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How often do you go out with your significant other? I wish I could say weekly, or even monthly, but that doesn’t usually happen. Not only can paying a babysitter get costly, but leaving kids at home with a sitter all the time can be stressful and leave you feeling guilty. What if I told you that you could have a date night 2-3 times a month guilt free and not spend any money on babysitting? Stay Fit Mom wants to introduce you to Date Night Co-op!
What is a Date Night Co-op?
Date Night Co-op is when 2-3 couples with children take turns watching each others kids and going on dates. If you were in a co-op with 3 families, you would babysit all the kids 1 night while the other 2 couples go out, and then enjoy 2 date nights when the other couples are taking their turns babysitting. Genius right!?
How to set up a Date Night Co-op
Invite 2-3 couples who have kids that will most likely get along and enjoy each others company. You could do more than 3 couples, but remember you will host all the kids together and you don’t want things getting too crazy.
Set-up a rotation schedule and determine which nights will be co-op nights and whom will be babysitting.
Determine how often you will do the co-op and how long couples have to go one their dates. For example: your co-op night could be every other Friday from 5:30pm- 10:00pm.
Make sure to plan your dates ahead of time so you don’t waste any time once you drop your kids off. If you need some ideas for dates or what to do with all the kids take a look below!
Ideas for the kids
- Game Night
- Craft Night
- Lego Night
- Make Your Own Dinner
- Fort Night
- Movie Night
We recently hosted a very successful movie night with our kids. We had the kids come in their PJ’s ready to watch Disney’s new movie, Descendants, which just released on Disney Channel and DVD July 31st. The kids were ecstatic to say the least.
I spotted this movie recently on an end cap at Walmart and discovered that it was a new release. I knew it would be perfect for our movie night, so I bought it!
For our first co-op night I wanted the kids to feel like they were getting a special night too, and not just the parents. I filled a basket with with some movie treats, popcorn, drinks, some pretend tickets, and the movie. As soon as they saw it they were pumped! It’s all about presentation right?
We all loved the movie! As soon as the Descendants started singing and dancing we were all hooked. The Descendants all have different, fun personalities and the kids all immediately had to pick a favorite. Allie’s favorite character was Mal, daughter of Maleficent, and the main character in the movie. She has a spunky attitude, cool hair, and the best costumes for sure. I personally loved Prince Ben, Mal’s love interest in the movie, he was a cutie! I’m pretty sure we have watched it at least 15 times since movie night. Admittedly I find myself singing R-I-D-I-C-U-O-L-U-S all the time. It’s ridiculous, just ridiculous! If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I mean! There are lots of catchy tunes in this one.
Have you and your kids seen Descendants yet? Who is their favorite villain or Descendant? Share with us below in the comments!
Ideas for Date Night
- Dinner & a movie
- Couples Massage
- Golfing Range
- Drive In Movie
- Dinner at Home (alone!)
- Theme Park
- Spa Night
Do you already do something similar to the Date Night Co-op? If so, how do you like it? Share some ideas with us below! We would also love more date night ideas for couples and kids!
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