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Classes & Workshops
Tennis is one of those games that you can play indoors or outdoors. There's no excuse why you as a couple can't play tennis. Tennis is one of the best sports for two players and therefore a great date activity. If you're total newbies, then tennis classes are a definite help. Have a date where you attend one or more tennis classes and work hard to improve your game. You can challenge each other while playing tennis and even have friendly wagers. Competitive couples and those who like to stay on the go will enjoy playing tennis. Couples need to find new and creative ways to ensure they stay active, and playing tennis is an excellent way of staying on the move.
Going for a ride on a trolly is a great way to feel like you're instantly blasted back into the past. A trolly doesn't travel very fast, so the two of you will have plenty of time to observe what's going on outside the window. Whether it's called a trolly, a streetcar or a tram, the ride itself is a great date idea, but it's even better if you take it to a destination, such as a restaurant. A slow ride in a trolly is a wonderful experience, and it's made even better since you have plenty of time to enjoy it.
Aeromodeling is remote controlled airplanes that you fly somewhat like drones. Before drones, people flew remote-controlled airplanes. As a couple, you can do this by taking turns flying a plane, or you each can have your own. If you're already familiar with drones, aeromodelling isn't going to seem very new to you. It will be different in the sense that you're going to be flying old-timey airplanes. Aviation buffs and those who like spending time outdoors will enjoy this date the most. Take your plane to the park or another area where you can get a running start and take off. Don't be surprised if aeromodelling turns out to be a date you do repeatedly because flying these fun planes can be very addictive.
Martial arts are a great thing to know because you can use them to protect yourself. Beyond self-protection, martial arts are a great form of exercise. Many martial arts enthusiasts live to a ripe old age, and it's because of all the exercise and healthy life choices involved. You can attend classes as a couple and learn together. If you're an adventurous couple, you can do a little martial arts on each other. You can teach each other some moves or do some wrestling. Your martial arts dates will be unique in that you're learning something new that will last a lifetime. The maneuvers and exercises that you learn during your martial arts training will stick with you for the rest of your life. You can turn your martial arts date into something even more spectacular by practicing what you learn at home on future dates.
Fun & Games
Making igloos and snow forts are the perfect winter dates that are sure to create memories that last forever. Make sure to snap plenty of pictures of your snow creation process as well as the final result so you can look back at it during the warm summer months and remember what you did while the snow was falling. To make your snow date even more satisfying, fill a thermos full of hot chocolate to drink while working in the snow. The hot drink will warm your chilled bones and enable you to spend more time outside working on your snowy project together. Don't be surprised if this activity turns into a snowball fight!
Axe and knife throwing take the type of mental focus that can help melt the stress away. It's impossible to focus on anything other than what you're throwing when you have a sharp object that you're trying to stick into something. You and your spouse can have a competition to see who can throw the axe or knife better. Take a slice of a log and make it your goal to get as close to the center of it as possible. If you don't have a log lying around, make a target out of a piece of wood. The person who gets closest to the center can have bragging rights for the rest of the evening on who is the better thrower.
Sharing your hobbies with your spouse is a great way to connect and learn about each other. You can divide a date based on your hobbies into several dates. It doesn't matter how well you think you know your spouse; there's plenty about them that you don't know anything about. If you've been around a while, there are probably a lot of hobbies you used to have when you were younger that you can revive. Hobbies are usually done by ourselves, which means you rarely get to see your spouse participate in them. Learning what your spouse enjoys is always a fascinating experience, and you might also find yourself enjoying the hobby as well. Who knows, in the future the two of you might want to keep doing the hobby together.
Berry picking gives you the opportunity to spend time together while also getting a good deal on tasty fruit. Usually, farms that allow you to pick your own berries sell the fruit at a discounted rate. You'll get to enjoy the great outdoors, breathe fresh country air, and spend some time together. If you get enough berries to preserve and enjoy over winter, you'll have a reminder of the fun you had on your fruit picking country date. For added fun, rush home right away and bake a pie using the fresh fruit you picked. This activity isn't just limited to berries, pick whatever fruits are available to you for your location and season, including berries, apples, peaches and more.
