The other weekend my husband and I met up with some friends for dinner and a movie. For as long as I’ve known him and his friends, double dates were always their thing. Years later nothing has changed with the exception of the fact that they are harder to plan now that almost everyone has children.
Although I love having one-on-one time with my guy, getting together with other couples is always a lot of fun. It is a chance to reconnect with friends, engage in adult conversations, and have fun. Being around other couples can also be uplifting. There is something wonderful about surrounding yourself with people who value marriage and commitment just as you do. And during bathroom conversations with other wives you get a chance to be reminded that the challenges that you face are not exclusive to just you and your spouse. Nope, your husband isn’t the only husband who thinks you baby the kids too much. Take a look at 13 great ideas for your next double (or group) date night.
1. Host A Game Night
A couple friends of ours are notorious for hosting game nights. They’ve got quite the competitive streak. Although at times games can get a little intense, a game night is a fun way to get together without having to spend a lot of money. In case you need some ideas, here are thirteen!
2. Go Skating
Roller skating or ice skating is a fun group activity. Hold hands with your spouse and cruise around the rink. Afterwards sip on hot cocoa. The best part about skating with someone you love? Someone to help you up if you find you’re a little rusty and end up falling a few times.
3. Dinner And A Movie
Dinner (or dessert) and a movie is our go to group date outing. We typically try to see the movie first and talk about it over dinner. For some people group movie dates are awkward particularly when it comes to seating but for us movie dates are always a lot of fun (more movie snacks to share).
4. Go Kart Racing
Start your engines! Going kart racing can be a lot of fun. It lends itself to a little friendly competition but tends to be fun for everyone.
5. Play Miniature Golf
If you are into activities that are slower paced, miniature golfing is a great option.
6. Go Wine Tasting
Schedule a wine tasting tour at a vineyard or winery.
7. Plan A Weekend
Plan an overnight or weekend getaway at a cabin or hip hotel. Rent a van or SUV and travel to your destination together. Before you leave stop to pick up a few souvenirs for the kids.
8. Take A Class
Take a group cooking class and learn some new recipes or sign up for a dance class and learn some new moves. Many places offer special group rates.
9. Go Bowling
Bowling tends to be a popular choice for group outings. Even if you aren’t the greatest bowler doing it with a group of friends makes it more fun.
10. Visit An Amusement Park
Who says you can only go to the amusement park with the kids? One year a group of us went to Magic Mountain for a friend’s birthday. We spent the afternoon riding roller coasters and snacking on theme park food. We talked as we stood in lines, laughed at the photos taken of us on the rides and enjoyed being able to forgo the kiddie rides for one day.
11. Go To A Concert
If you and your friends love music get a group together and attend a live concert. Bonus points for carpooling and listening to the artist’s songs on the way there (you know, to help those who aren’t as familiar learn the words so they can sing along too.)
Head out to a bar or karaoke night and challenge each couple to a duet with their spouse.