FacebookTwitter
Hatrack River Forum Post New Topic  Post A Reply
my profile login | register | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» Hatrack River Forum » Active Forums » Books, Films, Food and Culture » Creative dating ideas

   
Author Topic: Creative dating ideas
Qaz
Member
Member # 10298

 - posted      Profile for Qaz           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What are some cool, quirky, fun, or creative ideas you have for dates?

I'd post mine but I'm not sure I have any!

I'll try anyway:
* balloon ride
* dancing, in the park to a boom box
* playground trip

Posts: 544 | Registered: Mar 2007  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Javert
Member
Member # 3076

 - posted      Profile for Javert   Email Javert         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Improv acting class!
Posts: 3852 | Registered: Feb 2002  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
advice for robots
Member
Member # 2544

 - posted      Profile for advice for robots           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Putting together and performing the "play within a play" in Midsummer Night's Dream.
Posts: 5957 | Registered: Oct 2001  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
steven
Member
Member # 8099

 - posted      Profile for steven   Email steven         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
skydiving?

I've never done it.

Posts: 3285 | Registered: May 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Lyrhawn
Member
Member # 7039

 - posted      Profile for Lyrhawn   Email Lyrhawn         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
*dancing, in the park to a boom box
I did something similar to that with my last girlfriend, it was on the deck on the back of my house and I had some friends come by to string up white Christmas lights while we were at dinner. Worked out perfectly.

I had originally planned to do it at a park, but the parks around here all close before night time, which makes stringing up lights and music kind of difficult, but the idea in general is a good romantic one. You'll need an accomplice or two depending on the scale.

Posts: 21897 | Registered: Nov 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Euripides
Member
Member # 9315

 - posted      Profile for Euripides   Email Euripides         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Doing a circuit of the stationary/pen stores in your city.

(My friends. I've never done with with a girlfriend.)

Posts: 1762 | Registered: Apr 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
MightyCow
Member
Member # 9253

 - posted      Profile for MightyCow           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Gondola ride. It's a little strange, at first, having an Italian man you don't know singing as he propels you around a lake, but once you get a little wine going, it's all good [Smile]
Posts: 3950 | Registered: Mar 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ClaudiaTherese
Member
Member # 923

 - posted      Profile for ClaudiaTherese           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Science club. Identify as much flora and fauna as you can in a two meter square area.

I was never very good on dates. *grin

Posts: 14017 | Registered: May 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Scott R
Member
Member # 567

 - posted      Profile for Scott R   Email Scott R         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Kite flying.

Serving together at a soup kitchen, and then going out to a Vietnamese noodle restaurant.

Going to a church class together.

Canoeing together.

Going to an open/farmers market, buying exotic things (like dandelion salad) and making dinner together.

Attend a high school baseball game, and root for both sides.

Find a class that teaches something neither of you know anything about.

Go TP someone's house.

Posts: 14554 | Registered: Dec 1999  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ClaudiaTherese
Member
Member # 923

 - posted      Profile for ClaudiaTherese           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Except for the last, that list is divine.
Posts: 14017 | Registered: May 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Primal Curve
Member
Member # 3587

 - posted      Profile for Primal Curve           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by ClaudiaTherese:
Science club. Identify as much flora and fauna as you can in a two meter square area.

I was never very good on dates. *grin

She blinded me with botany!
Posts: 4753 | Registered: May 2002  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Scott R
Member
Member # 567

 - posted      Profile for Scott R   Email Scott R         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
CT:

Mormon youths in my area often get together and toilet paper their leaders' homes.

It happened to us recently. [Smile] I looked out the window at all the toilet paper on the lawn and thought-- 'Oh Heavens. I really am an adult now.'

Posts: 14554 | Registered: Dec 1999  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
MightyCow
Member
Member # 9253

 - posted      Profile for MightyCow           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Here are a couple of non-good ideas, which I thought might be good: dance lessons and rock climbing. Both lots of fun, but you spend too much time away from the other person, so they're not much for a date.
Posts: 3950 | Registered: Mar 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Dragon
Member
Member # 3670

 - posted      Profile for Dragon   Email Dragon         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Not true of ballroom dance lessons MC - even if you learn the steps seperately, you still get to dance together once you know how.
Posts: 3420 | Registered: Jun 2002  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
BlackBlade
Member
Member # 8376

 - posted      Profile for BlackBlade   Email BlackBlade         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:

Attend a high school baseball game, and root for both sides

You are not truely rooting for one side unless you are positively putrid in your behavior towards their opponents.

