Dates are important whether you’re in a serious relationship or you’re just getting to know someone. The type of date you choose determines how your time will be spent as well as how you end up interacting with the person you’re on the date with. The dates you choose to go on can also say a lot about who you are as a person, and different types of dates can also help you grow as a couple.
That being said, there are so many date ideas to choose from, here’s a few that might work for you and your significant other, or your significant other-to-be.
Sometimes it’s fun to do things outside. One of my favourite things to do with my partner is to discover new hiking trails. There’s a really great one in St. Catharines at Twelve Mile Creek which features a lookout point where you can see the Brock Tower, a mysteriously sunken car in the gorgeous creek, and many beautiful places to walk around. To change things up a bit more, you and your date can go geocaching for treasures and even leave some of your own for others to find. Another fun spin on that, for the more serious couples, is to make a time capsule and bury it together to find in the future.
Although staying in and binge watching TV shows together can be a lot of fun, it can make you feel quite lazy if you do it too often. That’s why I absolutely love dates that require both people to be active. For instance, playing squash, going to the pool or playing a game of laser tag can be engaging dates that force the two people to look at each other, rather than the screen in front of them. Additionally, being active and trying something new is really beneficial for a relationship in many ways. As enjoyable as it may be in the moment, no one fills photo albums with pictures of the different Netflix originals they’ve watched, so why don’t you and your significant other make some unique, real-life memories that you can treasure forever.
These types of dates never get old. Whether it’s going out for a romantic dinner, going to the movies, or simply going bowling, classic dates are for everyone. If you’re not feeling adventurous, active, or whatever else, classic dates are always a simple and safe choice.
Instead of a DIY project, why not do a DIT (do it together) project? Doing a creative project together can be a really fun date because it brings up people’s individual creativity and allows for teamwork and collaboration. There are so many interesting ideas on Pinterest of projects that can make for a great date. If you’re a couple, you could make a scrapbook of your time together or if you’re simply on a date with someone you’re seeing, you could try to paint with each other and maybe even have a fun competition.
Maybe you don’t want to leave the house, or you’re trying to save money so you decide to stay in for a date but you want to do something other than watch a movie or have dinner. Why not play a board game or video game? My boyfriend and I love to play Monopoly Deal, Scrabble, or other games like Exploding Kittens. It can be such a fun and easy date. On the other hand, I’ve also learned that there are a handful of fun video games for couples. A great example of such a game is Overcooked. It’s a simple yet intriguing multiplayer game where players are chefs running around cooking things and trying to beat the clock. I’m not an avid gamer but I highly recommend this as a date idea.