Going for a movie or a dinner date has become so passé and clichéd that it becomes routine and almost dull. Dinner provides a platform to get to know each other, but it can be punctuated by moments of awkward silences when you run out of things to say, and eye contact is avoided while each person desperately thinks of something to say. On the other hand, going to a movie means that conversation is non-existent and you can’t find out anything about the other person.
The venue for a first date should allow people to feel comfortable and relaxed and create lots of conversation starters and the freedom to have silences without being awkward.
Go Ice Skating
Now ice skating is not to everyone’s taste, and it’s impossible in some cities. You should tell your date beforehand if they have an injury or some other valid reason not to go. There’s nothing worse than arranging an ice skating date while the other person watches on from the sidelines! However, ice skating allows you to laugh, fall over and pass through the physical contact barrier you can’t do on a dinner and movie date.
Visit A Fairground / Amusement Park
Towns and cities often have visiting fairgrounds and amusement parks that make for a great first date during the week. There is always something to do with all the rides and stalls and conversation starters everywhere you look. Sitting next to each other on the rides breaks the ice and can allow the conversation to flow while the various game stalls create friendly competition between the two of you as you compete for prizes.
Visit The Zoo
Going to the zoo creates a fun first date as you watch and learn about the animals. The monkeys, in particular, are often a source of humor and conversation starters as you watch them go about their funny antics. Some more prominent zoos also have animal shows where a trainer gets the animals to perform. There are enough distractions to keep the date entertaining, while it can also lead to a more intimate dinner later on in the evening if you want to get to know each other better.
Go Salsa Dancing
First dates don’t get much more unusual than a salsa dance night, particularly if neither of you can salsa! Dancing is the perfect way to break the ice because it requires physical contact without being shady. Stepping on each other’s toes is bound to give you fits of laughter along with something to talk about afterward. It also allows you to go on for dinner later if the two of you hit it off.
A first date is a way to get to know each other better in a relaxed environment before deciding to see each other again. The suggestions above also give you a platform to continue the date for a late-night dinner or drink if the two of you hit it off!