We all know that date nights are great for everyone—great for you to connect with your spouse, great for your kids to experience routines with someone new, great for everyone to get a little time away. But for tired parents who slip into pajamas when their kids do, date night can feel like a lot of pressure on two exhausted people. So what’s a tired parent to do? Two words: date morning. Book a babysitter on a weekend a.m. and get out with your spouse when you and the sun are all awake. Here are four ways to fill a kid-free weekend morning.

8593459846_8d4c97b050_zPhoto: Ramón Torrent via Flickr

#1 Crayon-free Brunch
Sit down to a grownup brunch without paper place mats and crayons rolling off the table. It’s just like dinner out but, perhaps less crowded and at a time when you’re feeling more awake. Relax over a couple of glasses of mimosas or order that full French press of coffee and linger as long as you want. Here are a few of our favorite spots to brunch without the kiddos.

Founding Farmers
Just as delicious as it is for lunch or dinner.

Multiple locations
Online: wearefoundingfarmers.com

Lyon Hall
The doughnut appetizer is a treat that, on date morning, you only have to split 2-ways.

3100 Washington Blvd. (Arlington, Va)
Online: lyonhallarlington.com

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Maketto
Dim Sum in a hip place is a great way to kickoff Sunday morning

1351 H St., NE (H Street Corridor)
Online: maketto1351.com

#2 Stroller-free Strolls
Walks don’t have to happen just for the kids. So leave the stroller at home and take some time to stroll hand-in-hand with your spouse through one of our area’s many lovely spots.

Eastern Market
Go ahead, spend a few minutes perusing the fruits and veggies instead of lingering at the table with the little wooden toys. A morning walk through Eastern Market is a great way to reconnect and discover something new together.

225 7th St., SE
Online: easternmarket-dc.org

Old Town Alexandria
Tour the farmers market on Saturday, wander in and out of little shops, or simply sit by the waterfront with a cup of coffee to relax and catch up.

Online: visitalexandriava.com

Brookside Gardens
With 50 acres, you could spend the whole morning just wandering around and reconnecting—with both nature and each other.

1800 Glenallan Ave. (Wheaton, Md)
Online: montgomeryparks.org

#3 Interruption-free Reading
Remember the days when you used to sit next to your spouse, coffee in hand, and read the paper on a weekend morning? Do that again sometime. We know just the place.

Northside Social
Great cappuccinos and people watching with lots of outdoor seating.

3211 Wilson Blvd. (Arlington, Va)

Bayou Bakery
Beignets, coffee, and a paper—what more do you need?

Multiple locations
Online: bayoubakerydc.com

La Columbe
Really good coffee with principles, like multiple environment-friendly certifications and a passion for providing access to clean water on the African continent.

924 Rear N St., NW (Blagden Alley)

#4 And more…
Getting out during the daylight has the advantage that more places are open. So check out Wonder at the Renwick Gallery before it closes or go experience Icebergs at the National Building Museum when it opens. Sure, you’ll probably want to come back with the kids too but there’s no harm in going twice!

Renwick Gallery
Pennsylvania Ave. at 17th St., NW
Online: renwick.americanart.si.edu

National Building Museum
401 F St., NW
Online: nbm.org

Where do you go for daytime dates? Tell us in the comments section below. 

–Tricia Mirchandani