In light of the recent holiday (it was yesterday – if you forgot, we hope this list helps you out!), this month we have put together a list of 5 Fraser Valley date ideas to make those special nights out with your sweetheart a little more frequent. Dinner and a movie date nights out are lots of fun, but I think that we can agree that sometimes you just need to mix things up a bit!
The next time you find yourself craving a little quality time with your sweetie, grab this list (or leave a hint by leaving it on the fridge) and enjoy a fun local night out together!
1. Go Bowling
Bowling is one of those great interactive things you can do whether it’s your first date, or one hundredth date. The best part? Neither of you have to be any good (or even know what you’re doing) to have a great time. Most bowling alleys have switched over to automatic scoring now, so you can even leave your math skills at home. For something a little more upbeat, try out disco or cosmic bowling on a Friday or Saturday night, and bowl the night away while bopping to top 40 music and strobe lights.
Haven’t been bowling in a while, and aren’t sure where to go? A few great Fraser Valley bowling alleys:
Revs @ Maple Ridge
22730 119th Avenue, Maple Ridge
45916 Wellington Avenue, Chilliwack
32490 Simon Avenue, Abbotsford
Xcalibur Bowling Center
12350 Puttullo Place, Surrey
6350 196th Street, Langley
2. Take a Cooking Class Together
Many local universities, and locally owned food markets (Lepp Farm Market) and kitchen stores (Kitchen Therapy, Well Seasoned) are now offering casual one-night cooking classes for singles, couples and groups. With exciting themes like Great Greek Food, Superbowl Sized Appetizers, Rustic Italian Soups and Pasta from Scratch, these classes are suitable for both cooking amateurs and foodies alike! Make sure to book your spot early though, as the promise of tons of fun and tons of food usually causes these classes to sell out quickly.
3. Get Your Dance On – Ballroom Style
As old fashioned as it may seem, sometimes a lady just wants to be taken out dancing. The next time the dancing bug strikes you, make reservations at the Copper Room in Harrison Hot Springs and give yourself (and your hunny) a reason to get all dolled up. Being one of the few places in the Fraser Valley where you can wear your ball gown to dinner (and fit in!), the Copper Room provides a dining and dancing experience like no other. If you don’t trust yourself on the dance floor, consider taking a few dance lessons or an introductory dance class that covers all styles of ballroom dancing, before your big date. For great beginners classes, try Dancing for Dessert Studio in Langley, Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Surrey or Ballroom Dance Feverfor lessons in Chilliwack and Abbotsford.
4. Take a Mystery Drive
A date idea that requires very little pre-planning, taking a mystery drive is a fun idea for a spontaneous date night where neither of you are sure what to do. Set off with a full tank of gas, a few snacks, a blanket for possible stargazing, a great mix playlist on your iPod (bonus points if you make the playlist especially for your drive), and there’s no telling where you might end up on your adventure. Roll dice to help make decisions when you’re unsure of where and when to turn (1/2 turn left, 3/4 turn right, 5/6 stay straight). Don’t forget to stop if you see something you’d like to do!
5. Go to a Local Play or Comedy Night
The next time you open the paper to check movie listings, consider taking in a local play or comedy show instead. There really is something to be said about watching a live production unfold, especially if it’s something you haven’t experienced before. In the upcoming months we are lucky enough to have a wide array of plays and shows performing all over the Fraser Valley. From “The Tempest” (Shakespeare) and Directors’ Theatre Festival (various) at UFV, to “The Sea Horse” (Drama) at the Surrey Arts Center, to “Jailhouse Rock” (Elvis Tribute) at the Abbotsford Arts Center, and great productions at Langley Players Drama Club or the Surrey Little Theatre, you’re sure to find something that suits your fancy!
Since the Fraser Valley has no shortage of fantastic things to do with your loved one, this article was a tough one! Where are you favorite places to go when you are craving quality time together?