Good Idea for a Late-Night Weekday Date

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If your schedules don’t let you get together while the sun’s still up, you and your partner can turn a midweek late-night date into an evening that’s more memorable than any Saturday night. Use your interests to make your own fun activity or take advantage of the peaceful night hours to get to know each other better.

Venture Outdoors

Nature doesn’t close up shop just because it’s a late Tuesday night, so venture to a nearby beach to build sandcastles in the dark, stroll along the sandy shore or cuddle up on a blanket and watch the rolling waves by moonlight. You can go for a walk through city streets and window shop along the way or let your inner child loose at a local park, swinging and sliding on the play equipment. Take a drive through the nearby countryside or make a list of a variety of places to visit -- even if they’ll be closed at night -- and take pictures of the two of you together outside each location.

Movie Night

Since the local movie theater is likely closed, cozy up on the couch at home for a film fest of the latest releases, or choose a theme and stay up as late as you can watching mysteries or comedies. If you feel too stifled indoors, take the television outdoors on a warm summer night. Set it up on the outdoor patio and arrange a blanket on the yard. If you prefer a drive-in theater experience with your date, you can set up the TV in the garage instead. Arrange the television so you can see the screen from your vehicle and then cozy up in the front seats -- just leave the car turned off. If there is no movie you want to see, pull out the video camera and film a silly skit together.

Culinary Delights

Look for a restaurant that’s open late or a 24-hour diner so you can focus on good food and conversation. You can get to know one another over espresso at a coffee shop or order your caffeinated drinks to go and sit outside to enjoy some fresh air. If you don’t feel like venturing out, or if nothing is open in your area, treat your date to a late-night rendezvous in the kitchen and prepare a meal together. If you’re not in the mood for dinner, bake up a few of your favorite desserts instead. Indulge in your sweet treats over candlelight or lay out a blanket on the living room floor for a picnic-style treat at home.

Friendly Competitions

If you’re comfortable with a little competition, turn your late-night date into a friendly skirmish. You can battle it out at the console for the title of ultimate gamer or set up a card table for poker. If board games are more your style, introduce your date to a few of your favorites or create a brand new board game together. You can take the competition outdoors for a neighborhood- or city-wide scavenger hunt by flashlight. Make a list of things to find, such as pennies on the ground, a statue of a lion or a flashing neon sign. The first person to snap each photo earns a point.