We’re parents, I get it. What does dating even look like anymore? And is it even possible to consider at home date ideas when we have kids?
If anything, our date nights have turned into family nights, days and mornings. And though we love spending time with our kids, this shouldn’t stop you from dating your partner. They are the reason why you have a family to begin with LOL!
Now I know it seems impossible to have a parents night in without your kids around. But this is why your date would have to be at night (not evening). In fact, these awesome stay at home date ideas for couples are specifically for after your kids have gone to sleep.
So get ready to date your loved one again in the comfort of your own home with these fun things for couples to do at home.
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Stay at Home Date Ideas for Couples
Are you ready to date your hubby again? I hope so!
It’s time to get prepared to enjoy some fun and creative dates while in the comfort of your own home. And the best part is you can do all of these even if you have young kids so no excuses LOL!
DIY painting & wine
Have you ever been to a painting and wine class? If you haven’t, then now is your chance to test it out at home for yourself. It’s super fun and is a great way to spend the night.
There are many YouTube videos for online painting classes so you can do this at home. And the only difference from the in-person class is that you’ll need to provide your own material. But hey, you can improvise on some of the items to keep it affordable.
Here’s what you’ll need for a DIY painting and wine date night at home:
- 11×14 canvas set
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brush set
- 2 Tabletop Easels (one for each of you)
- Paper plates (for paint color mixing)
- Wine (it’s the most important, you can’t forget this one LOL)
Plus the best part is that the purchased tools are mostly reusable items to last you at least 1-2 more sessions!
But if you want the easy way out, you can also opt-in and grab an art kit like this one that has everything put together for you, including instructions. Plus, it might even end up being cheaper this way!
No matter which route you go, by the end of your first painting and wine at home, you’ll want to do this again. So have fun painting your new creation with your partner!
Wine tasting experience at home
Shoot, you can even bust out some cheese cubes to add onto the wine tasting experience LOL. Take a look here to see which wines pair best with which food and snacks.
And remember to keep the setting intimate as it is a date after all. So dim the lights or turn on your LED candles, add some rose petals to the table and cheers to some great wine!
Prepare a late night snack together
Snacks are just for kids…said no one EVER! You know you like to sneakily eat cookies AFTER the kids have gone to sleep haha. At least I hope it’s not just us LOL!
So next time, instead of eating those store bought cookies or Oreos with milk, make your own snack together.
It can be something as simple as baking pre-made cookie dough or something a bit more complex. But have fun with it!
Throw some flour at each other, put some frosting on his face or even have a snack cook-off (even though we already know who’s going to win haha).
The only trick to this would be to try to find a quickish recipe that would take less than an hour to prepare. This way, you can have time to enjoy your snacks while watching your favorite shows or movies while the kids are fast asleep.
Take a virtual cooking class
Both in-person and virtual cooking classes are becoming increasingly popular. Whether or not one of you knows how to cook, it’s still a fun experience to cook something together.
Now, I’ll admit that this might take some patience if you’re normally the cook of the family (speaking from experience LOL). Give your partner a chance to learn and do some cooking as well. It’s something for both of yall to enjoy, not just one.
Given, if you have young kids, doing this at home date idea does mean you’ll be having a late dinner. Thankfully, it’s not an everyday thing so I’d say it’s worth it.
Have a candlelit dinner
Keep it romantic and have a nice candlelit dinner with your spouse. In fact, you can even combine this stay at home date idea with the virtual cooking class above. I mean, you gotta eat what you cooked right?
Plus, this will probably be one of the most relaxing meals you’ve had in a while since the kids would be sleeping LOL.
So once again, dim the lights and set some candles around the table to keep the romantic vibes going. It’s the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your spouse with deep conversation over some delicious food.
Do an Escape Room at home
Doing an escape room is on my personal at home date ideas list as I’m sure my husband would enjoy it.
Finders Seekers makes it easy with this Escape Room Game Kit that includes everything you need to do this at home. And no, you don’t need to get it monthly in order to enjoy it for one night.
