Some dates are classics for a reason; they spark fireworks and make some of the best memories. Here are some more of the most romantic ways to spend time with your boo.
Star Gaze At The Planetarium
If you’re too cool to go outside and spend time under the stars, or you’re having a good old fashioned date during the day, why not head down to the planetarium? You can lie back, watch the stars projected onto the ceiling and learn about astronomy. If you’re feeling really wild, why not head to the Dark Side of the Moon Laser Light show? Yeah, it’s like thirty years old, but the classics are classics for a reason.
Play Video Games At An Arcade
Speaking of old school, playing video games is a great date idea. You can unleash your inner champion, have some real fun and enjoy a blast from the past. Play some Atari, PacMan or even something on PlayStation 1, if you’re in the mood for some Crash Bandicoot or Croc: Legend of the Gobbos.
Go To The Opera
Opera Australia shares their date night idea, rom-com style. “Pretty Woman made a night at the opera an iconic date idea. A dark theatre, perfect for secret hand holding, overflowing glasses of champagne and a night to remember. Opera Australia is all for the romantic - in fact, our operas revel in it. And we've got the perfect opera for first-timers - Madama Butterfly is the world's favourite opera with soaring melodies, stunning sets and costumes and, of course, tragedy. And you'll know the music - check out 'Un bel di, vedremo' - we guarantee you've heard it before!” Find out more about Opera Australia by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Dialogue In The Dark
Explore your city in complete darkness with Dialogue in the Dark, as PR Manager Lynda Buckley explains. “Take a sensory journey with your “crush” as you both discover Melbourne in complete darkness. Led only by the voice of a blind guide and armed with a white cane, you both will need to communicate without sight to touch, hear and smell the world around you as you navigate a mysterious world together. Rely on each other to discover your new potential as a couple and communicate with each other in a completely different way. This social exhibition experience will empower you and your significant other’s way of seeing each and the world around you.” Find out more about Dialogue in the Dark by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Build Furniture Together
A great teamwork exercise, building furniture together is a menial task made less menial thanks to the company you’re keeping. Whether you need to build a chair, fix the slats in your bed or build a bar to match those new bar stools you just had to buy; getting together and building something is a great way to kill two birds with the one stone. You can get those menial tasks out of the way and build some great teamwork skills. This is actually a huge relationship maker or breaker; be warned.
Camp In The Backyard
Who said you need to leave the house to go camping? Sometimes the greatest dates are at home, but with a little twist. Pitch a tent in your backyard, roll out your sleeping bags and sleep under the stars for a night. You can keep yourself warm with your outdoor heater, roast marshmallows and if you get too cold, or need to use the loo, just head back inside. Bonus points for those who actually sleep in the tent instead of heading inside for the night.
Go To A Concert
What do you get when you add music, dark spaces, and cute company together? A concert, and a perfect date. It doesn’t have to be an arena-sized concert, it can be at a local dive bar or even a free concert in a park. Grab a couple of drinks, find a spot in the mosh and dance. It’s a lot of fun, and who knows, you may discover your new favourite band! After you've had a good time dancing at the concert, why not have some fancy dinner? Mode Kitchen & Bar share their secrets. "For a memorable dinner, Mode Kitchen & Bar is perfect for couples looking to share elegantly light dishes executed exceptionally well, with impressive technique and the freshest local ingredients. Tucked away in Sydney’s CBD, the 1920s theme creates an intimate dining experience. Plus, the mille-feuille is the perfect date night dessert!" Find out more about Mode Kitchen & Bar by following them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Another fancy place to eat is Grain Bar, which is perfect for a first date. "Calm first date jitters and break the ice before a movie date at Sydney’s Grain Bar. Boasting one of the best spirits lists in Australia including more than 200 whiskies as well as local wine, boutique beer and delicious bar food, there are plenty of stories to be exchanged both about the beverages and each other. Be sure to order the cocktail ‘My Life’s A Movie’ to get the conversation flowing!" Find out more about Grain Bar by following them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Stay At A Fancy Hotel For The Night
Live the life of luxury for the night by staying at a super fancy hotel. Not only is this date idea super romantic, but you don’t have to make your own bed the next day. If that hasn’t got you in hook, line and sinker, then I don’t know what will. Kimberley Gardens Hotel in St Kilda East, Victoria, offers a super romantic night. “Kimberley Gardens Hotel has a luxurious Deluxe Spa Suite for two:
- superior amenities
- luxurious bathrobes
- 5 Star Queen bedding
- Spa Suite
- Every booking comes with a bottle Prosecco” Find out more about Kimberley Gardens hotel by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Re-Watch Your Favourite Movie From Your Childhood
When was the last time you watched your favourite movie from when you were a kid? Head to Netflix (or grab the original VHS if you’re feeling really retro) and settle in. This is a great way to relive your childhood and show your significant other what made you happy as a little tacker. The best part about re-watching old childhood classics is now you can pick up on all those cheeky innuendos that went over your head when you were five years old. I’m looking at you, Shrek.
Go To A Dive Bar
This one is super fun if you’re sick of candlelight dinners and undiluted romantic dates. Check out some of the seedy bars in your area, grab a pint and have a seat. You can usually just sit there and people watch, listen to some music and enjoy each other’s company. There are some really niche and quirky dive bars in the city, so why not make it a regular thing? Seedy Bar Saturday’s has a nice ring to it, hey.
It doesn’t really matter how you spend time with your date, but these date ideas are pretty fun, not too expensive and guarantee a good story as an outcome.