When you’re a parent, it can be hard to find quality time to spend with your partner. When it comes to planning a special anniversary celebration, it can be even harder to plan out.
I’m a wife and mother of 3 kids. So, I understand how things can get crazy while planning your anniversary celebration. In previous years, I’ve had to be creative about how I could share my special day with my kids.
But, before we dive into anniversary ideas with kids, here are some helpful tips for planning your wedding anniversary.
Friday night drop-off programs
Friday night drop of programs is for parents who want to go out on a date night and need babysitting for the evening. Most programs run between the hours of 6 pm-9 pm.
According to Mommy Poppins.com, facilities like Skyzone and YMCA offer Friday night drop-off programs for kids. Since these programs are nationwide, it should be easy to book this service in your local area.
Consider taking a day off of work and drop your kids off at daycare as usual. That way you, and your partner can celebrate your anniversary during the week.
If you already pay for childcare, take advantage of that. Use one of your vacation days to celebrate your anniversary.
Regardless of where you decide to spend your anniversary, make sure the location is family-friendly.
Look for kid’s meals, kids packages, changing tables, places to park your stroller.
Some hotels and resorts offer kids clubs or kids camps during your stay.
Plan on spending your anniversary close to home? Check out the blog post on romantic staycation ideas.
Prefer to spend some alone time rather than bring the kids along? Then, plan an activity with the kids during the day first. Then, you and your partner can take an hour or 2 to do something special later that day.
If you and your partner want to do something special as a family to celebrate your anniversary day, check out these ideas below:
Anniversary ideas with kids
Late-night date night
Late-night date night is a good idea if you can’t find someone to watch your kids during the evening hours.
Put your kids to bed and see if you can get someone to watch them from 10 pm-12 pm. It will surprise you how many people in your close circle are eager to watch them for you.
While you two are out, your babysitter can watch a movie or read a book and check on the kids while they are resting.
Amusement parks and county fairs
If the kids are going to tag along on your anniversary, then go to an amusement park.
While your kids ride the craziest roller coasters, you and your partner can enjoy a ride on the Ferris wheel.
Going to an amusement park or county fair is a win-win situation for everyone.
Early morning date
Get someone to watch the kids anytime before 10 am. Go for a walk at a local park or eat a delicious early morning breakfast with all the fixings.
Watch the sunrise for a romantic morning start. Or enjoy an early morning workout with your partner before you head back home with the kids.
Day at the beach
Not only is going to the beach a romantic place to spend your anniversary, but it’s affordable too.
You and your partner can walk along the beach while still keep an eye on them.
Invite a family member to keep an eye on the kids for an hour
Instead of heading to your public pool, buy a day pass to use the pool at an upscale hotel or resort. Some hotels will let you rent out a cabana for the time you scheduled for that day.
If you plan on bringing your kids along, choose a hotel or resort that is kid-friendly. The kid-friendly amenities should keep them busy, While you two enjoy your anniversary.
Go, Strawberry Picking
Spend the day picking strawberries with your family at a local orchard.
Buy some chocolate bars so you can make homemade chocolate-covered strawberries.
Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of wine or champagne. After the kids are asleep, crack it open and enjoy the tasty pickings from your day trip.
Anniversary ideas at home
If you thought you had to spend lots of money and go out on the town to celebrate your anniversary, think again.
The truth is that there are so many things that you can do for your anniversary at home. Even with you have to celebrate your special day with your kids!
If you want to save money on your anniversary. Or if You and your partner don’t feel like going out with the kids for your anniversary. Then these anniversary ideas are perfect for you two!
After the little ones fall asleep, light some candles and bring out the massage oils. If you aren’t into making DIY bath salts and body scrubs, buy a massage kit for couples. There are plenty of websites you can get massage kits.
Make sure to create a playlist so you can listen to some relaxing music while you enjoy your massages.
Make and enjoy a Late-night snack
Do you enjoy cooking with your sweetie? If so, bake a special dessert for you and your partner to celebrate your anniversary.
Feel like you or your partner are not that savvy around the kitchen, find dessert recipes online.
Baking with your partner to celebrate your anniversary is a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Omit!
Couples trivia games
Get closer to your partner by playing a couples trivia game! Some trivia games to choose from are ” I should have known that” or “Codenames.”
These games are great for couples and are friendly enough for older kids that want to join in on the fun. Not to mention trivia games are affordable and don’t need much to set them up.
Anniversary coupon book
Are you looking for a creative way to celebrate your anniversary while with your kids? If so, get them to create DIY anniversary coupons.
Have your kids write down a few ways they can help you make your wedding anniversary special.
For example, breakfast made by the kids. Or One hour of uninterrupted alone time /quiet time.
Once they have their coupon books done, let them choose which coupon they would like to use on your anniversary.
It’s that easy!
Making an anniversary coupon book is a creative way to get your kids involved.
Pull out the camping gear and go camping in your backyard. Roast marshmallows and set up a tent so you both can spend the night.
No need to worry about checking up on your little ones. Have family members or a close friend period check in on them if you want alone time.
These are all the ideas I have for you for now.
I hope the next time your anniversary rolls around, you have a better idea of what to do to celebrate it with kids.
Now that you have some ideas on celebrating your anniversary with the kids, you can look forward to it!
Do you have any anniversary ideas with kids that you have done?
If so, leave a comment below!
Hey, I’m Satarra, an Accredited Event Designer who loves coming up with creative ways to celebrate milestone events for less (coin)! In my previous career as a licensed social worker (LMSW), I supported many clients with reaching their personal milestones. Now, I want to help people like you to celebrate them!