Quick Date Ideas for Busy Parents

If you don't have Date Cate planning and sending you a complete date night in a box, coordinating child care, schedules and reservations can leave you drained before your date's even started. These low-key date night ideas are perfect for tired parents who need to reconnect.

At the end of a long week, lounging on the couch sounds a lot better than dinner and a movie. After coming up with date night ideas, making reservations, hiring a babysitter and getting yourself ready, you'd rather just hop into bed than head to the car. However, date nights and time spent together are instrumental for a healthy and happy marriage.

Here are eight fun date night ideas to help tired parents start reconnecting again:

1) Hit up the Local Coffee Shop

Need some help perking up? Start with coffee. Coffee shops offer a quiet place to focus on your significant other without being interrupted by waiters or rushed out when the check is delivered. Grab a cup of joe, snag a comfy chair and catch up with your spouse.

2) Get a Couples Massage

Dates nights don't always have to be about the conversation. Book an appointment for a candle-lit massage for two at a spa so you can both zone out for a bit -- you may even get in a quick nap. You'll leave the appointment relaxed and ready to be more patient for the rest of your week. Give yourself a few minutes at the end of your appointment so you can sit together in your calm state before going home for the night.

3) Go See a Movie

Is there a new movie coming out that you guys are dying to see? Post a date night job to find and lock down a great babysitter ahead of time so you can get out of the house for a few hours.

4) Have an At-Home Date

Take advantage of your little one's early bedtime and have a date at home. A Date Crate helps in this department or you could simply send yourselves to bed with dinner and a bottle of wine once or twice a week. Take time to prepare a nice meal together and set the scene by lighting candles or playing relaxing music. Doesn't have to be dinner.....could be just dessert *wink wink*

5) Go out for Breakfast

Who says your date has to be at night? Start your weekend with brunch while the kids are at a playdate. Planning morning outings is a good strategy if you find yourself wiped out by dinner -- you'll be well-rested since you just woke up and will still have time to tackle your to-do list later.

6) Recreate Your First Date

Rekindle those first-kiss butterflies and go back to where it all started. Even if you've moved far away from where you first dated, you can eat the same meal, watch the same movie or listen to the same song that brought you together at the start. It's fun to see what sticks out in each of your memories, so reminisce over your first impressions of each other as you look back over how far you've come as a couple.

7) Take a Stay-cation

You don't have to travel or plan ahead to take a vacation you don't even have to rent a hotel room. Pack a picnic basket and you can chose to set up in your lounge room or back yard, or pretend you're tourists in your city and find a new park or location you haven't been to before and set up your picnic there.

8) Grab Some Ice Cream

Meaningful dates don't have to be hours long or even planned in advance. Have someone watch the kids for an hour while you go grab some ice cream -- bring some home for your little ones and they may start looking forward to your dates as much as you do.

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