If you’re looking for family date night ideas, We’ve got you covered.
We understand the importance of spending quality time with family. Sharing unique experiences together will create memories that last a lifetime. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan a special family date night. If you’re spending the holiday of love with family this year, there are plenty of unique ways to make the most of the day. Grab your clan and get ready for a memorable experience with these family date night ideas!
1. Escape Room
Have you ever heard of an escape room? Escape rooms are games in which families come together to solve puzzles, discover clues, and complete tasks to accomplish a goal in a specific amount of time. In recent years, escape rooms have become extremely popular. They are buzzing for a reason! This unique and immersive experience is a family-friendly blast. If you’re looking for something different for your family to do on date night, then find an escape room near you.
Unable to find an escape room in your area? Do not fret! You can easily recreate the fun of an escape room in the comfort of your own home. An easy way to enjoy the mystery of an escape room at home is by purchasing Escape Room The Game: Family Edition. This fun board game includes 3 exciting time travel games the entire family can enjoy. If you’re feeling super creative, you can also create your own escape game to play with the family. Check out this article by Dad Suggests filled with escape rooms for the family at home.
2. Local Museum
Another great way to spend family date night is at a local museum. Do you have a Children’s museum in your area? If so, this is a great place to take the kids for a fun family date. This website can help you search for the nearest Children’s museum near you. The pandemic has caused some museums to close at this time. Because of this, many museums are offering virtual programming. So, you and the family could even do a museum date night from the comfort of your home!
3. Magic Show
Put on a magic show in the living room or see if a local magician performs in your area. Either way, a magic show is sure to make for an exciting family date night. If you’re putting on a magic show from home, grab a magic kit and impress the entire family with your newfound magic skills!
4. Kids in the Kitchen
Bring the kids into the kitchen for this delicious family date night idea! Find a recipe everyone loves and cook it together as a family. After, spend quality time together enjoying the meal you all worked together to make. To make it easy, place an order from Dream Dinners. Choose from a variety of delicious ready-to-cook meals that are so easy to cook the kids will have no problem lending a helping hand.
5. Trampoline Park
Is your family bursting with energy? Then head to the trampoline park and bounce off the walls (literally) for your family date night! Trampoline parks are big indoor arenas with trampolines, foam pits, jumping courts, and more. Going to a trampoline park is the perfect family date night idea for a high-energy family looking for some adventure.
6. Tea Party
Ditch the typical restaurant this Valentine’s Day and have yourself a tea party instead! When you think of a tea party, you may think of dressing up and playing imaginary tea with the kids. However, a tea party can be so much more! Order a fancy tea set for the adults and a children’s tea set for the kids to make it a fun tea party for everyone. Serve finger sandwiches, scones, soups, quiches, and other light savory snacks.
7. Cooking Class
If you’re looking for a family date night idea that teaches invaluable skills, then a family cooking class is for you. Break out the cooking tools, grab your ingredients, and bring your noggins’. A cooking class is a unique experience because you’re learning while having fun. You also get a massive reward at the end! That is… a delicious meal. If you’re interested in taking a virtual cooking class, be sure to check out our Cooking Classes with Chef Laura. You can follow along from a previous course, or you can watch live at the beginning of each month by following us on Facebook!
8. Dine-In Movie Theater
What’s even better than a cozy movie with the fam? A comfortable movie accompanied by a delicious family dinner! Ditch the go-to movie snacks like popcorn and chocolate. Instead, prepare a gourmet meal to enjoy by the big screen. This Shrimp and Chicken Carbonera would go great with your favorite family film. The best part? With Dream Dinners, you can whip up a gourmet meal without spending hours in the kitchen. If you don’t feel like cooking at all and would like to venture out for family date night, then head to a local dine-in theater for a fantastic experience!
9. Visit an Arcade
Get ready for some family-friendly competition! Going to an arcade is an excellent idea for families who love to get their game on. Between the pinball machines, Pac-man, and basketball hoops, your family date night is sure to be a score at the arcade. If you can’t find an arcade near you, then bring the arcade home!
10. Bring The Arcade Home
If you can’t venture out to a local arcade, then bring the arcade home to you. There are plenty of fun DIY arcade games you can play with the fam. For example, whack-a-groundhog, tilt-to-win, and marble maze can all be made with materials found around the house! If you’re really trying to get serious about your arcade nights, then you could purchase an arcade machine. Fire up the nostalgia and play over 12 classic games with the family. Family game night can be every night when you have an arcade machine!
