10 Free Date Night Ideas That Are Totally Fun

February 21, 2019 Relationships
couple on date night

When was the last time you spent some alone time with your spouse? Between work, raising kids, and keeping the house clean, it can be hard just to get a night alone.

And most dates don’t come cheap. If you don’t have a lot of extra money to spend, planning a date night may not be high on your priority list.

However, there is good news! There are tons of free date night ideas that will give you and your partner a chance to feel closer to one another and rekindle your passion.

Do you want to know more? Keep reading to discover our top 10 date ideas that are both free and fun.

1. Play Truth or Dare

That’s right–truth or dare isn’t just for pre-teens anymore. You can have an amazing date night with your partner by playing this game.

If you want to keep things fun and lighthearted, think of silly dares that will get you out of the house.

But if you want to spice things up, play sexy truth or dare. Truths can be about past partners (as long as you’re both open to it) and sexual fantasies while dares can involve licking whipped cream of body parts or trying fun new positions.

2. Host a Game Night

Who says date night has to be spent alone? If you have a few friends that you haven’t seen in a while, invite them over for a couple’s game night.

There are plenty of games that involve teams, so you can split up by partner. Consider starting the night off with a game of The Newlywed Game, and whichever couple gets the most points gets to pick the game.

3. Have a Picnic

Is there a park or open field near your house? That’s the perfect location for a picnic!

You can either pack something simple, like a bottle of wine and cheese platter or make it a bit more fun by packing your partner’s lunch and making it a surprise. Then, enjoy your picnic while you people watch at the park or stargaze in a grassy field.

4. Go on a Hike

Chances are, there’s a hiking trail near your house. Even if you aren’t a huge hiker, it’s always fun to try something new with your spouse. Plus, nature gives you the most romantic views once you reach your destination.

5. Have a Movie Night

Movies are a quintessential part of any date night. But you don’t have to drop $40 for a movie and popcorn.

Instead, find a movie on Netflix that you’ve been wanting to see for a while. Drag your mattress into the living room or lay a bunch of blankets and pillows down on the floor and have a movie night without spending a dime.

Of course, what’s a movie night without popcorn? You can each make one fun popcorn recipe and see whose is better.

6. Enjoy a Video Game Throwback

Do you still have a video game console from when you were a kid? Blow the dust out of your favorite game cartridge (or dust off the disk) and power it up! You and your spouse can have a blast reliving your childhood.

7. Make a Time Capsule

It’s no secret that relationships grow and change over time. Take this date night as an opportunity to preserve what your relationship is like right now.

Write letters to each other, find your favorite pictures from the past year, and gather any recent momentums. Then put it all inside a time capsule. In 5 years, you can open it, read the letters from each other and reminisce together.

8. Visit a Museum

Is there a local museum that you and your spouse have always talked about visiting? Now is your chance to do just that. Many museums have free days, so plan your date night wisely to get free admission.

9. Volunteer Together

If you like to help others, volunteering can make a great date idea. Do a little research to see what options are available in your city. Then, choose one that you both find fun, whether it’s planting trees in the local park or bathing dogs at the animal shelter.

If you can’t find any volunteering opportunities that interest you, consider doing one at home. You can empty your pantry of all the non-perishable foods that you’ll never use (but aren’t expired) and drop them off at the local food pantry. If you have some yarn collecting dust in your craft room, learn how to knit hats, gloves, or blankets to donate to the homeless shelter.

Not only will you enjoy the extra time spent with your spouse, but giving back will make you feel amazing.

10. Do Dinner and Massages

Do you wish you could spoil your spouse with fancy dinners and romantic massages? What if we told you that you can do all that for free?

Look online for a fancy recipe, and keep in mind that fancy doesn’t have to mean pricey. You can make an amazing dinner with the food you already have at home.

You can either cook with your partner or surprise them with a nice candlelit dinner. When you’re done eating head into the bedroom where you can exchange massages.

If you already have some essential oils at home, you can even make DIY massage oil to complete the experience. If not, grab your favorite scented lotion.

The Best Free Date Night Ideas

You don’t have to spend a ton to enjoy a nice date night with your spouse. There are tons of free date night ideas, from having a picnic under the stars to volunteering together, that will make you two closer than ever.

Have you been feeling distant from your partner lately? Then check out these tips to make time for your marriage even if you have a hectic schedule.