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Almost every couple will go through a career change at some point in their marriage. Turn that quest for a new career into a date. Order some takeout food and sit on the couch while the two of you brainstorm about the best job for the other person. Make a list and try to include a few off the wall suggestions that might be worthwhile to pursue. Sometimes success happens when you think outside the box. Your spouse knows you better than anyone else, and they might be able to point you in a direction that you were unable to go on your own.
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.
Arts & Culture
Festivals come around every year, and they offer an excellent opportunity for the perfect date. Set aside a few dollars to have yourself a good time when the festival is in town. Sometimes festivals are free, which means you won't need to shell out any money to go on a date there. But, you'll probably want to buy something to eat or at the very least a souvenir. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes since you'll probably do quite a bit of walking while you're at the festival. Local festivals are great because you get to enjoy everything that makes your community the wonderful place that it is.
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.
Sporty couples and those seeking to get more exercise in their lives should consider a handball date. Handball can mean different things to different people, depending on where they live. In the U.S. handball is another name for the game called wallball or American handball. This is a really simple game that only requires a small rubber ball and a wall and it can be played fine with just 2 people. If you're a competitive couple who likes to challenge each other, give handball a try. In other parts of the world handball is a team sport that you're more likely to watch on TV. It's sort of like soccer, but you use your hands instead of your feet to get the ball into the goal and can be very exciting to watch.
Fun & Games
A murder mystery is a real who-done-it. You can watch a murder mystery on TV, read a book, or go on a chilling haunted tour of a crime scene. There are also games you can play and dinner theaters that focus on murder mysteries. How can you have fun while pursuing a murder mystery? The real fun happens when you try to solve the murder together. Put your heads together and ask each other who you think did it. Go back and forth and try your best to come up with different scenarios. It will be interesting to see which one of you is right when you learn who was the person behind the murder.
If either of you is currently on the job market or is thinking about returning, updating your resume will be a must. Two heads are better than one when it comes to updating your resume, and that's what makes it a fantastic date idea. You can go over each other's resume and give some tips or talk about something that was looked over. It's always best to have a fresh pair of eyes look over a resume before giving it to a potential employer. Add some snacks into the mix and a little soda pop, and you've got yourself a fun date that could help you land a better career.
Causes & Service
Every day there are people all over the world that need a helping hand. The relationship you have as a couple is strengthened when you make the lives of others better. A single act of kindness can have a ripple effect on you and the people you help. How do you find people to perform acts of kindness for? You can start by looking at the people in your life and asking yourself how you can help them. You can also ask people in your church or civic organization if they know of anyone you can help. The love you have as a couple can be magnified and turned into something truly spectacular when you work together to improve others' lives.
Watching extreme sports on TV is a date that will leave both of you on the edge of the couch, wondering what's going to happen next. There is a reason why they call them extreme sports, and that is because they are exciting. The best way to enjoy your television date is by making sure there are plenty of goodies to munch on while watching. You might settle for some chips, or take things the extra mile and make some snacks of your own. Some of you might want to turn this date into something truly spectacular, and the way you can do that is by ordering takeout food and having it delivered to you. Your extreme sports date can be as simple or as festive as you want and the great thing is, you don't have to leave the house to enjoy it.
Every person has at least one invention in them that they want to see so desperately. Two brains are better than one, and this is a date idea that any couple can do. Sit down and combine your thinking power and come up with an invention that solves a problem. You can either sketch it out on a piece of paper or head to the computer and use a graphics program to bring your idea to life. Who knows, maybe you can patent your invention and make big bucks off of it.
Romance & Relationship
Do you remember your first date? Nothing has changed your life course as much as your first date has. Why not recreate your first date? If you can't, because the restaurant or whatever no longer exists, spend some time reminiscing about your first date. Talk to each other and go through how you were feeling during your first date. Were you feeling excited? Nervous? You might be surprised by how your spouse felt during that fateful first date. If you have any journal or diary entries from the time, bust them out and read them. If not, it's not to late to write about your first date so you can better remember this important event. Always take time out to remember where you've been as a couple so that you can see your progress. Reliving the past is essential to understand how you got where you're at now. Enjoy yesterday, while appreciating today with a date that celebrates the infancy of your relationship.
