Only 35% of teens ages 13-17 have dated or been in a romantic relationship.

the word wow stylized with pulsing heart shaped eyes and a mouth So if you've never been on a date, you're not alone!

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First dates can be daunting, especially if it's your first one ever. Whether you're new to the dating world or have been in it a while, these five first date ideas are:

  • free or wallet-friendly.

  • action-based to help calm your nerves.

  • able to minimize the pressure for constant conversation.

  • in public and during the day to keep you safer (and parents happy).

  • tons of fun!

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Idea #1: Scavenger Hunt

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Scavenger hunts allow you to see how your date thinks creatively, solves problems, and handles challenges. Whether photo, video,or app-based, consider the following themes.

  • Pick a color.

  • Select a shape.

  • Work from a list of your and your date's favorite things.

  • Search for objects that look like letters of the alphabet.

  • Look for different dog breed varieties or for an entire zoo.

  • Go all-in on selfies by recreating poses of your favorite celebrity couples!

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Idea #2: Food Fun

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Skip the high-pressure dinner at a restaurant with these options that will feed your taste buds and your relationship.

  • Food festivalThey happen year round and are usually organized around a specific food (apples), dish (tacos), or cuisine (Italian).

  • Farmers marketVendors offer free samples and sell goodies made with their produce.

  • Fruit pickingSome places let you eat as you pick. You can even plan a second date to cook up your fresh finds.

  • Food crawl Pick your favorite food (ice cream anyone?!) and visit several shops in search of the best.

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Idea #3: Volunteer

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Volunteering is a great way to get to know someone while giving back to your community. Options for teens available in most areas include:

  • Animal shelterWho doesn't love spending time playing with cats and dogs?!

  • Community gardenWatering, pulling weeds, and planting make healthy food options available for everyone.

  • Beach or park clean-upJoin forces to help the environment.

  • Charity walk or run — Team up to raise money for a cause you care about.

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Idea #4: Go Classic!

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They're classics for a reason! These activities have stood the test of time and continue to be great options for teen dates.

  • Bowling — where striking out is a good thing.

  • Mini golf — bad shots are half the fun.

  • Game arcade — go classic video, physically competitive, or VR.

  • Picnic in the park — bring food from home or pick it up on the way.

  • Skating — couple's choice for roller, ice, or skateboard.

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Idea #5 : Cultivate Culture

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Too hot or cold to be outside? Explore some cultural spots. Fuel the conversation by telling each other what you love or connect with and why. Consider exploring:

  • aquariums

  • museums

  • art galleries

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Quiz

Marsai planned to take Akira on a picnic in the park, but it’s raining on the day of their first date. Which of the following would be a good alternative? Select all that apply.

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