Creative dating ideas for teenagers
No matter how well you two know one another -- whether it’s your first Tinder date or you’ve made it to the one-month mark -- the city is full of ways to actually have fun on an early-in-the-game date. But don’t make it harder than it has to be by subjecting your date -- and yourself -- to a painfully ordinary night of dinner and drinks.Creative Dates that are Freebies: watch TV, go to the Zoo, visit the Art Museum, praise God, cook together, color in a coloring book, draw pictures for each other, visit Turtle Park (near the Zoo), hiking, picnic, visit the Wolf Sanctuary, go to a park or conservation area (city, county, or state parks are all options - our favorites include Laumeier Sculpture Park, Creve Coeur Park, Pere Marquette Park, Lone Elk Park, Powder Valley, Busch Wildlife Area), swing on swings, stargaze, walk around Soulard, watch airplanes take off and come in (in North county), people-watch while walking around “the Loop” on Delmar in University City, watch UFOs, drive around and look at houses in ritzy neighborhoods, go roller blading, paint a mural on your bedroom wall, tie-dye, look at Christmas lights, baby-sit together, go camping, go to a park and watch ducks, go to The Muny and sit in the free seats, go sledding, go fishing, play hide and seek, make sock puppets (and attaching fireworks to them and blowing them up), jump in leaf piles, play basketball, play baseball, climb a tree, volunteer at a soup kitchen, serve the poor, visit a friend, drive around the countryside, take a Rosary walk, go to church, go on mysterious double dates, have a water fight, have a food fight, visit caves, go creeking, play sports, take an interest in others’ activities, do community service, visit a youth group you’ve never been to, go biking, play frisbee golf, visit Hannibal, pitch horseshoes, make a video, play mud volleyball, clean out a closet together, play children’s games, play board games, imitate animals and try to guess them, play charades, visit Grant’s Farm, walk around the mall, go four wheeling, be a counselor for a day camp, go to the Humane Society to look at animals, go to open houses and act interested in buying, visit historic sites downtown, visit different churches, cook a meal for your date, listen to Rush Limbaugh on KMOX and discuss, fly a kite, visit the Science Center, visit the Botanical Gardens (free before noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays), attend free summer concerts on Sunday nights at Francis Park or on Monday nights at Tower Grove Park in St.Louis City, host a game night, wash a car, go biking on the Katy Trail, create scavenger hunt for one another (to visit “familiar” places and do crazy things in public to get clues), plan any random act of kindness, write a story together, write a song together, go swimming, go jogging, make a time capsule, put a jigsaw puzzle together.Picnicking isn't strictly a springtime activity. Lay out a plush blanket (bonus if it's in front of a fireplace) and pack a basket full of cold-weather goodies like mac and cheese and apple pie to cozy it up inside. We like the idea of putting out cookie dough bites, white chocolate chips, marshmallows and other wintry treats so you can both top it the way you like it.
A local dive-bar can provide a lot more entertainment than a stuffy cocktail joint. Or,when that gets old, you can always play a game of foosball or darts.And the good news is, no matter what neighborhood you're in, there's bound to be a great one nearby.After dinner or drinks in DUMBO -- Juliana's for pizza or Gran Electrica for a tequila drink -- make your way over to Brooklyn Bridge Park to check out the beautifully restored Jane's Carousel, which is enough to conjure romance worthy of a Nicholas Sparks book.Spoiler alert: Seeing each other's brainy side will be quite an aphrodisiac. Take them home and immediately try them all on—other clothing optional. Intense fans, fast-paced action: Hockey has everything to get your heart racing.A dinner that's rich and satisfying is a must on a cold winter night. Take your honey to a home game (the arenas are chilly so you'll be able to cuddle up between fights) or make a date at a bar to watch with other fans. Get the right kind of cabin fever and book a weekend getaway, sans Wi-Fi (hot tub and mountain views preferable).