With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it might be nice to share some ideas on what you can do for free or cheap not just for Valentine’s Day, but for the date nights all year round. A “date” isn’t about how much money you can spend, it is about that special someone you are spending that time with. So without further a-do here is a list of 52 date night ideas! 1* Go on a scavenger hunt (at a park, zoo, department store-pretty much anywhere). 2* Find a new recipe you both would love, and make dinner together. Couple it with a rented movie. 3* Go explore the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018: • January 15: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. • April 21: First day of National Park Week • September 22: National Public Lands Day • November 11: Veterans Day Find a National park near you on their website https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm 4* Play a Board Game 5*Spend a day thrift shopping 6*Go for a walk together. 7*Go to a drive in movie (they are sometimes less expensive than the indoor theaters, and a lot of places offer a double feature). 8*Go stargazing, or sit next to a fire, and contemplate the meaning of life. Or create a bucket list together. 9*Go to a river walk or a walking path along the river, and watch the sunset together. 10* Go to a local sporting event together. 11* Go to a local festival 12* Go sledding 13* Go ice skating or roller skating 14* Build a snowman together 15*Go to a free museum 16*Have a movie marathon 17*Volunteer together 18*Go for a scenic drive and pack some snacks for the ride. 19*Go to open houses for inspiration 20* Go to a library event, or go check out some books/movies/video games from the library. 21*Play truth or dare. 22*Take turns giving each other a massage. 23*Attend a free workshop (check libraries, community centers, or home improvement stores) 24*Go to a flea market or farmers market and see what they all have to offer. 25*Have a water balloon fight or snowball fight. Follow it with either a refreshing beverage, or hot chocolate. 26*Go to an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch. 27*Cozy up in front of the fireplace. 28*During the holiday season, you could take a drive around to view everyone’s Christmas lights. 29*Go miniature golfing 30*Go for a cup of coffee together, or ice cream.You could pretend it is your first date to add a little spice. 31*Go biking together. 32* Plan a haunted house together, or a Halloween party. 33*Go on a hay ride 34*Go horseback riding 35*Bake some tasty treats together 36*Go bowling 37*Go to the lake or pool, or better yet if you have a hot tub, put it to good use. 38*Go to a batting range or driving range, or shooting range. 39*Go to a car show 40*Go to a tractor pull 41*Go to a demolition derby 42*Go to a county or state fair. 43*Go to a group mystery date. 44*Go to a petting zoo. 45*Go fishing 46*Video game night/compete with each other or work together 47*Go camping, or camp in your own backyard 48*Go to an aquarium together. 49*Go to a comedy club or an amateur night 50*Play Simon says 51* Blindfold taste-test-blindfold your partner, and have them taste-test whatever foods you come up with. 52*Play outdoor games like ladder ball or bean bag toss.
I hope these ideas have inspired you to plan either a weekly or monthly date night, because it is so important to nourish our relationships. Please share any other ideas you have in the comments!
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