Running out of things to do with your other half? This rousing list will take your dates from mind-numbing to mind-blowing.
Whether you’ve been together for a month or a decade, date night can sometimes feel a little stale if you always default to dinner and a movie. Here are some great date ideas that you’ll both love!
Dates For Nature Lovers
REACH FOR THE STARS
Go for a quiet walk together on a clear night, and spend time together gazing at the stars. Cliché as it may sound, few activities feel more romantic than stargazing while snuggling up in your husband’s strong arms. Alternatively, head over to the Science Centre Observatory on Friday nights between 7.45 to 10 pm, where basic astronomy talks are held every second Friday of the month. Admission is free but due to limited capacity at the main telescope, you’ll need to collect a Q card (given out from 7.30 pm at the registration counter, while cards last). Visit www.facebook. com/SCObservatory for more details.
SHARE A LOVE FOR ANIMALS
Do good and present your caring side at the same time. There’s nothing more purposeful than being able to make a difference to those in need of help – and doing it together bonds you at a deeper level. If you’re both animal lovers, volunteer your time at a local shelter like Causes for Animals Singapore (CAS). The CAS Adoption Centre is always in need of helping hands for daily care of the dogs and maintenance of the shelter grounds. Register your interest at causesforanimals.com.
DISCOVER LOST TRAILS
Head out for a hike and take tons of wefies – the beautiful views will also provide awesome backdrops for your Instagram posts! Pack some light snacks to share along the way as you spend alone time together immersed in nature. And if you’re up for some off-the-beaten track adventures, join an organised hike to explore the long-forgotten Keppel Hill Reservoir on April 21. Email chiefs@ ThreePlaygrounds.com to register your interest for this free hiking trip, or check out threeplaygrounds.com to discover other urban adventures.
HIT NEW HEIGHTS TOGETHER
Rock climbing is a great couple activity, because it requires the person climbing to have a partner belaying him or her on the ground (the belayer holds the rope as an added safety measure). Plus, the view of your hubby as he climbs up isn’t half bad! If you’re a newbie, visit the 1,000 sq m Climb Central (located in Kallang Wave Mall), as no certification is required to scale more than half of the 46 lanes provided. Thanks to an easy-to-use setup, you’ll be good to go after a 15-minute safety briefing. Admission is at $22 per adult for a day pass, or $32 per adult for first-timers (inclusive of equipment set rental).
ENJOY A COSY GAME NIGHT IN
Date night is all about deepening your relationship and intimacy, so heat things up with couple games like Lolly Vibes ($76.90, ebay.com) and The Discovery Game: For A Married Couple ($39, amazon.com), which help couples to reconnect by encouraging conversations, fun and romance naturally. If you’re in the mood to head straight down to business, try Strip Bedroom Blocks ($14.99, sextoys.sg). Remember: There are no losers on game night!
PUMP UP THE ACTION
The adrenaline from exercise and competitive games boosts attraction, so get your game on in the military-themed Battle Zone or the Mystery Room at Tag Team, located at East Coast Park or Downtown East. Walk-in rates are at $15 permission or $30 for three missions on Wednesdays and Thursdays, or $18 permission or $36 for three missions on Fridays, weekends and public holidays. Visit tagteaminc.sg for more details.
HEAD OUTDOORS FOR A MOVIE
Take your movie experience outdoors and onto the beautiful palm tree-lined shores of Tanjong Beach with Peroni Sunset Cinema 2018. Running from May 2 to 13, this open-air silent cinema event combines award-winning new movie releases, DJ-spun music pre- and postmovie, and delicious coastal cuisine by Tanjong Beach Club. Gates open at 5 pm, so arrive early to soak in the romantic sunset ambience while you sip on champagne with your beau. At $28.90 per ticket. Visit sunsetcinema.com.sg.
Dates To Thrill The Senses
TURN UP THE HEAT WITH COOKING CLASSES
If food is the language of love, then cooking is foreplay. Co-creating dishes and learning new culinary skills in the kitchen can be a sensuous experience, so whet his appetite and invite him to join you in the kitchen! Whip up Asian delights together, roll out handmade pasta and learn how to make tiramisu from scratch. Bonus: You won’t even have to clean up afterwards! Check out cooking schools like ToTT (tottstore.com) or Palate Sensations (palatesensations.com) for class listings.
RELIVE THE NOSTALGIA
Remember the days of big hair, large shoulder pads, and oversized jackets? Well for just one night in April, you can “Turn Back The Clock” with your significant other and sing along with British pop icon, Johnny Hates Jazz!
Performing at the MES Theatre on April 14 as part of their highly-anticipated 30th Anniversary Tour, the band will help you get your groove on for a night of nostalgic fun! Sing along to hits like Turn Back The Clock and Heart Of Gold. Tickets start from $98, at sistic.com.sg.
DINE IN THE DARK
Dining in pitch darkness – without the distraction of mobile phones – means heightened senses, as well as deeper and more intimate conversations as you savour dinner uninterrupted.
Plunge into a world of mystery as your taste buds are tantalised and taken on a culinary journey through smell, touch, sound, and taste. NOX – Dine in the Dark may be a novelty to many, but its concept is driven by a social purpose: To raise public awareness about the everyday challenges of visual impairment. Indulge in the 3-course Prix Fixe Dinner menu at $88++ per person, with wine or cocktail pairing options from $30++ to $50++ each. For details, visit noxdineinthedark.com.
Dates Worth The Splurge
INDULGE IN A SPA RETREAT
There’s nothing like a luxurious massage to knead away muscle aches and everyday stresses. Relive your honeymoon again with Ikeda Spa Prestige’s Ever After Honeymoon package, which gives you 210 mins of pure relaxation and pampering: Perfect for couples who want to unwind and reconnect. Indulge in a Red Rose Couple Onsen Bath, a body scrub of your choice, a Zen Candle Sakura Passion Massage, a Geisha Organic Facial, and a Japanese chado (tea ceremony) ritual – all in the privacy of your very own VIP Couple Suite. At $478+ per pax. Visit ikedaspa.com.
JAZZ THINGS UP
If you dig the smooth, sexy sounds of jazz, don’t miss the live performances by singers like Jamie Cullum, Lauryn Hill, Lalah Hathaway and Estelle, plus bands like Incognito & Friends, at the Singapore International Jazz Festival (SING JAZZ) from April 6 to 8. Having hosted many Grammy-Award winners, music legends, and ground-breaking acts, SING JAZZ is back for its fifth year at the Marina Bay Sands with an impressive line-up, featuring 30 hours of live music by 12 mega-acts. Make your jazz date extra special with the Main Stage VIP Lounge pass ($328 per pax for 1-day access), which includes free flow drinks at the bar and gourmet food. Visit sing-jazz.com/2018 for more details.
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