First dates can be a bit like jumping off a bridge. It’s exciting but scary, and there’s often quite a bit of anticipation. So why do we so often resort to boring coffee shop or restaurant dates, as if we were applying for a job not meeting a potential new friend, if not partner? Move away from the staid and boring and engage in a fun activity where you can really get to know someone. Here are some examples:
To market, to market
Markets are a great date idea. You can taste wine and cheese, look for quirky hats and home decor and enjoy each other company in a fun environment. Whether you’re up for a farmer’s market, flea market or artisan festival, at the least you’ll be able to look for bargains and specialty goods with a partner in crime to help you barter your dollars. There’s usually plenty of food and drink trucks and if the date goes well, your accomplice can help you cook that asparagus you bought or hang that painting.
Film with a difference
A film sounds like a great idea for a date until you realize that’s it’s pretty much sitting next to a stranger in silence for several hours trying not to elbow them over the arm rest. Films are great, especially if you share similar taste so why not celebrate the opportunity by going for a venue with a difference. There’s the Hippodrome silent film festival Scotland, outdoor cinema at a castle in Barcelona and Forever cemetary cinema screenings in Hollywood, to name but a few examples- all resplendent with conversational possibilities before and after the film.
Volunteering is great opportunity to give something back to others, meet people and determine what someone is like in an unfamiliar situation. Helping a colleague move house? Tree planting? Staffing the cake stall at a fundraiser? There are oodles of options for volunteering both amongst your community and established charities.
Take a class together
Learning someone new is a great way to get to know someone and how they behave when faced with a challenge. Whether you opt to learn to grow succulents, cook a curry or the art of bicycle maintenance, a workshop or a class is a great way to learn more about someone in a fun, hands-on environment.
Movement raises endorphins and reduces the risk for staring at someone awkwardly. Go for a hike, a stroll in a park, a spot of barefoot bowls in Brisbane or Metal yoga in Brooklyn
Play tourist with insider knowledge
Sure you love to travel but what about showing each other your favorite spots in town? Whether it’s a club, roadside cafe or food truck, it’s fun to show someone your favorite haunts. That said, if the date is a disaster, you might not want them to be popping up to your regular bar everytime you go for a visit.
Try a trivia night
Trivia nights and pub quizzes are a great way to get talking and test your knowledge in obscure place names, bands of the 1990’s or current affairs. Take the pressure off by joining another team together or band together as a duo of underdogs. Don’t be a sore loser if you lose (or cheat by using your phone) and bonus points if you opt for the singing challenges.
We’d love to hear some of the fun activities (erm besides the obvious) that you’ve undertaken on your first dates. Leave a message below or comment on our twitter or facebook.