You might think that going to the cinema and having a meal is the height of sophistication when it comes to your first date, but the world has moved on from that. Dinner and a movie is a tired cliche these days, so if you have a first date lined up, now’s the time to show some creativity. Creating a first date to remember is a great way to start building memories with your prospective partner, and shows that you have a bit more drive than those who simply book their cinema tickets and hope for the best. If you’re looking for something a little bit different, here are the best ways that you can make that nervous first date a spectacular event that you can tell the grandkids about.

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Theme Park fun

Everyone likes a good day at a theme park, and that makes it the ideal destination for your first date. There are a few benefits of opting for the theme park date, including the chance to chat whilst queuing and plenty of opportunities for photos and keepsakes. However, the number one reason to head to your closest theme park is the sheer amount of fun. Do some prep beforehand in order to get the most out of the day, and don’t worry about looking silly as you scream on the roller coasters, and treat you and your date to some fast food. Take some time to people-watch, enjoy the attractions and get your adrenaline pumping, and you’ll end the date exhausted and (hopefully) with a grin on your face.

Sports days

If you’ve bonded over a love of sport in your getting-to-know-you phase, and you’re wondering what to do for your first date, then you could do a lot worse than taking your date to see your favorite team. Whether you support the same team or not, the action on the field and the atmosphere in the crowd is what makes the event special, so get yourself organized with and head to your next NFL game. Treat yourself to some half-time snacks and keep an eye out for the kiss-camera. Some people think that if their team loses, the date will be ruined but if you can keep in mind your reason for being there, then your dating experience which will be much more enjoyable.

Take a class

If you’re looking for something creative to do on your first date, then you could do a lot worse than looking into the adult classes held in your local education buildings or community centers. With a range of options available, choose something that doesn’t involve sitting at a desk and making notes. Instead, look at art classes and see if you or your date can create the next Mona Lisa in less than an hour. Enjoy some lessons in wine tasting, or even go all out with some dance classes. The point is to have fun and let yourself go, and if you can achieve that, then you’ve broken the first barrier down that might lead to that all-important second date.

The trick with dates is to make them fun and memorable. Remember that the activity itself is peripheral, and that the focus should always be on your partner. Dates are a chance to explore your compatibility, and if you can do that whilst laughing at your appalling team or your two-left feet, then you’re much more likely to have a memorable time.