Since seriously dating and moving into marriage, my wife and I protect one night a week to go on a date. Out of four weeks in a month, I plan one, she plans one, and two are spontaneous (whatever we feel like doing in that moment). One of our fears moving into parenthood was losing date nights. After a year of fatherhood (our daughter turns one tomorrow), there’s something to this fear, but it doesn’t have to be.
We still protect one night (or day if it falls on a weekend) for a date, but dates look different now we have a little one. Some weeks date night is getting into our pajamas and bing watching “This Is Us.” Other weeks it looks like cooking dinner quickly and catching up on sleep. Others look like they used to- dinner out followed by a urban adventure.
Since parenthood is hard, I’m a firm believer of easy date nights. I recently was invited to preview the latest Artechouse, an immersive art experience using music, art, and technology, exhibit Parallel Universe. Past exhibits here were child friendly, but this one is intense (they warn anyone with epilepsy to stay away). The moment you walk in you’re engulfed with a fast flood of loud music and quickly changing lights. If you blink, you miss something. With eyes wide open, you wander from the main floor to the two side rooms wondering what just happened.
The beauty of this exhibit is this:
- You can have a fun date night in an hour (baby sitting is expensive in this city) and feel like you’re not missing out on anything. Enjoy the exhibit for thirty minutes and then grab a drink at the bar.
- It’s near L’Enfant so parking isn’t too bad to find.
- It’s a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else in the world.
So, do yourself a favor and take a date night and transport to a parallel universe. It’s open until March 4th.
Here are a few photos I snapped at the preview: