Bored of your characters always going to the same kind of dates? Below the cut, you’ll find quite a lot of ideas to be original for your lovely RP ships. Hope they’ll spend a great night! (There will probably be a part 2 if people happen to like this first part)
Wake up at 4am and watch the sunrise together
Maybe not first date material, but perhaps third or fourth. What could be better than sitting close on a rooftop somewhere, talking & laughing & watching the sun come up? Take a flask of hot coffee for extra points.
Have an extravagant brunch at 8am
Get dressed up and do breakfast properly. Make a big deal out of it, maybe include fabulous pancakes, decadent waffles, poached eggs and the best hollandaise. Boutique hotels often do a brilliant brunch, but a bit of surreptitious googling should set you on the right track. Thick white linen napkins first thing in the morning are a magnificent way to start the day — And then you can either go your separate ways, or take a walk.
Go to an art gallery on a Saturday afternoon
You’ll learn a lot about the person you’re standing next to if you go and check out art together.
Bring half an evening
One person organises the food, and the other organises a movie, or one person organises tickets to an amusement park, and the other plans a walking tour. Very collaborative! You get the opportunity to impress your crush with your superior taste while also finding out more about them. You don’t have to meet at someone’s house, either — a park bench, good picnic spot or even town square could work too.
The double-Netflix date
For those of you not in America, Netflix is an on-demand DVD rental service that the entire country seems to have a subscription to. Sorry to be so geographically-specific, but “double-Netflix” rolls off the tongue a little better than, “Let’s just each bring a movie and subject one another to our extremely questionable taste”!
The Case Of The Mystery Band
Grab a copy of your local newspaper or magazine, close your eyes, run your finger over the “live music” section and choose a band neither of you have ever heard of to go and see. It could be amazing; it could be completely hellish — you won’t know until you go! But even if it’s shocking, it’s definitely a bonding experience, and maybe even something to tell the children.
Make a fort
Enough said! Seriously, pillow forts are life
Mix CD trade
Are mix CDs antiquated? Maybe you could just make one another a playlist on your iPod or something… Either way, sharing and discussing music is one of the world’s great, little-known aphrodisiacs. Truth.
Do something neither of you have done before
Pottery class? Swing dancing lessons? Hiring a moped & driving out into the country? Who knows, but it’s nice to share an experience that is new to both of you!
Random restaurant date
Search Yelp for restaurants in your area, close your eyes, roll your mouse and point at the screen. Just like the mystery band date, you never know how it’ll go — it could be a hidden treasure or a total health hazard, but that’s part of the fun, isn’t it?
Hot air ballooning
Not the cheapest date idea, I’ll admit, but certain to score you points and to impress your lover-to-be.
The Sunday New York Times crossword date
Bonus: intellectual stimulation, nerd points & you get to find out how clever they really are, all in one fell swoop. And wouldn’t it be great if you looked at them across the table, sunlight falling across their face, and they smiled at you and you thought, ‘I would like to spend every Sunday this way’? Yes. Yes it would. No, I swear, I’m really seventeen
Slides are exciting. Monkey bars are fun. Swinging side by side is totally awesome, you can have a contest as to who can swing higher.
No explanation required, but if you take them to a secret treehouse that no one else knows about, please don’t be surprised if they propose on the spot!
Video game arcade date
This isn’t always a perfect match, especially when it comes to girls in high heels and those weird shoot-em-up zombie games but everyone likes air hockey. Don’t they?
Trawl your city for old-school photobooths and take as many strips as you can. Take props, maybe a silly wig or two, see how bizarre you can make them.
A drive-in movie
This one is a classic. Go back to the fifties for one night, and do your best. Try not to let it end up like in Grease though
Simple. Go to a convenience store. Buy cheap, evil, sugary treats. Find somewhere to sit and glut yourselves on them. Then see what happens. Spontaneous dancing? A completely misguided shopping trip? Leapfrogging over small children? Being sugarhigh can be worse than being drunk, but it’s way cuter
The socially irresponsible date
Why don’t you try graffiti? Just try not to get caught, but it’s quite funny
Pretend to be tourists
Go and do the stuff you’ve never done because, well, you’ve always lived here. And don’t forget to take plenty of photos
“My old neighbourhood” date
Walk around the area you used to live, and tell your date about where you used to ride your bike, what happened on that one lawn, which house was best to hit up on halloween and who the really creepy neighbours were.
The really long one-way walk
No rules except that you just have to walk for a really long time in one direction and not turn around. When you’re really exhausted or you hit the ocean, it’s time to go back. Catch a taxi or a bus or something to ease the pain. Then, you go back home, cuddle all night, and maybe some massages?