Going to the parade requires a little preplanning, but it's not too difficult. You might need to bring lawn chairs and also find a good place to sit. It's best to find a place to sit at least an hour or so before the parade begins, depending on how many people are involved. Go online to see where the parade route is so that you can find the best possible location. If you live on the parade route, then sit in your yard. It's fun to pay attention and see if you know anyone who is in the parade. Comment on all the floats and talk about the ones you enjoyed most after the parade. Make sure to keep your smartphone handy so you can snap pictures and make videos to share with each other later on.
Aircraft spotting is a hobby that many people have that can be turned into a date. The easiest way to spot aircraft is by being near the airport. If you don't live near an airport, go online to see when and where the nearest planes, helicopters or other aircraft are to you. You should be able to see at least a few planes per day no matter where you live. However, you'll have the best results if you go near an airport. Some people prefer to hang out near small airports, while others prefer large commercial airports' excitement. Go to both types of airports on separate dates and see which of them you enjoy the most. Since you're up close to the aircraft take some photos that you can admire after your date is over.
Arts & Culture
Calligraphy is a beautiful way of writing. If you don't know how to write calligraphy it's simple and inexpensive to learn. A calligraphy date can turn into something magical if you create something that you can give to someone you love. Why not create a fancy birthday card for someone and surprise them with it? You can also create something with elegant writing on it and put it on your wall. Create a poem together about your love and make it look beautiful by writing it in calligraphy. Or write each other love notes or anniversary notes to deliver later. The words will have more meaning when you take so much time to write them beautifully.
Food & Drink
A quick lunch date is a fantastic way to put a little pep in your step during the workday. The two of you can meet up at your favorite restaurant or whatever is close by. If you both work different shifts, that might mean you don't get to see each other very often. A lunch date is perfect because it will allow you to get together and see each other. The best restaurants to go to for a lunch date are those that have lunch specials because those places tend to cater to people in a hurry. The lunch specials are meals that are prepared quickly and are often sold at a great price.
Snorkeling is a great way to explore shallow waters with your spouse. Coral reefs, for example, are beautiful places where two people can enjoy themselves. Go down into the water with a game plan to see as many fish as you can. Turn your snorkeling adventure into a game by trying to spot a specific type of fish while you're down there. Go over a few hand gestures before you down so that you're able to communicate with each other while you're underwater. The best areas for snorkeling are those with clean waters and plenty of wildlife.
Romance & Relationship
You probably don't get to spend enough time together as a couple. You probably spend even less time being affectionate towards one another. Cuddling as a date may sound strange at first, but there's nothing weird at all when we're talking about wanting to get close to the person you love. A great side effect of cuddling is that you get to talk to your spouse while sitting or laying next to them. More often than not, the lines of communication between spouses are too disconnected. By cuddling, you give yourselves an additional opportunity to get the conversation rolling. Add a neck or back massage to your cuddling, and your date will be even more magical and enjoyable.
Diving is a great pastime and date idea for any couple who loves the water. Diving is something you can do all year round. If the weather permits, go diving at a local lake or wherever the water is deep enough for diving. If it's too cold out, find an indoor pool that has a diving board. Be creative and try to come up with your own dives. Make up your own competitions to make it even more fun. If you can, have a camera handy and take photos of each other doing your dives! Diving into water is a simple thing to do, but difficult to master. The most beautiful dives will take time to master, and it will be so much fun to watch the other's progress. You might consider turning diving into a weekend date that gets you out of the house and also gets you some much-needed exercise.
Hitting the links on a bright, beautiful sunny day is an excellent getaway for those who want some alone time. You can either go on the range and hit some balls or play as many holes as possible. There are so many opportunities for couples to talk while they're playing golf. The game itself often is the backdrop for the conversation that takes place. As you go from hole to hole, the conversation has a way of flowing. As a well-established couple, good communication can sometimes be difficult, and hitting the golf course is an excellent excuse to spawn some great conversations.
