First Date Ideas for Teens

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Since dating is nerve-wracking enough, a few first date ideas for teens can take some of the pressure off of being inventive on your own.

Active First Date Ideas for Teens

Engaging in a bit of healthy physical activity is a great way to spend a first date. It forces you to use energy that would otherwise be spent either feeling tense about how things are going or feeling some sexual pressure that you know you should really keep well under wraps for some time. As you make your plans, remember that communication is key. Offer your date some choices of activity and let him or her decide on the course of action.

  • A Dance Dance Revolution Party
    • The video game Dance Dance Revolution, known more commonly as DDR, is a lot of fun and a great way to spend a few hours with someone without being worried about what to say. Look around for a DDR party near you and be prepared to dance your socks off.
  • A Sporting Activity
    • It may seem an unexpected first date idea for teens, but if you both play a sport like tennis or racquetball or basketball, why not try playing together? Sometimes, a shared activity can be a way to learn more about someone from the get-go than a conversation where you're both trying to be at your best and most diplomatic. If someone is a poor sport when playing games, it's likely that same bad attitude will show up in other areas of life. This is a good thing to know early on about a person. If his/her attitude turns you off--at least you've gotten a workout in the process.
  • A Walk or Bike Ride
    • If you set a particular path, like a short walk through a well-populated park, or an easy ride on a busy bike path, this can be a fun and relaxing way to begin to get to know each other. And if at the end of the path you can see it's a road to nowhere, you can walk or ride on your separate ways. On the other hand, if things look promising, you can step it up. Maybe in a few dates, you'll do a walk-a-thon together.

Cultural First Dates

While a lot of artistic events are expensive, there are plenty that are cheap or even free, making this an excellent first date idea for teens.

  • Museums
    • Whether a museum for art, science or something totally bizarre, making a date to view a particular exhibit can be a pleasant and stimulating way to break the ice. You know there will be plenty to talk about and you can have fun comparing and contrasting your tastes.
  • Performances
    • Theatre, film, opera, concerts and dance are wonderful events to attend on dates. However, they're not necessarily the best choices for a first date. It means investing a lot of money and not getting much opportunity to chat. But if you hear of a short performance, or something as part of an outdoor festival, that can make for a lovely first date.

Retro First Dates

  • Bowling
    • A staple of first date ideas for teens in the 1950s, bowling is still incredibly goofy fun. It's one of the few activities where the worse you are at it, the more fun it can be. This is also an excellent outing to bring another couple, or a few friends. Dating in pairs, especially in the teen years, really takes the pressure off. Parents like it too. The better bowling alleys will have video games and hot snacks, so it's a complete evening out with not a lot of money spent, but plenty of fun had. Plus, you all get to laugh at yourselves in the silly shoes.
  • Video Arcades
    • Hello, 1980s. This is another chance to get to know each other, enjoy each other's company, and avoid awkward silences. Be sure to bring a ton of quarters. This is not just considerate; it wins you a lot of points before you've even started to play.

Attitude Is All

Whatever you end up doing on your first date, remember to have fun, be considerate and open-minded. These things will be remembered long after the activity itself is forgotten.

First Date Ideas for Teens