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Fun & Games
Texting games can be fun, especially if you're not near your spouse. Texting allows couples to talk with each other, no matter where they are. Be creative and come up with games that the two of you can play. You can ask each other trivia questions, historical questions, or whatever that you're both into. Go online and get the questions and answers to transition from one question to the next quickly. Just remember, there's to be no cheating during your texting date. If you don't know the answer, say so, and move on. Your spouse will catch on if you're cheating, and it will add an odd dynamic to the game.
Classes & Workshops
Attending dance classes is a great date idea for many different reasons. First off, dancing is fun. It's also an excellent exercise, and it's in some cases better than going to the gym. Dancing also promotes intimacy between the two of you. Dancing is something that you and your spouse can do for the rest of your life. What you learn today in the classes you'll be able to do for years down the line. A dancing class date will get you out of the house, you'll be near other couples, and you'll enjoy yourself. The greatest thing about learning how to dance is, it's something you can do at home. Turn on some music, get close, and slow dance while allowing yourselves to live in the moment. Your dance classes will take a life of their own, which is why this is such a fantastic date idea.
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.
No matter what time of year it is, you can go swimming. If it's summertime, then hitting the beach or a public pool is a lot of fun. During the colder months, there are several different places where you can go swimming indoors. Gyms, hotels, and even the YMCA usually have indoor pools that are open all year long. Swimming is a great activity because it relaxes while also providing a great source of exercise. It's next to impossible not to have fun when you're swimming together and enjoying the water. If you're swimming at the beach, bring lunch with you and turn it into a picnic after you're done having fun in the sun.
Fun & Games
Every year virtual reality becomes much more detailed and far more lifelike. Going on a virtual reality date isn't as far-fetched as it sounds. If the two of you have your own headsets, then going on a virtual reality date is a cinch. You just pick the place to go to in your own world and have all kinds of fun. There are places where you can rent the gear and have everything provided. The world around you will never be the same again after the two of you realize that there's much more out there than what meets the eye. Virtual reality expands on the world as we know it and creates the type of fantasy existence that was only a fantasy until now.
Health & Wellness
Supporting the YMCA is excellent because by doing so you do a number of good things for your community. Going to the YMCA is a great way to stay healthy and get rid of some stress. Couples who work out together tend to be healthier and happier. Anyone who has ever worked out in a gym knows that it's always great to have someone there to help you. A date at the YMCA is a wonderful chance for you two to spend some time together and also help each other become physically fit. Some YMCA locations have indoor swimming pools and other activities such as table tennis that you can enjoy as well. Look up your local YMCA to find out more.
Romance & Relationship
A relationship advice date can take form in many different ways. If you've been married for a while, you are an expert at relationships. You could offer advice through support groups at your church, you could make videos and share them on YouTube, or you could even collectively give advice to couples on Reddit. The avenues for you to give relationship advice are almost endless. Those of you who have been married for a long time know that couples need all kinds of advice to keep them together. There isn't a week that goes by that isn't full of landmines, and you will be able to help other couples avoid the misery that comes along with stepping on one of them. And whether you're newlyweds or been married for decades it's always good to take in relationship advice and look for ways to improve your own relationship.
YouTube offers a plethora of free videos that cover almost everything you can think of. Watching online videos together is a fun way to relax and have some alone time with each other. Do you subscribe to some of the same channels? If so, watch your favorite videos together. It's also fun to search YouTube to find YouTubers that you've never watched before. Whatever topic you can think is probably available to watch on YouTube. Explore some new things that might have never been on your radar before. Who knows, you might stumble upon new activities that can later be turned into new date ideas.
For those of you who don't know, rappelling is when you go down the side of a mountain using a rope. Think of rappelling as being the opposite of mountain climbing. Rappelling allows you to experience the height and beauty of a mountain without having the difficult journey of climbing up it. You get to bounce around on the rope until you're all the way down to the very bottom. Those couples who enjoy outdoor adventures will get the most out of rappelling. Rappelling does require some equipment and training, so do your research and determine the best way to be safe and have a great time. If you really want to turn your rappelling into something special, go camping afterward to get the most of being in the great outdoors.