Fun & Games
If you know what LARPing is, then you already know it's a great date idea. For those of you who don't know what LARPing is, it's a live action role-playing game where you can create your own characters. You create the character from the ground up, and that's what makes it so much fun to play. It will be interesting to see what kind of character your spouse comes up with. You might want to hold off showing the other what your characters look like until you're done creating them. The look on your spouse's face when you reveal the character will be priceless. The expression on their face will make you want to create an even wilder character the next time you do LARPing as a date.
Food & Drink
Brunch is a meal that is best enjoyed during those mornings when you wake up closer to lunchtime. What is brunch? Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch. A brunch date can be an enjoyable way to kickstart your day without having to worry about who's going to cook and do the dishes at home. The perfect brunch date is going to a place that either serves brunch or breakfast until late. Some restaurants serve breakfast all day long, and that means you can eat brunch anytime you want. Do a little research online to see what restaurants would be the best choice for your brunch date so you can enjoy yourself as much as possible.
Karaoke is an instant hit if you're the type who loves to have a good time and consider yourself a music lover. You and your spouse will be smiling and laughing up a storm while the two of you sing your favorite songs. Sometimes the best karaoke sessions are when you mess up the song so bad that you can't stop laughing while trying to sing. If you're too shy to sing at a karaoke bar, watch everyone else while they give it a shot. You can also buy the equipment and have fun at home. You can download tracks from the internet to create all kinds of karaoke-themed fun.
Food & Drink
Making s'mores is so much fun. Eating the s'mores is a whole different experience. The roasting of the marshmallows is fun in itself. There's something about sticking a marshmallow on a stick and roasting it that is such an enjoyable experience. Conversations have a way of spiraling into something truly magical when you're around the campfire. Don't worry; you can roast marshmallows outside your home over a charcoal grill if needed. You can take your s'mores inside or enjoy them while out in the open fresh air. Anytime is a good time to whip up a batch of s'mores and turn it into a delicious date.
Food & Drink
People live busy lives, and sometimes it's hard to prepare a home-cooked meal during the week. Have you ever thought about turning a night of cooking into a date? You can make several meals at once over a few hours if the two of you chip in on the work. You cook the food and then freeze it to eat later on during the week. Think of your date night meals as frozen TV dinners with the most crucial ingredient in them, which is love. You can eat healthily all week long, and it will be because of the time you shared during your date night cooking spree.
Events & Attractions
Book readings can be a fun date idea for many reasons. If the author of the book is the one reading it, you'll get insight as to what the person was thinking about while they wrote the book. The way they read the book, what things they emphasize, and their body language will provide useful information as to what the person was thinking about when they put pen to paper. If the author has a book signing event afterward, consider buying a copy of the book and having them sign it for you. The autographed book will be a memento of the date and the time you got to meet an author.
There are so many date ideas for letter writing that a book could be written about it. You can write letters to each other, combine your efforts, write a letter to a loved one, or write a letter to a celebrity you are fascinated by. Do you write the letter out by hand or use your computer? It might be more fun to take turns writing the letter by hand to see who has the best handwriting. Writing a letter feels like an old-fashioned way of communicating, and it will get your creative juices flowing. Read the letter back after you're done writing it and enjoy all the hard work you've put into it.
Being a mentor is something that so many couples don't see themselves as, but they are. One idea is to become a mentor to young couples who are thinking about getting married. You can also mentor couples who are recently married that might be experiencing a few rough patches in their relationship. If you have experience or expertise in other areas, see how you can share it with others. Your life experiences are valuable, and you can help guide people in many different directions. There are so many people who can benefit from your knowledge, and turning it into a date is a fantastic way to spend some time together while giving back to others. And remember, mentoring is a two-way street. You can mentor others or find a mentor that can help you as well.
