5 Fun Ways Parents Can Spend Quality Time Together When There's a Babysitter Available

As parents we put so much into raising our children, we tend to work endlessly from the minute we open our eyes in the morning to the minute we go to sleep at night, keeping them happy and healthy. It's the best job in the world, but also the toughest. And sometimes it's inevitable that we forget about ourselves and our partners. 

When you're a parent there isn't as much time for alone time with your partner as there once was. And so when those sometimes rare but golden opportunities arise when a family member of friend kindly offers to babysit your little one/s, it's always worth biting their hand off. After all, not only do you have a responsibility to keep your child happy, but you have a responsibility also to keep yourself and your partner happy too.  Being able to have time with your partner that is solely dedicated to each other, gives you both the chance to reconnect with one another and spend that all important quality time together. Today I thought I'd share with you a few different ideas that I've come up with of ways that us parents can spend quality time together when we find ourselves child-free..

1.  Attend a stand-up comedy show. Whenever I'm feeling a little tense, I love escaping to the cinema with Adam or sitting down in the evening to watch a funny film - something that makes us both laugh, something light hearted that takes our mind off of things and relieves any tenseness that we feel. Though we're yet to go and watch a live comedy show ourselves, it's something that's been on my list for fun date ideas for a while now. I think it'll be the perfect way to relax and unwind together. 

2. Go for a couples massage. Another brilliant way to relieve everyday strains and stresses is to go for a massage. Massages are a guaranteed way to make you feel relaxed and recharged and doing this as a couple allows you to both to relax at the same. Sometimes I find that Adam and I can be on different emotional levels, he could be stressed and I could be happy or vice versa. But I feel like after going for a couples massage we seem to find that we are both left feeling on the same level and therefore manage to connect a lot easier. You could even incorporate this in to a spa day away if you have a babysitter available for long enough. 

3.  Attend a special restaurant pop upIf you and your partner are looking for something a little more unique to do together, how about attending a pop up pay-by-poker restaurant? It is exactly as it sounds - you play poker to determine how much you pay for your meal! It seems to me that it's probably a really fun way to not only unwind, eat good food and spend quality time tougher but to have a lot of fun in the process too! 

4. Try a new fitness class or take up something like Yoga or Pilates together. Adam and I are really considering starting Pilates or yoga together, I've never tried either but both have been recommended to me on several occasions as something that is likely to help me manage my back pain. Adam tried yoga once at work during a team bonding day and says that he was really surprised by how relaxing he found it. I like the idea of doing something like this with him as we could certainly both do with increasing our fitness levels and learning to relax a little more!

5. For my final idea I thought I would go with the idea of learning a new skill from one another. There are so many things that Adam is great at that I am not so good at and vice versa, our difference in skills work really well for our relationship but I''ve always thought that it would be nice to learn more from each other rather than just allow each other to be responsible for the things that they are good at. For example, cooking - Adam's much better at cooking than I am, and so I tend to shy away from it. What I could do is put some time aside to learn from him rather than just continue being ignorant to it and never learning myself. I think that this would not only make me feel more confident in gaining a new skill but also allow me to spend quality time bonding, having fun and learning with Adam. 

What are some of your favourites things to do with your partner when it comes to spending quality time together?  (Keep it clean please!) haha ;) 



  1. Such great advice! Hubby and I are making much more of an effort to spend more time together this year as we didn't get much time the first few years after having the twins! We're planning a weekend away shortly! Thanks, Jess xx

  2. Such great ideas, it is always important to make time for 'you' as a couple. It can so easily be overlooked when children are in the picture. I love the idea about learning a new skill form one another. My hubby and I did this last year with our wedding anniversary and started badminton something either of us are that great at but just fun to do anyway. xx

  3. We don't get much time to spend together but even a simple meal out or cinema or movie at home is nice.

  4. You guys are such a lovely couple! Great to see you still get some time to yourselves!