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By JOYmatchmaker, October 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm
Great Date Ideas!

Yay!! You got a hot date! Now you have to decide how you’re going to spend your time with this cool new person that you want to get to know.

Dinner and a movie is usually the standard  date but J.O.Y. Love wants you to raise the bar and do something more worthwhile than the standard.   Dinner can be awkward because you’re already nervous and now you have to worry about table etiquette with someone new. ‘Do I have parsley in my teeth?’ ‘Is spaghetti sauce on my tie?’ ‘Which fork do I use?’ Save yourself this unnecessary stress and skip dinner for your next date.

And avoid movies at all costs. During a movie you can’t talk and interact with the person so there is zero chance that you will get to know him or her. Below are three dating ideas that will ensure you will have fun, genuinely get to know the person and perhaps form a connection.

Take a class together

Sign up for a one day cooking workshop, a ballroom dance class or ski lessons. When you try something new the chemical reaction that occurs in the brain is the same as the chemical reaction you feel when you fall in love. Engaging in an endorphin inducing activity together will increase your chances of bonding with your date. It will also give you a shared experience to look back on together and smile.

Have a one-on-one talent show

Get together and show off your greatest talent. Do you write awesome poetry? Maybe your date plays the guitar? Do you need someone to practice your upcoming sales presentation in front of? Perhaps your date just drafted the blue print for an awesome new building and is dying to share it?

Spend an evening  demonstrating your talents and giving and receiving feedback from one another. Getting to know each other’s work whether it be artistic work or professional work will give you two the opportunity to really connect and to perhaps grow together.

Take a long walk on the beach

Great dates cannot be discussed without the obligatory mention of long walks on the beach. 'I like long walks on the beach.' Is the quintessential opener to a personals ad or online dating profile. The reason this cliché is so prevalent is because it’s actually a great date idea.

Getting outside together and being close to the lake or the ocean and other good scenery will put you in a feel good mood. And without the distraction of other activity a peaceful walk will set the stage for you to really focus on getting to know each other. If you don’t live near a beach visit a botanical garden or take a walk in a park. This date idea, is simple, fun and it costs nothing. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your date in a low pressure atmosphere.

Please share any great date ideas you have in the comment section!

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Look locally for cheap, creative date ideas to create memorable moments

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Logan Falletti Sep 18, 2013

The college budget allows for very little in the way of entertainment, especially when you add another person into the mix — like when two people want to go out on a date. To impress your date without emptying your wallet, the key is to think locally and intimately.

Manhattan is more than K-State, and there’s a good chance your date has seen just about all of the campus. The easiest dates can be found there, including dance lessons with the Swing and Salsa Club, swimming in the Natatorium, a rodeo in Weber Arena or a sand volleyball match outside of the residence halls. But to really step it up, you need to venture outside the campus bubble as well as the realm of traditional movie and restaurant dates. Look to local activities and places you may drive by every day. They break the formality and false fronts that come with traditional dates and offer a deeper insight into your significant other.

The last of the summer rays can provide a beautiful backdrop for a walk on the Konza Prairie. Bring your cameras and see who can take the better photo. Loser pays for the trail mix. Geocaching, the use of GPS and maps to find capsules hidden by other geocachers, is a treasure hunt for the outdoorsy or the technically-savvy. K-State Geocaching Club has a mailing list that shares the dates and times of their excursions.

Grab a book from the Dusty Bookshelf and take turns reading it aloud to each other while walking in Cico Park or dipping your feet in Tuttle Creek.

The Sunset Zoo, only $4 per adult, operates at summer hours until the end of October from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Friends of the Zoo also host Brew at the Zoo and Wine in the Wild each year, after-hours fundraisers that add a little romance to the exotic venue.

The Flint Hills Discovery Center offers a student rate of $7 per person. They also feature an adult education series. The next lecture, Art of the Flint Hills, is Sept. 19. The 4-D theater and three stories of permanent and temporary exhibits make the Flint Hills Discovery Center worth visiting at least once every few weeks.

One of the most intimate dates is a look into everyday life. The most basic would be to try cooking a new recipe together. If it isn’t edible, try again with dessert. If you didn’t do so well, make the best of it with a candlelight pizza dinner. Real plates and wine glasses will add to the atmosphere.

Walk a dog together. If you don’t have one, ask to borrow a friend’s canine companion for a while. Feel free to give your borrowed pet a pretend backstory and tell it to everyone who asks to pet it.

Learn how to do something that isn’t homework. Crochet or stained glass at Hobby Lobby or planting at Home Depot are some examples of activities that two people can do that will also be useful once the date is over.

One of the more obscure dates, suggested from sites like Tumblr, is called a “sweater date.” The general idea is to scan all the thrift stores in your area, from Goodwill to Rockstar and Rogers, to find the softest or hilariously hideous sweaters available. Buy them, take them home and clean them up. Guys, this is also an opportunity to learn how to hand-wash clothing.

On the date, the couple can also brave the housewares section to find DIY projects to do together like repairing a chipped vase or repainting a shade for a lamp. Even if the date doesn’t pan out, you’ll have something for your apartment.

Ask a stranger for a random word and compose a song or poem. Take advantage of Hale Library’s Media Development Center, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and record your masterpieces. Post the best ones and let your friends vote for Hale Idol.

Creative outings, or “innings,” will win you more brownie points with your date but even if he or she doesn’t call you back, at least it was memorable.

