After you’ve been together awhile, especially if you have kids, it’s easy to go to Sam’s club and feel like you had a date.

Don’t fall into that trap. No. Nope. Huh uh.

Yes, go to Sam’s club, but no; that is not your date. Your husband is worth spending real time with. 

I mean, think about it; how did you fall in love with him?… By spending time with him, right? And getting to know him?

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So, how are you going to stay in love, and fall in love all over again, without doing the things that made you fall in love the first time? 

I challenge you to think outside the box! Get out of the Sam’s Club or go to a movie rut. Movies are cool and all, but sitting in a dark room staring at a screen isn’t my idea of intentional time. 

By “intentional”, I mean doing something that requires you to look at each other and act like you like each other.

Hold hands.

Act like you’re dating.

Here are some of my favorite think-outside-the-box date ideas: 


Midnight picnic in a gazebo.

Me and Joey did this when we were dating. 

We got Wendy’s at 11:00 on a summer night and ate it in a little gazebo. 

It felt like we were the only people in the world, while the rest of the world slept. 

That’s the feeling you’re going for.

Feed the ducks.

I haven’t done this since I was a kid, but it feels like it could be romantic. I don’t know why. 

Just don’t feed mean geese and get charged at like I did when I was four. I had to climb up on a picnic table. I now realize that geese can fly… I have no idea what four-year-old Hannah would have done if that goose took to the air and knocked me off that picnic table. #Traumatized


We’ve done this several times on the Cincinnati River. It’s so much fun!

Expensive dinner.

Chandliers and white table cloths optional. They sure are pretty though.

Pro tip: Check Groupon before you go. You can get some great deals on here!

Pro pro tip: Call ahead and make sure they accept Groupons. They aren’t obligated to.

Book store and ice cream.

I don’t know what it is that I love about book stores. It’s like they’re filled with ideas and the unknown and inspiration. 

Grab a coffee.

Don’t stare at your phone. Hold hands.

Talk (not about the kids). Act like you like each other.

Act like you’re dating.

Watch the sunset.

Good news, the sun goes down everywhere! This can be on a beach or in your backyard.

Walk through a castle.

There’s a castle close-ish to us that we’ve been meaning to tour for awhile. They have dumb hours so we haven’t yet. But it’s on the list.

Go for a walk through the arboretum.

We’ve actually had pictures done at an arboretum near us twice. They can be really beautiful, especially in the summer when flowers and butterflies are everywhere.  

Rent a telescope and look at the stars.

What it is about constellations that are romantic?

Make a bonfire and roast s’mores.

Bonus points for a big cozy blanket and cuddling. Pro tip: put a Reese’s cup on that s’more. We’ve even roasted Starburst! Get creative and have fun with this.

Cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory then walk around.

The Oreo and Lemon Meringue are the best ones (literally a fact).

It’s on my bucketlist to try every flavor of Cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory… Except banana. And low carb.

Recreate your first date.

This wouldn’t be real exciting in our case, since our first date was at the Dairy Queen.

Walk around a small town with a lot of shops. 

Small shops are intoxicating. Especially small town coffee shops! Sometimes you can find some really cool, rare finds, too.


Rock climbing.

… It’s okay if you have to use the slanty wall. 

White water rafting.

Not for me, personally. Just wear a life jacket, okay?


If he takes you for a picnic, you have to go shooting. It can be kinda fun. 

Archery range.

My husband loves doing archery! It can be a good stress reliever, too. 

Horseback riding.

I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like, but I do love horseback riding.

Top Golf.

Maybe it isn’t called that near you, but Top Golf is just a driving range that tracks your points. It’s a lot of fun! Fair warning, I was sore the next day.


Just don’t be those people that take up the whole lane. Please. In my opinion, if you can’t go the speed of my car, you need to scoot. Bike paths are where it’s at!


Again, not really my speed. But hey, if it floats your boat.

Zip lining.

Okay, this is seriously fun! Kind of terrifying at the same time, but super fun in hindsight. 


Next time we go to Gatlinburg, I fully intend on charging Joey in a giant hamster ball at full speed. Pics to come!

Skyzone/Trampoline park.

Been meaning to do this, too! Our Skyzone has selected hours where you can jump for something like $10 for an hour.


Joey did this a lot before we got together. Personally I’ve never been, but I feel like at some point he’s going to get me on a board and push me down a mountain.

Go to a ball game.

We’ve been to several local baseball games. Personally, I like football better. But it can be a fun way to spend a summer night.

Train ride.

This is another one that was a blast! We did a 1940’s themed train ride when I was pregnant with Ella.

I had gifted him a year of pre-planned date nights the Christmas before, and this was on there. 

Fair warning, it paid to be early. Ours had 4 seats where it was a private table (not shared with somebody else) and I got one of them.


Cooking class.

I will do a cooking class one of these days! Our local Dorothy Lane Market actually offers cooking classes.

Cake decorating class.

Bakeries, Hobby Lobby, and Michael’s offer these!

Painting class.

I think I’ve mentioned before that Joey and I have done a few of these and have loved them! Even if you don’t consider yourself creative, they make it so easy. They literally walk you through every brushstroke. It’s easier than you’d think!

Pottery (creating or painting).

We’ve painted pottery, but it’s on my list to actually craft it!

Glass blowing.

Another one I’ve been meaning to do!

Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

I’m not even going to lie and say this one isn’t for the wife reading this. I have yet to find a woman who doesn’t adore Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.

Look for stuff for a new hobby to do together!

Penny date.

This one is really easy! Pull out of your driveway, flip a penny, and turn right for heads and left for tails. Make a date wherever you end up

Concerts (even if it’s free and local)

We saw Skillet in concert a few years ago and it was absolutely awesome! But we’ve also seen local artists that were great, too. Pro tip: if they made you stop, you owe them a tip.

What’s your favorite outside-the-box date ideas?

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