Posted by Kevin J Potter
It’s date night! But winter has come – and with it, the cold and bitter winds that compel you to take shelter indoors. So what is there to do when you are confined to four walls? No worries, there are still ways to enjoy an evening with your lovely companion! Here are some great date ideas during winter:
Ice skating is one of the most common date ideas during winter, but never-the-less romantic.
Imagining walking into the arena. The smell of fresh popcorn and sweets from the concession stand fill the air. The room echoes with the sounds of laughter from both children and adults. The faint melodies of a love song lingers in the background. The air is cool but refreshing – she huddles closer to you for warmth, wrapping both hands around your one arm and nuzzling her cheek against your shoulder. You step onto the rink with her. You haven’t skated in years so you are a little weak on the ice at first (and slightly embarrassed), but that’s okay because so is she. You both laugh at each other for stumbling and suddenly the worries of falling fade away. You both gain the strength and begin the endless laps around the rink as you hold each other’s hand.
By the end of the night, your date will be intoxicated by the romance. She will think she is in a Nicholas Sparks movie. . . and thats means you are Ryan Gosling!
Going to the arcade may sound a little too highschool-ish for some, but it is not limited by age. I have seen couples at age 40+ go on a date to the arcade and have fun – it makes them feel like a kid again.
Going to the arcade is also one of the best first dates. The first date is always like an interview, you have to constantly be asking questions and engaging in conversation. There is no room for silence, less you want an awkward moment to arise. Going to the arcade allows a comfortable silence when you’re playing games – giving you time to breathe and think of another question to ask.
If you have never been to an arcade, try YESTERcades in Red Bank. They have a great set-up where you pay hourly instead of by machine. They are also locate in the center of town, so you can get food and drinks from a variety of places close by after beating the last boss battle. Another great arcade is on the Jenkinson’s Boardwalk.
A Movie and Dinner (Not Dinner and a Movie)
Another common date idea during winter is simply dinner and a movie. But if you do this, make sure you do it right! Go to the movie first, then go to dinner. This way you have something to talk about while eating. Here’s another tip – If it is one of your first few dates, look at the dinner menu before the date, therefore you can spend more time talking to her instead of reading the menu.
If you don’t have the money to go out for dinner and a movie (or are just lazy), you can always have a netflix binge. Put on a Tv show, microwave some popcorn, and grab a blanket for you and your date. Then waste away the hours snuggling and watching Frank Underwood rise to power.
See a Local Show
Instead of spending a butt load of money on seeing a concert in the city, go to a local show. Bars always have local bands or comedians performing and half the time there is no entry fee. So you can spend the extra money you save on a few fancy drinks and a nice meal. Plus, you get a better chance of meeting the band members at a local show than at a concert.
You could ask her to grab a couple drinks with you at a bar. . . or you could step up your game. Instead of doing the typical date, add some flair by going for a beer tasting (it’s a more sophisticated way of drinking) . There are a whole bunch of micro-breweries in New Jersey where you can go tasting – Carton, Kane, and River Horse are just a few good ones.
Going out and doing the same thing with a twist will make the night much more memorable.
Play in the Snow
An easy way of turning lemons into lemonade is to just play in the snow! Build a snowman, go sledding, have a snowball fight, maybe build an igloo too! Dont’ let the cold ruin your day, let it make the day even better. Besides, when’s the last time you played in the snow?
Just because the weather has come doesn’t mean you have to be mundane and boring. So grab your scarf and take your lovely companion out for memorable night in a winter wonderland (or just grab the blanket if you choose the netflix binge). Have fun!