Bringing Back Date Night

As parents we often find ourselves over-worked, over-booked, over-tired, and over-scheduled. The last thing we need is to add yet another thing to our calendar, right? Wrong! I am here to tell you that it is time to plan a date night.

I recently wrote about why we should date our children but I think it’s high time we start dating our spouses too! If you, like us, have gotten lost in the chaos of parenting young children, it is time to get back to where you once were. Time to focus on your marriage, to focus on your “us.”  Taking time out for the two of you will help you rejuvenate, relax, and reconnect. You will strengthen your relationship and bolster the core upon which your family depends.

If the thought of planning or scheduling yet another moment on your calendar has you reeling and running for the comfort of your flannel pajamas, don’t fret. Knoxville abounds with awesome date opportunities to suit whatever your interest and budget.

(If you don’t live in K-Town, don’t worry! I’m sure your city has many similar opportunities. Just use these ideas as a launching pad for your epic date night!)

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For the Adventurous:

My husband and I personally like to channel our inner youth and do things we can’t easily do with our young children in tow. If you are up for a more playful date, consider these options:

  • White Water Rafting – There are myriad options and you can often find great deals on Groupon. Choose between the Ocoee River or the Big Pigeon River.
  • Rock Climbing – Choose between indoor our outdoor adventures.
  • Tubing – take a relaxing float down the river together in an inner tube.
  • Navitat – Ziplining and outdoor ropes course. Scheduled to re-open soon.
  • Hiking – Try some of the more difficult trails that you wouldn’t want to do with kids on your back.
  • Biking – While you can easily bike with kids, it is often more enjoyable without them. Or try some of the mountain biking trails in the area.
  • Swimming – Go explore one of the amazing swimming holes!
  • Golf – Play the back 9 together at any number of local courses, or challenge one another to an intense round of Putt Putt. (Of course if you head into Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg you will have your pick!)
  • Go-carts – In Pigeon Forge, you will find a million different options. You can also hit the speedway more locally.
  • Bowling – See who the true King Pin is at the local bowling alley. They often have specials including $1 lanes on Sunday nights!
  • Jump Jam – Who says this is just for kids? Get out there and jump around! Go crazy and go on dodgeball night!
  • Join an Adult Sports League – Everplay Knoxville has softball, kickball, volleyball, bowling, and flag football leagues. You can also join a soccer league or try out bubble soccer!

 For the Culture Seekers:

For the Hopeless Romantics:

 For the Creative Cats:

For The Foodies:

Knoxville abounds with awesome restaurants. Romantic, rustic, fancy, or farm fresh, check out some of these KMB contributor favorites!

Also, an awesome tip from contributor Lisa: Knox Public House shares pop up restaurants via their FB page!

So, what’s on the agenda for your next date night? Please share any other favorites that we should add to the list!

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5 Responses to Bringing Back Date Night

  1. Natalie
    Natalie August 20, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    This is such a fantastic list Andrea! Thanks for putting it together!

    • Andrea August 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

      Thanks!

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