Date Ideas

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We’ve divided all of the date ideas into categories based on the verb that the date is based on, (attend, eat, play, etc.) so take a browse and find an idea for your next date!

Attend


See a student recital at the Madsen Recital Hall

In the evenings the School of Music holds student and faculty recitals including solos, small ensembles and chamber music. Often the recitals are in the Madsen Recital Hall in the HFAC. At noon, other small groups perform in the main gallery space of the HFAC

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Go to a BYU's Men's Chorus concert

Go so see the largest collegiate men’s choir in America.

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See a show at the Nelke Experimental Theatre

The Nelke Experimental Theatre is designed for playwrights and directors to create new theatre experiences. A performance here would be unforgetable.

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Go to Open Mic Night at the Wall

Play an instrument or like to sing? The Wall provides an open stage every Tuesday night.

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Go to a rodeo

There are many rodeos in the Utah Valley that are fun to attend.

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See a student show at the HFAC

New shows are constantly being displayed at the HFAC. Enjoy the artwork on all three floors and find your inner art critic.

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Go to a BYU football game

Show her that your blood bleeds blue, and root for your team.

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Schedule a live animal show

Courtesy of the L. Bean Museum, you can schedule a live animal show for $35. But plan ahead, because an event requires scheduling two weeks in advance.

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Go to a BYU basketball game

Cheer on your cougars!

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See the Utah Symphony

Get tickets to a memorable performance. Concert venues include Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake, Deer Valley and the de Jong Concert Hall.

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Go to a city council meeting

Be informed about what’s happening in your neighborhood.

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Go to the Utah Valley Renaissance Faire

Located at Thanksgiving Point, the Renaissance Faire is held Sept 27 and 28. Tickets can be purchased online.

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Go to a concert at Muse or Velour

Downtown Provo has a great concert scene. Venues like Muse and Velour have concerts throughout the week for reasonable prices ($3 to $7).

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See a Vocal Point performance

Enjoy a evening of a capella music.

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Attend Divine Comedy

Take a lovely lady to Divine Comedy. Tickets are $5 each. For an even cheaper date, go to a Divine Comedy tech show. It’s free!

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See a show at Comedy Sports

Take part in this interactive improv experience. Tickets are $8 online or $10 at the door.

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See a concert at the Ragan Theater

Get tickets to a concert from UVU’s Sorensen Student Center. Find more information online.

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Eat


Have a picnic in your apartment

Set up a picnic on the floor in your apartment. This is a great idea for a rainy day.

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Have a barbecue for two

Grill chicken or burgers outside and enjoy a sunny day in the spring or summer.

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Make breakfast

No need to go out to eat, and no need to do dinner. Try breakfast. Make pancakes or crepes, and enjoy an early meal together.

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Have a chocolate tasting night

Sample a variety of rich, creamy chocolates. The BYU bookstore has a good variety.

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Cook with a dutch oven

Find a dutch oven (available for rent at BYU Outdoors) and enjoy meat, potatoes or even apple crisp.

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Have a fancy fast food night

Set up a tablecloth and candles and eat your favorite fast food as if you were at a five-star restaraunt.

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Cook your favorite childhood recipes

Share meals from your childhood that remind you both of what it was like to be a kid.

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Cuddle by a fireplace with hot chocolate

This is perfect for a snowy day.

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Make fondue

Have a fondue night and make cheese fondue to dip bread and apples. For dessert, make chocolate fondue and dip strawberries and bananas.

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Visit Hatch's Chocolates

This chocolate shop located in Salt Lake City has many handmade chocolates and a famous Hatch’s hot chocolate that is made using a blend of melted solid chocolate.

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Roast marshmallows

Make a fire in an approved location in Provo Canyon, at a city park, or roast marshmallows over your stove.

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Cook mission food

Show her a piece of your mission’s culture. If she served a mission, make a course that is from where she served.

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Plan a potluck picnic

Have every couple bring something to a group date.

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Have a picnic on the roof

Add a twist to your typical picnic.

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Have dinner on a median/roundabout

Set up a table and have a nice dinner in the middle of the street.

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Make chocolate-covered strawberries

This rich dessert is a romantic finish to an ejoyable evening.

