Best date ideas for every taste and budget

As busy parents, it can be tough to find time for just the two of you. Between work, school runs, cooking, cleaning, and everything else that comes with parenting, it's no wonder date nights often get put on the back burner. We all know that taking time to connect with our partner is essential for maintaining a healthy and happy relationship, but when you're exhausted and have limited time, it's hard to think of unique and fun date night ideas.

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That’s why we’ve put together a list of our top date night (and day) ideas to bring a little bit of fun to your week! Whether you have a whole day to spare or just a few hours in the evening, we’ve got a bunch of suggestions that are sure to keep the romance alive and the fun factor high! So put on your best outfit, hire a babysitter, and get ready to spend some quality time with your special someone. 

A Picnic Under the Stars

There’s nothing more romantic than a starry sky, and a picnic is a classic date idea that’s always a winner. Grab a blanket, some wine and cheese, and head to a quiet spot with a clear view of the night sky. You can even download a stargazing app to identify constellations and learn more about the universe. If night-time stargazing isn’t your thing, pack a basket full of your favourite foods and head to a scenic spot for a romantic daytime picnic. You can even make it a surprise and keep the location a secret until you arrive.

Cooking Classes

If you and your partner love to cook or want to learn some new skills in the kitchen, taking a cooking class together is a great date idea. You’ll get to spend quality time together, learn something new, and enjoy a delicious meal at the end of it.

Cook together at home

You don’t have to go all out to have a romantic cooking experience. Plan a menu, go shopping for ingredients, and prepare a meal together at home. Cooking together is not only a great way to spend time together, but it can also be a fun and rewarding experience.

Try a new restaurant

If cooking just isn’t your thing and you prefer for someone else to do all the work, why not try a new restaurant? Pick a place you’ve never been before, or try a new cuisine you’ve been wanting to explore. Make a lucky-dip game out of it by putting a few suggestions in a bottle and taking turns to pick one out!


Art Class

Cooking isn’t the only new thing you can learn together. If you’re feeling creative, taking an art class together is a great date idea! You’ll get to explore your artistic side and learn new skills while enjoying each other’s company. These days there are loads of venues popping up where you bring along something to eat and drink and make an event out of it with a group painting event, and who knows, you might even create a masterpiece! 

Take a dance class

If art and cooking aren’t your thing and you’re looking for something with a bit more energy, why not try a dance class? Dancing is a great way to get close to your partner, learn something new, and have some fun, while burning calories at the same time! Whether it’s salsa, ballroom, or hip hop, there are oodles of options. It’s also a great way to meet new people in a different community. 

Karaoke Night

If you’re looking for a fun and silly date night idea, why not try karaoke? It’s a chance to let loose and show off your singing skills (or lack thereof) without any judgement. And who knows, you might discover a hidden talent or two!

Mini Golf

Another fun and lighthearted date night idea for the little kids inside all of us, mini golf is a classic option. It’s a chance to unleash your competitive side and have a few laughs along the way. Plus, it’s a great way to get some fresh air and exercise and short enough to combine with some of the other ideas on here. 

Visit a local winery or brewery

Take a tour of a local winery or brewery, sample some drinks, and enjoy each other’s company. It’s a great way to learn about the local industry and try some new things while enjoying some quality time together. Many vineyards and wineries have different tasting and tour options on offer, so find one near you and make a day of it. 

Escape Room

For an adrenaline-pumping date night, try an escape room. You’ll be locked in a room and given clues to solve puzzles and escape before time runs out. It’s a chance to work together and put your problem-solving skills to the test. The venues normally change up the puzzles frequently so this idea will never grow old.

Outdoor Movie Night

Going to the cinema can be a great go-to, but sometimes it can feel a bit boring and ‘been there done that’! However, there’s something exciting and magical about watching a movie under the stars. Many parks and outdoor venues offer free or low-cost movie screenings during the summer months, so pack a blanket and some snacks and cuddle up with your partner.

Trivia Night

If you and your partner love trivia, try a trivia night at a local bar or pub. It’s a chance to show off your knowledge and have a few drinks while you’re at it. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends, and you’re guaranteed to come away with some interesting conversation starters based on the unusual questions.

Movie night

Date nights don’t have to be expensive or complicated, the key is to consciously block out quality time together. If getting out of the house or paying for something expensive is out of the question, get creative and do something romantic and fun at home. After the kids are in bed, snuggle up on the couch with a good movie and some popcorn. You could even make or buy a special snack to enjoy together during the movie. Choose a movie you both love or take turns picking out something new, and LEAVE THE PHONES ALONE!

Have a games night

Break out the board games, card games, or even video games for a fun and lighthearted evening of friendly competition. You could set yourself the challenge of learning a new card game together, or even try your hand at some card tricks while you’re at it. Games nights can be an affordable and fun way to bring some light-heartedness and fun without getting complicated or breaking the bank.


Go for a hike or bike ride

Take advantage of the great outdoors and explore a new trail or path. Not only is it a great way to get some exercise, but it’s also an opportunity to spend quality time together in a peaceful and natural setting. Combine this with a yummy picnic and you’ve got the perfect date!

Take a staycation

If you can’t get away for a full vacation, take a mini staycation in your own city. Book a night or two in a local hotel or bed and breakfast, and spend some quality time together exploring the city like tourists. You might be surprised at how many things there are to do in your own backyard!

So there you have it, our top date ideas for busy parents! We hope we’ve given you a little spark of inspiration to take some time for yourselves and have fun together. Remember, it’s important to make time for each other and keep the romance alive, even amidst the chaos of parenthood. And if you ever need a helping hand with meal prep or cleaning, don’t forget about the in-home services provided by Mum’s Village Coast to Coast. We can take care of the mundane tasks, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy your date. So go ahead, plan that special evening and reconnect with your partner – you both deserve it!

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