Fun date ideas to keep the sparks flying with your partner

From relaxing activities at home to exciting outdoor adventures, here are some date ideas to keep every couple entertained.

Shannon Kuan

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

Published: 16 November 2020, 11:54 AM

It is important to spend quality time and make good memories with your partner, no matter how long or short you have been dating. And what better way to do it than having fun together?

Although Singapore may be rather small, that does not mean that our attractions are limited.

Here are some activities you can do with your partner for some guaranteed fun:

1. Draw each other with pancake batter

What’s better than making art together? Being able to eat the art you have made!

At Slappy Cakes, you can choose from four different pancake batter flavours and a range of toppings from mango jam to roasted mushrooms. You can then make and design your pancakes right in the middle of your table.

While pancakes are typically circle-shaped, why not use your creative freedom to illustrate designs using different pancake batters and ingredients? Not only will it make for a cute Instagram post, you can show off your significant other’s artistic abilities.


Snoopy characters drawn using chocolate and buttermilk pancake batter. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@OKUSIDE


If you and your partner find yourselves on the competitive side, give yourselves a challenge and see who can create the most accurate pancake self-portrait, or the best looking pancake animals. It may sound simple, but it’s harder than it seems.

It is never too late for breakfast, especially pancakes!

2. Compete and see who can buy the best gifts for each other

If you frequent TikTok, you might have seen this trend dubbed the “Target challenge”, in which couples buy different items for each other based on five categories.

The categories may vary but these are the main five that couples tend to use: 

  • Favourite drink
  • Favourite snack / candy
  • Favourite color
  • Something that reminds you of them
  • Something they need / Something you want them to try

The premise of this game is to see how well you know your partner and also to show your appreciation by gifting them with things they might like.

Although Singapore does not have a Target shopping mall, we do have numerous malls for the challenge. Just head to any nearby shopping mall with your significant other and have fun shopping for each other!

Feel free to make it as sincere as possible, or funny and lighthearted instead.

3. Go prawning, drift-karting and have cheap boat noodles at Orto

With seemingly endless activities and food, Orto is paradise for those who love the outdoors and eating. And the fact that this leisure facility at Yishun is open 24 hours is the cherry on top of the cake.

There, you can go fishing, prawning, drift-karting, have paintball wars, bounce at a trampoline park and play football. Who could ask for more?


Have a dodgeball contest or see who can make the most slam dunks as you are surrounded by cushioned walls and trampolines. PHOTO CREDIT: ORTO


After a fun-filled day, you can regain the energy you’ve lost with the 10 dining restaurants and bars available, from mookata to seafood. 

Orto is best known for its $0.80 boat noodles at BKK Bistro & Bar, for those who are looking for a more budgeted dinner. But do take note that the portions are rather small, so you might end up having to order many bowls.

For thrill-seeking couples who enjoy cheap yet delicious food, don’t miss out on Orto!

4. Have a picturesque picnic at Marina Barrage

Having a picnic is probably the most essential date in every relationship. And what’s not to like about it? You get to prepare food with your significant other (provided you’re not lazy and end up buying pizza), and enjoy the company with a great outdoorsy view.

Marina Barrage is one of the best places in Singapore to have a picnic, especially during the evenings. The weather isn’t unbearable as there is a draft of wind, the grass patch is large and kempt, and the city skyline is breathtaking when the sun sets.


Catch a glimpse of iconic landmarks such as the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands. PHOTO CREDIT: GERARD SUREN VIA UNSPLASH


Additionally, you can fly kites and cycle around the area if you need to stretch your legs. If you and your partner are musically inclined, feel free to bring a guitar along to serenade each other in front of the sunset. Doesn’t that sound romantic?

5. Browse furniture and make puns at IKEA

IKEA meatballs are always the go-to when visiting the furniture home. However, a trip to IKEA doesn’t have to stop after the meal is over. 

No matter how old you are, even if you aren’t looking to buy furniture, it’s always fun to browse the room setups and get design inspiration.

Why not have fun and ideate room ideas for your future house when you move in with your significant other too?

Personally, I find making puns out of the Swedish furniture names much more enjoyable when looking around.

Isn’t this the singer who sang ‘Perfect’ and ‘Shape of You’? PHOTO CREDIT: IKEA.COM


Make your partner laugh with lame jokes and have a pun war to see who can come up with the craziest puns!

6. Kayak and rock climb at Kallang

For adventurous couples who enjoy sporty activities, why not visit Kallang!

Climb Central, located in Kallang Wave Mall, holds the tallest indoor air-conditioned rock climbing facility in Singapore. Have a competition with your significant other to see who can reach the top the fastest.

If heights aren’t your thing, you could build teamwork with your partner and kayak together. Or, you could also choose to sit in separate kayaks and race each other in a thrilling and fun workout session.

Spend time with your loved one as you paddle along, taking in the sights along the river and even stand a chance to spot adorable otters!


Fun fact: Did you know most otters are monogamous and may even mate for life? PHOTO CREDIT: LILIAN DIBBERN VIA UNSPLASH

7. Melt at the overwhelming cuteness of an animal cafe

Calling all animal lovers! What’s better than taking cute photos of your partner? Taking photos of them with adorable animals.

Although we may not have more extravagant animals like the themed owl cafes in Japan, that doesn’t mean the dogs and cats we have here won’t melt your heart.

From Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa, the first cat cafe in Singapore, to Menage Cafe, a cafe where you can bring your own dogs; Singapore has multiple animal cafes around the country to let you relax with some furry friends.


Snap a goofy photo of your partner with some cute animals to set as your new wallpaper! PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@DOUGLASSES

8. Chill indoors and cuddle up with some games

For the couples who would prefer a more relaxing date indoors that doesn’t involve Netflix, how about chilling with some games together? From board games, card games, or even online video games, the possibilities are endless.

You could build a quaint cottage house in Minecraft together, test if you can spot when your partner is lying in Among Us, or play card games like Incohearant that are sure to make your sides hurt from laughing.


Playing video games together is a great way to show interest in your partner’s hobbies. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA.SG/SHANNON


This could also be perfect for double dates if you’re hanging out with your coupled-up friends.

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