Browse Date Ideas Alphabetically
Married Fun has all the date ideas! Read on to see all our date ideas tagged with "intellectual"
. Mix up your next date night with these awesome activities. For the full experience make sure you check out the Married Fun Date Planner
Health & Wellness
Being educated about first aid is something that comes in handy when you need it the most. You can learn a lot at events held by the Red Cross and other organizations. You can also turn to YouTube to learn how to administer a variety of first aid techniques. If you don't have a first aid kit in your home, go buy one or put one together. Everyone should know what to do in case of an emergency. A date learning the basics of first aid will give you the upper hand during an emergency or natural disaster. The first few minutes of a tragedy are when you prevent permanent injury or loss of a loved one. Knowing first aid cuts down on the likelihood of something terrible happening.
Fun & Games
You might find yourselves home alone on a rainy or snowy day where you can't do anything at all outside. Days like those are perfect for online quizzes. You can either do the same online quizzes and see who can answer the most questions or take them individually. It might be fun to see who gets the most correct answers if you both take the quiz at the same time. There are online quizzes that cover almost every topic you can think of, so there's no excuse for anyone who can't play them. You and your spouse are experts at something, and if you aren't, then getting the wrong answers can sometimes be more fun than guessing the right ones.
Sites & Landmarks
Every city, regardless of how large, has plenty of urban areas to explore. Urban exploration is the term used to describe touring or checking out old man-made structures that are no longer in use. You can seek out old mansions, historical places, underground tunnles or similar places of interest. A fun thing to do is learn what the buildings in your city were used for in the past. For example, an office building today might have been a department store 50 years ago. Research what your city was like way back when and explore what it looks like in the present day. Urban exploration is something that can easily go from one date to many if you're the type of couple who is extra curious and loves history, culture or architecture.
A fun game to play at the botanical garden is to try to identify as many of the plants as possible without looking at their name. Since indoor botanical gardens are open all year round, going there during the winter is a great date idea. You'll feel like you're walking around in a warm country as you look at all the plants. A trip to the botanical garden can be an all-day date if you plan it right. Some gardens have benches, and you can even eat lunch there. Consider donating to your local botanical garden if a nonprofit organization runs it. If you donate, then your date will benefit everyone in your community.
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.
Your family history is far more interesting than what you believe. Your local library might have a genealogy department where you and your spouse can research your family. If not, then turn to the internet. Who knows, you might find out that there's someone famous in your family. The further you go back, the more opportunity you have to find someone interesting. Take turns researching the other's family and see what pops up. If you locate some relatives that you don't know that live near you, maybe visit them. It would be interesting to meet people in your family that you never knew existed. Or try interviewing the oldest members in your family and learn about their lives and see how they relate (or don't relate) to your own.
Events & Attractions
There are many different types of historical reenactments that you can attend while on a date. A civil war reenactment is probably the most common. If you really want to turn your date into something truly memorable, you might be able to participate in the reenactment. If you participate in the reenactment, see if someone can take some pictures or videos of you doing it. Couples who are history buffs can hook up with their local historical society and discover all kinds of reenactments that are going on in their area. History is alive and well when there are people trying their best to make sure no one ever forgets it.
Arts & Culture
The perfect date for art lovers and art novices alike is a local art exhibit. Exhibits expose you to new artists and their view of life. Walk around the exhibit and discuss with your spouse what you think the meaning behind the art is. Ask each other what your favorite pieces were and what you think inspired the artist. Trying to understand the art will teach the two of you how the other perceives things. Also, the things they pick up about the art may be totally different from how you process it.
Everyone reading this has at least one bad habit they should quit. If you and your spouse smoke, then why not set the same quit date? You can smoke your last cigarettes together and turn it into a date. There are other things you can quit, such as sugar, that can have a devastating effect on your health. Even if you don't plan on quitting something like sugar forever, the two of you can still turn it into a date if you plan on stopping consuming it for a month or whatever. Some people like to quit doing something, such as eating junk food for a short period in hopes of improving their health. Turn your health around and have a great date in the process when the two of you start to take things seriously.
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.
All throughout the year there are probably shows, expos or other events in your area that offer a wide variety of entertainment and shopping options. Car shows are popular, and so are expos that feature the latest and greatest gadgets. Going to an expo can be an all-day date that leaves you both amazed. You never walk into one of these events and come out without having your mind blown. That's the whole point of an expo, and it's why you might want to plan for additional shows to attend throughout the year.
Quite a few couples share a love of collecting items. Do both of you like to collect the same things? If so, then turn hunting the items into a date. If not, help build each other's collections together. You can go to flea markets, estate auctions, or garage sales to find the items you collect. Also, surfing eBay or Craigslist is a great way to find collectibles without leaving the house. Half of the fun of collecting isn't buying the items; it's trying to find them. You get to meet a lot of interesting people, and their stories are always so fun to hear. The adventure of collecting draws all kinds of people into the hobby, and the thrill of the hunt is what keeps couples seeking out collectibles on dates.
