Parent’s Night Out is a service that Bodies in Motion, and many other companies, provide to parents usually on Friday nights once or a few times a month. It allows the parents to have a night out, away from their child so they can run errands, go on a date, or take a nap.
However, after talking with some parents that have participated in a Parent’s Night Out, we realized that some have no idea what to do with their free time. After spending so long with growing kids, it can be hard to find something to do out of the blue without them.
That’s why we’ve gathered the five best things we’ve heard our parents talk about doing during their Parent’s Night Out. Perhaps these will give you an idea of how you can spend your night, or maybe you want to try one of them. Either way, Parent’s Night Out is perfect for giving you at least one night to relax in whatever way you prefer ... as long as you can pick your child up at the end of course.
As a parent, sleep might be the most fun you’ve ever had with free time. We know that feeling and don’t judge. Many of our parents have no urge to go out and have fun at the end of the week. Some relish the idea of just having a few hours to go home and rest.
To up the ante, we recommend making it into a self-care night full of facemasks, bubble baths, incense, and maybe even a massage before your nap. Not only will you feel refreshed, but you’ll also be clean and uninterrupted during your relaxing soak for what might be the first time in a while.
Parents of young children can’t leave them at home to do anything. That includes shopping, whether at the mall or the grocery store. Many of our parents are experienced in using the Parent’s Night Out time to go into Boise and obtain what they need from the store.
Sometimes that’s a trip to the mall for a new outfit, while other times it’s a trip to the grocery store to get the essentials. We suggest creating a list before you bring your child to us to get the most use of your time. We know you’ll find shopping sans child more relaxing and you might even walk away with less spent.
Working out can be hard with children. For those that love working out, we understand just how irritating it can be never to have time for a proper workout. WIth Parent’s Night Out, you’ll have time to exercise and even get some additional tasks taken care of. If you’re looking to get in shape and aren’t sure where to start, we recommend trying classes or just going on a fast walk. Walking is the best start to a healthy lifestyle.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest a date for your free night. Karaoke might seem “old fashion” or “lame,” but we say go for it! Doing something that makes you look and feel silly with the person you love can create a stronger bond than simply going to the movies and sitting next to each other (not that we have anything against movies either.)
New to Boise? Perfect! It’s time to take a look around this wonderful town. Been here a while? Time to pretend to be a tourist for the night. Sightseeing, even if you’ve lived somewhere a while, can help you reconnect to your home.
We suggest going on a self-made walking tour by searching “Things to do in Boise” on Google. They’ll provide you with a list of things that tourists often do for free, giving you many choices in planning your night. For extra fun, wear your best tourist outfit.