Are you in a date night funk? If you are struggling to plan fun date nights and find yourself stuck in the rut of simply going out to dinner and back home, then it's time to up the ante and get a little more creative. Creativity will put some romance back into your life, allow you to have some fun together, and give you the chance to make new memories as a couple.
Here is a list of 26 creative date night ideas that are romantic, interesting, and, above all, fun. The next time you are ready to schedule a date night, start with this list.
1. Attend a Virtual Painting Class
Creativity can bring out the best in people, and a virtual painting class would give you privacy for your romantic night while also giving you something fun to do together. Work together to create one masterpiece or work on two paintings you can display side-by-side. Either way, this type of DIY creativity will give you plenty of chances to talk while also creating something beautiful together, and painting even has health benefits. Set up a creative space and order a virtual painting class with a painting kit to get started.
Visit Painting to Gogh to find a list of paintings that would make a fun date night for everything from a first date to a 30th wedding anniversary.
2. Create a Scrapbook Together
Remember that time you won the escape room or that epic hiking date through your local forest preserve? Did you take some pictures while you were there? If so, then why not spend your next date night documenting them? Grab your photos of these experiences and put them into a scrapbook. Creating a scrapbook together will preserve your memories and allow you to create new ones as you look forward to your future together as a couple.
Need help getting started? Check out tools on Etsy that will help you create an epic date night scrapbook.
3. Plan a Fantasy Vacation
Sometimes, the fun isn't in taking the trip but in planning it. If your budget keeps you at home for your date night, consider planning an epic fantasy bucket list trip. Even if you can never actually take the trip, the process of planning it can be engaging and quite romantic. Snuggle up together with your favorite drinks, and start planning. Even if you can't take the vacation now, you'll have a great idea for your next road trip or airplane getaway with your significant other that is all ready to go.
To get started, check out these tips from Marriott Hotels.
4. Take an Online Cooking Class
It may seem cheesy, but cooking together is actually a fun way to bond and learn more about one another. If you aren't that great in the kitchen, consider an online cooking class for couples. You will have an instructor to walk you through the cooking process, a list of ingredients for the food, and everything else you need to start cooking together. This can turn into a very romantic date idea, and after the class, you have your dinner ready to go.
Check out these online cooking classes for couples from Cozymeal.
5. Watch a Romantic Movie
With the right movie, movie night can be very romantic. Movie nights at home give you plenty of time to cuddle as you watch the story unfold on the screen in front of you. Choosing a romantic movie will get the romantic ideas flowing. Bonus points for the fact that you don't have to get too dressed up for your next date night if you choose a movie night. Stay in your comfy clothes and enjoy the perfect date right at home.
Netflix always has a long list of romantic movies. From old school classics to modern rom-coms, here is a list to choose from.
6. Go to an Art Museum
Whether you love art or are confused by it, you might find that you have a lot of fun exploring your local art museum as a couple. Plan some activities that involve finding particular themes or even colors in the art. After the visit, discuss your favorite pieces and why they spoke to you. This will be fodder for some very interesting conversations.
Find all of the art museums throughout the United States on this list from ArtCyclopedia.
7. Have a Karaoke Night
Grab a microphone or a YouTube playlist and get ready to sing your heart out. You can have a karaoke night at home with the right tools. This activity will help you both relax and get some positive hormones flowing as you spend time together. This idea can also be a fun double date if you have another couple you want to get to know.
Throwing a karaoke night at home is easy with the Karaoke Game website.
8. Go to a Farmer's Market
Fresh fruits and vegetables are tantalizing for the senses, and you can enjoy time together as you stroll the various booths at your local farmer's market. Many people don't know that the farmer's market is also a place where local artisans share their work. Shop for new artwork for your home and some food for your dinner table, and enjoy time together out in the community at the same time with this creative and fun date idea.
9. Go Horseback Riding
If the two of you prefer adventure over a night in with a list of home date night ideas, consider going horseback riding. Even if it is your first time, you will enjoy quite a bit of adventure as you explore some part of your community or a local park from the back of a horse. This is definitely a unique date idea, and you will create lasting memories.
10. Go to a Trivia Night
If you are looking for winter date ideas, getting outside may not be possible. A great date idea may be to go to a trivia night. If the two of you are particularly passionate about a specific topic, like “Harry Potter” or “Star Wars,” find a bar or club offering a trivia night and see if you can win. Even if you don't win, you will have the chance to spend time with others who love the topic and expand your knowledge a bit.
11. Try a New Hobby Together
Is there a particular hobby you've been wanting to try? Try it together. Go ice skating, try your hand at kayaking, head to the indoor rock climbing gym, visit a coffee shop to try a new flavor, or visit your local go-kart track. These could all be hobbies that turn into something you enjoy doing time and time again, but you just need to try it for the first time together.
12. Go to a Jazz Club
Sometimes, music-themed events make it difficult to have a conversation, making them less than ideal for a date night, but there are exceptions. Have you ever been to a jazz club? You might find that this is the perfect date night idea. The music at a jazz club is not too loud or intense, so you can enjoy conversation, and the people-watching opportunities are endless. You might even be enticed to dance with your loved one a little while the music flows around you.
