Wednesday, February 1, 2012

50 Fun & Cheap Date Ideas

Valentine's Day is not far away so here are 50 fun and inexpensive date ideas. These are not only great ideas, but great reminders that there are SO many ways we can express how much we love and care for someone without getting physically involved.

 Also, Valentine's Day is about celebrating love and is not just for romantic relationships. Many of these are designed for group dates so you don't have to have a significant other to enjoy these activities. Get a group of your friends together and have some fun!

How are YOU going to spend Valentine's Day this year?
  1. Catch a movie
  2. Go Ice Skating
  3. Indoor Golf
  4. Go skiiing
  5. Hiking or nature walks
  6. Go to a sporting event like a football or basketball game
  7. Have a game night (video, computer or board games)
  8. Karaoke (at an all ages karaoke club or start your own)
  9. Horseback riding
  10. ATV riding (check out places that offer rentals)
  11. Volunteer at a local animal shelter or at some other non-profit group (giving is so rewarding!)
  12. Have a group dinner (either go out to a restaurant or have a potluck-style/picnic meal together
  13. Bowling
  14. Music concert or go to the local theater and see a play
  15. Photo adventures (grab your friends and a camera and have fun capturing moments around town)
  16. Compete at Ping Pong
  17. Laser Tag
  18. Visit an art or science museum
  19. Check out your local Planetarium
  20. Card games
  21. Visit a nearby landmark (and bring your camera!)
  22. Go to a local nursing home (elderly people are full of stories and love visitors - you will feel good and have lots to talk about)
  23. Do a service project. (there are lots of opportunities to serve that give you an opportunity to see what kind of person your date is at heart.)
  24. Go to a thrift store and create characters with clothing and props you find there...this can turn into a hilarious good time!
  25. Create comedy or theater skits together (video tape them if you like)
  26. Have a bonfire
  27. Go for a bike ride
  28. Play a sport you both enjoy, like basketball or volleyball
  29. Go rock climbing (head to an indoor rock climbing gym)
  30. Browse the bookstore or visit the local library (talk about your favourite and least favourite reads)
  31. Take a creative class together (cooking, pottery, dance, martial arts etc. explore something new you might all enjoy)
  32. Go to local yard sales/flea markets and see what treasures you can find
  33. Indulge at a local coffee shop (talk over iced coffee at your favourite café. often coffee shops even have live music to enjoy)
  34. Go out for ICE CREAM! Not only is it a sweet treat, but it allows for sweet conversations too so you can get to really know each other better.
  35. Meet up for breakfast at your favourite morning restaurant
  36. Be a tourist in your own city (including taking cheesy pictures of each other!)
  37. Visit your local zoo or petting farm
  38. Go kart racing
  39. Go roller skating (or indoor ice skating)
  40. Learn a foreign language together
  41. Take a road trip (it doesn't have to be far, but explore a new town or city)
  42. Spend the day at an amusement park
  43. Go to a local fair or carnival together
  44. Start a book club where you all read and discuss a new book each week or month
  45. Go to church together. Most churches have a youth group that plan great group events where you can meet new people and you can both grow spiritually together.
  46. Have a pizza party. Where there's food you'll always have company!
  47. Go for a walk in a park or even around your own neighborhood
  48. Geocaching is a high tech version of hide and seek. (read a full description of what Geocaching is HERE)
  49. Share and listen to your favourite music together
  50. Start a band or learn a musical instrument together


  1. These are great date ideas! Dates don't have to be always dinner outs but must be fun as well. Great post you got here. Thanks for the information that you've shared with your readers. :)

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  2. Thanks so much for reading! I really appreciate your kind words and I'm happy to hear you got something positive out of the blog! :)


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