Winter Date Nights

Date nights can be hard to come by when the kids are still young. At times you may even have to have a baby date or you have no sitter which is what happens to me most times. The funny part is when my son was only a few months old we always had a sitter. Isn’t that funny how that works? We would try to get out at least once every two weeks. There’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes, though you may be looking for some one and one time. Like they always say “Before babies occupied our time 110% we had so much more time”. My son is three and even though we reside with our in laws we still barely get enough time to go on one date per month. Always having that one on one time is great for any relationship. Our last date night was when we went to a Disney with my in laws. They took my son for the night while we hopped over to Epcot.

Personally, it doesn’t always have to be a fancy dinner, gifts or a getaway. Even though our one year anniversary is coming up in two months we do want to plan a weekend away. It’s hard to take any long stays away since the little is still so little. In between only going to pre-k for 2.5 hours mon-fri its hard to really do anything for now. Since becoming a stay at home mom we do what we do best. Budget ourselves. Looking for ways to have even a remotely semi date night would be great once in a while. Here are 10 great Winter date nights you can go on for any budget.

  1. Wine Tasting: Boston Winery offers wine tasting and tours for $10 per person on Saturday and Sundays. This is a great way to feel out what type of wine drinker you are. You can talk and experience a one on one. Check your nearest winery and see what options they offer.
  2. Movie: This is always the most typical but, my husband and I normally go see a movie. We are such movie buffs that we love going to the movies. Of course we have a membership to both Showcase Cinemas and AMC Theatres.
  3. Drive In: Going to a drive in is the most beneficial. Last Summer we attended Mendon Twin Drivein. It costs $25 per car and you are able to catch two movies for that price. You can bring in your own goodies too. They offer food and drinks which is a plus in case you don’t bring your own. It also makes a great baby date. I’m always trying to find toddler friendly things to do. If all else fails and you bring your little ones and they fall asleep it’s not such a hassle.
  4. Cooking Classes: These are always great. Its all about team work. Groupon always has a great options.
  5. Work out: This can be a fun activity to do together. Taking a yoga or boot camp class is always fun.
  6. Dinner: Also another cliche date night. Who doesn’t love food. Groupon is another option to use  Getting a sitter and having a cooked meal in is a great option for paying less.
  7. Museum: Museums can have great things to conversation and learn about.
  8. Shopping: This may seem like a task. But, it can be a fun activity. Getting the opinion of your spouse can uplift yourself. Weekend sales are also a hit.
  9. Ice Skating: Every state is different. Outside skating is a romantic twist. If you can’t find an outside rink plenty of cities offer public skating. Market Street in Lynnfield offers public skate from Nov-Feb. Boston Frog Pond offers plenty of options. College night, birthday parties, skate lessons. They also offer a proposal/engagement package. City Hall Plaza opened up Boston Winter last month. There is a dj, drinks and kids can even skate with a cartoon character on Saturday mornings.
  10. Fruit Picking: Every season is different but it’s a great bonding experience. Also if it has to be a baby date you can bring any little ones along.

82 Comments

  1. January 9, 2017 / 4:05 AM

    A sweet list of things to do on your winter date night. They are really important to keep the bonding strong and enjoy yourselves taking time off from the world

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 1:45 PM

      Yes definitely. They can really help.

  2. January 9, 2017 / 9:05 AM

    I agree with you. It is important but often hard to do for a number of reasons. These are all great suggestions. We live near the beach, so I love just escaping for a couple of hours with a bottle of wine, cheese/crackers to watch the sunset over the ocean!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 1:45 PM

      That’s the perfect date night.

  3. January 9, 2017 / 9:08 AM

    I don’t have kids yet, but date nights are hard to come by while you have a husband in medical school! We started making it a point to dedicate Friday nights to date nights – even if it’s just making food together at home <3 Great ideas!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 1:43 PM

      That’s a great start.

  4. January 9, 2017 / 10:33 AM

    I have to get in ice-skating once a year, such a perfect winter activity! I think cooking classes are a great date idea!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 1:43 PM

      This year is a perfect year to go. My husband and I put my son in learn to skate for hockey so it’s deff a great time.

  5. January 9, 2017 / 1:05 PM

    Date nights are a necessity! Hard to do at times ,but worth it. Love the cooking class idea. And you’re right – Groupon is a good place to stop first to save money on that!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 1:42 PM

      Yes they can be hard. I have a three year old and sometimes it feels like forever. I’ve found so many great deals on Groupon.