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Best First Date Ideas In London (PICTURES)

There is no winner in the date scenario that involves stale crisps, tepid beer and a questionable pub gherkin, so make sure you heed the HuffPost UK's editors' edition of the best date places in London.

From mysterious pop-up events to reliable foodie joints, we've put together 10 of our favourite date places in our beloved city.

We also want to hear about your secret places for a rendezvous, so tell us your suggestions in the comments below...

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    The Shard, London Bridge

    Andrea Mann, comedy editor, nominated The Shard because: "1. Amazing views (obviously) 2. Plenty to inspire conversation, so no awkward pauses. 3. Awkward pauses are OK too as you simply take in the amazing views. 4. A great experience to share together with someone."
    Joiner St, London, SE1 9SP (0844 499 7111)
  • 2

    Vinoteca, Various Locations

    Deputy editor of MyDaily.co.uk Katie Jones says: "Vinoteca is more formal than your average pub but the atmosphere is relaxed and buzzy (no awkward silent moments here!)" "Although it does serve food, it's the kind of place where you can sit and chat for hours while drinking your way through their never ending wine list. It's not too expensive but it does have prosecco on tap - enough to impress any girl." Farringdon, Marylebone, Soho
  • 3

    The Electric Cinema

    “Still my favourite place to watch a film,” says HuffPost UK Editor-in-Chief Carla Buzasi. “Comfy velvet chairs, cashmere blankets and a bar that serves Champagne and chocolate brownies make for the perfect romantic night out.” 191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED (020 7908 9696)
  • 4

    Secret Larder, Finsbury Park

    "The best place is James Ramsden's Secret Larder, based in north London. Incredible, elegant supper club, in a changeable venue, so it's been in tiny cafes or in the back of a wine shop," says news editor Jessica Elgot. "Usually lit by candlelight and decorated with wild flowers, it feels like a secret place that only you two know about. Really great for a date." Unit 20, Stroud Green Rd, N4 3SG
  • 5

    Frank's Cafe, Peckham

    The spiritual home of Del Boy And Rodney is more lovey dovey than you think, especially if you take them to Frank's Cafe, says news reporter Charlotte Meredith. "The most romantic place in all of glorious Peckham. Even better if you don't know why your date is dragging you off into a ten-storey car park. Expect spectacular views in a slightly surreal environment." 817 Old Kent Rd, SE15 1NX (020 7639 0257)
  • 6

    Bird of Smithfield, Barbican

    "A relatively new addition to the Smithfield neighborhood," says Caoimhe O'Reilly, consumer marketing manager, "this building is awesome with different floors offering a variety of food, drinks and cocktails. There is a delightful rooftop garden for the warmer months." 26 Smithfield Street, EC1A 9LB (020 7559 5100)
  • 7

    Ping Tron, Various Locations

    Caoimhe says: "This neon futuristic Ping Pong palace needs to be seen to be believed. It is really good fun, a very different experience to other ping pong bars in London. A great date place with everything covered in black material with neon strips highlighting the balls, bats and tables. "Seb Fontaine is on the decks til 3.30am, a great place for ping pong fans and ravers alike!" 40 Kingswood Avenue, NW6 6LS
  • 8

    Granary Square, King's Cross

    "Sit on the (fake) grass steps running down to the canal," says Carla, "stare at the crazy dressed students from Central St Martins, brunch or lunch at Caravan, drink cocktails and eat dinner at Grain Store, then skip through the fountains hand in hand afterwards (and jump straight on the tube at King’s Cross to get home!)" Granary Square, Stable Street, King’s Cross, N1C 4AB
  • 9

    Notting Hill Kitchen, Notting Hill

    "Classy, with flattering lighting and attentive, yet unobtrusive staff, this newly-opened restaurant is definite third date material," says Sara Nelson, traffic and trends editor. "As well as Spanish and Portuguese wines by the bottle and glass, the drinks list also features specialist cocktails and sherry. And if the recent menu of octopus, prawn sausage and salt cod is anything to go by, you can expect to eat like kings and queens." 92 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, W11 2PN (0207 313 9526)
  • 10

    Gingerline, Various Locations

    "If you want a night that'd be hard to forget, you should go for a 'Gingerline' pop-up dinner," says Asa Bennett, business editor. "Think of it as if Derren Brown and Heston Blumental threw a dinner party. You get unusual foodie treats, waiters dressed up in silly outfits and gaudy theatre for you to watch. The themes range from Alice-in-Wonderland-esque fairytale mystique to Victorian banquets with guests getting in through underground tunnels. "It pans out as a bit of a surprise - with you receiving a text just before the dinner telling you what secret entrance to get to. Don't worry, you won't be forced into a madcap dash across Britain with your paramour as it's all in East London near stops on the London Overground (the line's orange colour on the map lending itself to the 'ginger' name). "Even more teasingly, you're not meant to tell people of the experience once you've been. But I can say the travelling pop-up dinner troupe are worth catching the next them you're in the neighbourhood."

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share: Break Out of the Routine: Five Great Date Ideas to Try Today

Stuck in a relationship rut? Even the strongest couples occasionally need a pick-me-up. A change of routine, especially when it comes to date night, can be be boost that revives the romance and breaks up the monotony of everyday life. Below are five ideas for interesting dates that will give you something to talk about.

