Dinner and movie, hot date, right? Ok, maybe if it’s one of your first ones and you end up in a sexy make out session later, but after you’ve been married for a few years it seems that finding creative, fun, affordable or inexpensive date ideas can be a challenge.
Not to mention now with COVID and so many fun places are currently closed, creativity must come into play! Well friend, that’s why I’m here, to bring you a massive list of fun date ideas that you can do right now, no matter what the state of our world may be. Some of these ideas are great for getting out for a little adventure or just making the most of being at home. No matter where you find yourself, I hope these ideas are fun for you!
Hey, I’m Emmy, one of the elopement and couples photographers and guides behind Celebrate Again. Here we want to create a space for you to live your best lives together. We believe your relationships deserve celebration. Dates are such a simple yet effective way to celebrate! Not to mention, it’s so good for our hearts to enjoy connection. We hope you laugh a little along the way too! Drop a comment below if you do any of these dates or tag us on social media @celebrateagain ! We love to see couples enjoying life together–because that’s what we’re all about.
Now to the ultimate fun date ideas list!
We’ve created this list for helping couples know what things to do when they are bored or for married couples trying to freshen up their date nights! Many of these are fun date ideas at home or are fun date ideas during quarantine!
Looking for fun date ideas that will help keep your romance alive? Check out our list of 50 date ideas that will spark your imagination and heat up your love. Included are date ideas that are safe in most quarantine situations!
Table of Contents
- 1 Looking for fun date ideas that will help keep your romance alive? Check out our list of 50 date ideas that will spark your imagination and heat up your love. Included are date ideas that are safe in most quarantine situations!
- 2 Fun Date Ideas: #1-#20
- 3 1. Build A Blanket Fort Date
- 4 2. Obstacle Course Fun Date Idea
- 5 3. Have a relay race
- 6 4. DIY iron man adventure course
- 7 5. Art Project Fun Date Idea
- 8 6. Go on a local hike or snowshoeing or some place you’ve never been before.
- 9 7. Get lost on purpose | Fun Date Idea
- 10 8. Go for a drive and play songs from when you first started dating
- 11 9. Fill up water balloons with paint to a large canvas and throw darts at them.
- 12 10. Go to a local lake or beach and rent stand up paddle boards or a canoe
- 13 11. Stargazing Date: Fun Date Idea
- 14 12. Take turns reading a book together
- 15 13. Play a game of Would You Rather
- 16 14. Go camping indoors or your backyard
- 17 15. Share a relaxing bath together add some bubble bath or salt
- 18 16. Have a nerf or marshmallow shooter fight
- 19 17. Play a board or card game
- 20 18.Try a yoga class together
- 21 19. Learn something new together
- 22 20. Go Geocaching: Fun Date Idea
- 23 Fun Date Ideas: #21-#40
- 24 21. Have a fondue night
- 25 22. Take a dance class | Fun Date Idea
- 26 23. Go for a bike ride | Fun Date Idea
- 27 24. Make your own music video
- 28 25. Write a song together
- 29 26. Create your own mixed drinks
- 30 27. Give each other massages
- 31 28. Put together a puzzle: Fun Date Idea
- 32 29. Watch TED Talks and discuss what you learned
- 33 30. Day dream about your next adventure you can go on
- 34 31. Write letters to old friends or family
- 35 32. Recreate your first date
- 36 33. Watch the sunset or sunrise
- 37 34. Go skinny dipping
- 38 35. Make a time capsule | Fun Date Idea
- 39 36. Have your own wine and paint adventure
- 40 37. Go To A drive in movie
- 41 38. Romantic Date Night: Outfit Dinner
- 42 39. Have a paint fight in your backyard
- 43 creative date night ideas
- 44 40. Couple Paint With Yourselves As The Brush
- 45 Fun Date Ideas: #41-#50
- 46 41. Blind Taste Test: Fun Date Idea
- 47 42. Go fly kites on a windy day or at local beach
- 48 43. Write a story together
- 49 44. Water Balloon fight
- 50 45. Date Night Jenga This website published a great DIY instructional
- 51 46. Go Star tipping | Fun Date Idea
- 52 47. Have a water fight
- 53 fun date ideas at home
- 54 48. Blind Cooker Date Idea
- 55 49. Drive some place with no one around, crank up the music in your car and have a dance party.
- 56 unique date ideas
- 57 50. Have a sumo wrestling fight
- 58 More Ways to Connect!
- 59 Want To Connect Every Day For 30 Days?
- 60 More Monthly Fun Date Ideas
Fun Date Ideas:
1. Build A Blanket Fort Date
- Tap into your inner child, grab all your sheets, clothes pins (or chip clips), some heavy books, tall chairs and create your very own blanket fort. Plug in some christmas lights or twinkle lights to make it more romantic. Throw some pillows and extra cozy blankets inside, bring a flashlight and tell spooky stories.
- Real story: one time my husband and I did this except we made it a junk food movie night. We stopped at our local grocery store and bought our childhood favorite snacks thinking it would be a snack heaven. While it was amazing, it killed our stomachs. Needless to say, we found out we weren’t teenagers anymore and weren’t able to eat so much junk without uncomfortable physical repercussions, ha!
