Creative Dating 101

Check out some creative dates, from free to $50, for two people to enjoy any in and around the St. Louis area.

The price tags listed are for two people to enjoy any of the given activities in and around the St. Louis area.

Creative Dates that are Freebies: watch TV, go to the Zoo, visit the Art Museum, praise God, cook together, color in a coloring book, draw pictures for each other, visit Turtle Park (near the Zoo), hiking, picnic, visit the Wolf Sanctuary, go to a park or conservation area (city, county, or state parks are all options - our favorites include Laumeier Sculpture Park, Creve Coeur Park, Pere Marquette Park, Lone Elk Park, Powder Valley, Busch Wildlife Area), swing on swings, stargaze, walk around Soulard, watch airplanes take off and come in (in North county), people-watch while walking around “the Loop” on Delmar in University City, watch UFOs, drive around and look at houses in ritzy neighborhoods, go roller blading, paint a mural on your bedroom wall, tie-dye, look at Christmas lights, baby-sit together, go camping, go to a park and watch ducks, go to The Muny and sit in the free seats, go sledding, go fishing, play hide and seek, make sock puppets (and attaching fireworks to them and blowing them up), jump in leaf piles, play basketball, play baseball, climb a tree, volunteer at a soup kitchen, serve the poor, visit a friend, drive around the countryside, take a Rosary walk, go to church, go on mysterious double dates, have a water fight, have a food fight, visit caves, go creeking, play sports, take an interest in others’ activities, do community service, visit a youth group you’ve never been to, go biking, play frisbee golf, visit Hannibal, pitch horseshoes, make a video, play mud volleyball, clean out a closet together, play children’s games, play board games, imitate animals and try to guess them, play charades, visit Grant’s Farm, walk around the mall, go four wheeling, be a counselor for a day camp, go to the Humane Society to look at animals, go to open houses and act interested in buying, visit historic sites downtown, visit different churches, cook a meal for your date, listen to Rush Limbaugh on KMOX and discuss, fly a kite, visit the Science Center, visit the Botanical Gardens (free before noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays), attend free summer concerts on Sunday nights at Francis Park or on Monday nights at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis City, host a game night, wash a car, go biking on the Katy Trail, create scavenger hunt for one another (to visit “familiar” places and do crazy things in public to get clues), plan any random act of kindness, write a story together, write a song together, go swimming, go jogging, make a time capsule, put a jigsaw puzzle together.

Creative Dates for under $10.00: rent a video, visit the Botanical Gardens, make chocolate-covered brussel sprouts, go bowling, dye your hair, pick and keep apples at a local orchard, take the Golden Eagle Ferry into Illinois, eat at a fast-food restaurant, ride on and visit places via Metrolink, visit a coffeehouse and sip cappuccino, play miniature golf, go to the Magic House, go up in the Arch, rent a video, see a laser light show at the Science Center, attend a trivia night, go to garage sales and buy weird things, buy a dozen carnations and randomly give them to people (on the street, on Metrolink, or at the airport you could give them to people getting off the plane with no one waiting to greet them - then say “welcome to St. Louis” or just tell people to have a nice day), go to the dollar show, feed each other ice cream, make a cake, play with play-dough, blow bubbles, go to McDonalds for breakfast, go bowling, make a silly video, get ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Creative Dates for $10.00 - $25.00: take a horse and carriage ride, visit Meremac Caverns, go kayaking, see the Cardinals from bleacher seats, play golf at a cheap course, ski at Hidden Valley, go to a concert, learn ballroom dancing (at Casaloma) and then dance!, go to Mizzou and eat at Shakespeare’s Pizza (tell them the pizza is for Elvis; they’ll call his name when it is ready), throw a walleyball party, attend a trivia night.

Creative Dates for $25.00 - $50.00: take a float trip, go to a hockey game, go to Six Flags, attend a murder mystery dinner, plan a murder mystery dinner and invite close friends as suspects/victims.

Creative Dates Over $50.00: fly somewhere on an airplane, go white water rafting, go on a TEC retreat, go to Baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown, NY, take your girlfriend shopping.

This information was developed in a collaborative effort by teenage and young adult members of The REAP Team and God’s Gang (a Catholic youth prayer group). If you have any questions or comments or additions to make to this flier, please feel free to contact us.