Finding Forever Love Toolkit

300+ Date Themes & Ideas

 
  • Admire Animals date – Visit a national or suburban zoo, petting zoo, safari park, game reserve, aquarium, or animal shelter.
  • Adrenaline rush dates – Go skydiving (tandem, indoor), whitewater rafting, play paintball, ride rollercoasters, zip line, bungee jump, or go to a haunted house. 
  • Adventurous date – Go hiking, trail riding (bike, horseback), camping, snorkeling, get your first tattoo, or visit a corn maze.
  • Amusement park/theme park dates – Attend a county fair, ride roller coasters (Six Flags, Cedar Point), go to a waterpark, go carting, play mini-golf, hit balls in the batting cages, visit Disney or Universal Studios.
  • Appease the Guy dates – Go to a car show, demolition derby, tractor or truck pull, monster truck rally, watch a motocross, car or boat race, test drive sports cars, go fishing or hunting with him, or maybe even go to a strip club.
  • Art Gallery dates – Attend a gallery opening or art show (contemporary art, oil painting, jewelry, photography, sculpture, textiles, pottery), or stroll through a sculpture garden.
  • Rally/march/parade dates – Participate in a political, environmental, Women’s Rights, ‘Lives Matter event, or attend/support Pride (LGBTQ).
  • Be in nature dates – Visit a botanical garden, hang out in the park, take a walk in the woods, go trail walking or hiking, go tent camping.
  • Be my plus one date – Attend a work function, family reunion, networking event, BBQ, or wedding.
  • Binge-watching dates – Catch up on or watch a new TV show or movie on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO, Showtime, A&E, Bravo, etc. 
  • Competitive dates – Go bowling, play tennis, pool, darts, golf, ping pong, video or board games, drive go carts. 
  • Dancing dates – Visit the night clubs, go line dancing, ballroom dancing, or salsa/Latin dancing.
  • Destination dates –  Travel to a fun and exciting destination – Disney World, Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, etc.
  • Dog dates – Go to the dog park, walk your dog together, take dog training class (obedience, agility), watch a dog show, or visit an animal shelter.
  • Drinking dates – Enjoy your favorite beverages during happy hour or martini lounge, check out the local establishments for a pub crawl, attend a wine tasting, take a brewery/microbrew tour or tasting, go to Oktoberfest, or a house party.
  • Educational dates – Take a cooking class, learn a foreign language, take dance lessons, learn how to paint or do pottery, go to a yoga class, learn massage, try your hand at acting/improve, attend a workshop for spiritual education or growth.
  • Exercise dates – Go walking, jogging, or biking, attend a boot camp or workout in the park, try out CrossFit, go swimming, shoot hoops at the park, take a kettlebell class, go rollerblading, play tennis, participate in a 5k or 10k event.
  • Explore a new city date – Go sight-seeing in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington DC, New Orleans, San Francisco, Nashville, or San Diego.
  • Fall Dates – Go to a pumpkin patch, go through a corn maze, take a hayride, visit a haunted house, or take a drive to check out the Fall colors.
  • Food dates – Go out to eat or make it yourself – breakfast, brunch, lunch, appetizers, dinner, dessert, cookout, or if it ends up being a late night out stop at a 24-hour diner.
     
  • Fun-in-the-sun dates – Go to the beach and hang out for the day, make sand castles, go roller blading around the beach or park, play sand volleyball, enjoy various water sports.
  • Fun-indoors dates – Go see a movie at an IMAX theater, go roller skating, bounce around at a trampoline park, try a rock climbing wall, have fun sliding down inflatable slides, play laser tag or cosmic bowling, or go to an indoor waterpark.
  • Game night dates – Play board games, cards, video games, or even minute-to-win-it games.
  • Get creative date – Go to a wine and painting place, make mosaics, pottery or metal art.
  • Green thumb dates – Plant flowers or a patio garden, go to a nursery and pick out new plants, attend a workshop or take a horticulture or landscaping class.
  • Let’s just hang-out dates – Have company while you run errands, go to the laundromat, you can rent a movie, go to the farmer’s market, listen to music in the park, or even go for a walk.
  • Museum dates – Visit and learn about fine arts or applied arts, crafts, archeology, anthropology, history (cultural, military, natural), science, or technology.
  • Music dates – Go see a touring band, attend a local festival, county fair, annual music event, city band performance, or listen to a jazz band.
  • Old-fashioned dates – Go roller skating, to a drive-in movie, enjoy a picnic at the park or at the beach, share ice cream or a malt, go to a sock hop/50’s dance, visit a video arcade, eat at a root beer stand or drive-in, go to a carnival or county fair and play games on the midway.
  • Pretend You’re a Kid again dates – Catch fireflies, collect sea shells on the beach, go on a field trip to a place you went as a kid, visit a Children’s museum, eat cotton candy or ice cream with your favorite toppings, drink hot chocolate with marshmallows, make s’mores over a campfire, watch your favorite movies from when you were young, go to a parade and collect as much candy as you can, build a blanket fort, or carve jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.
  • Road-trip dates – by car, motorcycle, or bus tour – check out a new town or city, take a fall colors tour, visit lighthouses, drive down Route 66, visit the northeast or the west coast, etc.
  • Romantic date – Go out for dinner at a fancy restaurant, have a candlelight dinner at home, take a hot air balloon ride, go on a picnic or dinner cruise, enjoy a cheese and wine tasting, go horseback riding, or cuddle up at night and do some star gazing.
  • Shopping dates – Get new clothes, food for a special dish you’re making, visit fancy housewares stores, browse for new home décor, look for a new vehicle, or go shopping for Christmas or special occasion gifts.
  • Spiritual date – Go to church, have a tarot card reading, see a psychic or get your palms read, visit missionaries or cathedrals, take a meditation class, visit a Japanese tea garden or Labyrinth, visit a shaman or go to a spiritual ritual.
  • Sporting event date – (professional, semi-pro, college) Enjoy attending a football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, golf tournament, Indy or NASCAR race, etc.  
  • Step out of your comfort zone dates – Get your badass on shooting a gun or archery at an indoor or outdoor range, try a ropes course, or climbing a rock wall, etc.
  • Surprise/secret plans date – Create a fun scavenger hunt/follow the clues adventure, purchase tickets to a favorite game, performance, or concert, go on a get-away trip.
  • Theater dates – Get cultured in the performing arts (Broadway show, ballet), go to a dinner theater or community theater show, enjoy a college theater or high school performance, or visit a planetarium.
  • Volunteer together dates – Serve meals to the homeless or needy, help out in a food pantry, at a women’s shelter, during community events, participate in adopt-a-highway/litter clean-up, build a house for Habitat for Humanity, walk dogs or clean at a pet shelter, visit residents at a nursing home, or help with a park or neighborhood clean-up.
  • Watch the sunrise or sunset dates – Walk along the beach, watch it from a balcony or rooftop, on a boat, from a hilltop or mountain top.
  • Water sports dates – Go boating, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, fishing, snorkeling, water skiing, sailing, or tubing.
  • Wet Your Pants Laughing dates – Go see your favorite comedian or to a comedy club, watch parody movies or a comedy movie or TV show.
  • Winter sports dates – Go ice skating, snowboarding, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, build a snowman or snow fort, make snow angels, snow shoeing. 
The best part about dating is that you get to expand your experiences and continue to add to and subtract from those things you’re looking for in a future relationship partner. Keep in mind that even a mediocre man can introduce you to new things you never expected or considered…so why not let yourself play and embrace this time.
— Jodi Schuelke, Finding Forever Love: 7 Steps to Your Mr. Right