I am particularly blessed (I think) in that my husband is usually up for doing ridiculous things. Sometimes I’m the one that’s not and he’ll go full steam ahead and publicly embarrass me. He delights in that.
I recently thought of a rather ridiculous family date night idea that I think will be quite fun, and that my husband will pull off impeccably. It would also be a fantastic date or group date night.
This evening involves taking “playing pretend” to a whole new level. First you’ll need to have everyone choose an alternate ego, and at the very least, a new name. My three-year-old daughter will undoubtedly choose to be a baby (because that’s what she wants to be when she grows up) with a ridiculous name like Mancoon Girl Poda or Bamsey.
If your alternate egos require a wardrobe change, you should accommodate for that as well. I should also mention that your family can also choose new roles. If you want to be cousins or friends, just go with it!
Once you’ve decided on your new identities, it’s time to hop in your vehicle and drive to somewhere that you don’t live. It doesn’t have to be far; you can choose a small community close to yours and find a little diner or restaurant.
Make the rule that you must stay in character for the entire duration of your meal out, and not tell anyone else what you are doing. Moms, you are not allowed to explain to the server why your kids cannot address each other without going into a giggle fit!
If you really want to up the ante, you can also undertake new accents! I am terrible at accents and I’d likely start with a British one only to trail off in a Jamaican accent. The husband, though, is stellar with accents and could easily pull one off for a night out.
If this doesn’t create a memory that will stick with your family I don’t know what will!