11. Drive-in Theater
Drive-in movie theaters give us all the nostalgia! Let the family in on all the fun of the drive-in theater for your next family date night. Pack up the blankets and snacks in the car and get ready for a cozy, fun night with your family.
12. Indoor Pool Day
Who said pool days were strictly for summer? Indoor pools are a blast, and they are the perfect place for a family date night! Grab your goggles and diving sticks and make a splash with the fam. Play fun games like Marco Polo, Noodle Joust, Chicken Fights, and more. If you have an indoor waterpark in your area, take it to the next level and have an indoor waterpark day!
13. Ice Cream Crawl
Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Oh My! There are so many flavors of ice cream to try! That’s why going on an ice cream crawl is a beautiful family date night idea. Find local ice cream shops and make a plan to hit each one. At each shop, taste a new flavor of ice cream. Have everyone in the family rate the flavors. By the end of the ice cream crawl, you’ll all know each other’s favorites!
14. Adventure to the Aquarium
Take the family under the sea by heading to the Aquarium for your next family date! Spend time with your family while looking at all of the beautiful underwater creatures. If you don’t have an aquarium near you, that’s okay! Head to a local pet store and check out the Aquarium section. You might just leave with a new family member.
15. Bake Together
Baking delicious desserts can be just as fun as eating them! Try having a night of baking for your next family date night. Have everyone in the family choose a dessert recipe they love and cook them together.
16. Date-Night-In Kid’s Box
Another excellent family date night idea is to try a Kids Night in Box. This is an especially remarkable experience if you have younger kids at home. Choose from a variety of different experiences to play together with a purpose!
17. See a Play
If you’re looking for something more immersive than a movie, then grab the family and head to a play. See if your local theater has any shows coming up, and make a family night out of it! You can also check if any local schools are putting on a show. Either way, seeing a play is a fun and different way to enjoy a family date night.
18. Live Music Show
It’s time to jam with the fam! Get everybody together for a night of live music. Attending a concert together will make for a night you will never forget. Don’t forget your camera!
19. See a Local Sports Team Play
Another fun family date night idea is to attend a local sporting event! Whether you like football, baseball, basketball, or love it all, attending a local game of any kind will be a blast.
20. Ice Skating Rink
Tis’ the season for ice skating! Lace up your ice skates and head to the nearest rink. Ice skating is a great way to make the most of the chilly season while it’s still here. If you’re brand new to ice skating, expect some falls but remember to have fun with it! Be sure to choose the right skates (comfortable and ankle supported). Also, be sure to dress for comfort and safety!
21. Go Geocaching
If you and your family have been longing for adventure and love technology, Geocaching is for you. The best part about this adventure-packed game is the whole family will get quality time outdoors. You’ll also be getting exercise while you do it! Geocaching is a real-life, outdoor treasure hunting game that uses GPS-enabled devices and can be enjoyed by the entire family. Check out our blog to learn more about going Geocaching with your family.
22. Family Day Trip
Take a family day trip and create memories that will last a lifetime. Head to the beach, the mountains, or a couple towns over to go explore. Whatever you decide to do for your family day trip, we know it will be a blast. Hop in the car and go for a mini-trip for the day with the people you love most.
23. Decorate Cookies
When we think of decorating cookies, we often think of Christmas. However, cookie decorating can be fun on any day! Who doesn’t love edible arts & crafts? With Valentine’s Day coming up, now is the perfect time to have a cookie decorating date. Make heart-shaped cookies filled with all of the colors of love to share on this special day!
24. Donation Day
When you think of family date night ideas, donating clothes probably won’t come to mind. However, having a donation party is a beautiful way to spend quality time together as a family. Blast your favorite music and go through all of your clothes together. Create a donation bag and get rid of any clothes you don’t need anymore. Not only can this be a fun experience, but you will also be giving back to those in need. Getting together and donating is a great family date night idea with meaning.
25. Pottery Night
Head to a local pottery class, or bring the pottery class home to you for a fun family date night. If you’ve never done pottery before, don’t fret. There are a ton of easy pottery ideas for beginners. You can make flower vases, plates, and baskets as a beginner. The best part about this family date night idea? You will make items your family will cherish for a lifetime!
