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Are you and your spouse a fan of a particular sport? If so, fantasy sports are a way to have a little fun and enjoy the sport you can't get enough of. What you do is you each create a fantasy team and pit them against each other. You see which players perform the best every week and then tally up your scores at the end of the season. Fantasy sports are available for most major sports like football, baseball, basketball and even auto racing. The two of you may be die-hard sports fans, but you'll choose different players to make up your team. The players each of you chooses show how your interest in the game is different. You'll be surprised by what the other picks up on the game and the players they've been keeping an eye on.
Magic shows aren't just for kids, and they are the perfect date for the couple who needs to get out of the house. You will love seeing the look of surprise on your spouse's face when something outrageous happens. If you want to have a really exciting time, sit in the front row of the magic show. Magicians often ask for volunteers out of the front row. All the way home, you both will ask each other how the magician performed their tricks. All of the tricks that you see will be on the tip of your tongue for quite some time until you learn how they pulled them off.
Bocce ball is a game that you can play outdoors and indoors as well. For those of you who don't know, bocce ball is a game of rolling balls to get points. Bocce ball is an ancient game that isn't as popular in the Americas as it is in Europe. Couples who need to spend more time outdoors should take up bocce ball in the summertime. A game of bocce ball is a great excuse to get outside and to breathe some fresh air. It's a fun game to take to the park and turn your game into an awesome date with a picnic. Who knows, if you're playing bocce ball at the park, you might end up with a bunch of spectators cheering you on.
Romance & Relationship
Your wedding was the defining moment of your life. Looking back at the photos and videos from that special day is one of those things that helps you relive the magical time. Your wedding was priceless, and its impact on your life is beyond measurable. Take a few moments out of your busy life and have a date going back in time. If you really want to have a splendid date, have a fantastic meal and tell each other why you love the other so much. Use this opportunity not only to go down memory lane but also to strengthen your relationship. The wedding was the first step in what turned out to be the most eventful day of your life. Why not set aside a little time and appreciate it?
Romance & Relationship
Your creative side comes to light when you're body painting. Take turns painting each other and see what kind of funky designs you can come up with. It might be fun to have a theme such as nature, or animal prints, or whatever. The point is to add a new dimension to the body painting to make it even more exciting. If you want to have even more fun after painting each other, step into the shower together and wash the paint off. It might take a little scrubbing to get the paint off, but both of you will end up laughing up a storm at the mess the two of you made.
Fun & Games
If there's an event coming up that requires a party, planning for it is a must. Can you really turn party planning into a date? Why not? You can plan the party out longhand on a piece of paper or use an electronic device to make it much easier. You could turn an evening at the park into a party planning date and even have a picnic. You'll have to get together with your spouse to plan the party; you might as well turn it into a date. Even a pan of freshly baked brownies and a glass of milk can turn planning a party into a date that the two of you can enjoy.
Food & Drink
Going out to eat on a breakfast date is a nice change of pace. Sometimes married couples are so busy they don't have time to spend with each other in the evening. If both of you go to work at the same time, a breakfast date makes perfect sense. If you can't do it during the week, going during the weekend on a day you both have off is a great alternative. Breakfast is served at so many restaurants these days, from fast food joints to sit down places with a menu. There is no better way to start the day than to share a meal with the person who you love more than anyone in the world. Breakfast dates are a fantastic way to sneak in some time for bonding during a period of the day most people overlook.
Going canoeing can be an all-day adventure or something you do for a few hours. For the ultimate canoeing date, bring along a lunch and eat it in the wilderness. The summer months are the best time to go canoeing, but it's an activity that you can do as long as the weather is nice. Each of you will have fun learning how to row in sync with each other. It takes a little practice, but before too long, you'll be rowing together in a matter of no time. Canoeing enables you to connect to the great outdoors while also enjoying a few precious moments together.
Window shopping is a fun thing to do if you live in a city with an active downtown. Back in the day, people used to love to go window shopping to see what all the stores were selling. There are several great things about window shopping, and one of them is that it gets you plenty of exercise. Make sure you've got your smart watch or pedometer on so you get credit for all the walking you'll do. Where there are stores, there are always places to eat. Turn your window shopping date into something even more incredible by taking a break and getting a bite to eat. Put aside a little money in case you see something while window shopping that catches your eye. The stores are quite crafty, and they know what to put in their window to trigger people to come in and buy something.
Fun & Games
Tailgating can be a fun date; however, whatever you do, don't drink and drive. If you're planning on drinking make sure you consider other transportation options. Bring a grill, some charcoal, and all the fixings for a good time. Sometimes it's fun to walk through the parking lot and see what other people are doing. You never know, someone may offer you a bite or two of BBQ. If your favorite team isn't in town, don't worry, tailgating is fun no matter what - some people tailgate who have no interest in the sport whatsoever.
