26 Rainy-Day Date Ideas (That Don’t Involve Going to the Movies)
It’s a sunny spring day when you start getting ready for a picnic in the park with your partner. You’ve picked out the perfect spot on a grassy hill, and you’ve got a red-and-white blanket to lay out and plenty of jalapeño hummus and chicken pesto sandwiches to snack on. But, out of nowhere, storm clouds roll in and your hopes for a romantic day outdoors start to plummet as the rain begins to fall.
However, your plans for an awesome date aren’t necessarily washed away with the weather. To prove it, here are 26 rainy-day date ideas to help inspire hope when a dreary forecast threatens your chance at love.
If you want to stay in…
1. Cook a new recipe togetherWhether you’re the ultimate kitchen tag team or total culinary novices, whipping up a meal together can be a romantic bonding experience. Pull up that homemade cauliflower gnocchi recipe you’ve always wanted to try and lean in to being chefs for a day. Watch out, Ina and Jeffrey.
2. Build the ultimate pillow and blanket fortTap into your inner child and upgrade your Netflix sesh by watching hours of The Office from the comfort of a supercool fort. Seriously. This Michael Scott–approved way of bingeing your favorite show can become so much more next-level now that you’re an adult who understands Scotch tape cannot be expected to secure a bedsheet to the ceiling. The best way to build a fort is to pull the cushions off your couch to use as walls and then drape a sheet across the top for the roof. Fill the inside with a comforter and soft pillows and relax!
4. Create your own wine and cheese tastingYou don’t have to venture out to a vineyard or a cute wine bar to enjoy a cheese and wine pairing. Replicate the experience at home by picking up a few wines you’ve never tried before, like that totally affordable bottle of Côtes du Rhône, and then swing by a gourmet grocer or even just your local supermarket for some wedges of cheese. Don’t worry about being too professional when it comes to the “pairing” part of this plan. It’s wine and cheese—what could go wrong?
5. Bet on a game of pokerNo, we’re not about to tell you to play a game of strip poker (but we’re also not going to dissuade you, if that’s your thing). A few rounds of Texas Hold’em, Jacks Are Wild or Five-Card Draw can determine everything from who gets to pick the next movie to who’s on dish-washing duty for the week.
7. Fill out this couple’s bookMe, You, Us: A Book to Fill Out Together by Lisa Currie is packed with prompts to help bring you and your partner closer, like “If we made up our own public holiday, what would it be?” “The guest list for the dinner party of our dreams,” “We couldn’t have done this without each other,” and “Reasons we’d stay up all night together,” to name a few.
8. Have a picnic in your living roomIn the battle of pizza and garlic knots vs. dumplings and fried rice, why choose when you can have the best of so many delicious worlds? Pro tip: Add a small side of broccoli or salad to pick at so you can say you had some vegetables. Balance, right?
9. Play a video game togetherWe’re sorry if this idea sparked a repressed memory of watching your high school boyfriend play endless hours of Call of Duty, but hear us out! Letting your partner introduce you to something they’re into—or vice versa!—will bring you infinitely closer. Plus, there are video games out there for everyone to enjoy, like Mario Party and Overcooked 2.
10. Have a reading dateYou might be halfway through Ann Patchett’s latest masterpiece, The Dutch House, and your sports-loving beau might be reading an article on Jacob deGrom, but what you’re reading matters way less than being able to enjoy each other’s company in peace and quiet—a real sign of emotional intimacy.
11. Indulge in a bubble bath for twoMaybe you’re super crafty and have some of your own homemade bubble bath on hand to show off, but even if you don’t, why go outside and get wet when you can stay in and do it together? Add Champagne and call it a spa day.