Shape Up!
Whip your relationship into shape with physical activity. Try out rock climbing, biking, or kayaking. Even a walk in a nearby nature preserve will get your adrenaline pumping a little faster, and give you and your loved one a chance to reconnect. Don’t be afraid to turn up the heat and get competitive. Challenge your mate to a game or two and think up some creative prizes for the winner.

Wind Down
If sports and recreation aren’t your style, how about some good old-fashioned rest and relaxation? Find a great deal on couples massages or an appealing spa and enjoy! Switch up the scene and indulge in a chic hotel room for a night. If you can’t afford the fancy package, seek out a local restaurant or winery offering tastings and samplers. No matter what, take the pressure off of yourselves and let someone else cater to you for the evening.

Get Schooled
Ever consider cooking classes or salsa dancing lessons? Maybe you and yours would be interested in learning a new language! Classes are a fun, out-of-the box choice for date night, and can easily be made into weekly traditions to keep the flame afire!

Act Out
Remember the beginning of your relationship, when things were new and exciting? Dare to recapture those moments and send yourselves out on a faux blind-date. Get ready separately and arrive a little early to grab a cocktail at the bar. When you spot your special someone, let the butterflies arise as you re-introduce yourself and get to know each other all over again.

Double Down
Double dating is a fun way to spice things up in relationships both old and new. When you find a couple you gel with, make it a regular tradition! Join monthly gift clubs which send out gourmet treats, beer and wine, and other goodies which will enhance your date night. Better yet, sign each other up for great clubs and come together to enjoy!

Above all, don't be afraid to try new things. Worst case scenario? You have an experience to laugh about together for years to come!

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Vimbly Now Offers the Best Date Ideas in NYC

New York, New York (PRWEB) June 13, 2013

Vimbly (http://www.vimbly.com), as seen on Fox Business and USA Today, announced the expansion of their current list of activities to include the best date ideas in NYC. Whether you’re searching for an idea for a first date or the 100th date, this platform features an assortment of unique dating activities to explore, including wine tasting, cupcake baking, and even tango classes.

According to studies, it takes 86 percent of men longer than thirty minutes to plan a date. Vimbly eliminates the extensive research by highlighting the best date ideas in NYC on an easily bookable platform, where guests can compare times, locations, and prices of all activities. Furthermore, the list does not include typical dinner, movie, or coffee dates. Vimbly specializes in providing new content to spruce up your dating life.

Vimbly founder and CEO, Sam Lundin, believes, “The NYC dating scene sometimes seems stale. Too often couples dive into the same routine of dinner, movie, drinks, or coffee. But there are hundreds of interesting activities New Yorkers need to discover. With a specialized focus on dating ideas, Vimbly lists a multitude of unique date ideas—easy to find and reserve—for New Yorkers.”

Although many of the date ideas invite users to come freely, the specific classes listed are generally offered many times a day, or week, complimenting any busy NYC schedule. All activities appearing on Vimbly are easily bookable, with all essential information displayed, such as schedules, pricing, and availability. Users can then book these classes directly by clicking on Vimbly.com and going through the simple booking process.

About Vimbly

Vimbly is a free site to find and book recreational activities. Founded in 2011, it eliminates hours of research when reserving anything from chocolate tours, mixology classes, dance lessons, cooking classes and exotic dream car races.

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6 ‘perfect’ date ideas from a man’s perspective

I've got nothing against picnics. 

But if you think a wicker basket full of French cheese and Chardonnay is going to put a guy in the mood, think again. It'll just put him to sleep. Ditto for walks on the beach, bike rides, sunsets and other summer dating cliches.

Want to wow a guy's mind? Climb inside it first. We're goal-oriented and adrenaline driven. Given that, a picnic in the park isn't going to fire us up—unless it's a ballpark and we're washing down bratwurst with Old Style in the bleachers at Wrigley Field.

Just like a good action flick, the best dates require a climax, a story arc, and something to learn, fix, or experience. These suggested dates won't just keep him from checking the score on his iPhone, they'll also bring you closer together, faster.

Why? Learning new skills and completing tasks drop deep anchors into our memory banks, and solving problems or surmounting obstacles bonds you and teaches you to communicate as a couple. The following dates will capture his attention—and his heart.

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1. The cliche: Dining at an outdoor cafe

Break it by: Going from farm to table (to bed)
Food writer Gael Greene once penned, "Great food is like great sex. The more you have, the more you want." In fact, a 2009 Men's Health and Women's Health survey found that 68 percent of men said cooking with their partner is a turn-on. This date is a combination of scouting out an organic farm and spending an evening at the stove, so it's best saved for a lazy Saturday when you might otherwise be, you know, working your way through a crossword puzzle in the park. The best part about organic grub: You don't have to be Mario Batali to whip up a decent spread, thanks to the tastiness of fresh local produce and meat. You could pop down to the farmers' market, but visiting a nearby farm makes it more of an adventure (to find both, visit localharvest.org). Start by snagging some arugula or rocket lettuce and harvesting organic tomatoes, then move on to a dairy farm for milk and cheese. Top it off with a visit to a local butcher for some grass-fed beef or free-range chicken.

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2. The cliche: Having brunch

Break it by: Making a barbecue pilgrimage
"Let's do brunch," you say. Splendid, he thinks. And afterward, we can go antiquing before stopping by a department store for a refreshing spritz of summer perfume! Right. 