Take a dog for a walk
It doesn’t have to be yours, or even theirs. Borrow your friend’s dog! They’re adorable and fun plus, it will give you something to talk about if you get stuck. Plus, people will come up to you and say, “Cute dog”, and you can beam at each other like proud parents.
Go to the beach
Take music, towels, a big floppy sun-hat or two and enjoy the day. Build sandcastles, put sunscreen lotion on one another, go swimming and then travel home together as the sun is setting, relaxed and happy.
I love karaoke. I love karaoke. I love karaoke. Again, it’s a great way to get to know someone — you’ll instantly know how outgoing they are, how much they like a challenge and what their music taste is like. Plus, usually in my experience, a day-glo private room and weird drinks are part of the package. Who could say no to that?
Collaborative art date
Get a canvas or even just a big piece of paper, some paint, pencils or pastels,and just create. Or maybe write a song?
Walk around to different bars and tell stories about what happened
This one is kind of odd, but I was once on a date with a friend where we went to three different bars and as we walked around, he told me about the strange and hilarious memories he had associated with those places. And I’m pretty sure I’ll never forget this night, as well as the memory with his new friends he told me about.
Go and listen to jazz
Jazz is a lovely, sophisticated music. Really. And why don’t you eat somewhere chic, and take a nice bubble bath after? With some red wine if you’re not underage, of course.
Take cameras and explore an abandoned place
An excellent opportunity to be artsy-fartsy, or if you like to be on the other side of the camera, get them to take photos of you pulling your most beautifulest face!
Oh geez, does this need any explanation? No! Eating with your hands, handsome knights, silly hats? Sign me up!
“First date” night
This one works best if it’s not your actual first date. Like, for example, you’ve been together for 3 years and live in the same house. Get dressed separately, meet somewhere strange and a bit awkward, pretend you don’t know one another. Start from scratch. Ask all those banal questions you’re supposed to ask (“So, what do you do?”). Then at the end of the night, rejoice that you’re in a relationship and not dating any more!
The generational date
Pretend you’re an age that you’re not, then act accordingly. A senior citizens date might involve going lawn bowling, making apple sauce & watching The Price Is Right. A teenager date might involve roller-skating, making out in public & drinking vodka in an alley-way. You get the idea… That’s probably the funniest thing I’ve ever did.
The recession date
Triple B’s: eat at Burger King, take the bus to get there, then go and play bingo. Maybe you could go window shopping afterwards or huddle around a cigarette for warmth.
The silent date
In a loud, noisy, overstimulating world, it can be nice to unplug and escape. But it can be nice to do that with your new favourite person, too. Hold hands and read books on a wharf and occasionally look adoringly at one another. Cool.
Make cupcakes together
You know you want to. And cupcakes are really, really amazing.
Make a video & put it on Youtube
You could really do anything and make a video of it, but it does at least give you a purpose and a goal. Plus, later on you have a record of what went on — and a slew of idiotic comments to wade through. Always funny, and sometimes really cute.
Liveblog your date
Upload pictures, twet it, even give it a hash-tag. #evan&madelinesfirstdate. Cute, and perfect to keep some souvenirs
Travel without going anywhere
The premise is simple. Have a normal date but speak with an accent. You both have to do it, by the way, or it doesn’t count. Choose something difficult for extra hilarity points, like Scottish or South African. Och aye!
Write letters to one another and post them
Maybe if you were on a date with a contender for Macho Man Of The Year this wouldn’t work, but I think it is almost the cutest idea ever. It’s definitely worth a try.
Sneak into a rooftop pool
They often have them at hotels, but they are usually only open to guests, so you might have to use your best sweet-talking skills, but it will be totally worth it if you can swing it. My suggestion? Just act as if you’re supposed to be there, & them questioning you is really just a waste of your time. Be charming but efficient. Godspeed!
Jump on a trampoline
The hardest part will be finding one, but I have faith in you!
Get a really, really, really big sundae and split it. Bicker over toppings. Then, when you’re done, find somewhere to lie down and talk about how sick you feel. A bonding experience to be sure!
Have a five-course dinner at different places
Have an appetiser at one place, soup somewhere else, a main here, a dessert there, and coffee at your favourite cafe. These little marathons are amazing, especially on a big city like New York. Why not travel the world with food, and go in an Indian, a Chinese and an Italian restaurant during the same night?
Play truth or dare
Awesome. Seriously, this game is amazing. And if you don’t have ideas for truth or dare, just browse the internet a little bit, I’m sure you’ll find some.
Three-hour make-out session
Choose a good location and use a stopwatch if necessary. Sounds like a good way to spend an afternoon to me!