But then again sports events would be VERY interesting if both sides could be just as easily cheered or boo'd on a play.

Posts: 14316 | Registered: Jul 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ClaudiaTherese
Member
Member # 923

 - posted      Profile for ClaudiaTherese           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Scott R:
CT:

Mormon youths in my area often get together and toilet paper their leaders' homes.

It happened to us recently. [Smile] I looked out the window at all the toilet paper on the lawn and thought-- 'Oh Heavens. I really am an adult now.'

Ahhh ...

In the backwoods of Indiana, it is a sign of public humiliation for disliked kids in grade and high school. At least, it was that way when I was growing up. Never was TP'd myself or TP'd anyone else, but my friend and I did take pity on the girl down the street, so we tried to take down someone else's TP'ing before she woke up to see the humiliation.

Er, it now occurs to me that this may not have been the best candidate for "random acts of kindness," especially since we never thought to tell anyone why we were out there taking it down.

Ah, well.

Posts: 14017 | Registered: May 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
TomDavidson
Member
Member # 124

 - posted      Profile for TomDavidson   Email TomDavidson         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
*nod* In Indiana, certainly, TP'ing someone's home was a sign of contempt.
Posts: 37419 | Registered: May 1999  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
SoaPiNuReYe
Member
Member # 9144

 - posted      Profile for SoaPiNuReYe           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Build-A-Bear Workshop works like magic if you're willing to shell out some bucks.
Posts: 1158 | Registered: Feb 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Goody Scrivener
Member
Member # 6742

 - posted      Profile for Goody Scrivener   Email Goody Scrivener         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I love love love Build-a-Bear. And depending on what you pick, it's not really all that expensive compared to other date options. The bears start at $10 and outfits are as little as $5.
Posts: 4515 | Registered: Jul 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ElJay
Member
Member # 6358

 - posted      Profile for ElJay           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Man, your "works like magic" equals my "absolutely putrid." Think long and hard about if your date wouldlike this before proposing it.
Posts: 7954 | Registered: Mar 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
SoaPiNuReYe
Member
Member # 9144

 - posted      Profile for SoaPiNuReYe           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
All 5 of the girls I've been there with loved it.
Posts: 1158 | Registered: Feb 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ElJay
Member
Member # 6358

 - posted      Profile for ElJay           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
*shrug* Be that as it may, I'm just saying it's not for everyone.
Posts: 7954 | Registered: Mar 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Epictetus
Member
Member # 6235

 - posted      Profile for Epictetus   Email Epictetus         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Go to the Driving Range and hack at a bucket of balls for a few hours. Really fun, especially if neither of you know how to golf.

Go to a bookshop and look for each other's favorite books.

Posts: 681 | Registered: Feb 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Tatiana
Member
Member # 6776

 - posted      Profile for Tatiana   Email Tatiana         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Dress up on halloween and smash pumpkins to the music of The Smashing Pumpkins.

Go to a deserted playground and swing on the swings, slide down the slide, climb on the monkey bars, and generally act like kids. Hide if grownups come.

Play in a fountain until completely soaking wet. Alternative is to play in the rain (if it's not thundering) splashing in puddles, dancing around, preferably while singing "Singing in the Rain", "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" any other song you like. It's even better if this happens spontaneously, completely unplanned.

Explore the steam tunnels beneath the city, and walk on the "do not walk on this path after dark" path after dark.

Feed ducks, fish, geese, birds, or any other wild animals.

Sing harmony in a parking deck. Listen to the cool echoes.

Push each other around in a grocery cart in a parking lot, the one pushing should jump on the back and ride, too.

Posts: 6245 | Registered: Aug 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Tstorm
Member
Member # 1871

 - posted      Profile for Tstorm   Email Tstorm         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ahh, CT. Don't worry, that's the kind of geeky thing I would enjoy. Which also explains why I'm not good with romantic suggestions. [Smile]
Posts: 1813 | Registered: Apr 2001  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Lupus
Member
Member # 6516

 - posted      Profile for Lupus   Email Lupus         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
well, I have gone things like going bowling and playing tennis with girls I have dated.

I think bowling is good, because it doesn't matter if you are bad, if you can laugh at yourself, it can still be fun.

