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Social Distancing Date Night Ideas

Social Distancing Date Night Ideas

Spice up your love life while social distancing

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It’s no secret that coronavirus has changed relationships. Dates have gone virtual, dating apps are one of the only ways to meet new people, and your home is the new hotspot for most activities. Even as states begin to ease restrictions, Americans are still expected to follow social distancing guidelines to limit the spread of coronavirus.

However, just because you and your partner are social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun date night. Whether you’re quarantined together or miles apart, here are a few date night ideas for social distancing couples.

Go international from home

Go international from home

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Your summer travel plans might have been postponed, but that doesn’t mean you have to kick your international travel bucket list to the curb. If you’re social distancing with your partner, go on an international tour from home. Decorate each room to resemble places you’ve always wanted to visit, like Paris, Sydney or Beijing. Then, put on some fitting music and order or whip up classic dishes from that country. You could also set up a wine or beer tasting with selections from your dream country.

Take dance lessons

Take dance lessons

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Can’t go to that rumba class or bachata you always wanted to take? You and your partner can still learn fun international dance styles from your living room. There are plenty of online, step-by-step guides that will walk you through the basics. Dancing is good for your body and mind, and when you want to spice things up with your beau, it’s a great way to get you both up and moving.

Have a cook-off

Have a cook-off

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Whether you’re together or apart, you can put your cooking skills to the test and have a cook-off. Even if you’re not celebrity chefs with a list of recipes up your sleeve, a cook-off is a fun way to test you and your partner’s ability to create a delicious meal on a time crunch. For something less competitive in the kitchen, take an online cooking class.

Have a game night

Have a game night

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Put your teamwork and competitiveness to the test and have a game night with fun party games like Taboo, Pictionary and charades. Keep in touch with friends by scheduling a double date game night and play virtually through video chat.

Plan a fancy dinner

Plan a fancy dinner

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Ditch the sweatpants and plan a fancy dinner date. Creating a menu, curating a special playlist and arranging candles and lighting can make dinner at home feel like a night at your favorite restaurant. If cooking isn’t your forte, you can bring your restaurant favorites home with a meal kit.

Stroll through a virtual museum

Stroll through a virtual museum

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Stroll with your partner through The Louvre in France or the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland without leaving your living room. Free online virtual tours can take you to landmarks and museums around the world with the press of a button.

Go to a remote island in ‘Animal Crossing’

Go to a remote island in ‘Animal Crossing’

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Visit a beautiful island you’ve never heard of before with your partner in the world of “Animal Crossing.” The video game has a messaging system that allows you to communicate with others while embarking on fun adventures. Even if you’re 100 miles apart, it’ll feel like you’re in the same room as your significant other as you play together.

Have a picnic

Have a picnic

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A picnic is a cheap date night idea that’ll give you the fresh air you’ve been craving. If your state has eased social distancing restrictions, pack a lunch for two and find a spot to set up at the best picnic place in every state. If you want to stray from the crowds, plan a picnic in your backyard or park your car at your favorite park and have a car picnic.

Have a movie marathon

Have a movie marathon

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Whether you’re a fan of horror or comedy, streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu are packed with shows and films perfect for a movie marathon. Pop a bowl of popcorn, dim the lights and you’ll feel like you’re back in a movie theater. You can even go the extra mile by setting up a concession stand or printing out custom tickets to your in-home screening.

Plan a spa day

Plan a spa day

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If you’ve been riddled with anxiety and you’re in need of relief, plan a spa day. Recreate the experience you’d have at a relaxing spa and wear a skin rejuvenating face mask, take a long, hot bath and give each other massages if you can see each other in person. If long nights have kept you awake, place cucumbers under your eyes to get rid of dark circles and relax.

Sip and paint

Sip and paint

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Painting is a fun new skill you can learn at home during coronavirus quarantine. Pair it with wine and you’ve got a lovely date night. Follow along with a Bob Ross video and try to recreate your own scenic masterpiece or, if you’re feeling creative, try to paint portraits of each other. Who knows? You might even be able to turn your crafty new hobby into a small business.

