32 Unique Nerdy Date Ideas
Looking for nerdy date ideas? I’ve got you covered with 32 unique options below!
I enjoy traditional dates, like going out for pizza or playing mini golf, but sometimes my husband and I want something a little different and more in-line with our nerdy sides; thus this list of nerdy date ideas was born.
If you, like us, want to spend time with your geeky significant other, but are drawing a blank on the perfect nerdy date idea, then read on to fill up your arsenal and gain the inspiration needed to plan out the perfect day or evening! You could go on 2 dates a month and still have extra options to spare. 🙂
1. Visit a local museum.
If you’re lucky, your city or town will have a couple options nearby. My husband and I have spent hours at the Science Museum of Minnesota learning, exploring, and geeking out. To find a museum near you, simple search on Google for “museums near me.” You may just be surprised what kind of museums are in driving distance of your house!
2. Plug in and log some quality video game time.
Grab your player 2 and do an online raid together, complete a quest as a team, or kick butt at a co-op campaign with one another (how about World of Warcraft, Halo, or Borderlands?)….or spark a little competition by going head to head in a racing challenge or fight battle (give Mario Kart or Mortal Combat a try). For something different pick up a new game (Redbox, Pawn shop, etc,) that neither of you have played before.
3. Pick up a geeky cookbook and bake up a nerdy dish from your favorite fandom together.
Whether you want to enjoy all the Hobbit meals in a day or are just looking for a fictional snack, pick your favorite fandom and hit the kitchen together. To make things even more interesting, try having a cook off. Pick a recipe and have your partner guess which fandom it’s from, or cook Iron Chef style (pick an ingredient and each person has to come up with fictional dish that’s made from it). Here are a couple cookbook options:
- Dr. Who: Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook
- Game of Thrones: A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook
- Manga/Anime: The Manga Cookbook
- Settlers of Catan (board games): Wood for Sheep: The Unauthorized Settlers Cookbook
- Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit: An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery
- Harry Potter: The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
- All Fandoms: The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods
- World of Warcraft (video games): World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook
- Star Wars: The Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes
4. Build with Lego bricks.
You know you’ve got a big bin of Lego bricks stashed somewhere….bust them out so the two of you can build your favorite fandom character (How about R2D2, Totoro, or Yoshi?). For a next level project, the two of you could build your own fantasy world together out of bricks. For inspiration, check out Brick Nerd. If creativity isn’t your strong suit, pick up a set to build together; Lego sets make great display items!
5. Cuddle up and binge watch your guys’ favorite show, or marathon your favorite film series.
Supernatural, Fate Zero, Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings anyone?! Bonus points if you and your date enjoy some geek treats cooked up from suggestion 3 while watching.
6. Get crafty (maybe with cosplay?).
My boyfriend and I enjoy working on nerdy home decor projects together. It’s a great way to engage, plus you have something fun to display at the end. Check out my DIY Projects category for ideas. Other options are to paint game minis, color fandom coloring books, or work on your current cosplay costumes (remember, you’re trying not to wait until 2 days before the convention to finish this year 😉 ).
7. Read and sip together.
Brew up your guys’ favorite warm beverage (tea, coffee, hot chocolate) and simultaneously read the same book or comic. After each chapter or comic issue, discuss, reflect, and predict with each other regarding what you’ve read thus far. For a twist, have one person read aloud to the other person.
8. Zombie apocalypse prep.
Plan out your zombie apocalypse survival strategy together. To take it to the next level, you could even prep your bug out bags.
9. Themed fan art.
Are you and your significant other artistically inclined? Throw out a theme, character, or fandom and have each of you draw or paint out a piece of fan art. Compare when done, then frame the pieces for the wall. Making your own comic strips is another fun option.
10. Play a board game.
Pull out one of your favorites at home or check locally. Many libraries and comic shops have free board game libraries available for people to play and test with. Last year my boyfriend and I tried out new games at one of our local comic shops for Valentine’s Day. For good 2 player games I would recommend Mr. Jack, Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries, or Jaipur. Check out my list of great 2 player board games for even more options. Bonus points if the 2 of you decide to design your own game!
11. Nerf war.
Don’t need to say much here…grab a couple of guns and chase each other around the house and yard. For added fun, build forts out of the house furniture for cover. Want to up the ante? Go paint balling instead.
12. Fandom photo montage.
Gather up your nerdy accessories and props. Travel around town taking fun geek photos, then put them together to create a computer screen saver or coffee table scrapbook.