Fun & Games
Horoscopes are fun to read and to think about if they are accurate or not. A date of reading your horoscopes can be fun. If you really want to challenge the accuracy of the horoscope, read some of their past predictions. See if the two of you remember any events that they were talking about. It doesn't matter if you believe that your horoscope is accurate or not, what's important is to have fun. Read several of your horoscopes online and see which ones are the funniest. You will stumble upon a few that are so far out there that they will make you bust out in laughter.
There's plenty of money to be made online selling a wide variety of things. You can go to garage sales, flea markets, and closeout stores and find items to sell online. If you're the creative type, you can make stuff and sell it on a place like Etsy. If you prefer the auction route, you can sell almost anything on eBay. You can turn selling online into a family business if you want. It starts with having a couple of dates selling items online, and from there, it's anyone's guess as to how far your business will grow.
Mind mapping is creating a diagram where you have something in the center, and you have things pointing to it that are similar. Mind mapping focuses on correlations between different things and what's at the center. You start with the center of focus and build up everything around it. Mind mapping can be a fun date because it can help you become more organized, and it can also give you an insight into how your spouse thinks. Sometimes it's fun to have a mind mapping date and see how your spouse puts together thought processes to understand how they compute things.
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.
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.
Romance & Relationship
Communication is always an issue in a marriage. Setting aside a little time for something like learning about "love languages" is a must. Author Gary Chapman wrote in his book The Five Love Languages about the ways that people express and receive love. Taking the surveys can be eye opening as you gain insight into how your spouse (and yourself) prefers to be shown love. After you've determined your love languages you'll be more aware of the way you express love within your relationship. Sitting down next to each other and speaking about what makes you feel loved is a great way to express your feelings. It's not always easy to get mushy, but let the words flow. Allow your heart to do all the talking, and you'll find the right words to say. It's okay to feel uncomfortable talking about you feel on the inside, what isn't okay is bottling it up. Allow your heart to gush and say whatever it is that your feeling. Love is a beautiful thing but it requires nurture and attention. You need to educate yourselves on the 5 love languages to ensure that you're expressing love in the ways that your spouse cherishes most.
You're not going to learn a new language in one date. However, you can learn a few words. If the two of you like learning a new language, it can become a regular date night event. There are more than enough resources online to learn a language. If you learn a language like Spanish, you can visit your local Mexican restaurant and talk to the people working there. It begins with you learning a handful of words and then using them in real-world situations. It's also a lot of fun to use the words you learn at home throughout the day.
There are so many different ways you can turn graphic design into a date. You can create graphics that display the love that the two of you have. You can also turn the dates into a work of art where each of you has a direct input as to what the outcome is. If the two of you are graphic designers, you could take on some freelance work and donate your earnings to charity. If none of that sounded appealing, you could also turn your dates into a side hustle and earn a little money to pay the bills. Keep a few finger foods nearby to increase your graphic design date enjoyment and break up the monotony of work.
Events & Attractions
Those who care about their community and want to give back always have a great time at charity events. Sometimes they really roll out the red carpet for those who are willing to part ways with enough money for a good cause. Why not turn a date into something that you'll enjoy that will also help others? A gala of goodwill is what you'll enjoy, and it'll be one of those events that stick with you for a lifetime. Doing a good deed never feels better than when you get to share it with someone you love.
Fun & Games
Crossword puzzles can be bought at any dollar store for a buck or two at the most. Sometimes working your noodle gets you in the mood for other things. The fun thing about crossword puzzles is that you can ask each other the clues. If you don't know the answer, you can cheat and look online. Crossword puzzle books come in a variety of difficulty levels, and you can build your way up. Not only are you spending quality time with each other, but you both learn something as well. For added enjoyment, take the crossword puzzle book outside and turn your fun into an outdoor date.
Audiobooks are an enjoyable way to get the information from a book without having to read it. Also, if you buy a copy of a book, only one of you can read it at a time. With an audiobook, both of you can listen to it at the same time. Why not have one night a week where you sit down and listen to an audiobook together? You could also make it a part of your drive during your other dates together. Have some snacks ready and get comfy on the couch and spend time enjoying a good story. It will be worth the audiobook's cost if the two of you can enjoy each other's company. If you have a few hours per week to have an audiobook date, you might finish a book or two a month.
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.
Fossil hunting is like going back in time and piecing together what life was like long before you were here. Do a little research beforehand to know what type of fossils you should expect in your area. If you can, travel to an area well known for having fossils. Digging up the fossils is only half the fun because you've got to identify what you dug up. The first thing you do is try to determine what part of the animal you discovered. After that, then you move on to trying to figure out what animal the bones came from. The exciting thing is, you might be holding onto the bones of a dinosaur that hasn't seen the light of day for millions of years.
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.
