Oh remember those days! The “honeymoon period” as they say. You know what we’re talking about. The days when every night of the week was date night. The days when you and your partner could drop everything and whisk yourselves away for the weekend. The days when you could book a table at your favourite restaurant and actually enjoy the meal without worrying about a kids menu or a toddler tantrum mid-entree.

Nowadays, even just going to the cinema with your partner involves advanced planning, not to mention the cost of a babysitter which adds atleast a hundred bucks onto everything and anything you do sans-kids. It’s no wonder that 53% of partners go out together less than once a month without the kids, and 20% not even at all!

When we become parents, we become “Mum” and “Dad”, and because of that its so easy for us to lose our own identities, and forget who we are as individuals and as a couple. Children-free date nights give you and your partner the opportunity to reconnect, away from the family home, where it’s easy to feel more like housemates than lovers. So, stop telling yourself you dont have time for a date-night and MAKE the time for a date-night; set aside one night a week and both commit to it, no excuses and no cancelling.

Still need convincing? Here’s our list of top 5 date-night ideas for every couple…

For the romantics
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Want to go back to the days when you and your partner resembled a pair of love-sick puppies? Awh, us too. When we were younger, our date nights typically followed the lines of movies and a meal, so why not go back to that – it worked didn’t it? Now you’ve got a bit more money than your 17-year-old self though, book yourselves the VIP treatment. Gold Class at Event Cinemas, and Lux at Hoyts, offer a cinema experience like no other – fully reclinable lounge chairs, champagne on tap, snacks at the snap of your fingers. Once you go gold, you’ll never look back!

For the adventurers
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If you and your significant other fell in love under the stars while on a camping trip in the outback, you’ll want to relive the days of swags and smores on your date-night, or in this case, date nights. Book yourselves a sneaky get away to the luxurious Love Tee-Pee in the Blue Mountains, where modern-day luxury meets rustic outdoor living. Perched on a remote mountain ridge, the Love tee-pee provides guests ultimate privacy for reconnecting and sharing special moments together. Features include a spa-bath, stunning views, open-plan self-contained kitchen and a cosy fireplace – not bad for a camping trip hey?

For the young-at-heart
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You and your partner still fancy yourselves as a couple of party animals? Not afraid to knock back a few shots despite the dreaded hangover that only gets worse and worse with age? Introducing, The Island (this is where the cool kids spend their summer). Only accessible by boat, The Island is Sydney’s most exclusive party place, offering a blend of European beach-club culture and 5 star service that will leave you and your partner feeling like a-list celebs.

For the foodies
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You’ve probably heard the hype surrounding Dining in the Dark, and for good reason. This fun night out isnt just a food experience it’s a full on treat for all the senses as you step into the unknown. Altitude at the Shangri-la and Lime & Tonic Sydney both host Dine in the Dark experiences throughout the year so make sure you keep your eyes peeled because these book out fast!

For the wine-lovers (that’s all of us)
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We needn’t try and convince you that wine is a good idea, we all know that it is, so make that date-night a date-day and head to the hunter valley! With Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tours, you can visit a selection of wineries and cellars over the course of the day, visit the Hunter Valley cheese shop and stop by the local chocolatier. Go on, treat yourselves!