Causes & Service
Doing something good for someone else is always a great way to spend your time. Why not turn doing good deeds for others into your next date? What kind of good deeds can you do? You can take an elderly person's dog for a walk. Why not go to the store and buy groceries for someone who is disabled? Sometimes the best thing you can do for others is to spend some time with them. You and your spouse could sit on the porch and talk to someone who never gets any visitors. Look for opportunities where you can pay it forward and do good deeds for others and turn them into dates that will be enjoyable for both of you and the person on the receiving end.
Those who enjoy the great outdoors will love going out on a date to do a little wildlife spotting. National parks are great places where you can walk around and see all kinds of wild animals. You shouldn't try to spot things such as bears unless you are prepared to defend yourself if one comes a little too close. Bird watching, insect watching, and looking for small animals is always fun. Even a stroll through a national park that doesn't turn up any significant wildlife is still a fantastic date. You get to spend time with each other and hopefully chat it up while walking around.
Fun & Games
Quoits is an old-time game where you toss rings made out of metal or rope around pegs. The hope is to get the rings to land on the pegs. Quoits is a fun outdoor game that you can enjoy on bright sunny days. Every couple needs an excuse to get outside and enjoy a little fresh air. A quoits date is as good of a reason as any to get outside and to get a little sunlight. If you really want to have even more fun, bring along a sack lunch or a picnic. Take a break from playing quoits and eat your meal, and then get right back to competing against each other.
Tree climbing is a date activity that can make you feel like a kid again. Seeing how high up each of you can climb in the tree is the exciting part. How high can you get before looking down is too scary? Snap a couple of pictures of each other while you're high up in the trees. No one will ever believe that the two of you decided to have a tree-climbing date. Big sturdy trees are the best to climb that are healthy and have plenty of branches to grab onto.
Classes & Workshops
Do you have an inner actor or actress waiting to come bursting out? If so, acting classes are more than just a date; they could be a path to something even bigger. Even if the two of you just like to watch movies and television, acting classes can be a lot of fun. You'll no doubt bust up laughing at trying your best to act out each scene. The skills that you learn can be used at home on future dates to act out scenes in your favorite movies. Acting is an art, and a date filled with allowing your artistic side to flourish is a healthy outlet that will benefit both of you greatly.
Fun & Games
A social media date is more fun than what most people probably realize. The way you turn social media into a date is by sitting next to each other on the couch and taking turns scrolling through your timeline. Do you know what your spouse looks at while on social media? You might learn quite a bit about them if you see what they're up to. Social media is loaded with everything, from humor to politics and everything in between. You might want to start your date with something light-hearted and see where it goes. Pop a bowl of popcorn and see where this date takes you because you never know when it comes to social media.
In many cities, the weekends are hot days for garage sales. You can easily spend an entire Saturday going from garage sale to garage sale, finding all kinds of goodies. Here is a little fun thing you can do to turn going to garage sales into a date. Try to find at least one item that you think the other would like. It doesn't have to cost much; you can set a limit of a couple of dollars on the item. You'll be surprised by the items that your spouse thinks that you will like. Seeing the items your spouse chooses gives insight into what type of person they think you are.
Mind mapping is creating a diagram where you have something in the center, and you have things pointing to it that are similar. Mind mapping focuses on correlations between different things and what's at the center. You start with the center of focus and build up everything around it. Mind mapping can be a fun date because it can help you become more organized, and it can also give you an insight into how your spouse thinks. Sometimes it's fun to have a mind mapping date and see how your spouse puts together thought processes to understand how they compute things.
Riding in an airboat is a fun way to see and experience an area such as a swamp or wetland. The average couple reading this won't have their own airboat or be able to drive one themselves. None of that is a big deal because if you live in an area where people use airboats, you'll be able to find someone who will rent it out and take you all over. You can ask the boat captain to be like a tour guide and tell you about all the things you pass through. You might also be able to ask the captain to stop the boat for you to go fishing or frog hunting. If nothing else, he might be able to stop the boat so the two of you can snap some pictures or maybe even have a picnic.
Causes & Service
Donating bone marrow can be a life-saving gift for some people. Have you ever thought about having a bone marrow donor date? This date activity is not for actually donating any bone marrow, it's for registering to become a donor. After you take a quick saliva sample it will be sent in for analysis and your information will be placed in a database. If someone needs a bone marrow transplant and your marrow would be a good match you may be called on to help. Even if you're never called upon to help it's still a great service you can provide and something that will make you good about doing. About 1 in 400 people end up being called to make a donation for someone in need.
Fun & Games
A blanket fort is a lot of fun during those cold wintery days when you don't feel like going outside. Get underneath the blanket and create a fort. It's even more fun if you tell winter-related stories while underneath the blankets. Try to come up with the best coldest story that you can. Holiday-themed stories are fun too if it's near the holidays. It's so nice to be warm and cozy next to the person you love. The stories, the fort, and everything else will magically go away when the two of you are lost in the moment.