However, I recommend trying to get your kids in bed a bit early on this night because depending on which puzzle or mystery you receive, it could take you up to 4 hours to solve. This is of course, depending on how good you guys are at solving puzzles LOL.
Play video games together
If you think that video games are just for kids then think again. Yeah, this probably isn’t something you’ll do all the time but it can be fun with the right game.
These are some of our favorite games to play with each other (or should I say… against each other LOL):
We have gone hours playing these games before and it can get pretty intense LOL. So don’t underestimate this at home date night idea because you could be missing out on a lot of fun!
Put together a challenging puzzle
If you guys are into brain exercises and want to do something that involves some focus, consider putting together one of these challenging puzzles.
And if you really want to make it interesting, set a timer for completing the puzzle and try to beat it. Or, if you are competitive natured, a fun twist would be for each of you to grab your own puzzle and try to finish putting your puzzle together first.
Making puzzles doesn’t have to just be a quiet activity unless you prefer it this way of course.
Have a two-player game night
Playing games is always a fun at home activity you can do, especially if you’re a competitive couple like us LOL. And surprisingly, there are actually a lot more two-player games than I expected.
Here are some games other moms recommended in some Facebook groups when asked to provide ideas on games they can play with their husbands:
Some of these are ones I’ve never heard of before but are definitely getting added to our list of games to try out. This at home date idea is actually one we do quite often so I personally can’t wait until we play these games above.
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Complete a DIY project
Now for some moms, this might be one of their favorite at home date ideas yet. But for me, not so much LOL. However, this is definitely something my husband would enjoy us doing together, especially if he gets to pick the project.
He has so many DIY project plans in his head and would definitely appreciate it if I helped. So I guess there needs to be a compromise on who picks the date some nights, huh? LOL jk.
But if you guys have something in mind, like refurbishing old furniture or painting the guest room, see it as spending time together instead of a chore. It’ll be much more fun this way!
Have a movie night
If you want to keep it traditional, one of the most common stay at home date night ideas for couples is to watch a movie.
Since you’re avoiding going out to the movie theater, you can bring the theater to you by transforming your living room or bedroom. Keep it dark and a bit loud (if you can), grab some buttered popcorn or movie candy and pick a movie from your favorite streaming device.
Having a late movie night with your spouse is a great way to end the night in a relaxing way. Or maybe you’re into thrillers which give you a chance to cuddle up LOL.
Regardless of what you choose to watch, it’ll finally be a movie that’s not Trolls or Frozen haha.
Netflix binge & chill
No, this isn’t the same as the last date night idea LOL. Netflix is where we go to binge watch TV shows or comedy shows.
Recently, Netflix came out with their completely own series of TV shows and if you haven’t seen them yet, you should really check them out as they are pretty good.
Though I must admit that I have a love-hate relationship with them. I love the shows but hate the fact that they only have one season since they are so new. Though the bright side is that it keeps us from going overboard on the binge watching LOL.
I’m not sure what your TV show style is but our favorite shows to watch on Netflix have been: Jane the Virgin, Good Girls, Ozark and The Umbrella Academy. I know these are all completely different from each other but it helps keep Netflix & chill time interesting haha.
Learn a dance routine
Now this date night idea at home is one of my personal favorites (and one we haven’t done in a while). It’s honestly so much fun!
You’ll need to start by moving your couches out of the way to give you some extra space. And depending on which type of music you decide to dance to, you might get a bit sweaty so dress accordingly LOL.
Since we’re a Hispanic family, we of course always choose our native music to dance to including Bachata, Cumbia or even Reggaeton (though this one doesn’t need a dance routine).
And with so many dance lesson instructors teaching on YouTube, you’ll never run out of dance routines to learn. The best part is that you’re dancing in your living room with someone you’re completely comfortable with so it’s okay if you goof off or mess up. No one else is watching, literally.
Just be sure not to put the music too loud because you may wake the kids and cut your dance lesson short.
