Date nights may look a little different during the pandemic, but they can still be just as romantic. Here are some COVID-safe date ideas for you and your other half.
Stream your favorite romcoms
Turn a normal movie night into a romantic Valentine’s Day date. Whether you’re snuggled up at home in a carefully crafted blanket fort with a bowl of popcorn or watching together remotely, it’s the perfect way to spend much-needed time together.
Cook something new together
Share the kitchen with your significant other and try your hand at a new recipe together. Use ingredients you have at home, try a ready-to-make meal kit like HelloFresh, or follow along with an online cooking class on your smartphone or tablet.
Even if the results are far from gourmet, you’ll have sweet Valentine’s Day memories to look back on and a (hopefully) tasty meal to share with one another. If your dish really turns into a disaster, remember you can always order in.
Explore the outdoors
Going on a secluded hike or having an outdoor picnic with your partner for Valentine’s Day is another great way to spend time outside the house while still maintaining a safe social distance from others. Visit your local park, go birdwatching, or just enjoy your time together in the sun. Download a trail guide app so you don’t miss any local sights and use your GPS to avoid getting lost.
Worried about being away from Wi-Fi? These wireless hotspots will keep you connected.
Break out the board games
Show off your competitive side by playing board games with your valentine or try building an intricate puzzle together. If you want to play virtually, try these classic games apps, like Monopoly and Scrabble, or try a new game you’ve never played before. You can find them all in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store on your tablet or smartphone.
Make a meaningful playlist
Share the tunes that remind you of your special someone with that special someone with Apple Music or Spotify. Making a custom date night playlist is easy and can be made shareable or kept private between the two of you. Then, if you feel like dancing, turn up the volume with your Bluetooth speakers or wireless headphones.
Create a colorful scrapbook full of your photos together, write funny notes to each other, or even make a DIY mold of you holding hands. No matter what you choose to make, you’ll have a cute keepsake for remembering your Valentine’s Day.
Take a virtual tour
In light of the pandemic, many museums and venues are now offering virtual 3D tours of their exhibits, allowing you to experience them from the comfort and safety of your home. See the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum, check out artworks by artists like Monet and Gauguin at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, and many more. With all the available options, you’ll have plenty of date ideas to choose from.
However you choose to spend Valentine’s Day, remember to spend it safely by maintaining an appropriate social distance, and most of all – have fun!