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Yesterday my wife and I had a nerdy date and went to a Harry Potter themed art night.
I enjoy drawing and art and combining it with a healthy dose of nerdiness made for a great date and something different

While the paintings are not museum worthy I’m pretty satisfied with the results :slight_smile:

Any other suggestions for nerdy dates?

Tell me your Vacation Hotspots!

Wow! they look very nice!

Me and ex’s prime idea of a nerdy date is a marathon of LOTR extended edition. :stuck_out_tongue:


:smiley: I never managed to get my wife to sit through the standard edition and I doubt our 2yo would grace us with the needed 11 and a half hours :stuck_out_tongue:

We usually do a Harry Potter marathon around Christmas but this year we did not manage yet. But yeah a movie marathon is a great date idea :smiley:


Well, this is very US specific to my knowledge… Along the Harry Potter theme…

Sadly, you would have to live in the Midwest to have a shot at this specific concert; however, I think more groups are doing this and it might be more widely available than most people realize. Last fall Peoria did the Sorcerer’s Stone.


Yeah, various orchestras are doing it also here in Europe. Last year we went to Luzern (Switzerland) to see the Philosopher Stone and it was pretty amazing.
My only critique (if it can be called one) is that the orchestra was so good and well timed that a good portion of the time I forgot that there was an orchestra at all and just watched the movie :grin:


We had a good date night last night. Went out to Trivia to a place in Kennesaw, GA called Truck and Taps. Basically its a bar that Food Trucks come to every night. Had a good time and had some good drinks. We came in second!


We saw the CSO perform Star Wars: A New Hope last year. We were in the balcony and positioned so we could see the screen the conductor uses to time everything. That was really cool!

The biggest disappointment of that concert, the cantina song was part of the SFX/audio track and was not played live… :anguished: I understand why, but I was really wanting some live jammin’! The only reason I bring it up now is because I was not the only person who was there who was disappointed… So it is more of a warning for others.


Nighttime Mini-golf, at the most elaborate crazy golf place you can find.

Seriously. That’s the perfect nerdy date, especially a first date. It’s the date that other nerds will make fun of me for, and you all can just bug off if you think this isn’t great.

If you find the right putt-putt place with a pub, bar, and/or restaurant attached, there’s casual food, drinks, and you’re playing a light dex game together, that’s both regular first-date stuff with also being super-nerdy, with lots of opportunity to chat casually.

And, if one of you is doing poorly, it’s a heck of an excuse for one of you to do the “golf-pro hug” to “help” line up your/their next shot, if they’ve gotten to that level of comfort with you.

“Accidentally” losing the scorecards early so no one cares who wins is a good idea (unless you both really want to compete), and let anyone play through (unless those guys suck, then team up against them!).

After, (or during), you have some cheap drinks/snacks/hit the arcade for a while. Your date kicks your ass at air hockey, but you win a lot of tickets (or vice-versa).

Yes, this sounds so lame. But you are wrong.

This is perfect.


This may be obvious, but museums. My partner and I combine going to a museum with some sort of thematic or punny restaurant option after. We have a membership to the Royal Ontario Museum and often do ROM and Ramen when they have new exhibitions (or if we just want to go there to see part of the permanent collection again).


@UllinBethalto I get the disappointment! However, I have never seen anything around SW offered around here.

@MinuteWalt Great suggestions, we love mini golf but have not gone playing in forever. We actually recently moved and there is one close by. So this goes in our date list :slight_smile:

@timber Museums are at the moment a good let’s keep the toddler busy for an afternoon type of activity. Before we sometimes went to museum nights and enjoyed them quite a bit.

Thanks for all the great suggestions!


Not for everyone, but my girl and I go dive bar hopping and play pinball fairly frequently. Usually a combo night with a nice dinner (after a very thorough hand washing). We are, admittedly, in a city with a big pinball community, so we’re a bit lucky here, too.

I hate gambling (looooove gambling mechanisms in my board games), but we’ll hit the casino for some slots action from time to time as well. Again, paired with a dinner and drinks—the old standby, but it gets a bit of the old arcade experience, good for a little overstimulation.