The Raspberry Pi has taken the world of computing by storm. There are so many different projects you can work on with your Raspberry Pi or Arduino as a couple. You can build an arcade game, build a robot, or use it to run software that you code. You can turn your Raspberry Pi project into several dates. The first date can be where you decide what you're going to do with the Raspberry Pi. The subsequent dates can be the two of you working to put your plan into action. After you're done, you can show off your contraption or put it on eBay and see if anyone is willing to buy it from you.
Fun & Games
The pursuit of hidden treasure is always exciting. A treasure hunting date can be even more exciting if you find something during your hunt. The best places to search for hidden treasure are historical sites that people have long forgotten about. Will you find a treasure chest filled with gold and jewels? Probably not, but you might find some old relics, coins, or any metal artifacts that can stand the test of time. Get ahold of some old maps, a compass, a metal detector or whatever tools to make the job easier and head out on the hunt. If you want to take it a different direction, hide some treasure and see if your spouse can find it. No matter if you wish to find hidden treasure or hide it yourself, a date like this will get you outside and enjoying some fresh air and adventure.
Fun & Games
Video games from yesteryear offer a unique opportunity to go back in time without having to leave your home. A retrogaming date activity could be playing games from your childhood or even going back further in time, depending on your age. You can buy the consoles for future retrogaming dates, or you can download the games and play them on your mobile devices for some immediate fun. If you have a retrogaming date, snacks like cheesy flavored corn chips and soda pop are a must. You can't play video games without getting your fingers dirty with cheese dust from the chips.
Events & Attractions
Game shows are some of the most entertaining programming on television today. A fantastic date idea is to be in the audience of your favorite game show. Who knows, one or both of you may even end up being a contestant on the game show. Usually, all contestants, even if they don't win, receive prizes for playing the game. Those prizes will always be a reminder of your game show date. Don't forget if you are a contestant or in the studio audience, to record the game show so you can show your friends and family later. If you don't live near a studio with a game show, you can either take a road trip or fly out and turn your game show date into a mini vacation.
You've got to set goals for you to grow as a couple. The goals you set should be in tandem with each other. It would be foolish for each person to set their own goals without consulting the other first. Your spouse can be your best motivation in achieving your goals. Discussing the goals that you have are a crucial first step in getting them done. Go for a walk, sit at a restaurant, have a picnic, and discuss and write down what you hope the future looks like. After you both agree on where you want to go, then make a game plan to put all of your goals into action.
If there's one thing that's for sure about fencing, it's that you need someone else to do it with. You can't do fencing by yourself, fencing is made for two, and that's what makes it the perfect date idea. If you're new to fencing, don't worry, it's a total blast. It looks hard, but once you get the hang of it, it's actually quite easy. Remember, you've got on all kinds of protective gear that will make sure you don't get hurt. Fencing is a great exercise, and it also improves your agility and hand-eye coordination. Try to record your fencing date to make sure you can watch it later on and show your grandkids. No one will ever believe that the two of you were into fencing if they don't see it with their own eyes.
We all have to live within our means, and that's why budgets are so important. Why not turn the budgeting process into a date? The two of you do need to sit down and calculate how much money is coming in and where it's going. Spice things up by ordering takeout food and treating yourself to a movie or favorite television show after you're done. Intertwine activities with your budgeting dates so that they don't feel like it's a chore and nothing else. After all, you are spending time with the person you love, and every minute is precious. Make the most of it by adding a little flair to the budgeting date, and you'll look forward to doing it the next time the need arises.
The fun thing about origami is you can create a million different things out of small pieces of paper. Allow your creativity to run wild and see what you come up with. You and your spouse have different interests, and they will come out when you're creating things using paper pieces. If you want to have a total blast, then try to guess what each other is making. Sometimes the most fun is trying to come up with what your spouse is making out of the folded paper. Your creativity often runs wild when you're trying to outdo each other when trying to create the best origami.
