Planning dates isn't always easy. It often seems that whenever you're trying to make plans with your bae - work, school, friends, family, and just about everything else will do whatever it can to get in the way. Whenever you two actually do have the time to get together, it's only for a few hours, which can often feel like it's not enough time to do anything romantic or fun. As important as it is to enjoy one another's company, let's be honest; you're probably getting bored of laying around, watching Netflix, or napping and calling it a "date".

As a woman, I will wholeheartedly admit that girls can be the most stubborn creatures you will ever have to deal with. Our favourite response, when asked to help plan any detail of a date, tends to be "I don't know, you pick." I'm beyond guilty of this myself, but the thing is when females say that, we're genuinely not trying to be difficult. We encourage you to pick, because a lot of the time, we don't care what we're doing, as long as we're spending time with you.

If you need help planning your next YEG date night, look no further. We've scouted out the best ways for you to impress your hunny, no matter if they're adventurous or low-key.

Adventurous

Artsy

Lowkey

Romantic

For adventurous date ideas, click "Next".


GTFO Escape Entertainment

Where: 10018 105 Street

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Escape Rooms are not only a good way to let your competitive side out, they're also a great team building activity, and can help remind you guys of one another's best qualities, and give you a crash course on how to work together and communicate. GTFO offers a selection of escape room experiences, so you'll be able to try something new every time.

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River Valley Adventure Co.

Where: 9626 96A Street

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Dinner and a movie is always a popular date night choice, so why not combine the two, and enjoy dinner at the movies? For $69, you get two VIP movie tickets, a shareable appetizer, two entrees, and a sharable dessert. Not a bad deal.

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Dodgeball Edmonton

Where: Various locations around the city

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Chartier is the closest you'll come to authentic Montreal in Downtown Edmonton. They may be expensive, but the quality and taste of the food can't be beat. The interior of the restaurant is decorated in a cozy and charming fashion that will win your date over, every time.

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Surfing Lessons at World Waterpark

Where: 8882 170 Street 

Why you should go: TELUS World of Science is always fun, no matter how old you get. Any animation nerds will be super excited about their current 'Science Behind Pixar' exhibit. Coming up on December 7th, there's another Adults Only night, featuring the Dark Matters exhibit, which is all about the science of sex. Tickets to the event include exclusive access to all other exhibits, adult themed science experiments, a bar, and a DJ.

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For artsy date ideas, click "Next".


Adult Drop-In Classes at Art Gallery of Alberta

Where: 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: This seems like a cliche spot for an artsy date, but it's actually super cute, we swear. The AGA offers adult drop-in classes on Wednesday nights from 7-9 p.m., for just $16. Every week they work on developing a new skill, so if you make regular appearances, you may just become a well-rounded artist.

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Muttart Conservatory

Where: 9626 96A Street

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: The Muttart is another great place to let out your inner art snob. They have ever-changing exhibits, and a stunning botanical garden year-round. It's the perfect place for a photoshoot or for just hanging out and admiring beauty. Currently, every Thursday night in November and December from 6-9 p.m, you can stroll through the Temperate Pyramid and stargaze while avoiding the cold.

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Princess Theatre

Where: 10337 82 Ave

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Any film buff will tell you that cinema is art, and you'll discover that at the Princess. They're currently showing 'Loving Vincent', which is a film that any art fan will be dying to see. The theatre is known for showing super unique films, and the atmosphere is very laid back and fun.

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TELUS World of Science

Where: 11211 142 Street

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: TELUS World of Science is always fun, no matter how old you get. Any animation nerds will be super excited about their current 'Science Behind Pixar' exhibit. Coming up on December 7th is another Adults Only night, featuring the Dark Matters exhibit, which is all about the science of sex. Tickets to the event include exclusive access to all other exhibits, adult themed science experiments, a bar, and a DJ.

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For lowkey date ideas, click "Next".


Friday Night Live Music at Hart's Table & Bar

Where: 14229 23 Ave

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Dinner dates can be lowkey, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. Dress up and treat yourself to a nice meal at Hart's. If you can make it on the 3rd Friday of the month, they offer a live music performance that will keep you entertained.

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Sunday Brunch at Fort Edmonton Park

Where: 1920 Street

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: First of all, who doesn't love brunch? The Hotel Selkirk in Fort Edmonton Park is the perfect venue for a romantic meal with your loved one, accompanied by a stroll through the park after. It can be pricey, but it's a great way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Reservations have to be made, so head over to the website and book your brunch date now.

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Dinner at Chartier

Where: 5012 50 Street

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Chartier is the closest you'll come to authentic Montreal in Downtown Edmonton. They may be expensive, but the quality and taste of the food can't be beat. The interior of the restaurant is decorated in a cozy and charming fashion that will win your date over, every time.

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Pool at Metro Billiards

Where: 10250 106 Street

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ ๐Ÿ’ธ 

Why you should go: What's more lowkey than a casual game of pub pool? If your date doesn't know how to play, this is the perfect opportunity to teach them. Grab some tasty pub food and drinks, and start the race to see which of you is a better pool player.

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Couples Massage Workshop at The Mosaic Centre

Where: 2003 91 Street

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Massages should be, in my opinion anyways, a key component of your relationship. If your partner had a long day, or is stressed out, help them relax with a massage. With this workshop, the both of you will get a chance to improve your skills, and relax. The next session is on Friday, November 17th from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Book your tickets at the website linked below.

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Dinner at the Movies at Cineplex

Where: 6151 Currents Drive

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Dinner and a movie is always a popular date night choice, so why not combine the two, and enjoy dinner at the movies? For $69, you get two VIP movie tickets, a shareable appetizer, two entrees, and a sharable dessert. Not a bad deal.


Thursday Date Night at the UofA Botanic Gardens

Where: 51227 AB-60

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: The Botanic Gardens are beautiful on their own, but why not enjoy them with someone you love? In the warmer months, they offer a weekly date night event that, for a small fee, you and your boo can participate in. Keep checking the website for any upcoming events.

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Edmonton Regional Helicopter Tours

Where: 3684 53 Ave

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Looking to really stun your date? Take them on a helitour over the great city that you call home. Unless you're super rich, this obviously isn't an every day date, but if you're looking to make a grand gesture, and can afford it, most girls would swoon at your feet.

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