You never know what hidden treasures are lurking right below your feet. Everyone lives near someplace that has a fascinating history. A date activity using a metal detector can be a whole lot of fun, and it gets you outside as well. Try to find areas where you live that have a rich history and see what you can find. The two of you can take turns using the metal detector while the other digs up whatever you find. It's always exciting to pull something out of the ground that has some historical significance. Allow your imagination to run wild and try to find some areas that might be overlooked that could be teaming with ancient metallic artifacts.
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.
Thrift stores often promote good causes and offer significant savings at the same time. The reason why many people shop at a thrift store is that everything is so much cheaper. So, if you want to have fun at the thrift store, give each other a budget to buy something for the other. A budget of five or ten dollars can get quite a bit of stuff at a thrift store. If you're unsure what your spouse might buy, tell them to meet you at the cash register before checking out. You might want to look over what each other picked to make sure that it's something you want. Thrift stores are also great places to find stuff from your childhood, and playing with old toys might add a little excitement to your date night.
A conworlding date can be as complex or as simple as you want it to be. For those who don't know what conworlding is, it's where you make up your own world. The two of you can sit down on the couch and make up your own world and all that goes with it. Do you want to make horses fly? Maybe you've always wanted people to live underwater. No matter how zanny it may sound, you can make anything a reality in your world. You might want to write down your conworlding adventure to build upon it during your next date. After a few dates, your make-believe world will be more complex than the space we're living in now.
Volleyball is an excellent workout activity that often also gets you outside. There are two ways you can turn this sport into a fun date night adventure. The first would be to ask an existing game of volleyball if you can join. You and your spouse can be on opposing teams or whatever the other players are up for. Another way to play volleyball would be to compete with each other directly. If you have a volleyball and there's an unoccupied net, then compete against each other. Wear appropriate clothing and bring along a couple of bottles of water for the maximum amount of fun.
Fun & Games
A Halloween party is a date that enables you to show off your creative side. If you're throwing the party yourselves start with making some spooky invitations. Search online or even make up your own Halloween games. If you're the type of couple who likes to make your own costumes, your party will even be more exciting. It doesn't matter if you buy or make your costume, what does matter is that you're enjoying this fabulous time of year. Make sure to snap a few photographs of both of you in your costumes to remember this date for years to come. It might also be a good idea to take pictures of everyone so you can always remember the party you threw on Halloween.
Events & Attractions
The renaissance faire is a blast from the past like few people ever experience. You can dress up as someone from medieval days or just go for the show. A renaissance faire date is a blast for those into this time period and those couples who like to experience new things. Every time you go to a renaissance faire, you notice something new about the time period that takes you by surprise. Some people really go over the top, and you can too with your costume and even your accent if you're in the mood to make it more fun.
Events & Attractions
Monster trucks might not come around all too often, and that in itself makes for a fantastic date opportunity. Get yourself a hot dog and a soda pop and enjoy watching the huge trucks bounce off of cars while racing to the finish. The action is always intense, and the names and designs of the trucks are often outrageous. The sound of the exciting announcer is more than enough reason to watch monster trucks. Choose a favorite truck and research it before you arrive. The trucks are the personalities of the event, and some of them are larger than life.
Volleyball is an exciting sport to watch on television, and it is a fantastic date idea. Watching volleyball is so much fun because you never know what the outcome is going to be. Each volley can be more exciting than the last and it can be so much fun to see how long the players can go without the volley coming to an end. Have plenty of snacks, ice cream, or whatever both of you like on hand to munch on while watching TV. If both of you consider yourselves to be volleyball aficionados, you might want to prepare a special meal to celebrate watching the big event. If you are fans of a particular team, show your team spirit by decorating your living room or wearing the colors of your favorite team.
Events & Attractions
Nothing can make a cooped up couple feel young again like going to a theme park. What type of parks do you enjoy most? Maybe you're the type of couple who loves to go to a water park. Then again, you might be the type who enjoys going to Disneyland. If you really want to turn your theme park into a date you'll never forget, rent a room and stay there for the night. Almost all theme parks have a hotel on-site, and staying there will make the experience all that much more enjoyable. If you're on a budget, look for a hotel a little further away, pay close attention for deals or schedule your date during non-peak travel times when admission is cheaper.