Make Tik Tok videos
Yes I said it. Tik Tok is the new thing right now and now we can see why. We spend a good amount of time watching Tik Tok videos to get ideas for some we want to make.
Want to know the one we’ve been trying to do… The Footshake Dance! Yup, we’ve been practicing it but we haven’t perfected it yet, so can’t record ourselves yet haha.
But hey, this also falls under learning a new dance routine together so double win under the stay at home date ideas for couples.
Seriously, it’s actually a fun app with tons of video options for you to create. No, it’s not just for teens anymore and many many celebrities have been spending lots of their social distancing time creating Tik Tok videos. So follow the trend this time, get out of your comfort zone together and make some fun videos!
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Sing it out at karaoke night
Even if you’re the shy type, at least you’re not singing in public with a crowd. Your spouse or partner has probably already heard you sing in the shower or car ride so this isn’t much different. Well, except for maybe actually knowing all the lyrics LOL.
So have a fun karaoke night with this portable karaoke machine that’ll transform any setting into a cool party. Simply look up your favorite songs on YouTube, turn on the light effects and sing your lungs out together with the duo mics.
Oh and if you have kids, they’ll eventually want to join in on the fun LOL. But for this date night, just keep it between you two.
Have a virtual double date
You probably aren’t the only couple in your friend group that is needing a night away from the kids (even if by away I mean in different rooms LOL).
And because finding a babysitter isn’t always possible, consider inviting another couple to have a virtual double date with you. This can take place via Zoom and is pretty much just a chance for you guys to catch up while speaking face-to-face, possibly over dinner (in opposite screens).
It may sound like something you wouldn’t do but don’t knock it until you try it. It may even turn into something your do routinely since it’s quite simple and free to do.
Do a couples workout routine
Bleh, I know I know. This one isn’t my favorite either but hey, it’s more fun than working out alone. I would say that the times we have tried actual “couples workouts” together, we have ended up goofing off and laughing like 30% of the time LOL.
What? Rolling under each other and giving each other a kiss after every sit up is a lot harder than it appears haha! Plus, isn’t kissing and laughing a workout on its own? I think it is.
But in all seriousness. There are so many couples workout YouTube videos to pick from so find out that you both agree to.
However, I’ll suggest a little pre-work here. Don’t do what we did, which was wait until the exact moment to find a video to watch. We wasted quite some time doing this. So instead, go through videos during the day and then pick one to do together that night.
Mix your own drinks
Now this one is one that we’ve honestly been meaning to do for a while, except we keep forgetting to buy the supplies from the grocery store whenever we go LOL.
For this reason, I highly suggest you grab a cocktail kit like this one so that you have everything you need to mix your own drinks. Plus, it’ll be much easier to have a step-by-step recipe not only for one date night, but more to come.
I mean, how cool would it be to play bartender for a night? And even cooler that the expensive price tag doesn’t come with it. Instead of paying $12+ per drink at a restaurant, you spend a whole lot less to make several for the same price.
Have a spa night
Now if you’re looking for a more relaxing type of date night, this one’s for you. This is one of the most relaxing and romantic at home date ideas you can try in the late hours.
Stage your bedroom or bathroom by dimming the lights, fluffing the pillows, preparing the blankets and getting out the spa supplies.
Here are some spa essentials you could use to create your perfect DIY couples spa date night at home:
Being a parent is stressful so us parents need nights like these from time to time so go relax and have a romantic night with your hubby.
Give each other massages
Oh don’t massages sound nice? This would make a super romantic date night at home. Give each other massages while you sip on some wine or eat some chocolate and call it a night.
Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t know how to give a massage. I’m sure your partner will let you know if you’re hitting the spot. But if don’t, there’s a YouTube video tutorial for this too LOL.
Or you can stick with a foot massage because you can’t go wrong with this. Just don’t forget the massage oil to make it even more relaxing and romantic.
Camp out in the living room
If outdoors is your thing or your husband has been dying to take you camping but hasn’t, camping out in your living room could be fun.
