Idea List: Make a Great Date
    Footnotes

    “Idea List: Make a Great Date,” New Era, Apr. 2010, 46–48

    Idea List

    Make a Great Date

    Plan some great group dates with these fun ideas.

    Educational

    Inexpensive

    • Have you ever toured your own city? Set out to discover what draws tourists to your town. Tour historical buildings, see your local zoo or aquarium, go read the plaques on memorials. See how much there is to discover right in your own town.

    Educational

    Athletic

    Free

    • Take turns sharing your sporting skills. Teach the group how to play your favorite sport, and then take a turn being the student and learn from everyone else.

    Artistic

    Free

    • Borrow a video camera and make a movie with props that you find around the house. Divide your group to make different movies and have an awards ceremony after viewing them all.

    Service

    Food

    Free

    • Go on an ingredient scavenger hunt. Go to people’s homes to collect all the things you need to make delicious cookies, and then after you bake them, deliver samples to those who contributed.

    Athletic

    Free

    • Be a kid again. Head over to the park and play childhood games like hide-and-seek or capture-the-flag.

    Educational

    Artistic

    Inexpensive

    • Sign up for a one-day class at a local arts center and spend some time learning about photography, pottery, painting, or something else. Or, look around in your ward for someone who can teach you a unique talent and ask for a lesson for the group.

    Food

    Inexpensive

    • Can’t go on a picnic? Get a group date together for an evening at “camp.” Put some cutout star constellations on the ceiling, make shadow puppets, play card or board games on the floor, and make some tinfoil dinners in the oven.

    Educational

    Artistic

    Inexpensive

    • Tour a local art museum. You can try taking turns playing “I Spy.” Who can find a painting with a dog in it, or a sculpture made out of some strange material?

    Service

    Free

    • Want a great date? Serve! You can rake a neighbor’s leaves, wash windows, visit a nursing home, or volunteer at a homeless shelter. If you want to add some daring, do secret acts of service, like quietly shoveling someone’s snow or leaving cookies on doorsteps.

    Athletic

    Free

    • Switch up the seasons. If it is winter and there is snow on the ground, try playing croquet or golfing with brightly colored balls.

    Service

    Free

    • Make a date out of giving a date. Know a couple who would like a night out? Offer to host their date by making and serving a candlelit dinner for them.

    Athletic

    Free

    • Have a nice afternoon in a local park. Take a walk, ride bikes, throw a Frisbee, rollerblade, feed the birds, fly kites, have a picnic—a park has all sorts of fun possibilities.

    Educational

    Inexpensive

    • Try an afternoon as a thrifty spender. Check out a nearby garage sale, thrift store, or farmer’s market and see what fun items you can find. For a fun twist, shop with a theme in mind or make a game of it to see who can find the strangest item.

    Athletic

    More expensive

    • Go to a local amusement park or carnival where you can play in the batting cages, ride go-karts, play miniature golf, and play appropriate arcade games.

    Food

    Inexpensive

    • Try going out at a different time of day. For example, go out to breakfast on a Saturday morning.

    Food

    More expensive

    • Take fast food by storm and have a progressive meal. Select different restaurants around town and go to each one. Order drinks at one, appetizers at another, go somewhere new for your main course, and top it off with your favorite dessert in town.

    Educational

    Food

    Inexpensive

    • Take a world tour from your table. Pick a place and make a meal from that country. Try learning more about that particular country by looking at tourist books or watching a film about it.

    Athletic

    Free

    • If you have a park or large open field nearby, set up an obstacle course and have a tournament.

    Athletic

    Free

    • Play sports together. If you feel like changing things up, try switching around the rules or adding funny new ones to make it unique.

    Service

    More expensive

    • Buy some flats of flowers, plant them in beautiful arrangements in planter boxes, and give them to people in your neighborhood.

    Service

    Athletic

    Free

    • Split into teams and go on a walk along a trail. Pick up any garbage you see and, at the end, give prizes for the strangest objects you find.

    Service

    Free

    • Make someone else’s night by offering to babysit for some young couples in your ward. Make assignments within your group for games, snacks, and entertainment for the kids.

    Educational

    Inexpensive

    • Go on a nature hike and learn about the plants and wildlife that you see along the way. Or, you can try an early morning hike. Pick a nice spot, bring along a picnic breakfast, and watch the sun rise.

    Educational

    Free

    • Take a turn being bookworms. Go to a local library or bookstore and browse through the books. You can take turns reading children’s books to each other. Or look for the most interesting title, or the funniest chapter.

    Artistic

    Inexpensive

    • Feeling dramatic? Put on a reader’s theater. Find a play that everyone is interested in, assign roles, and let the play begin!

    Educational

    Free

    • Does your school have free music concerts? Make a date out of it and go see your school’s band, orchestra, or choir in action.

    Athletic

    Free/Inexpensive

    • If you’re looking for a winter activity, try night skiing, sledding, building a snowman, or even having a snowball fight.

    Athletic

    Inexpensive

    • Do you have friends who play sports? Go support them at a sporting activity. Show your spirit by wearing their colors.

    Athletic

    Free

    • Learn how to swing, ballroom, or country dance and then show off your steps to your friends. Or, get in a group and learn a fun dance routine together.

    Artistic

    Free

    • Find a poetry reading to attend, or create your own with food, friends, and your favorite poetic stanzas.

    Artistic

    Free

    • Have a photo scavenger hunt or see who can get the most interesting shots of the same subject. If you’re using digital cameras, have a computer slideshow of all the photos you take.

    Artistic

    Free

    • Write a song or work on an original melody together. Or try writing a new verse to one of your favorite songs.

    Artistic

    Inexpensive

    • Have an art date. Make sculptures out of play dough, paint rocks, decorate or tie-dye shirts, or finger paint.

    Educational

    Inexpensive

    • Have a starry, starry night. Study some astronomy, go to a planetarium, go stargazing, and make star-shaped cookies.

    Artistic

    Free

    • Ever tried creating an outfit out of newspaper? Collect some bundles of newspaper, get a group together, make costumes, and have a fashion show to see what kinds of outrageous creations you can come up with.

    Food

    Inexpensive

    • For something out of the ordinary, have a formal dinner in the park instead of in a fancy restaurant.

    Artistic

    Free

    • Near a beach? Build sand castles. Make them as elaborate as you can and then have passersby or some friends judge your creations.

    Photographs by Steve Bunderson