Look, most guys don't consider cramming into a tiny French bistro to sip Bellinis a great way to grub, and for many of us, breakfast is just sustenance. So decamp to your local barbecue joint, preferably one with picnic tables out back, for a brunch of porcine and bovine delicacies. Having the foresight to scout out this hog heaven will score you major points, and as he powers through wet wipes and drains his brew, his defenses will drop. You'll get even the most tight-lipped of men in the mood to talk. At least, that is, until the protein coma sets in.

3. The cliche: Soaking up the sun

Break it by: Going swimming (or surfing or boating)
Let's start with the obvious: Stripping down in the sun lets you check out each other's beach bodies. No-brainer, right? Now consider this: A 2009 study by Austrian and German researchers found that vitamin D (which you can get from just a few minutes in the sun) significantly increases testosterone in men. Since lounging is for the elderly (shuffleboard! bathing caps! no splashing!), try adding some adrenaline to the hormonal cocktail coursing through his veins. Start by provisioning properly. 

Never surfed? Rent a soft-top board and take turns pushing each other into the waves. Itching for speed? Get a WaveRunner for an afternoon trip up a river, and have lunch midway through. And if you happen to be landlocked, consider the co-ed car wash: You'll do his, then he'll return the favor...before turning the hose on each other.

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4. The cliche: Going for a jog

Break it by: Turning your city into a gym
Ever watch The Amazing Race? You're either convinced you and your man would slay the competition, or that you'd devolve into a hot mess of tears and accusations. Now's your chance to find out (with much lower stakes), thanks to a 10-city adventure race series called City Chase. 

The events unfold throughout the summer and early fall, pitting teams against one another in a multi-discipline competition set in the urban jungle. Evading dodge balls, wielding high-pressure fire hoses, rappelling down buildings, and charming snakes as a team will make you appreciate your partner's strengths and weaknesses, help you get used to working through conflicts—and even boost your libido. No dice with City Chase? Find more events at warriordash.com. You can also plan your own challenge, creating feats of endurance—and absurdity— throughout your hometown.

5. The cliche: Visiting the driving range

Break it by: Blowing off steam at the firing range
There's more than one reason guys ogle video-game vixens and drool over gun-wielding, ponytail-sporting action heroines. The curve-baring costumes don't hurt, but a woman with a weapon oozes confidence and strength, and has an edge that guys find alluring. Your move: Hit the firing range with your man to unleash your inner Lara Croft. If he knows his way around a .45, maybe you'll even buff his ego by asking for some help with your stance. 

Squeezing off a dozen rounds is an instant release, and the implicit sense of danger—one wrong move and things can go bad—dumps dopamine into your system, which may boost your sex drive. Let's face it: Smacking little white balls at the driving range pales next to shooting a handheld weapon capable of stopping a charging rhinoceros. Visit wheretoshoot.org to find a range near you. If guns aren't your thing, check out archeryretailers.com to locate an archery range instead.

6. The cliche: Watching the sunset

Break it by: Painting the sunset
Diego Rivera had Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali had Gala, and Pablo Picasso had, well, a lot of women. Point being, the primal release of slathering a canvas with pigment releases something in a man. Here's how to unleash his inner artist: Grab a couple of canvases from a local art store—they won't set you back more than $15—as well as a starter kit of paints, a few brushes, and a blanket. You don't need anything fancy, and the back of a pizza box can even serve as a mixing palette. Bring a lantern, some bug spray, and maybe even an actual pizza, and set up shop on top of a big hill in town. By the time the sun has set, you'll have added the finishing touches and you'll be waiting for the paint to dry before packing up to go home. Which is when the second part of this date comes in. Blanket? Night sky? You do the math.

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The Rest of the Best: Houston’s Top 10 First Date Spots

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9 Spring Date Ideas

Fleece sweatpants and your Netflix queue may make for a perfect date night during winter, but now that spring is in the air, it’s time for some fresh new date ideas. On your next date night (or day!), why not try one of these outdoor options?

WORK UP A SWEAT

No, we don’t mean getting frisky in the great outdoors…okay, we mean that too—but there’s another way to get your hearts racing outside. Hit the park for a romantic hike or grab your bikes for a scenic ride. You’ll release feel-good endorphins together and work on your bikini bods together. Matching six-packs!

SPRING BREAK

It’s not just for college students anymore—bust out of the winter doldrums by hitting a beach destination for some much-needed relaxation (and romance). If you don’t have the time or funds to go anywhere exotic, look up long weekend trips an hour or two away from home. You don’t have to travel far to get the benefits of getting away from it all.

PLAY TOURIST

There’s no better time to get outside and do all of the touristy things you never make time to do. Hit the museums, visit the highest skyscraper or biggest ball of yarn (or whatever the equivalent is in your city), stroll through the botanical garden, and make some furry friends at the zoo.

WORK ON YOUR GREEN THUMBS

Gardening is a great excuse to get outside—and, if you’re planting your own fruits and vegetables, a great excuse to get you both eating healthier too.

IN WITH THE NEW

Pick an activity that’s new to both of you, and spend the season working on it together. Take rock-climbing classes, train for a half-marathon together, or sign up for a dance class. You’ll bond over being beginners and push each other to get better. Plus, a recent study even showers that adding an element of surprise into a relationship can trigger the same emotional state you were both in when you first met, getting back all those lovey-dovey feelings.

