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The fun thing about paddle boats is that you both can do it at the same time. If one of you slacks off, then the boat won't go nearly as fast. Parks and other places with bodies of water often have paddle boats that you can rent. A couple of hours out on the water is an enjoyable experience, and it gives you a chance to spend some time with your spouse. It won't be long after you're out on the water that the two of you are talking up a storm. Before you know it, you've spent the time chatting about all the things that you've wanted to talk about. A date spent paddle boating isn't about being on the water; it's about being alone with your spouse and having the opportunity to talk and relax together.
Racquetball is a fun indoor sport that you can play all year long. That means a racquetball date can take place no matter if it is in the middle of summer or the dead of winter. Racquetball is a challenging sport that will get your blood pumping in a matter of no time. If you are a competitive couple, you can place a small wager, which will give you an incentive to play even harder. For example, you might say that the loser of the racquetball game has to do a chore at home after you go out for ice cream at the end of the game. Regardless, if you're the type of couple who likes to compete against each other, playing racquetball is a great exercise that will keep you healthy while also being a lot of fun.
Causes & Service
Churches, soup kitchens, and food banks all need volunteers. Your next date night could help those in need while also increasing your bond. The two of you could volunteer to clean a soup kitchen or to stock the shelves of a food bank. If you're an animal lover, contact your local animal shelter and see if they need volunteers. The love that you share for each other can impact your community by turning your date night into something that helps those who are less fortunate. Make yourself available during times when most people can't volunteer on days such as weekends to increase your odds of being able to help out.
Arts & Culture
Allowing your creative side to flourish by doing arts & crafts is a fantastic date idea. Take it one step further by turning your love of arts & crafts into a business. A fun way to kick off your date is by walking through a craft store and seeing what piques your interest. By the time you're ready to leave the store, you'll have a clear idea as to what you want to make when you're at home. Be as zany and creative as you want to be when creating your crafts. It's great to watch your spouse's imagination come alive and explore their inner self. You don't know who you're married to until you see their creativity open like a flower blossoming in the morning.
Fun & Games
Foosball is a fun game to play when you pit your skills against your spouse. Foosball doesn't require a great strategy, though you do need pretty good hand-eye coordination. It's impossible to do anything other than laugh when the two of you are having a ton of fun playing foosball. Before you know it, both of you will be lost in the game, and the time will have flown by. Take your foosball to a whole new level by making a recording of your gameplay. Share your video with others, and don't forget to do a little boasting if you're the lucky person who gets to call themself the winner.
The fun thing about playing hacky sack is that you never know where it is going to land. Use your body, your feet, and anything else other than your hands to pass the hacky sack from each other. A really fun thing to do is to play hacky sack at your local park and see if anyone wants to join in. Hacky sack is a game that you can quickly learn, and after a few sessions you'll start to get the hang of it. A hacky sack doesn't cost very much money, and you can have months, if not years of fun with it. A quick game of hacky sack can occur in your backyard, a nearby parking lot, or anywhere where you can kick this sack without worrying about it damaging something. Even a hallway can be the perfect place for a hacky sack game if the weather doesn't permit you to go outside.
Events & Attractions
Poetry conveys a message as nothing else can. Reading the poetry of others you often wonder what the meaning the poet was trying to convey. If you're fortunate enough, there might be a poetry reading by the author near you that you can attend. Hearing the words out of a poet's mouth can be so much more impactful to you. Check for events at the largest book stores in the area to see if there are any upcoming author readings. If you're lucky you might get a signature or a selfie with the author at such an event. Reading poetry to yourselves is great, but listening to the words as delivered by the actual authors can be a real treat.
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!
Fun & Games
Role-playing games enable you to get out of your shell and be someone else. You can discover sides of your spouse you never knew existed during a role-playing date. There are a wide variety of games that you can play, and some of them can even be found on the internet. A date of playing a role-playing game is usually less about the game and more about spending quality time together. Sometimes couples need a little nudge to relax and enjoy a little alone time. If it takes playing a game, then pull out the box or load up the app and have at it. Enjoy some snacks, order a pizza, or slurp down some fizzy sodas while playing a game that should bring you closer together.
Classes & Workshops
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a photo lasts a lifetime. A date that includes photography classes is sure to stay with you for the rest of your life. By taking photography classes during your date, you will be able to capture moments in time like never before. You can have one photography class date or several. Those of you who are seeking more advanced photography skills will want to take more than one class. That's okay; every couple can use a few more dates.
