Whether you’re married with kids or single with kids and dating (like me), time with your partner comes at a premium. The everyday tasks of keeping a home, a job, and quality time with your kids are top priority. But finding time to have fun and enjoy connecting with the one you love is often the glue that keeps you sane in managing all the responsibilities of life.
Finding time to go on a date with your partner is one thing; scheduling a babysitter can be a herculean feat in itself. But figuring out what to do once you have the time? That can stump any exhausted parent. Here are 10 date night (and day) ideas to keep in your back pocket for the next time the planets align and you have time to enjoy some one-on-one with your partner.
1. Take a free dance lesson at The Lonesome Rose.
There’s nothing more fun than dancing with a date (in my opinion). But if you or your partner has two left feet, make a date for Thursday nights at The Lonesome Rose, where they’re hosting free country dance lessons every week at 7:00 P.M. And be sure to go back and practice your new dancing skills during a live show.
2. Enjoy a cocktail (or two) at Pastiche.
A new European-esque cocktail bar located in a cozy cottage on the Eastside, Pastiche is a perfect excuse to get fancied up and enjoy an elegant yet understated evening.
3. Make dinner reservations at Maverick.
Located in Southtown, Maverick Texas Brasserie boasts both style and substance. Make the most of your night out, and enjoy their French-inspired faire.
4. Take in the music at Jazz, TX.
Enjoy dinner, cocktails, and a show at the underground music bar, Jazz, TX. Make reservations for their New Orleans night or enjoy a show with the legendary Doc Watkins himself.
5. Explore the grounds at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.
Chances are you’ve been here with your kiddos, but the San Antonio Botanical Garden is equally enjoyable for a daytime date. Meander at your own pace and breathe in the flowers without the hurried pace of chasing after toddlers. You can even stop for lunch or coffee at Rosella at the Garden.
6. Check out the grounds and galleries at The McNay Art Museum.
Another favorite for families, The McNay is a perfect spot for a daytime date. They have new special exhibits throughout the year and host a free second Thursday night with food trucks, outdoor music, and free museum admission every month.
7. Grab a coffee and walk along the River.
If you have only a limited time for a daytime date, then my favorite is grabbing a coffee at Larder at the Pearl and walking along the River Walk from there. The scenery is lovely and serene, and it’s especially lovely at sunset.
8. Experience ultimate relaxation with a date night float.
If you’re both in need of some relaxation, then share the experience of floatation therapy at Float SA. I’ve done a number of float sessions and always love the deep relaxation they bring. Tanks are for one person only, so be sure to schedule both sessions to enjoy the experience together.
9. Bike along the Mission Reach.
Bring your bike or rent one and enjoy a day exploring the Mission Reach of the River Walk. Along with connecting four of the city’s missions, there are a number of public parks and art installations to enjoy along the Mission Reach. Pack a picnic, grab your water bottle, and make it a day!
10. Enjoy partner yoga and pints with Mobile Om.
Get out of your comfort zone and enjoy partner yoga with Mobile Om at their new Partner Yoga and Pints class on Thursday nights at Freetail Brewery in Southtown. A drop-in class for two is just $35 and includes a pint of beer for each of you after class!