11 At-Home Date Night Ideas for Parents

Missing the nights out with your sweetie? Restore the romance with these sweet and simple at-home date night ideas for parents.

You’re not ready to go out, but you’re also tired of calling binge-watching another series on Netflix “date night.” From trivia nights to at-home mixology classes, schedule one of these options this holiday season and escape the monotony of quarantine.

Scheduled Dates

Detroit Virtual Game Night

  • When: Thursdays-Saturdays
  • Cost: Free

Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunt Adventures has created the software for you to host your own, free game night, with questions at the ready. Gather your friends (who also need a date night) for trivia, charades, Pictionary and more.

Virtual Wine Tasting

  • When: Nov. 10, 17, 2020
  • Cost: Free

Join wine makers and wine critics to uncork and taste new wines. The events are free, but you can also purchase the wine and have it sent to your house to test during the tastings.

Virtual Beer Tasting

  • When: Nov. 13, 2020
  • Cost: $50-$65

Take a virtual tour of Ypsilanti’s 734 Brewing, then take a tasting lesson with brewery staff. You’ll receive a six-pack of beer, and for a little more toss in pretzels and a 734 Beer mug.

Virtual Play Reading

  • When: Nov. 14, 2020
  • Cost: Free

The Purple Rose is partnering with the Chelsea District Library to present a play reading over Zoom. Actors Matt Letscher (The Mask of Zorro, Eli Stone), Kristin Shields, Kate Thomsen, Dez Walker and Tom Whalen will read and act a new play, Human Error. After the play, viewers are encouraged to give feedback. Registration required for Zoom link.

Jeff Daniels— Online and Unplugged

  • When: Nov. 21, 2020
  • Cost: $20, $30 family

Join Emmy award-winning actor, director, singer/song-writer Jeff Daniels for an intimate Zoom concert experience full of original songs, personal stories from his stage and movie career and an audience Q&A. All ticket costs and donations benefit The Ark in Ann Arbor.

Virtual Bingo for History

  • When: Dec. 3, 2020
  • Cost: $25+

Detroit History Tours will host a Zoom bingo game that is one part performance, one part history lesson and lots of parts prizes. Order by Nov. 20 to make sure your bingo cards arrive in your mailbox before the game.

Take an Online Film Class

  • When: Anytime
  • Cost: $20

If you’ve already exhausted your saved movies on Netflix, learn how they’re made through lectures and classes for ages 18 and older. Subjects include narrative structure, sound, editing and mise-en-scene. Viewing of classes directly benefits the Michigan Theater Foundation.

More Virtual Date Ideas

Order a special dinner

Skip dinner with the kids and plan a meal just for you two. You can order takeout from one of your favorite local restaurants. While you’re at it, why not set up the table and light some candles, too?

Do a puzzle together

After a long day, break out a puzzle that you can work on together and still be able to have a good conversation. Consider buying a puzzle roll mat so you can save puzzling for a future date night — and not worry about the kids ruining it!

Host a virtual game night

You can still connect with your friends without leaving the house. If you’re missing game night together, try out some virtual gaming apps like Houseparty and Jackbox Games. We suggest video chatting at the same time to make the experience even more fun.

Have a movie marathon

Instead of binge-watching your current show obsession, pop some popcorn and watch a few flicks. Make it a themed movie night so you can watch two or three similar movies together. Some ideas include horror films, ’90s night or movie musicals.

Create your own spa

You both deserve a break with a stay-at-home spa night. It’s up to your mood on how you want to plan this time to relax. It can be as elaborate as setting up roses near a tub filled with scented bath salts or as simple as putting on face masks while watching TV.

Sip and paint

If you don’t feel like spending so much money, recreate the Sip and Paint experience at home. Buy your art materials and a bottle of wine as you follow along with this tutorial on YouTube.

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