I’ll mention I hate gambling again while I also bring up heading to the track. I was really surprised by how much fun this is as a nice afternoon activity, great for groups too. Especially fun to get done up, wear a fancy hat or something, and toss a buck or two on longshots.

Finally, I feel like high tea is the height of refined nerdery. Clean up nice, throw on your hardest, most frictionless shoes, and eat tiny sammiches and endives (pinkies up!) over a nice pot of tea.


:pleading_face: I wish I had better access to pinball!


If you’re in a city you may have more access than you realize. Whether or not you want to hit the pavement and get grimy to play is another story though. We’re lucky to have several options, a few with actual pinball rooms, but otherwise it’s still a matter of peeking into holes in the wall and other savoury establishments that will make you question what you’re doing with your life.


Miracle of miracles, I got two fb ads that might be worth checking out. CluedUpp runs an event in various cities where teams wander around town, solving puzzles, collecting clues, and solving the case Cluedo style:

Hunt A Killer mails players a case each month (with physical evidence to play with), and 6-8 cases together form a series.

Anyone have experience with these?


CluedUpp isn’t great to be honest. It’s fine, but you essentially go to a location in town, answer a question by observing something in that location, then get a bunch of story text which usually lets you cross off a suspect or weapon.

It doesn’t quite work, the story not quite matching the mechanics (you randomly get various characters going “oh, this meat cleaver was lying around, here you should have it back” which somehow means you’re meant to eliminate that weapon.

I mean it’s not awful but don’t expect your brain power to be tested much.

Hunt A Killer I have heard is decent. Also https://www.theenigmaemporium.com/online-store is meant to be really good. They don’t involve leaving the house though and if you’re staying at home, I presume your presence here means you’ve already thought about board games!

I realise no-one mentioned escape rooms yet - more applicable in Europe where you can generally book the room for just the two of you rather than in the US where it’s ticketed and you play with random strangers.


The sad truth is… I have done this and it is a situation of either broken machines which never get fixed, uninteresting themes, or the ones which were interesting and working being replaced by video poker machines… :anguished:

There was a guy who was running machines in various spots locally several years ago. He had a gorgeous LotR machine which was in a pizza place which I would walk in to order pizza just to have 20 mins to play. When he passed away, ownership of his machines was in limbo and they all seemed to disappear overnight never to be seen again… I totally would have taken out a loan for that LotR machine…


Bah, that’s really too bad (and all too typical). You’ve learned the sad truth of it all: there’s always a machine somewhere, but not always a local mad tinkerer keeping the tables in good play shape.


Truth be told, even when on vacation I seek out pinball.

This was a very interesting place I visited a few years back…

And this place has a very nice Doctor Who machine :smiley:
Black Pearl Mini Golf


If you’re ever in Toronto http://www.tilttoronto.com/

Here’s the current list of pinball machines (they have lots of arcade machines too) all set to free play:
Addams Family
Aladdin’s Castle
Baby Pacman
Back To The Future
Haunted House
Jurassic Park
Medieval Madness
Tales of the Arabian Nights
Twilight Zone

Pinball Wizards, Inquire Within!

And if you’re in Ottawa http://www.houseoftarg.com/pinball-classic-arcade-game/

  • The Sopranos (Stern, 2005)
  • Harley Davidson (Sega, 1999)
  • Iron Man (Stern, 2010)
  • Star Wars (Stern, 2017)
  • The Walking Dead (Pro) (Stern, 2014)
  • Iron Maiden (Stern, 2018)
  • Tales from the Crypt (Data East, 1993)
  • Game of Thrones (Pro) (Stern, 2015)
  • The Addams Family (Bally, 1992)
  • Kiss (Stern, 2015)
  • Bride of Pinbot 2.0 (Dutch, 2014)
  • Star Wars (Data East, 1992)
  • Transformers (Stern, 1999)
  • South Park (Sega, 1999)
  • Ripley’s Believe It Or Not (Stern 2004)
  • The Simpsons (Data East, 1990)
  • Doctor Who Pinball (Midway, 1992)

Pinball Wizards, Inquire Within!