At Home Campout Date for Those Cold Winter Months

Last year we had an indoor camping date night in the middle of January. It was simple, and something that we did at home, but it has been one of our most memorable date night activities ever. If your stage of life is similar to ours, if you're not an outdoorsy couple, if the woods are too far away from you or if it's the middle of winter and you're missing the summer weekends when you would escape to somewhere without cell phone service, this date night might be for you. In the summer, you could do this in your backyard, but you'll want to make sure you have long lasting batteries in your baby monitors or an extension cord that reaches out to your tent so you can keep an eye on the kids.

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At Home Campout for Cold Winter Months

We got our favorite takeout to eat during our date and enjoyed homemade s’mores after we were finished. You could drink hot chocolate from your favorite hot chocolate location in the area. Another great addition to this date would be Glamping S'mores from Last Course at Station Park!

One of the best things about this date is that you can still wake up the next morning and go to work if you need to. Middle of the week dates or date nights when one of you has to work all weekend are totally doable with this kind of campout! I loved that we could do this on a Saturday night and still get up the next morning and have the entire family ready and at church by 9am. 

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Five Winter Date Ideas to Enjoy at Station Park

Station Park is one of our favorite places to go for date night all year round. We love the atmosphere and being able to stay in one place for our entire date night. There are lots of great places to eat and play at Station Park, no matter the time of year! This year I want to share ideas for your date nights at Station Park for each of the four seasons. Below you’ll find a few ideas for winter fun! These are all things that we hope to do between now and the end of March when (fingers crossed) we see spring!

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Winter Date Night Ideas at Station Park in Farmington

Ice Skating by the Fountains

Station Park has a fun little skating rink that’s open until early February and it’s a perfect activity for date night! Two hour skate rental is $6 for adults and if you pay with your America First Credit Union credit card or debit card, you can get half off that price.

Late Night Movie at Cinemark

Cuddling up at the movies is a great way to beat the cold weather. Cinemark recently upgraded all of their seating to luxury recliners, and it’s honestly more cozy than the couches we have at home. If you can get away on a weeknight, $5 Tuesdays is a great deal for a movie night. Grab popcorn, a drink and some concessions and cozy up together to watch one of the great movies that are out! We love bringing our own blankets to make our date a little more cozy.

Dessert at Last Course

Last Course has become one of my favorite places in the area for date night, girl’s night out and just when I need a little treat. They have a great core menu, delicious ice cream flavors and fun desserts and scoops on their creations menu that changes each month. I love the atmosphere at Last Course and it’s perfect for date night! We love adding it onto the end of our evening or making it the core activity of our date.

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Dinner, Dessert or a Snack at Waffled

One of our favorite restaurants recently moved to the Eats & Treats building just east of the fountains at Station Park, and although we’re sad that it’s not by Smith’s still, closer to our house, it adds perfectly to one of our favorite date night locations. Waffled has savory stuffed waffles with soup that make a great meal, stuffed breakfast waffles and sweet waffles liege waffles that make a great treat. You can hang out inside where it’s warm or take your waffle out by the fountains under one of the heaters.

Grab a Bath Bomb from Lush

After we grab dinner at one of our favorite restaurants at Station Park, we like to wander the mall and window shop. One of our favorite stores to stop by is Lush. We love their bath bombs and find that they make a great addition to our date night. We spend some time browsing their many options, smelling them all, and then we pick one out and take it home. After the babysitter is gone, we climb into a warm bath and watch a movie together.

Drink Hot Chocolate by the Fountains

Winter is the perfect time for hot chocolate, and Station Park’s fountains have heaters around them. I love being able to enjoy the fountain shows and the music without getting too cold. We enjoyed this as part of our date night last winter and it was perfect for a warm cup of hot chocolate and some quality conversation.

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Station Park has a lot of great places to eat and play for date night. These are just a few of our favorites that would make a great date for the current season. We’ll continue to share more activities and ideas every season throughout the year! Let us know if you try any of the dates on this list and how you like it!

Visit the USU Botanical Gardens in the Winter

We aren’t really outdoor people during the winter, so this year I’ve been looking for things that we can do outside that are fun and that we might enjoy. We don’t do much skiing or snowboarding or anything like that, so we have to get creative because that’s everyone’s first suggestion for winter fun, especially here in Utah. I’d love to say that we’re adventurous and plan to go on winter hikes or snow shoeing but we’re not that exciting at this point in our life. We’re going to take some of our favorite activities and date night locations and adjust them to fit the colder weather and snow.