Amateur or ham radio is an exciting way to connect with people all over the world. Every time you have a ham radio date, make a record of where the person is that you're talking to. Make it your goal to speak to people in as many states or countries as you can. The two of you can take turns talking to people and be a husband and wife duo. Try to find other couples from around the world who would like to have an amateur radio date night. It will be like a global double date or more if you can get several couples involved.
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.
Causes & Service
Are you a couple who has strong political convictions? If so, political canvassing can help your cause. Politics on the retail level is all about bumping shoulders and burning shoe leather. If the two of you feel strongly about the same candidates or causes, volunteering your time and turning it into a date is a great idea. You'll feel a sense of accomplishment, and you'll also get to spend time with the person you love more than anyone else in this world. You'll always remember your date fondly if your efforts helped push your cause or candidate over the top. If you're lucky you might even get to hobnob with some well known people giving you great stories to talk about for years.
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.
Health & Wellness
An obstacle course will let you know right away all about the physical abilities of your spouse. It's surprising by the time you're done with the obstacle course how you feel the areas on your body that need the most improvement. It will be interesting to see which of you are in the best shape. If you want to take your obstacle course date to the next level, time yourself and see who can go through the course the fastest. If you do the obstacles several times, you'll eventually get good at them and will be able to complete the course faster and faster.
Going to an observatory is a great way to learn about the world and the universe around you. The place that we call home has so many mysteries that are just waiting for you to unlock them. The two of you will be amazed by how much of the universe that you've overlooked. You'll learn about planets, stars, and everything else that illuminates the night sky. Educational dates such as this can be fun since you will take the knowledge with you for the rest of your life. Every time the two of you have a star-filled romantic time under the blanket of darkness, you'll think back to everything you learned at the observatory.
The night sky is filled with all kinds of wonders waiting for you to discover. After it gets dark, the two of you can go outside and do a little stargazing together. Try to spot the different stars and constellations that you can see. Sometimes a short ride into the country might provide a better view if you can find an area that's pitch black. Talk to each other about what you see in the sky. Could those stars have planets like earth? Allow the conversation to flow while you look up towards the heavens in amazement at the things humanity can only look at, but barely process its existence.
Fun & Games
If you search online for Newlywed Game questions, you'll see a ton of them. Those of you who are familiar with the Newlywed Game already know how zany the questions can be. If you haven't watched the Newlywed Game television show before, the questions are for those who are newly married. However, you don't need to be a newlywed to have fun playing this game. You might want to write down your answers so the other person can't cheat and change what they say. It will be so funny to see how your spouse answers the questions on this date. The questions are always really out there, and you never know what the answers are going to be. Although you can find ways to play the game with just the two of you, a group date where you all play the Newlywed Game together can be a fun evening for everyone.
Arts & Culture
A museum is a commonly overlooked treasure trove of epic proportions. There are art, science, and history museums, as well as museums for almost anything you can imagine. Sometimes museums have exhibits that are for a limited time only. Exhibits are great because they offer up something new to look at even if you've already had a museum date. Going to the museum is usually either free or very low cost, and you always walk out knowing more than when you entered. Expand your knowledge and cultural awareness while having an entertaining time with the person you love by going to museum for your next date night. There is a world waiting for you to discover at the museum.
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.
Everyone out there has at least one good joke in them. Your local comedy club probably has an open mic night now and then. The two of you can go up as a team or individually and try your best to make people laugh. If you're too afraid to get up there yourself, enjoy how the scene unfolds as other people brave the microphone. You can have a date where you try out your jokes on the other person. Give each other tips on how to improve the jokes and polish them before hitting the stage. You'll need at least a couple minutes of material, but it's not that hard to come up with stuff. After you have your jokes ready, you're now on your way to making people bust a gut laughing. Telling jokes in front of an audience is an exhilarating experience, and it's something that both of you might want to do again.
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.
Fun & Games
You may be thinking that making pinewood derby cars is an activity reseverd for 8-year-olds. You also may be surprised about how fun it can be. Sometimes the most fun aspect of derby car racing isn't the racing at all. Building the pinewood derby car is a lot of fun, and it's a perfect project for two people. Making the car itself is fun, but what's even more enjoyable is painting and decorating it. Allow your creative juices to flow when coming up with a unique design that is sure to wow the spectators. The car itself won't be used much, but you can keep it as a memento of the fun you shared. Keep your pinewood derby car tucked away in the garage or someplace else where you can go down memory lane when you want to think about your past times together.
Do you know what your zodiac sign is? If not, now is the perfect time to learn. Turn learning about your zodiac sign into a date, and you'll be surprised by all the stuff you didn't know. Many people believe that your zodiac sign plays a role in every aspect of your life. Whether you believe that or not it's interesting to see what the meaning behind you and your spouse's sign is and how your zodiac sign is said to affect you. You can debate back and forth if astrology is a bunch of hype or if there's something to it. It's a hotly contested subject, and it might end up carrying over into several dates.