You might have a go-to, never-fails date routine. If you do, that’s great! But you may want to switch things up, depending on your mood, and that of your date. Here are 25 date ideas to match your mood.
When you’re feeling chatty
Maybe you were cooped up all day working solo, or you have lots to share with your significant other after a hectic day apart. The last thing you probably want is a date activity where talking is difficult or discouraged – like a loud concert or sitting in a quiet movie theater. Instead, seek out options that are quiet, casual, and allow time for the conversation to flow.
- Go out for a leisurely dinner. This one’s a classic for a reason.
- Attend a baseball game. Get outside while enjoying snacks and each other’s company.
- Do a jigsaw puzzle. You’d be surprised at how the conversation flows as you’re hunched over the pieces.
- Call up your couple friends for a double date.
- Order in, turn off the TV and other electronic distractions and set the table. Maybe include a bouquet of flowers and candle light. Or, go casual and have a "picnic" in the backyard, the roof of your apartment building, or a local park.
When you’re feeling adventurous
Trying something new and exciting together is a great way to get the endorphins flowing – similar to the rush you felt in your early days of dating. Consider physically energetic activities as well as ones that are mentally stimulating or that are new to both of you.
- Google "Fun things to do near me." Pick something you've always thought about doing but haven't gotten around to doing yet.
- Go hiking or attend a fitness or martial arts class. Maybe a yoga class or a group cycling event if that's your thing.
- Take turns planning a surprise date for each other. (Keep it a secret up until the last minute!)
- Write down a few fun ideas on separate pieces of paper and put them in a bag or box. Choose a slip randomly and do what it says on the paper.
- Hit up a trivia night or similar game night.
When you’re feeling reflective or sentimental
When this mood strikes, choose activities that allow you to focus on each other and your relationship.
- If you've been together a while, dig out the old photos and take a walk down memory lane.
- Recreate your first date. Go to the same location or somewhere similar, and reminisce about the details.
- Make a nostalgic meal from your childhood and talk about the memories it stirs up. Consider contacting your sweetheart's parents or siblings to get the recipe to a dish you may have never heard of before.
- Leading up to a date, write down your favorite things about each other, then swap notebooks and share your thoughts.
When you’re feeling low-key
Sometimes, you just want to chill – while also spending quality time with your spouse. Of course, there’s always the option of sinking into the couch and zoning out to a show, but there are other options that allow you to lay low while spending intentional time together.
- Play board games or cards at home.
- Venture out to a local brewery or coffee shop. Explore "high tea" options for a special occasion.
- Bake a sweet treat at home. Try a new recipe and really savor the experience.
- Listen to a podcast together – in the car, your backyard, or cuddling in bed. Discuss it afterwards.
- Have a movie night at home, but make it special with your own movie theater snacks.
- Watch a sunset or go stargazing.
When you’re feeling stressed out
Maybe you’ve had a rough day or the demands of life have you feeling overwhelmed. Times like these call for a date that helps you relax, gets your mind off your worries, and acts as an outlet for pent-up tension.
- Go to a batting cage or a driving range.
- Have some fun at an arcade.
- Go dancing – or have a dance party in your living room.
- Get a couples’ massage -- or give each other a massage. You don't have to be a pro to enjoy it.
- Take a walk or jog together if that’s your thing – or any other physical activity you both enjoy that helps you relax. (If you or your significant other have health issues, clear it with your physician first.)
Of course, these ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. While it’s easy to rely on the tried-and-true date ideas, exploring new ideas that suit your mood is a great way to get the most out of your time together. Get creative and consider combining multiple ideas from this post or with your own ideas to create the perfect combination for your next date night.