26. Dinner Around the World
We love all family date night ideas that involve food. However, dinner around the world has got to be one of our absolute favorites. Cook dishes from different countries so your family can travel with their tastebuds! Fly to Greece with these Greek Turkey Meatballs with Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce. Take your tastebuds to Shanghai with Shanghai Sweet and Sour Pork Tenderloin with Jasmine Rice. Visit Italy with this delicious and easy Shrimp and Chicken Carbonara. Dinner around the world is a blast for the entire family, and Dream Dinners makes it easy. Be sure to place an order so you can spend less time preparing your international cuisine and more time enjoying it.
27. Make a Family Blanket
A cozy family blanket is a keepsake your family will cherish forever. For your next family date night, gather around the living room to make one together. There are a lot of different ways to make a homemade family blanket. Be sure to craft one with a little bit of personality from everyone in the family.
28. Have a Scrap Book Night
Scrapbooking is a blast! It’s also a great way to document cherished family memories. Print photos from family vacations and gather small valued items. Head to your local craft store and stock up on scrapbooking supplies. Gather around the family table and get to crafting. You can make one large family scrapbook, or you can each create individual scrapbooks. The process will be a blast, and you will have a cherished book of family memories for years to come.
29. Family Painting
Do you have any artists in your family? If so, painting is one of our family date night ideas you have to try. Even if you don’t have any artists in your family, painting can still be a blast! Grab an easel and your favorite colors, and let Bob Ross turn you into an artist for the day. Have everyone draw the same picture. Though you will all be drawing the same picture, each painting will look slightly different. Be amazed at how each family member painted a bit of their personality into the follow-along painting. Your family will love this unique and relaxing experience.
30. Family Spa Day
Speaking of relaxation… there is nothing more relaxing than a day at the spa. Life can be hectic, and everyone could use a day to be pampered. Schedule some time at a local spa, or bring the spa home to you. You could also throw a DIY spa day with items from your pantry. Everyone in the family will appreciate the opportunity to rest and refresh.
31. Laser Tag
Looking for adventure? Break out the vests for a family laser tag night. Head to a local arcade for an immersive laser tag experience. If you don’t feel like heading out, create your own laser tag experience at home. This remarkable laser tag set from Amazon will have you feeling just like you’re at the arcade. Strap on your vest, grab a laser gun, check your ammo, and transform your backyard or basement into a battle zone for an ultra-hi-tech laser tag war. Run, hide, roll, take aim, and eliminate your enemies to win the game! Includes: 4 guns, 4 vests (front and back), and one charging station.
32. Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts can be fun for families of all ages. Try a fun nature scavenger hunt if you have younger kids in your family. For families with middle school-aged children, do a treasure scavenger hunt. Families with tweens and teens break out the cameras for a photo scavenger hunt. Check out our blog on Scavenger Hunts for Families of All Ages for instructions on doing each hunt.
33. Family Game Night
Put away the phones and go back in time with one of our more traditional family date night ideas. Ditch the electronics and have an old-school family game night. Play old-school board games and have a blast with your family. Grab a board game set and play as many as you can in one night! This set comes with 15 classic games. More specifically, it comes with games like Go Fish, Old Maid, Checkers, and more. Everyone will enjoy an electronic-free night playing simple and fun games as a family.
34. Arts and Crafts
There are endless ideas when it comes to doing arts & crafts. However, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it is the perfect time to make some Valentine’s Day Cards as a family. Get creative with your cards! Cut them into extraordinary shapes, add stickers, and write love notes to your friends and family! It will be a blast, and you will make your loved ones days when they receive their special Valentine’s Day Card.
35. Dance Party
Get ready for endless giggles when you have a dance party with your family! There are so many reasons that a dance party is one of our favorite family date night ideas. First, dancing is excellent for your health. Dancing improves mental functioning, heart and lung health, social skills, and self-esteem. It also positively impacts our physical health by increasing muscular strength, insurance, and motor fitness. Next, it improves our mental health. Dancing improves our mood, lowers stress, and reduces anxiety. Last but not least, dancing is FUN! You and your family will have a blast jamming out to your favorite tunes. If you happen to have the Nintendo Switch, Just Dance is the perfect game to assist your dance party. Learn some new moves and add some friendly competition to your jam session.
Family Date Night
Does your family have a date night tradition you didn’t see in this blog? Let us know in the comments; we’d love to share more family date night ideas! Share this article with friends and family to inspire them to have a fun family date night this Valentine’s Day. No matter what you decide to do for family date night, Dream Dinners is the perfect addition. Make sure to place a Dream Dinners order to level up any date with your family. Tag us in your date night pictures on Facebook and Instagram @dreamdinners. We can’t wait to see them.