Most parents lead lives too hectic to afford the luxury of a night about town. Why not try these ideas for an equally romantic Valentine’s Day 2019?

The 14th of February is less than a month away! Here’s your reminder to start thinking of the perfect gift for your partner. Gifts aside, how you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2019 is just as important. And as parents, we know how unlikely it is that you’ll get a day to completely indulge in romance alone. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some romance. Call the babysitter, or ship the kids off to your parents’ – and off you go!

1. Revisit Your First Date

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Okay, take a moment to recall your first date. Was it five years ago? 20? Regardless, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the site of your first date. For Valentine’s Day 2019, why not spend an afternoon exploring where you first met? Be it at the school canteen, or the bookstore down the street, spend time getting to know each other like the good old days. Who knows? You may feel the butterflies return.

2. Karaoke

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When’s the last time you heard your partner sing? And no, their daily shrieking in the shower doesn’t count. We’re talking belting out tunes as if they’re Adele! If it’s been too long, then it’s time to head over to the nearest karaoke joint. Not only does singing help relieve stress (and we know you’re stressed), it’s also a great way to have fun together! Who cares if you’re out of tune? As long as you’re pretending to be the next hit duo, it’s bound to be a blast.

3. Go on a Short Road Trip

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If you’re able to splurge on a babysitter, or your parents have kindly offered to take the kids for a day or two, then it’s time to hit the road! Road trips are more romantic than you think. Spending hours together in a car may sound like a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. Sing along to your favourite tunes on Spotify, or engage in long conversations like you did when you first met. Not to mention, you get to “getaway” for a little bit to another country! Across the Causeway still counts as “overseas”, okay?

4. Netflix & Takeout

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Are the both of you too winded to entertain the thought of leaving the house? We understand. How about indulging in a night of Netflix & Takeout after putting the kids to bed? With tons of new content on Netflix, you’ll be spoilt for choice! From psychological thrillers like hit series “You”, to the entertaining culinary competition “The Final Table”, we guarantee there’s something both of you can agree on. Pair your choice of entertainment with your favourite takeout! With services such as Deliveroo, foodpanda, and Grab Food, you can indulge in nearly any cuisine. That’s what we call the perfect stay-at-home Valentine’s Day 2019.

5. Cook a Meal Together

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We know, cooking seems more like a chore than a luxury when you’re a parent. Chances are, you’re tired of cooking every day for the kids. But this time, it’s different! Search for an exciting new recipe with your partner, and make a date out of heading to the grocery store. If you’re feeling fancy, you can even grab a bottle of wine at the drinks aisle. After the kids have gone to bed, enjoy the experience of cooking with each other! One of you can chop while the other fries, whipping up the perfect dish together. What could be better than enjoying a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner from the comfort of your home?

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6. Turn up the Heat

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Are you and spouse adrenaline junkies? If the answer is yes, why not take a brand-new exercise class together this Valentine’s Day? With a wide array of classes available on apps like ClassPass and KFit, there are tons of options for you to try out. Be it a HIIT Boxing class for the seriously fit, or a Stretch Yoga class for those who just want to relax – it’s a great bonding activity for the both of you. You can even reward yourselves after with a fabulous brunch!

7. Cosmic Bowling

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Bowling used to be the in thing back in the 80s and 90s. And while its popularity has dwindled, it’s still a great pastime. This Valentine’s Day, have a friendly bowling competition – 2019 style! With disco lights and thumping dance music, this is a bowling experience like no other. Cosmic Bowling is sure to be a thrilling and unique experience for you and your partner. And if you’re game, make friendly bets with each other prior to each session. Sometimes, friendly competition is all you need for sparks to reignite.

8. Indulge in a Massage

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There are few things busy parents need more than a good massage. It doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny either! You can choose to DIY, and give each other massages from the comfort of your own home. With just some essential oils, relaxing music, and peace and quiet – you’ll be able to unwind. If you aren’t confident in your massage skills, don’t fret. Treat yourselves to the Champagne Honeymoon Series at Ikeda Spa. From $518+, you and your spouse can enjoy a Pearl Hinoki onsen and a Gold Champagne Candle Massage! Did we mention that you’ll have your very own couples’ suite overlooking the Clarke Quay nightlife?

9. Board Game Night

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If you’re a couple that likes to come up with solutions together, then a board game night is for you. Settle in with a platter of cheese and some wine, and get ready for an exciting night of board games! Our pick is Pandemic Legacy Blue Board Game, which allows couples to play against the game instead of each other. If you’re familiar with the original release, Pandemic’s focus is to prevent the outbreak of a disease from wiping out the world. What could be more exciting than working together with your partner to save the world on Valentine’s Day 2019?

10. Staycation

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Look, we all desperately need a break. And Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to have one to yourselves somewhere other than at home. Since it’s hardly possible for parents to take spontaneous trips abroad, why not reignite the romance with a staycation? With options ranging from the Instagram-worthy Studio M to the luxurious Capella Singapore, there’s a destination for every couple. Hire a babysitter for the weekend, and zip off to your romantic getaway!

If you’re looking to surprise your better half with a staycation, look no further than Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa. This Valentine’s Day, they’re offering a Villa Escape – perfect for couples! Priced at $680++ a night including breakfast for two, you’ll get to enjoy a private plunge pool attached to your very own one-bedroom villa. Be sure to snag this promotion before it’s all sold out!

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It’s time to squash the myth that romance ends after you have a child. Our children are our pride and joy, but we do admit, at times it’s difficult to focus on our other halves when we’re so busy attending to the kids’ needs. This Valentine’s Day 2019, it’s time to reignite the spark and romance! With these 10 Valentine’s Day ideas for the busiest of parents, there’s no excuse not to celebrate your love.

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