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Make taffy or honey candy

Enjoy making as well as eating this sweet treat.

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Make a tinfoil dinner

Pretend you’re camping and make tinfoil dinners.

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Cook and bake in your kitchen

Instead of going out to eat, find some good recipes and make dinner and dessert together.

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Plan a progressive dinner

Get three or four couples together and jump from apartment to apartment for each course of the meal.

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Have a picnic in Provo Canyon

Don’t forget a blanket and picnic basket!

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Host a tea party

Make sandwiches and fruit punch. Dress up and enjoy a sophisticated brunch.

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Excercise


Hike Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is a short scenic hike, and it makes for an enjoyable day date.

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Go ice skating

Ice skating is the perfect excuse to accidently grab her hand as you lose balance on the ice. Or become her hero when you save her from a fall.

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Go rockclimbing

The Quarry is a popular indoor rockclimbing facility in Provo. Just the two of you can go, or you can bring a group.

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Ski

Get cheap rates for rentals at BYU Outdoors.

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Hike at sunrise

Get up early and hike to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise from an incredible view.

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Hike the Y

Hiking the Y is a BYU tradition. Make sure to wear good shoes and bring water.

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Train for a run together

Sign up for a race that is coming up, and train together. Working towards a goal together will make your relationship stronger. Find local races online.

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Try Zumba

Combine exercise and dancing and have a blast.

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Play tennis

The perfect sport for men and women.

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Rent a tandem bike

Go for a ride with your sweetheart. Rent one from BYU Outdoors for $7 per hour or $25 for the day.

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Go for a bike ride

Even pack a picnic for when you reach your destination. Bikes are available at BYU Outdoors.

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Go kayaking

Rent kayaks in Provo and spend a day on the water.

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Explore


Go through a corn maze

Try the 12-acre corn maze at Cornbelly’s, located at Thanksgiving Point.

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Go to the lake

As the sun sets each night, the lake turns into a romantic getaway.

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Play the alphabet game at the MOA

Look for objects that start with each letter of the alphabet.

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Go to an art walk

Galleries in downtown Provo are open late every first Friday of the month for the Downtown Provo Art Stroll.

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See the Christmas lights on Temple Square

During the Christmas season, drive to Salt Lake City and enjoy the lights while walking around Temple Square.

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Go to the hot springs

Go at a cool time of the year or at night during the summer.

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Go to the farmers market

The Provo Farmers Market is full of fresh foods and crafts. It is open through October from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at Pioneer Park. The LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. or dusk (whichever is earlier) in the south stadium parking lot, Thursdays from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31.

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Go-kart

Race to the finish and see who is faster behind the wheel.

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Ride the Heber Creeper

Go on a scenic train ride. Themed rides are offered for certain holidays. Tickets can be purchased online.

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Take a walk

Take a stroll through Provo and visit your favorite parks and ponds.

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Drive the Alpine Loop

Check out the scenic Uinta National Forest on this 20 mile loop.

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Drive around town looking at Christmas lights

Get into the Christmas spirit.

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Go geocaching

Grab a GPS and seek out various locations.

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Go horseback riding

Become a cowboy and cowgirl for the day. High Country Adventure offers online registration for rides in Provo. There are also other horseback riding services in the Utah Valley area.

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Take a mini road trip

A short road trip to nowhere creates the perfect atmosphere for spending time and talking with your significant other. And who knows what you’ll discover in the outskirts of Utah.

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Do a ropes course

Try the CLAS Ropes Course in Provo.

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Zipline

Fly over the Wasatch Mountains near Provo River.

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Learn


Go to a local bookstore to read and drink hot chocolate

Take a trip to Barnes & Noble, and search for some interesting finds.

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Have a culture-themed night

Pick a culture and play its music, eat its food, and do an activity that is popular in that culture.

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Learn photoshop at the HBLL

Basic photography skills will be useful for the rest of your life.

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Share mission pictures

Learn about each other’s best two years.

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Take BYU's compatibility test

For $20/person, learn what kind of person is most compatible with you

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Play Twenty Questions.

Write a list of 20 questions to ask each other. Share your answers afterward.

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Read children's books at the HBLL

Pick out your favorites from childhood and read them together.

