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June 23, 2019
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When you first start dating, a nice meal and a few drinks is all it really takes. But after a while passes and you get more comfortable, it can be fun to add a little “spark” back into date night. Instead of the same-old same-old, creative date ideas are definitely in order. Here are our top picks to keep you busy. 


1. PLAN A PICNIC 
Whether you’re heading to a park or even just your backyard or fire escape, put down a blanket, get a spread of yummy snacks, a bottle of wine, and you’ve got yourself a lovely, low-cost date. You can also contact Dial-a-picnic to arrange everything for you.  

2. GO BIRDWATCHING 
Sometimes the most romantic activities involve being outdoors together. Visit the Bird & Wildlife Park in Johannesburg and experience the wonder of the Montecasino Bird Gardens. In their wildlife and bird park you can wander along enchanted walkways within magnificent gardens and marvel at a variety of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world. This is great family entertainment. You'll find over 60 species of birds including Scarlet Ibises, and Nicobar pigeons, reptiles and small mammals, with smaller antelope wandering freely in the undergrowth.  

3. TAKE A BREWERY TOUR 
Learn something and get beer in the process? This is pretty much a foolproof date. To find a tours, start by calling a microbrewery near you and go from there. SAB World of Beer explores the ancient origins of beer, offers insights into its South African story and explains the brewing process. It is essential for anyone curious about beer's past, present and future. 

4. SWEAT TOGETHER 
Take a spin class, a rowing class, SWEAT 1000 class or one of the myriad of trendy boutique workout classes that have popped up just about everywhere in recent years. Couples that sweat together, stay together. Make it your goal to finish at least one running or cycling race per year. It is great fun. You can also look out for yoga retreats if that is more your thing. Visit Yoom Wellness -  SA's trusted wellness destination, retreat & activity portal. Inspiring a culture of wellness & connectedness! 

5. DO SOMETHING ADVENTUROUS 
We would definitely recommend Acrobranch nationwide or Adventure Zone in Cullinan. They are just 30 minutes from Pretoria. Adventure Zone is home to some of the best adrenaline pumping activities in Gauteng! They offer couples and families a wide range of activities to be enjoyed as a fun adventure.  

6. BOOK A PAINT NITE 
Mixing paint and cocktails for a picture perfect date night on the town, and inspiring individuals to #DrinkCreatively. Visit www.yaymaker.com for more information. 

7. PLAY CHEF WITH READY TO CHEF FROM CHECKERS 
Ready to Chef was developed by chefs, each meal kit consists of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and a step-by-step recipe card with a QR code to a how-to video. With Checkers’ Ready to Chef meal kits, even time-pressed couples and families can now cook delicious, effort-free dinners at home. Get more information here

The Ready to Chef meal kits are priced between R119.99 and R199.99 per meal for two people, offering excellent value. They are also perfectly portioned so there is no food waste. Four different recipes, including a vegetarian option, will be available in stores each week. There are a total of 16 meal kits in the Ready to Chef range.

8. HEAD OF TO A MINI ROAD TRIP 
Pick a destination about an hour from where you live, it could be anything from a flea market to a restaurant off the beaten path and just drive. We have over 5000 getaways to choose from here

9. MEET FOR DRINKS AT A LOCAL LANDMARK
Head to a local landmark and admire the view, while creating your own movie worthy moment. Here is a list of the most famous landmarks in South Africa. 

Try this fabulous & healthy #AlmostZero alcohol-free #cocktail for #datenight at home!
You will need: 
450ml Almost Zero 
2 Apples 
32 Cubes of Ice Mint-leaves to Taste 
5cm Piece of Ginger

Blend ingredients together and voila! (Enough for 5 people).

We just love Almost Zero...
• Less than 0.5% alcohol
• Banting Friendly (4.2 gram Carbs)
• 75% less kJ (71kJ/100ml)
• Perfect for non-drinkers & the health conscious.



