backrubs by candlelight…

Have more date night ideas for at home? Drop a comment below -we’d love to hear them!

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GR Coronavirus Resources Page
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How Far Should You Drive?
Remote Learning Tips
COVID-19 Time Capsule
Kid Birthdays During the Shutdown
250+ Boredom Busters
At-Home Date Night Ideas
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