Date Ideas: Ice-Breaker Dates

Not sure how to break the ice with your date? Sometimes it’s the simple things that can help you get comfortable being together, espcially if you or your date is shy (which, I might remind you, is not a bad thing). Here are a few ideas that might help you open up without too much pressure to do a lot of talking.

Make Ice Cream Together (no pun intended—okay, yeah, pun intended)

Everyone loves ice-cream, right? But making it together gives you a comfortable situation that allows for opportunities to talk and get a sense of each other’s working together style.

Horse-back Riding

Face it, you’ve always wanted to try it. Chances are, your date has, too.

Nickelcade

Any kind of arcade could work, but a simple one like Nickelcade is likely to be a decent atmosphere… and yes, cheaper.

Go to a Themed Restaurant

A good example of a themed restaurant is the Mayan. Just Google to see what themed restaurants are in your area. A themed restaurant provides a lot to talk about while you eat.

Do Something Based On How You Know Your Date

If you know your date from school, go to a school event together. If you know her from church, go to a church function or fireside. If you met through Institute, attend ‘tute activity. If you take her to something based on how you met, you’re likely to have things to talk about.

Bowling

There’s a reason this is a great dating activity. You don’t need skill to have a great time, and there is ample pressure-free opportunity to talk.

Miniature Golf

This one’s very much like bowling, except even more fun, in my opinion, because it’s easy to make up your own rules, or add rules as you go along.

A Good Thought Provoking Movie

Don’t just show up at the theater and see if something’s playing. Research beforehand to find a good, squeaky-clean, thought-provoking movie that’s sure to have you both deep in conversation for a long time after the date. I’ve always felt that if a movie doesn’t spark great conversation, it’s probably not worth seeing.

Play Chess or Checkers

Chess and Checkers are safe games because everyone knows how to play one or the other. You don’t have to worry about awkward lulls in conversation, because after all, “I’m thinking” is a valid response to them. But sitting and playing together provides great opportunity to comfortably talk about anything at all.

Scavenger Hunt

Get a group together and do a scavenger hunt. A scavenger hunt will get you paired off with your date, but provide lots for you to do together. You’ll have to talk in order to accomplish or find the things on the list. You can find tons of list ideas on the Internet.

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