Monday, February 26, 2018

The 12 Best GROUP DATE IDEAS for LDS Youth - Any time of year!




In my previous post, "4 Group Date Ideas for LDS Teens," I talk about some of the major obstacles for LDS Teens who are trying to follow the FTSOY standards for dating (like transportation issues and money concerns) and how to help overcome them. If you haven't already, I highly recommend reading that post HERE, because dating a variety of people in groups as casual friends is not the "norm" in many areas, so this can be a tough issue for many LDS youth. My post "4 Group Date Ideas for LDS Teens" has some great ideas for helping youth to date according to the standards that the living Prophets have set, and here are some more....

One of the obstacles that Priest/Laurel age youth face is trying to come up with ideas for what to do for group-dates. Here are 12 ideas that are low-cost, fun, and casual! Some of these ideas could be used any time of year, and some of them are season-specific. Any of these date activities could be for double-dates (two couples) or larger groups.

THE 12 BEST GROUP-DATE IDEAS FOR YOUTH:


#1- EXTREME SPOONS (ANY TIME OF YEAR)




This idea is from lets-get-together.com. "You know the game spoons? This is even better. A group sits around a table with a deck of cards, passing the cards and trying to get a set of four. Once someone gets a set of four they grab a spoon that sits in the middle of the table. However, there is one less spoon than people at the table…so the last one to grab is out! Well, we like to take it to an EXTREME level at our house and hide the spoons in the room. So once you get a set of four you jump up and run to grab a spoon, with lots of people close behind you! Last one there is out! "

SUPPLIES NEEDED: A table & enough chairs for everyone, deck of cards, spoons (you need one less spoon than the total number of people you have. If you have 6 people, you need 5 spoons)

NUMBER OF COUPLES NEEDED: 2 or more

COST: 0



#2- COMPETING LEMONADE STANDS (SUMMER) 




You need 2 couples (could possibly do 3 couples?) who will compete against each other to sell the most lemonade. They will sell lemonade in our driveway (like little kids do in the summer), 1 cent a cup. The point isn't to make a profit - its to be kind to the neighborhood kids (cheap lemonade). Since they will be in close proximately, they will have to use their charm to talk people into choosing their lemonade over the lemonade of the competing couple. I think this will be really fun! Each couple will make their own lemonade and make their own sign for their table before they head out to "sell"

SUPPLIES NEEDED: 2 folding tables (card table type), lemonade mix and pitchers, cups, ice, 4 chairs (folding or camping), 2 poster boards, markers, bucket or cup for keeping their pennies.

NUMBER OF COUPLES NEEDED: 2 or more

COST: about $10 - lemonade mix ($4), ice ($2), poster boards ($2), plastic cups ($2)



#3- WOULD YOU RATHER? (ANY TIME OF YEAR)


This is a fun game that helps you get to know each other. Basically you just talk about your answers to various wacky questions, like, "Would you rather wear full scuba gear 24/7 for a year or go to a close relative's funeral dressed as Darth Vader?" and "Would you rather be a billionaire who never ever leaves the house or a penniless world traveler?"

The link below has a list of 50 silly questions that are kid friendly (though not everyone will necessarily consider all of them date-friendly - there are multiple questions about poop. You should definitely pre-screen the questions and take out any that you don't want to answer during the date).

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE QUIRKY BOHEMIAN MAMA WEBSITE WITH LIST OF 50 QUESTIONS

SUPPLIES NEEDED: List of questions (above)

NUMBER OF COUPLES NEEDED: 2 or more

COST: 0



#4- INDOOR BLANKET FORT (ANY TIME OF YEAR)


We got this idea from watching the TV show "Community" (the students at a community college make a giant blanket fort on campus). This was a daytime date. The youth spent about 30 minutes assembling the fort, then played board games inside.


SUPPLIES NEEDED: As many blankets, sheets, and pillows as you can get from everyone (ask the attendees to bring as much as they can). Clothespins are also helpful for keeping pieces together.

NUMBER OF COUPLES NEEDED: 2 OR 3

COST: 0


#5- COOKIE BAKE-OFF (ANY TIME OF YEAR)

For this date, my daughter and her friends did a baking competition (sort of like "Cupcake Wars" or "Chopped," but slightly different). Each received a package of chocolate chip cookie mix (and eggs, oil, etc needed for the mix). Then each couple took turns selecting add-in items from a tray of unusual goodies (licorice, swedish fish, mint chips, caramels, pretzels. chocolate covered cherries, etc). Then while the cookie creations were baking, the youth played a board game. When the cookies were done, they had us judge the final products. Then they all walked 2 blocks away to a relative's house and had them test out the cookies, too. Some of the cookies were....uh...interesting, but everyone had fun
This photo shows Christmas cookies, but you can do this any time of year

SUPPLIES NEEDED: cookie mix & ingredients need (1 per couple), cookie sheets & mixing bowls (1 per couple), variety of miscellaneous extra add-in ingredients (could use leftover holiday candy after Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc)

NUMBER OF COUPLES NEEDED: 2 OR 3

COST: $6 (for 3 cookie mixes. Would be more if you need to buy add-ins, but its best to use stuff you have around the house. Look in your cupboards for leftover stuff like coconut, sprinkles, candy, pretzels, nuts, etc that could be used in a cookie)



#6- CANDY CANE HUNT (WINTER)

This date idea can be done indoors, but it would be really fun to do outdoors (especially in the snow). Basically, you just need someone to hide the candy canes, and whichever pair finds the most candy canes wins! You can have someone hide them ahead of time, or you can take turns hiding the candy canes (several times!)