Events & Attractions
Comic book lovers are a breed all of their own. Do you and your spouse love putting your nose in a comic book or watching superhero or sci-fi movies? If so, you will love going to a comic convention for a date. You will see people dressed up as your favorite characters, and you'll also get to mingle with those in the industry. Fantasy book and movie creators are seen as celebrities in this world, but they're often still fairly easy to connect with at conventions. Try to take a few selfies during your comic convention date so you can remember it forever.
You don't need to be a coin collector to enjoy a U.S. mint tour. You'll never think of the coins in your pocket the same way after seeing how they're made. It's surprising to see the expertise and craftsmanship that goes into making every coin. You will learn how the designs are created and also the method in which each coin is struck. Don't forget to get some souvenirs before you leave so you can always remember the date where you saw how coins are made. To learn more about tours and everything else the Mint has to offer, check out usmint.gov
The entire goal of paintball is to see how many times you can hit your target. Who is your target? Well, it's you and your spouse! If shooting each other is too much for either of you to handle, then you can do a little target practice. It will be fun to see who can hit the target the most with the paintballs. If you're feeling adventurous, then hunt each other in a warlike manner until all of your paintballs are gone. The winner will be the person who has the least amount of paint on them. There's something so fun about shooting each other with paintballs that it might become a regular date night activity. If you have your own equipment you can play with just the two of you or a small group of friends. Or if not, find a place that offers paintball and provides everything you need including the venue itself.
Babysitting is a surprisingly fun date activity for those who need a little diversity in their lives. If you have grown kids, then babysitting will make you remember when your children were young. Those couples who don't have kids, but are thinking about having them, will benefit from babysitting since it'll give you the chance to see what having a family is like. Plan out fun activities for the child or children to do that everyone can participate in. An evening babysitting is a whole lot more fun than it sounds if you're the type of couple who loves children. You can also trade babysitting with another couple so you each have free sitters for your date nights.
Romance & Relationship
Aphrodisiacs are exciting because they get you in the mood for all kinds of things. Some of the most common foods said to be aphrodisiacs are chocolate, artichokes, figs, oysters, asparagus, strawberries, watermelon, and spicy chili peppers. There are also a ton of less common foods, herbs, etc. that are known for their aphrodisiacal properties. A quick Google search is all it takes to come up with several to try out. You might consider having this date in the bedroom because trying out aphrodisiacs too much may make you end up there anyway.
If you or another couple you know are thinking about having a baby soon or you see children in your future, then coming up with names is essential. Some couples spend countless days going through books and websites trying to come up with the perfect name. Many times, couples are unsure what their baby's name should be, and it takes time to come up with something they both can agree on. Get yourself some snacks, turn on some music, and have fun coming up with names. You can go through names off of the top of your head or look them up. The fun part is seeing which names your spouse likes and the ones that they refuse to give your child. The back story behind the names they won't accept can sometimes be more interesting than choosing a baby name.
Fun & Games
How long has it been since you've played on a playground? The answer to that question is too long, and now is the perfect time to get on the swings and have some fun. Allow yourselves to be kids again, ride the swings, go down the slide, and play with a ball. Do all the things that you used to love to do as a child. You'll instantly be taken back in time when you were a child, and life was simpler. It will be interesting to see which of the toys that your spouse likes the most. The laughs and giggles will be uncontrollable when you're doing all the things you enjoyed when you were a child.
Something magical happens when it gets dark outside, and the city you live in begins to light up. A drive through your city at night opens up a new world that you rarely see if you're never out late. Pay attention to all the signs and how your favorite stores and restaurants look when they're illuminated. The world comes alive at night, and there's no better proof of that than when the neon lights start to flicker. Point out which signs are your favorite and try to guess which ones your spouse might like the most. Try to find a little extra elevation for an even more beautiful scene.
Arts & Culture
Reading poetry can be a fun addition to any date or could be a date all by itself. You can read poems written by others that you find online or in books. Each of you should search the internet for poems that you find enjoyable. For fun, try to convey what the poem is saying with your voice and body language. Act out parts of the poem to emphasize the meaning behind certain parts of it. Share them by standing up and reading the poems to each other. Try to capture the spirit of the written word and act out what you feel the poet had in mind. It's also fun to have a themed poetry reading night. For example, love might be a theme for one night, while sadness could be a theme for your next poetry reading date. Reading poetry can open up your emotions as nothing else can. A poetry reading date is about so much more than the poems; it's about how they make you feel. Get in contact with your inner selves during this date, and the two of you will grow as a couple. Literature can be a beautiful thing to experience together as a couple.
