12 Date Night Ideas (that MOSTLY don’t involve going out)

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Just because we’re in quarantine doesn’t mean we have to give up our date nights. Sure, dealing with homeschooling, working from home and all the added stress from COVID-19 is a lot but we gotta keep those fires burning, people! And this means ‘dates’ — anytime of day — are still a must!

Danica Sotto Pingris and Marc Pingris loving it up under the stars.

There’s no doubt about it, being in a relationship takes a lot of work. And when you add kids to the mix, we tend to spend all our energy on our wee ones, which is why it’s important to bring on the date nights. Instead of using the “but we’re under quarantine” excuse, we’ve come up with 12 fab date night ideas that you can (mostly) enjoy in the comfort of your own homes. Here we go!

12 Date night ideas to try out at home

Netflix and chill

A sleeping baby is the new happy hour for Kryz Uy and Slater Young!

If you need something to remind you of your pre-kid days, this date night idea is it. Pop on something nostalgic to remind you of the good ol’ days or a freaky horror flick that’ll give you more than a few excuses to snuggle. And if your partner is willing, why not throw in a romantic chick flick?

Whip up a storm in the kitchen

Flex your cooking skills and whip up a home cooked dinner for date night — maybe a mushroom burger and some chocolate chip cookies for dessert? After all, the easiest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, right?

Sunshine Cruz and Macky Mathay getting a snuggle in before dinner.

…or order out from your fave restaurant

Thanks to our friends from GrabFood and FoodPanda, ordering from our favorite restaurants for date night just got a lot easier. Make it special by lighting up some candles and opening a bottle of wine, maybe?

Paolo and Sam Valenciano in love lockdown.

Take a MasterClass together

You’ve probably seen these classes on your Facebook feed — ranging from Comedy by director Judd Apatow and actor Steve Martin, Singing by Christina Aguilera or Cooking by Gordon Ramsay, there’s lots to choose from! Our advice? Since these classes are a bit pricey, do your research before you decide on one for date night. Here are some helpful reviews.

Challenge each other to a board game

For competitive couples, board game night might be just the ticket to a perfect date night in. For a quick fix, we love Monopoly Deal (take ALL the money) or Saboteur Duel. Word game aficionados will probably want to play Scrabble while more physical couples will want a Twister challenge.

Build a fort together

If you aren’t too tired of cleaning up your kids’ forts, take fort building to the next level with your bedsheets, fairy lights and heaps of cushions. Since you’re the parents, you can call the shots on what’s allowed to be used. Let the creativity soar!

Go on a couple bike ride

We love that our cities are more bike-friendly, which means it’s time to take advantage of the semi-empty streets while we can. Fine, you’ll need to get out of the house for this one, but once you start pedalling, you’ll love that blast of fresh-ish air and dose of Vitamin D.

Get artistic

Frank and Nikki Garcia kicking it at home.

Unleash your inner Picasso or Van Gogh by getting creative with some paint. Head over to your fave online shopping site for some materials beforehand and let those colors fly during date night. Bonus: no need to clean up after the kids!

Go for a swim

Doug and Cheska Kramer get cozy by the pool.

Rekindle your romance with a moonlit dip in your pool (plus points if your condo’s pool has reopened). Plus, its a great alibi for all that online shopping you’ve been doing — you NEED a new suit, right?

Workout together

Rio and Nicole dela Cruz love working out together

If you’re in the mood for something calorie-burning (especially if you’re going to have a delish home cooked dinner later on), schlep on your activewear and get your HIIT on. There are lots of online workout classes to choose from, or, you could make your own program!

Give each other massages

Since we can’t get massages yet, we’re left with no choice but to give our SO’s (and pray we get one in return) a rub down. We recommend threatening your SO with extra housework just in case they back out of your massage deal. You’re welcome.

Go for a moonlit walk

Before the curfew kicks in, grab a pair of walking shoes, face mask and face shield and head outdoors for a calming walk with your partner for this date night idea. It’s a great way to reconnect without having screaming kids in the background. Our top tip? Turn your phones off for more intimacy. You’re welcome.

Learn a new language

Thanks to language learning apps like Duolingo or Hello Chinese, learning languages just got a whole lot easier. Whether you choose the super-useful Mandarin, sexy Spanish or tongue-twisting French, there’s no better way to learn a language than by practicing with your SO.

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