101 Date Ideas

I was recently asked to a teach class just to the women of my church about dating.  Someone ratted me out as being a blogger who is all about dates.  I felt a little shy about it at first, but then I realized this is my favorite topic and would be a lot of fun!

I started a spreadsheet a couple months into dating Jacob with ideas of places to go and things to do.  Whenever a heard of a great idea or creativity struck, I added it to the list.  I tried really hard to make dates that we could easily do and weren’t too cheesy.  I started with this spreadsheet and then added some others we had already done or I had heard of others doing.  Low and behold, it was over 60 dates!  I decided to add some more free dates since many use a budget or lack of as one of the excuses to not date, and I wanted to help with that issue!  I also wanted to come up with some at-home dates for those with small children that are hard to leave.  With those in mind and some of the great ideas I’ve seen or gathered via Pinterest- BAM I was at 90!

I felt selfish not sharing this on the blog, I mean after all I already typed this!  I edited so it is more general instead of Arizona specific, and a few more ideas came and I hit the 101!
I hope others can find some ideas to spark keeping love alive in marriage and strengthening relationships!  You can always find this list on my tabs at the top of the blog titled “101 Date Ideas.”

Enough talk….here’s the list of 101 Creative Date Ideas according to Camille…
(Those with a * indicate can be free or done for very little cost)

  1. Go for a swim, just the two of you*
  2. Go rock climbing at a rock gym
  3. Rent paddle boats
  4. Tube a local river
  5. Kayak a river or lake
  6. Go hiking*
  7. Train for a 5k to run or walk together
  8. Go camping (just the two of you)
  9. Rent or borrow a jet ski
  10. Go through a corn maze
  11. Set up a tent in the backyard and order takeout*
  12. Have a campfire with s’mores*
  13. Go horseback riding
  14. Ride bikes (try renting a tandem)*
  15. Ice-skating (even more fun in summer months)
  16. Roller skating
  17. Go bowling
  18. Build a snowman together*
  19. Go sledding*
  20. Put on some boots and go country line dancing
  21. Pick fruit together at a local farm
  22. Learn to skateboard or longboard together*
  1. Make fondue together
  2. Read The 5 Love Languages and discuss what you can do better to help your spouse feel loved*
  3.  Go stargazing*
  4. Watch the sunset*
  5. Watch the sunrise*
  6. Pack a picnic basket and go to unique location*
  7. Make a nice dinner together
  8. Look on Yelp, find a high rated restaurant and recommended meal for a type of food you’ve never tried before, share dishes for a new culinary experience
  9. Enroll in a cooking class for 2
  10. Have your own cooking class at home with YouTube or Food Network video demonstrations
  11. Rooftop picnic at home or a building you have access to*
  12. Give each other massages at home*
  13. Find a hill or mountain in your area and go to the top at night to look at the city lights.  Enjoy a “dessert picnic” while you look at the lights. *
Intellectually/Culturally Enlightening
  1. Go see a play
  2. Go to the symphony
  3. See a concert of any type (favorite band, school, etc) *Many are free
  4. Watch TED lectures on your computer and discuss your thoughts on what you learn (I love this one and this one)*
  5. Take a city class together; most city websites list offererings (photography, dance, etc.)
  6. Make a bucket list of things you want to together, with kids, independently, and share*
  7. Find a lecture at a local University or community college and attend*
  8. Watch a foreign film together (rent from library for free)*
  9. Download a vintage radio program podcast, go listen to it in a unique location (think horror story in the woods at dusk)*
  10. Rent a documentary (try Fast Food Nation, Waiting for Superman, or Grizzly Man)*
  11. Read a novel/short story/play together (I’m happy to recommend some J)*
  12. Borrow a guitar or other instrument, watch YouTube videos teaching you how to play, take turns and be sure to perform a song for each other.*
At-Home Dates
  1. Play board games for 2*
  2. Buy a cheap canvases and paint portraits of each other
  3. Build an adult fort and watch a movie*
  4. Buy Pinewood Derby kits from BSA and build/race your carts at home
  5. Buy a punch of popsicle sticks at a craft store, have a competition who can build the best structure out of the popsicle sticks and glue*
  6. Build “gingerbread houses” out of graham crackers and frosting (be creative)*
  7. Bake sugar cookies and decorate to look like people you know (deliver them after)*
  8. Draw a cartoon of how you met in sidewalk chalk on your driveway*
  9. Rent or borrow a Wii and play games together*
  10. Do “Dinner and a Movie” with a theme (like watch The 3 Amigos and make Mexican food)*
  11. Do a puzzle together*
  12. Build paper airplanes, make sure to get fancy and look up several different types, then have a flying competition*
  13. Get on Spotify and make a playlist of your favorite songs from high school.  Take a trip down memory lane and share your favorite songs while telling a memory attached to each one. *
Group Dates
  1. Host a dinner party (themed, formal, or casual)
  2. The Amazing Race Dates (tasks for couple to complete at various locations)
  3. Host your own murder mystery (you can buy games online)
  4. Couples game night (charades, catch phrase, whatever group games you enjoy)*
  5. Build a marshmallow gun out of PVC, have a fight
  6. Play “Bigger or Better” and compete which couple returns with the best item*
  7. Karaoke out on the town or at home*
  8. Have a scavenger hunt taking pictures or retrieving items, compare findings after*
  9. Have white elephant gift exchange (no need to wait for the holidays)*
Places to Go
  1. Art Museum (often free one day of the month)*
  2. Art walk (usually held as summer festivals in college towns or state capitols)*
  3. Musical Instrument Museum (BofA card members can get in free at certain times, check websites)*
  4. Improv comedy show
  5. NBA game
  6. MLB game
  7. MLH game
  8. Visit an aquarium
  9. Local high school sporting events*
  10. University sporting events
  11. Visit the Zoo
  12. Visit the nearest rodeo
  13. Go to the circus
  14. Ride go-carts at a raceway
  15. Visit a home décor store (like Pier 1 or Crate and Barrel) and each of you take a turn design a dream room in your house or apartment separately, pretending money is no object.  Meet up and give each other a “tour” of the items in your room. *
  16. Paint pottery at a paint your own pottery shop (like Color Me Mine or As You Wish)
  17. Miniature golfing
  18. Arcade games (like Dave and Busters or Gameworks)
  19. Ride the light rail and enjoy people watching*
  20. Go to a drive-in movie
  21. Visit a car show (like Barrett Jackson) when they are in town (score points with your husband)
  22. Walk through IKEA, it’s an experience all its own!  (and there are cheap Swedish meatballs)*
  23. Go to a bookstore and share your favorite books with each other  (you can even read your favorite children’s books to each other)*
  24. Go to a bookstore and look at the travel section.  Plan your dream vacation on your own and then present yours to your spouse and listen to their ideas too.*
  25. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, nursing home, or women’s shelter*
  26. Visit your local “Movies in the Park” during spring or summer offering (usually free)*
  27. Visit a planetarium and learn about the solar system
  28. Visit your state’s science center*
  29. Test-drive cars you have no intention of buying*
  30. Go look at model homes or home shows and pretend you’re in the market*
  31. Go see lights at Christmas, just the two of you*
  32. Watch a local band’s show (often free)*

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