Here at Bonsai Audio, we believe in romance and taking quality time to stay connected with your significant other. Therefore, for our engaged, soon-to-be engaged, dating, or married clients, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of fun date ideas that won’t break the bank.
1. Write a song together
There’s nothing more romantic than a song. Why not pull out an instrument and write something together?
Writing music is a great creative outlet and also a perfect avenue for self expression. While writing a song together, you and your significant other may just find out some things that you never knew about each other. If you are stumped, listen to some music together for inspiration. Better yet, take turns picking the songs, and don’t be afraid to share some of your guilty pleasures!
2. Take a nature walk
All it really takes is a pair of sturdy walking shoes and a beautiful locale for some date night fun — or date day, if you prefer walking in the daylight.
A lot of areas have nature preserves nearby, and those that don’t often have a walking trail of some sort, or even a park. A quick Google search should be all that is needed to find these areas. To upgrade your experience, track down a pair of old binoculars and be on the lookout for birds and other wildlife. Or, take along a camera (your smart phone should suffice) and take turns photographing each other in the great outdoors.
3. Go on a picnic
Going on a picnic could be a great addition to your walk, or as a fun activity in and of itself. For a more traditional vibe, bring along a wicker picnic basket — if you don’t have one, they are often easy to find at the Goodwill — or, pack your food in a backpack and call it good.
Picnics can be as creative or as simple as you want. To dress it up a bit, bring along a vase for some wildflowers and fix a gourmet meal. To keep things casual, try packing along some PB&J with a side of watermelon — or whatever other finger-food you both prefer. Make sure you remember to bring along a blanket that you don’t mind getting dirty and some sunscreen if it’s going to be sunny out.
4. Play a game
Playing a game together is a great activity for a date because there’s something out there for everyone. From video games, to board games, to cards, this is an activity that you can easily tweak to your own preferences. Games are also great because they allow you the opportunity to get a bit competitive, or to work on your cooperation skills.
If you don’t have any games lying around, try the Goodwill or a local thrift store for a cheap fix. Alternatively, many libraries have video games you can check out for free, and some even have board games you can borrow.
5. Go thrifting
Speaking of thrift shops, why not think outside the box and spend your date on a creative thrift-adventure? Pick a theme and try to choose outfits for each other, build some fun costumes, or sort through the junk and find some treasures.
Make sure to set a limit on your spending, otherwise you might find yourself putting out as much money as you may have on a more expensive date. Plus, setting a limit can add another fun element to your outing as it will challenge you to look hard and piece together what you can within your agreed upon budget.
6. Cook something together
For the foodies out there, putting together something in the kitchen can always be a fun time. Try making dinner together, sharing a family recipe, cooking a dish neither of you have made, or making something up as you go. Cooking can be messy, and there is a lot of room for error, so laugh at your mistakes and don’t be afraid to take risks!
Of course, at the end comes the best (or worst) part — eating what you’ve made.
7. Build a fort
Why not let loose your inner child and build a fort in the living room? All this takes is some large sheets, pillows and blankets for the floor, and a way to attach your sheets to tall objects (heavy books and clothespins work well for this). If you are feeling really creative, decorate your fort with some string lights to add a more romantic and whimsical vibe.
Once you finish with your fort, it might be fun to cook up some popcorn or other snack and watch a movie inside.
8. Write some poetry
Writing poetry for each other is a great way to express how you feel, or just be goofy. Lined paper and a couple pens or pencils works perfect for this activity. You can also try decorating your paper or buying some cheap stationary.
For extra fun, embarrass yourself (and each other), by reading your compositions out loud. Or, if you are feeling shy, fold up your masterpieces and mail them to each other — no peeking allowed. Bonus points if you seal the envelope with wax and/or put flower petals inside.
9. Color in a coloring book
Coloring books for adults are popular these days. Supposedly they are great for stress-relief, as well as allowing for an easy creative outlet. For your date, why not pick up a coloring book or two and work on some pieces together?
Adult coloring books tend to be intricate and time consuming — not to mention expensive — but the kid versions tend to be just as much fun and a lot cheaper. You can get them very inexpensively at places like Walmart. Or, print off a few sheets for free online! While you are at it, don’t forget to pick up some crayons, colored pencils, or markers.
10. Go stargazing
On a warm, clear night, try planning a stargazing excursion with your significant other. To really get the best view, you’ll need to drive out of the city a bit and get away from any light pollution. However, stargazing can be done in your own backyard — or any spot with a clear view of the sky.
You can time your excursion to a celestial event, like a meteor shower, or you can just lie back, count the stars, and try to map out some constellations. If you choose to do the latter, a good star-mapping book or star chart is extremely helpful. Bring along a flashlight as well, so you can actually use that book, and cover it with a red film to avoid light blindness. You can purchase these at the store, or make your own by rubber-banding some plastic wrap to the head of your flashlight and using a marker to color it red.