TAKE ‘EM OUT TO THE BALLGAME

And do as the song says and buy ‘em some peanuts and cracker jack. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, half of the fun is spending the day outside, sitting in the stands with stadium snacks and a crowd of very, very excited people.

BBQ For TWO

Take picnic-ing to the next level. Many parks allow barbecuing as long as you clean up after yourself, so who says you have to stick to cucumber sandwiches on your picnic date? Bring a blanket, a couple of books, and some meat and/or veggies, and show each other what you can do on the grill.

GET A BIRDS-EYE VIEW

Craving a romantic view? Book a helicopter or hot-air balloon ride in your city—and if you’re really adventurous, grab your honey for a day of skydiving or bungee jumping. And book a romantic bed and breakfast nearby. Several studies have shown that doing exciting or scary things together produce chemicals associated with arousal and strengthen your bond.

MOVIE NIGHT

Give your DVD player a rest, roll down the windows in the car, and hit the nearest drive-through movie theater. You may have to go far to find one, so make a day trip out of it. And don’t forget to bring your own snacks!

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Second Date Ideas: How To Make It As Amazing As The First

Second Date Ideas What's your go-to second date?

Avoid the second-date slump with these 6 ideas.

So he called you back? This means that you both hit it off from that first nerve-racking hello on until that first kiss at the end of the night. And despite those few awkward pauses, you must have done something right on that first date, because now you're meeting him again this weekend for a second.

The first date is all about making a fun, sexy first impression, but the second date is all about making that impression last. Usually, by this point, you can decide whether your date is just going to fizzle out as another fling or he may be the match you've been looking for.

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Here are six date ideas to survive the second-date slump and ensure a third date, a fourth date, a fifth date …

1. Browse A Local Farmers' Market
Stop by your local farmers' market and stroll through row upon row of vendors and browse the season's bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, all ripe for the taking. When the weather's warmer, you can buy yourselves a box of sweet strawberries to dip in a chocolate fondue later (yum) or if there's a nip in the air, pick out some organic veggies to bring back to your place and cook up in a tasty stew for two! You'll have fun getting to know each other's culinary tastes and be able to share recipes. Not to mention, it's a good way to find out if he or she has any food allergies.

2. Get Your Game Face On At The Arcade
Now that you've gotten over that first-date awkwardness, you can act a little silly without coming off as too immature. And what's the best way to bring out the inner-child in you? Grab a bag of quarters and go to the arcade together! You can impress your date by showing off your Donkey Kong skills and he can show you how to properly hold the toy gun in a game of Duck Hunt (yes, we know that you already know how … wink, wink). You can even try one of those cheesy matchmaking games to see how compatible you are. But make sure not to get too competitive with your date or you might as well say, "game over."

3. Rock Out To A Concert Of A Local Band Neither Of You Know
When you asked about tastes in music on your first date, he learned that you love R&B, and you learned that he loves rock n' roll. So what if you can't enjoy the same genre of music? Why not take in something else new altogether? Even if the band sucks, that's something you can both agree upon (and laugh about).

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4. Climb A Mountain
Strap on your hiking boots, grab your backpacks and trek it outdoors for a day. The best thing about this second date is that you have plenty of trail time to talk and learn more about each other than you did on your first date, and any pauses are filled with the sounds of footsteps and your heavy breathing in trying to keep up the pace. You can be the navigator and your date can be the lookout — it's a fun way to see how well you work together. When you reach the summit, host a scenic picnic. Between the crisp air, the cloudless skies and the panoramic view … what could be more romantic? Keep Reading ...

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Best Creative Date Ideas in Seattle for Valentine’s Day

Want to do something different this Valentine’s Day? Seattle’s got some of the most creative ideas for you and your date this February. From improv to cooking, creating your own “Ghost” moment at the pottery wheel to running in your underwear, your sweetie won’t say it’s the same old Valentine’s Day this time around!

Love at First Bite: Valentine Cupcake Decorating Class
Tuesday and Wednesday
February 5 and 6
6:30pm
Trophy Cupcakes & Party – Party Room at Wallingford Center
1815 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
http://www.trophycupcakes.com

Here’s a great chance to learn how to make fabulous Valentine-themed cupcakes, perfect for your Sweetie Pie! Join Trophy’s Founder, Jennifer Shea, for a night of hands-on decorating instruction in a party atmosphere — with cupcakes, prosecco, yummy hors d’oeuvres and lots of fun! For the February 5 class, register HERE. For the February 6 class, register HERE.

Cupid’s Undie Run
Saturday, February 9
2:30pm
Ballroom
456 North 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
http://www.cupidsundierun.com

Runners take about a mile long jog through the heart of Seattle’s Fremont district. Pre- and post-run festivities are held at the Ballroom. Will the Lenin statue be wearing a pair of undies on the day of the race? Either way, you’ll have lots of fun and proceeds benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Register online.

Couples’ Nite at Pottery Northwest
Friday, February 15
5:00pm – 8:00pm
226 First Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
206.285.4421
http://www.potterynorthwest.org

A FUN, free event for couples. Always well attended and always even more fun than we thought it would be, Couples’ Nite is an opportunity to bring your partner, or someone perhaps you would like to be your partner to try out the studio. Come for a playful evening full of dirty fun! Call for reservations.

