Fancy restaurants and a blockbuster film after that for date night? How predictable.
Celebrate love in a more interesting manner with these unusual ideas for that special night of the week; from heart-thumping indoor skydiving to laidback wine and art sessions, we’ve sorted out the best fun, alternative date night ideas in KL. Good for Valentine’s Day too!
Go indoor skydiving
While Netflix and chill is a great date idea, sometimes date nights call for some adrenaline-pumping action; here’s where AirRider dives in, an indoor skydiving facility located in 1 Utama Shopping Centre’s latest extension 1 Utama E.
You’ll get to ‘skydive’ inside a vertical wind tunnel that mimics the experience of diving out a plane from 14,000 feet above ground. (If that doesn’t scream ‘exciting’, we don’t know what will.)
Highly-experienced instructors will be on hand to show you the ropes and teach the basics, and you’ll be pulling off cool twists and turns in no time. Bonus: First-time flyers are encouraged to hold hands with their partners, for support.
Alternative movie dates
If you like mixing movie dates with drinks, check out Pisco Movie Night, which has previously featured an eclectic mix of films like ‘Trainspotting 2’, Spanish thriller ‘El Cuerpo (The Body)’ and French comedy ‘Camille Redouble’.
For a more romantic night out, look up the thematic screenings organised by Helipad Cinema at Stratosphere @ The Roof in Bandar Utama. The screenings don’t happen very often – they’ve only organised it five times since they started in 2016 – but when they do, it’s always a fun night out. For the upcoming Valentine’s Day season, you can expect a series of romantic movies like ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’, ‘50 First Dates’ and ‘500 Days of Summer’.
Finally, there are the film screenings at Next New Wave organised by Cinephilia, who carefully curates their movie screenings according to various genres and themes like film noir and sci-fi.
Sip on wine and paint your masterpiece
So you’ve got about as much artistic talent as Garfield after a bout of lasagna, but your date’s all for wielding a paintbrush and creating their own work of art.
Join Art & Bonding’s Sip & Paint sessions, where you get to drink wine and clumsily daub paint on a canvas while your beau confidently builds up the colours on their masterpiece.
The three-hour sessions (RM130 per person) include a glass of wine, free-flow non-alcoholic beverages and all the art materials you need. And after painting romantic landscapes and vibrant florals (and after all that wine), you just might realise you have a flair for the arts after all.
Roll the dice and pick a card
There was once a time when taking a date out to a board game café would have been mocked.
Not anymore. Board game cafés like Meeples European Boardgame Café, Boardgame Depot and All Aboard Gaming Community Centre not only offer a fun alternative to Netflix, but also give you and your date a chance to put away those smartphones, make new friends and nerd out on board game strategies.
There’s no shortage of games to choose from either; these board game cafés have the lot, ranging from the fun strategy games like ‘Catan’, ‘Politiko’ and ‘Saboteur’ to the more accessible and light-hearted ‘The Lepak Game’ and ‘Cards Against Humanity’.
Go on a date in a virtual world
If you and your date want to escape reality for a while, there’s always virtual reality.
Virtual reality (VR) gaming has been gaining popularity of late; but if you don’t have your own personal machine at home, game centres such as VR Lab offer a gaming experience within a safe, obstruction-free space. All you have to do is put on the VR headset and use the controllers in your hand to control your in-game character, and voila! You have a date in the virtual world.
Book the double headset room, equipped with two VR goggles, and set off on an adventure with your significant other mauling down hordes of zombies in ‘HordeZ’, slicing and dicing fruits in ‘Fruit Ninja’ or travelling the world in ‘Google Earth VR’.
Cuddle cute critters
Put that Melaka road trip on hold if you’re going there purely for Huskies; you can cuddle the wolf-like pooches in Kelana Jaya at Huskiss Cafe!
However, don’t just waltz in expecting to hold the dogs captive with your love (and loved one) for hours on end – you’re required to make advanced bookings for selected 1.5 hour sessions at RM20 (12noon-1.30pm; 1.30-3pm; 3-4.30pm; 6.30-8pm; 8-9.30pm).
Each session comes with a drink. Looking for cats instead for your feline-loving date? TTDI’s Purradise Cat Cafe is home to cute rescue cats with equally cute names like Bubbles, Tomato and Rocky. First hour goes for RM18 (inclusive of one drink) and every 15 minutes after the initial hour is RM4.
Let your inner Ninja Warrior out at District 21
If you and your partner are looking to blow off some steam, District 21 is an indoor theme park that offers knuckle rides, slides, trampolines and aerial obstacle courses – all within the confines of a 70,000 sq ft space.
Attractions such as the launch pads are great if you’re just looking for something simple and fun; or if you want to impress your date, the Ninja Warrior Course tests your agility and strength with 15 obstacle courses – because good hand-eye coordination is sexy too.
Visit their website for a complete list of attractions and courses alongside rules and safety regulations.
Fly kites in Taman Metropolitan KL
For this idea, when you tell your date you’re going to fly a kite, we hope you mean it in the literal sense (and not the idiom).
Have an old school date and bring your kites to Kepong’s Taman Metropolitan. Also known as ‘Taman Layang-Layang’, the park’s main attraction is its open field which plays host to visitors young and old looking to fly kites in the evenings. If you go during the weekend, keep in mind that you’ll probably be sharing the field (and sky) with lots of families and their kites too.
And if kite-flying conditions aren’t great, the 95-hectare park is filled with lush greenery and also houses a huge lake, so you and your partner can still go for a calming stroll.