Especially when the kids are young, date night can become a rare – sometimes non-existent – thing. Whereas before you and your spouse would hit the town every other week, now you find your weekend nights taken over by reruns of Paw Patrol and dirty dishes of buttered noodles. Where’s the romance in that? Where’s the fun?

Oftentimes, parents of young kids have to actively make it a point to take a night alone for themselves. It is important to get out of the house, away from the responsibilities of home life, and live a little. What better way to do that than to call up a sitter to come watch the kids, and take your spouse out to the hottest new trend in rec activities: axe throwing.

It might sound a little barbaric at first, but it’s only a few wooden targets being harmed! Besides, it can be one of the most exhilarating, fun experiences out there. All you have to do is book a private lane for you and your loved one, and they’ll take care of the rest.

If you are worried about not getting the hang of it, don’t be too stressed: each private session starts with an in-depth axe throwing tutorial from an expert axe thrower. They will teach you how to plant your feet, how to draw the axe back behind your head and release it forward so it hurtles toward the target. You might not think you’ll be good at it, but you’d be surprised!

Next, it’s just you and your hubby, throwing axes and sharing a few laughs. You can treat it as a friendly competition (loser has to do the laundry for a whole month!) or simply as a fun activity that brings you two closer together. It is often the most unorthodox activities that allow people to shed their skin, forget their worries and focus on having a great time.

Axe throwing facilities have been popping up more and more lately, but the one you are probably familiar with, either from local advertisements or in the news, is BATL (the Backyard Axe Throwing League). It is the first, the biggest and inarguably the best of the axe throwing chains. If you want to get a sense of the atmosphere of an axe throwing facility, as well as what the activity looks like, check out these awesome videos of axe throwing in action.

Be warned, though: axe throwing can be pretty addictive. The activity involved is a natural endorphin booster, and the satisfaction of seeing an axe splinter into some wood can be a very effective stress reliever. Not to mention that the community around this fledgling sport are some of most welcoming, encouraging people.

If you and your hubby are at a loss for what to do on your next date night, why not think outside the box, and inside the wooden target? This trendy new sport is the perfect vacation from reality. It’s exciting, active, satisfying and it will turn you even more into the warrior mom you always knew you were.