Date Night at Emerald City Trapeze Arts
Friday, February 15
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Emerald City Trapeze
2702 6th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98134
206.906.9442
http://www.emeraldcitytrapeze.com

The evening starts as you fly through the air with the greatest of ease! In ground school, you’ll learn the basics of what it takes to safely climb the ladder, grab the bar, (take a breath) and take the plunge. Do a couple of swings, maybe a trick, a big bounce in the net and then it’s off to the mats. Part two of the evening is all about trust and intimacy. Acrobalance combines elements of hand-balancing and partner lifts with endurance and strength. Couples learn acrobatic maneuvers wholly supported by each other’s hands, arms, legs and feet. And don’t be surprised when you end up in a compromising position. It’s kinda like Twister, for adults. Register online.

Unexpected Productions: Comedy of Love
Thursday, February 14
8:00pm
The Market Theatre
1428 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
http://www.unexpectedproductions.org

It’s a special Valentine’s Day themed improv show! Explore the passions of Valentine’s Day through hilarious comedy. Watch veteran improvisers take on love, lust and everything in between, all based on audience inspiration! All ages are welcome. A lounge area will be open for those 21 and over. Tickets are $15/person. Available online HERE.

Couples’ Cooking Class
Thursday, February 14
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Efeste Winery
19730 144th Ave. NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
888.907.2665
http://www.efeste.com

You and your partner will heat up the kitchen as you listen to upbeat music, learn cooking techniques and work in teams to prepare 2 recipes from the evening’s tantalizing tapas menu. When the cooking is over, guests savor the ‘fruits’ of their labor hot from the oven! Two glasses of Efeste award winning wine are included. See the menu and register online. 21+ event.

Argosy Valentine’s Day Cruise
Thursday, February 14
1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55
Seattle, WA 98101
206.623.1445
http://www.argosycruises.com

Hop aboard an Argosy cruise and take your sweetheart for a seaworthy trip around Seattle. Lunch cruises, dinner cruises, dinner and dancing cruises and Murder Mystery dinner cruises are all available on February 14. Cruises range from two to three hours, and take you and your Valentine around Elliott Bay, with fabulous views of the Seattle skyline, gourmet food and lots of champagne. Prices start at $69/person. Check details and make reservations online.

Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna
Through March 17
King County’s Marymoor Park
6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE
Redmond, WA 98052
http://www.cirquedusoleil.com

A really romantic story, live music and of course the impressive Cirque du Soleil acrobats! Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.

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Single and Ready to Mingle: AARP Launches Dating Benefits

By Katie Bascuas / Jan 15, 2013 (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

In an effort to help its members find love—or simply companionship—AARP is getting into the dating game.

In the category best benefit ever, AARP might be entering new territory.

The association recently launched the AARP Dating Boot Camp, a free program to help its members find love.

Participating members will get feedback and coaching from dating experts, as well as a place to share dating experiences—woes and successes—with other 50-and-older singles. The program runs through February 28 and will include advice on making profiles, choosing photos, and how to suggest a good date.

“Dating, at any age, can be an intimidating practice,” Myrna Blyth, editorial director of AARP’s media properties, said in a statement. “From fun first-date ideas to new ways to meet people, we’re challenging group members to find ways to break the ice offline. By giving a sense of community to participants, the AARP Dating Boot Camp will give singles the tools to get back into the dating scene.”

The boot camp comes soon after AARP partnered with the online dating website HowAboutWe.com to launch AARP Dating and help members navigate the world of online dating.

People over 60 are the largest growing demographic in online dating, according to a Bowling Green State University study, which also found that for some seniors, companionship rated a higher priority than marriage as a reason for joining a dating website.

AARP members are eligible for a discount and a free seven-day trial to use the association’s new dating site, which prompts users to propose possible dates, such as “‘How about we … take my dogs for a walk,’” Erin Scottberg, media director for HowAboutWe.com said in a statement.

Scottberg said the most popular dates among those over 50 are food-related or involve some type of volunteering.

Both the Dating Boot Camp and the HowAboutWe.com partnership are part of AARP’s growing “dating channel,” which also includes articles and information on its website to make dating after 50 a little easier.

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AARP Launches Dating Boot Camp: Helping The 50+ Audience Win In The Game Of Love

New Online Challenge Offers AARP Online Dating Expert Advice, Prizes, and Weekly Rewards to Help Older Singles Meet Someone Special

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  On the heels of debuting its new dating website, AARP Dating powered by HowAboutWe, the organization is ramping up the content on its new dating channel  and launching the AARP Dating Boot Camp to encourage older singles to share dating tales and lessons in an effort to help them find love in the New Year. Running through February 28th, AARP Online Dating experts Nancy Kelton and Ken Solin will offer dating tips and advice and encourage participants to put what they learn to the test in real life. Daters who are active on AARP's Single and Mingle community can share their experiences for the chance to win weekly rewards and two $10,000 grand prizes.

"Dating, at any age, can be an intimidating practice. From fun first-date ideas to new ways to meet people, we're challenging group members to find ways to break the ice offline," said Myrna Blyth, Editorial Director of AARP's media properties. "By giving a sense of community to participants, the AARP Dating Boot Camp will give singles the tools to get back into the dating scene."

