Maybe the reason you don’t pursue date nights with your husband with more intention is that it has just become…so…predictable. Break out of the rut with some good date ideas that go beyond nights of just dinner and a movie. Here are 7 interesting date ideas for you and your husband to try.
1. Live theatre, live concerts—live anything.
There’s something about a live performance that’s a bit more exhilarating than a recorded version. Seek out a great play, a concert, or even a coffee house with some live entertainment to spice up your weekend with your spouse.
2. Go ethnic.
Go off your regular culinary path by trying out a new type of cuisine. Most cities now offer a wealth of eateries representing every corner of the map, from Thai fusion to Ethiopian to Cuban. You might just find new flavors you love!
3. Take a risk.
Okay, listen. We know that risky is a relative term. For someone else, it might be skydiving. For you, it might be strapping on ice skates. We’re not saying you have to go crazy, but try something together that’s just a wee bit outside your comfort zone. Again, you don’t have to juggle knives here. Just get your heart rate up a bit!
4. Get artsy.
It’s one thing to stroll through a museum together, hand in hand. (And not a bad date idea in and of itself.) It’s another thing to roll up your sleeves and create something yourself. Lots of museums and studios offer couple’s classes in sketching, painting, pottery—the list is endless. Don’t forget your sense of humor!
5. Move together.
We know you’ve watched Dancing with the Stars and thought: that looks fun. Whether you’ve tried ballroom or any other type of dancing before, there are classes for couples of all skill levels from beginners to advanced. Who knows? You may find out that you’re the perfect Ginger Rogers to his Fred Astaire.
6. Go all smarty-pants.
If you live near a college or university, you’re within reach of a wealth of opportunities to hear fascinating lectures on topics of current interest and readings from amazing authors. Even if you don’t have a college nearby, check with your local library for special events and visiting authors.
7. Be curious.
Sometimes we try something just to be able to say we did. I was reminded of this in a yoga class recently when a classmate brought her husband to try it out. He could hardly keep from laughing out loud at our teacher’s suggestions to “breathe deeply” and “focus on the light within.” Trying to get into the poses? Even funnier to him. The couple kept exchanging glances of total amusement. Will he become a devoted yogi? Doubtful. Did they have a hilarious conversation about that class on the ride home? I’d be willing to bet my life on it.
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What other interesting date night ideas can you add to the list?
Dana Hall McCain writes about marriage, parenting, faith and wellness. She is a mom of two, and has been married to a wonderful guy for over 18 years.