Seeking 30 Parents To Go On 30 Different Dates In 30 Days

Parents, get ready to see another side of San Diego…

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I’m going to start by saying this idea is a little crazy.

I’m a parent so I understand how hard it can be to schedule dates. With kids in the mix, the odds of a perfectly-executed date night decline… but it’s not impossible. So, when you do go, it had better be good, right?

I’m partnering with the Details Matter app to send 30 parents on 30 different dates in 30 days starting on August 1.



These aren’t your average dates and guaranteed to inject a little fun into your routine. I also believe this project is a brilliant way to showcase unique opportunities that San Diego has to offer couples, singles and tourists. Dates will occur all over the county and cost somewhere between $0-$300 each but they are all FREE to parents who are selected to participate.

What is the Details Matter app? It’s an app made by a San Diego company that is full of awesome, local date ideas. Forget dinner and a movie and see what else America’s Finest City has to offer. Download it for FREE on Android and iPhone. The app lists places all over San Diego and Sacramento where mentioning the Details Matter app might just score you a discount.

My friend, Tim King, used the Details Matter app to take 30 different girls on 30 different dates a few months ago. Read Tim’s stories on the Details Matter blog. He wrote that not only did he get a lot of life packed into just a few weeks, but he learned about amazing experiences right here in San Diego. This is exactly why I’m fired up about this project. There is so much more to do in San Diego than dinner and a movie.

The Dates


We’ll be rolling out all of the available dates over the next week so check back regularly. Here are dates we can share so far:

How Can I Participate?


Well, it’s rather simple.

Over the next two weeks, tell us why you’d like to participate in this project. Leave a comment here, send an email to [email protected] or use social media hashtag #30datesin30days on:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Vine
  • Instagram
  • Google+

All of the above works, too! Details Matter is looking for enthusiasm and compelling cases. Have you not been on a date in over a year? Are we offering a particular date you’ve been dying to go on? Tell us why. Shout it from the rooftops on social media as much as you like or flood my email. Details Matter wants to send parents on these dates who are truly excited about the opportunity. Interested in more than one of the dates on offer? That’s ok, so let us know! We’re watching the hashtag #30datesin30days like hawks.

During the last week of July, Details Matter will reach out to participants they feel are a good fit to continue the discussion and schedule dates. Don’t worry… you indicate interest in a particular date (we’re not selecting dates for you). Remember, these dates won’t cost you any money once you get there.

Enthusiasm can be as simple as a copying and pasting these tweets while including your own reason in the brackets.

I’m a parent that needs a date because [INSERT REASON] @lajollamom @detailsm #30datesin30days


I would like to [learn to swing dance because my partner has two left feet!] @lajollamom @detailsm #30datesin30days

The Oh So Fine Print


We are looking for parents: single parents, married parents, same-sex parents… if you have kids, you’re eligible!

Dates will take place in San Diego, but you don’t have to live here. Beginning June 25, Details Matter will reach out to couples they think are a good fit for each date to continue the discussion, coordinate logistics and schedule dates. Know that each date falls on a specific day (TBD) and that each couple will be selected to go on one date only. Dates will also be highlighted on the Details Matter blog so you’ll need to provide them with a photo and a quick recap. If selected, once your date is scheduled, it’s up to you to complete it. It’s a group project so don’t let everyone down!

The Final Question


You in? Let’s showcase San Diego… together.

Like us?


The URL here is easy to remember – so pass it along to your friends!

La Jolla Living, LLC (parent company of La Jolla Mom) is not liable for scheduling, customer service, taxes, damages or any other issues experienced on or surrounding these dates. I’m just excited to get the word out.


  1. July 18, 2013 at 10:33 am — Reply

    We have an (almost weekly) art night here in our house. While this idea started as an attempt to get our kids to be creative, try new art techniques, and have the requisite family bonding time, it is almost always torture.
    The kids cry because they don’t like what they’ve done. They fight over colors. They fight over copying. The balance between fun and completely obnoxious difficulty is about 30/70.
    I want to do the wine & painting session to remind me that I like learning about art.
    Hopefully my husband doesn’t cry when I steal his idea or favorite color. The wine should help with that.

  2. Tamara N
    July 16, 2013 at 10:58 am — Reply

    With a one year old, date nights are precious few and far between. It’s been a crazy but amazing year and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy it by having a little adult time scheduled and I don’t have to plan a thing. I try to be creative and come up with fun ideas so we’re not always doing the same thing, but I could definitely use a creative inspiration. I downloaded the Details Matter app, a few months ago, when I read about it in an article. It would be fun to get to experience it firsthand. Very excited to possibly be a part of the 30 days.

  3. Jewels McQueen
    July 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm — Reply

    This sounds like sooo much fun!! My hubbs and I REALLY need this! We had 3 boys in 3 years! Our oldest is not even in Kindergarten yet! We need an adventurous date like the Jetpack or a romantic one like the sunset yacht cruise. I also have another idea that may or may not sound fun to other couples or that I would want to go on … interacting with dolphins or belugas at Sea World?? Or Safari Park flightline or caravan safari. Those sound so fun to me but with 3 little guys there’s no way this mommy & daddy can ever do that! We’ve also missed many anniversary celebrations because of having a baby or being almost due. Please consider us!! 🙂

  4. July 10, 2013 at 9:05 pm — Reply

    Oh man, is this the coolest thing ever or what? First of all, I’ve lived here for 6 years, and I feel like I know almost nothing about the area, so one of these dates to explore cool things around our amazing area would be a TON of fun.
    But more importantly, these dates seem like so much FUN. My husband and I used to do cool things for dates, back when we lived in New York, before we had a kid. Now…well, during our last date we went grocery shopping. Clearly, we are living the dream.
    So many of these dates seem like so much fun–the trapeze date, learning to swing dance, the wine tour, man they’re all great. I could find reasons we would enjoy them all (except the skydiving. He’s already been, and I’d rather we do something for the first time together).