A fashion show is a collision of modern expression and art in a way that's easily presentable to the public. Ask your spouse which outfits they liked the best and why. Also, ask them what they think are the worst outfits. It'll be fun to see if the two of you like the same outfits or something entirely different. Fashion shows often have food and other attractions that you can enjoy as well. Who knows, the two of you may end up meeting a famous model, and if so, you'll always have that to remember your fashion show date with. For a sexy variation on this theme, put on your own fashion show for each other. Dress up however you'd like and strut your own stuff down the runway at home.
For those of you who don't know what beachcombing is, it's where you scour the beach for valuables or interesting items. The most common form of beachcombing is where you search the beach for seashells. If you've never been beachcombing before, you'll be shocked by all the things that you can find. Keeping an eye out for loot and other valuables while walking the beach is a great way to get some exercise and spend time with your spouse. Keep a stash box at home with all your beachcombing findings to look back and remember all the fun dates you had at the beach. For best results, find a time when there are few people on the beach so you have little competition for the objects that wash up.
Catching a baseball game on TV is a fantastic date idea for those who don't feel like leaving the house. Watching a game on television allows you to see the players up close as you would never be able to in a stadium. Another great aspect of watching the game at home is that you can eat all kinds of snacks and prepare your own food, which costs a fraction of what you would pay at the stadium. Decorate your living room in the spirit of your favorite team, and don't be shy about cheering them on when they are at-bat. Watching your favorite baseball team at home is exciting because you can let loose without caring what other people think.
Bull riding is a date idea that's unique and super fun. Most likely you'll only be watching the pros do the riding, but you may even have an opportunity to do some riding yourself somewhere, even if it's just a mechanical bull. Bull riding is both dangerous and exciting at the same time. If you've never watched a rodeo before, you have no idea what you're in for. A bull bucks and goes crazy when someone is on their back. If you do have the opportunity to do the riding yourself, make sure you record your date so you can remember the time you both went crazy and hopped onto the back of a bucking bull and rode it for dear life.
It doesn't matter what time of year it is; there's always some yard work that needs to be done. Two people can get the job done faster than one, and you can turn your outdoor chores into a date. You can turn it into an even more fun date by planning ahead and making some tasty drinks to enjoy if you're working on a hot day. Lemonade is a refreshing drink that will add some joy to your work. If you really want to treat yourselves for a job well done, eat some ice cream after doing the yard work. You might even consider planting a small garden so the two of you can have more enjoyable dates in the great outdoors.
If you've never been to church before, it's a great place to go. If you are a member of a church, then there are all kinds of activities you can attend. If it's near the holidays, there's always something going on. An active church will have events all the time, and usually, they're free to join. You can enjoy the festivities or volunteer and donate your time to a good cause. Church activities always make for a great date idea because it allows you to spend time with your spouse, and it also strengthens your relationship with your God or your spirituality.
Building a website is a two-person job, and you can quickly turn it in a date night extravaganza. If you've never built a site, don't worry, it's not that difficult. There are simple website builders that allow you to focus on the content of your site and not the mechanics behind it. The fun part will be deciding what to put on your website. Will you make your site a storefront, a personal homepage, or something, unlike anything anyone has ever seen before? Explore your interests and allow each other plenty of room for creativity so that the site reflects their personality.
Whale watching requires andvanced planning and you usually need to order a package through a tour company. Whales never swim near the beach, and you've got to get a little far out there to see the action. A date out on the open water can be as thrilling as it is romantic. The smell of the saltwater, the sun beating down on you, and the sight of one of nature's most incredible species are all things that combine to create an atmosphere for the perfect date. Don't forget to bring your camera along so you can preserve the memories of your whale watching for years to come. If you're not sure if you might get sea sick you might want to try shorter boating excursions before attempting to go whale watching.
