Are you ‘fresh out’ of ideas on what to do for a date with or as a Latter-day Saint?
I know what it’s like trying to plan a fun LDS date. Let’s be honest, it requires a little more creativity than non-religious folks who are content to go hang out at the bars buying alcoholic beverages for one another. Here’s a list of the three very fun dates I have been on with other members of the church.
An afternoon at the zoo – Although some may consider it childish, a visit to the zoo is a great environment for a lot of reasons. It’s not too noisy so it’s a great place to talk (unlike a movie theater), however, there is a ‘show’ to watch for when conversation dies down a bit. Watching the animals can often help generate conversation since animals often do strange and funny things. You can get a snack, sit together in the shade, scare your date in the reptile den, etc. It’s a good one, if you’ve never done it, go for it because I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
Play paintball – If you do this one, make sure you’re on the same team as your date and go in groups. Never make the stupid mistake of playing against your date and blasting him or her up with paint (it hurts). If you play as a couple, it unites the two of you to a common purpose, something to work together on. You cover each other’s back and ambush other players or couples. Many guys will think that girls stink at this kind of game, but they will actually be pleasantly surprised at how well many young women can play paintball. Oh, and guys, your girl will appreciate you protecting her only as long as you don’t make her feel inferior by doing it!
Small Town Tourism – Sometimes people feel like they have to ‘go big’ to impress on a date. The truth is that people are (or should be) more interested in the person they are with than what they are doing together. Planning a trip to someplace close to see something that isn’t nationally acclaimed but considered interesting by locals can actually be very fun. You might feel like you have to be creative to pull this one off but not really. Nowadays you can simply do some Google searching to dig up two or three places of local interest to visit. It can be a tiny museum, a statue or a monument, abandoned historic buildings, or if you’re feeling courageous, a haunted building! While you are there you can talk to the people that live close who understand the point of interest. They might be able to tell you more about it, which can make for great conversation. It gives you a great story you can tell friends and family about later, how you went and visited this little-known tourist attraction which was really fun. This kind of date was one of the most fun I have ever been on!