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Let’s Make a Date

The same-old-same can only take date nights so far before the redundancy starts putting the brakes on passion. Coming up with fresh ways to get (or keep) the fire burning will surely be appreciated.

Article
Ryann Gordon
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Posted
May 1, 2017

Whether you’ve been dating for years or planning your first date together, no one likes a generic date night that took little to no creativity. Most likely, you’ve been on this exact date before: the fill-in-the-blank restaurant followed by a sappy movie and goodnight kiss home. You were probably left with more bread in your stomach than butterflies.

So isn’t it time to shake things up? It’s time to devise something unique and fun that’ll sweep both of you off your feet. Upgrade your date night, even if that just means trying a new restaurant and going to a different type of showing, and plan an evening that neither you nor your date will forget.

You can’t rely solely on your date for entertainment, especially for those first dates when you don’t know if the two of you are actually going to hit it off. But with a little creativity and a lot of spontaneity, you might find that the love in the air is here to stay.

Sure it sounds cheesy, but a picnic is a low-cost way to spend some quality time talking, laughing and grabbing a bite and drink.

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Gallop into their heart
Do something extra special and take them on the ride of their life. Go horseback riding at Southern Hills, Saddleback or the KJM Farm. From movies and commercials to scenes straight out of a novel, horseback rides almost always conjure up romantic opportunities. If neither of you have much equestrian experience, take a couple of laps around the paddock before trotting out into nature and save yourself an ambulance ride.

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Plan a picnic
Sure it sounds cheesy, but it’s a low-cost way to spend some quality time talking, laughing and grabbing a bite and drink. Set up your blanket at a park on a Saturday and let everything that’s going on around you spur conversation topics.

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Laugh
Nothing brings people together better than laughter. Spend an evening at the Comedy Parlor or Loony Bin and share the gift of laughter. Even if the comedians aren’t as funny as you hoped, it will be entertaining enough watching the jokes fall flat.

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Volunteer
If you know what you’re passionate about, capitalize on it with some together time helping others. Serve meals at one of the downtown kitchens or go play games with the elderly at a retirement village. If pets are your thing, some animal shelters let people help them with dog walking.

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Playtime
Embrace your inner child and visit a playhouse like Incredible Pizza, Main Event, Andy B’s or Dave & Buster’s for some innocent fun. Go bowling, paintballing or laser questing and team up to take down the world together. Or, stay in and have a game night playing video or board games.

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Into the woods
With all the state parks within a couple of hours, rent or borrow some equipment and check out nature with an overnight camping trip. Unplug from technology for the night, connect, start a fire and do some stargazing.

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Take a walk
There’s no place better to learn about someone than getting lost in the woods … not literally. But take a walk along Riverside or go on a hike together and share your deepest, darkest secrets with one another. It beats sitting inside on a beautiful day and gets your heart beating in more than one way.

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Water wonders
Go for something sporty, but not on the land. Take your partner for stand up paddling (SUP) lessons and brace the river as you paddle board alongside one another. Either float with SUP Oklahoma or Lotus SUP, two of Tulsa’s finest stand up paddle board schools.

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Get naughty
Following the rules is great, but having a partner in crime for a little misbehaving isn’t always that bad. Grab chalk and create sidewalk art masterpieces (but keep it G rated). If you’re feeling really daring, find a secluded pond or pool and jump in without bathing suits. 

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Do The Time Warp
The Circle Cinema shows The Rocky Horror Picture Show from time to time. Embrace the craziness of the audience participation. Or if you’re really daring, go in costume.

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Read
Dust off those things we used to read before tablets and smartphones. Take turns reading a few chapters to each other. Get a great book of poetry. If you don’t want to do the reading, some coffee shops and bookstores host readings and author lectures.

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Organize a scavenger hunt
There are many different ways to have a scavenger hunt date and as long as you are willing to do some preparation, they can be a lot of fun. Head to Woodland Hills Mall for an unique experience. And if the hunt falls apart, you can simply go shopping. If your relationship has stood the test of time, plan a hunt that will send your partner to places that are significant in your relationship (where you met, the first kiss, the first date). Be waiting at each place with the next clue.

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