10 stay-at-home date ideas for you and your partner

There are many activities you can do with your significant other at home instead of just ordering food in and watching a movie.

Shannon Kuan

Weird talents include playing the violin, but with a ukulele and a clothes hanger.

Published: 25 May 2021, 5:55 PM

Many couples have had their date plans affected by Phase 2 (Heightened Alert). With the increase in COVID-19 community cases, we are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. 

If you’re disheartened by not being able to eat out at nice locations or partake in exciting activities, fret not, because you can still have fun while staying home. There are many indoor date activities for you and your significant other to have just as much of an enjoyable time as you would outside.

Here are some fun activities you and your partner can incorporate into your next stay-at-home date!

1. Do fun DIY kits together

I don’t know about you, but as a kid, I’ve always wanted to try KidzLabs science kits and those Popin Cookin DIY Japanese candy kits.

From making your own candy in the form of sushi to excavating dinosaur bones and crystals,  you can live out your childhood dreams with your partner and have some innocent fun.


These Japanese candy kits come in various assortments and are easy to make with water and some imagination. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTUBE/DECOCOOKIE


After all, there’s no age limit on fun. Nothing feels more fulfilling than making your own creations from scratch!

2. Revisit nostalgic childhood games

Speaking of childish fun, remember those free mini-games you used to play on Y8 and other online sites? Why not revisit them again!

You can play old games you loved with your partner and maybe even be reintroduced to games you forgot about.


Fireboy and Watergirl is a two-player game I’m sure many of us have played before, involving the need for teamwork and strategy. PHOTO CREDIT: COOLMATH GAMES


Instead of playing your typical video games, spice it up with a trip down memory lane.

3. Make presentation slides about a topic you’re passionate about

Have you ever wanted to gush about your interests but your partner just didn’t seem as invested in it as you were? Well, what better way to do that than through giving a whole presentation.


You can make the slides as ugly and funny or as aesthetically pleasing as possible — it’s the content inside that really counts. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/SHANNON KUAN


There are no set rules to this. Simply create slides about whatever topic you like and then present them to your significant other when done. But, you will have to sit through their presentation too of course.

Some interesting presentation ideas could be rating your previous dates, stating the reason why you two should adopt a pet, ranking your significant other’s exes and past relationships, and showing outfits you think they should incorporate into their wardrobe. The possibilities are endless!

4. Create TikToks together

TikToks are always fun to watch, especially if there’s a new trend that everyone is taking part in. But, have you tried participating in it yourself?

There are a plethora of couple related TikTok trends out there, such as filming yourself doing a simple dance routine, doing a “Who is most likely to…” challenge, or making a cute video showing off your significant other.


Scroll through the TikTok videos under #coupletok and #couplechallenge for more inspiration. PHOTO CREDIT: TIKTOK/@CARLIPOO12


You don’t have to post them if you don’t want to. You can always simply keep these videos private and rewatch it later for the memories.

5. Hone your teamwork skills with an online escape room

When we think of escape rooms, most of us probably visualise a physical room with puzzles that we have to solve to escape. However, there are quite a few online escape rooms too.

Enchambered is an escape room located in Sacramento, California; however it offers a two-player puzzle game, similar to an escape room, on their website. The online escape room hones communication skills as partners cannot view what the other is seeing.

You don’t even have to be in the same room or house to play this. 

The best thing about it? It’s free!


Enchambered also offers other much more enigmatic puzzles for a minimum fee of US$5 (S$6.65). PHOTO CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM ENCHAMBERED.COM


Decipher puzzles through gadgets and clues together and see how well you and your significant other can really communicate here.

6. Try out viral TikTok recipes

Dances and challenges aren’t the only thing TikTok is known for. The app has caused many ‘cooking-hacks’ to go viral, including cooking tricks and easy-to-prepare recipes.

Instead of the typical dabao-ing of food in or ordering in delivery, why not kill two birds with one stone by saving money and spending quality time together through cooking.

You could test out the mess-free tortilla hack, make s’mores pizza for dessert, or spice up instant ramen with kewpie mayo if you’re feeling lazy. There are a myriad of cooking hacks and recipes you can find online.

Most viral TikTok food recipes are easy to prepare and are well-received, so skip the takeaway meals and cook with your partner at home.

7. Embrace change through each other’s appearance

Have you ever had the urge to change your style or appearance overnight? If you’re privy to that feeling, there’s no better time than now.

Drag your significant other along for the ride and dye each other’s hair with temporary hair dye, paint each other’s nails, or even try swapping wardrobes and see how you guys look in each other’s clothes.


Experience the thrill of trying out new things with your partner together. PHOTO CREDIT: MARÍLIA CASTELLI VIA UNSPLASH


Why not dip your toes into the waters of change — it could make for a good laugh and you never know if you might end up liking it!

8. Follow a home workout routine or recreate couples yoga poses

Although we are allowed to go out and exercise, some of us may prefer doing so in the safety of our own homes.

For the couples who like to keep active yet would rather not compromise their health, following a home workout tutorial video or even trying out couples yoga poses could be a fun and refreshing date idea.


Google couples yoga poses or video tutorials, and test which of you is the most flexible. PHOTO CREDIT: RAWAN YASSER VIA UNSPLASH


Even those who don’t necessarily like exercise can have a good laugh over trying (and possibly failing) to recreate the absurd yoga poses.

9. Create paintings for each other

You don’t have to be good at art to enjoy it.

Painting doesn’t necessarily have to be on paper or a canvas. You could also try painting on old CDs, wooden photo frames, shoes, or a phone case. 


You could even try painting and decorating a wall in your room together (if you are allowed to, of course). PHOTO CREDIT: BLUE BIRD VIA PEXELS


If you have no inspiration, try following a Bob Ross tutorial, painting your favourite song album, or simply make patterns with different colours.

Not only will this be a relaxing date, you could also exchange paintings after so there is more motivation to gift your significant other with some nice art.

10. Write love letters and create a time capsule

Nothing screams romance more than love letters. 

While it is already sweet enough writing heartfelt letters to your significant other, making a time capsule storing current memorabilia and letters for your future selves to open would add extra sentimental value.

You could write notes about your hopes and dreams for your future together and see if you have achieved it by the time you open it. You could also include movie tickets, receipts from special dates, photos of yourselves, and other trinkets that mean something to the two of you.


Open it on your next anniversary date and look back on how much has changed! PHOTO CREDIT: DEBBY HUDSON VIA UNSPLASH

Hopefully these ideas have given inspiration for your next indoor date with your partner. Remember, you don’t need to go outside for fancy dates to spend quality time together!

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