  6. January 9, 2017 / 1:40 PM

    I love these date night ideas! I would love to go wine tasting or ice skating with my hubby! I might have to try to convince him to take me 🙂

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 1:41 PM

      Oh yes. I went wine tasting for the first time last Winter and it was so much fun.

  7. January 9, 2017 / 2:08 PM

    I love some of your ideas, I will definitely go to a boot camp with my boyfriend. Great post!!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:24 PM

      It’s definitely a way to push each other.

  8. January 9, 2017 / 2:13 PM

    It has been ages since I’ve been to the movies with my husband, but it’s something that we enjoy doing when we have a babysitter. In the meantime, we’ve been having movie nights at home instead. 🙂

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:25 PM

      I totally get what you mean. If we can’t get out we will do a movie night in when my son falls asleep.

  9. January 9, 2017 / 2:29 PM

    We are always looking for new ideas! Thank so much for sharing!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:25 PM

      Of course. Your welcome.

  10. January 9, 2017 / 2:47 PM

    These are all fantastic ideas! I love date ideas outside of movie and dinners. Cooking class and wine tasting, what fun!!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:27 PM

      Oh yes. I loved it when we went wine tasting or even beer tasting lol.

  11. Debra
    January 9, 2017 / 4:36 PM

    I would love taking a cooking class with my husband, I think that would be so much fun – I don’t know how much he would like it but what a great idea!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:28 PM

      lol you should try it out.

  12. theclutterboxblog
    January 9, 2017 / 4:36 PM

    I so want to do a wine tasting date one of these days, it sounds like a fun thing to do. Hope you had fun at the epcot and even though it doesn’t happen as often as you would like it’s good to still try!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:30 PM

      Oh yes. It was so fun. We went and rode the rides we knew my son couldn’t ride. Then we brought him the next day to do all the kids and family rides.

  13. January 9, 2017 / 4:56 PM

    Great list! Thanks for the ideas!!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:32 PM

      Your welcome.

  14. planningthemagic
    January 9, 2017 / 5:09 PM

    I love date nights that are also adventure. These ideas are fantastic! I would love to do wine tasting again.

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:32 PM

      Date nights like those are the best.

  15. January 9, 2017 / 5:16 PM

    All of these are great ideas! We particularly like to work out together or visit a museum. Thanks for sharing these ideas!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:49 PM

      Good for you. I’m glad you enjoyed the list.

  16. January 9, 2017 / 7:12 PM

    I love the idea of going ice skating. I haven’t been before, and I think it sounds very romantic.

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:50 PM

      You will probably love it. Alot of cities offer an outside version but you can also find indoor rinks.

  17. January 9, 2017 / 7:47 PM

    These are such fun date nights! I really want to go wine tasting with my hubby soon, maybe we will get a sitter one night!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:51 PM

      Oh yes. You need to.

  18. January 9, 2017 / 8:58 PM

    I think dinner out is my most favorite thing. I don’t have to make a meal and I don’t have to clean up!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:51 PM

      I love food so I agree lol.

  19. January 9, 2017 / 9:17 PM

    I love getting out of the house with my guy and just doing mundane activities! For us running errands feels like a date but I love the suggestions you have!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:52 PM

      I totally understand especially as we don’t get out as much as we used to.

  20. January 9, 2017 / 9:41 PM

    Hi from a fellow Massachusetts resident 🙂 I’m right there with you on the Mendon Drive-In… that place is SO much fun! I’m originally from Cape Cod where there’s the Wellfleet Drive-In (same concept). I have so many fun memories of that place growing up!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:54 PM

      Yay lol. It’s a great deal especially since your only paying per car.

  21. Kristan
    January 9, 2017 / 10:11 PM

    We keep talking about trying a cooking class. Maybe next month!

    • Jalisa
      January 9, 2017 / 10:56 PM

      It would be great especially with Valentines Day around the corner.

  22. lovelysilvia
    January 9, 2017 / 11:04 PM

    So many great date ideas! I’ve been wanting to take a cooking class and doing it as a date sounds so fun!

    • Jalisa
      January 11, 2017 / 11:41 PM

      It;s great to try something new.

  23. reesann723
    January 9, 2017 / 11:13 PM

    My husband and I do not go on nearly enough dates!!! These are great ideas and I hope to use them soon!

  24. January 10, 2017 / 1:24 AM

    Date nights are definitely something my husband and i need to do more of! Thanks for the reminder that “us” time is really important and easy to do on a budget!

    • Jalisa
      January 11, 2017 / 11:39 PM

      Your welcome.

