14 Dates to Spark Your Love Life (Cause Dinner and a Movie Is a Total Snooze)

Why sit on your butt through dinner and a movie when these physically engaging activities will get you and your partner's blood pumping and your libido soaring? Try one of the following and your date night could turn into a whole weekend love-fest!

Take a chocolate making class

Chocolate, an extremely sensual food with the ability to boost your feel-good serotonin levels, is the perfect thing to make when you want to get hands-on with your date. “Because chocolate is an aphrodisiac, moods are lifted as lovers sample this sweet, made even more fun if they smear samples over sexy parts of the body, like the wrists or inner elbows,” says Yvonne K. Fulbright, Ph.D., author of Sultry Sex Talk to Seduce Any Lover.  

Try trapeze school

A physically-challenging activity like flying on a trapeze can get your heart racing. “This not only brings out the daredevil in you, which can be very sexy, but it forces trust, which can be a huge plus in the bedroom,” says Fulbright.  

Make wine or beer 

Alcohol (in moderation) has the ability to lower your inhibitions. Stomping grapes or brewing a batch of moonshine will make you and your date feel like you created something together -- think of it as foreplay that takes place outside the bedroom!

Go to an old-school arcade

Challenge your date to a game of Ms. Pac-Man or pinball and he may set out to prove to you that he’s a contender. This pulse-increasing activity will get you and your partner to quicken your reflexes -- a major bonus when you’re between the sheets. “This can have lovers feeling competitive, while still having a lot of fun,” says Fulbright. “They can add another element to the game, like winner gets to ask for whatever it is they want in bed.”  

Go horseback riding

This is one date activity that can be pleasurable for the woman in more ways than one! “Guys love seeing a gal ride a horse, as this plants the seed for riding him later,” says Fulbright. “Women have been known to enjoy the clitoral stimulation of being in the saddle, so she may feel like getting more of a release.”

Experiment with perfume making

Different fragrances have been known to affect men and women’s libidos and you can have fun seeing which ones do it for you and your date! “Lovers can have fun dabbing each other’s bodies, seeing which scents they like best,” says Fulbright. “Ultimately, however, they may find that they like the other’s natural scent better, which can also be quite the aphrodisiac.”  

Take a sex seminar

Taking a class on how to pleasure him or her orally, for example, is a great way to introduce the idea of sex in a fun way while letting the instructor take the lead. “Not only are couples inspired by what they’re learning, but they want to prove to each other and others that they’re good at the activities too,” says Fulbright. “This sort of activity introduces a rush of chutzpah in giving things a go.”  

Join a trivia night

A trivia game can be intellectually stimulating for new or would-be lovers, and showing off your knowledge is sexy -- even if that knowledge has to do with 1980’s one-hit wonders! “When you play together, this enhances the sense of ‘we’re a team,’” says Fulbright.  

Learn the art of pasta making

Italians are known for their hearty appetites in and out of the bedroom, and that just might rub off on you! “Making pasta is a skill, just like sex,” says Amy Levine, sex coach and founder of Ignite Your Pleasure.“Once you learn the basics you can get creative and be known for your signature style. Cooking together gives you the opportunity to have fun in the kitchen and work up an appetite for dinner and each other.”  

Take an improv class

If life is feeling way too serious, this type of date can help you see the lighter side of things -- and that jovial attitude can make you feel a lot friskier and friendlier once you’re done. “Improv is a classic way to get in touch with your inner silliness and creativity,” says Levine. “It will allow you to take your guard down and be your most authentic self. When you strip down to the core you’ll be more in touch with your desire.”  

Go on a walking tour

Nighttime tours are especially erotic, as you explore unknown territory in the dark together. “Go for a PDA on the tour with plenty of holding hands and kissing -- that will surely get you in the mood for making love,” says Levine.   

Try target or skeet shooting

Target practice can give you a sudden adrenaline rush that will translate into the bedroom. “Getting in touch with your inner bad-ass enables you to harness your most fiery sexual energy to unleash on each other,” says Levine.  

Shake it at a dance class

Dancing is a rhythmic, sensual activity. When done with a partner, it compels you to make eye contact and move together in harmony. “Making moves and moving across the dance floor can activate any stagnant mojo, increasing your arousal as you bump, grind or even waltz,” says Levine.

Take massage lessons

This is a skill any lover would value, so learning how to do it together will certainly double your pleasure. “Learning how to touch each other in new ways not only preps you for awesome pre-play, it can translate into finding new erogenous areas when you’re getting it on,” says Levine.  

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