A Spring Date Challenge for You and Your Spouse
Spring has sprung! Many use the changing of a season as an opportunity to reflect on and even rejuvenate aspects of their lives. Spring cleaning sound familiar? But have you considered using this time to refresh or add to your running list of date ideas? If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, we challenge you to embrace the warmer weather and lively springtime environment and try something new! Here are 20 spring date ideas you can do with your sweetie.
1. Plan a Picnic in the Park
Arrange the perfect day at the park by packing a picnic basket with all your favorite foods, drinks, and desserts. Set the scene with a blanket and remember to bring kites or frisbees for a fun afternoon activity.
2. Enjoy a Cozy Night Campout
Keep an eye on the weather and when you spy clear skies, set up a backyard campout. Pitch a tent and fill it with cozy blankets and pillows. Roast hotdogs over a campfire for dinner and s’mores for dessert. Then, snuggle up and enjoy quiet, uninterrupted time with one another.
3. Stroll Through Botanical Gardens or the Arboretum
Outdoor spaces like botanical gardens or an arboretum feature the most beautiful plants and flowers year-round, but springtime feels like the optimal moment to take a slow stroll through the gardens with your love.
4. Participate in a Progressive Dinner
Switch up your typical dinner date night and do a progressive dinner. Plan to spend a little more time out since you’ll be enjoying each part of your meal somewhere new. Pick one restaurant to order appetizers, another to eat your entrées, and still another to get dessert. Tip—where you can, ask to sit on the patio, so you can enjoy the perks of springtime—warm weather and birds chirping.
5. Spend a Morning at the Farmer’s Market
Enjoy a relaxing morning at your local farmer’s market. Pick up fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Hanging out with no agenda is a great way to rejuvenate your spirit and relationship. That evening, use some of the food you bought to cook a nice dinner together.
6. Arrange a Flower Bouquet
Whether you use the flowers from your farmer’s market date or pick up some at a store nearby, spend the morning arranging flower bouquets with your spouse. You probably aren’t florists, and that’s OK! Enjoy time getting crafty, doing something you typically wouldn’t do, and then admiring your new centerpieces or nightstand decor. Tip: If you want a little additional help, check out YouTube videos on flower arranging.
7. Make a Recipe That Calls for Fresh Strawberries
Load up on fresh strawberries from the store, farmer’s market, or even a farm near you. Then make a recipe, or two, using your delicious fruit. Here are a few ideas—strawberry shortcake, homemade strawberry ice cream, or chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.
8. Host a Pi Day Party
March 14, aka Pi Day, is a great excuse to try a bunch of different pies. Invite some friends over for a Pi Day party. Entry to the party is bringing a pie of your choice. Enjoy the fellowship and sweet treats!
9. Listen To Live Music
Now that the weather is warming up but isn’t scorching yet, find out where you can listen to live music. Maybe your favorite restaurant will have a singer set up on the patio or there’s a concert taking place nearby. Either way, get outside to enjoy the weather and good music!
10. Celebrate Easter the Old-fashioned Way
Plan an adult Easter egg hunt with your spouse by filling plastic eggs with each other’s favorite candy or paper certificates with fun things to do together and hiding them in your yard—someone takes the front yard and the other takes the backyard. Race to find all your eggs and make sure there’s a prize on the table for the winner!
11. Play At a Playground
Who says adults can’t play at a playground? Channel your little kid and chat with your spouse while swinging or give them a kiss at the bottom of the slide!
12. Plant Something
Maybe this is the year you finally plant the garden you’ve been wanting to in the backyard, or maybe, you just want to spruce up your flower boxes. Either way, make a date out of picking up all the necessities, and then, head home for an afternoon of gardening.
13. Visit a Flower Field
April showers bring May flowers, right? If you don’t like planting flowers, but you enjoy observing them, plan a date to a flower field in your area. Eliminate the noise from your day-to-day life while admiring, and snapping a few pictures, of the beautiful flowers.
14. Have a Rainy-Day Date
On those rainy spring days, remember this date idea—don’t let the rain dampen your mood. Have a rainy-day date with your spouse. Head outside for puddle jumping or wait until the sky clears to take a walk outside (keep your eyes peeled for a rainbow) before the pollen inevitably fills the air again.
15. Become a Kid Again
Adulting can be boring—we get it! Channel your inner kid and enjoy an afternoon or evening of playing. Go for a leisurely bike ride around your neighborhood. Then, drink glasses of lemonade while you draw with sidewalk chalk, blow bubbles, or hula-hoop. Play isn’t just for kids; it’s great for your marriage, so head outside for some fun!
16. Go Yard Sale-Hopping
Yard sales pop up all over in the spring because of everyone’s spring cleaning efforts. Head out for a morning date to yard sales in your area and see if you stumble across any unique finds you can add to your home decor.
17. Walk Shelter Dogs
If you and your spouse enjoy walking and talking, take it up a notch and head to a local animal shelter to volunteer to walk dogs around your neighborhood. You’ll get to connect with each other and love some sweet pups in the process!
18. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Create a scavenger hunt for you and your spouse to complete. Consider competing against one another or inviting another couple to join you. Some things you could put on your scavenger hunt are to take a picture with pink flowers, buy a bouquet at a store to give to someone, find something that represents your first date, take a picture with a couple married twice as long as you, etc.
19. Ride in a Hot-Air Balloon
This is one of those, “We’ve always wanted to but never done it,” date ideas. Now’s the time. Splurge for a springtime date riding in a hot-air balloon with your favorite person.
20. Visit the Zoo
Before it becomes unbearably hot, spend the afternoon going on a date at the zoo. Which animals remind you of your relationship?
Spending quality time with your spouse energizes your relationship. If you’ve been together awhile, it can be easy to resort to the same old, same old date ideas. This spring, switch it up, and use one of the ideas above to plan a unique date for the two of you.