Tennis is one of those games that you need a partner to play with. Tennis is the perfect outdoor sport for couples which keeps you healthy and gets you out of the house. Tennis dates are great because both of your games will improve as you continue to play. It won't be long until you think back to when you weren't so good at playing tennis. If you want to keep your tennis dates going all year round, find an indoor tennis court to play on during the colder months or when it's raining outside.
Classes & Workshops
It seems that home improvement and DIY types of shows are a big hit right now. You and your spouse might watch those programs and be in awe of what they do. If so, then home improvement classes are a fantastic date idea for you. The classes will teach you how to do repairs in your home to improve the quality of your life. Not only will you enjoy living in your home more, but you'll also save a ton of money by not having to pay people to do these things for you which are easier than you think to do.
Riding dirt bikes is a great date for anyone who has a sense of adventure or is looking for something out of their comfort zone. You can take turns riding a single dirt bike on your date, or you can rent two of them. If you really enjoy your date, you might consider buying a couple of dirt bikes so you can do this activity more often. Riding the bikes are fun, but it's equally as fun enjoying being outside. Take a break riding so you can make some videos of each other on the dirt bike. You'll want to make sure to preserve this date so you can watch it decades later.
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.
Petsitting enables you to do something good for someone and also provides the perfect opportunity to spend some time with your spouse. If the two of you are animal lovers, then petsitting will come naturally. If you aren't, then petsitting might offer a hilarious opportunity that otherwise wouldn't exist. Or maybe the two of you are interested in getting a pet and want to try it out for a day. If you're sitting a dog, take it out for a walk. The two of you will get some much-needed exercise, and so will your furry friend. Also, some pet stores allow you to bring pets inside them. Take the dog or cat to the pet store and allow them to choose a toy. It will be nice for the animal, and the two of you will enjoy watching it react to being inside the store. Petsitting can also sometimes turn into housesitting, where you get to stay at someone else's house for a little while free of charge. In either case petsitting can be a fun date with your spouse.
Fun & Games
Jazz is more than a type of music; it's a way of life. Going to a jazz club is a great way to introduce yourself to a new culture and possibly new music. If the two of you are jazz fans, then this is the perfect date for you. Live music is exciting in itself, and jazz is so unpredictable that you never know what's going to happen from one minute to the next. Listening to jazz is like a blast from the past since many performers stay true to their roots. Enjoy the music while you dine and talk. Dress up to make it even more fun.
Creating animation isn't as difficult as you might think it is in today's digital age. There are both free and paid software and services that you can use to create animations without being a professional graphic artist. If you'd like, you can break up your animation date into multiple dates. On the first date, you can write out the script for your animation. The second date you can bring your script to life and the third date is where you watch your animation. All three things can be done on one date if you have the time or know what you want to do right away. Sharing your animation with friends and family is always a whole lot of fun. You can also share the animation you produce together on the internet on YouTube or someplace else.
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.
Fun & Games
Water gun fights are a total blast on hot summer days. Load up your water gun and run around while squirting each other. You instantly feel like a child all over again when aiming your water gun at your spouse. It's impossible to do anything other than smile and giggle while you're spraying the person you love with water. If you really want to have a wild time, use cold water and really douse each other during a hot day. It's even more fun if you play cops and robbers and try to hide from each other. An unsuspecting blast of water is an instant laugh fest when you've been caught while hiding.
Events & Attractions
Community events are a great way to give back to the community. Usually, a community event will benefit the community somehow if nothing other than ginning up business for local merchants. Sometimes you can get lucky, and the event will be something specific that will directly help someone in your community. These are the dates when you don't care about how much things cost or if something is a good value. Go and enjoy yourselves on your date while supporting a good cause. If there are no current community events, consider putting one on yourselves and setting aside all the proceeds to a local charity with broad support from the community.
Auto repair might seem like a strange date night until you learn how much a mechanic charges! This is a great idea for newlyweds without a lot of money or other couples who love to live frugally. There are many things that a couple can do in the garage that will save them quite a bit of money. Some expensive repair jobs are quite simple to do yourself. Doing so you'll save money, learn more about your car, and spend time with each other. Even something as simple as changing your windshield wiper blades can be adventurous and fun if you've never done if before. If you're unsure how to do something, watch YouTube videos and learn from others.
