As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I thought it would be a good time to offer some date night ideas. Date nights are important to the health of a marriage and a great way to continue to have fun as often as possible with the person you enjoy the most—your spouse. Planning a date night is also a way to get creative with thinking about different ways to share each other’s company. One of the things I look forward to the most on the weekends is spending time with my wife. I believe if we consider ways to free up our time (both on the weekends and during the week), we are continuously “working” on building our relationships.
I’m not talking about going to the club, popping bottles, yada, yada. Going to take salsa, merengue, or waltz dance lessons is a fun way to go out and have a great date. Also, many cities have “dance clubs”, which are groups of people who go to a specific location, as a group on a weekly or monthly basis. They dance the night away with what they have learned in their dance lessons. Dancing is great exercise and a chance to have a good time and maybe learn a new style with your spouse.
Attending a Live Sporting Event
Whether or not your spouse is into sports, the experience of going to a live sporting event can be a great date night. High school football and minor league baseball are events that have a family atmosphere and while somewhat relaxed, still have exciting moments and can be a lot of fun, without dealing with large crowds and higher ticket prices. Professional Sporting Events often can give someone who might not normally be a fan of a sport, the excitement and passion of the crowd when the home team scores a touchdown or a slam dunk.
Several of our most fun dates have been hanging out with other couples. Sharing experiences over dinner or a glass of wine can be fun and relaxing as we all get to know each other. Couples nights expands our network of friends and acquaintances and give us an opportunity to build deeper relationships with other couples.
Trying Something New
Everyone hasn’t been to the ice skating rink, so if you haven’t, get with your spouse, find a rink and lace up those skates! Maybe these are “late afternoon” dates, but horseback riding, paintball and fishing are a few things that you may have never done before, but trying them with your spouse makes for a great time and a great memory—together!
Go to a Comedy Show
I think laughter goes such a long way in relationships. Experiencing good comedy together is always a way to make our days a little better. Whether it’s a comedian that has a major concert tour or a small, intimate setting, enjoying comedy together is often memorable and it’s giving each other a reason to laugh-which is always a good thing.
If you put some thought into what your spouse likes to do and what you are up for, then you have a life of great date nights, not only on Valentine’s Day but every date night you share together.
BMWK, what are some other great date nights you have in mind?