If your sweetie is bored with the usual teen dates of going to the local park or the bowling alley, think of new ways to impress him or her. Surprise your date with a fun-filled day of adventures and activities that you'll both spend endless hours doing together. Hit the beach, compete in a few games, and otherwise enjoy each other's company.
Themed Movie Dinner
Skip the high movie ticket cost, dim the lights, and transform the living room into a home movie theater. Center the movie night around a central theme that will allow the both of you to spend the evening in a different decade or location, such as Italy or the 1980s. Ask your parents' permission to whip up a meal together in the kitchen to coincide with the movie's setting and giggle at each other's cooking mishaps. For example, think burgers and milkshakes for a 1950s film or chicken stir-fry for an Asian-inspired film. For a humorous touch, get into themed costumes before you sit down to eat. Cuddle up on the sofa to watch the movie for the evening and use slang from the movie's decade or a foreign language to whisper sweet sayings in your date's ear. Alternatively, head to a movie theater and grab a themed dinner at a retro diner or ethnic restaurant.
Game Lover's Night
Grab some loose change and head to a game entertainment center for a night of friendly competition. Share a pizza at the arcade's restaurant and then go burn off calories. Ride on the virtual racing cars and race against each other. Both of you can show off your basketball skills and toss a few balls in the hoops or roll skee balls and aim to get them in the holes. Take a blast from the past and play a few retro arcade games. Pretend you've hit the jackpot in Las Vegas at games that resemble slot machines. If you're skilled at a particular game, give your date a few pointers to playing. Be sure to cheer each other on and hug when either of you gets a high score. Surprise your date by handing over your tickets to enable her to get a larger prize as a keepsake.
Mall Window Shopping
Stroll through a local mall, holding your date's hand, and spot items in store windows that capture your attention. Go inside and get a good laugh as you model the items for each other. Or, head to the costume store and try on funny hats and masks to make your date giggle. Find a bookstore and get to know your date better by the books and magazines he finds interesting. Sample some chocolate candy at a candy store and pick out the largest lollipop to purchase for your date. Scope out the mall's photo booth and take a series of silly pictures together. Just as the camera snaps, stick out your tongues, make funny faces, or give your date a kiss on the cheek. End the afternoon by stopping at the food court to share an ice cream sundae. Additionally, you could turn the date into a scavenger hunt and scope out specific items in the mall.
Beach Party Picnic
If the weather permits, hit the local beach and spend the afternoon soaking up the sun. Beforehand, prepare a picnic lunch of bite-size sandwiches and fruit slices to nibble on and sparkling lemonade to sip. Grab your surfboards and hit the waves to introduce your date to the world of surfing, or set up a net and toss a beach ball back and forth. Embark on a seashell hunt and give your date the most interesting or prettiest seashell you can find. Have a friendly competition to build the most creative sandcastle and playfully toss sand at each other. Then, lay out a blanket and settle down under an umbrella to enjoy lunch and relish the calming sounds of the waves together. When the sun sets, toast glasses of sparkling lemonade and grab your date's hand to slowly dance to a love song playlist.
Wannikki Taylor is a professional writer with a Bachelors of Arts in journalism from Temple University. She serves as a children's columnist and covers family entertainment for several print and online publications. She specializes in games, crafts and party planning ideas for kids and their families.