“Love languages”, coined by Dr. Gary Chapman, refer the ways we feel loved and the ways we show our love to others. Among the five types outlined in his book (Chapman, 1992), quality time is a love language that is easily understood by many couples as being an important component of their relationship.
However, one of the most common complaints among couples I work with is difficulty with finding creative ways to spend meaning quality time with one another. The last two years of COVID19 have made it especially challenging to plan date nights and get out of the house. In an effort to encourage couples to prioritize and enjoy quality time with their partners, I have compiled a list of date ideas in Milwaukee to try this summer. Check them out below:
Pick up ingredients at Glorioso’s Italian Market and cook an authentic Italian meal together
Glorioso’s Italian Market
1011 E Brady Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Pack a picnic and head to Seven Bridges Hiking Trail to spend some time in nature
S Lake Drive & Park Avenue South
Milwaukee, WI 53172
Check out the Avalon Atmospheric Theatre in Bayview for an old-school feel dinner and movie date
2473 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Stop by the North Shore Boulangerie, located a short walk away from Shoreside, for a romantic breakfast/brunch with your partner. Get your coffee to go and enjoy a walk along the lake at Atwater Park afterward
North Shore Boulangerie
4401 N Oakland Ave
Shorewood, WI 53211
Spend an evening at Zócalo Food Park and try food from a variety of local vendors. Be sure to check their website for a lineup of live music- you can even bring your dog!
Zócalo Food Park
636 S 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Pick a beginner's yoga video on YouTube and practice with your partner! This is a great way to alleviate stress and be active together:
For couples who enjoy live music, spend an evening at Jazz in the Park, located in Cathedral Square. Pack a blanket and a homemade charcuterie board to go!
For a date that includes the kids, stop by the Milwaukee Public Museum. Milwaukee County residents receive a discount and children under three enjoy the museum for free. The Milwaukee County Zoo is another fun alternative for dates that include the whole family.
I hope this list of ideas will inspire couples to be intentional about their time together this summer! If you are experiencing difficulty connecting with your partner or want to be proactive about maintaining your connection, reach out for couple’s sessions with me!
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Ali Devine, MS, LPC, SAC-IT
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