Food & Drink
Nothing says fun like throwing some food on the barbecue. The smell of the food cooking is enough to make your mouth water in excitement. Grilling outside is the perfect excuse to have an outdoor picnic. Some parks have free grills that you can use if you bring your own charcoal. The thrill of a cookout is only outdone by how enjoyable it is to eat a freshly cooked fire kissed meal. Add with it some side dishes like chips, potato salad, or even grilled veggies for the ultimate BBQ date experience. Makes a great date for just you and your honey or as a group date.
Baseball fans know what batting cages are, but the rest of the world may not. A batting cage is a place where a machine pitches baseballs so you can hit them with a bat. The fun thing to do is to see how many of the balls you can hit. Eventually, you will get the hang of it and be a good hitter by the time you're done. A really fun thing to do is to encourage your spouse when they're at bat since you can't be in the cage with them. It's also kind of fun to try to razzle them a little if they whiff and miss the ball completely. Make it interesting with a friendly wager of who can hit the most balls.
Carving usually is done with wood, and it's something that everyone reading this can easily get their hands on. Carving is a skill that takes quite a bit of time to master, but anyone can pick up a piece of wood and begin to carve. A great way to turn carving into a date is by taking turns carving on the same wood piece. Also, one of you might enjoy painting or decorating the final product more than you do carving. A fun thing to do after your carving date is to give your artwork away as gifts. If you have several carving dates and you both get the skill down pat, you can sell your carvings on places like eBay or Etsy to make a little spending money for future dates.
Classes & Workshops
Everyone loves to doodle regardless if you consider yourself an artist or not. By attending drawing classes, you can sharpen your skills while spending some time with your spouse. Allowing your mind's eye to flourish and create new things is always a wonderful experience. Expose your inner artist and see where it takes you by going to a couple of drawing classes. After a couple of classes learning how to draw better, set up a date to draw pictures of each other. It would be interesting to see how your spouse views you, and you'll both laugh at the drawings each of you make.
Style & Fashion
Ladies, get ready for a crazy date if you allow your husband to do your nail art. Why not allow him to pick out the artwork on your fingernails? You don't have to live with it forever, just until you get tired of it. Guys, you probably never thought you'd pick out the art on your wife's nails. Give it a try, and you'll immediately see that it's a blast. Women already know what nail art is all about; it's an undiscovered world to most men. By the time your date is over, the two of you will be laughing up a storm, and you won't believe what just happened.
Fun & Games
For those of you who don't know, letterboxing is like a version of hide and seek where you try to find boxes out in the wilderness and other places. The clues to where the boxes are located can be found on the Internet or in magazines. If you don't wish to use the Internet to find the boxes, you can set up your own search. How you would go about this is you would hide the box and give your spouse clues as to where they can find it. It will be exciting to see if your spouse can find the box with your hints. You might want to hide your first box in an easily accessible place so that the two of you can get the hang of playing this game. Future dates can be more thrilling by placing the box in a harder to find place once you have a full grasp of the gameplay.
It might take a little searching, but there's probably a psychic in your area. It's not essential if you believe what the psychic says. You're there to have a fun date night, and sometimes it's more fun if the psychic goes off and talks crazy stuff. Ask the psychic what they see in your future. If you're lucky, it'll be one of those psychics that use a crystal ball or tarot cards. If there are no psychics in your area, you can call one up and put them on speakerphone. Who knows, you might even be able to get a psychic reading over Skype on live cam.
Causes & Service
All neighborhoods need cleaning up. Why not get together with your neighbors and have a neighborhood clean-up event? If that's not your cup of tea, try to find an elderly or disabled person who needs some help cleaning up their property. A date helping clean your block will make everyone happy. All of your neighbors will think of you when they see how clean everything is. You have to live in your neighborhood, and if it's clean, you'll enjoy spending more time outside. A clean neighborhood is a happy neighborhood, and that's why this is a fantastic way to spend a date night.