Date Creatively!
Whether you are single, married, distant or down the street, here are some tips to freshen up your next dating experience.

Have you fallen into a dating rut? Having problems thinking of an activity to share? Whether you are a single guy looking for a fresh idea, a husband wanting to take his wife to something fun, a wife or single girl planning ahead for your next turnabout weekend, or even a teen wanting to organize a group date, we have some suggestions that will help get your creative juices flowing. Use the simple tips at right to help you think of similar date ideas that will work in your area, or even as a long-distance video call date. The days are getting warmer and longer here in the Northern Hemisphere, so now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy some creative dating!

Fun ways to ask for a date

Especially for turnabout or more formal occasions, you can add some cheer by creatively requesting the pleasure of their company via:

  • Presenting her a punny poster: (e.g. draw a music staff and start your message with, “I’ve been thinking of a clef-er way to ask you …”).
  • Placing a note in a balloon with confetti and asking the recipient to pop it.
  • Writing it in sidewalk chalk. (If the date is long-distance, take a photo and e-mail it.)
  • Giving him a hammer and a note in a small block of ice that says, “Now that the ice is broken, will you be my turnabout date?”

Speaking from experience

Here are some tips from singles on how to have a great dating experience.

  • Step out of your comfort zone.
  • Be mindful of your date’s schedule, and be willing to be flexible.
  • Sometimes less is more.
  • Keep the group smaller. This makes it more of a date and less of a party.
  • Embrace whatever activity you are participating in.
  • Don’t overthink it: It’s purpose is just to serve and get to know each other better.

Date Ideas

Have fun with food

  • Do a video call from a café
  • Make dinner with your date
  • Host a themed dinner or potluck
  • Picnic at the park or beach
  • Host a progressive dinner
  • Make your own Chopped challenge
  • Host a barbecue
  • Host a fondue night (savory and/or sweet)

Get active

  • Learn a new sport together
  • Go on a scavenger hunt at a park
  • Fly a kite (try making your own)
  • Go roller-blading
  • Go fishing
  • Try geocaching
  • Make your own disc golf course
  • Hit the go-kart track
  • Cycle around the city
  • Plan a treasure hunt
  • Create an obstacle course
  • Visit a botanical garden, zoo or aquarium
  • Hike a trail
  • Go canoeing
  • Go horseback riding
  • Go bowling
  • Try an Amazing Race challenge

Use the music

  • Have a music-themed video call
  • Sing karaoke
  • Attend a college or high school musical
  • Have a lip-sync battle
  • Go to an outdoor concert

Game on

Try something new

  • Draw or paint together
  • Watch a local sports team
  • Watch an outdoor movie
  • Tour a museum or gallery
  • Attend an outdoor festival
  • Play mini golf