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You're busy at work and kind of broke after paying for all
of those kid day camps. But it's summer and you want to break out the
sundress and have some fun with your sweetie. Below are 25 short dates that
will put a charge in your summer night.
For starters, set up the babysitter. To keep the cost down,
trade with neighborhood parents who are also craving an hour or two of alone
time. If you can pull off a trade, you've got $25 to blow on fun. If you
have to pay the babysitting, you will still have a blast just being together.
Now off you go to:
1. Star gaze together
Colleges and universities often have
public stargazing nights at their observatories. Google around to find free
heavenly magic high above the city.
2. Get hot with the cha cha
Dance Schools like Arthur
Murray usually offer the first lesson free. You really can't go wrong with some
Latin rhythms on a summer night.
3. Send a sexy text to your sweetie
"Meet me for a moijto
at 6." Give him the address of a new bar you've been meaning to try. He'll be there. Trust me.
4. Pedal off into the sunset
Have the bicycles pumped up
and ready to go after dinner. Ride to the closest ice cream stand and share a
5. Get cultured
Most major art museums and planetariums
have an afternoon with free (or reduced) entrance. Find one with a reasonably
priced café and have some food with your culture.
6. Plunge into summer
At the very end of the day when the
crowds have cleared, go to the town swimming hole you've only been to with kids.
Splash to your heart's content.
7. Head out to yard sales on a Saturday morning
get $10 to spend on a present for the other person. Use the extra $5 for coffee afterwards.
8. Dust off (or borrow) some tennis rackets and find a
Working a sweat often leads to other kinds of active fun.
9. Hike to the top of the nearest peak
Even if it's just a
steep hill, a fresh view is always good for a couple.
10. Get thee to Shakespeare (or anything) in the park
cities offer excellent summer programs—paid for with your tax dollars. For a "free"
play or concert, check out the local listings.
11. Drive to the beach at sunset
Spread out the blanket.
Kiss with abandon.
12. Browse the nearest independent bookstore and find a book
that interests you both
Take turns reading it to each other before bed each
13. Set up an hour to volunteer together at a local animal
Agree beforehand that under no circumstances will you bring home a
14. Make a playlist of songs you fell in love to
iPod, a blanket and a bottle of champagne to the most private outdoor spot you
can find. Don't get caught.
15. Head to the local farmer's market
And find some cool new
ingredients to prepare for dinner. Cook together with music while the kids
watch a movie.
16. Take a game of Scrabble (or some cards) to your favorite
Remember how fun games are when played face-to-face without phones?