You can read more information about candy cane hunts at theresjustonemommy.com

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Candy canes (at several boxes for 2 couples, more if you have more couples)

NUMBER OF COUPLES NEEDED: 2 OR MORE

COST: $2-$3 (depending on how many boxes of candy canes you want. The cheap ones are usually about $1 a box. I would get several boxes, more if you have more than 4 people)


#7- CARROT ROULETTE (ANY TIME OF YEAR)


This youtube video that shows how to play HERE

This is a popular "challenge" seen on YouTube. Basically you get a bunch of condiments from the fridge (ketchup, mustard, honey, ranch, hot sauce, chocolate syrup, etc) and put them in a circle on the table. You spin a full-size carrot in the middle, and whatever condiment it points to, thats what you put on your (baby carrot) carrot - and then you eat it. So, you could get lucky with landing or ranch or really un-lucky with landing on chocolate syrup. Actually, the kids thought the dill relish was the worst of all. The kids played this for an hour or more, then started mixing condiments and daring each other to eat it. It was pretty gross, but they had so much fun.

SUPPLIES NEEDED: a bag of mini carrots, a large carrot (or a water bottle) for spinning, and whatever condiments you have on hand. Probably also want to have some paper towels and water available.

NUMBER OF COUPLES NEEDED: 2 OR 3 (OR MORE)

COST: $1-$2 (carrots)


#8- CARAMEL APPLE MAKING & APPLES TO APPLES (FALL)

This idea comes from the Dating Divas blog, which is geared toward married couples. This is a double-date or group-date idea for couples, but you can easily adapt this date for youth by making it simpler and lower cost (i.e., you don't have to print out all of the fancy labels & invitations, but you COULD if you wanted to).

Basically, you will prepare the toppings and supplies for making caramel apples ahead of time, and the date will be making caramel apples and playing the game "Apples to Apples." Just a cute and fun idea with an apple theme!


Complete instructions for setting up this date are here at TheDatingDivas.com

SUPPLIES NEEDED: "Apples to Apples" board game (try to borrow it if you don't have it), apples, sticks, caramels, toppings (see instructions for specific details)

NUMBER OF COUPLES NEEDED: 2 or more

COST: VARIES (by cost of supplies for caramel apples), but probably between $10 and $30, depending on how fancy you get.



#9- CHRISTMAS LIGHT SCAVENGER HUNT (WINTER)

This an another group date idea from the Dating Divas (a blog with ideas for dates for married folks) that is appropriate for group dates for youth as well. It's a scavenger hunt (race) with a Christmas light/decoration theme.

Instructions & printables here at TheDatingDivas.com

SUPPLIES NEEDED: print-outs of the scavenger hunt. You will also need transportation around town to look for lights/decorations (unless you meet at or live near a neighborhood that goes all-out that you can just walk around)

NUMBER OF COUPLES NEEDED: 2 (or more)

COST: 0


#10- UNO BOWLING (ANY TIME OF YEAR)

A creative twist on bowling - you bowl different ways (eyes closed, one-legged, etc) depending on which UNO card you draw.





Instructions here at twobestfriendsinlove.com

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Deck of UNO cards (borrow if you don't have), game instructions

NUMBER OF COUPLES NEEDED: 2 (or more)

COST: The cost of bowling & shoes


#11- PUMPKIN PATCH (FALL)

A quick online search will help you locate pumpkin patches in your area in the Fall. Pumpkin patches often have features like corn mazes, pumpkin tossing, haunted hayride, photo opportunities, etc because that helps draw in customers. Most bigger pumpkin patches offer some free activities and some activities that cost $, so make sure you know what is available and make sure everyone knows if they need to bring $. Preferably, try to find free activities to do. If you want to select pumpkins to take home (or decorate), those will cost $.



SUPPLIES NEEDED: N/A

NUMBER OF COUPLES NEEDED: 2 (or more)

COST: Will vary, depending on what activities you want to do or if you want to do other activities.

#12- GRILL & CHILL (SUMMER)

Another idea from the Dating Divas website! Basically its a casual BBQ. You don't have to print out all of the fancy invites and labels, but you could if you wanted to. For a date that requires purchasing food for a group meal, you might consider asking each person to bring something (buns, lettuce, etc) so that one person doesn't get stuck footing the whole bill. You could do this at someone's home or at a park where they have BBQ Grills available to use.

Depending on where you are, you could also add frisbee, soccer, softball, charades, etc to the the agenda.


Info from thedatingdivas.com here

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Whatever you want to BBQ (burgers, chicken, whatever), buns, condiments, chips, etc

NUMBER OF COUPLES NEEDED 2 (or more)

COST: Will vary, depending on what you choose to cook/serve. I would say probably $5 per person would be a good estimate on cost. Try to have the other participants chip in (bring the chips, bring the buns, etc) so that no one person has to spend a lot of $






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