13. Get Your Hips Moving in a Dance Class
Movement makes date night more engaging for both of you. A dance class is a great way to get moving. Not only does it encourage intimacy as you hold each other through the dance moves, but it is an interesting way to learn a new skill. You can head into the community to take a dance class at a studio, or you can stream one and take part at home.
The Duet Dance Studio offers Virtual Dance Lessons for Couples that can be a great choice.
14. Catch a Flick at a Drive-in Movie Theater
Drive-in movie theaters are still alive and well, so why not visit one for a fun date idea? You'll enjoy a bit more privacy than the traditional movie theater, and between showings, you can do a little stargazing. Be sure to splurge on some fresh-popped popcorn to share, and take turns feeding each other to add to the romance of the night.
Is there a drive-in near you? Check out this list to see.
15. Watch the Sunset
You don't need to have a lot of extra supplies for this date night. Head out into the country and gaze west with your love. Watch the sunset together as you snuggle up on a park bench or the tailgate of your vehicle. Talk about your future together while enjoying this activity.
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16. Enjoy a Candlelit Dinner at Home
Whether you order in or have a cooking class together after you have your meal, set up a romantic, candlelit dinner at home to enjoy it. Slow down and truly enjoy the meal together, reveling in each other's company and conversation. The dim lighting and more cozy environment will spark a romantic evening together.
17. Jam Out to Your Favorite Tunes
It doesn't have to be a karaoke night to enjoy music together. Create a playlist of your favorite tunes, put them on a loudspeaker, and jam out together. You can take this idea in the car or just enjoy it at home. Be sure to include songs both of you love. You just might find a new favorite couple's song.
18. Do a Puzzle Together
Board games and puzzles can be a more relaxing date night option. Doing a puzzle together can create feelings of comradery as you complete a challenging project as a couple. Consider choosing a puzzle that is something you can accomplish in one sitting or investing in a puzzle board you can put away and return to next time you have the desire to puzzle as a couple. When you finish, consider gluing the puzzle to display in your home.
19. Attend a Ballet
The ballet can be very romantic. The soothing classical music and the smooth movements of the dancers on stage can bring positive emotions to light. Going to the ballet also gives you a chance to get dressed up a little, so if you love formal affairs, you will love this date night idea. If this type of cultural attraction doesn't seem right for you, consider trying it once to expand your horizons and experience something unique and new together.
20. Create an Indoor Scavenger Hunt
What kinds of treasures are lying around your home? An indoor scavenger hunt gives you the chance to discover for yourself. Consider a themed scavenger hunt that will send you in search of romantic treasures around the home. Some friendly competition to see who finds it all first will make the date night relaxing and fun.
Check out this list of ideas for romantic scavenger hunts you can plan at home.
21. Take a Trip to the Closest Botanical Gardens
Flowers are equated with romance, and the botanical gardens let you explore hundreds of them all in one place. Whether outdoors in the spring and summer or indoors in a greenhouse-style garden, you'll find that a stroll through the botanical gardens is a very romantic date option. Be sure to bring a camera or phone so you can take several pictures and selfies with your love.
22. Have a Skate Night
Visit the roller or ice skating rink for a romantic skate night. Even if you are not adept at skating, this activity gives you the chance to hold hands and be romantic together. You might have some stumbles and falls, but that just adds to the memories you create.
23. Enjoy a Picnic
A picnic, whether outside or in your living room, is always romantic. Make sure you get some wine or something like chocolate-covered strawberries that are romantic in nature. To make a picnic as romantic as possible, pull out all the stops. Get a cute basket, comfortable blanket, and picnic-friendly wine glasses to take with you to your destination. Consider hiking to a remote location in your favorite forest preserve to have true privacy, or set up a station in your living room with candles and low lighting instead.
24. Have a Home Spa Day
A couple's massage and facials can be a relaxing date idea, but also a pricey one. Instead of dropping hundreds of dollars at the spa, why not recreate the experience at home? A home spa day is relaxing and intimate, and you will leave feeling renewed love for each other and quite a bit of relaxation.
Looking to get started? This guide will help you set the mood and start the pampering at home.
25. Go Camping or Glamping in Your Backyard
Time spent outdoors is always fun, and camping is a great way to relax and leave the cares of daily life behind. Yet hauling everything to the campground is tedious, and you won't have as much privacy at a camping site as you thought. Instead, set up a campsite in your own backyard. You can do full-on tent camping, or you can use your trailer to do some "glamping" in your yard. Either way, a night spent under the stars is truly a romantic date night option.
26. Have a Wine and Cheese Night
Wine tasting is a great way to spend some time together and get some relaxation in. Make up a wine and cheese night at home, and enjoy interesting flavors and excellent company. Explore exotic blends or new cheese flavors for this interesting date night idea.
Many wineries and vineyards offer wine and cheese pairing kits, but check out this one from ONX to get you started.