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Learn vehicle maintenance

Change the oil in your cars, or change a tire, or jump start the engine, or try all three.

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Make


Make a blog together

There are plenty of free services such as Blogger or Tumblr.

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Sketch out a blueprint of your dream house

Discover each other’s amibitions and show off your drafting skills.

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Make boats and race them

Build boats out of paper or popsicle sticks. Go to the stream by Heritage Halls and watch the boats float or flop.

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Write a bucket list

Share your lifelong goals and ambitions with your date.

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Make cards for each other and then send them in the mail.

Draw pictures and get creative.

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Go on a color-themed date

For example, wear orange, eat orange, play orange games.

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Make a movie

Check out a camera and tripod at the Multimedia Lab. Even try making a music video or a stop-motion film using a series of pictures.

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Decorate a Christmas tree

Decorate a christmas tree together. It can even be a tree outside. Your decorations could be homemade, or you could buy cheap ones from the dollar store.

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Make a fort

Make a fort in your apartment with blankets and chairs. Then eat dinner or watch a movie inside it.

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Make paper airplanes

See who builds the most sound aircraft.

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Make a paper lantern

Make floating lanterns like the ones in Disney’s “Tangled,” and let them go over the lake.

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Spell your names in photography

Pose in the shapes of different letters, or look for letters in objects on the street. For example, a light post could be an “r.”

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Have a photoshoot

Gather props and take cute pictures together. Find a Polaroid camera for an old school twist.

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Go on Pinterest and find a DIY Project

Find a craft that you both will enjoy.

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Write cheesy poems for each other

See what sappy rhymes you can conjure.

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Paint pottery

Go to Color Me Mine. Paint pottery and then exchange your creations.

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Make sandcastles

Build them at a volleyball court on campus.

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Play with newspaper

Build towers or make clothes.

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Design something out of post-it notes

Using post-it notes, make pictures and patterns to display in your window or on your wall.

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Carve pumpkins

Carve a jack-o-lantern together and see what silly or scary face you can come up with. Try carving watermelons when pumpkins aren’t in season.

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Scrapbook

Share the memories you both love. Try using Shutterfly.

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Build snowmen

Have fun in the snow.

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Draw with sidewalk chalk

During mild months, draw pictures with chalk on the sidewalk together. When the weather isn’t so pleasant, go the The Wall or The Awful Waffle and draw on their chalkboard walls.

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Cup fence design

Using plastic cups, design a picture or message in a fence.

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Dye easter eggs

Pick up a kit at Smith’s or make your own dye.

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Have a homemade gift exchange

See what you can make without spending any money.

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Build gingerbread houses

Use graham crackers instead of gingerbread for a cheaper and more easily accessible option.

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Cut up a newspaper and make a story

Say something about your date using only the words you find in the paper.

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Perform


Go Christmas caroling

Sing your favorite Christmas songs.

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Dance in your living room

If you know how to swing dance or cha cha, make a playlist and dance together in your living room.

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Learn another culture's dance

Explore new parts of the world through dance.

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Record a song at the HBLL sound booth

Visit the Media Center at the 4th floor and try out the equipment.

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Perform karaoke at the Wall

Every Wednesday night is karaoke at the Wall.

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Go country line dancing

Grab a cowboy hat and head to The Center in Provo.

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Play


Play four-square

This classic game will bring back old memories.

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Have a snowball fight

See each other’s competitive edge. This would also be fun as a group date. Team up with your date, or have a battle of the sexes. Just don’t do it on campus.

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Have a water gun war

Fill up your squirt guns and prepare for war.

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Fly a kite

When the weather is nice, and the wind steady, go to one of the many parks in Provo and fly a kite.

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Hit balls at the driving range

Take your date to a driving range. Show off your batting skills.

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Play chess

Play this intellectual game and prepare to claim “check mate.”

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Go fishing

Relax on a lake or river front.

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Play with Legos

Build castles and fortresses.

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Play Wii olympics

Compete with another couple in Wii Sports.

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Play in a playground

Enjoy the swings and slides that you still love.

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Plant a garden.

Watch it grow.