Where: USU Botanical Gardens (920 S 50 W, Kaysville)
Cost: Free
Hours: Ponds and trails are open from sunrise to sunset

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The USU Botanical Gardens have become one of my favorite places in Davis County. I love the calm piece of nature that’s right in the middle of town. Until this year, I’d never really seen it in the winter, but I think it’s almost more gorgeous when it’s cold than during the summer or fall. The pond freezes in places and everything is covered in snow. I’ve seen people fishing there, even when it’s cold and there’s a paved trail around the pond that you can walk on. You have a great view of the mountains and might catch glimpses of ducks and other wildlife that frequent the area.

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The gardens would be a fun place to spend walk and talk on a sunny winter day. It’s a quiet trail close to eating establishments and a freeway entrance. Make an entire date out of spending time at the gardens or include it as a portion of your date.

Create Your Own Davis County Date Night Bucket List

A few years ago we put together our first date night bucket list, and we've created a new one every single year since. Having a list of activities we wanted to do and places we wanted to eat made coming up with what we were going to do for date night each week just a little bit easier. We've loved it so much, even when we haven't quite completed our list, that we've decided to make it an annual tradition in our marriage. This year we're making our bucket list specific to Davis County and I wanted to share it with you! But before I do, I thought it might be helpful to give you a few tips to creating your own.

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Create a Bucket List for Date Night in Your Hometown

1. Make a list

Sit down together and make a list of all of the restaurants, activities, attractions, etc. that you have always talked about doing together. We like to keep ours on a shared Google Spreadsheet so that either of us can add to the list at any point in time. As you find new things to do, add them to your master list.

2. Divide the list into categories

Create categories depending on the types of things that you've included on your list. I've chosen to break ours up based on the date night types here on the site; play, dine, see, relax, romance, free/on a budget, at home and worth the trip. Some other ideas for categories might be kid free, family date night, active dates, dessert, season/holiday specific, etc. I try to rotate through the types of dates to add some variety to our date night routine.

3. Pick six to ten dates from your list

Choose your top date night ideas and use them to create a Date Night Bucket List for the coming year. I've found that committing to more than one date every month or two can be a little overwhelming. If you have restaurants on your list, you could pick one per month or one every other month so that you're sure to have time for your favorites. If you have a good date night routine going and know that you have time to cross more off of your list, add more!

4. Put your date nights on the calendar

The last couple of years I put our bucket list dates on my "to do" list for the month that it seemed most fitting for. This definitely brought more success as we worked to cross everything off of our bucket list. The year that we didn't do this, those date night ideas sat on our list and were forgotten about after a few months or until we were past the event or seasonal activity that we wanted to participate in. 

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*Tip* You can refer back to your master list for other dates throughout the year, even if they're not on your official bucket list for the year. That master list is a great resource for when you're having an "I don't know, what do you want to do?" emergency or those times when you want to surprise your partner for date night. If you're planning a surprise date night, try picking something from the list you know they really want to do or that they added to the list since the last time you two talked.

Now for my favorite part, our bucket list for the year! I had the hardest time narrowing down our master list, and this bucket list is bigger than I'd usually set, but that's because of this little space and the content and date ideas that I want to provide for you. And those dates that we don't get to this year will be great for future years. We still have an entire list of date night locations to pull from for other dates as well. Having these different activities to look forward to makes date night that much more exciting and motivates us to make date night a priority, no matter what our schedule looks like each week.

CenterPoint Legacy Theatre

Play in Davis County

  • Ice skating at Farmington Station Park

  • See a couple of shows at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre

  • Family day date at Cherry Hill, then an evening us date for mini golf and pie pockets

  • Corn maze, hayride, burgers and donuts at the Cross E Ranch fall festival

Dine in Davis County

  • Chile Amor in North Salt Lake

  • Cafe Sabor in Layton

  • ti amo wood fired pizza in Bountiful

  • Gabor Brothers Pizza in Layton

  • Holy Smoke BBQ in Layton

  • Black Bear Diner in Layton or Woods Cross

See Davis County

  • Spend the night enjoying live entertainment and fountain shows at Farmington Station Park

  • Hike on Antelope Island

  • Explore parks in Davis County as a family and make a list of our favorites

  • Hike the Farmington Creek Trail

  • Hike the Wild Rose Trail in North Salt Lake

  • Go roller-blading on the Legacy Park trail

  • Antelope Island Dark Sky Party

  • Burly Burger in South Weber

Worth the Trip

  • Elk viewing at Hardware Ranch

  • Hot chocolate at Hatch Family Chocolates

  • Deer Valley summer concert

  • Sundance full moon lift ride

  • Dry Bar Comedy

  • Wise Guys Comedy Club and Slackwater Pizza

  • See Phantom at Hale Center Theater

  • Morning date at Top Golf

  • Ice Castles in Midway

Farmington Station Park Skating Rink

I'd love to hear what's on your date night bucket list for the year! Comment below and let me know! We'll be sure to post about our dates after we've completed them.

Davis County date night ideas plus how to create your own date night bucket list.