The goal of the AARP Dating Boot Camp is to help older singles date offline and in person. Participants will be provided with weekly challenges, incentives, resources and expert advice in brand-new editorial postings and the online community Topics will include:

  • Advice to making great profiles
  • Meeting the right man/woman
  • How to suggest a good date
  • Photos to use
  • What to avoid saying and doing on a first date

Additionally, AARP's Online Dating experts will pose challenges and questions each week for participants to submit their answers for the opportunity to win prizes. After the challenge ends on February 28th, two winners will be randomly selected and awarded a $10,000 grand prize.

The AARP Dating Boot Camp begins today at www.sweeps.aarp.org/dating. Contest rules are available by visiting http://aarp.promo.eprize.com/dating/rules.html or going to http://sweeps.aarp.org/dating/ and clicking on "Official Rules."

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C.) 45 YEARS AND OLDER.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes ends 2/28/13. For Official Rules, prize description and odds disclosure, visit www.sweeps.aarp.org/dating. Sponsor: AARP, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049.

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for Americans 50+ and the world's largest-circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for the 50+ audience; www.aarp.org; AARP VIVA, a bilingual lifestyle multimedia platform addressing the interests and needs of Hispanic Americans; and national television and radio programming. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

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Date Night Ideas For Married Couples

By Michelle L. Dozois | HowAboutWe.com

This time of year can be a stress-filled whirlwind, to say the least. When you’re focusing on trying to find just the right gifts, be the perfect hostess, meet family obligations, attend all of the holiday parties on your calendar, and not let work slide, it can be easy to overlook one of the people you should be focusing most on: your significant other.

Luckily, fun date night opportunities abound this time of year. We’ve gathered some of the best ideas posted on HowAboutWe.com, the offline dating site, as well as ideas from HowAboutWe for Couples, the new site that makes it easy for couples to have one-of-a-kind experiences together. Check them out, pick a time to go that works for both of you, and mark your calendar!

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  • How about we... test drive some holiday cookie recipes, then deliver (some of) them to our neighbors as an early holiday gift.

  • How about we... treat friends of ours to a double date at a tapas bar, where we can share small plates, a bottle of wine (or two), and great conversation.

  • How about we... play hooky on a weekday, and head to the mall bright and early to knock out a bunch of Christmas shopping. (And if we finish early, we'll catch a movie.)

  • How about we... make it our mission to find the best holiday drinks in our city: We'll search on Yelp for recommended bars with hot toddies, mulled wine, or hot cider, then go on a mini bar crawl.

  • How about we... check out a local performance of a new holiday show, like "The Grinch" or "Elf," or see a classic like "The Nutcracker" or "A Christmas Carol."

  • How about we... go on a holiday photo-taking tour downtown, then warm up over dinner at a restaurant with a great view.

  • How about we... poke around a few flea markets or thrift shops to find the funniest ugliest Christmas sweaters we can find, then take our Christmas card photo wearing them in front of a fireplace.

  • How about we... take a break between holiday shopping and treat ourselves to high tea at a fancy tea shop.

  • How about we... learn a new skill together and work off some holiday calories by taking a tennis lesson, a Capoeira (Brazillian martial arts) class, or a dance class.

  • How about we... make gift-wrapping more fun by putting on a holiday movie marathon, making hot chocolate, and doing it all at once -- then cozying up on the couch when it's done. (No peeking at our gifts for each other, of course.)

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Five Great Date Ideas in D.C.

From the outside, Washington D.C. is a city defined by its overabundance of policy-makers, diplomats, and political elite. But for every one of those statesmen are a dozen interns, assistants, students, and young professionals, all working hard by day and fueling the city's social scene by night. And with so many young people in one place competing for each other's attention, the importance of knowing the best bars in D.C. for dating borderlines on social Darwinism. So if you happened to catch the eye of that cute assistant while delivering memos to some congressman, or got the number of that guy who knocked into you on H street, and just don't know what to do next, ask them out to one of these five places, all with different tastes (of your date, not you, stop thinking of yourself for once), that will ensure that your first date isn't your last.

Happy Hour at The Front Page
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For the date that loves cheap beer, a rowdy time, and isn't afraid to shoulder their way to the front of the bar, there's no better place than Happy Hour at The Front Page, smack dab in the middle of the bustling Dupont Circle. When the clock strikes five, the $2 drinks begin to flow as Front Page turns into a lively blend of students, staffers, and tourists looking to unwind. Come here on a Thursday when the half-off appetizers and cheap drinks run all night, and where live DJs and dancing take over the front of the bar. When you're ready for some privacy with your date, head towards the back where cozy, high-back rustic booths provide a calm respite from this bustling bar and are a great way to get up close and personal under a backdrop of framed wall hangings highlighting newspapers from the 1800s. With its prime location in Dupont Circle, the patio is great for people watching and to unwind on a warm, breezy night. And if she says she's cold, she's asking for your arm, not your jacket.

P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge
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For those seeking to impress their date with a more elegant and intimate scene, grab your sport coat or your little black dress and head to the P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge. Located on top of the W hotel on 15th Street near the White House, this trendy and hip rooftop spot sets a glamorous tone to any first date. Start off at the open-air terrace and chill on the black wicker lounge chairs as you and your date enjoy the breathtaking sunset against the Capitol Hill skyline. As the DJ kicks up the music and the dance floor heats up, head inside to the bar and find a spot next to the political elite. The bartenders here are expert mixologists, even sculpting ice for different types of cocktails. For extra date points, ask the bartender to sculpt some heart-shaped cubes for you and your date's drinks -- you're welcome.

