25 Fun and Frugal Date Night Ideas

🌺  Written by Brittany Ann

25 Fun and Frugal Date Night IdeasWhile having fun as a family is always (okay, usually!) a blast, spending one-on-one time with your spouse is absolutely essential to your health as a couple.

After all, you can’t go from spending every waking minute together when you are dating to barely spending any time together once you are married and expect to still keep your marriage exciting after all these years.

No matter how fun and wonderful your kids are, you still need some time to yourselves to connect.


If you aren’t having regular date nights with your spouse, what is stopping you?

Lack of time? I know it’s difficult to find time for romance when your children are little. Lack of funds? If it’s a lack of funds (Hey, kids are expensive-I get it!), why not try one of these 25 fun and frugal date night ideas?


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1. Go on a Picnic

Enjoy a peaceful meal without the “eat your food,” “noodles don’t go in ears” and “just three more bites.” Talk or enjoy the silence–it’s up to you!


2. Go Bowling

Show off your skills or hold contests to see who can do the silliest moves and still score the points.


3. Go Out for Ice Cream

Dairy Queen sends out monthly buy one get one coupons when you sign up for their mailing list.


4. Play Tennis

If you have your own rackets, tennis is free and fun. If not, you can find them on Craigslist for cheap.


5. Go to a Dollar Movie

If you have a dollar movie theater in your area, grab a flick and snacks for two for less five bucks.


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6. Go on a Bike Ride

Explore the trails around your city, get some exercise and reconnect as a couple all at the same time!


7. Attend a Community Concert

Many cities have free summer concerts in the park. These laid-back events are the perfect place to snuggle on a blanket and listen to some great music.


8. Go Ice Skating

If you don’t mind the cold, the ice rink is the perfect place to hold hands and quietly glide in circles.


9. Visit a Museum

Call your local museum and ask if they have any discount days. Then, spend an afternoon holding hands and walking through the museum, exploring.


10. Have a Water Gun Fight

Unleash your inner child with a classic water gun fight. All of the laughing and playing will bring you closer together.


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11. Attend a Church Event

Whether you attend a night that is specifically for couples or another event, church events are generally reasonably priced and a whole lot of fun.


12. Play Pool

Pool may not seem very romantic, but it’s pretty relaxing and a lot of fun.


13. Go Fishing

Speaking of relaxing–what’s more relaxing than spending an afternoon out on a boat? He can touch the worms, you can get a sun tan–it’s a win-win!


14. Stargaze

There is just something so romantic about looking up at the stars. Snuggle up under a blanket, pick out any constellations you can find, and have deep conversations about everything and nothing.


15. Visit the Animal Shelter

Playing with kitties and puppies will bring the warm fuzzies out in anyone.


16. Watch an Elementary School Performance

If your kids are in school, go see their shows. Otherwise, schools usually advertise their shows on their signs or online. They are usually free, and the kids are seriously cute.


17. Sing Karaoke

Nothing will bring you closer together than singing a goofy duet together on stage.


18. Go Sledding

Race down the hills, or share a sled and ride together!


19. Walmart $5 Challenge

Ready to put your creativity to the test? Each of you take $5 to Walmart and buy each other the best gift you can. You’ll have a blast seeing what the other comes up with and why.


20. Go to the Playground

Who says playgrounds are just for kids? Unleash your inner child and have a ball on the slides and swings.


21. Go Geocaching

Geocaching is like a grown-up scavenger hunt that uses GPS. Find all the details at Geocaching.com.


22. Visit the Fair

From the Ferris wheel to the fair foods to the petting farm, you are sure to have a great time.


23. Host a Game Night

Make it a couples’ night by inviting your other married friends over for a game night after the kidlets have gone to bed.


24. Arrange a Scavenger Hunt

This idea takes some time, but the results are worth it. Make it as complicated or as simple as you’d like.


25. Volunteer in Your Community

Why not have fun and give back to your community at the same time? Volunteering will draw you together in ways you don’t even know.



Date nights don’t have to be expensive to be fun. What frugal date night ideas do you love?


Brittany Ann Equipping Godly Women

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Brittany Ann is an ECPA bestselling author of “Fall in Love with God’s Word” and “Follow God’s Will” and the founder of EquippingGodlyWomen.com, a popular Christian-living website dedicated to helping busy Christian moms find practical ways to go "all in" in faith and family. Her work has been featured on CBN, The Christian Post, Crosswalk, and more.

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  1. These are great ideas!

    My favorites that I haven’t tried are:
    Doing crazy bowling moves to still score points
    The $5 Walmart challenge
    Creating a scavenger hunt (this one takes prior planning but would be a fun way to surprise my hubby)

  2. My husband and I love going to a book store and perusing the Humor section. We laugh our heads off for 30 minutes and definitely get closer!

  3. Your ice-cream date suggestion reminded me of a sweet memory.
    A few years back, when we were first letting our kids stay home alone, we would tell them we were going to the store. Then we would drive about half a mile to the gas station at the end of the road, buy ice cream drumsticks, and sit in the car and talk for about 20 minutes. Then we would toss the evidence and go home. They thought they were ‘big’ because we left them home, we let them test their responsibility safely, and we had ice-cream and a mini-date to boot.
    Thanks. And now we need to do ice cream dates just because we want to. 🙂

    1. I think that sounds like lots of fun! I don’t know how to ice skate either, my husband does, and we still had a lot of fun when we went! Just go slow and hold hands 🙂

  4. When our children were in there teens we would drop them off at their youth group meetings and take advantage of the time to spend it alone with each other. The place/ activity would vary, a park, a walk, getting coffee, ice cream, anything anywhere together. (No answering cell phones etc allowed). It was only an hour or so each week, but was much needed and priceless time together.
    Another fun and fairly inexpensive activity is river tubing. Depending on the river this can be a very relaxing time together. You can strap your tubes together so you don’t get separated.

  5. Though I am not married but my boyfriend and I are on strict budgets. So we come up with sketching each other, making a bucket list for us to do as a couple, midnight picnics under the stars ( lots of mozzie repellent needed).

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