Date Ideas/Dating/My Relationships/Teen Relationships 96 Date Ideas from a Guy Allergic to Lame Dates by David Leininger Q: Can you compile a list of ideas for taking girls on dates? A: Going on dates is fun, but it can be easy to get stuck in a rut of the same old things: dinner, movie, movie, dinner, etc… So here is a list of 96 creative (and for the most part affordable) dates that you can go on. I know some of these dates are seasonal, but I wanted to give you a lot of ideas so that you could pick and choose. I really hope this helps. Have fun and may the odds be ever in your favor! Make and go on a picnic Go to the zoo Drive around and look at Christmas lights Take up a hobby like disc golf Go play mini golf or ‘putt putt’ Go to a driving range Set up a projector in your backyard to watch a movie Go for a walk in the park Set up hammocks in the park and hang out Make dinner together Go pick strawberries Go pick apples Go race go karts Go to the arcade Go play laser tag Go to a sporting event Make a fire in your backyard (in a fire pit, of course…) Go bowling Go play pool Go on a church tour – hit up 5 daily masses at 5 different churches a week Take a bike ride around the city Go on a city tour Go hiking Go to a waterfall Go feed ducks at a park (bonus points: have a duck-naming contest) Go canoeing Go paddle boating Go sailing Go for a ride in a hot air balloon Go thrift store shopping (bonus points: pick out what the other person has to wear to dinner) Go to a concert Go get snow cones Do a painting class together (bonus points: try to sell your paintings to people on the street) Go get ice cream or frozen yogurt Find a local art gallery Tie-dye something Volunteer somewhere Go fly kites Hit up a coffee shop with live music Go ice skating Go to a museum (bonus points: play museum bingo – make up a board before you go) Find local community things like a concert or movie in the park Go to a play Go to a bingo night Laugh your heart out at a comedy show Go on a Rosary walk together. Make up a scavenger hunt (can be different every time and works great for museums, public parks, or bookstores) Play ‘Sumo Checkers’ – put on a piece of clothing every time you lose a piece until you can’t move Go GeoCaching Get even nerdier and go GeoHashing (check it out here and here) Make homemade sling shots and have a marshmallow fight Have a silly string fight Have a water gun fight in the park (bonus points: bring extra water guns and invite other people join in) Play Nonsense Scrabble (use fake words and make up definitions for them as you go) Go eye-bombing Play hide and seek in the park Go to a bookstore Bake some cookies (bonus points: take some of them to the neighbors) Plant something together: a flower, a tree, a garden, a farm Set up a free lemonade stand Go to a farmers’ market Go to a flea market Go to a botanical garden Color a whole coloring book – there’s a Harry Potter coloring book now, and it’s awesome. Play in the park: you know, swings and slides Throw a frisbee Kick a soccer ball Play chess Get a tour of a cathedral Play Monopoly all the way until someone wins Build a snowman (you know you want to) Go sledding Make your own pizza night Visit a chocolate/candy factory (this usually means you get to eat some, too) Go rock climbing Do a puzzle Make ice cream sundaes Go to a local fair or carnival Go horseback riding Drive somewhere new using paper maps – leave your phones in your pockets for this one Take turns showing each other new music Hit up a paint and bake pottery studio Grab some sidewalk chalk and make a masterpiece or play hopscotch Play War with 3 decks of cards Go to a haunted house Go to an elderly home and hang out with the residents Sit on a bench in the city and make up stories about the people who pass by The King Midas Date: Find things from a thrift store and spray paint them gold Buy a pack of Post-it notes, write positive things on them and stick them around town Learn a magic trick (bonus points: impress your friends) Go on a backwards date. Start with dessert and end with dinner. Buy flowers and give them to random people on the street who seem like they need pick-me-up Go to your local animal shelter and play with the animals Film and edit a Western in your backyard Go to adoration The Choose Your Own Adventure Date: have 3 options for each part of the date, put them in envelopes and let her choose (hint: they can be things from this list) Do you have a question about dating and relationships you’d like to ask David and Rachel Leininger? Email them at Itscomplicated@lifeteen.com and your question could be the next blog post!