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8 Fun Activities for Couples

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by Alicia Strous (subscribe)
I am a Science student with more hobbies than university subjects.
Published February 7th 2013
Make time for your Valentine
Valentines Day can be considered controversial. This celebration is highly commercialised and powered by companies that already earn way too much. They advertise a picture that is increasingly difficult to avoid: today you must pamper your beloved. While this may be an overly cynical view, it is at least partly true, and applies to all of the major holidays in western society.

However, even the most cynical among us have to show loved ones that they are, indeed, loved. It is no good for one partner to celebrate, and the other to turn up empty handed. Thus it is advisable that a discussion should take place before the event. Many hold with the romantic notions of picnics and sickly-sweet chocolates and flowers and sunshine.

picnic couple Valentine sunglasses sunnies
Not that picnics could ever be a bad thing, just that it is such a common activity for Valentine's Day and the parks will all be full to bursting.

If you would like to break out of the mould, here are a few ideas for creating a few special memories, which will last far beyond the lifetime of cut flowers. This list of ideas is aimed at sharing a new experience, particularly one that can be repeated. Learning a new skill and having heaps of fun is suitable for all occasions and can become a lovely routine into the future.

Here are just a few interesting possibilities, let us know in the comments of any other good ones.

1. Chess

Play a game of chess. Doesn't matter if you know how to or not, it is a great game and definitely time to learn. Even a beginner will find that just a few games, spread over a few months, will lead to vast improvements. Then it gets really interesting. In time you can learn your partner's favourite strategies and weaknesses and read their expressions!

dog chess games game fun
Games within games. Who will win?

Outwitting someone was never so fun.

Chess is a challenging game of logic and strategy, so don't play when tired. If you don't have the time, swap for a faster game like scrabble, cards, backgammon or boggle.

2. Try Ccuba Diving

Most diving centres offer a single dive experience, which is designed to give the curious and unsure a taste of the unique world below the waves. It is very safe and does not require detailed knowledge on the technicalities. Best of all, if you decide you would like to continue learning and do the Open Water certificate, the dive already counts towards it.

Flying in liquid, floating in blue, try scuba diving and you'll love it too.

Flying in liquid, floating in blue, try scuba diving and you'll love it too.

3. Learn a New Skill
Thai Cooking classes (perfect if your other half is a but-you-always-like-my-spaghetti type) plus you get some tips too. Or maybe picture framing, lead lighting or tap dancing? Arts and crafts can also lead to interesting memories - try decorating plates for a good start. If you want to be corny you could always decorate the plate as a gift to your partner celebrating the best of your time together.

4. Go for a Walk
I mean a serious walk, not a let's-go-round-the block type of walk. Try a two-hour walk up (or down) a hill, round a lake, or whatever is convenient and not too far away. You can stay fit, get some time outdoors, and get the time and space to talk properly about how things are going.

walk wander gander couple park
Walking is great exercise any time of year.

5. Go Kayaking
Many locations have kayaking available, and it can be absolutely serene. If you haven't done it before get a few quick tips from the hire people, and maybe stay close to shore. Sunglasses and sunscreen are a must. Get away from the bustle and use your muscle!

6. Let's Go Fly a Kite
The title is pretty self explanatory. Instructions can easily be found to make a basic newspaper kite, and then it's just a matter of finding a park or beach with enough wind. It's more fun than you might imagine!

7. Try a New Sport
Here a a few suggestions, there are plenty of others around. If you ever wanted to try a particular passion of your partner's, this would be a good opportunity.
- Martial Arts
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Cycling
- Dance
- Swimming

water underwater swimming walking diving bubble
Swimming is the perfect way to cool off in summer, so a great Valentine's activity in the Southern hemisphere.

8. Have a Photo Shoot
Couple photo shoots are a perfect way to record your relationship. Not to mention the fact that a good photographer will make them fun!

park photo shoot photograph couple tree green dress
Photoshoots are a favourite: it's great to get better photos than the ones taken at arm's length on a phone. Photographers specialise in producing really nice images, and it is often money well spent.

When you consider hiring a photographer, take the following into consideration:
- Cost
- Time involved (and how long until you get your photos back)
- Packages they offer (cheap and on a disk, or a canvas, or a lovely set of prints?)
- Style of photography and level of experience
- Individual input (Can you choose a location relevant to your relationship? Props or a theme? How involved can you be in the decision making process? You won't be making all the decisions but you will get a more personal end result if the photographer learns who you are and can bring that out. )

Enjoy some quiet time with your partner on a walk or learn a new skill to share. Just taking the time to do something different can help you can create those special memories and pamper your beloved the extra fun way.
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