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A Year of Dates: 56 Ideas and Printables

November 01, 2019

When you first start seeing someone new, theres a stream of date nights over dinner and drinks that can eventually lead into a significant relationship. But as the months and years go by, it can be easy for couples to find themselves skipping date night and opting for routine nights in.

For families, it can be a challenge to coordinate everyones hectic schedules and find time to do something together. Between school and extracurricular activities, parents might be spending more time in the car driving their children from activity to activity rather than spending fun, quality time together as a family. Thats why the gift of experiences or dates is the perfect way to guarantee you have the opportunity to have fun and create new memories!

What is a Year of Dates book?

No more asking what do you want to do tonight? a year of dates book is a great way to ensure you have a fun outing at least once a month with either your significant other or your family. These DIY books allow you to pre-plan dates and ideas, so no matter how busy life gets, theres no more excuses to not have a fun outing scheduled. For each month of the year, select one of our date ideas and fill in the printables with what activity youll be doing. Whether you prefer something out on the town, or trying a new activity at home, theres something for every budget and lifestyle.

Active date night ideas

While it can be easy to indulge on a date night out, there are plenty of options to keep it healthy and fun! Deciding to have an active date night is a great way to get your blood flowing and your heart rate up. Its also a great way to motivate one another to stay fit and achieve any workout goals you may have.

For couples

  • Join a intramural league together (also a great way to meet other couples!)
  • Attend a unique workout class like kickboxing or hip-hop
  • Sign up for a 5K or 10K race
  • Try a local rock climbing gym
  • Hike a new local trail
  • Go out for a night of dancing
  • Try a yoga class

    For families

  • Take a trip to the playground
  • Ride bikes around the neighborhood
  • Play laser tag
  • Go for a walk and do a nature scavenger hunt
  • Have a jump rope competition
  • Play a game of charades
  • Take classic games, like capture the flag or hide and seek, outside

    Spring and summer date night ideas

    As the weather warms up, its time to put your puffy jackets back into storage and enjoy spending time outdoors! Now that the days are getting longer, theres plenty of time to try out each one of these date night ideas for spring and summer. Dont forget your sunscreen!

    For couples

  • Go glamping
  • Attend a baseball game
  • Have a backyard BBQ
  • Visit a local farmers market
  • Play a game of pick-up basketball
  • Go stargazing
  • Have a bonfire on the beach
  • Attend a music festival
  • Pack a picnic for the park
  • Take an electric scooter tour of your city

    For families

  • Visit the zoo
  • Go out for ice cream
  • Go backyard camping
  • Find local outdoor family-friendly movie nights
  • Go to an amusement park
  • Play a round of mini golf
  • Have a water balloon or water gun fight in the backyard
  • Create your own sidewalk chalk art
  • Go swimming at the local pool or lake
  • Plant a backyard vegetable garden

    Fall and winter date night ideas

    Even as the leaves begin to change color and the air starts to cool, there are still plenty of fun activities that dont limit you to staying indoors. Prepare for the upcoming holiday season with festive fun for the whole family or your romantic partner!

    For couples

  • Ice skating
  • Go to the movies
  • Have a date night in and cook dinner
  • Go for a dip in a hot tub or hot spring
  • Take a day trip to the mountains for skiing or snowboarding
  • Snuggle up to the fire
  • Make your own fondue cheese or chocolate!
  • Go to a paint and wine night
  • Have a karaoke night
  • Test your wits at a pub trivia night

    For families

  • Go apple picking
  • Visit a local childrens museum
  • Go trick-or-treating as a family
  • Find a snowy hill and go sledding
  • Build a pillow fort at home
  • Spend the night playing board games
  • Visit the pumpkin patch
  • Make smores at home
  • Go to the theater for a kid-friendly show
  • Make snow cones using real snow
  • Build a family of snowmen
  • Bake your favorite desserts or cookies

    Dating doesnt have to end just because youve been with someone long-term, and its equally important to spend the same type of quality time with your family as it is your significant other. With these year of dates ideas and printables, date night will no longer be a hassle! Whether its a romantic night on the town to celebrate an anniversary or a family trip to the museum, these ideas are sure to help you have the best year of dates ever! For even more unique ideas, try creating a date night box with everything you need for an adventurous or romantic evening together.