Save the Date: Fun Valentine’s Day Date Ideas
Date nights are important for maintaining an electric spark with your significant other. Sure, a wildfire honeymoon phase eventually cools down a bit, and is replaced by the warm embers of long-term love.
But this doesn’t mean that it’s good to fall into a routine of ordering takeout and watching Netflix every single weekend, either. Date nights allow you and your partner to discover new things about each other and yourselves, and help maintain important aspects of your relationship: excitement, cooperation, problem-solving skills. This holds especially true on the crowning date night: Valentine’s Day.
While your Valentine’s Day date is going to look different than another couple’s, because every couple is unique and bonds and interacts with each other in their own way, it’s universally a good idea to try new things. Now, “trying new things” doesn’t have to mean swimming with dolphins in Dubai or something equally expensive. We understand that most couples have budgets and often that’s what keeps them from going out.
A lot of typical date night activities, like plays/concerts/museums, have ticket or admission prices. This is where you’ve got to “shop smart.” Check apps like Groupon or Wowcher for deals in your area, and also follow your city on its social media pages, like Facebook, Twitter, and even Reddit (for example, the Reddit page for Chicago currently has info about the world premiere of a long-lost opera, a new tavern-style eatery, and which local AMC Theaters have MoviePass).
Since you want to do something memorable and standout for your Valentine’s Day date night, it might also mean thinking outside the box. Consider a painting or cooking class (again, Groupon is your friend!), which of course has the additional perk of sharpening your partner’s skills for later.
Or, think about a sexy “boudoir-style” photoshoot, where you and your partner can show off a different set of “skills.” Some people aren’t comfortable with the idea of having these kinds of photos taken, but if you are, it’s a unique way to explore you and your partner’s chemistry, and get some souvenirs for the trouble!
For something that’s a little more platonic but also tests your chemistry and teamwork with your partner, consider belay rock climbing, or couples yoga.
If there’s a rock climbing gym near you, and you’re not afraid of heights, belay-style climbing means that one person scales the wall, while the other person holds the rope for that person, while not letting it go slack, and immediately pulling tight if the climber loses his or her grip. Of course, an instructor will be on hand at all times too, but with safety ensured, it’s an interesting way to see how attentive and alert your partner is.
Plus, exercising together as a couple boosts endorphins, feel-good chemicals that are sure to inject life and positivity into your Valentine’s date night. Studies show that exercising with a partner makes the workout more effective, too!
What about couples yoga? Well, if you’re dreading hearing about yet another Valentine’s Day option that costs money, fear not! You don’t actually have to go to a class to do couples yoga, since there are plenty of resources and tutorials online, so you can do it from home! Some of the positions that involve working in tandem are more difficult than others, and not achievable by those new to yoga, but trying and failing can lead to a lot of laughs…or even to something more intimate.
Whatever this special day brings for you and your love, what’s most important is simply enjoying each other’s company and remembering what drew you together in the first place. A unique, novel Valentine’s date is just the thing to rekindle and refresh those feelings.