10. GET DR. OETKER PIZZAS AND CREATE YOUR OWN EXTRA TOPPINGS 
Instead of just any dinner, get a few Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizzas, and don’t be afraid to go wild with the extra toppings. We recommend a bottle of Four Cousins or Original Cocktails with this. 

11. STARGAZE 
It’s a bit of a cliché, but completely romantic. Who could resist a date that involves stargazing? To get started get The Sky Guide so you actually know what you are looking at. We are truly blessed throughout large parts of South Africa to enjoy gorgeous, unimpeded views of the celestial bodies that dot the African night sky. This is thanks to the fact that vast stretches of our country don’t suffer from the light-pollution that plagues metropolitan areas and obscures views of the stars. Here are our top picks among the many astonishing stargazing destinations in South Africa to inspire your next romantic getaway. 

12. VOLUNTEER FOR A PARKRUN IN YOUR AREA 
Become a parkrun volunteer. Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. All their events are free and organised by volunteers. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and everyone can take part; from walkers or those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience. It is a fun date idea. You can register here. 

13. WORK ON A DIY PROJECT 
Look through Pinterest for a project, and then execute it together. We recommend workshop at Petite Rouge Vintage Paint in Ruimsig. They have workshops for couples. Contact them on Facebook for more information. You can also visit Builders Warehouse for DIY project ideas. From paint to power tools to garden and outdoor Builders Warehouse have tons of DIY projects and inspirational content to keep you and your partner creative. Check out all of their projects to get the job done - big or small.

14. GET A COUPLES MASSAGE 
A couples massage is one of the hottest treatments at luxury spas all over the world. What could be more romantic than lying side-by-side with your partner in the most relaxing environment? If a full body massage is not your cup of tea, try a soothing foot massage, where you will get your tootsies rubbed by a professional. Or, for an even more intimate couples goal, you can learn how to give each other a sexy tranquilizing massage. Visit our pamper and spoil category here for a list of our recommended spas here. 

15. LEARN TO DANCE 
Find a dance studio that offer sessions for first timers and couples. Looking to do something really special? Consider booking a private lesson to start.

16. GO CAMPING 
Borrow equipment from a friend if you don’t have your own, make s’mores over an open fire, and completely unplug from technology. You can even do this in your backyard. Visit Country Life Magazine for list of camping sites or our getaways category here

17. SHOP FOR EACH OTHER 
Head to a thrift store, set a budget, and pick out outfits for each other! Top Thrift Shops In Pretoria available here

18. KISS, KISS, KISS 
Not for a first date, but if you’re a more seasoned pair, try mastering these 36 kisses: French Kiss, Sniff Kiss, Nip Kiss, Eskimo Kiss, Butterfly Kiss, Basic Kiss, Spiderman Kiss, Flavored Kiss, Vacuum Kiss, Fish Kiss, Tease Kiss, Candy Kiss, Ice Kiss, Firm Kiss, From Behind Kiss, Slow Motion Kiss, Opposite Kiss, Downward Kiss, Tickle Kiss, No Lips Kiss, Blow Kiss, Woodpecker Kiss, Lady and the Tramp Kiss, Shocking Kiss, High Low Kiss, Kiss on the Hand, Kiss on the Cheek, Kiss on the Neck, Kiss on the Fingers, Kiss on the Shoulder, Kiss on the Ear, Kiss on the Back, Kiss on the Navel, Kiss on the Nose, Kiss on the Eyes, Kiss on the Forehead. Not sure what they all mean? Just have fun with it.

Try the Labello Raspberry Rosé Lip Butter for the sweetest, most kissable kisses! Labello offers a wide range of lip care products. With a lip care product for every occasion or need, nothing can hold you back from what you love... Visit them on Facebook. 

19. RECREATE THE FIRST DATE YOU EVER HAD TOGETHER 
If you went to a movie, rent the same movie. If you went out for dinner, go back to the same restaurant or make the dish that you ate at home.