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Do a white elephant gift exchange

A white elephant gift exchange is a fun idea for a group date that will guarantee lots of laughs. Have everyone bring a wrapped gift, and cap the price at around $5.

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Go Bowling

There are quite a few bowling alleys within the Provo area. Either bowl a few quick games, or rent a lane for a while.

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Have a water balloon fight

Fill up balloons and prepare for battle.

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Skip rocks

Teach her your technique. Skip rocks in the dark by opening up glow sticks and pouring the liquid onto the rocks.

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Make a slip-n-slide

Grab a mat, hose and soap, and play in the summer sun.

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Play frisbee

Go to a park and throw a frisbee.

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Play laser tag

Laser Assault charges $8 per person for 30 minutes and $13 per person for 60 minutes. See who can take the other one down first!

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Play bocce ball

Also known as lawn bowling, bocce is a fun outdoor sport.

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Rent a puppy

Contact Puppies for Rent and rent a cuddly critter. It costs $15 for an hour.

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Play ping pong

See who has the best table tennis skills.

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Rake up leaves and jump in

All of the leaves are changing colors and falling from the trees in the fall. Rake up the leaves and jump in them. Turn it into service, and help someone living in a house with too many leaves and too little time or strength.

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Do a puzzle together

Buy a puzzle (Barnes & Noble has a good collection.), and finish it together in one night.

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Tube down the Provo River

Check to see safe areas beforehand.

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Go sledding

Borrow a sled from a friend and have fun sliding down hills and slopes.

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Play Sardines

Get a group of friends and play this reverse hide-and-go seek.

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Play Apples to Apples while eating apples

Add a quirky twist to a gaming favorite.

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Tube at Soldier Hollow

Slip and slide down the hills and have a fun and adventurous date. A two-hour session costs $20 per person.

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Play croquet

There are plenty of places on campus that are perfect for croquet. Find a grassy area and a croquet kit and have fun.

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Play at the Eyring Science Center

The lobby of the science center is interactive and educational.

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Serve


Bring "get well" balloons to the hospital

Leave them with the nurse for someone who is alone. No latex balloons allowed.

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Index names for FamilySearch

Get together with your laptops and index when the weather doesn’t permit an outdoor date.

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Leave friendly messages on cars

Write friendly notes and leave them on all of the cars in a parking lot.

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Heart attack someone

Cut out hearts from construction paper and write nice notes and messages. Tape them all over a friend’s door or car.

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Write nice notes

Write little notes of encouragement or support to friends and people you know. Leave them at their doors. They will be pleasantly surprised.

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Visit an old folks' home

Volunteer your time to help the elderly.

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Race to see who can scrape snow off the most car windshields down the street.

Loser buys winner hot chocolate.

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Shovel snow off sidewalks and driveways.

People will appreciate your random act of service.

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Take a senior citizen on a walk

Make a new friend while performing a service.

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Write letters to missionaries

Spend time writing letters to those either of you know who are serving missions. They will appreciate hearing from friends.

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Find a service activity through Y-serve

Show that you are charitable and service-oriented.

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Spend Saturday cleaning up outdoor spaces

You don’t have to work for BYU Grounds Crew to do yard work.

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Remove old ads on lamp posts

Clean up the town while getting to know your date.

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Make cards or treats for close friends

Surprise your friends by thinking of them while you are on your date.

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Send care packages to members of the military

Show your appreciation by sending treats to servicemen and women.

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Make cupcakes for someone and deliver them

Show off your baking skills and deliver cupcakes to someone else.

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Shop


Visit a pet store

Visit a pet store and play with the cats and dogs that are up for adoption.

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Go thrift shop hopping

Map out a few thrift shops around town and see what cool, vintage items you find.

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Scout out yard sales

Bring a few dollars to spend on a unique find.

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Cabela's

This huge store has everything: nice restaurants, fudge, and tons of outdoor equipment.

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Go to the mall and people watch

See what interesting people you can find as you peruse the mall.

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Go shopping and pick out outfits for each other

Both of you can branch out of your wardrobe comfort zone.

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Go to the dollar store

See what games and trinkets you can find to use that night.

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Visit the ethnic grocery store

Find something neither one of you has had and try to cook it.

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Go to IKEA

Play house with the room setups.

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