Keep things fun and fresh during your dates with these date ideas. The best part? Theyre all below $20!
1. Go Back To Your First Date
Remember where you went on your first date, or where you first fell in love? Retrace your steps and revisit the place where it all began.
(P.S. If your first date was at a fancy restaurant, you don’t actually have to eat there. Just order a dessert to share or have a drink each, to keep to your $20 budget!)
2. Visit A Library
When was the last time the two of you went to the library without your squalling kids in tow? Make a date at any of our excellent libraries, borrow some romantic literature (better yet, if they come with steamy scenes) and get into the mood, literal-ly.
3. Drive Around Singapore Together
With a car, you can easily visit places you don’t normally go to. Try a new neighbourhood and explore.
4. Cycle Around Singapore
If you already own a bike or a scooter, play explorer with your other half and go exploring with your other half.
5. Pack A Picnic
No money for a Michelin star experience? No problem. Stretch your dollar by buying top-notch food from Garcons at Essen At The Pinnacle, an atas food court. Garcons serves mod-European cuisine like French Duck Confit and Pan-fried Foie Gras, all under $20. Then stroll over to nearby Duxton Plains and enjoy a breezy picnic and soak in the charms of old Chinatown.
6. Make Origami Together
Or a scrapbook. The key word is ‘together’. Working on a mini project together, even if it’s just for a couple of hours, is great for bonding, plus you have a nice end-product to be proud of when you’re done.
7. Bake Or Cook Together
Or make any dessert you fancy. Get your hands dirty so the outcome will be so much sweeter. Now eat it in bed as you feed each other – or off each other. Try not to obsess about the crumbs on the bedsheet. You can always wash them.
8. Be A Tourist Together
Abandon the family car. Grab an MRT map, close your eyes and pick a station in a part of Singapore that you’re unfamiliar with. Now take the train – don’t forget to hold hands – and pretend to be broke youngsters during your early courting days. Explore a random, unfamiliar town and enjoy being tourists in your own land.
9. Go Fishing
Or prawning. An hour or two of chilling out with a fishing rod can be a great time to catch up, while (hopefully) catching your dinner.
10. Visit The Farmart Centre
Again, leave the kids at home. Check out all your favourite animals, share how you used to visit the Farmart Centre. And for once, take photos WITH each other, instead of OF each other (usually with the kids).
11. Go On A Shameless Selfie Adventure
The rule of the day: To take as many selfies together (or wefies, if you want to be technical about it) throughout the day, with different backgrounds. Just go out there and explore, and document your little love tour! It’s free, it’s fun and you’ll have an album to look back on and smile about, the next time you check out your camera roll.
12. Go Speed-Dating
With each other, we mean. Pretend you’re a new couple getting to know each other. Ask each other the same questions you’d ask someone at a speed-dating event. Answer as if you’re trying to impress a hot date. You’ll be surprised by the new nuggets you’ll learn about each other!
13. Try Something New
If your hubby is a durian lover but you’ve never touched the thorny fruit, get out of your comfort zone and try it for his sake. If he usually refuses to go jogging with you, ask him nicely to join you just this once. The idea is to show your partner that you’re willing, and happy, to make a little concession today just because you want to please him.
14. Write To Each Other
When was the last time you wrote one? Clear your schedule, head for a comfy and quiet cafe and order a drink each. Then, sit there in front of each other, and pen your love letter. ‘Forcing’ yourself to focus on this love task will help you remember all the sweetest moments that you have shared. Then take turns to read your love letters, and watch the sparkle in your partner’s eyes.
15. Declare A Surprise Day
Plan a surprise activity each. You can take the ‘day shift’ while he takes the ‘night shift’. Inform each other about the dress code (for example, bikini, smart casual etc) so you don’t give your partner a nasty surprise if he turns up under dressed. Your only rule – keep to the $20 budget.
16. Paint On Rocks
Get some cheap acrylic paint, gather some rocks and let those creative juices flow!
17. Feed The Ducks And Swans At The Botanic Gardens
Pack a picnic and spend quality time with your other half feeding adorable ducks and swans at The Botanic Gardens.
18. Play Jenga Question Roulette
This one is a fun one and can easily be played at home.
Get a box of Jenga and some permanent markers. Write difficult questions on each block of Jenga and assemble the set as per normal.
Afterwards, take turns answering the questions on the block.
19. Make Pizza
This one might seem expensive but they can be really cheap if you try.
Assign a budget of $10 per person and use the money to buy your pizza topping ingredients.
Afterwards, spend the time trying to make it at home.
20. Movie Marathons At Home
Assemble a playlist of movies you both loved growing up. Easy!
21. Arcade Adventure Date
Paying $20 or less for games that are older than the ones on your phone may seem strange…until you do it because it’s a total blast.
Arcades focus on mixing physical involvement with traditional gaming which makes for a whole new experience. From bashing animals with mallets to Dance Dance Revolution, it makes for a great night out.
22. Learn a new dance
Yes, twerking is all the rage right now, but there are other ways to boogie together. Many community centre dance studios offer tons of dance options for cheap, from salsa lessons and line dancing to fitness-inspired options like Bokwa, a Zumba spin off.
23. Exchange DIY Massages
A session of relaxing back work is more than a nice way to #treatyoself after a stressful week at the office or a tough workout. Studies have found that massages can reduce stress, alleviate pain, and improve mood.