20. TAKE A RIDE ON A FERRIS WHEEL OR THE GIANT WHEEL IN CAPE TOWN 
Countless romantic comedies feature couples falling in love at the top of the Ferris wheel in Cape Town, and with good reason. Plus, there is something so nostalgic and wonderful about heading to a local fair or amusement park on a date. Experience magnificent views of Johannesburg from The Giant wheel at Gold Reef City. Remember to take your camera…if you are not afraid of heights. You can also enjoy more major rides at Gold Reef City like the Lazy Boats, Log Ride, Mermaid, 4D Theatre, Tornado, Vintage Cars & Wave Swing. 

Click here to get a list of our personal recommendations for date night. 

21. SLIP AWAY FOR ONE NIGHT DURING THE WEEK 
Book a romantic getaway during the week. We have over 5000 getaways listed here6 Reasons why couples should take time out for romantic getaways

22. RENT YOUR DREAM CAR 
Take your partner and your dream car you’ve rented on a weekend adventure, even if it’s just driving and exploring.

23. GO TO A FANCY BAR AND DRESS UP 
Get dressed up, go to a fancy bar (hotel bars are an easy choice), and try something off the exotic cocktails list.

24. HEAD TO THE FARM AND GO BERRY PICKING 
Berry picking is a fun activity, and also one that allows for a lot of talking and getting to know each other time.

25. RENT A SCOOT DOCTOR AND GO FOR A RIDE 
Sightseeing on the back of a scooter can be pretty romantic. The real way to live the quintessential Cape Town experience! Breathe in the fresh air and park exactly where you want to, whether it’s at the beach, driving with freedom through Cape Point Nature Reserve or exploring the inner city. See list of scenic routes here.

26. GO TO A BARNYARD THEATRE SHOW  
Find a Barnyard Theatre in your area, dress-up, and get into it. Visit their website here. All Barnyard Theatres have a fully stocked bar, coffee & snack bar and in-house pizza deli that have become synonymous with the Barnyard experience. Other food options such as platters, gourmet meals and buffets are available at participating Barnyard Theatres. Pre-order food & selected beverages prior to the show for added value. 

27. HOST YOUR OWN WALKING TOUR 
Take your date on a walking tour of the neighbourhood where you grew up showing off your elementary school and local haunts along the way.

28. GO FOR A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE 
A classic date that is hard for anyone to resist.

29. EAT A DESSERT-ONLY DINNER 
Skip to the good stuff, and by good stuff, we mean dessert, ordering a sampling of what’s on the menu.

30. BAKE SOMETHING TOGETHER
Or cupcakes, or brownies, or cookies! Any activity that also involves eating makes for a great date. See recipe below. 

The 5cent Cookie recipe
INGREDIENTS
185g butter
1 cup castor sugar
1½ tsp Moir’s vanilla essence
2½ cups flour
1 egg
1 egg yolk
Peanut butter to spread
Safari chopped sprinkle nuts

METHOD
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
In a food processor mix the butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
Add the flour, egg and egg yolk and process until the mixture forms a soft dough.
Take the dough out the processor and knead slightly bringing it together in a ball.
Then wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface or between 2 sheets of baking paper until about ½cm / 5mm thick.
Cut the dough into approximately 7cm rounds.
Place the dough rounds on a baking sheet that has been lined with baking paper or silicone baking sheets.
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until golden brown
Remove the biscuits carefully from the baking tray and allow them to cool on a wire cooling rack as they have a tendency to carry over on cooking and could turn too brown once removed from the oven.
When cooled – spread a dollop of peanut butter over the middle of the biscuit allowing about a 1cm edge.
Sprinkle over the chopped nuts and serve.

TIP: Alternatively decorate with dusted icing sugar or any colourful icing. Source: Moir's

31. HAVE A GAME NIGHT 
Get out your favorite old-time board game (Clue, Monopoly, you name it), and have an old-fashioned game night date. See more results here for a list of game boards. 

