Kid “Date Night”

If your house is anything like my house, “We’re going on a date” is instantly followed by many, “WHYYYY???”‘s and “Can we come?”‘s and “I don’t want you to LEEEEAVE!!!”‘s. To help, we’ve put together a little somethin’-somethin’ for your kids while you and the hubs get that much needed togetherness time!  I present to you, the “Kid Date Night” envelope!

Now, this will ONLY work if you DO NOT let them EVER play with the contents of this envelope unless you are on a date! There are 2 games here that are tried and true, kid tested and approved, that are sure to be a HUGE hit with your kids! Kids LOVE to play these two games. They love them so much in fact that they will be BEGGING you to go on your next date! Again, this only works if you save these games for DATE NIGHT ONLY. :-)

First, you need this: Envelope Printable

Attach it to a manilla envelope. Make sure this envelope appears somewhere in your children’s view on “date night” day so that they can look forward to it! I like to set mine out on the counter right at breakfast time so that they are excited all that day.

Now, what are the goods inside this wonderful envelope you ask?? Well, I have two, FREE activities for you. Just do either one or the other, and save the next one for the next date night!

{I like to put ALL of the needed supplies for whichever game I choose inside the envelope so it is all right there for the sitter when we leave.}

Game #1: Don’t Eat Pete!

Materials Needed:

*1 big bag of M&M’s

*Our game board

{Find that game board here: Don’t Eat Pete!}

*The rules are simple and they are printed right there on the game board. Bada-bing bada-boom baby!

Game #2: The Kit Kat Game

Materials Needed:

*1 king-size Kit Kat bar (unless they want to play more than once, and they WILL! Then get a couple..)

*1 die

*2 butter knives

*A glove or oven mitt for the babysitter

*And this printable: The Rules

Same thing, the rules are printed right there. They are explained simply so your babysitter will know just what to do.  :-)

And the last thing to do, but DEFINITELY not the least, HAVE FUN ON YOUR DATE!

About the Author: Robin

I am a fun-loving, busy mama of 3 little cutie-patooties. I met the man of my dreams when I was in 5th grade! Had a HUGE crush on him then and I still do! I've been married to him since 2004. I work part time as a Dental Hygienist and LOVE it (PS: please floss!)! I love getting messy with my kids, throwing parties, cooking, reading, and playing outside- hiking, camping, water skiing, etc... But most of all, I love to hang out with and date my sweet hubs! Keepin' those 5th grade sparks alive, WOOHOO!

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41 Responses to Kid “Date Night”

  1. Robin, What a FUN idea! I have some very fond memories playing the chocolate bar game when I was younger, and “Don’t Eat Pete” looks like a delicious game too!! These ideas will be a hit in many homes I am sure!

  2. Looks so fun Robin! My kids would be all over this, except usually they are asking me to leave so they can hang with gma and gpa! LOL Or they love their sitter too! I cant leave fast enough! Great ideas!

  3. These games are darling & you made SUCH cute printables!! Such a great idea to make “mom & dad” date night something the KIDS can look forward to! I love it!

  4. Love the envelope. My kids dont have many chances to say that since we dont get to go “out” very often. Our version is at home after the kids go to bed. I think this might be in need of a try!

  5. First off, I love these games. They are brilliant and perfect for little ones because they are simple and easy. You could also use any other small crackers or nuts, maybe an animal cracker named Pete?

    However, the grammer nazi in me is begging you to change ‘grop’ in the Pete printable to what I believe is supposed to be ‘group’. Please and thank you!

    Have fun kiddies!
    -JB

    1. What? You don’t want the ‘grop’ yelling ‘don’t eat pete!’ at you?? HAHA thanks for pointing that out, I call myself a grammar nazi too and can’t BELIEVE I missed that!! I’m out of town but will fix it the second I’m back on my home computer! Thanks :-)

  6. Hi I was trying to look at your kit Kathy game printable and the other one but when I do there is a black box that covers up about 3/4 of it. Is there another way I can access it? Thanks

  7. Great Idea! I’m a nanny now but when I used to babysit for families all over town I would do a similar thing. I would pack a backpack with crafts or a project and/or a movie to watch. I wouldn’t open the backpack til mom and dad left. So the kids would beg mom and dad to leave rather than cry and ask them to stay. Love that this is organized by the parent…much nicer for the sitter!

  8. Lovin this fabulous idea! In preps for a special date night tomorrow with my hubs, i wanted to print out the printables for this kit to leave for kids, but none of the links for the printables seem to be working. Can you help me? Thanks so much – again – love all the super cool ideas and resources ya’ll provide – keep up the good work!

    1. Hi Sally!

      Just double checked all links and they are opening just fine for me! I’m not sure what is happening there on your end, but here are the direct links to the printables.
      If you still can’t see them, email me at robin@thedatingdivas.com
      Hope it works for you this time!

      http://thedat8.datingdivas.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/Envelope-Printable.pdf

      http://thedat8.datingdivas.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/GAME-BOARD1.pdf

      http://thedat8.datingdivas.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/Rules.pdf

    1. Marcie,

      I PROMISE your 3 year old will LOVE ‘don’t eat pete!’ Your babysitter can play too and they can take turns cheering for each other and eating the M&M’s :-)
      Also, here is a link I LOVE for that age. Simple things are so fun for them…things like filling up the sink with water and pulling up a chair for your little one. Give him or her a washcloths and a couple plastic cups to ‘wash’ and they will be in heaven! Here’s a link with more ideas like that:
      http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2012/02/75-tv-free-activities-for-toddlers.html

      Enjoy!

  9. What a FABULOUS idea!! The pill box idea you linked up last week I posted on both our FB and Twitter pages and a ton of people commented about how much they loved the idea. Thanks for coming up with such great ideas!!

  10. I left “Don’t eat Pete!” for the kids to play last week and it worked a treat!

    I blogged about it here… stayathometerritory.blogspot.com and am recommending it to everyone I know!

    Thank you! Thank you!

    Sarah