Have a scavenger hunt

Have a scavenger hunt

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Scavenger hunts aren’t only a fun indoor activity to keep your children entertained at home. This quest for goods can be romantic and fun depending on the hints you create for your partner as they search for hidden items.

Plan a wine and cheese tasting night

Plan a wine and cheese tasting night

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Head to your local grocery store and pick up supplies for a wine and cheese tasting night. Pick a variety from your favorites to unknown flavors to spice things up. And if you’re trying to save money, buy generic brands that taste just as good but can be half the price.

Bake

Bake

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Baking is a sweet activity you and your partner can participate in that has an even sweeter outcome. Get to know one another better by recreating childhood favorites or join America’s coronavirus baking trend and make some delicious banana bread.

Make fun cocktails

Make fun cocktails

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Social distancing mandates have restricted some bars from reopening, but you can still have a boozy bash with your beau and practice making fun cocktails at home. If you need some inspiration, here are the popular cocktails each state has been searching for during the coronavirus pandemic.

Take a sunset walk around the park

Take a sunset walk around the park

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Taking walks outside can change your life. Walks have been proven to reduce stress, make you happier, keep you energized and more. Take a walk after dinner together to view a gorgeous sunset and bask in the beauty of nature. Make the most of the moment and ask each other silly questions or take the time to reflect on the day.

Go camping at home

Go camping at home

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You don’t have to travel to a stunning national park to go camping. Beautiful natural wonders can be found in your backyard. Pack your sleeping bag, set up a tent, roast some marshmallows and go backyard camping. If you don’t have a backyard, set up a tent in your living room and make s’mores on the stove or in the microwave.

Go stargazing

Go stargazing

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Read the night sky with your partner and get lost in the cosmos together. There are numerous astronomical events to watch this year from your own backyard, or you can drive to a park and watch the stars from the comfort of your car.

Have a dance party

Have a dance party

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Recreate a night at your favorite bar or club by cranking some tunes and having a dance party. Whether you’re in the same room or partying virtually, dancing is a good way to get moving, burn off some steam and be silly together.

Have karaoke night

Have karaoke night

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Turn on a popular song, pull up the lyrics and belt them out for a fun karaoke night either in person or via video call.

Do a puzzle

Do a puzzle

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Completing a puzzle together is a peaceful activity you and your partner can do when you’re spending more time at home. If you’re up for the task, play soothing tunes while you put together a 500-piece puzzle. Doing a puzzle is a great way to unwind from a hectic day while still utilizing your brainpower together.

Take a workout class

Take a workout class

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Whether you and your partner live and breathe fitness or you simply want to try something new, take a workout class together. Take a free online workout class in person or download an exercise app you both can use in different locations. There are also easy workouts you can do at home with items that can be found in your closet.

Recreate your first date

Recreate your first date

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Looking back on special, nostalgic memories is a great way to keep your relationship strong while social distancing. Go beyond reminiscing over photos by recreating your first date at home. If you went to the best Italian restaurant in town, use restaurant hacks to recreate that meal from your own kitchen or order food for delivery directly from that restaurant. If you watched a movie, you could watch the same film or head online to stream something new or catch a free online film festival.

Go through the ‘36 questions that lead to love’

Go through the ‘36 questions that lead to love’

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In 2015, an essay in The New York Times popularized a list of 36 questions that psychologist Arthur Aron developed more than 20 years prior to make two strangers fall in love. The questions — which are broken into three sets — range from harmless to intimate. By the end of going through this questionnaire, love will be in the air. No matter what stage of the relationship you’re in, doing these 36 questions will encourage vulnerability and help you more deeply connect with your partner. Just don’t cross relationship boundaries by forcing your partner to answer any questions they’re not comfortable with.

Take an online class together

Take an online class together

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You can learn just about anything from home thanks to the myriad of classes offered online. Together, you and your partner can learn to style any space, start a garden or even knit. Here are some of the cool online classes you can take right now to fill time with your partner.

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