Fun & Games
Setting up an Easter egg hunt is a fantastic date idea that you can share with others as well. You can hide Easter eggs while allowing neighbors or the children of members of your family to find them. You and your spouse will excitedly watch as the children try to find the eggs that you hide. You can also have an Easter egg hunt just for the two of you, and that would entail you hiding eggs so that your spouse can find them. However, a holiday like Easter is best enjoyed with other people, and that's why it is far more fun to invite others to hunt the eggs that you hide or to find another Easter egg hunt that you can attend.
Riding in a horsedrawn carriage feels like a blast from the past. The two of you can sit back in the carriage while enjoying this old fashioned elegance. Imagine what it would've been like for royalty in the past to travel the same way as you go down the street. Use this moment to silently reflect on what makes your love for each other so special. Times like these don't require much creativity since you can look around and see what's so incredible about the moment. The sound of the horses walking, the closeness of the two of you sitting together, and the open-air aspect of the carriage all create a romantic atmosphere that is unique to itself.
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
A peck on the cheek is so much more fun when you're at the top of a Ferris wheel. Some big cities have enclosed Ferris wheels that operate all year long. Each person sits in the Ferris wheel in a glass-enclosed case, and it goes around slowly. The best moment is when you're at the top and looking into the eyes of your spouse. Dates like these are so precious because they're simple, but create the kind of memories that last a lifetime. Take a selfie while the two of you are kissing at the top so you can savor the memory for years to come.
Health & Wellness
Dreams are always interesting snippets of what's going on in our inner mind. A dream interpretation date can give you an insight into the inner workings of your spouse's brain. It can also offer plenty of funny fodder that is sure to make you wonder who you married. Write down your dreams and a couple of times a month, have a dream interpretation where the two of you try to see what all of this mumbo jumbo means. You should find enough information online to decipher the dreams and figure out what is going on while you're sawing logs at night.
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.
Arts & Culture
Metalworking is an interesting date idea because it produces something that lasts a lifetime. Metalwork could include small trinkets or jewelry or large pieces that weigh several pounds or more. It's not advised that you rush to a local machine shop and start to work on a lathe right away. In fact, you'd be better off trying to find an introductory course or something along those lines. You could also find a local metal worker in your area who would be willing to allow you to sit with them and maybe even help out while they work. If you do metalworking as a profession, the possibilities are endless for this as a date idea. You can work together with your spouse to create something truly unique, and who knows, you might even be able to sell it as well.
Health & Wellness
Massages are a great way to relax and put your worries aside. Couple's massages allow you both to relax at the same time and enjoy the handiwork of a professional masseuse or masseur and can even be therapeutic. Giving each other massages is a great way to enjoy the benefits of a massage and to save money. Massages encourage closeness and intimacy and can be very relaxing. A bottle of lotion or massage oil is a great investment as it will make the massage more enjoyable. Have your spouse lay on the bed, and you begin massaging their feet. Work your way up to their legs from their feet and massage the rest of their body. Pay close attention to any sensitive areas so you can avoid massaging them and pay attention to where they liked being massaged the most. Spend more time on the areas that your partner enjoys being massaged, and they'll love the rubdown even more.
Health & Wellness
For those of you who don't know, canicross is cross country running - with dogs. Basically, you go take your dog for a run. If you have two dogs, it's a lot of fun to do on a date. You and your spouse take your dogs to the park or some area where they can run on a leash and allow them to stretch their legs and have a good time. As a pet owner, you always have to be concerned about your dog, not getting enough exercise. The same can be said about you and your spouse not getting enough exercise. A canicross date is good exercise for everyone involved, and that's what makes it such an enjoyable experience.
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.
Food & Drink
Building a gingerbread house is a delicious activity that produces excitement as no other date can. You can share your gingerbread house with friends and family after you're done building it. Your gingerbread house can be as elaborate or as simple as you want it to be. The most fun thing about building a gingerbread house might be eating your final product. Make sure to take quite a few pictures of your gingerbread house to remember how delicious your date was. Share the photos on social media to make everyone jealous about your confectionary filled date.