32. HAVE A ELEPHANT SPA AT ADVENTURES WITH ELEPHANTS  
Adventures with Elephants offers up-close and personal encounters with elephants that are conducted with the utmost respect for these magnificent creatures. Learn about the African continent's gentle giants, their intelligence, bodies and behaviour and leave moved and humbled to become a lifetime ambassador for holistic wildlife conservation.  

More than just a touch & feel experience, Adventures with Elephants offers educational interactions, safaris, swims and tailor-made activities as a part of their responsible tourism operation. Visit their website today


33. GO FOR A HIKE IN THE MOUNTAINS 
Be one with nature on your next date, taking a hike at your favorite nature preserve or hiking path. The more picturesque the spot you choose, the better.

34. PLAY TOURIST 
Decide to play tourist for the day in your hometown, going everywhere from the museum, to the major landmark, to the most famous restaurant in town.

35. WAKE UP VERY EARLY AND WATCH THE SUNRISE TOGETHER  
Not all great dates are at night. Get up early, curl up together, and watch the sunrise.

36. HAVE A CASUAL BOWLING COMPETITION  
Dust off those bowling shoes, and have a friendly bowling competition slash date. Visit The Fun Company for a list of arcades. Every few weeks, The Fun Company offers learn to bowl classes, which won't only teach you the best in bowling techniques, but will cover all aspects of bowling including what size ball is correct for you, the best stance for your bowling and many more tips and tricks! Their fun-believable team will have you rocking the lanes in no time and scoring strike after strike (once you've practised a little!). Contact your nearest store today and find out when you can sign up! 

37. HOST A DECADENT BRUNCH 
Go all out for brunch making everything from French toast with flambéd bananas to mimosas.

38. BINGE WATCH A NETFLIX SHOW OR YOUTUBE CHANNEL 
Pick a show on Netflix or Showmax that neither of you have seen, and watch a few more episodes than you probably should or choose a YouTube channel e.g. 60minutes Australia or previous Idols auditions - it's great fun. 

39. CREATE YOUR OWN WINE TASTING 
You don’t have to go somewhere fancy to do a wine tasting as a date, you can do it at home. Ask for recommendations of some bottles to try at your favorite local wine store, and go from there. Join The Wine Hub to stay in the know. Not only will you have exclusive access to news from the farm, but also to competitions, specials, and promotions.

40. HEAD TO THE NEAREST DRIVE-IN 
Take some inspiration from Grease and seek out a drive-in (it sure will beat that traditional movie date). Get some popcorn, lean back in your car, and enjoy. 6 Best drive-in cinemas and outdoor film fests in SA available here

41. HAVE A FIVE COURSE DINNER AT DIFFERENT RESTAURANTS 
Instead of going to one restaurant, pick a bunch of different restaurants to enjoy various courses of your dinner date at. 

42. PLAY TRUTH OR DARE
Not just for seventh grade parties, an evening of truth or dare makes for a great get-to-know-you date.

43. GO EXPLORING WITH YOUR CAMERAS
Take a camera, and head to a neighbourhood you don’t know well, and start exploring, snapping photos along the way.

44. TRY ICE SKATING 
You don’t have to be an Olympian to have fun on an ice skating date. Finish off the date with hot chocolate.

45. VISIT THE BEACH 
Head to the beach for a day of laying out in the sun, relaxation, and getting to know someone.

46. DO SOMETHING NEITHER OF YOU HAVE DONE BEFORE 
Sometimes the best dates involve doing something that neither of you have done before e.g. taking a pottery class, flying in a helicopter, or even just trying a new restaurant.

47. ORDER A DATE NIGHT BOX IN ADVANCE 
Date Factory's monthly and once-off date night boxes are as spicy as you want to make them. They try and cater for as many different tastes as possible, but these date nights are more about connecting with your partner and having a lot of fun and laughs.

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