Posts: 1901 | Registered: May 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Dr Strangelove
Member
Member # 8331

 - posted      Profile for Dr Strangelove   Email Dr Strangelove         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Make a CD of romantic songs, find an out of the way late at night (boat ramp) and dance under the stars.
Posts: 2827 | Registered: Jul 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Scott R
Member
Member # 567

 - posted      Profile for Scott R   Email Scott R         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
In Indiana, certainly, TP'ing someone's home was a sign of contempt.
:completely baffled:

We only toilet papered the people we liked. Wow. I seriously can't comprehend...

Posts: 14554 | Registered: Dec 1999  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Celaeno
Member
Member # 8562

 - posted      Profile for Celaeno   Email Celaeno         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I think bowling is fun if you go in a group. If it's one-on-one, there's very little time to actually interact.

I also would never do a Build-a-Bear date.

And I will totally second Tatiana's suggestion. That was ridiculously fun.

Posts: 866 | Registered: Aug 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Tatiana
Member
Member # 6776

 - posted      Profile for Tatiana   Email Tatiana         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Celaeno? Do mean the pumpkin smashing and are you the person who told me about that? It sounded like the greatest idea for a date! [Smile] If you're who I think you are, I had no idea you were posting here! But I'm glad! [Smile]

<goes back to read all Celaeno's other posts>

Posts: 6245 | Registered: Aug 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Tatiana
Member
Member # 6776

 - posted      Profile for Tatiana   Email Tatiana         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Okay, nevermind, Celaeno, short research indicates you aren't who I thought you were. Which suggestion did you mean?
Posts: 6245 | Registered: Aug 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ClaudiaTherese
Member
Member # 923

 - posted      Profile for ClaudiaTherese           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Scott R:
quote:
In Indiana, certainly, TP'ing someone's home was a sign of contempt.
:completely baffled:

We only toilet papered the people we liked. Wow. I seriously can't comprehend...

It was a vicious tradition. Sometimes people would hide and watch to see the person they despised having to pull the TP down, making the humiliation complete.

These days, it'd be on the Net in video.

Posts: 14017 | Registered: May 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
krynn
Member
Member # 524

 - posted      Profile for krynn   Email krynn         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
i think it depends on whether its one of the first dates or dates u go on with someone you've been with for a while.

some first date ideas ive enjoyed:
Miniture Golf

Rennisance Fair

know it sounds lame, but middle of the night trips to Waffle House and Walmart

Posts: 813 | Registered: Nov 1999  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ketchupqueen
Member
Member # 6877

 - posted      Profile for ketchupqueen   Email ketchupqueen         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I participated in a "Fifty Cheap Dates" idea-thon back in February; you can read that blog entry here. A lot of what I came up with are L.A. specific and many cater to couples with kids, but some may be inspiring for others. [Smile]
Posts: 21181 | Registered: Sep 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Lyrhawn
Member
Member # 7039

 - posted      Profile for Lyrhawn   Email Lyrhawn         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
TP'ing works both ways in southeast Michigan.

I'd say 7 times out of 10 people TP'd houses of people they liked as a joke, my mom used to think it was hilarious when the soccer team TP'd our house because of my brother, so long as he cleaned it all up afterwards. But every now and then you'd see someone getting TP'd out of spite.

But generally when you want to show contempt for someone around here, you egg their house, or their car. Or in one specific instance, I remember in high school as a "joke" for drama club, the lead on the school musical had his car broken into and covered with motor oil, and the front yard of his house was covered in tuna fish and spaghettios, which smelled something fierce and I hear was impossible to clean up.

Posts: 21897 | Registered: Nov 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Leonide
Member
Member # 4157

 - posted      Profile for Leonide   Email Leonide         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Find a cool landmark in your area and visit it.

Walk around Barnes and Nobles with a hot beverage, discussing music, books, and movies

Each of you rent a movie the other one hasn't seen, and watch them together.

Make each other mix CDs of your favorite songs and listen to them.

(those last two might come later in a relationship, but they're still fun)

Go out to eat (nice restaurant or sandwich shop or whatever) and both order something you've never tried before.

