As a parent, your number one concern is your children, and that's the way it should be, but it's just as important that you and your partner take the time to nurture your relationship as a couple. It won't only benefit you and your significant other -- it can also teach your children about the importance of nurturing loving relationships. There are plenty of fun things you and your spouse can do together without your kids, whether it's a spontaneous date night or a planned dream trip.
If you and your spouse are "foodies," then why not enjoy having something delicious to eat together. You could make reservations for that fancy new restaurant you've been dying to try or have your favorite dishes at a place you already love. If you fancy doing the cooking yourself, you and your spouse could take a cooking class to learn how to make something new and exciting, such as a pastry or ethnic foods class.
Get Your Groove On
If you've always wanted to learn how to dance, tuck the kids in bed, get the sitter over, and go and take some local dance classes. If you've already got the moves, then head out to a night club for some dancing with your partner. Make plans to attend a weekend music festival or go to a concert and see a band you love. Or, you could get dolled up and attend the symphony, ballet or opera if you are feeling in the mood.
Act Like a Kid Again
Even though you don't have your children tagging along, you and your partner can still have a good time and act like kids again on your date night. Head on over to an area amusement park or water park. Go enjoy a game of bowling or give indoor rock climbing a try. Play laser tag or paintball. Go horseback riding together. See if you've still got the balance it takes to go ice or roller skating. Alternatively, you could visit an area arcade and play some games together.
Relax and Enjoy
If your idea of a fun date night is relaxing and simply enjoying the company of your partner, there are plenty of things you can do. Visit a spa and get a couples massage. If you live near a beach, take a sandy walk at sunset. Schedule a horse-drawn carriage ride, or go wine tasting at an area winery and have a picnic while you're there. Explore the bookstores in your town and enjoy some coffee at your favorite coffee shop. Or, take in some exhibits at the local art galleries or museums, or indulge in some art classes yourselves.
Get Outta Town
Plan a trip without the kids. Load up the car and go on a road trip to see where the road leads you. Book a cruise or make reservations at a resort. Whether it's just for the weekend or for an entire week, head off for somewhere you and your spouse have always dreamed of visiting. If you can't get away for longer than a night, you can still reserve a luxurious room at a swank hotel nearby so you and your spouse can enjoy some special time alone together for the night.
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