Date Night Doldrums

There’s only so many movies you can watch before date night starts to feel a little dull. While you may not have the energy to plan and execute a five-course meal, there are plenty of inexpensive, innovative, and even spur of the moment dates that will allow you to spend time together reconnecting while having fun. Here are a few of them:

  • Hop in the car and go Geocaching to find hidden “treasure.” More info at
  • If you can’t go out, host an indoor picnic on the living room floor.
  • Go to a local sporting event and cheer on a high school or little league team.
  • During the summer months check out Cinema Under the Stars hosted on the lawn of the Reynolda House on Friday nights. Bring your picnic blanket and snacks to enjoy classics on the big screen. Or, on Saturday nights, grab your lawn chair and head downtown to Trade Street to hear local bands perform during Music on Trade.
  • Make s’mores around a backyard fire pit.
  • Play a new game. Farkle can be played with dice collected from games you already own, and directions downloaded from here:
  • Buy a fragrant oil and give each other massages.
  • Take advantage of North Carolina’s fabulous views by taking a hike at Pilot Mountain, Hanging Rock, Grandfather Mountain, or Linville Falls. Take a picnic and make a day of it.
  • Buy inexpensive kites and fly them at Historic Bethabara Park.
  • Try a Taste of Art class at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in anything from ceramics to glass to wood work. Many of these adult Friday night classes are BYO Beverage.
  • Drive out past the city lights to check out the stars with the help of the free Night Sky Light app.
  • Make an appointment to visit Reynolda House during their regular hours. Guided tours cost $12 a person and last around 90 minutes. Hours can be found at Or check out the Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology, where admission is free at
  • Find a bar that also hosts a game and/or trivia night, such as on Tuesday nights at Finnigan’s Wake.
  • If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can head over to Airbound Trampoline Park. It’s a great workout, so be prepared to sweat!
  • During the winter months, you can head to the Winston-Salem Fair Ground’s Annex for ice skating. Sessions are open to the public and cost around $10 per person.
  • Take a free 25 minute tour of Childress Winery. Times listed here:
  • Get some ice cream at Mayberry’s and walk around Old Salem. If you’re disinclined to walk, take a Segway tour with Triad Eco Adventures.
  • Check out the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art at for free exhibits you can go see.
  • Take a class together. Forsyth Tech’s Personal Enrichment classes offer lessons in everything from photography to cake decorating to dancing. Pick something you’ll both like and make it a weekly date.
  • Go play bingo. There are several places around the Triad that offer a bingo night, and most have concession stands where you can purchase snacks. Buying in is often around $20 per person and you’ll want to purchase the daubers to mark your cards. Of course, the cost is offset if you win!
  • Head to your local bowling alley and knock down some pins together. Consider asking another couple and making it a double date. Some alleys even host glow or black light bowling at night.

Whatever you do, enjoy your time together, focus on each other, and remember to have fun.