Use this Date Night discussion guide to nurture a pattern of fun and creative activities to help you connect (and reconnect) as a couple throughout the year.

Advance Preparation

  • Schedule a dinner or coffee date. If you can’t get a babysitter, plan an “after‑kids’‑bedtime” date at home.
  • Each spouse prepares a list of a minimum of 3 activities that he/she would like to do together on a future date. A creative selection is provided on the back to get your imagination you started.
  • Choose a few activities that could be enjoyed spontaneously and as well as activities requiring advance planning.

During Your Date

Take turns sharing your top 3 mini-dream activities. What it is about each choice that placed it in your “top three”?

Pull out your calendar and plan your next two dates by selecting one activity from each list. Make these dates a priority. Be open to your spouse’s ideas. Just because an activity didn’t make your top three doesn’t mean you can’t have fun sharing the experience together. Strengthen your marriage by making memories and sharing each other’s dream dates (and, have fun because … your turn is next).

Creative Options:

  • Go bowling
  • Go to a museum
  • Play a new board game
  • Take a cooking class
  • Take dance lessons
  • Camp out-in the house or yard
  • Movie marathon
  • Go to the zoo
  • Begin a new hobby together
  • Go to a concert
  • Progressive dinner date night
  • Put a puzzle together
  • Go to a drive-in movie
  • Find a way to serve together
  • Go on an extended walk or hike
  • Play on a playground
  • Work in the yard/garden
  • Go through old pictures
  • Put together your family tree
  • Go on a road trip
  • Try a new restaurant
  • Meet a new neighbor
  • Go roller-skating
  • Play putt-putt golf
  • Go horseback riding
  • People watch at the mall
  • Take a photography class
  • Go fishing
  • Build a fire and make s’mores
  • Watch a favorite movie (or your wedding video)
  • Star gaze or visit an aquarium
  • Fly a kite
  • Ride Go-Carts
  • Attend a sporting event
  • Run through a sprinkler (without kids)
  • Take a day trip to a small nearby town
  • Ride bikes or trail hike
  • Go bird watching
  • Start collecting something
  • Make a list of your favorite compliments
  • Create a new recipe
  • Pray aloud for each other
  • Go to a local park (and swing!)
  • Play tennis or racquetball
  • Eat dinner on the “good” china
  • Plant a tree together
  • Pick blueberries, peaches, etc.
  • Make an activity coupon book
  • Go to a musical
  • Have a water fight
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Go to an IMAX film
  • Share a milkshake

OR…Create your own:

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For other creative Date Night ideas, CLICK HERE or visit a Home Point Resource Center.