146th Ask Josh – Date Ideas

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Mandy says…

question: what are fun creative date ideas for my boyfriend and me? I hear you have some good ones 🙂


Dear Mandy,


  • Feeding the ducks at the pond.
  • Eating Chinese food with chopsticks.
  • Hiking the Y
  • Hiking the I next to Provo College at the Ivy Academy on 800 N, approximately 1450 W.(which is significantly shorter as it is 30 feet from the bottom to the top.)
  • Covering the dashboard of your car with Post-It notes. Going to the car wash and opening the windows during the blow-drying stage.
  • Walking around with different colored Post-It notes and seeing how many people you can stick them to without them noticing.
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Get some chalk, draw a circle, play Marbles.
  • Play racquetball at the RB, even if neither of you know how.
  • Go to the Dollar Store and buy fun things.
  • Get a rubber playground ball and play four-square
  • Rent a tandem bike from Outdoors Unlimited and ride it somewhere to have a picnic.
  • Borrow two baseball gloves and a ball and play catch.
  • Play catch with a frisbee on top of a parking garage.
  • Go to International Cinema
  • Go to the Museum of Art
  • Go to the Monte L. Bean museum and draw pictures of the things on display.
  • Set up a miniature golf course on campus.
  • Make dinner together.
  • Go to Denny's in the middle of the night.
  • Go to an airport with a Welcome Home sign and cheer for any person you see coming out of the gates, even better if there happens to be a missionary coming home that day.
  • Go to Sensuous Sandwich.
  • Go to Sub-Zero for ice cream.
  • Make paper airplanes and see how far you can throw them from the top of a high building.
  • Buy a  television at Deseret Industries and blow it up.
  • Go to the planetarium either at the Gateway mall in Salt Lake or to the one in the Eyring Science Center on campus (Friday nights only, I think)
  • Ride the TRAX or a UTA bus and talk to people you meet there. Write a story about them afterwards.
  • Make homemade popsicles by pouring Sprite into an ice cube tray with toothpicks in it.
  • Go to a laundromat and put toys in the dryer, start it up. Then go to a corner and film people's reactions when they hear the clanging of the objects in the dryer.
  • Make banana splits.
  • Climb trees.
  • Skip rocks on Utah lake.
  • Go to the ROPES course on Center street (you'll need to get a bigger group and reserve the place in advance)
  • Go to the tumbling gym (same as the last one).
  • Learn magic tricks online and then do a magic show for each other or for someone. Just learn the tricks.
  • Go to the perfect park behind Wal-Mart and discuss all the reasons why it is indeed a perfect park.
  • Film Archive Series in the Library
  • Making popsicle stick crafts.
  • Watch your favorite YouTube videos on a projector on campus (YouTube is allowed there now).
  • Apples to Apples
  • Taking a tire to the top of Squaw Peak and throwing them off the top to see how far they roll (they roll really far).
  • Take chalk and draw Karl G. Maeser circles around yourself and quote Karl's famous chalk circle quote over and over again. Keep saying, "I would die first, I would die first."
  • Going to the symphony and then playing the dot game while you're there.
  • Go to the music store, get some sheet music, and learn a song together. Preferably a song that you don't know but have been told is classic.
  • Find Christmas ornaments during a month of the year when they would be on clearance, like in June. Decorate a regular tree. Then watch "It's a Wonderful Life"
  • Go on a culturally themed date. Like, say, Italian night. Go to an Italian restaurant, then go see Divine Comedy or watch "Life is Beautiful" and then go get some gelato.
  • Go to a Demolition Derby
  • Go to a tractor pull
  • Go to a fair and appraise the livestock
  • Go tubing down a crick
  • Make origami (look it up on WikiHow if you don't know)
  • Thanksgiving point – See the dinosaurs, or the yearly corn maze, or whatever else they have there.
  • Hopscotch (Thanks, Cici)
  • Listen (Thanks, Ryan)
  • Play Mario Brothers (Thanks, Helen)
  • Go to breakfast, but wear pajamas (Thanks, Ryan)
  • Make a lemonade stand, or a passion fruit juice stand (Thanks, Mario).
  • Make Shirley Temples and watch a Shirley Temple movie.
  • Build-a-Bear
  • Get a pedicure together.
  • Give each other facials.

Ideas that are not fun, but still a date nevertheless:

  • Ice-blocking
  • Singing at a retirement home.
  • Trafalga
  • Batting cages
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Curses
  • Chess
  • Discuss the difference between Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns, and then see if you can identify them.
  • Roll down a hill (It makes for a very short date, and is only slightly better than ice-blocking)
  • Disc golf – Only guys seem to enjoy this.
  • Bowling – Usually only one of the two enjoys this. It could go either way.
  • Sample gross health drinks, like Tahitian Noni, Wheatgrass at Jamba Juice, etc.


  1. These are fantastic date ideas! And thank you for letting me share a few of mine. How many on your list have you done?

  2. Cici,I am proud to say that I, nor has any Guest before or since, have never gone to Trafalga. I have done 36 items on this list.

  3. 1. i'm offended you didn't say double with zack oates.2. what are you talking about? 95% sure?

  4. i love this. and frankly i'm feeling- dare i say it- a little jealous.

  5. Who would even THINK to put toys in a dryer and watch reactions?! Haha!!! That was classic…AND – How do you even play marbles? I don't think I ever realized it is a real game… Hm.*muah*

  6. Josh Guest is the absolute best person at the put as many sticky notes on other people as you can without them noticing. You can't beat him. And I wasn't even his date.I am extremely pleased that some of the ones that you have done, I've done with you. And that I won that dot game 🙂

  7. Dear Josh,When I was hired, Kris Tina said that after the first 3 months, my pay would go up $0.25 (and who knows if I'll ever get a raise again). That is all.Don't tell her you know I got a raise. That's embarrassing.

  8. Ok Josh,These are all great ideas. But I have question. I would love to hear opinion on return sister missionaries and why we get such a horrible stereotype! especially when it comes to dating!

  9. Wow, that's epic. We laughed our faces off. Keep on keepin' on.

  10. Wow, that was epic. We laughed our faces off. Keep on keepin' on.

  11. This was hillarious! I died laughing. But, I think your list was missing one key date idea: a romantic candlelit dinner in the elevator of the SWKT.

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