Maybe this list will spark some summer fun ideas for you and your sweetheart. Let us not only have fun this summer. Let us strengthen our relationships too!
- Rent a bicycle built for two. You may argue at first, but once you get the hang of it, this could be a lot of fun! Learn to move together flawlessly.
- Take a dance class. Okay, did I say I would love to have these experiences with Eric? ~smile~ This is one experience that would terrify me at first, but I would probably grow to enjoy. Dancing is one of my irrational fears. I even feel silly dancing alone! Still, I think it would be special to be able to dance with Eric at home, at weddings, or anywhere without feeling like a complete goober! A summer dance class, a year of practice, and then maybe we will all be ready for those 2016 weddings – maybe your wedding! ~smile~
- Make your own ice cream. Check out some various ways to make your own frozen treats and consider investing in a homemade ice cream maker. Personally, ice cream makes me feel quite bonded with my sweet hubby. ~smile~ If you would rather not enjoy a sweet treat together, learn to cook something summery and delicious. Enjoy your culinary masterpiece outside together with a group of friends! S’mores are not a bad idea, either!
- Go kayaking, rowing, or sailing! Basically, get on a boat of some kind and work together to maneuver it. If you have never tried water sports, go with people who know what they are doing before heading out on the high seas solo. Safety first! Spending time together on the lake will be a lesson in teamwork and hopefully a lot of fun! Not to mention the great workout you will both get in the process! Also consider paddleboats and jet skis!
- Go roller-skating together. Whether you prefer roller skates or roller blades, lace up and go for a skate. Pretend you are on your first date, hold hands, and laugh together. There is something romantic about gliding along under a disco ball or setting sun!
- Perfect a sport together. What is your game? Tennis? Basketball? Bowling? Are you more into athletic activity like jogging or running? Pick a sport you both love or would like to learn and spend the summer perfecting it. This will provide you with time together, team-building experience, and the chance to encourage each other’s improvements. Training for the same event is a bonding experience for sure! It gives you a chance to be equally invested in the same goal!
- It is scavenger hunt time! Create a list of twenty items to find and then go on a quest around town to find them. Think of a prize to award yourselves if you find them all by 3pm, and a slightly lesser prize if you find them all by 5pm, etc. Instead of being on separate teams, be on the same team and enjoy a mutual reward when you complete the task! If you want to make it a bit more competitive, find another couple or some mutual friends and play against them. It is bound to be exciting and relationship strengthening!
- Rent or borrow a convertible and cruise to a drive-in movie. If there are no drive-ins near you, create your own! Set your iPad or tablet up on the dash, and enjoy! If you want to play it up right, dress in 50’s clothes and visit a local diner first for burgers and chocolate malts!
- Drive to all the places in your city that hold special meaning for you and take pictures at each location. Create an online or physical photo album and caption why each place is special. Believe it or not, in twenty years you may not remember why the foot of the bridge was your “special” place. A caption will keep the memory alive!
- Jump off of something together! As weird as it sounds, when I turned 30, I suddenly felt the urge to jump off of buildings, zip line, and enjoy a various array of adrenaline pumping activities. Eric has not yet felt this urge. ~smile~ If you are true dare devils, you may want to consider sky diving or bungee jumping together. If you are a bit more conservative, there is indoor sky diving or repelling (not exactly jumping off of something, but close enough ~smile~). For the less risky couple, there are diving boards and trampolines. You can close your eyes and pretend you are jumping from a plane. ~wink~ No matter how seasoned you are at extreme sports, you probably will feel a few nervous butterflies before a major jump. Conquer those butterflies and enjoy the giddy after-the-jump feeling together!
This summer can be your best season yet! What are some other team building activities or bond-strengthening dates you can enjoy? Make a list and try to check each activity off by September 23rd (the first official day of Fall)!
Which three of these activities will you commit to trying with your sweetie this summer?