Marvin
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If you're looking for things to do in D.C. that are a little different and sure to have your date telling their friends about it afterwards, head over to Marvin, a soul-food inspired bistro in the heart of the bustling U-street corridor. Marvin is dedicated to music and native D.C.-legend Marvin Gaye, and you can be sure to find the best chicken and waffles in the city here. On a Saturday night, escape the crowded street and cozy up in one of the side booths illuminated by soft candlelight. It's guaranteed that the sensual funk, soul, and R&B music gently beating through the restaurant air will get you and your date's hearts racing. And let's be honest, if the love-making jams of Marvin Gaye aren't setting the mood, then this date wasn't going to work out in the first place.

The D.C. Improv
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They say there's no aphrodisiac like laughter, so for those looking for a laugh there is no better date activity than seeing a comedy show at the world famous D.C. Improv. On any given night this comedy club attracts major comedians like Dave Chappelle, Jim Gaffigan, and Ellen DeGeneres, along with a bevy of local talent. Its location, in close proximity to Dupont Circle, puts you close enough to the nightlife necessary to keep your date going strong before and after a show. The main event happens in the basement, but shows sell out quickly, so this is one first date that you'll want to plan in advance.

H Street Country Club
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Even if you've fallen behind on the latest in music and fashion, take your date down H Street and they might just be convinced that you're as hip as the neighborhood surrounding you. The H Street Country Club is in the heart of this revived historic corridor, surrounded by a slew of trendy restaurants, pubs, and theaters that are perfect for first date dalliances. Unlike some clubs in D.C., there is no membership fee here. Instead, this club is more like a playground for adults, offering all sorts of activities in a restaurant/bar atmosphere perfect for a first date. Drink one of their award-winning margaritas at the sleek, red-plaid bar, then dive into a delicious Mexican-inspired plate at one of their modern, cafeteria style tables. After you've filled up on food and booze, play a round in D.C.'s only indoor mini-golf course, with quirky holes such as a Washington Monument replica, zombie politicians, and scaled-down row houses. Other activities in the bar include Skeeball, Xbox Kinect, and a number of first-come first-serve table games. A date at the H Street Country Club will be sure to bring out the hipster in both of you.

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Creative date ideas in Los Angeles

Tired of spending your Saturday nights cuddled on the couch, watching another episode of House Hunters? Has the spark dwindled between you and your loved one because you have run out of creative date ideas in Los Angeles? Grab your significant other and head out to the fun-filled streets of LA. With these unconventional and unique date ideas, you can re-ignite that flame and take your love life from ho-hum to “Ooh, yum!”

1. Everyone can take their lover wine tasting, but it takes a truly buzz-worthy date to take you honey tasting. Honey Love in LA is an organization of urban beekeepers. They have frequent events such as honey tasting or a Yellow Tie fundraising gala. If you and your partner are passionate about bees and honey, you can even spend your weekends volunteering with Honey Love. Spending time at Honey Love will make you love your honey even more.

2. Nothing gets your adrenaline pumping like shooting a rifle. When you partake in risky and dangerous activities, your excitement releases endorphins which contribute to feelings of euphoria. Shooting guns can also relieve stress and may make you feel more connected to your partner by doing a new and heart-pumping activity together. You can practice shooting your targets at many ranges in the Los Angeles area such as the Los Angeles Gun Club.

3. Craft breweries are popping up all over Los Angeles. Luckily, many of them offer brewery tours and tasting rooms so can you get a first-hand glimpse at the intricate work it takes to bring your favorite brew to your pitcher. Golden Road Brewing and Angel City Brewing both offer brewery tours while Monkish Brewing Co. and Strand Brewing Co. have tasting rooms which allow guests to tour the brewery as well as sample the beers.

4. A new form of marathon running, a color dash or color run, paints runners in colors as they complete each kilometer of the journey. The American Heart Associate holds a fundraising marathon called Color Dash to End Stroke. The Color Run is another marathon which hosts runs all over the country. Other variations include a mud run, beer run, and splash dash. To learn more about upcoming themed marathons, sprint over to the LA Races site. These unique marathons make it easier than ever to raise awareness and support a cause you care about all while having fun.

5. The literary culture in LA is booming with events and readings on a daily basis. For centuries, poetry has been associated with romance, so you can score a few extra points by taking your date to a poetry reading. Red Hen Press, a non-profit literary organization in Los Angeles, hosts weekly events all over LA. If you are in the mood for some soul-comforting literature, but do not know where to search, head over to your local bookstore such as the Last Bookstore or Book Soup for a list of upcoming readings.

Whether you choose to get active in a different way or seek to satisfy your sweet tooth, trying new activities together in your city will make you and your sweetheart connect on a deeper level. And if you take your first or second date to any of these creative spots, you can be sure that they will keep coming back for more.

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Date Night Ideas: Tweeters Share Their Best #DateNightIdeas For Married Couples

Just because you're married doesn't mean your dating days are over.

An online dating website, HowAboutWe, is hoping to help committed couples date again. The site, which typically invites singles to pitch date ideas online, is rolling out a new dating portal focused on those who are already in relationships.

"We want to build a product that helps people find and then sustain love -- and I think that the sustaining love part is harder," Brian Schechter, one of the co-founders of the website, told The New York Times.

So what are some creative date night ideas? We turned to the Twitterverse to find out. From sex to people-watching, here's what you had to say:

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