Ideas for a date – Northern Star

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Dates can be the perfect opportunity to get to know someone better and have a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable evening together. Here are some great date ideas that are sure to entertain you.

Cook or bake together

Whether it’s cooking a meal or whipping up something sweet, it’s a perfect activity for a date night. You might not even need to spend any money to get the ingredients for your chosen recipe, but if you do, chances are it’ll be cheaper than eating out, and you and your loved one can spend time together having fun and being creative.


There are places where you can pay to paint on canvas or paint pottery, which is fun, but can be a bit pricey. You don’t have to be exceptionally artistic to create something either. Cup painting involves filling a cup with paint, pouring it onto a canvas, and moving the canvas around until it is covered in paint. With cup painting, it’s more about the colors you choose. Supplies needed include pouring medium, liquid acrylic paint, canvas, gloves, plastic tarp, wooden sticks and plastic cups, according to this Pour Paint Guide.

Escape rooms

Escape rooms are perfect for a romantic night out. Escape rooms require you to trust your partner and include many team-building activities that can help build that trust, said South Elgin Panic Escape Room Manager Josh Brown.

An escape room is where you and other people are locked in a room and have an hour to escape using clues and puzzles before time runs out. Many escape rooms have a spooky theme that’s fun year-round, but perfect for fall and around Halloween.

“My favorite part of escape rooms is their design, seeing people go through them and having a lot of fun,” Brown said. “It’s a very unique form of entertainment, perfect for a date or a family outing.”

South Elgin Panic Escape Room is located at 1000 W. Spring St.

Dinner and movie

Dinner and a movie are a classic nighttime activity. This can be done in several ways. Since movie streaming has become incredibly popular, you don’t even have to leave the house. If you prefer to go out, there is always the option of going to a restaurant and then to the cinema, but now there are cinemas where you can order and dine while watching a film, which is a unique twist on the concept. .