13. Count the stars in the sky.
Grab a blanket and find a quiet, grassy hilltop to cuddle up on. Star gaze and show off your nerd knowledge by naming star constellations. Bonus points if you turn it into a late night picnic too. If you can’t escape the city, then visit a local planetarium to learn about new constellations to find the next time you both have a chance to stargaze.
14. Hit up the arcade.
Pilfer your pockets and check under the couch cushions in search of quarters, then head out to your favorite arcade spot. Challenge each other to see who can get a higher score or find a side scrolling classic to beat together. Bonus points if one of you can beat a high score!
15. Create a comic or short story together.
Put your nerd noggins together and draw your own comic or write a short piece of fantasy fiction. For a fun twist, make yourselves the main characters.
16. Write a nerdy song parody.
Pick a song you guys enjoy and rewrite spoof lyrics. Bonus points if you record it. Next level nerd if you create a music video.
17. Go on an adventure.
Get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Explore a park and pretend your traversing Middle Earth as you complete your quest to destroy the One Ring…or pretend you two are discovering the forests of Endor. Engage in nerdy conversations or debate… is the cake really a lie? What’s the best super power?
18. Trivia night.
Hit up a local bar or restaurant chain (like Buffalo Wild Wings) and kick-butt together at trivia quiz night. A local pub recently had a Dr. Who trivia night!
19. Attend a convention.
Conventions (whether they’re gaming, comic, anime, or technology related) are chock full of activities. Hit up the artisan alley or check out panels together. Search UpcomingCons for ones near you.
20. Nerdy day trip.
If you’re lucky, there are fun geeky spots near you to check out. Examples may include film sets, historically haunted places, or a nerdy theme park. Hit up Google to search for options around you.
21. Scavenger hunt.
Write out a bunch of clues for your loved one to follow. The clues can lead your partner around the house, around town, or even utilize the internet. Have a gift (or your self) waiting at the end. Bonus points if your clues or hiding spots are nerd themed -Dr. Who riddle, clue written in Klingon, clue hidden in the pages of their favorite book, etc.
22. Choreograph a battle.
Grab your lightsabers or swords and choreograph an epic fight scene on your front lawn.
23. Compile a geek playlist.
Whether you enjoy epic film scores or melodies from your favorite video games, put together a playlist for you next road trip or gaming session.
24. Check out a zoo, aquarium, or botanical garden.
Brush up on your flora and fauna and test your date on fun facts. Find one using the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
25. Renaissance Fair.
Don your medieval wear and attend the nearest faire as a Lord and Lady. Find one at renfaire.com.
26. See if you can escape!
Escape rooms have grown in popularity lately, and for good reason. They are so much fun! Escape rooms have become a favorite date activity for my husband and I. Test your puzzle and deduction skills together to beat the clock to escape. Are the two of you up to the challenge?
27. Give LARPing a try.
If you’ve never giving LARPing a try, then you have no idea what you could be missing out on. Find LARP opportunities near you and give fantasy role playing a chance in real life.
28. Go out walking.
While a walk on its own can be a relaxing date, give it a geek twist by playing Pokemon Go together or give geocaching a try. Both these activities are better with a partner and can give you a chance to explore new sections of town.
29. Swap out your collection display(s).
This one may sound a little odd, but hear me out. Most nerds have a collection of something; whether that’s board games, Funko Pop, or (in my case) all things Lord of the Rings. Take pride in your collection and work with your partner to create a beautiful or interesting way to display and show your items off in your home. If you’re collection is big, I’d highly recommend rotating the items on display to always keep it feeling fresh. Put on the playlist you compiled from suggestion 23 and debate on which pieces should be featured during the upcoming month.
30. Train for a nerdy 5K.
Just cause we’re geeks, doesn’t mean we can’t be active too. I’ve noticed all sorts of themed races popping up the past couple years. I’ve heard of Star Wars half marathons, Zombie Charge 5K’s, and Harry Potter fun runs just to name a few.
31. Learn something new.
Do a local search to see what classes are offered in your community and learn a new skill or hobby together. Level up your sewing skills for cosplay, find out how to brew beer, discover how to blow glass into wine goblets, find out how to forge a sword, learn how to code, or discover the joys of gardening or hydroponics (these are just a handful of the class options that I know are available near me).
32. Build a fantasy sand castle.
You’re never too old to visit the beach and build a sand castle. Challenge each other of work together to build Hogwarts, the Death Star, or even the Iron Throne.
Which nerdy date idea is next on your list? Did you guys pick together, or will it be a surprise?
Have any ideas that I may have missed? Let me know in the comments below!