Arts & Culture
Some people take up painting as a means of self-expression and relaxation. Painting can be an inexpensive date idea that can reap all kinds of rewards. Allow your inner artist to flourish and paint what you've been bottling up for so long. It might be interesting for the two of you to work on the same project. You can either take turns painting or ask the other for input on what to paint next. If one of you is an artist while the other is not, have the master teach the apprentice how painting is done. If you want to kick up your painting date a few notches, you can both watch a famous art instructor like Bob Ross and follow along as he tells you what to do. There are tons of online tutorials or local classes that will have you painting something more than stick figures in no time.
Many of you may not know what gongoozling is, but quite a few of you enjoy it nonetheless. Gongoozling is an appreciation and observation of canals and the things that go on in and around canals. Someone who is gongoozling enjoys spending time on canals and, in this case, likes to have dates on them. Sometimes a simple date of holding hands while overlooking the canal can be an enjoyable experience. Since gongoozling requires you to be outside, it's a perfect date for a picnic. Toss a few things to eat in your picnic basket or go to your local favorite fast food restaurant and pick something up to go to eat after you have spent an afternoon enjoying gongoozling.
Fun & Games
Frisbee golf is where you throw a frisbee and try to hit several different targets on a course. The game resembles golf in the sense that you play 9 or 18 holes. You can play frisbee golf without a course, but it's a lot of work. You either want to set up your own course or see if there is a frisbee golf course in your area. Alternatively, you can set up a miniature course where there are only a few targets. If you have a big back yard or live not far from a wooded area, setting up a small course isn't too tricky, and you'll be able to get a few holes in during your date. Frisbee golf is a fun activity that most couples have yet to try.
Arts & Culture
Making tie-dye shirts and other things is a total blast and an excellent date idea. Before you know it, the two of you will be tie-dye experts and creating all kinds of intricate designs. The most fun thing to do is to try to come up with designs that are so wild they make your jaw drop. Turn your date night fun into a profitable hobby or side hustle by selling your tie-dyed clothing online. Tie-dyed clothing is one of those things that never seem to go out of style. Remember, you can tie-dye all kinds of things, and you're not limited to only shirts.
Watching golf on TV allows you to see the sport like few people do in real life. Professional golfers are incredibly talented, and the close-up shots that the camera provides are like nothing else. Whether you're into golf or not so much, watching it on television is a great idea for a date. You can go back and forth and pretend that you are giving the golfer advice on how they can improve their game. You can even pretend to be their caddy and suggest what golf clubs they should use for the next shot. Don't forget to have plenty of snacks and refreshing beverages ready because you will want to snack and drink while watching all of the golfing excitement.
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.
Fun & Games
An escape room offers the type of excitement that couples rarely get to experience. You're given sixty minutes to get out of a room. You're given all the instructions you need, and it's up to you to find a way out. The excitement comes from only having an hour to get out of the room. The excitement builds as the time becomes shorter for you to solve the puzzle. Will you leave within the sixty minutes? Playing in an escape room improves your team working skills. By the time the sixty minutes are up, you'll be a well-oiled machine that can tackle anything that life throws your way. Escape rooms are usually done by small groups, so this makes a great double or group date.
Fun & Games
A unique date idea for any married couple is to go to a trampoline park. You've probably never thought of having a date on a trampoline. The trampolines at a park are safe, and they have fences that keep everyone in. You don't have to worry about bouncing off the trampoline and ending up in the hospital while on your date. If you plan on going out to eat as part of your date, save it for after you've spent a few hours jumping up and down. All the bouncing around might make you feel a little queasy after eating. A date at the trampoline park will be something you remember forever.
Libraries are about so much more than only books these days. You can read newspapers, magazines, and use the internet. Sometimes sitting at the library is an excellent way to relax and not be disturbed. What would you do on a date at the library? A fun thing to do is to try to find a book that you think your spouse will like. Be creative and find an author that you don't think that they've ever read before. You'll learn so much about your spouse when you're at the library and seeing what they like to read.
Food & Drink
Hitting up your local coffee shop or juice bar is a great date idea for married couples. If you want to kick up your date a few notches, get something sweet to go along with your drinks. Most coffee shops have cookies, donuts, or other pastries that you can enjoy while sipping on your coffee. The old school donut shops are so much fun because they usually have delicious fresh donuts and bottomless cups of coffee. The quality of coffee at restaurants has increased over the years, and even fast-food restaurants now have good enough coffee to enjoy during a date.