There are two ways that you can turn geocaching into a fantastic date. The first would be to do geocaching with another couple, and each couple places items around for the other to find. If you don't know anyone who is into geocaching, then each spouse can place objects and have the other look for it. Geocaching is kind of like a high-tech version of hide and seek or a scavenger hunt. It's exciting trying to find the items, and you will enjoy being outside. The real fun part is when both of you have difficulty finding something, and you know it's right underneath your nose. You may be surprised to learn that geocaching is very popular with a large community backing. Check out sites like geocaching.com
to learn more.
Adventuring is where you go out and do anything adventurous during a date. What do you consider an adventure? Going out on an adventure might mean scouring the countryside for abandoned houses and seeing what's in them for some people. While for others, it might be more urban where you try to find little hole-in-the-wall stores, restaurants, or other establishments that you never knew existed. Try to think outside the box and do things out of your comfort zone to make it even more memorable. You make up the adventure, and it's a date idea that you can switch up every time you do it. What's an adventure to one couple is extreme to another or maybe run of the mill to some. A few adventuring dates are all it takes to make the dates go from mild to mind-blowing.
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.
A bike tour offers you beautiful scenery, exercise, and an ecologically friendly way to travel. You can go on a bike tour with others, and there might be several tours to choose from in your area. You can just as easily create your own bike tour that's just you and your spouse. A bike tour can be as long or as short as you want it to be. If you're up for it, you can turn the bike tour into an all-day event by taking a lunch with you. Take a break along the trip to eat your lunch and to enjoy a little alone time together. Bike tours and other outdoor activities are great dates because you get to enjoy being together while doing something healthy.
Herping is where you go out into the wild searching for amphibians or reptiles. If you live in a rural area, you've probably been herping a time or two. If you haven't, herping is a great date idea for those seeking something slightly different. When you're herping you're not out to kill anything, you're out to appreciate, or photograph or possibly capture what you find. Be sure to follow local laws if you're planning on taking any wildlife you encounter. Those of you who live in hot and wet areas will have plenty of herping opportunities. Get yourself familiar with the reptiles and amphibians in your area, especially any venemous ones, so that you can identify them when you encounter them on your herping outing.
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.
Boxing, kickboxing and MMA are huge right now and any of them can be a great date. You can watch a fight on TV or go all out and attend the fight in person. Going to an arena is much more memorable and you can enjoy all the action as it happens. If you're planning on watching the fight on TV you can plan a whole date around it - get snacks, some takeout, and plenty of soda. This is a fun date activity for just the two of you or you can invite another couple or two over to share the fun (and the cost) of the fight or food.
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.
Health & Wellness
Going for a quick run is a great exercise, and it's also a fantastic way to spend some time with each other. Before your running date, scout out an area that is safe to run. If you're a regular runner, you won't have a problem finding a place to run. If you're living in a big city, a park is probably your best bet to find a safe running space. Bring along some fruit or water bottles and take a break during your running date to spend a little time with each other. If you're feeling up to it, you can have a little competition to see who can run the furthest without getting winded. Running not only is a fantastic one-time date idea but a healthy lifestyle that will reward you for years if you can turn it into a habit.
There are several ways you can go house shopping and which you choose depends on how much time and money you have. Cruising around looking for sale signs in front yards is an excellent way of seeing what houses are on the market. You can even go for a walk in your neighborhood and check to see if there are any houses for sale. Setting up a meeting with a realtor is more appropriate if you're more intent on buying a home. Discuss what you like and dislike about the houses to learn what your spouse's dream home is. Remember, this isn't just for serious buyers, this is a fun activity to just dream about your future together.
Romance & Relationship
Anyone familiar with the 36 questions that lead to love knows the type of impact they can have on a relationship. Originially designed as a social experiment between strangers, these 36 questions can help improve the relationship of married couples too. Typically, it takes people about 45 minutes to ask and answer the 36 questions. That means if both of you were to ask the other the 36 questions, it would be the perfect activity for date night. That's hardly enough time for a date, but you can stretch out the questions. Maybe ask to follow up questions or reflect on the answers after both of you are done. The main takeaway from this is that you learn something new about your spouse while having a good time. Some of the answers they give will blow you away, and you'll learn so many more things about the person you love. Good communication is vital to healthy relationships and the 36 questions are a great way to open up to each other even more.