Whether you’re on your first date or your 500th, doing the same old things can get rather, well, old.
Sometimes you need to get out of your comfort zone to spice things up. Nothing kinky, just some good old-fashioned fun. And it only gets tougher during the winter months. However, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves that don’t involve movies, Christmas shopping or skiing. If you’ve got a competitive spirit, a need for adventure or a desire to raise your heart rate up a bit, we got five great date ideas that are thrilling when it’s chilling.
See the City from a Different Point of View
Take your date out for a literal bird’s eye view of the Emerald City with Kenmore Air. The seaplane touring company recommends two great adventures perfect for winter. The Seattle Scenic Flight Tour is 20 minutes of excitement flying off the water of Lake Union and taking in views of the houseboats, the University of Washington campus and the downtown skyline. For more adventure, consider taking the 90-minute Volcano Tour. Taking off from Boeing Field, this tour flies around Mount Rainier (taking in views of the 25 glaciers) and Mount St. Helens (getting you up close and personal with the two-mile wide crater). Both are amazing on a clear and cold day and short enough that you can enjoy a hot toddy together afterwards.
Put Your Game Face On
Instead of dinner and a movie, give Mox Boarding House a try. It’s a great place to bring a new date because it’s more interactive and a natural conversation starter. First, pick out a board game to play in their huge library and enjoy a glass of wine or beer in the café. Mox has everything from simple card games to the most complex games out there. Try out that game you always wanted to try. After you’ve won a round or two, order dinner. Start out fancy with Pesto Caprese and Crackers or homestyle with warm Biscuits and Strawberry Jam. Then, may we suggest the Chicken Tinga And Rice Bowl, a simple Caesar Salad, a Steak Gyro or even a Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich? Or mix and match. However, be sure to save room for dessert and play another game. The temptations include the Caramel Apple Crumble, Chocolate Espresso Cake and the fun Root Beer Float. You can even rent private game rooms for group events.
Mox Boarding House
Seattle Location: 5105 Leary Ave. NW, Seattle, 98107
Bellevue Location: 13310 Bel-Red Rd., Bellevue, 98005
Become a Ninja for a Day
How many times have you watched American Ninja Warrior and thought, “I wonder if I could do that?” Now is your chance to find out! Sumner Ninja offers many of the same obstacles shown on the show including the Devil Steps, Salmon Ladder and the infamous Warped Wall. What we like about this place is their dedication to teamwork and that their training is catered to your skill level. There’s no pressure to try anything beyond your ability, you won’t be competing against anyone and you just might surprise yourself on what you are able to do! It’s a unique gym, but it also makes for a great date. We recommend taking the 60-minute $10 Trial Class to see if ninja training is right for you.
1627 45th St. E., Sumner, 98390
Be a Pinball Wizard
We can’t think of a better name for a pinball emporium than Flip Flip Ding Ding. The name says it all. Located in Georgetown, this arcade bar is for adults only, so you don’t have to worry about some snot-nosed kid shoving you out of the way. The focus here is good old-fashioned pinball but you’ll find a few favorite video games too. You’ll find games with themes that include Willy Wonka, Tron, Star Trek, The Twilight Zone and even Game of Thrones, all coin operated so be sure to bring a stack of bills for the cash machine. There’s a nice selection of beer, ciders and non-alcoholic beverage options as well a few snacks, but don’t expect to eat dinner here. And don’t expect a nice quiet night out either.
Flip Flip Ding Ding
6012 12th Ave. S., Seattle, 98108
Attend a Session of Laughter Therapy
For some, there is no bigger thrill than getting up on stage and performing. For others, the very thought of it sends shivers up their spine. If you are the latter, we encourage you to step out of your comfort zone a bit and take an improv class at CSZ Seattle (aka ComedySportz). Now while the Improv 101 class is ideal (you’ll learn all the basics and meet new friends) making a nine-week commitment might be tough. For a throw-caution-to-the-wind type of date (and cheap too!) we recommend the Wednesday Improv Jam. It is class open to everyone regardless of if you have no experience of have been doing improv your whole life. For just $10 you get two hours of play time with new people. If this is still too much for you, you can always attend one of the ComedySportz shows on the weekends. Either way, a fun time will be had by all.
3509 Fremont Ave. N. Seattle, 98103