Arts & Culture
The fun thing about t-shirt design is that you can turn your hobby into a business. Brainstorm and try to come up with as many funny, witty, or off-the-wall t-shirt slogans and designs as possible. The two of you can even have a competition to see who sells the most shirts if you sell your shirts online. A really fun way to always remember your date is to design a shirt specifically for the moment. You'll have a memento of your enjoyable experience that you can cherish for a lifetime. Make sure you print up a shirt for each of you to wear out to your next great date.
There are several different ways that you can have a product testing date. The two of you could go to the store and buy several foods that you've never tasted before and give them a try. You could try to join a company that pays people to test products for them. You could even make a video of you and your spouse testing different products and share it on YouTube. It's easy to find a ton of things either online or at the store that you've never used before. Don't limit yourself to only food; you can also test household products, hair care products, or even perfumes. Be creative and try a few things that you know you'll bust a gut laughing because of how strange they are.
Fun & Games
Setting up a DIY photobooth is a super simple task, thanks to modern-day technology. All you need is a digital camera - either a standalone camera or the camera on your phone, tablet or laptop. If you want to print out the pictures, you can use your own printer. However, you don't actually need a printer, you can use a printing service or send the photos to everyone over the internet. Be creative and make all kinds of props for your photobooth. You might even want to set up themes such as vacation, retro, or wildlife scenes. The photos you produce in your booth will provide lasting memories of all the fun you had on your date.
Romance & Relationship
Communication is always an issue in a marriage. Setting aside a little time for something like learning about "love languages" is a must. Author Gary Chapman wrote in his book The Five Love Languages about the ways that people express and receive love. Taking the surveys can be eye opening as you gain insight into how your spouse (and yourself) prefers to be shown love. After you've determined your love languages you'll be more aware of the way you express love within your relationship. Sitting down next to each other and speaking about what makes you feel loved is a great way to express your feelings. It's not always easy to get mushy, but let the words flow. Allow your heart to do all the talking, and you'll find the right words to say. It's okay to feel uncomfortable talking about you feel on the inside, what isn't okay is bottling it up. Allow your heart to gush and say whatever it is that your feeling. Love is a beautiful thing but it requires nurture and attention. You need to educate yourselves on the 5 love languages to ensure that you're expressing love in the ways that your spouse cherishes most.
Events & Attractions
Air shows are fun because you get to see aircraft do things that you only typically watch on television. Usually, air shows are free, and they take place in an open area where you can do other things on your date. For example, you could have a picnic before or after the air show to make your date even that much more special. You don't need to be an aviation buff to enjoy watching an air show since they tend to have a little something for everyone. Bring your lawn chairs and a cold drink and gaze up towards the heavens and be amazed by what happens in the sky.
Playing football is a great way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. If you know some other couples who need some exercise, get them together for a double or a triple date for even more fun. If it's just you and your spouse, you can still play around with the football by yourselves and have a lot of fun. How you would go about playing football with only the two of you is to run with the ball and see who can catch the other, or simply play catch. It might not be a good idea to do any serious tackling since someone can get hurt. Touch football is the best way to play without the risk of injury.
Quite a few couples share a love of collecting items. Do both of you like to collect the same things? If so, then turn hunting the items into a date. If not, help build each other's collections together. You can go to flea markets, estate auctions, or garage sales to find the items you collect. Also, surfing eBay or Craigslist is a great way to find collectibles without leaving the house. Half of the fun of collecting isn't buying the items; it's trying to find them. You get to meet a lot of interesting people, and their stories are always so fun to hear. The adventure of collecting draws all kinds of people into the hobby, and the thrill of the hunt is what keeps couples seeking out collectibles on dates.
The thrill of being high in the sky and jumping out of a plane is something that the two of you will never forget. A skydiving date is one that you'll always remember. If it's your first time jumping out of a plane, you'll probably have to jump with instructors. Skydiving is an adrenaline junkie's dream come true, and it also gives you a view of the planet that most people never see. The period of free-floating is one of the most beautiful things a person can experience, and you'll get to share it with the person you love the most.
A kickball game with your spouse will immediately send you back to the days when you were in school. Be creative and come up with your own rules while playing kickball. You can take turns kicking the ball or turn it into a game like soccer. Take your ball and go to the park and enjoy some fun in the sun. If you take a picnic or some snacks, you can turn your kickball game into an outdoor extravaganza. It's always nice to spend some quality time with the person you love outside, and doing something healthy is a bonus.
Radio-controlled cars offer the type of fun that very few things can. If you've got two radio-controlled cars, then you already have the perfect tools for a date at the park. If you only have one RC car, don't sweat it, you can take turns at the park. Just about anywhere is the right spot to play with your cars. A park, the sidewalk, a parking lot, or maybe even the grass if you have an off-road vehicle. You can even set up a race track and see who can drive around it in the fastest time. Be creative and come up with your own games to turn your RC date into a fun-filled evening.