Pro Tip: Buy your partner a build a fort kit, this fort kit is for kids but we kinda love the playfulness this will invite into your relationship.
2. Obstacle Course Fun Date Idea
- Use string or party streamers to create your own obstacle course!:
- This is a great date idea if you have kids joining you! Find a hallway, use your kitchen or a bathroom to line with an obstacle course — think criss-crossing laser security beams like in Ocean’s Twelve or The Incredibles. Tie a knot in string and use thumbtacks to get it to stay into the wall or use tape. Make sure you put the thumbtacks in well so you cannot pop them out if you pull on the string.
- Set a time and see who can make it through the course the fastest without touching the string or streamers!
- Level this game up by requiring a piece of clothing to come off if you touch the string or streamers (as long as the kids aren’t around for that one, ha!).
3. Have a relay race
4. DIY iron man adventure course
5. Art Project Fun Date Idea
- We love crafts and projects here in our household. We’ve written out some fun ideas for you too. You can check out our crafts and projects here!
6. Go on a local hike or snowshoeing or some place you’ve never been before.
- Make sure to pack snacks and water if you head some place more remote. Checking the weather and bringing the right clothing is key to having a fun hike!
- If you’re thinking big and want to plan your next anniversary trip check out our guide to the best places to go for your anniversary!
- Or if you’re more of the adventurous type check out our adventure resources!
- Don’t forget to dress appropriately. Nothing ruins a date like wearing the wrong shoes or being freezing cold.
7. Get lost on purpose | Fun Date Idea
- Fill up your gas, pack enough water, food and toilet supplies to be safe and get lost on purpose. Turn off your phones and head any direction. Set a time limit then try to find your way back home. Turn your phone back on if you get lost and if things stop being fun.
Capture your memories stop at a convince store grab some disposable cameras then turn your adventures into an album, we’re super in love with these handmade albums.
8. Go for a drive and play songs from when you first started dating
- Make sure to fill up on gas near home before you leave
9. Fill up water balloons with paint to a large canvas and throw darts at them.
- I know I cannot fully take credit for this idea, anyone who’s seen the Princess Diaries knows this idea, but I mean why would you NOT want to try this! Please tag me on social media @celebrateagain if you do, we need to be friends, haha.
10. Go to a local lake or beach and rent stand up paddle boards or a canoe
- Let me let you in on a little secret, most people are terrified to try this because they are afraid they will fall in, but the boards are WAY more stable than you realize. Plus you can always stay kneeling on your board!
- You can usually rent a board from a local outfitter like REI and look up local lakes. You’d be surprised to find out how many lakes actually let you paddleboard on them! Enjoy your adventurous date!
- Or you could daydream about your next beach vacation to Maui checking out our Romantic things to do in Maui!
11. Stargazing Date: Fun Date Idea
- Bundle up with blankets and go stargazing.
- Make a little trip of it going to the best places near you. Use https://blue-marble.de/nightlights/2017 to find the least light polluted area!
- Have a truck? Line the back bed with blankets and pillows once you park, add a romantic picnic or take out and you’ll be set to go! Bonus if you have a blow up mattress you’ll be golden!
- Extra date idea: make a fun playlist and have a dance party with some headlamps!
12. Take turns reading a book together
I know this seems like a simple date idea but it’s a cheap date idea for sure! You can make this more fun by finding your old childhood favorite books and see who can read the stories in the most playful voices!
If you’re looking for something romantic check out our romantic love quotes from books to get inspired!
If you’re looking for a good book to read together or start your next romantic novel consider purchasing one of the books from the list from Bookshop.org which supports small bookshops around the U.S. vs big retailers.
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Modern Romantic Poetry To Read together
These are some of my personal favorite modern day poets.
Classic Romantic Novels to Ready Togher
If you haven’t read these classics you should try reading them together or read them again as a couple!
Yes some of these are movies now days but books are always better than the movies, trust me.
13. Play a game of Would You Rather
14. Go camping indoors or your backyard
16. Have a nerf or marshmallow shooter fight
Put your kids to bed early, steal their nerf guns and go to town!
17. Play a board or card game
Turn any board or card game into a strip version! Say what!?
This can be an especially fun date ideas for couples who need to add some playfulness to their sex life.
18.Try a yoga class together
19. Learn something new together
Does one of you have a skill the other doesn’t, teach them that skill!
20. Go Geocaching: Fun Date Idea
Fun Date Ideas:
21. Have a fondue night
Can you believe that Whole Foods even sells pre-made fondue cheese kits, you’ll be set to go! Grab your favorite beer to make it extra tasty! It’s the secret to a great fondue.
22. Take a dance class | Fun Date Idea
Our favorite is Show Her Off Dance
23. Go for a bike ride | Fun Date Idea
Or rent a tandem bike!
24. Make your own music video
25. Write a song together
Or re-work a famous song with ridiculous new lyrics.
This is such a simple cute date idea that we think everyone should try even if you’re not musical!
26. Create your own mixed drinks
Not sure where to get started? Check out this Masterclass on Mixology to learn from the pros on how to become a master mixologist.
