Date night is a time honored part of any parents' relationship. But date night doesn't have to be a grown-ups only occasion. Sometimes a family date night can be a welcome change.

“It's very easy for family members to lose sight or worse, lose interest in each other if you don't make time for things like this,” said Dr. Brad Sachs, Board Certified Family Psychologist. “A [family date night] can enable family members to get acquainted with each other in different ways.”

Sachs also reminds parents to remember to pay attention to different developmental levels. Make sure that you are accounting for the differences in how a three year old interacts with family and as opposed to how a 13 year old does.

Below are some great family date night suggestions to keep kids and grown ups interested and engaged. Really commit to your date night and turn off the technology. That means you too Mom and Dad!

Have a progressive dinner

Go out for dinner – with a twist. Have a progressive dinner. Find an area with several restaurants close together and go to a different place for each course! Appetizers at one, main course at another and finally, dessert at the third. Let the kids pick one place, the grown ups another and then decide together where to finish the meal with a sweet treat.

Library read aloud

Go to the library as a family and pick out a new book. Grab your new book and take turns reading outloud to each other after dinner.

Pack a Picnic

Get a gingham tablecloth and head out for a dinner picnic. Go to the grocery store ahead of time and pick out your food together. Get the kids to make the sandwiches. When you've eaten your fill, play frisbee, do cartwheels or stay up late for stargazing.

Popcorn please

Pop some popcorn on the stove and then snuggle in to watch a movie as a family. Play an old favorite and say the lines together or sing along to the songs. Wear your jammies and snuggle up under an old blanket together.

Game it up

Have a game night at home. Start with a classic game such as Battleship or Twister, and end the night with a newer game like Forbidden Island for older kids or Kids on Stage for the younger crowd.

Take a hike!

Take a walk along the canal, hike the towpath or if you're feeling adventurous, climb Sugarloaf Mountain. Bring water, snacks and make sure to get plenty of pictures at the top!

Dine out, in.

Have an upscale dinner in your dining room. Wear your best clothes and speak with your fanciest voice. Drink juice out of (plastic) champagne glasses and toast to your family fun!

Theme your meal

Watch a movie and eat food to match. Have spaghetti with meatballs and watch The Lady and the Tramp. Pumpkin pie is a perfect complement to Cinderella. Hot dogs (franks) are a perfect pairing with Young Frankenstein. Be creative. Brainstorm together and cook up a feast worthy of Beauty & the Beast.

Roll along

Go bowling! Bring along another family for a fun double date. Have an epic family battle to see who is champion of the lanes. Or play without keeping score and just have a ball. Don't forget your socks! Bowling not your thing? Try mini-golf instead.

Tour your town

Find a museum you've never been to and have a day date. Check the website ahead of time to see if they have guided tours. Have each person pick out their favorite exhibit and talk about what you saw on the way back home.

Eggs at sunset

Make it an upside down day. Prepare and serve breakfast for dinner. The kids will love the treat, and eggs, toast and bacon make a welcome 6 p.m. dinner treat.

Walk the walk

Sometimes the simplest things are the most fun. Walk to the local elementary school or park. Don't overthink it, just enjoy the fresh air and exercise. Along the way, see who can do the most jumping jacks or hops in a row.

Have an un-birthday

Make a cake and celebrate … nothing! Have a party for it's own sake. Make up a holiday, invent songs, trade cards – have a great celebration for no reason at all. Enjoy your non-occasion and make it an annual event.

“One thing to keep in mind is that you want to solicit input from both generations,” Sachs says. “If it is totally mandated by or dictated by the parents, then it begins to contour to the everyday life. Simply by changing the hierarchy of the family dynamics it automatically changes that and allows people to see each other differently.”