Fortunately it’s easy to recreate a pricey spa outing with an essential oil of your choice (lavender is especially calming) and a few lit candles to set the mood. Happy kneading!
Get familiar with the cosmos and head outdoors to see who can spot the North Star first. The Singapore Science Centre also offer public viewings with guided “star tours” and discussions.
25. Volunteer Together
Dedicate a day to helping others, whether it’s serving meals at the local food pantry, hanging out with senior citizens, or cleaning up a nearby park. Getting involved for a cause not only benefits the community; it’s a scientifically proven way to score a major happiness boos.
26. Share a love for animals
Do good and present your caring side at the same time. There’s nothing more purposeful than being able to make a difference to those in need of help – and doing It together bonds you at a deeper level. If you’re both animal lovers, volunteer your time at a local shelter like Causes for Animals Singapore (CM). The CM Adoption Centre is always in need of helping hands for daily care of the dogs and maintenance of the shelter grounds. Register your interest at causesforanimals.com.
27. Discover lost trails
Head out for a hike and take tons of wefies – the beautiful views will also provide awesome backdrops for your Instagram posts! Pack some light snacks to share along the way and spend alone time together immersed in mature. And if you’re up for some off-the-beaten-track adventures, loin an organised hike to explore the long-forgotten areas in Singapore. Email chiefs@ThreePlaygrounds.com to register your interest for free hiking trips, or check out threeplaygrounds.com to discover other urban adventures.
28. Enjoy a cosy game night in
Date night is all about deepening your relationship and intimacy, so heat things up with couple games, which help couples to reconnect by encouraging conversations, fun and romance naturally. If you’re in the mood to head straight down to business, try Strip Bedroom Blocks ($14.99. sextoys.sg). Remember: There are no losers on game night!
29. Pump up the action
The adrenaline from exercise and competitive games boosts attraction, so get your game on in the milltary-themed Battle Zone or the Mystery Room at Tag Team. located at East Coast Park or Downtown East. Walk-in rates are at $15 per mission or $30 for three missions on Wednesdays and Thursdays. or $18 per mission or $36 for three missions on Fridays, weekends and public holidays. Visit tagteaminc.sg for more details.
30. Visit the Singapore Philatelic Museum to chase stamps
Miss the days of pen pals and letter-writing? The Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) has a new exhibition from April 11 to Dec 31 2018, You’ve Got Mail!. For the first time in Singapore, a collection of 200 award-winning decorative envelopes from the Washington Calligraphers Guild (USA); and 150 unusual stamps and philatelic materials from the SPM collection and lenders, will be on display. These showcase the beauty of letter-writing, creative envelopes, and even quirky stamps. Visit spm.org.sg for more.
31. Go art jamming
If you and your muse have a bit of an artistic streak, Art Jamming is definitely the way to spend a relaxing afternoon together. Sit yourselves down at some easels and let your imaginations take the lead. Artify Studio’s Liberty Art Jam sessions offer unlimited paint supplies and light refreshments on the side. All you’ll need is a reservation and just a little bit of inspiration. Best of all? This studio operates on a ‘pay as you wish’ system.
32. Row, row, row your boat
Nature lovers and gym rats alike are sure to perk up at the thought of rowing out into open waters with their loved one. Head down to the Water Sports Centre to rent kayaks or canoes, which you can use to have a charged race in the Kallang Basin! Pedal boats are also available for those who prefer a more leisurely and relaxed boat ride. Prices start at $10.80/hr per person.
33. Light up the night
Who hasn’t seen those stunning pictures of silhouettes against vibrantly projected colours and glittering lights all over Instagram? The ArtScience Museum’s wildly popular Future World digital installations are interactive and pretty awesome, but make sure to also check out collections like Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. and All Possible Paths. $16 to $19 per person.
34. Hook up in style
Want the fun and satisfaction of hooking a big catch, but desperately want to avoid the sweltering heat of the outdoors? At Fun @ Fish’s Bugis+ outlet, Singapore’s one and only air-conditioned prawning and lobster fishing venue, you can have the best of both worlds. Now you can catch and cook those delicious prawns with your beau, without worrying about sweating off your makeup! $18/hr per person.
35. Bounce your cares away
Remember the carefree days of playing on trampolines as a child? Recreate those memories with your date at AMPED Singapore – where over 5,000 square feet of trampolines, foam pits and even a ninja warrior course is available. The best part? You’ll get to burn off tons of calories while having fun! $12 to $18/hr per person.
36. Snack on a homemade picnic
Instead of booking a dinner reservation and splurging on a pricey meal, why not forgo the packed restaurant altogether and have yourself a good ol’ picnic? We’d recommend bringing along a spread (wine and cheese, if you want to be fancy) to enjoy on a big blanket at The Botanic Gardens. After all, the UNESCO World Heritage Site often has free concerts to enjoy and plenty of picturesque sitting spaces to choose from and it’s all FREE!
37. Cycle by the waterfront
It’s always delightful to explore places with your partner, and it only gets more enjoyable on a bike! While there are many parks and trails worth trying out in Singapore, Woodlands Waterfront is a unique spot not to be missed. Overlooking the sea, the sizeable park has a 1.5 km-long waterfront promenade, a beautiful jetty (that offers a great backdrop for snapping wefies) and even a restaurant with a view. A great way to leisurely while away the time with someone you love.