Do you remember dating your spouse? You couldn’t wait to see each other. You talked on the phone (or in person) for hours about everything under the sun. It was fun, exciting and everything seemed so new.
After you’ve been dating or married for a while, the classic dinner and a movie can get feel a little stale. You fall in to a normal routine that seems almost natural. Eventually, you might miss the excitement of the anticipation. The “thrill of the chase” so to speak.
That doesn’t mean you give up or throw in the towel. It just means instead of doing the same old thing, why not try something a little different? Why not think outside the box and try some fun, yet unusual date ideas. Try these 15 ideas to spice up your traditional date night.
Go to an author’s book reading
If you are a book lover, why not go see your favorite author read a book to you? Find a large bookstore near you that offers book readings and make a date of it!
Get creative and do some painting
You can buy canvases at any craft store for cheap, or even go to the dollar stores for cheap supplies. Or find one of those art stores near you that offers painting nights. They often offer snacks and provide everything for a nominal fee. Plus, they give you step-by-step instructions!
Go on a road trip to a nearby city and be a tourist
Pack up the car and go for a road trip! Being a tourist in your own town can be fun, but why not go to another city and make it feel more like a road trip? This can be a quick 2-3 hour trip, an all day affair or an overnight away.
Take a workout class
Pick a class you’ve been dying to try and do it together! Cycling, Zumba or even CrossFit are great workouts to do as a couple.
Make a personalized scavenger hunt and do them together
You can find one online or make up your own and create one for each other! Make it indoor, outdoor, or even around the city.
Check out our printable scavenger hunts!
Work on a fun DIY project together
The key word in this activity is fun. Find something fun you can make together and make a day of it! If you don’t have one in mind, do a little browsing on Pinterest together.
Wake up early and watch the sunrise together
This is great for those who have kids but want to sneak in some extra alone time! Get up around 5am, have some coffee, and maybe even breakfast. Then go outside and watch the sunrise together.
Rent your dream car and go for a drive
A one-day rental usually won’t cost much, and you can finally test drive your favorite car. Take along a picnic lunch and a blanket for a quick lunch at a park!
Do a jigsaw puzzle together
My husband and I used to spend hours doing puzzles together! Take a quick trip to the store and grab a 1000-piece (or more) puzzle. Then come home, put on your favorite show or movie and get started!
Build a fort
You don’t have to build a treehouse in your backyard, a blanket fort can be just as fun. Create a fun candlelight/flashlight dinner in your fort! Let loose, relax and be kids again!
Play truth or dare
You can make these as funny or intense as you want! Plus, when was the last time you played truth or dare. You might think you know everything about your spouse, but you could find out something new!
Go on a four-course progressive dinner
Instead of eating all your meals at one restaurant, get a different course at each restaurant! Start with appetizers at one place, then a salad at the next place, your main course at another, finally dessert!
Learn something new together
Look up YouTube videos or rent a book from the library and learn a new skill with your sweetheart.
While a little untraditional, this can be a fun way to get outside and try something fun that is a little outside of your comfort zones. Make sure you wear old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!
Read a book together
Pick your favorite book and read it together! Make different voices for the different characters and make it a fun experience.
What is your favorite out-of-the-box date night idea?
You don’t have to do the same thing every date night! Date nights are a great way to stay connected with your spouse, but they don’t have to be boring! The point is to be together!!
Give something different a try and make date nights more exciting and interesting. You might just find something new you both love and enjoy!
Join the 7-Day Marriage Challenge
Making time for your marriage is not only a great way to ensure that you have a long and healthy marriage, but that you aren’t letting time with your spouse fall by the wayside. In this 7-day challenge, we highlight seven different ways to help you and your spouse reconnect and learn to thrive in your marriage.