Cloud watching is a free activity that gives you an insight into the inner working of your spouse's mind. All you do is find a comfortable place to sit or lay and look up towards the heavens. Each of you says the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the clouds. Use this moment to get close to each other and to enjoy being in their arms. It's less about the clouds than it is about being together. Turn your cloud watching into a picnic and enjoy an even longer time outside together. Cloud watching dates tend to be spontaneous and don't be surprised if it morphs into something else entirely.
Gardening is an activity both of you can do during a date and enjoy the benefits for months to come. Who doesn't love eating fresh produce straight from the garden? Another great date idea is to preserve your bountiful harvest together by canning and freezing everything after you've picked it. A jar of preserves is a wonderful gift, and the two of you can whip up a batch in your kitchen with the fruits of your labor in the garden. You can turn your backyard into a garden or even a windowsill if you're in an apartment, and outdoor space is at a premium.
A relaxing date at home of knitting is more fun than it probably sounds. You and your spouse can make a variety of things with nothing more than a few knitting needles and some yarn. You can knit a blanket to keep you warm in the winter. You could also knit a sweater. You might even consider donating your date night knitting stuff to charity or sell it online on eBay or Etsy. No matter what you do with the final product, you'll enjoy spending time with the person you love while enabling your creative side to flourish.
Causes & Service
Have you ever thought about becoming an organ donor? If not, it's something that everyone needs to talk about. The discussion would make for a perfect date night activity. It's a conversation every couple needs to have. Why not make a list of the pros and cons of donating your organs? It will be interesting to see which one of you wants to donate their organs. You might find out that both of you either want to donate or don't want to. The conversation will go into all sorts of unexpected areas, which is good because it'll give you a chance to get to know your spouse better.
Fun & Games
Board games aren't only fun when it's cold or rainy outside; they're also the indoor perfect date night activity. Board games such as Monopoly take a long time, but games such as Connect Four are much quicker. A small investment in a few games can yield several great date nights. Pop some popcorn, crack open a two-liter of soda pop, and have yourself a good time playing games. You will have fun, but more importantly, you'll get to have time alone with your spouse. Any excuse to be alone is a good one in the busy world that we live in.
Romance & Relationship
Almost every couple needs to spend more time in the bedroom. Let's face it, time in the bedroom is precious, and most couples don't get enough of it. Games are a fun way to create the type of sparks needed to turn your love life into a wildfire. The game itself is only a vehicle for allowing each other to feel closer to each other. Take some time out to laugh, have fun, and enjoy each other's company. Allow the conversation to flow and see where things go. You'll be surprised by how quickly the moment will heat up, and you'll feel like you were just married all over again.
Fun & Games
A date at the local arcade playing skee-ball is not only a great time, but it's also inexpensive as well. Pace yourself and have a blast while you rack up points and maybe even tickets depending on where you're playing skee-ball. If the arcade gives out tickets, that's even better because then you can cash them in for a date night memento. Allow your competitive spirits to gain control and see who can get the highest score in skee-ball. It's surprising how much fun the simple game of skee-ball is, and it could end up being a regular date night activity.
Fun & Games
Eyebombing is where you put googly eyes on objects in public. The goal is to make things look silly, so people get a chuckle. There are a million and one things you can eyebomb, and the hilarity sometimes gets out of hand. Grab yourself a pack of eyes and try to find the silliest places where you think they should go. You'll laugh so hard when you see how people react to the googly eyes. You will have a ton of fun eyebombing, but your date will bring plenty of lighthearted laughs to anyone who catches a glimpse of the eyes. Please remember to eyebomb responsibly.
Food & Drink
Couples who consider themselves animal lovers are the ones who enjoy going to the animal cafe the most. What is an animal cafe? An animal cafe is a restaurant where you eat your meal near or accompanied by animals. The owner of the cafe determines the type of animals you eat near or some even allow you to bring your own pet. You can pet the animals and get to know them a little better before or after your meal. The fun part is that you express your love of animals, which most people don't get to do these days. Make sure you have your camera ready to capture the priceless expression on your spouse's face when something funny happens with the animals.