27. Give each other massages
- No fancy lotion needed, my personal favorite option for this is coconut oil, it’s so perfect for massages and well anything else you may need later on.
- Make it silly and playful by playing a game of alphabet guessing…I know it sounds childish and well you can do it with a kiddo too but whoever is massaging have them draw a letter on your back and guess what they drew! It’s harder than you think! Level it up and spell out a word!
28. Put together a puzzle: Fun Date Idea
Add a spin to it and make it a couples thing, one of you is blind folded while the other instructions and uses your hands as a robot to place the pieces’
29. Watch TED Talks and discuss what you learned
30. Day dream about your next adventure you can go on
31. Write letters to old friends or family
I am a firm believer that the art of letter writing is a dying one that should really come back to life. Seriously, when was the last time you were annoyed about getting mail, no email on the other hand…I get it not so much fun anymore! Check out our guide on how to write a love letter for help!
Pro Tip: Write romantic letters to each other in the future! Need ideas? Check out our 150 Romantic Love Quotes to inspire your words!
32. Recreate your first date
If you cannot exactly think about all your five senses and try to recreate as much as you can!
33. Watch the sunset or sunrise
I know this can seem cheesy but when is the last time you watched the sunset. It’s such a healing time of day!
34. Go skinny dipping
In a local lake or blow up the kiddy pool and go midnight skinny dipping
35. Make a time capsule | Fun Date Idea
Include things about each other and news of what’s going on in the world. Set a date for when you’ll open it.
This is such a great fund date night ideas for married couples as they can do this every 10 years and make plans to dig it up or even save it for your kids in your will.
I know a bit morbid but pretty cool to have your parents die and discover the literally left you a hidden treasure!
36. Have your own wine and paint adventure
Purchase your own acrylic paints, a brush and canvas. Paints are usually $1-2 apiece at your local craft store! Purchase a tarp from your local home repair store and you’re all set! Replicate a famous painting or use your imagination to make your own!
37. Go To A drive in movie
- This is really such a dying thing but in some cities it comes back to life! Check to see if your city has one open!
- Pack some extra blankets and pillows, order some food to go and have a party! Best part of drive-in-movie theaters is you can bring all the snacks and comfort you want!
- Or bring some camping chairs to sit outside your car too. Make sure your battery is charged to listen in on your radio to the audio!
- If you’ve never been smaller cars get closer to the screen
38. Romantic Date Night: Outfit Dinner
- Pick out each others outfits for dinner, or pick out each others undergarments for a romantic dinner
- Pair with Blind Cooker date idea!
39. Have a paint fight in your backyard
- Wear old clothes or depending on your neighbor situation none at all haha.
- We suggest using powdered or a water based paint
- If you’re concerned about your hair or face you can wear eye covering and a shower cap. Let’s keep it real, not everyone wants their hair dyed rainbow colors haha.
creative date night ideas
40. Couple Paint With Yourselves As The Brush
- Grab a large canvas and water based paint from your local craft store and a large tarp from your home repair store. Use your bodies to pain your large canvas, maybe enjoy a little paint fight too!
We love this as a creative summer date idea as its easier to do outside.
Fun Date Ideas:
41. Blind Taste Test: Fun Date Idea
Without the other person looking, grab three different food items. Blind fold the guesser and have them guess what items they are!
42. Go fly kites on a windy day or at local beach
Bonus make your own kite! Tap into your inner child, laugh and play a little, it’s good for the soul.
43. Write a story together
Take turns writing paragraphs. Follow the template of intro, scene setting, character introduction, present a problem, have the character strive for a goal, name what they want to avoid, make a climax and an ending!
We especially love this as a small town date idea because you could have a blast using the characters of your own town to create your own story. Make it spooky make it weird, make it funny, maybe tell your story. 😉
44. Water Balloon fight
45. Date Night Jenga This website published a great DIY instructional
46. Go Star tipping | Fun Date Idea
The best idea I learned from living in the south for a year:
- Go somewhere dark where you can see the stars in a grassy area. Spin in a circle staring at one star for 30 seconds. Then try to walk straight.
47. Have a water fight
Grab water balloons or hose and see who you can soak the most!
fun date ideas at home
48. Blind Cooker Date Idea
- One person is the body the other is instructions. Blind fold your partner and direct them to cook something. You can move their hands and arms for them but they aren’t allowed to peak!
- Need some recipes to try? You can find delicious recipes here!
49. Drive some place with no one around, crank up the music in your car and have a dance party.
Bonus do this fun date idea at night and bring some glow in the dark sticks and have your own outdoor night club. Check your car battery before you leave home and fill up on gas.
unique date ideas
50. Have a sumo wrestling fight
I think this is one of my personal favorite fun date ideas.
- Find the largest shirt you own or one you don’t mind stretching out. Stuff yourselves with pillows or duct tape pillows on you. Move your mattress to the floor or pad your floor with pillows cushions. Have a fight see who can pin the other one day first!
- Fun tip: have a safe word when things aren’t fun anymore.
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|Less stress||May not always be the cheapest date idea|
|Little decision making required|
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