Date Night Ideas

Yesterday, I mentioned that Ray and I are doing a date day Paint Nite this weekend coming up.  We’ve done a paint event at a friend’s house and liked it.  This one came up though because of my part-time job as a driver.

When Ray and I first got together, we tried to do something for just us once a month.  With us saving up to buy a house and pay down a lot of our debt (and since I’m not in school right now because I’m taking a break), I thought driving would be a quick and easy way to make money and save up.  It’s not a bad way to do it, although sometimes it doesn’t seem like it’s worth it.  But that’s another post.

One of the rules of engagement is that we pick back up on doing date nights once a month.  This helps us stay connect and keeps our relationship from getting stale because we have happy memories and can look forward to doing awesome things together as a couple.  However, with us both being recovering foodies, coming up with date ideas that didn’t revolve around food has been challenging.

Here are some ideas we came up with to do over the next couple months:

  • Go to a Paint Nite. Their website has the paintings they are hosting and the locations.  We found one we could agree on and booked it.
  • Have a Karaoke Night. This was one of the first things we did as a couple when we were dating.  It was great.
  • Catch a matinee movie. Who says date night has to be at night?  Some of the best times to see movies is during the day, mostly because it’s more cost effective and there are less people.
  • Go to the local drive-in theater. We don’t have a local drive-in movie theater but I know there are some out there.  They can even be a cheaper alternative to paying full price for the movies and you can cuddle in your car.
  • Hike a local trail together. I can’t wait for it to get warmer so we can go walk some of the local trails around us.
  • Go to a concert. Have a favorite band coming to town that you’ve been dying to see?  If your partner is up for, go!
  • Go on a local road trip. Each state has different things to go do, whether they are tourist traps or not.  Go explore them together.
  • Geocache together. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.
  • Explore your local area through a scavenger hunt.
  • Dance the day away. I would love to take a dance class-pole dancing that is.  Ray is up for trying it going once she heals.  She likes dancing in general so may even drag her to a traditional dance class too.
  • Gotta catch ‘em all! We are both Pokemon Go! gamers; so are our kids.  Make it a family outing if you have kids.  It’s a great way to explore a park or a monument while getting in your steps.
  • Check out a bed and breakfast. B&B’s are great for a mini-vacation and for romantic get-away without having to stay in a hotel.
  • Relax with a couples’ massage.

If none of these are appealing, check out Groupon.  Groupon may get some flack but it’s been a great place to find things to do when we go other places.  There are discounts of plenty of interesting things, like scavenger hunts, B&B’s that would be worth checking out, brunch places, massages, dance classes, and plenty of other neat and interesting things to do.  And if you both like something, there is nothing that says you must do something different each month.

I did make one caveat as foodie though.  We are taking a vegetarian Indian cooking class in May, along with going to DC Kerfuffle so I can see Weezer.

Listening to:  Amazon’s Pop station

Reading:  The Line by J.D. Horn

Quote of the Day:  “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ― Aesop

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