Listening to podcasts might not sound like much of a date but it can actually be a total blast. First off, there are a ton of podcasts out there for you to listen to. If you've already got some podcasts picked out, you can stick with those or try to find something that the both of you will enjoy. If you want, you can find a topic that will help you grow, such as relationship advice, DIY and home maintenance tips or how to care for children. There really is an endless amount of free podcasts out there - take a little time to find something that interests you and enjoy listening to it 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
Playing games in your yard offers the opportunity to have fun while not having to go very far at all. Badminton, corn hole and lawn darts are a few games that you can play in your yard. Getting some fresh air and moving your body is always a great way to spend some of your free time. If you've got a competitive spirit, then yard games are right up your alley. Make friendly wagers with each other or try to get more points than the other for bragging rights. Playing any game is much more fun when you have someone who you can compete against.
The polar bear plunge is where you jump into a body of water during the wintertime. You jump into a lake or a pond when it's cold and then go swimming. You might just find that you're jumping out faster than you jumped in. Make sure you do this safely and be prepared with towels and anything else you'll need to get warm and dry. It used to be thought that entering cold water like that was good for your immune system. If there's one thing that's for sure, plunging into ice-cold water will make you come alive as nothing else will. You will always remember the look on each other's faces (and accompanying gasps or screams) when they entered the water and then came out. Challenge each other to do this fun activity which you'll likely remember forever.
Causes & Service
The joy of Christmas is something that people can never get enough of. Caroling is a fun way to spread the holiday cheer that so many people desperately lack. You can either go caroling in your own neighborhood or visit friends and sing outside where they live. If you know other couples who are into caroling, you could turn it into a double or group date. After you're done caroling, go inside and warm your bones with a hot foot or drink. There's no better way to end your caroling date than with a cup of sweet, creamy hot chocolate and maybe a cookie or two.
There's a whole world out there waiting for you to explore. Where will you go exploring? Have you ever thought about searching through caves? Maybe you could hike through forests to find old long-lost buildings. A great exploring date is to try to find run-down mansions in your city that belonged to people who were once rich and powerful. No matter where you are, there's plenty of rich history waiting for you to discover. Exploring is one of those date activities that becomes addictive, and you shouldn't be surprised if it's something that you want to do again.
A date featuring a tour could be a number of things from taking a tour of a factory, a historical building, or riding a bus while a tour guide tells you about significant landmarks you pass. You can even go on a virtual tour online and see incredible things without ever having to leave your home. The tour's depth is up to you, but the one consistent thing is that you'll get to experience something new with your spouse. Take your date to the next level by finding places to take tours that interest both of you. It'll take a little work to find something that strikes both your fancies, but it's well worth the effort since dates like these tend to be highly memorable ones.
Health & Wellness
Detoxing and cleansing is a vital part of your health. Your body needs to cleanse itself from time to time. Why not turn your detox into a date? Both of you can detox at the same time - that will come in handy if you feel any unwanted side effects. You can help each other out and encourage your spouse if they hit any rough patches. Detoxing isn't the easiest thing to put your body through, but you feel so much better afterward. Turn your cleansing date into something you do every few months for optimal health.
A dartboard and a fist full of darts are all you need for a fun-filled date. You can either set your dartboard up outside or put it somewhere where you don't mind there being a little damage to the wall. If you've never played darts before, you will ultimately miss the board in the beginning. If you're feeling up to a friendly wager, you can play against each other for a prize. Maybe say the person who loses the game has to wash the dishes or do a chore the other doesn't want to do. Keep score and watch how your game improves after several games of playing darts.
Arts & Culture
Singing in a choir is an uplifting experience, and it is a wonderful thing to share with your spouse as a date. Churches are the most common places where you can sing in a choir. There are many date opportunities for you to sing in the choir. For example, choir practice, choir at church services, or you could even get together the choir to sing at a place like a nursing home. Practicing at home is also fun if you are in the choir and need to brush up a little bit before singing with everyone else. You will be amazed by how invigorating both of you feel after your choir date because singing enables you to let go of your emotions and temporarily forget about everything in the world around you.