  25. cvnxena
    January 10, 2017 / 4:43 AM

    winter dates are always fun because you get to snuggle up on the sofa or go for walks with big coats on! We can’t ice skate so we would probably kill ourselves if we tried but other than that it’s a great list!

    • Jalisa
      January 11, 2017 / 11:38 PM

      Lol. You can always find something to do.

  26. January 10, 2017 / 9:09 AM

    Winter dates are my favourite dates! Me and my boyfriend managed to go ice skating three times over the holidays which was lovely 🙂

    • Jalisa
      January 11, 2017 / 11:37 PM

      Yay. That’s so cool.

  27. January 10, 2017 / 9:36 AM

    I love going out for fancy dinners myself but I like some of your suggestions. Wine tasting would definitely be a good one for me!

    • Jalisa
      January 11, 2017 / 11:37 PM

      It’s always nice to try something new.

  28. January 10, 2017 / 10:03 AM

    I love Museum date nights! Our first date was to a civil war museum (my choice) and my now-husband thought I was crazy. LOL. I’ve since drug him to a thousand museums and each time he tells me what an odd date night it is but I love them so he goes. 🙂

    • Jalisa
      January 11, 2017 / 11:33 PM

      That’s so cute. I’m glad you found something works.

  29. January 10, 2017 / 10:49 AM

    I love these ideas! Winter date nights seem more romantic, I’m not sure, maybe it’s because of the weather! I think it’s a pretty fun list though! A lot of couples will appreciate these ideas!

    • Jalisa
      January 11, 2017 / 11:00 PM

      It really does. Especially any outside dates.

  30. January 10, 2017 / 3:17 PM

    My husband and I have frequent date nights I think it is really important to spend quality time together. This is a great list of ideas.

    • Jalisa
      January 11, 2017 / 10:16 AM

      It really is.

  31. January 10, 2017 / 4:58 PM

    We live with my parents and only took 2 dates the entire year last year. So I completely understand how that goes. This year we trying to make sure and do a monthly date night. This is a great list for fun and cheap dates though. Figuring out what to do is always our biggest struggle. Thank you for sharing it!

    • Jalisa
      January 10, 2017 / 9:04 PM

      Of course. I hope you will be able to get out more this year

  32. January 10, 2017 / 10:36 PM

    Wine tasting and the movie nights are on our list. We also love the museum for the family dates in the winter.

    • Jalisa
      January 11, 2017 / 10:00 AM

      Love family dates too.

  33. January 11, 2017 / 12:46 AM

    You have some really great date night ideas. I have two kiddos and I think in the past two years, we have had three date nights. We haven’t had any since my youngest was born 7 months ago.

    • Jalisa
      January 11, 2017 / 10:05 AM

      I know the feeling. Some of these family friendly too so even getting out there and doing a family date even helps

  34. January 11, 2017 / 1:09 AM

    My husband and I love to workout and go to the movies together!

  35. January 11, 2017 / 10:21 AM

    Sound tips to have the much needed time together. Great ideas for a simple getaway. So true – it is important to get away, to unwind and relax together!

  36. almostindianwife
    January 11, 2017 / 12:10 PM

    Our go to date night is always dinner and a movie. I think it would be fun this year to change things up a big. I’d love to do something like a cooking class together!

    • Jalisa
      January 11, 2017 / 10:49 PM

      I totally get you. We normally do dinner and a movie but every so often we will do something different

    • Jalisa
      January 12, 2017 / 11:27 AM

      Thank you

  37. January 12, 2017 / 1:23 PM

    I love all of these ideas. I’d personally opt for the cooking classes or ice skating just to try something new.

  38. Robin Rue
    January 12, 2017 / 6:55 PM

    These are all such great ideas. I know that it can be hard to find date night things to do in the winter.

    • Jalisa
      January 12, 2017 / 7:57 PM

      I wish I was able to do at home dates lol. We’ve tried doing a movie night but my son is so small that he comes walking around destructing everything.

      • January 12, 2017 / 10:59 PM

        We’re the opposite. We never leave our two babies, so home is our only chance.

        • Jalisa
          January 13, 2017 / 4:57 PM

          lol. true. My son is all mommy the last few months so he’s attached to my hip and leg. I know in a couple of years we can do both.

  39. January 16, 2017 / 12:19 PM

    Nothing more fun than a date night!!! One of my 2017 goals is more date nights. Even if they are something super simple

    • Jalisa
      January 16, 2017 / 10:42 PM

      Definitely. You can’t have enough of those.

    • Jalisa
      February 10, 2017 / 9:16 PM

      Thank you so much for reading.

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