It’s February! And that means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Whether you choose to mark the annual lover’s holiday or not, it is a good reminder to check in our relationships and maybe plan a date night. I don’t know about you guys, but date nights for us are rare things. So seeing all the store displays of chocolates and hearts and teddy bears gives us a good excuse to really try to make the time for us.
February also makes it easier to try new places or activities because everyone seems to have date night specials going on. The only drawback for those of us living the polyamorous life is that they are couple-centric. A little creativity can sometimes net you that discount though. Such as doubling up on date nights with multiple partners and/or metamours. Or using the group discounts, if your polycule is large enough to meet the minimum number of people.
Even with all these specials, it can still be hard to think of fun and new date night ideas. Falling into a rut is fairly common. Lovey and I, and Boyfriend and I, are definitely guilty of that. So this year, we are resolving to try new things. If you need some ideas, like I did, keep on reading. There is something for everyone. On a budget? I found several free options! Have to take the kiddos with you? I get it, which is why there are also several that are kid friendly. Looking for something that is good for a couple or moresome? I’ve got some ideas there too.
Shopping – I’m not talking about your everyday shopping trip for household stuff. Nor am I referring to those fun trips to the adults only shop. I’m talking about a special trip to a place near and dear to your relationship. For example, I love bookstores. Lovey is not a huge reader, but he enjoys when we read together. So occasionally it is nice to wander the stacks and find a new book for us share. Plus, our local bookstore has an amazing coffee shop attached. And this girl loves her coffee.
Take a free class – Youtube has free lessons available for lots of different interests. Language, dance, cooking, etc. Skillshare is a great site that also offers a lot of free lessons you can try together, all from the convenience of your home. For local events to get you out of the house, you can check out Eventbrite.
Museum or gallery showing – Some of these have discounted or free days a few times a year. They usually fill up fast though, so be sure to plan ahead by securing tickets early or arriving when they open.
Shoot some pool – Lovey likes playing pool. And I like watching him. The nice part is going on weeknights, when the crowds are much smaller. And there is plenty of opportunity for some flirting and conversation.
Geocaching – It’s kind of like a giant treasure hunt. It gets you all out and exploring your local area. For more info on how it works, or how to get started, check them out here.
Hiking – Great for all skill levels. And there is nothing like finding a quiet spot for a little romantic spontaneous photo shoot while your surrounded by nature.
Game night – Go for a classic like Monopoly or try a cooperative game like 5 Minute Dungeon. Not big on board games? Try cards, some poker or rummy. Or, fire up the console and try some multi-player video games.
Mini golf – Giant animals? Trick shots? What’s not to love about mini golf? Plus, most have concessions on site so you can even grab a quick bite to eat.
Bowling – There is something about bowling alleys that just bring back memories of high school, at least for me. Gooey nachos and rented shoes shouldn’t be as much of a good time as it is.
Arcade – I’m not talking about Chuck E. Cheese. Nothing against the mouse, but I prefer my arcades with a few more adult options. And there are plenty out there that offer a little something for everyone.
Scavenger hunt – Make up your own or print out a list from the interwebs. There are so many out there! These are especially fun if your out at your local nature center or on a hike. But they can be just as fun indoors, at home on those not so nice weather days, so don’t let that stop you.
Craft night – No fancy supplies needed! You can use up things you have around the house to create something unique. And it can be a group effort, or everyone can make their own little something.
So there you have it! My short list of fun new date night ideas. A lot of these can be adjusted depending on your what your family looks like. Try them out, explore your town, and support some local businesses. I promise fun all around.
Let me know which ones you guys are going to try out!