101 Things to Do with Your Husband (rather than watch TV)

101 Things do to with your husband, rather than watch TV.

Matt and I will be celebrating our 11 year wedding anniversary this June 30th. I’m as crazy for the guy as I was the day I laid eyes on him. I remember seeing Matt in early 1998 and thinking to myself, “That’s the kind of guy I want to be with.” Fate had its hand in securing that later that year and my life was suddenly “complete.”

Here we are – almost 15 years later – and most nights (OK, all of them!) we’re on the couch watching TV. I’m sort of sick of it… I want to do some fun things together, so I have complied a list of 101 things to do with your husband. Not all of them apply to Matt and I, but as I got going… I couldn’t stop! I had to much fun creating 101 Things to do with your Husband!

So – without further adieu…

Bike ride – around the block or out and about!
Cook together – each taking turns with parts of the recipe
Go to the gym together – I love looking at Matt across the gym, something very comforting about it
Playing croquet – one of my all-time favorite games to play in the backyard
Match socks together – believe it or not, this can be nice to just sit and chat while doing this mindless chore
Plant a garden – my husband’s favorite and dream
Go see a play at a local theatre
Paint a room in your house that you’ve been meaning to re-do
Shopping for something new for you and for him
Head to a vineyard
Long walk around the block – even with the kids
Picnic on the beach
When the kids are in bed, steal the Wii
A game of tennis
Put together a puzzle
Read a book together – I know… I know… but it can be romantic
Put together photo albums of your family
Sit outside and watch the sunset
Cooking class together
Head to a coffeeshop and chill out
Day trip to a special location nearby – for us it would be Newport or Cape Cod
Find a band you both like and see if they’re playing anytime soon or nearby. If not, head to a local bar who plays music.
Dancing lessons
Baseball game together – Major or Minor league
Check out a local brewery
House hunting
Head to the zoo (you don’t always have to be with the kids!)
Fishing – something my husband loves trying to get me to do
Canoe ride
Roller blading – we used to do this all the time!
Create a vegetable garden – something we just did at our home
Learn how to play Call of Duty on XBOX
Couple massages
Run a 5K, 10K, 1/2 marathon, marathon together
Volunteer together somewhere special
Create videos for your blog together – if you’re a blogger! πŸ˜‰
Whale watching
Mini golfing
Real golfing
Play basketball together (or teach her how to play)
Head to the beach and collect sea glass or shells
Recreate your very first date
Dance in the kitchen when the kids are in bed
Head to a flea market
Sit by the fire
Go camping (Matt would have to pay me)
Learn to play an instrument together
Play frisbee
Redo your bedroom together – new sheets, new arrangement of furniture, hang photos, etc
When it’s raining, run outside and kiss in the rain!
Free movies in the park
Walk around the mall hand in hand
Have a fondue night
Make chocolate chip cookies from scratch together
Head to the batting cages
Go-cart racing!
Head out on a boat ride
Head to a car dealer and test drive cars you’ve been dying to check out for you and your family
Strawberry/Blueberry/Apple picking – depending on the season
Movie night outside on an old school projector
Sit and watch your wedding video together
Make a family tree
Spend the night at a local B&B
Go hiking
Head to a local museum
Fitness class together
Make your own sundaes
Go ice skating
Find a place where you can do a dinner boat or a dinner train!
Make your own sushi
Lay in your backyard and look up at the stars
Go horseback riding
Find a local art exhibit
Swim in the ocean
If you have a hot tub, jump in!
Head to an amusement park
Go zip-lining!
Create something for your kids and surprise them – blanket fort, pillow fortress, LEGO cave, etc!
Make a cake
Dress up all fancy and head out to dinner, it doesn’t matter if it’s just for the fun of it
Create a vision board of goals and dreams you both have for your lives ahead
Clean out and organize the garage, your basement or your attic
Go to church together
Make breakfast and eat it in bed
Plant a tree
Create a special space outdoors for the summer
Go to a planetarium
Watch a fireworks display
Take a bubble bath together
Create a scavenger hunt for each other of clues that only the 2 of you would know and understand
Visit a local animal shelter if you’re looking to adopt a new pet
Take a karate class
Whitewater rafting
Head to the casino
Make breakfast together in the morning
Head to a water park

SHOWHIDE Comments (22)
  1. What an incredibly awesome list! I’m the OCD type that will probably come back here and recount every single line to make sure you really hit 101. πŸ™‚

    But really nice list! Gonna have to share this with my wife and highlight a few of ’em!

  2. Awesome list! Thanks! And, Matt and Josh can go camping together, as Josh would have to pay me as well … I can’t tell you how many times I hear “I don’t understand why you won’t spend just ONE night in a tent” … um, let me count the ways!! xo

  3. Here are a few that I’ve done with my bf… thought I’d share too.

    1. Go to a music studio and make a song together
    2. Have a surprise photo shoot
    3. Walk on the beach or even chase each other
    4. Go to a Bay
    5. Boat watching
    6. Create a painting together
    7. Have a picnic in the park

    … and I have to stop… lol… I can see why you had fun writing the list… I’m having fun remembering all the things we love to do together. Thanks for the list!

  4. You could volunteer at the animal shelter if you are not looking for a new pet.

    Great list!

  5. I am so happy to say that my BF and I though we do watch way too much tv… we manage to do most of the things on this list as well… looking forward to spending the rest of my life with this man. Thanks for the blog !

  6. We too are celebrating 11 years on June 30th. Congratulations! Thank you for the great ideas. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut, especially after 11 years and 4 children. πŸ™‚

  7. Awesome list! But I think on number four you mean “croquet.” Crochet is when you use yarn or string to make blankets and stuff πŸ™‚

  8. Thanks so much for this post. My husband and I were just discussing (ie: arguing) about the fact that we don’t have anything in common to do together. Our go-to activities are going out to eat or watching a movie (where he falls asleep). This list is full of ideas that we can actually do!

  9. I love the OCD comment! That is so me! Although I do have to say househunting is not a fun thing to do with your husband. We just went through it and we joked that we would either find the house of our dreams or get divorced πŸ˜‰ Thankfully we found a house we love!

  10. A good alternative to not wanting to camp would be to find a camping place that has cabins. It is a little more expensive but totally worth it. The last time we went we had a lake near by so he could fish and there were some good hiking trails. Also we could walk down to a sand bar on the river and eat lunch. It was a great weekend.

  11. I enjoyed this whole list…HOWEVER…the part of “teach HER how to play” basketball was a little insulting. That’s a two way street…just sayin. BUT still REALLY fun list! =)

  12. I think you meant play croquet, not crochet. I was thinking, Inwill never get my husband to knit or crochet! πŸ™‚

  13. I love this list! Now, if only I could get my boyfriend to do more than going to the zoo or the flea market (both with kids). He refuses to do anything and it has simply gotten worse over the six years we’ve been together.

  14. Hi, Audrey! I came across your blog via Pinterest. My husband and I often just watch TV in the evenings after our son is in bed. It does get quite monotonous! I’m thankful for your ideas πŸ™‚ By the way, we will also be celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary on June 30th πŸ™‚ I met my hubby in mid-1998 and by September I knew I had met the one I wanted to be with forever πŸ™‚ Small world! Keep up the great ideas and…happy anniversary!

  15. It’s NOT “without further adieu”! It’s “ado”. As in “Much Ado About Nothing”.

    Adieu means goodbye so wouldn’t make any sense at all.