Date Night Ideas For Busy Parents

In a recent post, I talked about how your relationship changes, quite considerably after having children. It’s unsurprising to those of us who have been there and done it but it can be quite overwhelming for new parents not expecting the drastic shift. It’s so important to remember who you were before children turned your world topsy turvy and so to follow on from this, I give you – date night ideas for busy parents.

Being a Mum and a Dad takes up a ridiculous amount of time. Some days you will get to the evening and realise all you need to do is change from one pair of pyjamas to the other. Some of you may be reading this thinking ‘how am I meant to find time to go out?!’. And sure, it can feel like that. But in time, you will adapt. Take that offer of a babysitter or if there is no offer, ask anyway. It’s so important to have time together as a couple and go on that date night.

It’s not just new parents that might need this inspiration. Parents of older kids can find themselves stuck in the old routine as well. I hope all of you will find something here that you can use.

I asked some of my fellow bloggers for their tips for a top date night with their other half. Take a look at what they said.


Date Night Ideas For Busy Parents


Beth from – Grab a meal deal and a bottle of wine from the supermarket and download a good film. Simple, easy and no babysitter required!

Jemma from – ssuming getting a babysitter isn’t an option, grab a takeaway and have a game of scrabble!

Victoria from – f you can get a babysitter for a couple of hours then a trampoline park is great fun! Then grab a takeaway on the way home!

Jodie from – I think a ‘date day’ or ‘date afternoon’ can be much easier, especially if you can rope grandparents in to help, or can do a ‘playdate’ with friends. We like to nip into London and look around an exhibition or something else cool and then go for food or drinks after. That way you get more of a break and can switch off from all the details of family life.

Alice from – Dinner out and a trip to the cinema is always lovely. Or we went for afternoon tea a while ago and it was so much fun! Wander around without any toddlers hanging off you or whinging, tons of cake and tea…what’s not to love!?

Nikki from – I like the look of these ‘Escape Rooms’ that have popped up. Think The Crystal Maze meets the Adventure Game. I would love to do one – think it would be great fun to do together. Then maybe a romantic dinner afterwards!

Vikki from – For me it would be a night at a comedy show – being able to relax and laugh together is such a tonic. Followed by a meal in a quiet restaurant and a bottle of wine – bliss

Amy from – Find a box set you are both interested in and set aside an evening a week where you watch it together

Lianne from – Wine and beer festivals. Get a babysitter for the daytime and go out and feel 20 again!!

Lisa from – If you can get a babysitter for the daytime going out to a bottomless prosecco brunch is always fun!


Personally, we love a bite to eat followed by a trip to the cinema. It may be a bit of a cliche but it’a what we always used to do before the Little Man came along. We don’t get to do it as often as we would like but when we do, it almost feels like we are dating again. And we all know how that feels.

No one is saying you have to go every week or even every month. Just try and go as often as you can. You’ll be surprised how refreshing it is and how much good it does you both.


Do you have any other date night suggestions? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear them.


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54 Comment

  1. Reply
    Mark - Time to Float
    11th August 2017 at 11:28 am

    hmmm, I can think of an incredible ‘date night with a difference’, that will really help you reconnect with your partner….. #Floatation

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      14th August 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Does that involve a large amount of Epsom salts by any chance? 🙂

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        Mark - Time to Float
        15th August 2017 at 3:14 pm

        what an amazing idea!!! why hadn’t I thought of that…

  2. Reply
    11th August 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Some great ideas here, although my husband has vowed to NEVER play Scrabble with me he thinks I’m too competitive and know too many two letter words! I’ll try some of the other ideas though.

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      14th August 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Fantastic – ah he’s scared! I like it!

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    Hi, I'm Katie
    12th August 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I love the trampoline park idea, that’s our next date sorted! #blogstravaganza

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      14th August 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Sounds great, doesn’t it?!

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    12th August 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I love going out in the afternoon, looking around vintage shops then finding somewhere nice for food and cocktails! I’m definitely going to organise a date day now! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

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      14th August 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Sounds fab – enjoy that date!

  5. Reply
    13th August 2017 at 9:16 pm

    These are great ideas! It’s so important to make time for each other, and do things together. Even if that time is hard to find sometimes!

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      14th August 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Absolutely, much more effort is required!

  6. Reply
    13th August 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I’m loving these suggestions – dinner and wine seem to feature quite highly, which works for me! I need to remember to book in some date nights, especially since my little one is happy to stay overnight at Grandmas! Thank you for linking up with us at #Blogstravaganza

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      14th August 2017 at 7:51 pm

      That always helps!!

  7. Reply
    13th August 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Some fab ideas Thank you for linking to #ThatFridayLinky Please come back next week for

  8. Reply
    15th August 2017 at 6:39 am

    We’ve done Escape The Room – it’s so much fun and something completely different! We’re off to London to see a show soon for the husband’s birthday, can’t wait! #TriumphantTales

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      15th August 2017 at 7:47 am

      Sounds fantastic!

