WRITTEN BY Channa Bromley | Guest Writer | Jan 16 2018
Smiling and having fun are extremely attractive in a potential partner, and activity dates bring our natural, fun-loving side to the surface. Sitting across the table from someone feels more like an interview and is full of unnecessary pressure versus the flow of negotiating, compromising, collaborating, demanding, sharing, and often working toward a common goal that occurs in activity dates where you can really discover one another’s dispositions and character traits.
Activity dates also show personalised interest and thoughtfulness. Anyone can meet for coffee. Activity dates are special, they go above and beyond the common and easy. They reveal whether you share common interests with your date, and allows you to FEEL whether you enjoy doing things together. And isn’t that what a relationship is all about…finding that person who you love to spend time with?!?
Here are my top 5 favourite awesome and unique activity dates to do in Toronto to help your relationship bloom:
1. THE BENTWAY SKATING TRAIL
If skating in circles just makes you dizzy, then perhaps Toronto’s latest addition to its Winter cityscape is The Bentway Skating Trail. Nestled between the vaulted walls & ceiling of the Gardiner Expressway, you and your date can take to the Kilometre-long trail and get your temperature rising and your hearts both pumping. For its inaugural season, the city has lined up some exciting events including ice breaking workshops, Friday DJ nights and free figure skating lessons. When you need to take a minute or steal a secret kiss, warm up with some hot chocolate or a nip of liquid courage.
Monday to Thursday and Sunday 11 am-9 pm. Friday and Saturday 11 am-11 pm. Skate rentals (from 4 pm Monday to Friday, weekends all day) $5-$10, free on Mondays. From Fort York to Bathurst.
2. The Great Escape Canada
Escape from a Victorian mansion, a Thai prison or a Da Vinci Code style mystery in 60 minutes! Need I say more? What better way to crystalize a bond!
3. DJ Skate
Winter is not the best of seasons, it’s f’n cold! But it’s also romantic. Those of you who have been there before already know that this spot is seriously magical... but those of you who haven't had the chance to go yet? Well, strap on those skates and prepare for the time of your life. Every Saturday Winter eve at Harbourfront Center, Toronto brings in a hot DJ and 7$ skate rentals. Don’t let the chill scare you, it’s guaranteed to create some serious sparks!
4. Pursuit OCR
Pursuit OCR is the first fully indoor obstacle course training center fusing education, recreation, and recovery therapy into one fitness-based playground. Test your speed, your strength and fun climbing and crawling. Don’t worry if you bail on the rings, you’ll land right in a giant ball pit. Couples that sweat together stay together. “Exercise is a perfect example of the type of invigorating activity that can have these positive effects. It’s the physiological arousal, rather than the novelty or challenge of the activity, that drives romantic attraction (Lewandowski, & Aron, 2004”). This suggests that sharing a fitness goal such as date night at the gym can boost the quality of your romantic relationship.
5. Bubble Soccer
This crazy full of fun game is spreading like rapid fire in Toronto. The game and rules are simple and easy to follow – You just play like regular soccer except that a large an inflatable big bubble is covering you all over leaving the legs open to hit the ball. You can smash into other players and find yourself literally rolling away, bouncing and laughing out loud with the rest of the team. While protected in your inflatable Bubble, you will try to score goals. “Exercise induces the symptoms of physiological arousal—sweaty hands, a racing pulse, shortness of breath. These symptoms mirror, in many ways, the thrill of romantic attraction. Interestingly, people can easily mistake the two and misattribute physical arousal for romantic attraction (Dutton & Aron, 1974)”. Use this phenomenon to your advantage by inviting your romantic interest to a game of bubble soccer. The results? A likely boost to your attractiveness in his or her eyes.
You are the master of your date night. The couple that has fun together, stays together!