Top ideas for a night of romance with a difference: time to get date-y, parents!

Parents, we can all agree that a regular date night is essential – not just for staying sane, but for staying connected as the people you were before kids. Need to shake things up a little? Here are some ideas for a night out in Singapore a little different to your usual dinner out...

Rewarding as it is, parenting can be relentless, so we think that we all deserve some time off from serving time outs in order to remember why we fell in love with partners in the first place – before we were just mum and dad! Trying to come up with ideas on how to spend quality time with someone you’ve been with for enough years to pop out several kids with, however, can be a bit of a challenge. We long ago aced the kiddos’ playdates, but we think we might need a bit of a nudge when it comes to organising a hot date with our hot other halves. (Yes we’re still hot – say it with us!). So in honour of Valentine’s Day, we’ve come up with fab ideas for your next round of date nights in Singapore…

See a movie: al fresco or from your car!

An al fresco movie makes a nice change from cartoons with the kids! Photography: Movie Mob

Put a twist on the traditional by opting for an outdoor movie night or drive-in flick instead of a conventional cinema. Grab a picnic blanket or empty the car from all the kids’ toys, discarded wrappers and snotty tissues, and check out Singapore’s moveable movie organiser, Movie Mob by Ape for deets of its special outdoor screenings and drive-in screenings. All you need to do is find a parking spot with a good view, tune into the FM radio station and snuggle up for a movie date with a difference.

The annual Peroni Sunset Cinema is also heading back to Tanjong Beach during May. Beer, romance, beach and a great movie all rolled into one? Sign us up! Tix sell quick for this popular event, so book early!

Treat yourself to a private chef

In the land of fantastic domestic help this might seem like a misnomer, but we think that booking a private chef and some wait staff to arrange an intimate feast ramps up the romance factor and seals the deal on a special night. Our hipster mates over at Honeycombers know where all the best private chefs can be booked for a food, wine and candlelight kind of evening

Learn the language of love

Take French lessons together at Alliance Française or French Toast and then promise one another to go on a kid-free holiday to Paris after you’ve picked up some new skills. Ooh la la!

Go for a scenic glass of something cold

Gaze into one another’s eyes – and at an amazing view – with a rooftop dinner and drinks

You’d be hard pushed to find a prettier evening skyline than Singapore’s, so head to one of the many rooftop bars for an evening of scenery, conversation (remember that?) and a cocktail or two. We especially love the MBS views from Smoke and Mirrors, the sunsets from The Lantern Bar and the 360 degrees sky scraping wow factor at 1-Altitude. Add dinner to the date to prolong the opportunity for gazing into one another’s eyes.

Dine in the dark

Forget kid-friendly dining and heighten your senses during a unique dinner in the dark at Nox Dine in The Dark. As well as top-notch food and a great date night setting, it also wins points for being the perfect pick if you have been run ragged by the kids and not had time to do your make up: no one will see anyway.

Get quizzical

Quiz nights might not appear romantic on the surface, but it definitely factors high when it comes to fun. And having fun together IS romantic. Test your wits (and hopefully not your relationship) at one of the many trivia nights that happen all over Singapore. We love the regular quizzes over at The Red Lion on the first and third Tuesday of every month, and the regular ones happening at Picotin Joo Chiat which promises awesome prizes. It’s the perfectly opportunity to hang out with friends, meet new people and bond with your partner.

Hop aboard a private dinner cruise

Floating Donut Company Honeykids Asia Singapore

Just check out that view! Each donut can hold up to eight people so you can totally take the fam – or not. Photography: Floating Donut Company

If you’re not prone to seasickness, this romantic mini-adventure is hugely fun. Skip the crowds and hop aboard a private cruise by The Floating Donut Company for a meal with your partner while admiring a totally unique view of the Singapore skyline. Tuck into a fresh seafood or cold cuts platter courtesy of Monti and enjoy a cool 90 minute experience floating around Marina Bay. And with no kids in tow it will be smooth sailing all the way.

Toe tap and feel good at a live music gig

Gigs are good. It may seem like an effort to get out of the house at night when all you want to do is flop on the sofa after a prolonged bedtime routine, but seeing some live music with your partner is definitely a better way to unwind than watching TV at home. So next time you want to retreat with your iPad and binge watch Netflix, find a gig instead. Honeycombers ALWAYS know where the next awesome music event is happening, but places like Timbre and Cool Cats are a good bet for live music to tune into.

Laugh – a lot

The stress of keeping a family functioning can sometimes turn domestic bliss into a war zone, and laughter absolutely holds the power to turn a bad day into a great one in the blink of a good joke. Check out great local and international stand-up comedy acts at the open-mic night at Comedy Masala every Tuesday night, 8pm at Hero’s on Circular Road.

Try a workshop for grown-ups

Create a Peranakan print together at an adult-only workshop. Photography: Jennifer Lim Art

We all get a little run ragged ferrying the kids from art classes to dance lessons, so we think it’s about time we took some time out from worrying about their enrichment, and concentrate on our own! With tons of awesome adult workshops happening all over Singapore, we think taking up a new hobby with your partner is not just romantic, but fun too.

Take up a sport together

Pursuits that involve two people working together, such as kayaking, sailing, or rock climbing can bring out the best in both of you (or the worst if either of you are too competitive!). There’s plenty of team sports for adults in Singapore, so find one that floats your collective boat but doesn’t sink it with too much rivalry!

Sail off into the sunset

It’s a romantic cliche, but come on, have you cruised around our spectacular city before? Splash out and charter a yacht from Blue Star Yachting for an evening, a weekend or even a week (draft in the grandparents, we say). Club together with some other like-minded couples if the price tag makes you want to jump overboard before you set sail.

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