Posts: 3516 | Registered: Sep 2002  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
sarahdipity
Member
Member # 3254

 - posted      Profile for sarahdipity   Email sarahdipity         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Two of my friends went on a date where they took a cooking class together. They said it was great.
Posts: 872 | Registered: Mar 2002  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
katharina
Member
Member # 827

 - posted      Profile for katharina   Email katharina         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
In my world, TPing someone's house was a sign of popularity and affection. We TPed our seminary teacher's house ALL THE TIME. The cheerleaders' houses got TPed constantly.
Posts: 26076 | Registered: Mar 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ClaudiaTherese
Member
Member # 923

 - posted      Profile for ClaudiaTherese           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It's like the Bizarro version of Indiana, as if cars ran on dreams and money grew on the trees. [Smile]
Posts: 14017 | Registered: May 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
gsim1337
Member
Member # 10168

 - posted      Profile for gsim1337   Email gsim1337         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Some of my sisters friends TP'd our house once and put peanut butter on the cars, but my dad tracked them down (they had called my sister's cell at about 1 am) and made them clean it all up. They also rake and mowed the yard and all the other yard work we would have had to do that day.
Posts: 81 | Registered: Feb 2007  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Leonide
Member
Member # 4157

 - posted      Profile for Leonide   Email Leonide         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have a memory of reading about one hatracker TP'ing another hatracker's house. Jon Boy was the perpetrator, I think, and Pat the victim. Or at least, at the time I remember thinking it was a weird thing to do to your friend. Now that i hear that there's a whole faction of the population that considers it friendly and/or an honor, though...it all makes sense.
Posts: 3516 | Registered: Sep 2002  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Tatiana
Member
Member # 6776

 - posted      Profile for Tatiana   Email Tatiana         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
We called it rolling someone's yard and it was a sign of affection, and also just a silly fun thing to do. We also would throw open bottles of dishwashing liquid into someone's pool as a prank, to get them all bubbly.
Posts: 6245 | Registered: Aug 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Scott R
Member
Member # 567

 - posted      Profile for Scott R   Email Scott R         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yankees are weird.
Posts: 14554 | Registered: Dec 1999  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Leonide
Member
Member # 4157

 - posted      Profile for Leonide   Email Leonide         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If throwing toilet paper onto someone's house, lawn, and foliage and leaving it for them to clean up as a sign of AFFECTION isn't weird, then i don't believe there's any meaningful definition of the word.
Posts: 3516 | Registered: Sep 2002  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
vonk
Member
Member # 9027

 - posted      Profile for vonk   Email vonk         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Gun range.

Wander around downtown while the bars/clubs are getting out and people watch/make fun of drunk people.

Late night picnic somewhere where you have to trespass to get there. Roofs of buildings are fun, as are closed parks, construction zones and random people's back yards.

Posts: 2589 | Registered: Jan 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Narnia
Member
Member # 1071

 - posted      Profile for Narnia           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Portland is the best place for any kind of date. (First, casual, romantic, etc.)

I've been on dates to Powell's book store (the huge one that takes up an entire city block and is three stories tall.)

There are zillions of scenic walks or hikes for evening or day trips.

The Grotto (or any other old church) has regular vespers and masses in Latin that are free to attend. That's fun in the summer because it's so beautiful there. The masses are like a free concert, and so lovely. (I'm completely a nerd, I know.)

Polaroid scavenger hunts are good for double or group dates. Each couple gets a polaroid or digital camera and a list of things to take pictures of around town. (Someone's belly button ring, a person with pink hair, a dog peeing on a fire hydrant, whatever.) You have to meet back at a certain time to see who got the most pictures on the list.

Soup kitchen nights are fun for double dates too. Any kind of service activities are a good time.

Posts: 6415 | Registered: Jul 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
rivka
Member
Member # 4859

 - posted      Profile for rivka   Email rivka         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Leonide:
If throwing toilet paper onto someone's house, lawn, and foliage and leaving it for them to clean up as a sign of AFFECTION isn't weird, then i don't believe there's any meaningful definition of the word.

Agreed. And I would hate having to drain and refill a swimming pool because someone thought soaping it was a sweet thing to do.
Posts: 32919 | Registered: Mar 2003  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Qaz
Member
Member # 10298

 - posted      Profile for Qaz           Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I think there's a country song about that. "If throwing toilet paper onto someone's house, lawn, and foliage and leaving it for them to clean up as a sign of AFFECTION is wrong, I don't want to be right!"

So, for things to do on dates: TP'ing and building teddy bears are both out. Check. [Smile]

Posts: 544 | Registered: Mar 2007  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
   

Quick Reply
Message:

HTML is not enabled.
UBB Code™ is enabled.
UBB Code™ Images not permitted.
Instant Graemlins
   


Post New Topic  Post A Reply Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | Hatrack River Home Page

Copyright © 2008 Hatrack River Enterprises Inc. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.


Powered by Infopop Corporation
UBB.classic™ 6.7.2