Making date night a priority in your relationship can be difficult for some couples. Adrienne Laursen, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Fox 9 Relationship Expert, and owner of The Engagement Coach, makes spring and summer dating easy with the following fun date ideas!
1. Keep an eye out for great online deals
Sign up for online deal sites like Groupon, Living Social, Crowd Cut, Star Tribune, etc. Even check out the radio stations in your local area as they often have great 50% off offers for fun things to do.
Two of my favorite date ideas that are offered very consistently are 1) the painting & wine/beer experience, and 2) indoor trampoline passes. What better way to get interactive with your partner and try something new that gets you out of your comfort zone!
2. Head to the MN Zoo
I love, love, love this date idea! I can't wait to plan this idea with my own husband! The Zoo is great in general (be sure to hit the Imax while you're there too), but if you're willing to spend a little extra money, you can have a closer animal experience with their "Encounters" program. They have programs with bears, stingray, penguins (wait list), sea otters, overnight experiences (for families), etc.
Visit www.mnzoo.org/education/programs for more information and pricing. Some events are sold out for the summer, but there are wait lists.
3. Wine or Beer Tasting and Tour
MN is home to many vineyards and breweries. Again, keep an eye out for some great discounts on the deal sites mentioned above.
To find out which breweries offer tours and tastings, visit www.mnbeer.com/breweries
For vineyards and wine tastings, visit www.mngrapegrowers.com/vineyards
4. Take a cooking class together
Even if you're not a great cook, or don't really want to learn how to cook, these events are always fun. You'll be interacting with other people, working on making something together, and it gets you out into your community. Often times, you're not even doing that much cooking, it's more about eating really good food and enjoying each other's company.
Great places to check out include: The Landscape Arboretum (yes, they have cooking classes!), Kitchen Window, The Way Cool Cooking School, and many more.
5. Visit the Mpls Farmer's Market
First, it's free! Can't beat that, right? The Mpls Farmer's Market is a great place to visit on a Saturday morning (or any day for that matter). Grab a coffee and stroll through the amazing produce, flowers, and vendors for a fun day out in the sun. Feeling ambitious? Pick a recipe before you go, purchase your ingredients at the market, and then head back home to make an amazing brunch!
For more information on Adrienne's counseling services and relationship tips, please visit her website at www.TheEngagementCoach.com.