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Happy, healthy relationships require lots of love, time, and dedication. However, many couples struggle to prioritize meaningful time together, and, in turn, fail to keep that spark alive. If that sounds like your relationship—or something you hope to prevent—you and your partner could benefit from having a fun and creative date night. Step outside of your comfort zone and make these three places into successful date destinations:

1) The Great Xcape

The stereotypical date night is dinner and a movie—while this can be romantic and enjoyable, it’s important you spice up your relationship every now and then. So, consider planning a trip to The Great Xcape: an exciting, family-owned escape room establishment. All you have to do is book the room of your choice one hour in advance and then show up for your adventure. You might choose to experience “Aunt Edna’s Condo,” in which you’re tasked with finding your old Aunt Edna’s inheritance hidden carefully in her condo; or you may prefer to give “Shipwrecked” a go, in which you must steal an intimidating pirate’s treasure. In either case, you can’t go wrong; all five rooms will provide you with fun and excitement. Furthermore, you’ll strengthen your bond and improve your communication with your partner.

2) Sky Zone

Another creative date idea, sure to introduce excitement back into your relationship, is Sky Zone! Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park that offers a variety of fun activities for you and your partner to enjoy together including freestyle jumping, ultimate dodgeball, and “skyball”—and that’s just the day-time fun. After dark, the trampoline park transforms into a jumping dance club with lasers, music, and blacklight. Furthermore, Sky Zone also offers “Toddler Time,” in which you can bring your kids to share in the fun, as well as “Skyfit,” which you and your partner can enjoy together if you’re up for an intense trampoline workout. Regardless of the route you choose, the two of you will certainly spend some fun, dynamic time together here at Sky Zone—and every relationship could use some extra excitement.

3) Muse Paintbar

If you’re looking to rekindle that flame in your relationship, but you’re in the mood for a more relaxed (yet fun) outing, visit Muse Paintbar in Gainesville, VA. Driving a few extra miles to get to your destination will pay off, as this is the perfect place to spend some quality, romantic time together. If you’ve never been on a “Wine and Design” date before, the gist is that you get to paint, drink, and eat all at the same time! A teacher instructs the class to paint that day’s design—such as a picturesque mountain scene, a picture of the Eiffel tower, or perhaps a portrait of your dog—and participants are served food and drink while they give the painting a go. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a modern-day Picasso to enjoy this experience. Just let loose with your partner with a glass of wine or a beer and create a piece of art that will remind you of this awesome date for many months, years to come.

Another great way to keep your relationship alive is meeting with a couples counselor. These mental health professionals aren’t only here to help couples through difficult times, but to help couples prevent issues in the future and maintain a healthy, happy relationship. Seek couples counseling today, as well as individual counseling or life coaching at Thriveworks in Manassas. We have a team of skilled and dedicated professionals who want to help you thrive. Make an appointment right now by calling us at (571) 589-3907 or visiting our website.

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is Senior Writer and Editor at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

Check out “Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book” written by AJ Centore and Taylor Bennett."

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