10 Columbus Date Ideas Perfect For When You Can’t Actually Go Out In Columbus

I don’t need to tell any of you that sometimes, a big night out just isn’t in the cards.

We’ve all been spending more time at home than we’re probably used to, and that probably isn’t changing anytime in the near future. But who says that you can’t have a fun and romantic date night?

Want to get super fancy and have a candlelit dinner? You can do that. Maybe you’ve been meaning to put that new tent to use? Your backyard is calling. These are stressful times we’re living in, and everyone deserves the chance to unwind with their significant other. If you’re staying at home together, here’s how you can make it a little more special.

Watch a concert through PromoWest


We may not be able to go to any concerts right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t achieve concert vibes at home. Break out some old rope lights, throw on your best concert outfit, and get Youtube queued up. PromoWestTv has tons of live performances to choose from and if you’re feeling really extra, you can even overcharge your partner for a beer to fully commit to the mood.

Get artsy with Wexner’s virtual content


There are a lot of things to love about Columbus, but the thing that really takes the cake for me is our access to creative content from our arts organizations. If your idea of a date night involves exploring the world from the perspective of various artists across multiple mediums, you’ll want to take advantage of everything coming out of the Wexner Center of the Arts right now.

Go stargazing in your backyard

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The skies on March 25 were uncommonly clear over JGAP, and the few photographers that were taking advantage of that were able to witness a somewhat uncommon sight- a one-day-old moon. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣Astronomers measure the “age” of the moon from the time of new moon- the point in time each “moonth” that the moon passes between the earth and the sun (though, most of the time, not >exactly< between them; it usually passes above or below the sun as seen from our home base).⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣From that point on, the moon ages. A one-day-old moon (in this case a 1.1 day old moon) was at new moon just one day ago.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣Dramatic in this image is the glow on the dark part, not sunlit, portion of the moon. This is the light that is reflected off the Earth and onto the dark surface of the night side of the moon. This is Earthshine. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣Earthshine is at its brightest just before and after new moon. (Well, in fact, it’s brightest exactly at new moon, but that’s almost impossible to see.) The reason we don’t always see it is because it is lost in the glare of the sun. When the moon is so “young”, it is very close to the sun in the sky, and the sun must set for us to get a good look at it. This puts the moon close to the horizon, and the sky must be quite clear for us to see it. (When we look near the horizon we’re seeing through more “stuff.”)⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣This image was taken by Brad Hoehne on from just off the driveway at JGAP, which has a very clear view of the western horizon.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣#bradhoehne #jgastropark #hockinghillsstatepark #moonset #onedayold #earthshine #seeninohio #crescentmoon

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Obviously, this one is dependent on having a backyard. But if you do, head outside and turn your eyes upward. If you have a firepit, snuggle up and make some smores. Tell some campfire stories and enjoy a quiet night full of fresh air and the limitless beauty of the cosmos. If you’re feeling extra cooped up right now, bust out those old sleeping bags and spend the night outdoors! You can check to see how good the weather will be for stargazing here.

Have a family game night

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If you have kids, you can’t exactly order up a babysitter right now. But that’s okay because we can totally incorporate them into this date night experience. Most games generally take more than two people to play them anyway. You can choose your favorite board game that you’ve already got at home, or consider making one up as a family. Now is your chance to make the family-friendly version of True American you’ve been dreaming about.

Have a drink and do a puzzle

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Next time you head out for some essential shopping, pick up a couple of bottles of your favorite wine. Or, better yet, you can order some local beer & wine delivery. The next thing you’ll need to acquire for this date is an excellent puzzle. You can use any puzzle you have laying around, but if you really want to lean into the whole Columbus thing, you can snag this 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle of the downtown skyline on Etsy.

Enjoy an old-school, dishes-free evening


Step one to this date seems simple but will probably take you longer than you think it will. We’re going to throw it back to the days of mixed tapes here, my friends. Make an epic playlist for your partner. Make it personal and lovey and at least a little sappy. Then skip the dishes and order carryout or delivery from your favorite restaurant in Columbus. Once the food arrives, you can throw on the playlist while you eat and get all up in your feels with the memories that flood back from your song choices. If you’re feeling extra romantic, add in a little post-dinner dancing.

Institue Formal Fridays


It’s time to get a little fancy, y’all. Sure, you’ll just be eating at home. But the ambiance is completely under your control. Set a specific time for dinner on Friday nights, then get ready like you’re going out for a night on the town. If that means a full face of makeup and a little extra hairspray, go for it. The real key here is making it feel special and not like the other meals you’ve had at home. Every day is worth celebrating and it’s only natural that we’d like to do it while looking our best every once in a while.

Relax with an at-home spa date


After you’ve gone all out for Formal Friday, you may be interested in something that’s still romantic, but a little more low-key. That’s when your at-home spa date will really come in handy. Throw on some face masks (of the clay variety for a change), exfoliate that skin, and maybe even tack on some massages. You’re two consenting adults and it’s 2020… why not? Don’t forget to have the champagne and strawberries set aside. It’s a scientific fact that it’s hard to be upset while eating strawberries and sipping bubbly. If you don’t have the supplies you need for a full-on spa day, never fear. We’ve got the best local products rounded up for you here.

Embrace your inner kid

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Now seems like the perfect time to enjoy the simple things in life and to let a little of that carefree, childhood spirit back in. Bust out the crayons, blow some bubbles, build a fort out of blankets, or have a pillow fight. I don’t care what “made for kids” activity you choose, but just have fun with it. That’s 100% the goal of this.

Host a group date online

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Get the old gang together, virtually, for a big group night full of fun. You can play trivia, or a drinking game, or a trivia drinking game with all of your favorite couples, and you don’t even technically have to put on pants to do it. Just remember to position your camera accordingly folks. We’re not talking about dinner and a show here.

Listen, friends, I know it’s not the same as going out.

We’ve all go to do our part in these trying times, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up on having a good time. Having a fun date night is a great way to give yourself something to look forward to and to connect with one another during this stressful period of our lives. Be kind and stay safe, fam!

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