Forts aren’t just for kids. They can be just as fun for adults too as long as you have the right essentials like ahem *s’mores.* Yeah, camping would NOT be the same without making s’mores and who doesn’t like s’mores?
My husband is a huge S’mores lover so camping out and making S’mores at home is definitely something we are trying soon. And thankfully, this S’mores Maker and S’mores Kit makes it easy for you (and us) to do this.
Have a picnic outside
Perhaps you actually want to spend time outdoors instead. In that case, grab your baby monitor and have a picnic on your patio or in your backyard.
You can choose to make this picnic simple with sandwiches and healthy snacks or take out your fancy picnic basket with the dinner essentials to eat a warm-cooked meal.
In fact, if your kids sleep long enough to get any of these stay at home date ideas done, you could combine some of the ideas already listed above.
For example, you could take a virtual cooking class and then take it outside to eat picnic style. You can also pair up your delicious meal with new wine options you haven’t tasted before. Doing it this way would be a great idea if a date night is something you can only do every once in a while, so might as well go all out for it!
Take a trip down memory lane
Now this one is quite simple yet cute. Sometimes it’s nice to remember and go through your past memories.
This could be looking at old pictures of you guys together, watching some silly videos you took of each other or perhaps going through photo albums and scrapbooks of other special moments.
Doing this is a great way to reconnect and remember why you fell in love in the first place and how your lives were before you had kids LOL.
Try out a new hobby
Another thing you could do together as a couple is to partake in a new hobby, one that both of you can enjoy equally.
The options of what you pick here are endless but here are just a few ideas:
- Start a collection of something
- Track and invest in stocks
- Dance to virtual Zumba classes
- Learn a new language
Of course these are all ones you can do from home, but like I said, there are so many different kinds of hobbies you can do together.
I’d suggest picking one that will be special and dedicated only for date nights. This way it kind of forces you to have one LOL.
Star gaze in the backyard
And lastly, how romantic would it be to end the night star gazing in the backyard? For us, it’s a bit harder since the trees cover up the sky, but even just relaxing outdoors and getting some fresh air would be nice.
Honestly, this one doesn’t even have to be long. Or you can combine it with one of the other stay at home date ideas for couples listed above.
All you need is 30 solid minutes of fresh air to feel a sense of relaxation and peace with your spouse. And to make it a bit more relaxing, don’t forget your glass of… yup, wine LOL!
When in doubt, order a date night kit
Now if you plan on making your at home date night a regular thing, take out the task of deciding what to do each time and simply order a recurring date night kit like this one.
They’ll automatically send you a new date idea with the necessary props each month making it a special surprise for you both.
Why Date Nights Matter
Look, I get it. Our kids are our priority and although we love them dearly, they make it hard for us to continue dating our partner. However, having date nights with your spouse is very important for several reasons.
Not only will you get to spend more time with your partner, but by doing this, it helps improve your communication as well.
This is especially true if the date night ideas you pick out are ones that involve (or could involve) deep conversations that you normally can’t have around your kids.
Parents are often stressed out, especially if you’re a working parent too. And unfortunately, many times this is taken out on the spouse.
So by having constant date nights, it helps release some of the stress and tension that has gathered up throughout a period of time.
Strengthens your bond
Spending time with your partner keeps the romance alive and therefore strengthens your bond as a couple.
It’s important to remember the reason why you fell in love in the first place. Dating each other throughout your relationships helps with this and even brings you closer.
Kids will be happier
Simply by being a happier couple and happier parents, your kids will benefit. I mean, how could they not be happier when they see their parents happy?
Kids tend to feed off our vibes so dating each other is a win-win for everyone in the household. That’s why these stay at home date ideas for couples with kids are important to do regularly.
Enjoy Your Date Night!
I bet you can’t wait to get your kids off to sleep now haha! Thinking about all the late night fun and relaxation we’ve been missing out on is really an eye-opener. But today that changes. So go plan out an awesome date night at home with your spouse!
What does your perfect at home date night look like? Have you done any of the ones listed above or are planning to? Please share in the comments below as I would love to hear from you!