If you’re in a long-term relationship, it’s normal to become lazy with date nights. While a lot of date night effort is put in in the beginning of relationships, sometimes that can peter off after it’s been a few years. If you’re feeling like you want to pick up excitement in this area, we’ve come up with creative date night ideas you can use to keep the romance strong. From museum hopping to a burlesque show, sushi making, food tours and so much more, here’s how to keep things fresh and fun!
13 Creative Date Night Ideas
1. Have a Sushi Making Night
Instead of ordering takeout from your favourite sushi restaurant, why not try making sushi yourself at home? All you need is a sushi making kit, nori, rice and your veggies and fish of choice. Not only is this a fun activity, you also get to end the night off by eating your delicious creations!
2. Go Bowling
Head to the bowling alley for some food, drinks and of course, bowling. A little friendly competition is always healthy, and bowling is so much fun, even if you suck at it. Plus, the bowling shoes are sure to give you a laugh. Bowling is also great because you can spend the night chatting and laughing and don’t have to be quiet like you would in a movie.
3. Do a Cooking Class
If you both love to cook and want to pick up some new kitchen tricks, enrol in a cooking class for your next date night. This could be in person or online, whatever the two of you are in the mood for. Pick a cuisine that interests you both, whether it’s a pasta making class, paella-making class, or even a pastry-making class. Learning new tips and techniques is so much fun, especially when you’re doing it together.
4. Make a Museum Bucket List
Museums are a fun date night activity because they keep the conversation flowing with endless paintings, photography and artifacts. Make a bucket list of all the museums you want to check out in your city and plan a date night each month where you check one off the list. Some museums are pretty fancy, so you can use these nights as an excuse to dress up!
5. Buy Concert Tickets
Concerts are always such a blast, especially if it’s a band or singer you both love! Whether it’s an outdoor venue with lawn seats, an intimate concert hall or a massive stadium, it’s sure to be a night to remember. You can sing until your lungs get sore, and bonus points if you surprise your significant other with tickets!
6. Paint and Sip
Whether you’re artistic or not, paint and sip classes are such a fun date night idea! Sip on wine or beer while you paint, as you’re led by an artist who will show you how to recreate the class painting. However, you’re free to do your own thing too! Switch up your colours, add extras to your painting or go completely abstract if you want!
7. Go on a Food Tour
If you’ve been with your partner for a while, the two of you are sure to have picked out your favourite restaurants in the city. Plan a night where you stop at a number of your go-to stops, having drinks at one, appetizers at another, your mains at your top spot and dessert somewhere else. This will be a fun little tour of your city while getting to enjoy your favourite eats.
8. Head to a Comedy Show
There’s nothing better than spending a night laughing with your significant other. Comedy shows usually serve food and alcohol, so you can make a whole night of it. See if there are any comedians the two of you love coming to town, but if not, local comedy clubs are always ripe with talent.
9. Try Out a Food Hall
Food halls or markets are awesome for date nights because there are tons of options to choose from. You can get dishes from a number of different stalls to share and discuss your favourites. If the two of you are foodies, this is a date you’re both sure to love.
10. Play Tourist in Your Own City
Act like you’re taking a trip to your own city and plan out an itinerary for a night on the town. Visit some local monuments and must-see attractions that you probably never take advantage of unless you have out-of-town visitors. So many of us are guilty of not exploring our own city, so create a must-visit list and enjoy!
11. Go to a Burlesque or Drag Show
Performances of any kind are a fun date night activity, so head to a burlesque or drag show for something a little more risqué. Exciting, rowdy and entertaining, these shows are perfect if you’re wanting to do a little something different for date night.
12. Have a Make Your Own Pizza Night
Pizza making allows you to have fun and be creative together in the kitchen. Start with making the dough, then top it with all your favourites to try to create the best combination. A little competition is always fun, and in the end, the two of you get to enjoy each other’s delicious pizza creations. Set the mood with some wine, candles and your favourite playlist.
13. Plan a Trip Together
Planning a trip can be so exciting, especially if you do it together. If the two of you have decided on a vacation, take a night to sit down and create your perfect itinerary. Book your flights and hotels, pick out the activities you want to do, get tickets for the monuments and attractions you want to see and book resos at all the restaurants you want to eat at. Make the evening even more fun by ordering in from your favourite takeout spot to keep you fuelled while you plan.
These date night ideas are sure to keep things fun and fresh, no matter how long you’ve been together.
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