  5. Sylvia
    July 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    After 11 years of marriage and living in SD that long, I still feel like a stranger here sometimes. When we first got here, we worked worked worked and then we had kids. My amazing husband continues to work hard, which allows me to stay home with the kids. It’s hard work and sometimes all consuming, but I get the pleasure of enjoying the city with children at parks, libraries, beaches, and the zoo. It’s a fantastic city and I know there is so much more for us adults to explore. I’m so blessed and so lucky to have the husband I have, and a date with him alone sounds amazing! We’re up for anything (except if I try to take him for dance lessons, that for him would be torture). Thanks for the opportunity, I hope we get the chance to start our own dating journey!

  6. Teri
    July 9, 2013 at 7:06 am — Reply

    I would LOVE to participate in 30 dates in 30 days…we’ve been happily married for 17 years, and have FOUR boys ranging from 14 to 3. We haven’t been on a real date in over 2 years. We’d love to have the chance to go on a fun date and reconnect!

  7. July 9, 2013 at 12:01 am — Reply

    What a fun idea! My husband and I are in need of a date night. We have 3 kids (Ages 4, 2 and 6 months) and also own 2 gyms. We get a lot of family time thankfully since we can bring our kids to work but don’t have a lot of couple time. It’s been tough to go out since our newest baby was born because we don’t want to burden Grandma with 3 munchkins. We would love to participate and somehow snag multiple babysitters to do so. Look forward to seeing the other date night possibilities! My husband and I love exploring new restaurants in San Diego!

  8. July 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm — Reply

    I am so thrilled that you guys over at Details Matter and La Jolla Mom are including parents! I was so jealous when my friend Tim King did his 30 dates in 30 days adventure, I wanted to join in on the fun, but his no mama rule didn’t allow me to. I am a professional single mom with an incredible 5 year old little boy, and between work, supporting him and everything else is has been hard to meet single eligible men to go on fun dates with. I am sure when you guys roll out the rest of the dates there will be even more amazing things to choose from, but so far jet packing or sky diving sounds amazing… I would love to do something thrilling and daring like that, what a date! Count me in =)

  9. Michele
    July 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm — Reply

    I really enjoyed living vicariously through @detailsm during his prior #30datesin30days… so many fun things to do in San Diego! Participating in the parent version would be so exciting! I am a single (self-supporting) mom of two boys who would love to bring my boyfriend on one of your fun @lajollamom dates (such as the Xplore Offshore adventure). We are open to most things, and would love an opportunity to participate and further explore our beautiful city. Typically available Sundays, but could also be available some Tues or Fri evenings after work. Thank you! Michele

  10. July 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm — Reply

    such an awesome idea! we’d like to go b/c, well, we need to get a life… outside of our daughter. As with many parents, our social life revolves around our daughter’s. Case in point: it was both our 10th anniversary and my (big decade) birthday (and i mean BIG decade) this year. We had exactly 1 hr, 40 mins for dinner on our anniversary and for my (did i mention, BIG big decade) birthday we chaperoned an evening field trip for my kiddos class! Not that I’m complaining, just sayin’… we need to get a life!!!!

  11. July 8, 2013 at 2:45 pm — Reply

    This sounds like so much fun! We’d love the chance to do the water adventure or the perfume making!

  12. July 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm — Reply

    I would like to jetpack over Mission Bay because Nate and I are celebrating our third wedding anniversary this summer and we’re all about the thrills. Also, we need a break. In three years, we’ve had 2 kids, adopted 2 dogs, bought a house, and started 2 new careers!

  13. July 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    Sounds like fun! I am a wife with 2 kiddos, ages 6 and 2. We are super busy with work, school, household duties, extracurricular activities, and keeping our kids happy and healthy. We’d love to have a day away for the two of us, it’s a rarity!

  14. July 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    My husband and I are super fun and adventurous, but our dates have been a bit sporadic and ho hum since becoming parents (we even try to convince ourselves that a trip to the grocery store together sans kids counts as a date…LAME). We have awesome family outings, but we could definitely use some fun for just the two of us. And if it gets the adrenaline pumping that would be a bonus (trapeze, jet pack, skydiving…all sound pretty incredible!)!!

  15. July 8, 2013 at 9:59 am — Reply

    The other day I looked in my closet and thought, “who’s beautiful, fancy clothes are these?” because I never, ever have opportunity to wear anything besides my “Mom wardrobe” (a.k.a gym clothes). My husband and I desperately need a date where the dress code specifically says No (Mom) Jeans Allowed!

  16. Leanndra
    July 8, 2013 at 8:55 am — Reply

    I’m a mom-to-be and due on September 3rd with our first little one. It’s starting to hit me that our date nights are almost at an end as just the two of us. My husband is a Master Chief in the Coast Guard and we’ve been married for 16 years. We just moved to La Jolla in May and haven’t even scratched the surface of things to do here in San Diego. Obviously, being almost 8 months pregnant, I can’t skydive or jet pack over Mission Bay, but I’m sure there are many exciting date ideas in SD (that possibly involve food). Haha!

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