Keeping your love alive, especially after you begin having children, takes a lot of work. In your quest to be the best parent, don’t forget to take time as a couple to nurture your love and appreciation for one another.
The first thing you have to do is line up another couple with children and swap childcare once a month (or more often) so each couple can go on a date without babysitter fees.
Here are ten inexpensive date night ideas to get you started:
1) Visit a museum. In the area where I live, the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Flight, Burke Museum, the Asian Art Museum and many others have one free admission day every month. Take advantage of this awesome opportunity to soak up the arts.
2) Visit local farmers market. Pike Place Market in Seattle is the ultimate farmers market, but many cities have great ones, some all year round.
3) Check out a local waterfront park. Find one that allows beach fires, like Alki Beach or Golden Gardens Park in Seattle. Come early in the day and bring a picnic lunch. Fly kites. Sit and watch the sunset and toast marshmallows over the fire.
4) Take a hike. Explore your local parks and hikes. Wallace Falls in Gold Bar, WA was a family favorite for us. There is beauty in every area of the country. Most of us never explore the parks we fund with our taxes.
5) Attend a free concert. The newspaper frequently lists free concerts in the park, or other venues. We have attended free Youth Symphony concerts (excellent!), the US Marine Band, the US Navy Band and many others of high quality. Keep your eyes open for free events.
6) Tour local landmarks. The Ballard Locks is a favorite destination in our area. Many places offer free tours. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day.
7) Attend an author book reading/signing at a local book store. Sit in the coffee shop and people watch.
8) Learn to dance. Many local dance organizations offer a free one hour class before the dance. Watch your local newspaper in the events section. Every style of dance is represented.
9) Go stargazing. You can do this in your own backyard on a clear night. If you are lucky enough to live in Seattle, you can go to the University of Washington Jacobsen Observatory for free public shows on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. How cool is that?
10) Volunteer together. Find an organization you both believe in and volunteer some time together. Helping others forces you to take your eyes off your own troubles and focus on someone else. What a great way to build unity in your marriage while making a positive difference in your world.
The best thing is that this list could be endless. All you have to do is google “free activities in (your city)”.
Do you have a favorite inexpensive date night idea? I’d love to hear your ideas.