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2021 Valentine’s Date Night Challenge

by | Jan 26, 2021 | Communication, Marriage

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, and like many things recently, it’s probably going to look a little different this year… but that could actually be a good thing. With a little planning and creativity, this could be your best Valentine’s Day ever!

We’ve been brainstorming ideas to help make that happen!

Here’s what we’ve come up with…

First, take a quick look at the list of possible date activities below and pick at least one that you and your spouse can enjoy during the Valentine’s weekend (February 12-14).

Next, take a picture of the two of you on your date(s). Not only will this give you a great way to remember the fun you’ve just had together, but you will also be entered to win a PRIZE if you post your pictures on Instagram or Facebook and tag us @FamilyLife Canada.

Who doesn’t like free stuff! Right?

You can have one entry per activity, but there’s no limit on the number of date activities you can post about. Pick one or two, or go wild and do them all! Three winners will receive their choice of one of the top three best selling books from our Weekend Getaway Conferences and a permanent download of our Together for Good video-on-demand series.

Please remember to follow your provincial health regulations, but have fun with each other and don’t forget to share your photos on social media, tagging @FamilyLife Canada.

We hope and pray that this will give you a great opportunity to have some fun together as a couple and to enjoy some meaningful conversations. We look forward to seeing your pictures!

In Your Home

1) It’s Getting Hot & Messy in Here (Estimated Time: 60 minutes)

Bake something together, using ingredients already in your home, or try baking without a recipe.

Discuss:

  • Is it easy for us to make simple decisions together, like whether or not to use a recipe and which ingredients to include? Why or why not?
  • What are some ingredients for a healthy marriage?

2) Google It (Estimated Time: 20 minutes)

Look up the meaning of your first and middle names.

Discuss:

  • What are the meanings of our names? 
  • How do the meanings fit or not fit who we’ve become as individuals?

3) Fondue (Estimated Time: 1.5 hours)

Have a fondue supper or dessert together.

Discuss:

  • Ask each other, “What are your fondest memories of our relationship?”

4) Steamy Mug (Estimated Time: 20-45 minutes)

Make a cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate, play some music, and find a quiet comfy place in your home to sit down. Take turns asking each other fun “Would you rather?” questions. For example, would you rather lose your sense of smell or your sense of touch? For ideas, just google “Would you rather questions for couples.”

Discuss:

As you go, tell your spouse which of their answers surprised you the most and why.

5) Camp-IN (Estimated Time: All Night)

Pull out the sleeping bags and camp out in the living room. Go crazy and set up a tent inside. Or go really crazy and have a no-power night (it’s ok to leave the heater on).

Discuss:

  • What would be the hardest electronic device to go without?
  • What would be the easiest electronic device to get rid of?

6) Tropical Staycation (Estimated Time: 30 minutes)

Break out the blender and your favourite beach snacks and have a beach party in the house. Maybe even inflate your beachball, taking turns blowing so no one faints.

Discuss:

  • If there were no limitations, where would we most enjoy going on a vacation? 

7) Now That’s Relaxing (Estimated Time: 40 to 60 minutes)

Make a spa in your home. Light candles, run a warm bath, drink tea…. This one’s all about relaxing.

Discuss:

  • What would be our ideal relaxing day?

8) I’ll Call (Estimated Time: 60 minutes)

Get dressed up, light some candles, and enjoy a take-out meal from your favourite restaurant. 

Discuss:

  • What is the best thing you have ever eaten?
  • What foods bring you back to your childhood?

Out of Your Home

1) Shop With A Purpose (Estimated Time: 20 to 45 minutes)

Head to a discount store or shop online. Buy a gift for your spouse that costs $5 or under.

Discuss:

When you give your spouse the gift, complete this sentence: I bought you this because…

2) Out-of-the-Norm (Estimated Time: 20 to 90 minutes)

Do something that you would not normally do (for example, tobogganing, skating, cross-country/downhill skiing, snowshoeing, walking).

Discuss:

What are our best memories of an outdoor date we have had together?

3) Steamy Mug (Estimated Time: 60 minutes)

Go to a local coffee shop and order something to drink. Take turns asking each other fun “Would you rather?” questions. For example, would you rather lose your sense of smell or your sense of touch? For ideas, just google “Would you rather questions for couples.”

Discuss:

As you go, tell your spouse which of their answers surprised you the most and why.

4) Light It Up (Estimated Time: 60 minutes)

Have a campfire in the backyard or at a local park that has pits.

Discuss:

What keeps the spark alive in our marriage?

5) Heading Out (Estimated Time: 60 to 90 minutes)

Get dressed up and go to your favourite restaurant for a meal.

Discuss:

  • What is the best thing you have ever eaten?
  • What foods bring you back to your childhood?

With a Group or Church

1) Zooming

Invite couples to a Zoom call where everyone will have a chance to share their date night experiences. 

2) I Would Like S’more of That

Invite couples to a bonfire where everyone will have a chance to share their date night experiences. Make it into a “Make Your Own S’more” party, and ask everyone to bring their own s’more supplies, roasting sticks, and chairs.

3) Traveling Around

Have several outdoor stations, each with a different activity for couples to complete. This could look like a scaled back version of Amazing Race, with some minute-to-win-it challenges… or really any fun activity you can think up. Include questions for couples to ask each other as they move from station to station.