Date Night Ideas For Busy Parents

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 twinderelmo.co.uk – 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 mayflowerblogs.com – ssuming getting a babysitter isn’t an option, grab a takeaway and have a game of scrabble!

Victoria from lyliarose.com – 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 maidenheadmum.co.uk – 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 livingwithajude.co.uk – 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 yorkshirewonders.co.uk – 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 familytravelwithellie.com – 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 thesmallestofthings.com – Find a box set you are both interested in and set aside an evening a week where you watch it together

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

Lisa from mummygummie.com – 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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  1. 11th August 2017 / 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

    • Jaki
      14th August 2017 / 9:08 pm

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

  2. 11th August 2017 / 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.

    • Jaki
      14th August 2017 / 8:22 pm

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

  3. 12th August 2017 / 1:17 pm

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

    • Jaki
      14th August 2017 / 8:13 pm

      Sounds great, doesn’t it?!

  4. 12th August 2017 / 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

    • Jaki
      14th August 2017 / 8:10 pm

      Sounds fab – enjoy that date!

  5. 13th August 2017 / 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!

    • Jaki
      14th August 2017 / 7:52 pm

      Absolutely, much more effort is required!

  6. 13th August 2017 / 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

    • Jaki
      14th August 2017 / 7:51 pm

      That always helps!!

  7. diynige
    13th August 2017 / 10:05 pm

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

  8. 15th August 2017 / 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

    • Jaki
      15th August 2017 / 7:47 am

      Sounds fantastic!

  9. 15th August 2017 / 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

    • Jaki
      15th August 2017 / 9:47 am

      Oh dear – better luck next time!! 🙂

  10. 15th August 2017 / 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

    • Jaki
      17th August 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Sounds beautiful!

  11. aliduke79hotmailcom
    15th August 2017 / 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.

    • Jaki
      17th August 2017 / 9:39 pm

      Ah I hope you had a lovely time!

  12. 15th August 2017 / 5:52 pm

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

    • Jaki
      17th August 2017 / 9:38 pm

      I relax more knowing little man is asleep!

  13. 15th August 2017 / 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

    • Jaki
      17th August 2017 / 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. 15th August 2017 / 9:05 pm

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

    • Jaki
      17th August 2017 / 9:37 pm

      There are a few I would like to do too!

  15. 15th August 2017 / 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

    • Jaki
      17th August 2017 / 9:36 pm

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

  16. mommyhomemanager
    15th August 2017 / 10:45 pm

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

    • Jaki
      17th August 2017 / 9:35 pm

      I agree!

  17. 16th August 2017 / 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!

    • Jaki
      17th August 2017 / 9:35 pm

      That minor detail! 😉

  18. 16th August 2017 / 6:51 pm

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

    • Jaki
      17th August 2017 / 9:32 pm

      A takeaway is always a favourite!

  19. 16th August 2017 / 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

    • Jaki
      17th August 2017 / 9:32 pm

      Food is always good!

  20. 17th August 2017 / 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

    • Jaki
      17th August 2017 / 9:31 pm

      They are my favourite too!

  21. 17th August 2017 / 4:18 pm

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

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

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

    • Jaki
      20th August 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Sounds bliss!

  23. 18th August 2017 / 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

    • Jaki
      20th August 2017 / 9:14 pm

      You had me at takeaway! 🙂

  24. 18th August 2017 / 10:12 pm

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

    • Jaki
      20th August 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Hope you get one soon lovely! x

  25. 20th August 2017 / 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.

    • Jaki
      20th August 2017 / 9:07 pm

      I love siting down to watch TV!

  26. 21st August 2017 / 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

    • Jaki
      22nd August 2017 / 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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