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    Mrs Mummy Harris
    15th August 2017 at 8:18 am

    Thank you for featuring me lovely! I would definitely NOT recommend a night out in the rain, no matter how romantic it sounds… I can feel another cold coming on =[ #ThatfridayLinky

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      15th August 2017 at 9:47 am

      Oh dear – better luck next time!! 🙂

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        Mrs Mummy Harris
        15th August 2017 at 9:48 am

        ACHOO 🤣🤣🤣

  10. Reply
    15th August 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I’ve found that afternoons are easier to sneak away than at night, we had a nice lunch on the shore recently, a restaurant overlooking the ocean. it was a bit of a drive, but for a few hours we were able to pretend we were on vacation #triumphanttales

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      17th August 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Sounds beautiful!

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    15th August 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Booey is staying at her dad’s tonight so we are having date night lol. We love a movie and dinner if we get the chance.

    1. Reply
      17th August 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Ah I hope you had a lovely time!

  12. Reply
    15th August 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I love these. Our go to is a film and dinner at home, having put her to bed. #TriumphantTales

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      17th August 2017 at 9:38 pm

      I relax more knowing little man is asleep!

  13. Reply
    15th August 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Last year my New Years resolution was to do one date night a month…we failed. I love the idea of day dates. I must plan one soon. #triumpanttales

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      17th August 2017 at 9:38 pm

      I don’t think you’re alone. It’s so hard to find the time isn’t it. Day dates are seeming popular!

  14. Reply
    15th August 2017 at 9:05 pm

    This totally fits in with my babysitting post… when we manage to get babysitters I will definitely remember this list! #TriumphantTales

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      17th August 2017 at 9:37 pm

      There are a few I would like to do too!

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    Jo - Pickle & Poppet
    15th August 2017 at 9:07 pm

    I love this list – I had never thought of trampolining as a date night, only somewhere to take my little boy but we would have so much time. We like to cook together, good food and then sit and watch a film (fall asleep) #TriumphantTales

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      17th August 2017 at 9:36 pm

      I agree! Sounds like something that I should arrange too!

  16. Reply
    15th August 2017 at 10:45 pm

    These are some great ideas! An afternoon babysitter is definitely much easier to find than a Saturday night!
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Reply
      17th August 2017 at 9:35 pm

      I agree!

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    Lisa Pomerantz
    16th August 2017 at 1:26 am

    A nice time at the movies, holding hands, something romantic. Then out for coffee, laughing together, having fun. Oh, we need a sitter too!

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      17th August 2017 at 9:35 pm

      That minor detail! 😉

  18. Reply
    16th August 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Hi, great tips a meal and movie would be my perfect night out. If not a takeaway and a boxset #triumphanttaless

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      17th August 2017 at 9:32 pm

      A takeaway is always a favourite!

  19. Reply
    16th August 2017 at 7:19 pm

    #triumphanttales I’m with you, cinema all the way and a bite to eat. I don’t mind a DVD at home either – its just making time for each other and listening

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      17th August 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Food is always good!

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    The Mummy Bubble
    17th August 2017 at 8:41 am

    I love the simple dates. Dinner and a drink somewhere local. That way there’s no stressful journey or rushing to get anywhere. It’s so nice to enjoy some time away from the house just the two of you. Some lovely ideas here x #triumphanttales

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      17th August 2017 at 9:31 pm

      They are my favourite too!

  21. Reply
    The Queen of Collage
    17th August 2017 at 4:18 pm

    What great suggestions for date nights. It’s pointless going to the cinema mind my hubby turns into a chatterbox! #TriumphantTales

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      17th August 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Men hey?! 🙂

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        The Queen of Collage
        21st August 2017 at 3:54 pm

        certainly – mine anyway

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    18th August 2017 at 11:18 am

    We are having a takeaway curry tonight for our anniversary, can’t wait for an hour alone! #triumphanttales

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      20th August 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Sounds bliss!

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    18th August 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Completely agree with Jodie, date afternoons are much easier to plan. We don’t really have babysitters on call so we usually have most evenings as date nights to be fair. We order takeaways, watch films, stuff our faces, light some candles.. It’s lovely 🙂 #triumphanttales

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      20th August 2017 at 9:14 pm

      You had me at takeaway! 🙂

  24. Reply
    18th August 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Love these ideas! We’ve had like 3 date nights in 6 years and well overdue for another! #FriYAYLinky

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      20th August 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Hope you get one soon lovely! x

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    Crystal Green (@SLM016)
    20th August 2017 at 12:01 am

    My husband and I have a set of TV shows we watch together weekly. We strive to go out on the town once a month doing something together.

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      20th August 2017 at 9:07 pm

      I love siting down to watch TV!

  26. Reply
    21st August 2017 at 11:09 am

    hubby and i met with 5 kids between us, we scheduled the kids visits to their other parents to coincide so we’d get at least one weekend a month child free and then end up cleaning and food shopping and doing jobs around the house. the phrase ‘date nights’ seems to be a new concept and i think it just puts unnecessary pressure on people now to feel this is another area they are failing to achieve along with all the other aspects of SM pressure these days. once you have a family of course your relationship changes, there are plenty of years ahead once the children leave home for you to spend time together, a situation hubby and i find ourselves in now and we don’t have date nights, we just still spend time together at home and enjoy one another’s company #triumphanttales

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      22nd August 2017 at 11:44 am

      I think a ‘date night’ can be as simple as a night in together in front of the tv – that’s the beauty of it! It’s making sure you take the time to do it. It’s important to make the effort to be more than just ‘Mum and Dad’ 🙂

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