What does date night mean for you and your partner? Dinner and a movie? A night in with Netflix? You really can’t go wrong with either. However, there are so many other fun things to do and places to explore with your loved one. And putting in the little extra ounce of effort to plan exciting, new dates is always worth it. Try these 3 fun date ideas to spice up your relationship and keep your connection alive:

1) Play arcade games at Flipper McCoys.

Put a more relaxed spin on a night out with your loved one and visit Flipper McCoys. This arcade houses every game you could possibly want to play from Donkey Kong to Pac-Man, Mario Bros., air hockey, Skee-Ball, pool, pinball, and many more. Turn it into a healthy competition and keep the night interesting by making fun bets: winner gets to pick where you go for dinner; loser has to drive home. Or, save up all of your tickets and then pick out a corky prize for your loved one at the end of the night. Sure, it’s no diamond necklace or fancy watch, but they’ll appreciate the thought you put into it and think of this special night every time they look at their gift. So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Flipper McCoys with your partner for a night full of laughs, excitement, and fun.

2) Channel your inner artists at Muse Paintbar.

Another fun date idea for you and your partner is wining and designing at Muse Paintbar. Don’t worry, you don’t have to have any real artistic talents or abilities—just a positive attitude. While you’re here, you’ll get to sip on a nice glass of wine or refreshing beer, eat some delicious food, and give your go at transforming a blank canvas into beautiful artwork. You and your partner can compare progress, chit chat over your drinks, meet some new friends, and reap the benefits of immersing yourself in an artistic environment. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need any further convincing—Muse Paintbar is the perfect destination for a successful date night.

3) Take a dessert tour of Sugar Plum Bakery.

If you two like sweets, then the perfect date idea for you is taste-testing the many beautiful and (more importantly) delicious treats at Sugar Plum Bakery. This local bakery offers your sweet tooth a variety of desserts to choose from including pastries, pies, cupcakes, cookies, and donuts. There’s also an espresso bar and a few savory items on the menu to choose from like their sloppy joe hand pie, ham and cheddar quiche, and beloved everything pretzel bread. Just pick your poison and then enjoy with your loved one: a bite of fiesta chicken here, a piece of red velvet cake there. Bond over this yummy food and don’t be afraid to have some fun with it.

Relationships require a lot more than exciting date nights—they demand time, dedication, work, and care. If you and your partner could use some help figuring this whole dating thing out, consider meeting with a couples counselor at Thriveworks in Virginia Beach, VA. Our team of skilled mental health professionals is ready and eager to help you build a healthy relationship. Furthermore, we offer individual counseling and life coaching as well. Make an appointment to address any given issue with a counselor or coach by calling us at (757) 317-4315 or visiting our website.

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