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Ten Pin Bowling & 5 Other Cheesy Date Ideas

Oh, I know, I know… groan… Ten Pin Bowling is soooooo lame, right? Yes, you’re absolutely right. But the fact that it is so daggy is what makes it a whole lotta fun!

Ten Pin Bowling Date Night

I must admit, Den did look pretty dubious when he realised where I was leading him. In fact, he seemed so unimpressed that I nearly aborted the entire mission and headed home. But, pressing on, we bought a game each and headed to the bar for some $5 cocktails (know how to pick your night, people. Know how to pick your night) in the hopes they would make the entire experience a little more bearable. Meanwhile I’m chanting in my head “Please don’t let this suck, please don’t let this suck” because then Den would forever tell stories to all our friends about “The Time I Insisted He Come Ten Pin Bowling” because I am a “Complete Loser Who Likes Things Like That” and we would all have a good laugh about it.

It didn’t suck!

We had a great time. Den completely wiped the floor with me, which I maintain I let him to do to protect his sensitive male ego (when in reality I just happen to be really unco), we had lots of laughs, we shared a few cocktails, we played some pool (again, I was obliterated. I just for the life of me can’t understand the stupid “angles” concept) and we all went home feeling happy and perky because we hadn’t sat on the couch all night, nor been glued to our computer screens.

Rate the Date

Romance Factor: 1/5
Cheese Factor: 4/5
Fun Factor: 5/5

Overall: Daggy, silly and cheesy but a bunch of fun. Try nightclub bowling if you want to up the glam factor a little bit; but even the cocktails there won’t make up for the lame bowling shoes! Great date if you don’t take it too seriously!

While we’re at it, here are 5 more great, cheesy date ideas that sound lame but are actually a lot of fun for couples, if you can just get over the embarrassment…

1. Go Ice skating
Glide around the rink hand-in-hand, twirl face-to-face in the middle, race each other up and down the ice… or, even sweeter, help your partner negotiate their way around if they’ve never skated before, then treat them to a hot chocolate for their efforts.

2. Have Fun at the Playground
Too big for the playground? I don’t think so! Release your inhibitions and be big kids for the day – swing on the swings, slide down the slides, make yourselves dizzy on the roundabout! Just don’t knock any toddlers out of your way in the process!

3. Camp in Your Own Backyard
Sure, the house may be right there, but if you’re hardcore about it, you won’t go inside ’til morning! Take everything you need into the backyard, pitch a tent, light a fire and roast marshmallows, tell ghost stories, gaze at the stars… zip your sleeping bags together and get frisky! Then get up early to watch the sun come up together and cook eggs on your little campfire for breakfast.

4. Go to a Video Game Arcade
Even if you hate the Nintendo like I do, a night at a video game arcade with a pocket full of change can be a blast! Go for the two player games and give out prizes for the winners of each (negotiate between yourselves before each game for what you will *owe* your sweetie if they win), try the skill tester to win stuffed toys and mount the motorbikes to have a bash at some interactive games. Then get a strip of pictures done in the photo booth and head home to claim your prizes!

5. Do a Jigsaw Puzzle together
Buy or borrow one of those huge 1000-piece jigsaws and spend a rainy afternoon putting it together over a mug of hot chocolate. Sure, it may sound boring but it will spark that problem-solving part of your brains which in turn sparks new neurons and conversation between you. Trust me, you’ll love it!

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5 comments for “Ten Pin Bowling & 5 Other Cheesy Date Ideas”

  1. Posted by Michael | July 28, 2008, 1:58 am

    I agree with your final point – “we all went home feeling happy and perky because we hadn’t sat on the couch all night”. Just getting out of my usual rut is enough; it doesn’t matter what I end up doing :)

  2. Posted by Begby | August 3, 2008, 10:17 pm

    I think ten pin bowling is always going to be a fun activity, it gets you active, you have a laugh and best of all it’s going to be a comfortable experience.

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  5. Posted by KimB | June 7, 2011, 10:02 pm

    Bowling is really the best date idea! You get moving, you don’t have to worry about food in your teeth, you automatically have something to talk about and if you check out my bowling tips, next time, you might wipe the floor with him!

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