As the winter draws in, we’re inclined to become a little too housebound. How can you and your spouse or significant other still have fun and avoid cabin fever? Dating is even more important for married couples than it is when you’re just courting. After all, it’s important to remember just why you fell in love in the first place!
Everybody needs time to let off steam and escape the humdrum. Get your kids a babysitter and go and have fun together. Studies show that couples who date each other after marriage are far more likely to stick together. You can take advantage of the season, and give expensive (though cozy) restaurants a miss this winter with these fun and romantic date ideas.
1. Revisit the place where the two of you met
Of course, this is only a cheap option if it isn’t too far away – but it’s very, very romantic!
2. Make a blanket fort
Sure, you haven’t done this since you were little. What’s the bet the one you make together now will be even better?
3. Have a snowball fight
Just don’t get too competitive! Keep it full of fun and laughter.
4. Wrap up and go for a walk in the park
Wrap a warm blanket on you and enjoy lunch together in the park. You can eat hot pastries on a bench and enjoy after that a long and romantic stroll.
5. Go skiing
Depending on where you live, you could make this a day trip, but even a weekend getaway shouldn’t work out too costly.
6. Have a photo-taking expedition
Who can take the most beautiful winter photograph? You’ll have lots of fun identifying potential compositions together.
7. Visit the Polar Bears and Penguins
If you have a local zoo now is the time to see cold-weather animals at their best!
8. Try your hand at snowboarding
If you’ve never tried snowboarding before, there’s all the more reason to try it now.
9. Enjoy hot drinks on your porch
Get 2 cups of hot chocolate and a blanket and admire the snow late in the evening from your porch together.
10. Build a snowman
Yes, you are an adult, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be playful!
11. Check out festivals and markets
Browse local arts and crafts, and finish up with a cheap snack eaten on the go from one of the inevitable food stalls.
12. Volunteer as a couple
Winter is a tough time for homeless people and animals. Find out how you can help, and enjoy that great feeling of giving back to your community together.
13. Visit a local museum
Museums constantly update their collections and displays, so you might be in for a surprise, even if you’ve been quite recently.
14. Go on a tour of the art gallery
Entry fees range from cheap to free – and you get to stay out of the cold.
15. Make snow angels
Why? Because it’s fun, and because you can!
16. Go ice skating
When last did you go ice skating? Sharpen those blades and hit the nearest skating spot for a romantic time together.
17. Check out the Christmas lights and decorations
Hop in the car and go and see how people have decorated the area for the season.
18. Scan Facebook for fun community events
If you never tried it before, that’s even better! Go to a poetry reading, go caroling, check out a school concert or go to the pantomime. You’ll be amazed at how many options there are.
19. Take up a class together
Art classes, yoga classes, dance classes or singing classes are so much more fun when you do them together. Choose cheap community classes and have fun!
20. Try Karaoke
Even if you’re not a great singer, you can have fun at a karaoke night as long as you don’t take it too seriously.
21. Go bowling or play indoor mini-golf
Are you out of practice? Were you never much good at it? That’s all the more reason to do it! You will share much laughter together.
22. Check out local amateur productions
A professional show can cost you a packet, but local arts groups, orchestras, and amateur dramatic societies are in full swing.
23. Go sledding
Choose a moonlit night, wrap up warm and rediscover your inner child.
24. Visit a comedy club
Laughter is good for the soul! It may cost you some entrance and the price of a couple of drinks, but it’s still an economical date.
25. Go star gazing
It’s even better if you have a telescope you can set up together.
26. Write a letter to the future
Imagine yourselves 10 years in the future and try writing a letter to the present selves where you talk about your relationship, how you got trough the years together and your accomplishments.
27. Gather around a campfire
Build a small campfire in the backyard and roast marshmallows. It’s a great way of getting together and enjoy each other’s company next to a warming campfire.
28. Watch hockey players or figure skaters training
Attending events costs a little, but you can often watch skaters training for free!
29. Coffee and a board game
Pick a quiet, cozy coffee shop and get out a board game. It’s much better than staying home riveted to the TV.
30. Pretend to be tourists
Pretend you’re visiting your area for the first time, and take in all the sights.
31. Create snow art
Use spray bottles with food coloring to create a snow masterpiece or create your very own snow sculpture.
32. View the city lights
Find a good vantage point, cuddle up and watch the lights of the city below. How romantic can you get?
33. Go on a coupon date
If you’ve been saving coupons for local eateries, now is the time to use them!
34. Go window shopping in the swankiest part of town
If you and your date are frugal, you will have lots of fun laughing at the prices of the expensive goods on display.
35. Hit the games arcade
Who cares if you’re the oldest people there? Grab some change and hit the arcade.
36. Visit the aquarium
Just looking at all those tropical fish will make you feel like you’re in the tropics!
37. Visit a drive-in movie theater
You can load up with lots of homemade snacks, cuddle up and enjoy a retro drive-in movie date together.
38. Try an indoor climbing wall
It’s safe, it’s warm enough, and you get lots of thrills and spills.
39. Play with your pet in the snow
Dogs and snow equals fun! Get together, play, enjoy each other’s company and have a wonderful time outside.
40. Taste and try
Inexpensive wine, beer or cheese tastings make for an enjoyable date.
Would you rather stay at home?
You can still make a stay at home night special. Tackle an art project together, curl up by the fire, have a themed movie night or try some new dishes out in the kitchen. Still, with all those wonderful winter activities waiting for you, you’ll probably do a bit of both staying in and going out to get the balance right. Whatever you do, enjoy yourself!
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