11 At-Home Valentine’s Day Ideas for a Pandemic Date Night
These at-home date night ideas will make it feel like you’re going out for some much-needed alone time without leaving home.
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Stream NYC Talent
If you and your spouse are Opera fans, you're in luck. Despite the cancelation of performances, The Met will be streaming free, on-demand performances available for 20 hours from 7:30pm until 3:30pm the following day.
Calling all musical lovers: BroadwayHD, the theater-streaming service, is offering a seven-day free trial for you to enjoy classics like The King and I, The Sound of Music, Cats, ballets, and more.
Work out together.
Whether your kid-free time is morning or night, there is an endless variety of exercise classes you can participate in from your laptop. Share a smoothie afterwards, or give a brief massage to those sore muscles. If your kids are old enough to hold down the fort for a bit, or you have a childcare option, head outdoors for a hike or bike ride. Sometimes the conversation flows more freely and easily once you get your bodies moving.
Stream Your Favorite Artist in "Concert"
You can stream full-length concerts on Youtube and streaming services:
- Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour
- Springsteen on Broadway
- Beyonce Homecoming
- Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids
- Richard Pryor Live in Concert
- Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé
Youtube is a great place to look for concert streams, in fact, Bruce Springsteen just shared Bruce Springsteen Live in Hyde Park, 2009 so his fans can enjoy the full length concert from home. NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series shares a new performance every few days, with performances across all genres like Jimmy Eat World, Megan Thee Stallion, Carly Rae Jepsen, Leslie Odom Jr., Jonas Brothers, Sheryl Crow, and so much more.
There are hundreds of concerts available to stream on Amazon Prime, some free some available to rent or buy. Simply search 'concert' on Amazon Prime video and pick your favorite classic, with everything from The Doors in 1968 and Queen in 1986 to the Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour.
Play games—even videogames!
Seriously. Whether the kids are at the playground with a neighbor or just in the other room, that game console is all yours. Miss playing a sport? Try it out as an e-sport. Of course, there are always traditional board games, like Scrabble and Scattergories, or conversation-provoking games like Cards Against Humanity. And nothing brings the same feeling of accomplishment as completing a 1,000 piece puzzle, together.
Watch a Comedy Special
Lucky for us, tons of comedians are releasing comedy specials on Netflix. No matter your style, you are sure to find a comedian that can lift your spirits during this time. Some comedians with Netflix specials include:
- John Mulaney
- Trevor Noah
- Dave Chappelle
- Tom Segura
- Joe Rogan
- Bill Burr
- Ronny Cheng
- Ricky Gervais
- Ken Jeong
- Ali Wong
- Chris Rock
- Pete Davidson
- Nikki Glaser
- Seth Meyers
Host a wine tasting.
Do you have unopened bottles of wine sitting around collecting dust since you stopped hosting dinners? Pop the corks off a few of them and set up your own wine tasting. Aerate the wine by swishing it in giant glasses. Make a game of guessing which bottle is oldest or most expensive. Set up a fancy snack tray or move on to a meal afterwards.
Hire Last-Minute Child Care
If you really want that special time just you two, consider hiring a babysitter or mother's helper to help with your child's bedtime routine while you get some much needed "us time." If your regular date-night sitter isn't available, Mommybites.com launched an emergency babysitter board to help families who need last-minute child care during the coronavirus outbreak.
Whatever you choose to do to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home, talk beforehand about parameters, like not answering your phones, to make sure you’re both on the same page. It’s your date, and your home, so you make the rules!