How to Have a Successful Date Night with Kids Around

Even though we have plenty of family willing and eager to babysit for us, with Bensen around, a lot of our date nights are going to be family dates for quite a while. My friend Aubrey from Dreaming About Someday is the kid expert, so I asked her to join me today and talk date night with kids. She's got someawesome ideas for having fun together as a family and I have a couple of ideas of things that parents can do to continue their date after the kids are in bed. Plus, there's a fun giveaway at the end of the post that you won't want to miss. 

Fun family activities for when your date nights involve kids, plus mom and dad only ideas for after the kids are in bed.

Growing up I don't really remember my parents going on many dates. My dad was the sports anchor for the news which meant he worked nights doing the news, attending sporting events, or traveling with teams. We spent a lot of time together as a family, and I have always been close with my siblings. it really wasn't something I thought much about until I was much older.

Now that I am older, I see how important date night really is. It's important for the couple but also important for the family. Life is so crazy busy these days. It's easy to get caught up in the craziness of life unless family time is a priority. As important as date night is for the couple, I also think family date night is important. What exactly is family date night? Spending time together as a family without distraction from social media, chores, friends, etc. 

Date night ideas to involve the whole family

The options for family date night are pretty endless. These are some of my favorites...

1. do something outside-play at the splash pad, fly kites at the park, go for a walk/bike ride

Family kite flying date

2. spend time in the kitchen-make dinner, bake cookies or favorite snack

Death by Peanut Butter cookies

^^For the recipe, check out Aubrey's blog^^

3. work on a craft/project-homemade crayons, play dough, painting

Family craft project

While family date night is a lot of fun, spending time alone as a couple is just important too! When you make your weekly date night a family one, make sure you plan for time together just the two of you after the kiddos are in bed. Quality time and conversation that don't involve the entire group will help keep your marriage a priority and your relationship strong. Here are just a couple of ideas to get your creative juices flowing when planning the second half of your date night.

Couples only date night ideas for after the kids are in bed

Make shakes or hot chocolate to enjoy together. Cuddle up on the couch and look through pictures from when you were dating, your wedding and the early years of your marriage. Laugh together over the memories and talk about the things that you've learned together since then.

Start working on a puzzle together. Work on it a little bit every night after the kids have gone to bed until you finish it. You could pick out a puzzle that would go well with the decor of your home, frame it and hang it after you are done.

Sit down together and watch your favorite comedian on Netflix or browse YouTube for funny videos that you can enjoy together. Some of our favorites are Jim Gaffigan, Weird Things Couples Do and Flula.

What fun ideas do you have for family date night?