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Spring fling, the new summer love

Anne Shaffer
Associate Features Editor

Little green sprouts are pushing up through the dirt, birds are twittering in the trees, and everyone is getting cabin fever as the weather warms up and the sun shines just a little bit brighter. You have been stuck inside all winter, doing the same things with your significant other for three solid months. Now is the perfect time to branch out and try something new, but what should you do?
After having the winter ho-hums, it’s hard to break out of the grind and even harder to try to coax your battered brain into thinking of a new date idea for the spring. No worries. Start with these fun date ideas and see where they take you.

Picnics are a classic, romantic way to spend time with your significant other now that the weather has started to warm up. Make the meal yourself for another romantic dimension to the date.
Picnics are a classic, romantic way to spend time with your significant other now that the weather has started to warm up. Make the meal yourself for another romantic dimension to the date.

1. Have a picnic: Sure, picnics have been done before, but there’s something romantic about packing up a basket and heading out to a meadow or a park and spending some time with your significant other under the sky. Make a homemade meal, find an old blanket and pick a tree. As CBS News points out, “Making lunch yourself will not only land you extra brownie points, but it makes the outing even more budget-friendly.”
2. Take a staycation: Most likely, there are things in your area or in a city nearby that you have never done before. Make a date of it! On a beautiful day, a stroll in the city is perfect. Lancaster City has First Friday, which is another perfect date opportunity, and other cities might have the equivalent. Care2.com suggests hitting the museums, visiting a typical tourist attraction (their idea is the world’s largest ball of yarn or something similar), or other “touristy” things you never think about because they are where you live.

Longwood Gardens, located outside Kennet Square, Pa., is a perfect place for a date, with both outdoor and indoor paths to choose from.
Longwood Gardens, located outside Kennet Square, Pa., is a perfect place for a date, with both outdoor and indoor paths to choose from.

3. Visit Mother Nature: Hiking, rock climbing and bicycling are all great exercise, and they are also excellent date opportunities. Doing outdoor activities after being crammed inside an apartment or a dorm room during a long winter can be very beneficial: you will be getting fit together as well as releasing endorphins, according to Care2.com.
4. Get clean: Spring cleaning always starts around this time of year. Go through your garage, your closets or your basements and get rid of old stuff that you have no use for anymore. The Huffington Post says that spending the time cleaning together gives you the opportunity to talk about things which may not ordinarily come up. However, there are other fun ways to clean. Try washing your cars together. It would not be hard to turn that into a game, especially if you are both armed with a hose.
5. Take them out to a ball game: With the Barnstormers local in Lancaster, this one is easy and fun. Stadium food, crowds of excited people and, of course, your significant other, will no doubt make for an exciting day even if you are not a baseball expert. SheKnows, a website geared specifically towards women, also says that, if your man is a sports fan, he will “leap at the opportunity to impress you with [his] baseball knowledge.”
6. Outdoors slowed down: Even if hiking and biking are not your style, there are slower-paced, lower-key options for outdoor dates. Botanical gardens and butterfly conservatories are beautiful and soothing, and they make for a very relaxed day spent outside. Meander hand-in-hand through the paths, sniff flowers, or sigh over beautifully-colored butterflies. Longwood Gardens, located just outside Kennett Square, Pa., is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until May 24, when their hours change for summer, and offers many gardens to wander through.
With the season change comes many opportunities for you and your significant other to do something romantic either outside or in. Whether you appreciate the fast paced or the relaxed, springtime dates bring a pleasant change for the cooped-up winter relationship.

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