8 Date-Night Ideas That Aren’t Dinner and a Movie
Whether you’re long married or on a Bumble meet-up, your time is too precious to waste on a boring date. So sample these fun activities, including some out-there experiences (from sound baths to ax-throwing) you probably haven’t tried.
Go On a Night Hike
Hiking is pretty basic for Angelenos. But night hiking? On Mulholland? That’s the best kind of extra. Nonprofit group TreePeople leads hour-long moonlight tours of its hillside trails (7:30 p.m., $5) on the third Friday of each month.
12601 Mulholland Dr., Beverly Hills; treepeople.org
WORK OUT YOUR AGGRESSION WITH AX-THROWING
Hear tell, ax-throwing is a woodsy Canadian drinking game that’s now all the rage among Brooklyn hipsters. We don’t know about that, but after we checked out the brand-new North Hollywood bar LA Ax, where we received a quick lesson and then commandeered one of 30 bowling-type lanes to chuck a sharp object at a target, we felt so much calmer. As well as ready for a zombie apocalypse.
7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave., North Hollywood; 888-979-5229 or la-ax.com
Chill Out With a Sound Bath
Sound baths are the wellness practice in which you recline on a mat, eyes closed, and let sounds of humming quartz bowls, vibrating gongs and rattling wooden sticks wash over you. Not only is it relaxing but sitting back-to-back with your partner is a new level of push-pull as the two of you sink slowly into each other (maybe not so much for a first date). A kundalini teacher and sound bath practitioner holds sessions at a Brentwood dance studio that are the metaphysical equivalent of Xanax.
Moore Dancing, 11943 Montana Ave.; shaktisoundbath.com
VISIT GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY
Sure, it’s a hiking destination, but have you ever seen what Griffith Observatory can do at night? Besides the breathtaking view of city lights, there’s the fun of roaming around this 1930s icon and leaning back to enjoy the hour-long cosmic exploration shows inside the planetarium.
2800 E. Observatory Rd.; 213-473-0800 or griffithobservatory.org
Shake, Shake, Shake Your Booty on Skates
Relive all the trauma and glory of those middle-school birthday parties at Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale. Thursdays have ’70s, ’80s and ’90s music, and Wednesdays are Rainbow Skate (the city’s original LGBTQ skate night). If you’re not roller-ready, try the adult class on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
5110 San Fernando Rd., Glendale; 818-241-3630 or moonlightrollerway.com
Take in Some Mexican Wrestling
You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll be on the edge of your seat at Lucha VaVoom, the mash-up troupe that’s like GLOW mixed with Mexican masked wrestling with a few burlesque breaks in between matches. The next show is the Halloween-themed Circo de Vampiros on October 24 and 25 at the Mayan theater.
1038 S. Hill St.; luchavavoom.com
Participate in a VR Circus
Nerd alert (and we say that admiringly): The owners of the Two Bit Circus downtown call their place a “micro-circus.” As in, there’s a constant churn of activity between areas that include an interactive comedy show, a virtual-reality tech-assisted series of “story rooms” and a wine-tasting/MadLibs game. We like the idea of a double date spent conquering “The Raft,” in which four players don VR gear and defend their raft from supernatural swamp creatures.
634 Mateo St.; 213-599-3188 or twobitcircus.com
Take a Super-Casual Cooking Class
The perfect cooking class for the recipe averse, Hipcooks is a small group of people learning to make a special cuisine (Thai, Argentine or French, say) without using measuring cups or spoons. There’s lots to talk about besides current events while you’re cooking with a glass of wine in hand.
Multiple locations; hipcooks.com