Demolition derbies are so exciting, and you never know who is going to come out victorious. A demolition derby usually happens at a state or county fair, which means you can turn this into an all-day date if you want. Fairs have great food, fun rides, and everything you could ever want to do. The main attraction is the demolition derby, and it will be the center of your attention. For added excitement, each of you should choose a car when the derby begins that you think will win. Cheer your car on and see who made the better choice. Watching cars smash into each other is surprisingly exciting, and the outcome is rarely what you expect it will be.
Arts & Culture
Everyone has a smartphone these days, and along with it is a video camera. Have you ever thought about it to make a short movie? The first thing you need to do is to write a short script for your film. Why not set up a few dates? The first date can be writing your script while the second and third could be for filming and editing the movie itself. If you're feeling adventurous, you can adlib the entire film from start to finish. If you go that route, you can skip writing a script and go straight to work filming your movie. For added fun, share your video on YouTube with your friends and family and see how they react to it.
Searching for a job can be a tedious thing if you're bummed out about being unemployed. It's also difficult to search all the sites to ensure that you don't miss a job opportunity. Turn your job search into a date to get more eyeballs searching for the career of your dreams and to make it a more enjoyable experience. Each of you needs to break out your smartphone or hop onto the computer and look at what jobs currently are available. Have plenty of snacks and refreshing beverages ready, so the searching doesn't bore you out. Snuggle up next to each other on the couch while searching the job sites and enjoy the warmth and comfort of being together.
Arts & Culture
The world of 3D printing is exploding right now, and it's such a fascinating time. Your 3D printing date could be broken down into two dates. The first date you design your product and find someone to make it for you. If you go the local route, you can pick up your design during your second date. The fascinating thing about 3D printing is, you can make almost anything. You can create something functional or a piece that is pure art. Who knows, maybe what you make will turn out to be great gifts for those you love, or you might even decide to turn it into a business. The cost of buying a 3D printer has come down significantly, so if you enjoy it enough you might consider purchasing your own.
Health & Wellness
Aromatherapy is about more than sniffing something that smells good. An aromatherapy date involves smelling all kinds of things and taking your senses on a journey. You will be amazed by how scent alone can change your mood and how you feel. The funny part will be when you watch how your spouse reacts to the different scents. Some of the scents you'll agree smell nice, and they have so many different relaxing properties. There will be at least one scent that each of you finds a little odd or maybe even objectionable, and that will offer up the type of hilarity that few dates can offer.
Romance & Relationship
If you're looking for a steamy date idea, put on your own lingerie fashion show. This is super fun even though there's only one model and one spectator. Sometimes it takes a little spark to make your love life interesting. A fashion show will do just that if it features the right lingerie. Suppose you turn your show into a date, who knows what's going to happen afterward. To make it more interesting, have her be in charge of what outfits (and accessories) to wear. His job will be to come up with the rules for how to rate the different outfits. Then once the show begins, have fun with it! It's always nice when your spouse finds you attractive, and there's no better way to get their attention than to wear an outfit that sizzles from head to toe. It's always exciting to see how your husband reacts when you're all dolled up and looking incredible.
Health & Wellness
Acupuncture is almost as old as time itself. Many people are surprised to learn that sticking needles throughout your body has medical benefits. Have you ever thought about turning getting poked by needles into a date? The two of you can lay in the same room while they poke you with needles. The entire process is surprisingly calming, and for whatever reason, acupuncture works. If you've never been poked like a pin cushion before, this is one of those date ideas that you'll always remember. Years from now, you'll laugh while thinking about when highly skilled professionals stuck needles all over your body. You may enjoy the health benefits of acupuncture so much that it becomes a regular date activity.
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.
Have you ever thought of dressing up as your favorite cartoon, movie or game character? There are two ways you can turn cosplay into a date, and that is to dress up as separate characters or to dress up as a team. If the two of you are into something particular, each of you can dress up as a character from it. You can attend a costume party, surprise some friends with your costumes, or walk around town and see how people react. If none of that suits your fancy, you can always stay at home and act out scenes for your characters while all dressed up. Cosplay can also be a fun dimension to add to your bedroom routine.